Extras! 22 January 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!

  • And if the lack of Gyllenhaal is bumming you out, here let this video of Keri Russell and Jimmy Fallon playing Inflatable Flip Cup cheer you up.

  • True story: In 2010 Gary Faulkner, a 50-year old ex-con from Colorado, travelled into the most volatile regions of Pakistan a shocking 11 times to try and personally apprehend Osama Bin Laden, armed with little more than “a sword he’d bought on a home-shopping network, a pair of night-vision goggles, and the blessing of a vengeful Christian God”. The only way that story could be made even crazier is if Nicolas Cage were to play Faulkner in a comedy feature film adaptation of the real events. Oh wait, that’s exactly what’s happening, as Cage has now signed on to star in director Larry “Borat” Charles’ upcoming Army of One.
  • Poster of the day:  The Theory of Everything

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  • If there’s one major plus point for the new Star Wars trilogy, it’s that Disney/Lucasfilm are really truly going out of their way to distance themselves as much as possible from creator George Lucas’s poorly received Prequel Trilogy. So much so that it’s been revealed by the Great Beard himself that they’ve even completely ditched the rough outline that he had worked up years ago for a new trilogy and which was originally going to be the basis of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its sequels.

“Well, the ones that I sold to Disney and everything, they came up to the decision that they didn’t really want to do those. So they made up their own. It’s not the ones that I originally wrote.”

Originally tapped writer Michael Arndt was more than likely working off Lucas’ ideas, so this would explain why his original draft of the script was tossed out, in favour of director JJ Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan coming up with their own new thing.

  • Speaking of writers on big sci-fi projects, Babylon 5 creator and regular comic book scribe J. Michael Straczynski has been tapped to pen Spike TV’s adaption of Red Mars. Kim Stanley Robinson’s Hugo and Nebula Award winning trilogy of “hard” science-fiction novels – Red Mars (1993), Green Mars (1994) and Blue Mars (1996) – follows mankind’s colonization and terraforming of Mars into a viable new human outpost, and are widely regarded by sci-fi pundits as the best novels to have been written on the subject. So you know, no pressure.

If my wallet had a heart, just the mention of the name Mondo would give it palpitations. The art gurus are usually responsible for some of the most glorious movie posters around, and now they’ve found a new way to potentially drain me of my money. Mondo have created a 16-inch toy replica of the iconic titular robot in the classic animated flick The Iron Giant, and it’s incredible! Here are some pics, but click the link to see a vid of Iron Giant director Brad Bird playing with the figure. And try not to cry!

  • Think of Forrest Gump and you probably think of a heartwarming, inspirational tale of humanity in the face of adversity, and also probably about a box of chocolates. Hate to break it to you, but you’re only right about the chocolates.

  • Did you know that one of the early drafts of Tim Burton’s Batman Begins, contained a scene where Batman befriends “The Kid”, a young mechanic who helps him defuse a bomb placed on the Batmobile by the Penguin? Or that The Kid would also go on to help Batman stop Penguin’s plot to destroy Gotham, before revealing his name to actually be Robin *COUGH*CHRISNOLANSTOLETHISIDEA*COUGH*? What’s more, did you know that Marlon Wayans was actually cast in this role, and even though the whole idea was scrapped before he ever got to shoot a single frame of footage, he still got paid and gets royalty checks for it? What? You didn’t know any of that? Well, then clearly you haven’t read Cracked’s list 20 Bizarre Scenes That Were Almost In Famous Movies.
  • Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is one of the most visually stunning films of the last few years, taking full advantage of it’s $165 million to give us some simply jaw-dropping scenes. But if you had no Christopher Nolan, no star studded cast, and only $20? Well, then you get this:

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: January 22, 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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