Extras! 11 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!

“What I’m very excited about is that we have been talking about a Wolverine movie, which would team Hugh Jackman and myself together. Wolverine and Professor Xavier. That would be a very different sort of ‘X-Men’ from the four movies that I’ve already done.”

Wolverine and Xavier buddy movie? Yeah, I would pay to see that.

  • Poster of the day: Child 44

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  • Thanks to a bunch of trading card-styled images, we know the names of most of the principal cast for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I say “most”, because you may have noticed that Dohmnall Gleeson is nowhere to be found in that list, and yet we know he’s part of the main cast. So who could he be playing and why keep it such a secret? Well, if what Making Star Wars has unearthed about his character’s identity is true, it’s quite a big deal. This is all just unconfirmed rumour, but SPOILER WARNINGS are in effect regardless.

“We have to be selective, work with strong brands, top talent, take the time we need. [But] obviously, the result on ‘Paddington’ is a strong incentive to us and the partners on the movie to work on a sequel, and a strong incentive for Studiocanal to continue in this area (of ambitious family movies).

‘Paddington’ has been our biggest bet. Even the development costs, such as creating the bear, were significant. But it shows we can be ambitious in this area of family entertainment, even if it brings us into more direct competition with U.S. studios.”

  • We’re still some time away from the next season of HBO’s critically acclaimed (and our favourite show of last year) anthology series True Detective, but the first set pics have just come in showing off stars Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitch and revealing a few details to us. Namely, there will be lots of wearing of jeans, and Farrell’s character will look like a porn director.

 

More pics at the link above.

  • I loved – LOVED – Whiplash, the intense and visceral drumming drama starring Miles Teller as a driven young music student and J.K. Simmons as his music teacher from Hell. I also loved Weird Al Yankovic’s new album last year. And now, thanks to the powers of the internet, I can enjoy both in one funny clip!

  • If you hated the fact that Johnny Storm is now a black kid, then please direct all your attention (and probably vitriol) over here: It’s being reported that for the planned TV series remake of John Hughes 1989 classic Uncle Buck, ABC are looking for an all African-American cast. The original movie starred the late John Candy – who was obviously white – as an immature uncle who has to learn responsibility when tasked with taking care of his nephews and nieces – also white. Racists, go ahead, be free and merry. And by merry, I mean angry.
  • The viral ad campaign for Jurassic World is in full swing and the latest bit comes courtesy of this promo video found on the website for fictional security company Masrani Global (via ComingSoon). The video doesn’t just show us a bit more about the park, but also gives us our first real look at and details of Vincent D’Onofrio’s character Vic Hoskins, who’s the head of security at the park.

  • With smutty blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey set to release and probably clean up this weekend, B&Q, a hardware store chain in the UK, has apparently told its workers to not just read up on EL James’ steamy BDSM novels, but also to expect an influx in requests for rope, cable ties and tape. Staff have been urged to be aware of “potentially sensitive customer questions”, and to help familiarize them with these requests from film viewers who may want to experiment with bondage. B&Q have acquired copies of the novels which will be delivered to all the stores and lent out on a weekly basis to the workers.
  • And staying with that movie… Yesterday we linked you to a Fifty Shades of MODOK parody that replaces Christian Grey with the weird Marvel villain. And today we have another parody that once again switches out Mr Grey for weird individual with a funny shaped head, googly eyes and disproportionate limbs. I give you… Fifty Shades of Steve Buscemi!

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Last Updated: February 11, 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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