Extras! 19 February 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!

  • Whether or not you actually enjoyed Fifty Shades of Grey, the general consensus is that the movie’s sex scenes, so central to it’s “plot” (please note the air quotes), are quite a letdown. If you felt disappointed and are still in search of some… satisfaction, then check out CineFix’s compilation of the Top 10 Sex Scenes of All Time. Clearly, this is very NSFW, so don’t blame us if you watch this in the office and suddenly get branded as the resident pervert.

  • Will Smith has a bounty on his head, and no it’s not in retaliation for After Earth. After a series of dud, the Once-Fresh Prince has seen a bit of a resurgence in his roles with the upcoming Focus and Suicide Squad, and he’s continuing that streak by signing on to play the lead in upcoming action-thriller Bounty. The still director-less flick will see Smith as a Boston man “who is wrongly convicted of murder. He escapes from prison determined to prove his innocence — a nearly impossible task after the widow of the man he supposedly killed puts a $10 million bounty on him, dead or alive.”
  • Poster of the day: Birdman

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  • As has been proven by Battleship and the upcoming Monopoly movieHollywood can turn anything into a feature film. Case in point: “The Psychopath Test”, Jon Ronson’s non-fiction novel expose on the medical community’s struggles to properly identify and diagnose psychopaths who are said to comprise one out of every hundred people in society, which is now being turned into a thriller starring Scarlett Johannson. Yes, really. Jay Roach (Game Changer) is set to direct while Kristen Gore (Accidental Love) will somehow adapt the screenplay.
  • The Book of Life may not got as much attention as some of its fellow animated features like The LEGO Movie and How To Train Your Dragon 2, but it was still a pretty decent flick. Reel FX Animation Studios was certainly happy with their end-product, as they’ve now signed a multi-picture deal with the film’s writer an director Jorge R. Gutierrez. What’s more, they’ve already lined up his next animated project: A still untitled kung fu space western. Yes, you read that correctly.
  • Did you know that The Walking Dead actually takes place in the same universe as Breaking Bad? I’ll give you a minute to process that mindblower, and when you’re done you can check out this video that explains that incredible claim as well as some other amazing facts about the zombie show.

  • It looks like everybody’s favourite Merc With the Mouth has found the lady in his crazy mutant life. After a round of casting that saw several hopefuls vying for the job, Firefly and Homeland star Morena Bacarin has been picked to play the female lead opposite Ryan Reynolds in X-Men spinoff Deadpool. No details on Bacarin’s character other than she “grapples with falling for a man with a hideously scarred face.” The fact that he’s nutjob killer for hire might just factor into it as well.
  • I don’t know why it’s taken this long to do a Star Wars/Scanners mashup, but that video is finally here and the results are… mindblowing.

  • It’s sort of a well-known fact that the Oscars don’t always award statues based purely on merit. Politics and weird personal preferences often sway voters to give awards to movies and actors that aren’t necessarily the best in their category for that year. Sometimes, the voters may even clearly just be on drugs (this is the only explanation for how Shakespeare In Love beat Saving Private Ryan). But we usuall don’t get a glimpse into this process due to the voting being in secret. Usually.

THR has scored a lengthy interview with an anonymous “longtime member of the Academy’s 378-member public relations branch” who gives her “brutally honest” opinions on why certain movies/actors are getting the Oscar backing that they are. Some of her explanations are insightful, some are dumb, some are hilarious and some even borderline racist, but it sure makes for some intriguing reading. Hell, she even agrees with us (and practically the rest of the world) about the whole LEGO Movie snub .

“If you can call anything a “snub,” this year, it was The Lego Movie, which was one of the best movies of the year. I don’t know what happened there, but it is inconceivable to me. Of the five they did nominate, my favorite is Big Hero 6, which was adorable and original.”

  • I still haven’t got around to watching Dumb and Dumber To despite the fact that I have an unending love for the original. The trailers for the long-in-development sequel didn’t fill me with confidence, and I have a feeling that this Honest Trailer for the film will have me laughing than the actual movie.

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: February 19, 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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