Extras! No Dark Knight Rises director's cut, Guillermo Del Toro forced into 3D, Caleb Landry Jones fights for Queen and Country, Matthew McConnaughey is haggard like the Wolf, Robert Connolly is a Shipkiller, Entourage movie script almost done and Severus Snape and Hanoi Jane are Ronald and Nancy Reagan? 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!

We kick off today with some Asian weirdness in the form of a trailer for acclaimed Japanese director Takashi Miike’s (Audition, 13 Assassins) latest film Lesson of the Evil. Firstly, no that’s not a typo, it’s definitely “Lesson of the Evil” which doesn’t roll so much as it drunkenly careens off the tongue. And secondly, this looks like some vintage Miike insanity as a group of kids discover that their charismatic high school teacher is actually a murdering maniac and that he has some very special punishment devised for those who misbehave.

Caleb Landry Jones sure is climbing through the ranks rather rapidly. He’s gone from being that kid who shouts X-Men: First Class, to that guy who gets people sick in Antiviral and now to playing the lead in veteran director John Boorman’s Queen and Country, a sequel a quarter century in the making to his 1987 drama Hope and Glory. Jones would play an older version of Bill Rowan (portrayed originally by Sebastian Rice-Edwards) the nine-year old boy who witnessed the London Blitzkrieg first hand.

You may want to save this link for later, since Looper hasn’t been released on our shores yet, but writer-director Rian Johnson is over on FilmSchoolRejects talking about how time travel works. Don’t be so hasty theoretical physics nerds. That’s his version of time travel.

Here’s a first look at Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as Ronald and Nancy Reagan in director Lee Daniels’ presidential period drama The Butler. Collider has the full pic along with a photo of co-stars Oprah Winfrey and Lenny Kravitz in their old makeup. Which, in Oprah’s case, looks like her normal makeup.

Entourage creator Doug Ellin is on the home-straight when it comes to the Entourage movie script, which will apparently take place 6 months after the end of the TV series. Well, that’s if the movie actually gets made, as HBO have not actually seen this script yet.

Holy fanboy tears, Batman! The Playlist have confirmed it with all the right people: there’s no director’s cut of Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises afterall. Well there goes my hopes of having my numerous issues with the script addressed. Fiddlesticks.

The Gwyneth Paltrow sex-addiction comedy (which is a sentence I really didn’t think I’d be typing when I woke up this morning), Thanks for Sharing, has been picked up for distribution by Lionsgate and Roadside. The film co-stars Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins and pop-singer Pink, whose performance has actually been getting some positive attention.

Whatever the hell Alan Taylor is doing over on that Thor: The Dark World Bourne Wood set must be epic, because even more set pics have now showed up alongside the two batches revealed over the last two days. What makes these even more special is that they come complete with a video of the action. Unfortunately, said video also comes with an annoying voice-over.

Well hoist the sails and trim the jib… or something. Australian director Robert Connolly will be setting a course for revenge on the high seas, as he’ll be looking to adapt famed maritime thriller The Shipkiller. Originally published in 1978 (and almost made into a movie starring Sean Connery and David Niven in 1979), it tells the story of Peter Hardin whose cruise boat is hit and destroyed by a oil tanker known as the Leviathan, leaving Peter injured and his wife dead. When Peter fails to get justice in the courtroom for the act, he sets out on the seas on a globespanning journey of revenge.

IMDB’s 404-Page Not Found error page, may just be the greatest thing ever. I’ve just been sitting here and refreshing for the last 5 minutes.

If super-attractive actresses are not your thing – and really that’s just impossible – then you may not want to head over to CBM where they’re looking at Five Actresses Who Could Play Ms Marvel In The Avengers Sequel.

Here’s the first look at a rather haggard looking Matthew McConaughey in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. Am I the only one that feels like Matt is channeling some Christopher Walken here?

FilmSchoolRejects are listing 8 Shameless Die Hard Ripoffs. Using Dr. Seuss. Just because.

Looks like unless your name is Chris Nolan, you don’t stand a chance against the 3D assault. Operative word there being “ass”. Variety brings word that despite Guillermo Del Toro’s insistence that his giant monsters vs giant mechs epic, Pacific Rim, be shot and screened in 2D, Warner Bros are going to have it post-converted to 3D anyway. I think the memo from WB may have read something along the lines of “Neh neh neneh neh!”

And we end today on what might be the corniest yet coolest thing you’ll come across this week. As part of the promotion for his new upcoming autobiography Total Recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been running a competition on his site where one lucky person’s name is drawn each week, who will then get a custom voicemail message recorded by the Governator himself. To show what the process was like Arnie uploaded this video of him recording a message for Tyler Baker, this week’s winner, whose favourite movie is apparently Predator.

And yes, Arnold always has a handgun just lying around for when he needs sound effects for a voicemail. Clearly.

Last Updated: September 13, 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.

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