Extras! 17 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!

  • Apparently, there are people out there in the world, walking around everyday just like you and me, who think there’s something wrong with The Matrix. I know, crazy talk, right?!

  • Nick and I watched The Amazing Spider-Man 2 last night (review up next week), and at the end of the film, just like we’ve done for every other comic book film of the last few years, we stayed through the very long credits in anticipation of the traditional post-credits scene. Except, much to our anger, there was none. Turns out that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 doesn’t have a post-credits scene. There is a scene that plays after the credits though (which we didn’t get to see), which has caused quite a stir.

You see, in some US and EU regions, the credits are being followed by a brief scene from none other than X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now stop spitting your coffee all over your screen, as this is actually not what you think. Sony and Fox are not suddenly banding together to give us a Spider-Man/X-Men crossover., and the two franchises and studios still have nothing to do with each other. What happened is that Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb was still under contract for another film with Fox when Sony offered him the Spidey trilogy directing gig. Fox allowed him to delay his commitment to them, but only if Sony agreed to do some promo work for them for free, hence them now plugging a rival studio’s work.

  • Poster of the Day: The Equalizer

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  • Sorry, Bilbo Baggins, look it may just be out of the frying pan and into the fire for you. Or more accurately, Into the Fire. Lord of the Rings fansite, TheOneRing.net, is reporting that the third film in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: There and Back Again is getting a new name. Again. According to their sources, the final (we think) film may now be called The Hobbit: Into the Fire

You may recall that before they settled on There and Back Again, Jackson and co had considered many possible titles, so having them change it again certainly isn’t that much of a surprise.

  • We like to keep things light of heart around here, but occasionally we do have to report on some serious news. And in this case, it couldn’t be more serious. A young man by the name of Michael Egan has filed a lawsuit against X-Men director Bryan Singer accusing the filmmaker of sexually abusing him in 1999 when he was just age 14. The details of the accusation leveled at Singer is quite severe, and if proved to be true will definitely see the director facing some very serious charges.
  • And now for something completely different: the first set pics for Star Wars: Episode VII have popped up online, showing off part of the very secretive production’s Abu Dhabi set. Most importantly, it shows off some kind of gigantic circular thing. El Mayhimbe at Latino Review thinks it may be the foot of an AT/AT Walker, and I have to admit that it certainly fits the profile. Any other ideas on what it could be? An exogorth suppository perhaps?
  • To paraphrase Ned Stark, the Winter Soldier is coming… for all your money! Marvel’s critically acclaimed Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been racking up the box office dollars since its release two weeks ago, and has now officially passed the half-billion dollar mark with a current worldwide gross of $502.2 million. To put that into perspective, the first Captain America film only made $370 million in total.

What’s interesting about these numbers, is that they once again prove the importance of the international box office (despite how some studios don’t put enough emphasis on it) as the film has taken $167 million in the USA but a whopping $335.2 million around the rest of the world, $80 million of which came from China alone.

  • 9-time Grammy Award winning musician John Legend is teaming up with Step Up scribe John Swetnam to develop a new “found footage” dance movie. No, I don’t have a clue how that would work either. Titled Breaking Through, it’s described as a “documentary-style dance drama for the YouTube generation.”

Youtube generation? I hope they cast some of these guys.

  • Chloe Grace Moretz has signed to star in The Fifth Wave, which is surprisingly not about a chronically late surfer girl. Not surprisingly, it is a YA adaptation though based on Rick Yancey’s best-selling novel of the same name. Newcomer J Blakeson will direct while Erin Brockovich and The Soloist screenwriter Susannah Grant will adapt the story. Said story being that the Earth has been all but destroyed – “knocked back to the Stone Age” – as a result of four waves of alien invaders. One of the last surviving humans, a 16-year old girl called Cassie Sullivan (Moretz), scrambles to survive in the ruins while desperately trying to find her lost little brother in the post-invasion chaos, before the inevitable fifth wave shows up to finish the job.

The book has been very favourably received by critics, citing its appeal to non Young Adult readers as well. With Moretz in the lead, and then talented Grant adapting, this may just be one of the very rare good YA films.

  • Sorry, Anakin Skywalker, but you were a totally crappy dad, and your kids are not going to forgive you.

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Last Updated: April 17, 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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