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 the promo for this week’s season finale of Arrow, but there’s a little surprise at the end of it. Pay careful attention though, because it goes by in a flash.
- If there’s one thing that Hollywood can do well (besides sex scandals), it’s giving characters memorable names. “Memorable” can of course mean anything from the supremely cool to the just plain ludicrous (see: nearly every Steven Segal film in the 90’s), and Movies.com wants to know what is the greatest name of them all.
- Cult Halloween flick Trick R’ Treat’s writer/director Michael Dougherty is headed to the Krampus, which – contrary to what you may be thinking – is not a higher education institution where you learn about krumping. Dougherty will be helming Krampus, a new horror-comedy from Lionsgate, based on an old myth about a demon that punishes bad children at Christmas time. Here’s what the director had to say about it:
“The dark ancient origins of our holidays have always fascinated me. I’ve been drawing twisted Christmas cards for well over a decade, so it only made sense to bring some of that morbid yuletide fun to the big screen, and Krampus was the perfect mythology to do that. Christmas has been invading Halloween for far too long. It’s time to return the favor.”
- Poster of the Day: The Devil’s Backbone
- Another day, another Star Wars rumour. This one coming courtesy of Jedi News, who somehow felt it necessary to screw with the one piece of casting that we had sort of all accepted as fact by now. According to the fansite, Adam Driver will not be playing the film’s villain, as we’ve been led to believe by countless sources. No, instead according their sources “he will be playing the son of Han and Leia, and it seems he will be seduced to the Dark Side, and a main plot point for the movie will be their attempt to rescue him”.
At 30-years, Driver is the right age, and we have been hearing that Harrison Ford’s Han Solo would have a major role in the film, so this may very well just pan out.
- There’s a sequel to Harmony Korine’s bonkers bikinis and guns drama Spring Breakers on the way called – what else? – Spring Breakers: The Second Coming. There’s just one snag: none of the the cast and crew are returning. In fact, according to star James Franco, who played the sleazy drug dealer Alien in the film, the producers are making the sequel without Korine’s consent. In typical Franco fashion though, he revealed this last bit of news with this odd video on Instagram:
“ALIEN IN REHAB! And BTW F*** that SBers 2 BS, they’re doing it without HARMONY’s CONSENT. Sounds LAME AS A MUTHA!”
Oh, bless you, James Franco.
- Before JJ Abrams decided to treat all major sci-fi franchises beginning with the word “Star” like Pokemon (Gotta catch ’em all!), there were several directors rumoured to be attached to the new Star Wars. Some of these names were completely inconceivable as ever being interested in directing a Star Wars movie, but since when has logic and rumour ever been good bedfellows? But what if the rumours were right? What if one of these unlikely directors actually ended up helming Star Wars? Say, Quentin Tarantino for example?
- Insanely talented Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany has joined the cast of Woman in Gold, and get this: She’s only playing one character. BOOOORRRIIIIIING! Maslany – who plays about 7 different clone versions of herself on the critically acclaimed BBC America drama – will be joining Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds in the true story Holocaust drama. She will be playing a younger, flashback-ier version of Mirren’s character, a Holocaust survivor who is on a personal crusade “to get back her long-lost family heirlooms including Gustav Klimt paintings from the Austrian government 60 years after Nazi soldiers stole them from her home.”
- Speaking of brilliant young actresses… Noomi Rapace is set to star opposite Will Smith in Brilliance, a David Koepp (Mission: Impossible, Jurassic Park, Spider-Man) penned adaptation of Marcus Sakey’s sci-fi novel. The film takes place in a world where 1% of the population – termed “brilliants” – are born with heightened mental abilities (take that, Occupy Wall Street!). Smith will play “a federal agent, a brilliant with great hunting gifts who is drafted to hunt down a terrorist, another such brilliant who intends to start a civil war” after panic against the brilliants sets in in the general population. Rapace will play “”a tattooed and pierced brilliant identified as a terrorist by the government”, but it’s unclear if that’s the same terrorist Smith will be after.
- Congratulations, Star Wars/Miley Cyrus mash-up t-shirt. You have ruined/made my day.
- Apparently Fox thinks we’re all a bunch of idiots and won’t notice that their new sitcom, Mulaney, seems eerily familiar.
- By the time you read this, I will be busy having my face Kaiju’d off at the press screening for Godzilla. So in honour of the King of the Monsters returning to the big screen, here are 7 Godzilla facts you may not have known. Like what a great dancer he was.
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Last Updated: May 13, 2014