Extras! 11 June 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!

  • Jurassic Park is 21 years old this year (you may now take a moment to cry about how old you are), and you know what? It still looks amazing! It’s actually shocking how little the movie’s visual effects have aged. But while those effects are just impressive due to their longevity now, when the movie was first released, it was an outright game-changer, as you can see in the video below.

  • You would think that after Superman levelled most of Metropolis and probably killed thousands of innocent civilians all just to take down a single Kryptonian who actually just wanted to go start a family somewhere, that the people of his city would kind of hate him. Apparently not, as these new set pics from the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice show some kind of giant Superman statue being erected.
  • Yo, guys! Looks like all that Mighty Ducks fan fiction you’ve been writing for the last few years might just finally come in handy (okay, maybe not that dodgy Emilio Estevez stuff you wrote which probably already came in handy in a different, if you know what I mean). According to Jordan Kerner, producer of the original films, Disney are completely open to a new movie, as long as they get the right story.

“There have been a number of times that we have discussed with the studio the idea of either bringing it back and bringing it back possibly with one or two of the guys who are now in their thirties as the coaches, and having a few more of them be their friends in their lives and having the kids come back. And I’ve been pitched a story two or three times. It hasn’t been the right story yet, but the idea of doing that is something Steve and I have talked about and actually Disney and I have talked about. So I’m not going to fuel the rumor mill that it’s going to happen, but I’m saying to you that the studio said to us, “We’d be interested if you come to us with the right story.”

  • Posters of the day: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles graffiti posters that have been spotted around Hollywood.
  • Have you ever wished you were the dashing Prince Charming who gets to awaken Snow White with a case, before marrying her? If so, chance are it will soon be illegal for you to get within a certain distance of any school, as Snow White is only fourteen years old. You can learn about this and other interesting facts in Buzzfeed’s list of 57 Things You Never Knew About Disney Princesses.
  • As you may have heard, Darryn is AWOL this week as he’s busy covering the Electronic Entertainment Expo aka E3 out in Los Angeles (my apologies, Los Angelinos). E3 has been all about the games this year, but there’s also been some movie news as well. The biggest being that Sony are planning a live-action/CG hybrid feature film for classic video game character Sonic the Hedgehog, and already have Evan Susser and Van Robichaux, funnymen alums of the Upright Citizen Brigade, working on a script.

The movie is being produced by Neal Moritz of Fast and Furious, because clearly a really fast blue hedgehog has a lot in common with a souped up Nissan GTR.

  • Note to self: Never make bets with Channing Tatum about how well one of his movies will do. Especially when the stakes in the bet involve kissing his penis.

  • Besides for the fist-cutlery, the most definitive aspect of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is his crazy hair-do. But you can kiss those locks goodbye for his next role as the dread pirate Roberts Blackbeard in Joe Wright’s Peter Pan reimagining, Pan, as the actor recently revealed on Instagram.

I’d like to think that he didn’t so much shave his head, as the hair on his head just migrated to his jowls.

  • Bryan Singer really did sterling work on X-Men: Days of Future Past. He took what was easily the most easily up-stuffable of stories that any of the X-Men movies have ever done, and turned in not only what is arguably the best movie in the entire franchise, but also the best movie he’s done since The Usual Suspects. And the results has been the most critically lauded and probably most commercially successful X-Men movie of all time. But all those milestones might count for nothing due to Singer’s current legal troubles.

According to a recent rumour that has popped up, Fox want to remove Singer from the director’s chair for the Days of Future Past followup, X-Men: Apocalypse, as they fear that if his legal battles aren’t resolved in time, he might just get dragged into a lengthy court case that will make meeting their already set release date very difficult.

And honestly, all of that actually sounds like a legitimate and level headed concern. But according to the rumour, Fox and Singer have clashed over who would be allowed to take over, leading to massive “heated arguments and walk outs.” Seeing as the last time Singer had to leave an X-Men movie, Fox put Brett Ratner in charge, I would say that these are very valid concerns.

  • If it wasn’t for the fact that I know that Darryn has the cartooning skills of an inebriated tortoise, I would swear that he was behind this next clip, as it caters to his tastes just so absolutely perfectly that it’s a bit creepy. But luckily, he didn’t do it, which means this is actually good. So without further ado, I give you Michael Bay’s Beavis & Butthead!

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: June 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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