Extras! Star Wars: Ep VII casting rumours, WB doesn't want to be dumber, Meet a famous cock, Riddick has back problems, and Let's purge again, like we did this summer, Yeah! Plus much more!

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And just when you thought you’d avoided all that E3 gaming mumbo jumbo, we have this first look behind the scenes of the feature film adaptation of popular racing game Need for Speed that was shown by games publisher (and apparently kicker of babies) EA during their press conference last night. In case you’re wondering, yes that is indeed Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul behind the wheel.

So the guys at SchmoesKnow think they have a character and story breakdown of Star Wars: Episode VII. I think what they have is nothing more than some glorified fanfic, but click through at your own spoiler peril.

The Drive-In theatre, the now defunct movie institution that’s responsible for many a boy getting to second base, is 80 years old this week. And to commemorate its octagenarian status, here’s a history of the almost extinct format.

You know that old saying “What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?”, well if this new banner for Riddick is to be believed, then I think the same scenario would apply should the shiny-eyed anti-hero ever run into General Zod.

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Well, the first Man of Steel reviews are in, and they’re, well I don’t believe I’m actually going to stoop this low, but  they’re looking “super” thus far! So if you really want to know if Snyder and co did a good job bringing the big blue boyscout to life on screen, but are afraid of spoilers, then I suggest you head on over it Movies.com (no relation) where they’ve answered Ten Burning Questions About Man of Steel Spoiler Free.

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And with those reviews, and the news that a Man of Steel sequel is being fast tracked with Zack Snyder directing and David S. Goyer providing the script for not only the sequel but also Justice League, it seems that Warner Bros are finally starting to make some smart moves.

And clearly, they have no intention of lowering their newfound IQ, as the studio has apparently passed on Dumb and Dumber To, the sequel to the Jim Carey and Gary Daniels led hit goofball comedy from the 1990’s. Carey and co will now have start shopping around all over again.

After seeing the type of work that the writing/directing Farrelly Bros are doing lately (The Three Stooges), I can’t say that I’m unhappy with this development.

There’s a new character banner out for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters focusing on Logan Lerman’s titular character. Some have called the banner stylish, I just think its boring. You have a movie about gods made human and flying taxis that split in half, and you churn out something that looks like somebody superimposed a wedding invitation on a mugshot?

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Talk about a diverse writing portfolio, Kelly Marcel – who will be penning the feature film adaptation of Twilight smut turned bestseller, Fifty Shades of Grey, as well as Saving Mr. Banks, the biographical tale about the years long struggle between Walt Disney and P.L Travers to bring Marry Poppins to the screen –  has signed on to pen a new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic children’s story, The Little Mermaid.

There are a bunch of new character posters out for Edgar Wright’s highly anticipated apocalyptic robot invasion pub crawl movie (which is a phrase I never thought I’d type) The World’s End. And in case you think they’re calling Simon Pegg naughty words, those are actually the names of some of the pubs they visit in the film.

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It’s official: Blumhouse Production’s low budget high-concept horror/thriller The Purge has now garnered the title of the biggest R-Rated horror opening ever by claiming 36 million Obama-moneys on its opening weekend. So what is there left to do now? Why, make a sequel of course!

I really, really enjoyed Fast & Furious 6, despite that movie’s complete abandonment of the basic laws of physics, but  I don’t think I will get any argument when I say that it’s predecessor, Fast Five, is not only by far the best in the franchise, but also one of the better heist/action movies of the last couple of years.

Oh wait, I am getting some argument. Luckily though, its a pretty funny argument from the guys over at Honest Trailers.

Last Updated: June 11, 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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