Extras! 15 January 2015

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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!

  • It’s been far too long since we’ve posted anything about Guardians of the Galaxy, so here, have an 8-bit animated version of the movie!

  • So remember that rumour that Marvel and Sony were busy with a deal that would see Spider-Man enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Well, according to a recent unconfirmed report from Latino Review, that deal has been made! What’s more, they’ve gone on to detail, in very SPOILER-filled fashion, exactly how and when Spider-Man will show up, including laying out the future plans and deaths for some of the biggest characters in the MCU. LR’s report definitely got the geek corners of the internet all in a tizz last night, but there’s just one slight problem though: Sony has gone on record to say that it’s all rubbish.
  • Poster of the day: Duel

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  • Looks like Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman are going from the Edge of Tomorrow the edge of the line. The line of cocaine that is. Cruise and Liman are reteaming for Mena, a new drug smuggling drama based on the true story of “Barry Seal, a pilot who, in the 1980s, was a gun runner, and drug trafficker who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel.” Edge was a huge hit for both men, both with audiences and critics, so it looks like they’re trying to strike while their popularity is still high as production is expected to start later this year.
  • Although it was once voted by the Chicago Film Critics Association as the 20th scariest movie ever made, I never ever found Poltergeist to be truly, horror-movie scary. It may have been directed by Tobe “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” Hooper, but it was penned by Steven Spielberg, and the scares feel a lot more like the type of kid-friendly scares you would usually find in one of his 1980’s Amblin movies. And it would appear that the makers of the upcoming Poltergeist remake feels the same way. Star Sam Rockwell spoke to Collider about the movie and revealed that this new version directed by Gil Kenan – who also helmed Monster House, which was exactly like an 1980’s Amblin movie – is more of a kid’s story now.

“The 10-year-old boy is really the protagonist this time. JoBeth Williams was the protagonist for the most part in the first one and now the kid, it’s really through his point-of-view [sic]. So it’s more of a kids’ movie so I don’t know if it’s gonna be like rated-R scary.”

  • I’m generally not one for watching full scenes from movies I haven’t seen yet, but I just had to check out this full bar fight scene from Kingsman: The Secret Service that Fox just released, just so that I check out Colin Firth laying the posh, umbrella smack down on some chavs. And it did not disappoint! Now I’m even more stoked to see this movie!

  • Hey, guys! Remember that time we ate that bad Chinese food that made us have those weird hallucinations that the 22 Jump Street sequel could crossover with Men In Black? That was whack, right? I mean who would even—- Oh. That wasn’t a dream? And the directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, are really still thinking about doing it? Seriously?!

“Nothing’s changed. It’s still a crazy idea, and we only do things that seem like they’re going to be terrible. We’re really focussing on what’s a great story for Schmidt and Jenko and how to tell the next chapter in their lives. And perhaps use creatures from another world at the same time.”

  • Criticizing a movie is easy. Criticizing a movie when one of the stars is sitting right next to you is a lot harder. But Patton Oswalt does a great job when, while on a panel with Watchmen star Patrick Wilsonwas asked for his thoughts on the movie. The resulting discussion is a surprisingly well spoken and mature back and forth, that doesn’t devolve into the fanboy rage that some were expecting.

  • This behind the scenes pic of Michael Keaton in costume for Alejandro Gonzales Inarittu’s Birdman is just too cool to not share.

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  • Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is in my opinion the greatest sci-fi movie ever made. At 142 minutes it’s not exactly the longest movie ever made, but apparently that’s a bit too long for some people. That’s not surprising. What may be surprising is that one of that people is Steven Soderbergh. The Oscar-nominated director, much like he did with Psycho and Raiders of the Last Ark, has gone and recut the movie, ending up with a much brisker 110 minutes cut that has been tweaked as well. Now before you start with the cries of “Heresy!”, know that Soderbergh is one of the biggest fans of Kubrick’s film and has watched just about every type of print of the film numerous times, and so he’s not trying to one-up Kubrick, but rather just offering his own take on it. You can watch Soderbergh’s full cut over HERE.
  • Ever wondered exactly what R2-D2 was saying with all those beeps and whistles? Well, it turns out that he has a bit of an attitude!

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: January 15, 2015

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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