Extras! Nicholas Cage is a puppet, Hunger Games gets a soundtrack, Renny Harlin needs a title, Why we love movies and Tom Hardy and Mcg take it in the bum?! 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!

It seems that every day we get one step closer to unraveling the crazy mystery that is Nicholas Cage. Yesterday we were able to confirm to you that, evidence to the contrary, he is in fact not a 15O year old vampire. Today, thanks to the Onion News Network, we discover that he is not a human at all, but a full sized man-puppet. Which is totally what I have been expecting all along.

Some unnamed young lass has gone and got herself a Death Star tattoo low down on her belly. It’s taking every ounce of my willpower not to make a dirty joke about about a thermal exhaust port right now.

There’s a new poster out for Untitled Renny Harlin Project, which luckily is not it’s actual title. The Die Hard 2 director’s next film centers around the mysterious Dyatlov Pass Incident – an unsolved case in which 9 skiers were found naked and mutilated in the Ural Mountains in 1959. Despite the “based on a true story” tagline, the story will not be focused on the real-life incident but rather about a group of students who go to investigate the mystery. All of which reeks of the stench of a “found footage” film to me.  Combine that with the fact that you’d have to go back to the 1990’s to find the last decent film that Harlin has made, and this does not bode too well.

The full track listing for the Hunger Games soundtrack has been revealed. It’s pretty much the completely expected compilation of pop/rock, with one very unexpected rap song also thrown into the mix (Affirmative Action soundtrack?)

“Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond” Soundtrack Tracklisting

01 Taylor Swift (Feat. The Civil Wars) – “Safe & Sound”

02 Taylor Swift – “Eyes Wide Open”

03 Arcade Fire – “Abraham’s Daughter”

04 Kid Cudi – “The Ruler & The Killer”

05 Miranda Lambert (Feat. Pistol Annies) – “Run Daddy Run”

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06 The Civil Wars – “Kingdom Come”

07 The Decemberists – “One Engine”

08 Glen Hansard – “Take the Heartland”

09 The Low Anthem – “Lover is Childlike”

10 Punch Brothers – “Dark Days”

11 Secret Sisters – “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder”

12 Birdy – “Just a Game”

13 Ella Mae Bowen – “Oh Come & Sing”

14 Jayme Dee – “Rules”

15 Carolina Chocolate Drops – “Reaping Day”

16 Neko Case – “Give Me Something I’ll Remember”

You can take a listen to The Decemberist’s “One Engine” in the player below:

Pepa Quin has created the Opee Sea Killer and Gungan Submarine from Star Wars Episode 1: Phantom Menace out of LEGO. Some people have way too much time and talent on their hands. Pity the same isn’t true about George Lucas.

Here’s a genre of film I never thought I’d see: time-travelling-religious-cult-drama. But that’s exactly what you get in The Sound of My Voice, the next film written and starred in by Brit Marling of Another Earth fame.  The official blurb for the film reads as follows:

Peter and Lorna endure a rigorous preparation in order to infiltrate a highly secretive cult and confront its mysterious leader, Maggie, who claims to be a visitor from the future on a crucial mission.

And now we have a really cool poster as well the very intriguing opening scene of the film:


It’s hard for me to put my love-affair with movies into words, but Quint from AICN tells us exactly why he loves movies. It’s quite a lengthy list, but if you’re a fan of cinema in any way, there’s no way you can read it and not get a dumb grin on your face at one stage or another. Here are some of my favourite picks from the list:

Why do I love movies?

Because of the way gunshots sound in spaghetti westerns.

Because “I love you.” “I know.”

Because of the little girl in the red coat in Schindler’s List.

Because of that moment when Clark Kent turned into Superman and then back to Clark Kent again with nothing but a subtle shift in body language from Christopher Reeve.

Because of the moment Wizard of Oz goes color.

Because of the THX Certified logos.

Because of Jackie Chan in Drunken Master and Drunken Master II.

Because Steve Martin was born a poor black child.

Because of Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight.

Because of Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein.

Because of the amazing poster art we’ve gotten from artists like Drew Struzan, John Alvin and Richard Amsel.

Because of The Ecstasy of Gold.

Because of every frame of The Seven Samurai.

Because of the train fight between Sean Connery and Robert Shaw in From Russia With Love.

Because of the amazing use of Queen in Flash GordonHighlander and Shaun of the Dead.

Because of the end of The Wild Bunch.

Because of the three-way showdown in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

Because of Marion Ravenwood.

Because of Roller Girl.

Because I can’t feel my legs. I CAN’T FEEL MY LEGS!!!

Because of Charles Bronson in Once Upon A Time In The West.

Because of Sexual Chocolate! (drops mic)

And finally, it looks like at least one of my prayers have been answered as somebody has finally got around to shooting director McG for giving himself such an utterly ridiculous name. OK so maybe it’s not for his name, but rather just a stunt on the set of This Means War – our review of which will be up tomorrow, by the way – but I’ll take my jollies any where that I can get ’em. Unfortunately, Tom Hardy takes it on the ass too, but hey, the uber talented Hardy is a small price to pay for the satisfaction of watching McG squirm:

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And I’m officially done. Oh and for those of you wondering what “Found Footage” smells like, give your thumb a good lick then vigorously rub the wet digit on the back of your other hand until dry. Now sniff that spot. Congratulations, you now have ass-hand.

Last Updated: February 15, 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.

  • Couldn’t handle the other videos, but the Nicholas Cage one was hilarious. Cage has become such a nut – I still keep wanting to believe there is a great actor somewhere inside 

  • That tattoo is just a little disturbing to be honest

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