Extras! 13 March 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!

Yesterday we got the first look at Grant Gustin’s full costume for the Flash. Well, full costume wasn’t entirely correct, as the stupid pose blocked most of it. Then later, some new pics surfaced, and these gave us a real look. A look that some of us may have regretted, as the costume was about as aerodynamic as Darryn’s craggy face. If you still haven’t made up your mind on whether you like the suit or not, then maybe these additional pics showing Gustin actually running and jumping will help you along.

Looks like a prostitute with a heart of gold may be moving onto Broadway. And no, I’m not referring to the actual sex workers on that busy street. With Director Garry Marshall is teaming up with theater producer Paula Wagner, with the two planning to adapt Marshall’s 1990 smash hit rom-com Pretty Woman as a Broadway musical. The original starred Richard Gere as a lonely and wealthy businessman who falls in love with Julia Roberts’ bubbly prostitute after hiring her to spend a weekend with him.

Seth Grahame-Smith, the man who penned the ludicrous Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (I still can’t believe it wasn’t just some elaborate gag) and the only slightly less crazy Dark Shadows, will be making his directorial debut with a sort-of remake of Something Wicked This Way Comes. Disney first released the thriller, based on legendary author Ray Bradbury’s novel, in 1983, with Jonathan Pryce and Jason Robards starring. The story told of “how Mr. Dark, the evil proprietor of a traveling carnival preys on the residents of a small town by bartering possession of their souls for the dreams each one has.” Pryce played a young young boy, who along with his father (Robards) and a friend, try to prevent Mr. Dark from taking over their entire town.

Grahame-Smith, who will be penning the script of the new movie as well, is apparently a huge fan of Bradbury’s novel, saying it was his favourite book as a child, however he doesn’t regard it as “sacrosanct” and is “not remaking the movie”, but will just be using it as inspiration for his tale. There’s going to be vampires, isn’t there?

One of the best moments at this year’s Oscars, was when Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch pulled off one of the most epic photobombs on Irish rock band U2. You may have seen the brilliant photos of the event, but now this incredible video of it has surfaced online.

And another classic Joe Dante movie from the 80’s is getting remade, this time around it’s the Gremlins director’s Explorers that will be getting the modern update treatment. Paramount has set Geoff Moore and Dave Posamentier to script the remake, while Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) will produce.

The original was a 2/3 charming little tale about 3 kids (Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix and Jason Presson) who build a spaceship in their backyard after one of them suddenly dreams about the schematics one night. Not only does the spaceship actually work, but they get up to all kinds of adventures in it, even meeting some aliens along the way.

If you’re wondering why I wrote “2/3 charming”, it’s because the film got a bit screwed when the studio upped the release date mid-production, causing Dante to have to throw out the movie’s originally planned, much more ambitious third act, in favour of a slapdash, written on the fly, rather anti-climactic one. The film flopped at the box-office, but still became a bit of a cult favourite, and probably also a Trivial Pursuit question, as it marked the professional acting debuts of both Hawke and Phoenix.

Poster of the day: Transformers: Age of Extinction

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And we officially have ourselves a standoff! You may recall that Warner Bros recently shifted the release date of Batman vs Superman to May 6, 2016, the very same day that rival Marvel Studios already had an as yet unannounced Phase 3 movie scheduled for. Many expected Marvel to balk in the face of arguably the two biggest superheroes ever, but according Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, they’re not budging one inch.

As for the mysterious movie, Feige says they hope to announce it in the next few months. Expect it to be a major title though, if they’re this confident.

One of the reasons for Marvel’s confidence may also be the fact that screen legends want to be in their movies. GeekDad’s Matt Blum interviewed Feige and Captain America: Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo during a press junket for that film, and the Marvel folk revealed that Robert Redford’s agent actually called them up to ask if there wasn’t a role for him in the movie. Feige added to this saying that “actors are excited to join a Marvel movie and want to bring their best.”

Welcome to the internet! The place where you can find James Bond battling a Batman villain (pay careful attention to the last few seconds).

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We’ve heard a few things about far about Darren Aronofsky’s battle with Paramount about his upcoming flick NoahThe film deviates quite a bit from the biblical tale most are familiar with, which obviously got the studio all antsy in fear of offending (read: not getting the money of) Christians.  To this end, the studio recut some of the film to make it more palatable to religious test audiences. This version – or the half dozen others the studio attempted but failed to grab test audiences – is not the one we will see in cinemas, but it is interesting in just how far they were willing to go to try and entice religious groups. Apparently the last studio cut, which had been slashed down to a brief 86-minutes after removing potentially offensive scenes, opened with a random montage of religious imagery and ended the movie with a Christian rock song.

In the end, Aronofsky’s version still tested better, leaving the studio to just settle on issuing a warning before the movie that the film is not a direct translation of the Biblical tale.

Everybody loves Disney’s feature length music video for “Let It Go!” Frozen, right? Well, then that makes it prime pickings for a hilarious new Honest Trailer!

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Last Updated: March 13, 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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