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!
- BUTTS! BOOBS! EXPLOSIONS! And now that I have you attention, you can watch this very cool and informative video on the history of censorship in movies, appropriately titled “A$$, ( . )( . ), and GUNS”.
- From everything we’ve heard, working on Guardians of the Galaxy with writer-director James Gunn was a real blast. But as gets revealed when Gunn described a deleted scene due for the Blu Ray release, he really needs to work on his incentive schemes. Play-doh?
“Here’s me and the actor Spencer Wilding who played the Mean Guard who jabs Quill in the prison with the electrical staff and gets his comeuppance to Escape (the Piña Colada Song). He also has a little container of Play-Doh. Why Play-Doh? Because I would keep a pile of little Play-Doh containers onset and if someone did an especially amazing job that day – whether it was an actor, a grip, a stunt man, or a PA – they’d get a canister of Play-Doh. I probably only gave about 40 containers out over the entire shoot – on an 85 day schedule with a crew of a couple hundred, that isn’t much. I chose Play-Doh because I love the smell of it – opening a new container and smelling it puts me in a creative, child-like place. And who doesn’t love playing with Play-Doh (I swear Play-Doh isn’t paying for this post)? Anway, Spencer got the Play-Doh for a scene where he danced through the prison listening to Quill’s Walkman (specifically, Magic by Pilot). We cut the scene for many reasons, but it was awesome and hilarious and Spence more than deserved his rarely-given Play-Doh (and, yes, before you ask me a thousand times below, it WILL be on the Blu-Ray outtakes, and no I will not tell you the release date – you can go see the movie again! It’s still out!) Have a great day (or night depending in where you are). #gotg #guardiansofthegalaxy”
- The upcoming Season 3 of Arrow is adding another villain to its roster, and if this one leaves at some point, you can almost be certain that he’ll come right back again. So throw another shrimp on the barbie, Sheila, because Aussie badguy Digger Harkness aka Captain Boomerang is headed to Starling City. Boomerang – and yes, his only abilities are indeed just that he can throw a boomerang really well – will be played by Nick Tarabay, who Spartacus fans will remember as the conniving ex-gladiator Ashur.
- Poster of the day: Army of Darkness
- Out of all the crazy and sometimes just plain stupid rumours surrounding Star Wars: Episode VII, just about the only thing that has remained constant since it first broke is that Adam Driver was playing one of the movie’s villains. It was the first casting story that broke, and since then not a single person on the production has contradicted it, which must mean that it’s true, right? Not so fast, according to these new leaked set pics which hint at a totally different role for Driver. These may be slightly spoiler-ish, so click at your own peril.
- Keeping it Star Warsy around here, EW has a really fascinating interview with Anthony Daniels, the actor who has played jittery droid C-3PO in all the movies. In fact, Daniels’ entire career has essentially been playing this one role in different variations for the last 40 years. It’s quite an insightful and fun read, with Daniels even being very honest about his dislike of some of the movies and decisions made about the franchise in the past. And that honesty is really refreshing, especially when he wants to reassure fans that Episode VII as well as Star Wars Rebels is taking back that old Star Wars feel.
“It’s very elusive and I’ll tell you: It’s where we’re going now with Episode VII. We’re all back. And it’s great, actually, that Rebels is set before Episode IV because that film is quintessential basic, “This is Star Wars.”
“…Rebels is is an old fashion link to the old fashion film, which which we all loved. And you will love Episode VII — I have electrodes strapped to my head to zap me if I say anything more about it.”
- Fact: Crimson Tide is the most exciting lesson on Spanish show horses you’ve ever seen. It’s also an incredible movie – one of the late director Tony Scott’s best, featuring cracking performances from Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman. But that won’t stop us from finding a few things wrong with it.
- Forget Oscar Pistorious! There’s a far more important case happening right now: The case to determine who ends up with the film right for the Dungeons & Dragons board game franchise. The rights currently resides with Sweetpea Entertainment, who have shepherded three D&D movies to the screen thus far. Unfortunately, each one was progressively worse than its predecessor – which is saying a lot seeing as the first one was bag of flaming dragon poo – and that fact coupled with the fact that Sweetpea may not actually have been living up to the rights agreements properly, prompted toy company Hasbro (who are probably in cahoots with frequent partner Universal) to take legal action to try and get the rights themselves.
- Here’s your first look at Sharlto Copley and Susan Heyward as Detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim in Sony’s upcoming TV series adaption of acclaimed comic book Powers.
And they look like… well, like Sharlto Copley in a suit standing next to a more casually dressed lady. For the uninformed (who probably got nothing from this pic), Powers is set in a world where superheroes are real, and follows the pair of detectives on the superhero crimes beat. Walker is actually an ex-superhero himself, who decided to become a cop after losing his superpowers.
- Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction is by nearly all accounts, just a horrible film. It is also the top earning film of 2014 by a huge margin. A huge part of its financial success stems from the fact that it made an absolute killing in China, which is probably due to large portions of the the film actually taking place in the Asian country – this was definitely Bay and co’s intention, as China is becoming a major player on the box office scene. But just because their gamble paid off, doesn’t mean it was easy to do, as shooting in Hong Kong is slightly different to shooting in Hollywood, as you’ll see in this Behind the Scenes featurette.
- It doesn’t matter how many lunchboxes your face was on, or how many kids were singing your songs or even how many grown men used to fantasize over you despite the fact that you’re a cartoon, sooner or later the harsh realities of life catches up to all of us.
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Last Updated: September 17, 2014