Extras! 01 October 2014

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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’s official! Again! Dwayne Johnson has confirmed on Twitter that he will indeed be starring in an adaptation of Robert “The man who created Jason Bourne” Ludlum’s espionage book The Janson Directive. Universal have been trying to get this spy-party started since 2011, and have now tapped Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend, Fringe) to pen the script.


  • Poster of the Day: The Shining


  • Beloved classic 1988 Tom Hanks film Big is being remade as a TV series by FOX, because of course it is. Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, the guys behind the recently axed comedy Enlisted, will be writing and executive producing the series which is said to be “loosely based on the movie and would explore what it means to be an adult, what it means to be a kid, and how in today’s world those two things are more confused than ever.”
  • You may not know it, but in between all the time he spend riding around topless on bears hunting down mountain lions, Russian President Vladimir Putin is an avid film lover and critic. Don’t believe me? Then just check out some of these stellar movie reviews he did recently.

“I talked to Kathy about it, but I think that it’s a different thing from… I don’t know what [the merger of] Disney-Lucasfilm will be like.

“It’s tricky. My favourite is The Empire Strikes Back. If I said, ‘I want to do something more like that,’ then I’m sure the people paying for it would be like, ‘No! You can’t do that! We want it like the other one with all the creatures!’

“I always thought of Star Wars as the story of two slaves [C-3PO and R2-D2] who go from owner to owner, witnessing their masters’ folly, the ultimate folly of man… I thought it was an interesting idea in the first two, but it’s kind of gone by Return Of The Jedi.”

The irony of course, is that just about everybody attached to Episode VII now, from writer-director JJ Abrams right down to the tea-lady on set (probably) have said how they want to go back to recapture the feel and story of that original trilogy, especially The Empire Strikes Back, even bringing in Lawrence Kasdan, the guy who penned that movie.

  • If you’ve never heard of the Pixar Theory then you may need to put some “protection” for your head because this video is about to blow your mind.

  • Oh c’mon, guys! You know the first rule of Fight Club! Hell, they even made it the second rule as well just to make sure you didn’t forget it! But no, not only are you talking about Fight Club, but you’re talking about everything that is wrong with it!

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Last Updated: October 1, 2014

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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