Extras! Skeletor and Mr Pink go to Monaco, Henry Selick's next project stops motion, Spectral mammaries, Arnie takes a Last Stand, Bachelorettes rule iTunes, I am Spartacus and What rhymes with Baysplosion?! 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 rather clever bit of marketing. I’m sure that, despite its fairly positive reception at Sundance and SXSW, most of you have probably never heard of Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk With Me, the true story of his sleepwalking adventures, being produced by the radio show The American Life. Opening in just 80 cinemas, the indie drama really doesn’t have the budget to compete with modern blockbusters like Joss Whedon’s The Avengers when it comes to a promotional campaign.

So then why not get Joss Whedon to tell people that your movie makes him nervous.

Did you know that raunchy female comedy Bachelorette is currently sitting at no1 on the rankings? What’s that you say, the movie is not even out yet? Well yeah, not at cinema! But a clever move by Radius-TWC studio heads Tom Quinn and Jason Janego to make the film available on iTunes before it’s big screen release has netted them the top spot on Apple’s service, despite the film not having been received too well at big screen press screenings.

Frank Langella and Tim Roth will be joining Nicole Kidman for the Grace Kelly biopic, Grace of Monaco. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Kidman, would play the part of the Princess.

If you’re worried that Arnold Schwarzenegger would be getting soft in his old days, then this first poster The Last Stand should allay all your fears. Look at that 80’s throwback tag-line, look at that hand-cannon big enough to be mistaken for a scud missile launcher. This is vintage Arnie badassness!

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You can file this one under “Reasons why I hate that there’s no longer any IMAX in South Africa”: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark – arguably the most perfect adventure movie ever made – is getting re-released on IMAX this September.

Oh wait, here’s another reason: Local writer/director Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Ender’s Game will also be heading to the premium format.

The Bourne Legacy releases locally next month, and if you find that you just don’t have the time to rewatch all Jason Bourne’s adventures in preparation for this new chapter, then you might need to head over to Vulture where they’ve been so kind as to list Five Things To Remember About The First Three Movies Before Seeing The Bourne Legacy.

Clearly, I gave up on the Resident Evil franchise far too early. If somebody had told me that at some point Milla Jovovich would be turned into a BSDM giant as tall as buildings, then I might have actually watched the last film!

(Disclaimer: Yes, I know it’s just the wonky perspective, doesn’t change the fact that it’s a bad Photochop.)

Michael Bay has apparently been making movies since he was a kid. And I’ll give you one guess as to what his first home-made movies were about. Here’s a clue: It rhymes with “Sex Potions”

Director’s Cuts of movies get released all the time. But Director’s Cuts of Olympics Opening Ceremonies? Oscar winning director Danny Boyle’s Olympics ceremony will be  recut into a theatrical version for it’s DVD release that will supposedly “make more sense”.

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E.T. is easily one of Steven Spielberg’s greatest movies, but that movie could have turned out so much worse if studio execs had their way.

Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick has had his next proposed stop-motion feature film at Disney cancelled by the House of Mouse. It’s expected that Selick will shop the idea around to other studios now, because clearly Disney are allergic to making money.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theatre saw a flurry of uncharacteristic activity on Monday night during a special 70mm screening of the 1960 Stanley Kubrick classic, Spartacus. Prior to the start of the film, when the 95-year old star of the film, Kirk Douglas, was brought out for an audience Q&A, the packed house of usually very straight laced and proper Academy members all stood up, and in a reenactment of the movie’s most iconic scene, began chanting “I am Spartacus!” much to the emotional awe of the veteran actor.

Bravo, Academy. Bravo. I’ll hate you a little less now for snubbing Daft Punk’s Tron Legacy soundtrack at last year’s awards.

I generally don’t scare very easily, but Sweet Baby Xenu, the premise alone for this totally real 100% legit new Olivia Munn horror film has me quaking in my boots. A world without breasts? That’s just evil, man. Pure, undiluted evil.

Last Updated: August 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.

  • The Arnie poster looks good, but can the 21st century tolerate his wooden acting? I do hope so, but I have my doubts…

    Oh, and the Tron Legacy soundtrack got snubbed because there has not been enough retribution for that terrible movie.

  • Darryn_Bonthuys

    I love how Arnie has a bullet wound in his leg, but is standing there as if it’s nothing. I swear, that man has a skeleton composed of pure Teddy-Roosevaltanium.

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