Extras! 11 April 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!

  • Hey it’s Friday! And you know what that means, right? Yep, it’s time for Jimmy Fallon and Anne Hathaway to do Broadway renditions of classic hip hops songs from Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent and Kendrick Lamar! Oh, you didn’t guess that one? Well, here it is anyway!

  • Abu Dhabi is the new Tattooine. And no, I’m not making some kind of geeky joke there. In the original Star Wars trilogy, Tunisia was used as the stand-in for Luke Skywalker’s home planet, which will seemingly be visited again in JJ Abrams’ upcoming Episode VII. However the current political climate in the African country has apparently forced the production to rather find an alternative shooting location, which they have in United Arab Emirates’s capital, Abu Dhabi. Yeah, sand definitely won’t be a problem.
  • JEFF WADLOW HAS THE POWER!… to rewrite a script. The Kick-Ass 2 writer/director has apparently signed on with the long-in-production Masters of the Universe reboot to take another crack at the film’ script, an earlier draft of which was turned in by Pirates of the Caribbean 4‘s Chris Terrio. Masters is currently without a director, after Jon M. Chu called it quits, so the door is apparently being left open for Wadlow if he wants to helm it as well.
  • Poster of the Day: Noah

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  • If you’re an arachnophobe, the next few years are going to be very tough for you, as Sony has plans to expand their Amazing Spider-Man franchise with several sequels and spinoffs. Current franchise runner, Marc Webb, is only attached to direct until Amazing Spider-Man 3, which should be the end of his story trilogy. However the studio has already pencilled in an Amazing Spider-Man 4 to go along with the villain-centric Venom and Sinister Six spinoffs. So just who will be doing what in this third Spidey sequel? Well, according to producer Matt Tolmach, they actually don’t know. They don’t even know if it will indeed be an Amazing Spider-Man movie, or just some other Spidey-related flick. What they do know though, is that the spinoffs will happen before then.

“Before we know what we do with Spider-Man 4, we’re going to do Sinister Six, Venom and Spider-Man 3. There is going to be a lot of crossover in those movies. So we’re just not at Spider-Man 4, because we still have a whole other Spider-Man movie and two other movies. So we don’t know yet what [Spider-Man 4] is going to be.”

  • A new Godzilla pic has just stomped in, giving us an even clearer look at the film’s monster, and I have to say that I completely LOVE the design. That is one pissed off looking irradiated iguana, as opposed to the Reese Witherspoon with bad skin we got in Roland Emmerich’s flick.

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  • David Weiss and DB Benioff have been pretty busy over the last few years as the showrunners of HBO’s Game of Thrones. During their tenure, they’ve introduced us to all kinds of scoundrels, and now they’ll be taking that further by writing and directing Dirty White Boys. Contrary to popular belief, this is not a biopic about my other male colleagues here at The Movies. Weiss and Benioff’s feature film debut will be based on Stephen Hunter’s “seriocomic chase thriller” – whatever the fudge that means – novel of the same name. Here’s the book’s synopsis:

After killing a black inmate, the brutal Lamar Pye breaks out of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary along with his retarded cousin, Odell, and a hapless artist-turned-felon named Richard. They embark on a desperate run across Oklahoma and Texas, pursued by state troopers. The escapees hide out with a convict groupie who has lived alone since murdering her parents as an adolescent. In a parody of domesticity, Lamar embraces these losers as the family he never knew. Unlettered Lamar is a natural leader, more intelligent by far than his pursuers, but his gang screws up every time at a terrible cost in bloodshed. Hunter’s portrayal of Lamar is unromantic but sympathetic. Lamar is a loser who never had a chance; he uses his short period of freedom to get his own back and to indulge in the mindless violence that is the only thing that truly satisfies and delights him. This seriocomic chase thriller packs a punch.

  • Directors are tricksy little hobbitses who often foreshadow events their movies, but do it in such a way that most people don’t even notice. Luckily, there are people like the folks at Cracked who do notice, and can thus make this video of 11 Brilliant Clues Hidden in Famous Movies and TV Shows.
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  • Be honest, at some point or another, while waiting for a movie to start, you’ve put your 3D glasses to your face backwards, only to find out that it no longer works. And now you can find why not.
  • Jennifer Lawrence is awesome, as the internet reminds us nearly every day. And apparently her awesomeness has not gone amiss to the folks at Fox. Lawrence plays blue skinned shapeshifter Mystique in the X-Men movies, but it seems that there’s a chance she may just be getting her own spinoff movie. Writer/producer Simon Kinberg and producer Laura Shuler Donner spoke to Variety about Lawrence’s appeal, and how the time could now be right for her character – and a few others – to try and make it alone.

“I love what Jen Lawrence has done with her, and I feel like because she is in such a crowded ensemble, there’s so much more opportunity if you were to follow her solo.”

“There was a regime (at the studio) that didn’t see the worth in (spinoffs), and the current people who run Fox understand, embrace it and we’re going to do right by it“I’d like to do Gambit. I’d like to do Deadpool. We’ll see. There’s a lot of really great characters.”

  • I have only ever vaguely heard of Birdemic: Shock and Terror as one of those “So bad it’s not even good, it’s just bad, really, really bad!” movies, but have never seen it. After this latest edition of “Everything Wrong With…”, which runs a whopping 20 minutes (there’s a whole lot of wrong in this one), I realize that I really have to remedy that. Or not.

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Last Updated: April 11, 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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