Extras! 15 April 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!

  • If you were on the internet in any way yesterday, you may have found yourself either dodging Game of Thrones spoilers, or experiencing a murderous rage for having Game of Thrones spoiled for you. This is of course a similar reaction to when Season 3’s infamous “Red Wedding” episode, which proved that author George R.R. Martin is the world’s worst wedding planner.

And don’t worry, this video doesn’t contain any spoilers for, or have anything to do with the latest episode, because I’m not a dick.

  • If you’ve been praying to the gods that they would just stop making Die Hard movies after the meh-tastic A Good Day To Die Hard, then you may just have prayed to the wrong deity. According to Latino Review’s El Mayhimbe, not only are Fox meeting with new writers about another movie, but that Samuel L. Jackson may just be reprising his Die Hard With a Vengeance character, Zeus, in this new flick.
  • Poster of the Day: Hellboy II: The Golden Army

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  • It looks like David Fincher is out of a Jobs! No, that’s not a typo. Fincher was in negotiations with Sony Pictures to helm the new Aaron Sorkin penned Steve Jobs biopic, but those negotiations have seemingly now broke down due to Fincher’s “ridiculous” demands. The director is apparently demanding $10 million up front, as well as absolute control over the film’s marketing. After Fincher was had his way with the marketing – lots of which couldn’t be used or was badly received – on only moderately financially successful The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, it looks like Sony is not backing off this time.

As a massive Fincher fanboy, I would definitely say he’s worth the $10 million, but I’m not a bean-counting suit over at Sony.

  • In case you were concerned that now that Shia LaBeouf has exited the franchise, you wouldn’t be getting your recommended quota of dudes running in Transformers: Age of Extinction, don’t worry, Mark Wahlberg has you covered. According to these new pics, he’s also good for standing next to cars, looking dirty while holding an alien gun and climbing on old trucks. Clearly he’s been studying the LaBeouf playbook.
  • And in today’s edition of “You Better Stop Talking Because You’re Just Sounding Like An Ignorant Racist”, Noah co-screenwriter Ari Handel was asked to explain the fact that there is not a single person of colour to be seen in writer/director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblically-inspired mythological epic:

“From the beginning, we were concerned about casting, the issue of race. What we realized is that this story is functioning at the level of myth, and as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn’t matter. They’re supposed to be stand-ins for all people. Either you end up with a Bennetton ad or the crew of the Starship Enterprise.”

“You either try to put everything in there, which just calls attention to it, or you just say, “Let’s make that not a factor, because we’re trying to deal with everyman.” Looking at this story through that kind of lens is the same as saying, “Would the ark float and is it big enough to get all the species in there?” That’s irrelevant to the questions because the questions are operating on a different plane than that; they’re operating on the mythical plane.”

Just so we’re clear: Putting a person of colour in a movie set in a region where people of colour lived, would be too distracting and somehow turn it into an episode of Star Trek. But having Biblical characters played by actors with thick Australian, American and English accents, is no problem at all. Riiiiiiiiight.

  • Here’s a new TV spot for Hercules in which Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hip-tosses a galloping horse. For realzies.

  • These famous movie posters redone to show 1-star reviews from Amazon are rather brilliant. My particular favourite has to be for The Expendables: “I think this movie may have given me AIDS”.
  • Action man and regular patron at Hell Restaurant Gerard Butler will soon find himself talking about the weather a lot, and not because he has nothing interesting to say. Butler will be starring in Geostorm, a new sci-fi thriller from Dean Devlin, frequent writing partner of Roland Emmerich, who has penned such big disaster flicks like Independence Day and Godzilla (the 1996 version).

This new will follow Butler as “a stubborn but charming satellite designer who, when the world’s climate-controlling satellites malfunction, has to work together with his estranged brother to save the world from a man-made storm of epic proportions.” And because clearly, somebody saw Butler in Olympus Has Fallen, “a trip into space follows, while on Earth a plot to assassinate the president begins to unfold”.

  • Despite all the hoopla surrounding it, I still have not seen Frozen. But clearly, if any of you guys had told me that this was actually how it ended, then I would have put in a much greater effort to do so!

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Last Updated: April 15, 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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