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!
- I am a self-confessed Alfonso Cuaron fanboy. The man is just technical filmmaking genius and one of the most talented directors in Hollywood right now. If by some strange twist of really silly fate you disagree with this assessment, then you may not want to waste 4 minutes of your time watching this tribute to the man’s very impressive filmography. Also, you should probably leave town before my slapping hand and I get hold of you.
- Now look, I know that what I’m about to tell you will seem ridiculous beyond belief – impossible even! – but, I’ve double-checked the facts and this report from Film School Rejects checks out: There are indeed 7 Movies where Sean Bean doesn’t die.
- Marvel’s Agent Carter has added a familiar name to its cast in James D’Arcy. And if you’re now going “Who?”, don’t worry I wasn’t actually referring to the actor, but rather the character he’s playing. D’Arcy has signed on to play Edwin Jarvis, butler to 1940’s tech mogul Howard Stark, the father, of course, of Tony Stark who would one day create his own AI manservant appropriately named… J.A.R.V.I.S.
- Posters of the Day: The Poster Posse crew have unleashed their artistic skills on Chris Nolan’s Interstellar to great effect. Here are 3 of my favourites:
- Modern society may have come a long way to correcting social imbalances, but we still have quite the distance to travel if these recent stats – declaring that only 14% of TV directors are female, while 81% are still white – are any sort of indicator.
- Personally, I found that one of the biggest things that made Skyfall the success that it was was not just the great theme song, the return to classic Bond villainy or a better script. No for me, the real reason, besides for Sam Mendes’ direction, was the work cinematographer Roger Deakins, which turned Skyfall into the most gorgeously shot James Bond flick bar none. Taking that into consideration, you can probably understand why I began plotting some global terrorism of my own when I learned that Deakins would not be returning for the still untitled Bond 24. But while his loss is a sore point, Mendes and co have substantially salved that wound by announcing Dutch cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema as Deakins’ replacement. Van Hoytema has done incredible work on the likes of Her, Let The Right One In and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy so I am keen to see what he can do with ol’ 007.
- The fifth Paranormal Activity movie – because apparently these movies are still a thing – has just landed it’s title and release date. Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension (what? “Paranormal Activity: Twilight Zone was taken) will be spooking up audiences on March 13, 2015.
- Bryan Cranston has done a kind of long, kind of weird, pretty funny ad for Major League Baseball pre-season in the States. And because it’s Bryan Cranston, it’s also kind of awesome.
- Ever since he was introduced in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man way back in 1984, Venom has been a firm favourite. But over 30 years of publishing, the character has seen himself imagined as a villain, a hero and something in between – also, alas, as Topher Grace for some reason – which is why director Alex Kurtzman has his work cut out for him when trying to figure out just which Venom he wants to bring to the screen in his upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man spinoff movie.
“I would not say [picking the incarnation of Venom is] an easy choice. I would say that there are quite a few things about Venom that are interesting.”
“Venom had several different iterations, and there are several things that are very unique, interesting and specific. And so I think we all want to make sure that we’re making the right choices for a character that’s so beloved.”
“Before last Friday came out, we started kind of roughing out a story. Ed Solomon’s going to be writing it very soon. I can’t tell you too much, but I’m really excited about it.”
- Forget the man, clothes apparently maketh the gods and kings, as we find out in this new featurette looking at the costume design for Ridley Scott’s upcoming biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings.
- Like I said above, how you dress is important. And this is even doubly so when you happen to be an iconic movie villain that happens to dress in boring black robes and has no nose.
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Last Updated: September 18, 2014