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!
Here’s some sad news to start the day with. Jim Kelly, better known as Black Belt Jones from the Bruce Lee classic Enter the Dragon has passed away, leaving a massive void of coolness in martial arts today. Ain’t it Cool news has written a fantastic piece about the star, in which Harry Knowles recounts his influence on the cinematic landscape after his big screen debut.
If you think that the best Batman movie of 2012 was The Dark Knight Rises, well then buddy, I’ve got six ways to disarm your opinion from this position and one of them is going to hurt…real bad. The Dark Knight Returns, an animated adaptation of the classic Frank Miller and Klaus Janson tale of a retired caped crusader who is forced back into action was split into two parts when it was released last year and in early 2013.
Never one to miss out on making some extra cash, Warner Bros will be releasing a deluxe version of the movie on Blu-Ray, that will have extra features when it arrives in October.
Well, time is up for Gandalf the Grey, better known as super-awesome actor Sir Ian McKellan. After almost a decade and a half, Gandalf shall indeed allow folks to pass as he has hung up his wacky tobacco pipe and big hat after having finished filming his final scene in The Hobbit movies. Director Peter Jackson had the following to say about the actor on his Facebook, with the following photo included of the two chums together:
Seconds ago we finished our last shot with Gandalf. The end of an incredible adventure that began in 1999. I’m feeling very sad right now.
Orlando Bloom has also finished filming his role as younger Legolas in The Hoobit. But screw that guy, he Legoed my lass this one time…Ah hell, how can I hate a guy who makes a metal video like this? Via Peter Jackson who once again had something to say:
A day after saying goodbye to Gandalf and Tauriel, it was time to farewell Legolas. What a great day it was, with Orlando battling a serious Orc for all 12 hours of shooting – part of the Battle of the 5 Armies for the third Hobbit movie. When we finally got the day done, we said goodbye to Orlando, had a couple of beers … and couldn’t resist doing this!
Love or hate it, there’s no denying that Man of Steel hit the ball into outer space when it came to visuals. Particularly impressive, was the Kryptonian technology that was on hand that helped flesh out the history of that planet. Wondering how they made it? Well wonder no more and get educated in less than three minutes!
Staying with Man of Steel, the film has a rather polarised base of fans and detractors lately for this Bovril flick. It’s a Superman movie for people who don’t like Superman, in essence. As for the rest of you who have seen it, here’s some extra chuckles courtesy of the Editing Room, in which they rip the son of Krypton a new one in their abridged script. Here’s a sample:
Extreme close-up of GROWN-UP HENRY CAVILL’s nose hair as he spends the next several years HITCHHIKING from town to town, hoping to hide his SECRET IDENTITY, but each time someone eventually makes him ANGRY and triggers his SUPER-POWERED RAGE.
When did this turn into the old Incredible Hulk TV show? What’s next, waking up naked except for some strategically shredded pants? Or maybe I’ll start stealing clothes off of random people’s clothes lines, haha.
So which movie franchises have scored the most dollars in recent years? Is it a bird? Is it a left hook to the jaw? Nope, it’sh a well shaken shet of Martinish.
In case some of you haven’t realized it yet, I’m more of a teetotaler than an entire year’s worth of CM Punk WWE promos, a fact that has earned me no small measure of scorn that is materialised in the beer bottles and cans that are chucked my way every morning by the staff of The Movies. But hell, even I’m keen on getting to the cinema in order to see the latest Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost film, The World’s End.
Here’s a new TV spot for that film which will keep everyone else firmly off the wagon.
And to end the day off, while it may not be strictly related to Hollywood, here’s a bit of WWE for you. 15 years and a few days ago, Mick “Mankind” Foley had a match with the Phenom himself, the Undertaker that resulted in him getting #$%-slammed off the top of a steel cage. Twice. It’s the kind of scripted event that could only happen in Hollywood, until things got unscripted as you can read here in this post by Deadspin. Or you can watch the match in its entirety and fast forward to first fall at the three minute mark.
MAH GAWD, THAT MAN IS BROKEN IN HALF! HE’S DEAD I SAY DEAD! STONE COLD! STONE COLD! STONE COLD!
Last Updated: July 1, 2013