Extras! 18 November 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!

  • As good as they are, there’s no denying that The Lords of the Rings movies are long, bladder-busting pieces of filmmaking. If only Peter Jackson had used one of these five lines of dialogue instead, everything would have been over before you could speak “Friend” and enter!

  • Alright, STOP! Jon M. Chu time! The director kickstarted his big time career with two Step Up movies and a Justin Bieber doccie, before branching into more action-y blockbuster fare with G.I. Joe: Retaliation ans now tackling Now You See Me 2. But it looks like he’ll be getting back to music and dance roots after that though, As he’s planning to produce a high school dance flick set in the 1990’s called You Can’t Touch ThisThere’s no word yet on whether Chu will direct as well, but it is likely.
  • Poster of the Day: Conan the Barbarian

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  • If you’re upset that Universal is ditching the horror aspects of their movie monsters, then you may be interested in The Frankenstein Chronicles. Sean Bean is set to die star as Inspector John Marlott in the upcoming miniseries which is described as ” a thrilling and terrifying re-imagining of the Frankenstein myth as a six-part period crime drama”. The series will be set in London in 1827 and follow Inspector Marlott as he tries to hunt down what appears to be a serial killer that is leaving behind corpses that nothing more than hodge-podge of stitched together body-parts. Its not a serial killer for those of you who still haven’t figured it out yet (yes, Trevor, I’m looking at you).
  • Looks like Guy Ritchie has found his baddie for his upcoming King Arthur flick as it’s being reported that Jude Law has joined the franchise to take on Charlie Hunnam’s Arthur. Writer/director Ritchie has kept details of his version the Athurian legend under wraps, so we don’t know exactly who Law will be playing. He could end up being Lancelot, duelling with Hunnam for the affections of Astrid Berges-Frisbey’s Guinevere, or perhaps even play the sorcerous Mordred. Personally, I hope he plays a Black Knight with no arms and only one leg (‘Tis but a scratch!).
  • We always joke about the silly deaths in Prometheus (Step to your left! JUST TWO STEPS YOUR LEFT AND YOU WON’T BE CRUSHED!) but truth be told, Ridley Scott’s sci-fi flick is not the only one guilty of killing off characters in ways that could be avoided quite easily. Here are 10 of these fatal blunders.

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  • And speaking of, that gabby James Gunn is once again talking about Guardians of the Galaxy 2! This time (not be confused with this time or this time), the writer director has been talking about the mystery of who Star Lord’s father is. We already know that he won’t be King J’Son of Spartax as in the comics, and Gunn also pointed out that it probably won’t be fan favourite character Adam Warlock, despite his cocoon being visible in the Collector’s museum? So who will it be? Well, Gunn isnt’s saying, but he also doesn’t want to turn this into too big a deal.

“It’s funny, I don’t want to black box it too much. You know what I mean? Yeah, it’s like, we’ll find out who his dad is, and it’s going to serve the story. It’s not going to be something like in The Crying Game, though, where the big thing was, ‘He has a penis!’ [or The Sixth Sense’s big twist]. I don’t want to do that. It’s not about the revelation of who it is; it’s about what his relationship is to that character.”

  • Today is the 72nd birthday of master filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Unfortunately we have no birthday cake (probably thanks to Darryn and his abom-nom-nom-able appetite). What we do have though, is this awesome 30-min behind the scenes look at the making of Scorsese’s classic (and arguably his greatest film) Goodfellas, which was included on the film’s home release way back in the day, but has now finally made its way online.

  • When it comes to making movies, for some directors three (thirty three or even three hundred and three) is the charm. For other filmmakers though, they hit a home run on their very first try. Whether they ever again reclaim that glory or not is irrelevant, because they made their mark with that one picture. And you can check out all of those pics on Movies.com’s fantastic list of The Greatest Movies From First Time Directors.
  • Let’s face it, we’re pretty sick of building snowmen with Elsa at this point! Can’t we perhaps do something else? Like… oh, I don’t know… build a meth lab with Heisenberg?

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: November 18, 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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