Extras! 20 March 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!

Yes, I know I’ve been blathering on about True Detective but I promise this is my last bit of blather. Until the next time. For those of you who never saw the phenomenal series and just want to know what the fuss is about without having to sit through 8-hours of Matthew McConaughey’s ponytail – and who also like 8-bit videogames – then this video is for you. Obviously, spoilers abound.

You know, for a so called funny man, my favourite Steve Carell movies are all dramas (I have a truly unhealthy love for Dan In Real Life). And he will be getting all dramatic again, as he has signed on to produce and star in true life cancer story The Priority List. Warner Bros. had recently acquired the rights to high school teacher David Menasche’s memoirs, “The Priority List: A Teacher’s Final Quest to Discover Life’s Greatest Lessons,” which told of his personal journey after being told he only had months to live after being diagnosed with brain cancer in 2006. Through several surgeries and chemo, he not only extended his life but kept on teaching until 2012, when a seizure finally ended his career. But not content to just wallow in misery, Menasche decided to take a cross-country trek to reconnect with as many former students as could, in the process coming to terms with his own vitality and purpose.

So you thought a godawful combover was the worst physical discomfort that Christian Bale suffered during American Hustle? Bale actually gained so much weight so quickly, and adopted such a slouching posture for the entire shoot, that herniated two discs and purportedly suffered a permanent height loss of 3 inches. Yes, the movie made him shorter. That’s one of the 15 Facts You May Not Know About David O. Russell’s American Hustle, and that’s not even getting into just how much of the crazy film actually happened.

Poster of the day: IMAX poster for Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Bonus poster of the day: Firefly/X-Files mashup poster

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Do you guys remember that amazing scene in The Transport where the grandmaster of Cockney ass-kickery, Jason Statham, used a silver tea tray to defeat a rocket? Oh, you actually have no idea what I’m talking about? Maybe that’s because that scene wasn’t in the actual movie, just in the trailers. You see sometimes, movie trailers show you crazy stuff that’s not actually in the movies, and Empire has rounded up a list of 25 of these misleading offenders.

The casting on Pan, Warner Bros’ Joe Wright directed reboot/origin story of Peter Pan, is moving swiftly along. Gareth Hedlund has already been cast as a young Hook, with Hugh Jackman playing the pirate Blackbeard. Now its been announced that newcomer Levi Miller has been tapped to play the title role, while Rooney Mara (The Social Network, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) has been cast as Tiger Lily. There’s just one problem: Tiger Lily was Native-American, Rooney Mara most definitely isn’t. The fact that there are already so few major roles for minorities and then one gets given to a white girl, has justifiably irked quite a lot of people, with a major petition being set up against the movie, with thousands already having signed it.

Not helping matters at all is WB’s response to this issue, saying that an African-American and French actress was also considered. Because that makes it okay. Oy vey!

I can’t lie, I hate myself a little for posting this next video, but probably not as much as the internet will hate the guys as CinemaSins for creating Everything Wrong with The Goonies.

They now make Star Wars light-up lightsaber pens. Tell all your geek friends that I say, “You’re welcome”.

Clearly Lionsgate’s current company slogan is “OWN ALL DA YOUNG ADULTZ!” as the studio behind Twilight, The Hunger Games and Divergent have lined up yet another YA adaptation (to probably suck and make no money at the box office). This time it’s based on Kimberly McCreight’s upcoming trilogy, The Outliers, and will star and be produced by 1998 Godzilla-chin double Reese Witherspoon.

The movie will focus on “a young woman who’s best friend goes missing and turns up in a remote spot in the woods with a group called the Outliers, who claim to be able to harness “intuition” and turn it into a powerful psychological weapon. She joins the Outliers but soon finds herself running for her life.”

Not everybody has the time, money and lack of social life, friends and general hygiene like Darryn which allows him to spend a year building a proper Batman suit. No for some, cosplay is a pretty quick and cheap affair, and it doesn’t get much quicker and cheaper than Anucha “Cha” Saengchart, whose low budget genius just knows no bounds.

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Last Updated: March 20, 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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