Extras! 12 December 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!

  • We’re just a few weeks away from New Years Eve, usually one of the biggest parties of the year. Maybe whatever you have planned for the night can even top the bacchanalian celebrations going on in this supercut of the wild parties in movies.

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Judy Greer as Maggie, Tip “Ti” Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Wood Harris as Gale, Jordi Mollà as Castillo and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym.

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  • If you know your DC comics, then it should have come as no surprise when in a recent episode of The Flash, Caitlin’s fiancee Ronnie Raymond (played by Robbie Amell) was shown to not only be alive, but also showing off some fiery new powers. In the comics Ronnie is of course one-half of the hero Firestorm (yes, one half), and now thanks to Amell’s Instagram page we may have just got out first shot of him “in costume”, minus the flaming special effects, of course.
  • As if JK Rowling needed to make more money from her writing, BBC are now set to adapt the Harry Potter author’s “Cormoran Strike” crime novels, which she wrote under the nom de plume of Robert Galbraith, for television. The novels follow the titular character, an ex-army officer, discharged after losing a leg to a land mine, turned private eye, with the first book, “The Cuckoo’s Calling”, following Strike as he “looks into the supposed suicide of a model, who plunges to her death from a balcony in high-class Mayfair. Strike suspects it was murder.” BBC will begin production on an adaptation of “The Cuckoo’s Calling” in early 2015.
  • In case you haven’t heard, Disney has plans for a Star Wars attraction in its park. However, once it’s completed, you shouldn’t expect to go there to hang out with Grand Moff Tarkin or a couple wampas, or really anybody/anything from the original movies, because it’s been revealed by Disney CEO Bob Iger that the attractions will in fact mainly be focusing on the new movies, starting with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“There will be a much larger ‘Star Wars’ presence in our parks globally. But we want to do this big, which takes time, and to do it right…I didn’t want someone to say, ‘I just saw the movie and there’s nothing in that movie in this (attraction).’ We waited to see what this film would have in it.”

“We couldn’t tell [Disney’s Imagineering Team[ what was new. I slowed it all down so what we come forward with will have a blend of the past, present and maybe the future. Now we have a sense of what’s in ‘Star Wars 8,’ and what some of the standalone films will have in them.”

  • And speaking of Star Wars, franchise alum Ewan McGregor knows a thing or two about immaculate births and wearing brown robes, although he may not quite use that knowledge in his next film, which we have the first shot of today. Last Days In the Desert will see McGregor playing both Jesus and the Devil, in a newly imagined chapter during Jesus’ 40 days of fasting and prayer in the desert. In this film, “on his way out of the wilderness, Jesus struggles with the Devil over the fate of a family in crisis, setting for himself a dramatic test.”

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  • Did the first trailer for Terminator Genisys perhaps leave your head a bit wibbly wobbly after you tried to piece together the franchise’ timeline? Well, then this video is for you!

  • The “Jungle Book” race is officially over. Kind of. Disney’s Jon Favreau directed The Jungle Book was looking to go head to head with WB’s Andy Serkis helmed Jungle Book: Origins, but then WB dated their entry a year after after Disney’s October 2015 release date. And now that scheduling gap has widened even further, as WB has pushed Jungle Book: Origins back a further year to October 6, 2017. No reason has been given for this additional delay.
  • If you’ve ever thought “Man, I wish there was a game where a giant rubber hand smacks Mark Wahlberg in the face,” then I surely have something to show you…

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: December 12, 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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