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!
Another day, another alternate Avengers opening scene. Once upon a time, Joss Whedon toyed with the idea that The Avengers would be more of a straight sequel to Captain America – The First Avenger and that he would be the central character to the story. While Cap did play a central role, a lot of the scenes focusing on him and his past was scrapped, but not before a couple were completely filmed, just like this one:
Nicolas Winding Refn will be directing two-time collaborator Ryan Gosling for an upcoming remake of classic 70’s sci-fi film Logan’s Run – that sentence alone is enough to get me grinning like an idiot – and the director spoke to Empire about how he convinced normally indie-centric Gosling to participate in what would potentially be a big blockbuster movie, and also how he’s drawing more inspiration from the series of books upon which the 1976 movie was based, than on that movie itself:
“I said to Ryan, ‘You and I can do our own movies and be the kings of whatever we do. Why don’t we marry Faust and get it over and done with?'”
“I realised that everything that was cool was actually in the original novels which are much more grim, dark and neo-realistic.”
Hey little boy/girl! Want to take the first steps to transforming yourself into roguish archaeological hero and star of cinema, Indiana Jones!? Well, then head on over to iTunes where you can download the new Pocket Whip app, which with just one flick of the wrist transforms your bland and boring communication device into a whip! You’ll have a… cracking good time! (“As seen on Big Bang Theory”, which means it must be amazing, right?!) Can you tell that I’m not actually excited for this, but just pretending by adding exclamations after every sentence?! Yeah!
Here’s the first look at Chris Pine and Kevin Costner as Jack Ryan and his CIA handler respectively in the new Jack Ryan movie. I’m not going to lie, that Ducati gives me tingly feelings betwixt my nethers.
Speaking of Chris Pine, the young Star Trek actor spoke to TotalFilm about how what they and director JJ Abrams were doing on the reboot sequel was a lot different tonally to one particular big blockbuster already seen this year.
“We’re not making Batman. That’s not our deal. There’s comedy, which I think J.J. does a great job of, but, like the first one, there’s some serious issues being dealt with. And I’d say the threat is even greater in this one. The force [the Enterprise crew] are met with is much more frightening. It’s relentlessly action-packed and in terms of character development it goes places you’d never expect. The arc is huge for all the characters. It’s a really big story – I can’t hype it enough!”
Thanks to the mountain of drugs Charlie Sheen’s consumed, I’m sure that his entire life is just one big delusional pipe dream, (Get it? Pipe dream? Coz you smoke crack in a pipe? Ah, I’ll be here all week. Be sure to tip your waiter) but did you know that the Warlock of Winning himself once had ambitions to play Spider-Man on the big screen long before Tobey Maguire ever put on the red and blue pyjamas:
“I had an office at Orion at the time, and I brought them Spider-Man. I said, ‘Look, in a couple of years, I’ll be too old to play Peter Parker.’ And they said, ‘Yeah, we’re just thinking that cartoons are not the future, comic books are not the future.’ And I said, ‘But it’s Spider-Man, I’m perfect.’ And they were like, ‘Nah, we’re gonna wait.’
“They didn’t know shit.”
Orion would of course go bankrupt a couple of years later, but had they been in the market for some Tiger-Spider Blood, things may have turned out a lot differently for them.
Seems like you just can’t go a week without a story about Shia LeBeouf ‘s genitals. He recently revealed that for controversial director Lars Von Trier’s upcoming erotic drama Nymphomaniac that he and his co-stars had to sign a disclaimer to say that they would possibly be having sex on screen for real. But you want to know what’s even more messed up? Apparently, to land his role in the film, LeBeouf sent in a rather unconventional audition tape: A home-made sex video of him and his girlfriend Karolyn Pho.
And now you’re all Googling Karylon Pho, aren’t you?
Thanks to this scan from the upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey annual magazine, we have our first look at the Elvenking Thranduil, who besides for dressing like David Bowie in the 80’s also seems to be a card carrying member of the Eugene Levy Eyebrow Appreciation Club.
Remember that vampiric tale of the biblical siblings, Cain and Abel, that Will Smith was looking to produce and star in? Well, it just got given the greenlight by Sony Pictures Entertainment. Now titled The Redemption of Cain, the production is looking to start shooting in London, Jordan and Morocco next year June.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s been consistently producing great work ever since people realized that the
girl long-haired boy from Third Rock from the Sun could actually act. He won a lot of praise for Brick and 500 Days of Summer, but it was really his first collaboration with Chris Nolan on Inception that brought him to the attention of the masses. Coming off another joint venture with Nolan in The Dark Knight Rises, it’s only natural that for his next flick, the fantastic looking time travel mindjob from his Brick director Rian Johnson, that JGL would be comparing Nolan’s filmmaking style to what they’re doing.
“You can point at the work of Chris Nolan – he doesn’t talk down to the audience at all, and audiences love him for it. Rian isn’t interested in talking down to his audience. He’s interested in making a movie that he would love – making them clear, and making them well.”
Rian Johnson himself then jumped in with some praise for the fan favourite director, mentioning how he influenced Johnson approach to Looper:
“I love the fact he’s obliterated this false notion that huge movies can’t also be interesting – that you either have to have something on your mind or you can make a big fun movie.”
Were you a fan of cancelled private-eye show Terriers? Well then you might just be able to revive the show… As a movie! Producer Shawn Ryan told TBI Vision about how he’s hoping to use kickstarter to make this happen. Give this man your money, people. Seriously, give it to him now!
Just when Gerard Butler’s revenge flick Motor City was coming together nicely (Adrien Brody had just signed on to play the villain last week), the plug on the production was abruptly pulled over the weekend, and all production staff sent home. Apparently, the film’s financial backers, Emmett/Furla Films, realized that the rather ambitious US release date given to them by Warner Bros, was going to be impossible to make. And if they couldn’t make that release date, then none of the international distributors would be willing to come to the party. Hence, putting the brakes on everything until a new schedule can be worked out.
Were you excited to see Robert Downey Jr and Guy Pearce go toe-to-toe in a scenery chewing contest in Iron Man 3? Well, you may have to wait a little longer. Pearce has revealed to Vulture that his role as Adrian Killian in the Marvel sequel will be lot smaller than initially thought, much like his limited role in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus:
“Prometheus and Iron Man are really kind of cameo stuff, so the experience of shooting them … I mean, on some level, it’s tricky because you feel like a bit of an outsider. You don’t really live the experience that you do when you’re there all day every day with everybody. But at the same time, it can be more fun sometimes because you’re just working in concentrated spurts.”
Bruce Willis was recently on The Late Show with David Letterman, where he revealed that filming on Die Hard 5 (I still refuse to call it by it’s dirty joke magnet title, A Good Day to Die Hard) has just wrapped up production. And to mark the occasion, the bald headed, wife-beater wearing action hero revealed an exclusive clip. Only this is a lot more emotional than you might be expecting.