Extras! 05 February 2015

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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!

  • Hey, guys! Did you see the new Batman v Superman trailer that went online last night!

Oh, yuk yuk. Ain’t I a stinker…

  • And to make up for that little bit of tomfoolery, here’s some really intriguing superhero news. The moment it appeared that time travel might factor into the major overarching plot on The Flash, fans started speculating that the TV series might be heading towards Flashpoint. For the uninitiated: “Flashpoint” was a major comic-book arc that saw Barry use his powers to travel back in time and change the moment of when his mother died, but when he returns to the present, he discovers that that one change has caused a butterfly effect resulting in a remarkably different world where some of the heroes have even become villains. Well there’s apparently an upcoming episode of the TV series where Barry discovers these very same time powers, and according to star Grant Gustin this may just lead to some dramatic changes.

“We are diving deep into the time-travel element and it is going to be wild… I think it would be fun if [time-travel] totally changed the show for season two.”

“[Barry] realizes, ‘Holy shit, this an opportunity to change things with my family’s past.’ He doesn’t know yet to maybe not do that, but that’s where Barry’s at when he realizes what he’s just learned that he can do, that he can maybe save his mom.”

  • Poster of the day: Whiplash

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  • Here’s some news about ex-The Movies writer Noelle’s favourite little bear that should make her extremely happy: With the exception of Spirited Away, which made a tonne of cash in its local Japanese market, Paddington has now officially become the highest grossing non-Hollywood family film ever! Marmalade sandwiches all around to celebrate!
  • And speaking of movies making money… January used to be considered the graveyard when it came to movie releases, but according to stats movie sales in the US for January 2015 are up a whopping 37% over last year’s figures. The reason? Guns and sex, as American Sniper‘s box office killing spree and Fifty Shades of Grey‘s pre-ticket sales have driven up the numbers significantly.
  • We’re always cracking jokes with our Asian friend Steve Aoki over at our sister site Lazygamer about how “they all look the same”… Oops. Did I say Steve Aoki? I meant Geoff. Happens every time. Anyway, The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yuen completely disagrees with that stereotype, and would like to prove it to you that it’s not Asians look alike, it’s that we all look alike!

DAT ASIAN BRAD PITT!

  • Both my non-fandom of Melissa McCarthy and fanboyism of Peter Dinklage are well documented on this site. So of course I’m currently experiencing some very confused feelings about the news that the two are pairing up for a new comedy titled Michelle Darnell. McCarthy co-wrote the script with director Ben Falcone (Tammy), and it sees her as “a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget”. Dinklage is believed to play the main antagonist for the role, and apparently beat out several other big actors and actresses for the role as the studio looked for somebody who could really chew some scenery.
  • We don’t like to give out spoilers unnecessarily around here, but where do you draw the line on a spoiler that didn’t happen? Case in point: Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has unveiled his early plans for this famed book series turned mega-hit TV series, which would have seen quite a different fate for several of the characters. Joffrey would probably still be a tosser though, and there’s even more incest this time around.
  • Video game tie-ins for movies are almost always absolutely abysmal. Unless they’re the LEGO games which are spectacular and utterly hilarious. And it looks like the latest addition to the franchise, LEGO Jurassic World is just going to keep up that tradition.

  • If you watched the first trailer for The Fantastic Four two weeks ago, and were surprised at how none of it looked like the Fantastic Four you knew, then you clearly have never read Ultimate Fantastic Four. Since we first began getting nuggets of info for director Josh Trank’s movie reboot, I’ve said that all the claims that it wasn’t true to the comics were unfounded as the movie appears to be borrowing heavily from the UFF, which was part of a very popular Marvel imprint that saw their biggest titles modernized and updated without all the decades of continuity attached. Fantastic Four producer/writer Simon Kinberg has listed UFF as an influence, but Movies.com has done a good breakdown to show that the movie could be an almost beat for beat adaptation of the comic.
  • Haven’t had a chance to watch any of the Best Picture nominees for this year’s Oscars? No worries, these kids will give you a cute rundown of them all!

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: February 5, 2015

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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