Extras! 05 March 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!

Just a heads-up: These next few viral vids showing various celebs – including Doc Emmet Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd, – testing Back To The Future 2 styled hoverboards are probably fake, because, well, science and stuff, but one can still dream, right?

At the moment, nobody knows exactly why these videos are being released, although some evidence points to this coming from the folks at Funny or Die.

The folks over at Variety think that 12 Years a Slave is the most satisfying Best Picture Oscar winner in years, and they would like to tell you why. Also, something about Ellen DeGeneres making jokes about racists.

Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes has turned into a bit of a remake factory They’ve done remakes of Halloween, Friday the 13th, The Hitcher, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Amityville Horror. Now some of these were decent, and some not, but either way, they never really drew much ire from the usual remake boo-birds. Expect all of that to change though, as Platinum Dunes are remaking Alfred Hitchcock’s classic avian horror The Birds and have tapped dutch director Diederik Van Roojien to helm it.

Somehow I suspect the internet is about to dump pigeon poop all over Bay and co again.

Look, I know it’s a hard knock life and all (tricks and kicks for you!), but surely a little bit more effort could have been put into this first poster for the Annie remake starring Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx? I mean the simple tagline and the MS Word 97 word art is just not for me.

annie-poster

Although it’s been reported previously, it’s now finally official: Red Hill and The Expendables 3’s Patrick Hughes will indeed be directing the English language remake of The Raid, one of the greatest action movies ever made. You have our prayers and sympathies, Mr. Hughes.

As Darryn reported earlier this week, Disney’s Frozen had the honour of passing the $1 billion mark at  the box office this weekend past. That in itself is an incredible achievement, but there’s actually another little caveat that goes with it: Disney’s Oscar winning tale not only became just the second film to accomplish that task after Toy Story 3, but it is also the very first female directed – by Jennifer Lee – film to do it.

The fact that it took this long for that to happen is a bit disconcerting, yes, but it’s still a milestone to celebrate.

You may recall a story a while back about how there was talk of doing an Archie live-action feature film, but basing it on the zombified Afterlife with Archie spinoff. Soon after though the idea got poo-pooed by Archie Comics co-CEO Jon Goldwater, saying things will be kept more traditional. But it looks like some cooler – and by cooler, I mean undead cool – heads has prevailed since then, as Afterlife with Archie writer and new Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says that the idea is back on the table.

Afterlife is a big game-changer for Archie. It has made us think, ‘Wow, should the Archie movie be an Afterlife movie?’ ‘Should Afterlife be a TV series?” We took a little bit of a beat to figure out, because whatever our first big thing is going to be, obviously that’s going to define the company in a major way. So we want to get it right.”

And if you think Afterlife is crazy idea, well you would be right, but that’s kind of the point as Aguirre-Sacasa explains:

“I remember when I was a kid and I read Archie Meets the Punisher. I was like, ‘That’s a crazy idea. But it’s so brilliant it might work.’ That’s kind of what we want whatever that first thing is to be. We want people to be like, ‘That is so insane, but it may work it’s so insane.’”

It’s been far too long since we’ve featured something from the Pete Holmes show on here, so even though his new series of sketches is more video game than movie related, I still had to share it because it’s just too damn funny not to.

As you may have heard, we will not be getting more of that awesomeness that is the pairing of Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey in season 2 of the critically acclaimed (best show on TV right now) True Detective. So who’s going to replace them as the new detectives in the next crime saga? Well, CinemaBlend have some very interesting ideas about that. Unfortunately, none of them are Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck investigating the murder of serial rabbit murderer Elmer Fudd (I may have been watching Looney Toons again).

I want, nay NEED to have this Stargate cake for my next birthday!

Do you think John Travolta gives two continental craps about his little pronunciation faux pas at this weekend past’s Oscars that’s currently lighting up the internet? Hell no, he’s just too cool for that and is already moving on with his life by throwing a Big Hollywood Party (the capitalization is important). And everybody that’s anybody is going to be there. Just check this video to see if you’re on the list.

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Last Updated: March 5, 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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