Extras! 03 June 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!

  • Let’s kick off Extras with a bit of self-promotion! At 17:30 today, I’ll be joining a couple of the guys from other local film blog, In The Kan, on 2OceansVibe‘s Kwaai Show to talk movies, specifically recent comic-book movies like X-Men: Days of Future Past as well as upcoming flicks. Make sure to tune in, so that you can also join in the conversation when all the cool kids are talking about it tomorrow.
  • There’s a sequel to surprise 2013 hit The Purge on the way, titled The Purge: Anarchy. This is not to be confused with The Purge: Breakout, a new interactive game being used to promote the movies where you and four other people get kidnapped and locked up in some nightmarish hellhole, populated by women with teary makeup and men that look like they’ve eaten their family, from which you’ll have to escape by solving puzzles and tests before the timer runs out, at which time you will be purged, i.e. fake-killed in the most inventive manner possible. Because that’s totally a thing people want to do now.

  • Gavin O’Connor, director of Warrior, the 2012 winner in the “Best Movie With a Horrible Trailer That Made It Look the Worst Movie” category, is moving on up. Way up. O’Connor is set to direct action -adventure Massacre in the Himalayas, a fictionalized version of Freddie Wilkinson’s “Men’s Journal” articles about “an international team of world-class mountain climbers who are intent on conquering the K2 summit in Pakistan, and are plunged into a grueling  journey when attacked by a group of extremists.” No, Sylvester Stallone isn’t starring in this one (that we know of), but based on O’Connor’s description, he may just as well.

“I love the idea of using the colossal backdrop of K2, the second highest peak on earth, to explore a man’s battle for survival against the Taliban, nature, and himself. Our hero becomes a one-man army on a quest to avenge the deaths of his mountaineering team. His experience becomes a living nightmare, a lifetime journey, and a redefinition of the man.”

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  • If you have the time, Bryan Singer has done a very, VERY lengthy interview with Empire all about his involvement in the X-Men franchise, and just how he went about tackling current global hit X-Men: Days of Future Past. If you’re a fan of Singer and/or X-Men, then I highly recommend you give the full article a read, but there is one passage that is rather pertinent. Namely, just how the hell Prof X is back in his body after X3 and Wolverine has adamantium claws again after The Wolverine. The answer? Because reasons.

“The thing that happens at the end of The Wolverine involves just the claw part so I postulated that in the future he would reconstitute the adamantium claws because it’s part of his skeleton and he’s become accustomed to having that as a weapon. In the future, he has a different relationship with Magneto and perhaps one could forge that. These are extraordinary characters who can do things like teleport across large distances and walk through walls and change the weather. As long as Xavier’s consciousness still existed in that man at the end of X-Men 3, I consider the possibility that a mutant like Forge or even Xavier himself could reconstitute his body, so that’s how I justified bringing Patrick Stewart and Professor X back, and the same way I would justify bringing back the metal claws in the future is that that’s something he would want. At some point in his future he embraces what he is. At the end of The Wolverine, that’s a big part of that story. He goes, ‘I don’t need to be mortal, I’m settled being Wolverine’, and part of being Wolverine is the claws.”

  • And now for something completely different. Writer-director Kevin Smith has unveiled this bloody set pic of Justin Long in Smith’s next movie, Tusk. The horror flick follows Long’s character, a man who is lured to a creepy individual’s apartment where he is captured and then slowly turned into a walrus via medical operations. Yes, a walrus. The pic appears to show Long’s character mid-transformation.

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  • I am very proud to announce we now live in a world where Transformer pens are a real thing. Now if you scientist folks can just around to making that hoverboard from Back to the Future II a reality, that would be great.
  • It looks like a sequel to the Michael Douglas/Kathleen Turner 1989 black-comedy hit War of the Roses is actually going to become a real thing now. A thing that people actually want. Titled War of the Roses: The Children and based on  original author Warren Adler’s own sequel of the same name, the sequel has just landed Eastbound and Down writer Alex McAulay to pen the script. The movie is set to follow “he children of the divorce of Jonathan and Barbara Rose. Their son’s marriage falls apart due to what should have been an inconsequential incident involving a missing Milky Way bar — setting off a series of events that unleashes the deep-rooted damage that both adult children carry due to their upbringing in broken homes.”

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  • And finally, the silence has been broken. Despite the fact that principal photography wrapped on Duncan Jones Warcraft adaptation last week, we still a big fat nothing about the movie. Well, that was before Ben Foster decided to get gabby, because now we know just a little bit more than nothing. Hey, baby steps, I guess.

“The character in ‘Warcraft’ that I play is named Medivh. He’s a mage, which is essentially a sorcerer… [The movie] shows both sides of a conflict, which is exciting to me. It’s not just a video game turned into a movie. It’s asking, hopefully, an important question of, where do we limit our compassion for what we consider to be the bad guys?”

“The way that they’re pushing motion-capture — I just saw some of the test footage — it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It’s performance-capture. It pushes it to the next level. It’s going to be one helluva 3D event.”

  • As much as I love the Back to the Future movies, there was one part that always bothered me: How did that band at Marty’s parent’s school dance know how to play Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” when they had never heard it before? Yes, that bothered me more than the dodgy time travel science, okay! And apparently it also bothered the guys over at CineFix who made this hilarious video about it.

If you have anything you would like to contribute to Extras, whether it be interesting stories, funny videos, or artistic photos of yourself in morally questionable poses, feel free to drop a mail to [email protected]

Last Updated: June 3, 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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