Extras! Spidey isn't for sale, C for Cast, Captain America has a smoking problem, Sherlock takes a shower of evil, Helen Mirren is the best Queen ever, and is Jurassic Park 4 going to be a reboot? 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!

Hi ho, Silver! No, I’m not pointing out some rare minerals to an inebriated Kardashian, it’s actually a new trailer for The Lone Ranger that’s just rode in.

Get ready to get your “Awwwwwwww” on. Dame Helen Mirren, who everybody knows is already awesome, just got even more street cred. Oliver Burton is a 10-year old English boy who has Down’s Syndrome on top of battling various forms of cancer. Unfortunately for Oliver, it’s a rapidly losing battle. As a huge fan of the Royal Family, Oliver had a wish to meet the Queen before he died, but the monarch was unable to make time for the boy. Cue Helen Mirren.

The acclaimed thespian is currently busy playing Queen Elizabeth in Peter Morgan’s stage production The Audience, and once she heard of Oliver’s plight, not only did she arrange for Oscar and his family to come see the show, but afterwards, she invited them backstage for tea and cake, and she stayed in character the entire time! The food and drinks were served by authentic looking footmen, while “Queen Elizabeth” even took Oscar to meet her famed corgis, before knighting him as Sir Oliver.

According to Oliver’s father, he “thought she was the real Queen, and well, that’s good enough for us.”

Well played, Mrs Mirren. Well played.

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There was a rumour floating around yesterday that due to some recent cash flow problems, Sony was looking to sell off some of it’s properties, including their cinematic rights to Spider-Man. Possibly to Marvel. The fanboy drool was almost immediate. Unfortunately, it seems that geektsunami may have been a bit premature. While Sony is indeed in some financial straits are thinking about doing a garage sale, Spider-Man will not be up for grabs any time soon. At least not according to Amy Pascal, co-chairperson of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“Never ever ever.”

Doesn’t get much more emphatic than that.

There are very few things in life as scary as little girls. Dolls are definitely one of those things. Which is why, on behalf of everybody with eyes, I’d just like to say “Screw you, James Wan for hitting us with this 1-2 punch combo of creepiness” with this new poster for The Conjuring.

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We may not know much about who the main characters are going to be in Star Wars Episode VII, but at least we know who is going to dress them! Veteran costume designer Michael Kaplan, whose most recent high profile work had him working with director JJ Abrams on Star Trek, has confirmed that he’s landed the Star Wars gig.

“I am very excited to be working on Star Wars. I’m so looking forward to collaborating, once again, with JJ.”

Kaplan has been designing the look of movie heroes and villains for decades, from Blade Runner to Fight Club to Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and more.

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They say where there’s smoke, there’s fire. But in Chris Evans’ case, where there’s no smoke, there may just be demons. Although, possibly also fire since he was The Human Torch after all and I’ve just completely lost control of that metaphor. Anyway. The Captain America star is looking to replace Justin Long (who is out due to scheduling issues) in Tom “Fright Night”Holland’s adaptation of Stephen King short story The Ten O’Clock People. Evans would star as Brandon Pearson, a smoker who tries to quit, but then finds that the new resulting chemical imbalance gives him the ability to see the demons that have been hiding out as people all around him.

So there’s the scene in Star Trek Into Darkness, a scene you may recall seeing in a couple of the trailers: The lovely Alice Eve just standing around in her skivvies. This is a scene that quite a number of people are apparently upset about, calling it totally gratuitous. Well JJ Abrams would just like everybody to know that when do gratuitous, they do gratuitous for everybody!

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All we know about Jurassic Park 4 right now, is that its currently been frozen in amber while director Collin Treverrow is apparently rewriting the overly ambitious script with Derek Connolly so as to match up more with Universal Pictures’ production timeline. But according to Sam Neill, star of two of the first three films, they may be taking a much more drastic approach.

“I’m told it’s a big reboot, a total re-jig.”

Now Neill has confirmed that he won’t be part of the production at all, so he’s not exactly Mr Finger on the Pulse here, and I think we would have heard something by now if it was the case. But still…

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We’ve seen a lot of posters for Iron Man 3. A lot. But apparently there was still a whole lot more, that just didn’t make the cut. And thanks to GeekTyrant we can now see some variations of a set of them.

And in case you’ve forgotten that we live in a messed up world, along comes this reminder. Alphabetized horror anthology, The ABC’s of Death – which by most accounts is bloody good time, emphasis on the bloody – is a getting a spinoff “grownup children’s book”. The 56 page book, with artwork from acclaimed illustrator Stephan Britt, is described as “guaranteed to entertain young and old alike with its hilarious, heartwarming tales of cannibalism, suicide, and life-or-death sex tournaments.”

Alrighty then.

And keeping with learning the alphabet in weird ways, Craig “Compliance” Zobel’s adaptation of Robert C. O’Brien’s novel, Z for Zacharia, has managed to find it’s principal cast in Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables), Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Firefly). The post-apocalyptic thriller follows “a girl who believes she is the only survivor after a devastating nuclear event, but comes to learn she is not alone.”

What if not only Star Trek but also Star Wars existed in the real world, and that world was the same world? I mean they both existed in the same world, and that world was real and oh for goodness sakes, just watch the video!

Last Updated: May 24, 2013

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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