Extras! Matt Damon and John Krasinksi set a fracking date, Shia Lebouf takes a trip, Luke Skywalker gets Airborne, Rob Zombie is a tease, Sam Raimi talks about his new horror and Armageddon was built on a lie! Plus much more!

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Welcome to The Extras! A daily dose of all the smaller movie related news, clips and just plain cool stuff that you might have missed!

Today marks the 25th Anniversary of Street Fighter, one of the most influential video games to ever be released. Over on our sister site, Lazygamer, they’re celebrating by giving you a complete history of the fighting game franchise. Me, I’m just going to give you nightmares.

My contribution to the festivities will be this classic scene from Jackie Chan’s 1993 movie City Hunter where through some crazy silly movie science, Chan and his co-stars end up in a fight where they have to assume the roles of various Street Fighter characters:

Promised Land, director Gus Van Sant’s anti-fracking movie, c0-written by and co-starring Matt Damon and John Krasinkski, has received a 28 December release date. Just in time for awards season, I see.

Martin Grant, an aspiring filmmaker and lifelong Airwolf  fan, needs your help, and by help I mean money, in trying to get his 3 hour long in-depth documentary about the popular 80’s TV series made. Its being billed as “the incredible and fascinating story behind one of the most expensive, cinematic and complicated television productions” which sounds like something I’d really like to watch, so give him some dollars people.

Here’s a first look at Edgar Ramirez looking very Game of Thrones in this first pic from Libertador, the biopic about historically important 19th century South American military leader and revolutionary Simón Bolívar.

Ramirez is an incredibly talented actor, who exploded on the scene with his portrayal of Carlos the Jackal in “Carlos” and then promptly went on to be a punching bag for Matt Damon and Sam Worthington, respectively. Hopefully this role will allow him to show off more than just his ability to be punched in the face by an amnesiac assassin or an Aussie demi-god.

It’s official, we are now just one rich Pom in an English safari suit away from T-Rex’s rampaging through Los Angeles. Somebody get Sam Neil and Jeff Goldblum on the phone.

Evil Dead mastermind Sam Raimi spilled some details – and I really use that term very liberally here – to the guys over on ShockTillYouDrop about the new horror film he’s making:

“It’s a very simple story about a character.We’re trying to figure out what they want. It’s all of the basic stuff – how they come involved with this darker force. There’s nothing much to tell [yet]. I’ve got a three-page treatment we’re working off of right now.”

Screenwriter Derek Haas (Wanted, 3:10 to Yuma, 2 Fast 2 Furious) will have new novel, The Right Hand, coming out soon, and here’s the red-band trailer for it. Yes, we’re doing trailers for books now.

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If you’ve seen the Sigur Ros music video where Shia Lebeouf gets naked or maybe his claims that he’s going to be having real unsimulated sex in Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, then you could easily be forgiven for thinking that he must be on some kind of narcotic substance lately. Well, you may not have been wrong.

The ever-candid former child star admitted to USA Today that for his drug abusing role in the upcoming indie film, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, he really was tripping on acid so as not to have his performance look fake.

“There’s a way to do an acid trip like ‘Harold & Kumar,’ and there’s a way to be on acid… Sean Penn actually strapped up to that [electric] chair in ‘Dead Man Walking.’ These are the guys that I look up to.”

It’s actually a fascinating article, particularly for people who always just dismiss him as the manic kid from Transformers, as it looks at Shia’s decision to completely stop making big studio movies from here on out. He’s grateful for the opportunities they afforded him, but now he just wants to “make movies about people.”

We don’t actually need a lengthy, rather well written article on Why We Don’t Need A Videodrome Remake, but Matt Singer over on Indiewire is going to give you one anyway. Personally, I would have been perfectly happy with “Because we just don’t. That’s why!”.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Mark Hamill in live-action a movie. The former “Balance to the Force” has mostly been making his money over the last few years as a rather prodigious voice actor, but Luke Sky-Joker is back for a role in the new English airplane-based horror, Airborne, the first trailer of which you can see below:

Remember that unathorized Evil Dead 4 production that got put in the ground yesterday? Well Moviehole has managed to track down a sales listing for the project before it fell apart which sheds some light on what Award Pictures’ plans would have been for the movie:

EVIL DEAD IV: CONSEQUENCES: Horror, 136 mins. Prod co: Award Pictures. Prod/scr: Graham MacCrae, Glenn MacCrae. Budget: $71m. Pre-production. Delivery date: 2004. Ash may need a hand fighting deadites, demons, the FBI and reality TV.

Ha ha ha ha. They wanted a $71 million budget and was supposed to have finished the film back in 2004 already. Ha ha ha ha. Oh these Awards Pictures guys, always such kidders. Just like that time they tried to make a sequel to John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China. Wait – They tried to do what?

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We haven’t seen much yet of rocker turned filmmaker Rob Zombie’s Lords of Salem and that’s apparently not about to change any time soon, as the writer-director recently updated his Facebook page with this teaser poster which just boasts a weird glyph and the promise that the Lords are indeed coming. He also revealed that the film will be making its international debut at the Toronto Film Festival on September 10.

Continuing with my recent trend of one educational post per Extras, here is a great article over on Movies.com where a group of physics students prove that there is no bomb powerful enough to destroy the asteroid in Armageddon. Sorry Bruce Willis, your life is a lie.

Yesterday was the half-century birthday of  acclaimed director and of my personal favourite filmmakers, David Fincher. One of the reasons I hold his films in such high regard (besides for the immaculate cinematrography, production values and direction) is that he is one of the few big names in Hollywood that still puts effort into an opening credit sequence.

And as if right on cue, I stumbled across this entry in Art of the Title series this morning, which takes a look at all the amazing title sequences he has employed in some of his his work.

Happy Birthday, Mr Fincher. And here’s to 50 more years of keeping us entertained!

Last Updated: August 30, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

  • Neat, can’t wait for another Rob Zombie film. I don;t like all of his stuff, but he’s always worth giving it a try…

    Anyway, how come you are such a Whedon fanboy but you pick on Raimi? If we had to tally it up, Josh still has to cover a little bit of ground before he can be matched to Sam.

    • mornelithe

      Agree 100% on Raimi.

    • Translation/sentence construction problem: I wasn’t picking on Raimi, the term I use liberally was him “spilling details” as he pretty much gave none. I’ll change the sentence structure to avoid any further confusion. 🙂

      That being said, on average I have enjoyed more of Whedon’s efforts than Raimi’s but that’s just purely down to personal taste not level of quality and skill.

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