Extras! 23 July 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!

  • This video clip contains the best impersonation of a Star Wars Imperial probe droid I have ever seen. For those of you not as into probe droids as I am (don’t read that the wrong way), there’s also plenty of other utterly hilarious moments, but man, that probe droid.

  • When Idris Alba isn’t busy cancelling apocalypses and outboxing Apartheid, he’s shown he knows his way around mythological swords in the Thor movies. And that experience might serve him very well in the near future, as Elba is reportedly eyeing a role in a new King Arthur pic being put together by Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes). If he lands the gig, Elba won’t be the man pulling the sword from the stone, but rather is looking to play “a Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur.”
  • Poster(s) of the Day: The Expendables 3 San Diego Comic-Con posters (Do not adjust your screens, and there’s no need to check your meds, that is actually the way these posters are supposed to look, for some reason)
  • I don’t pretend to know to be an expert on modern hip-hop. I grew up in an era of rap music where you can’t touch your ice, ice gin ‘n juice because you were too legit to quit. That being said, I do know know that hip-hop and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies have always gone together. And the new movie is no different, as this first single from the upcoming movie attests.

Look, it’s no Vanilla Ice’s “Ninja Rap”, but really, what is? I mean, how do you top lyrical poetry like “Go, ninja! Go, ninja! Go!”? That being said, it is rather catchy.

  • David Legeno, the English actor and martial artist who played the vicious werewolf Fenrir Greyback in the last three Harry Potter movies, has been found dead in Death Valley National Park in California. Two unrelated hikers apparently discovered the 50-year old Legeno’s body on Sunday morning. It is believed he died due to “heat related issues” while on a hike, in the sweltering portion of the Mojave Desert.

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  • You would think that after the messy breakup he just had with Ant-Man, Edgar Wright would stay far away from little human beings, but that may not be the case if the title of his next movie turns out to be literal. According to Deadline, Wright next’s directing gig will be his long-gestating project, Baby Driver. Despite being in development since 2008, there’s still very little known about the Wright-penned film other than it’s set in the United States rather than his native UK and is enigmatically described as “a collision of crime, action, music and sound.” Coincidentally, that’s an extremely accurate description of Nick’s last date.
  • It definitely pays to be bad, it seems. While most of the blockbuster box office has been stuck in a comparative slump as of late, Maleficent keeps on conjuring up audiences and has now quietly ticked over the $700 million mark globally. The Disney hit is also the only non-comic book movie in 2014 to cross the &600 million mark. And on a budget $180 million, you could say that that’s some magical profit right there.
  • By the time you read this, Nick and I will be on our way to watch Guardians of the Galaxy. I believe the appropriate statement to follow up that one is “Naa, naa, na-naa, na”. To help you drown your sorrows, here’s a new IMAX featurette about the movie.

  • With regards to upcoming short film turned big budget feature Pixels, we know that Adam Sandler, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage’s epic mullet will be battling alien forces who have modeled their invading army on 1980’s video games. What we didn’t know, was exactly which games those were. But yesterday saw Sony Picture unveil the list of video game companies they have teamed up with, and which characters they have licensed from them:

– Atari® Interactive: (Asteroids®, Breakout®, Centipede® and Missile Command®)
– Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. (Frogger)
– BANDAI NAMCO Games Inc. (PAC-MAN, Galaga, and Dig Dug)
– Nintendo (Donkey Kong)
– Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (Q*bert)
– Taito Corporation (Space Invaders)
– Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Joust, Defender, Robotron and Wizard of Wor)

  • It looks Pixar definitely made the right call when they ended the Toy Story franchise with the third film, because with Woody and Buzz’s owner Andy growing up so fast, things would have become very, um, adult – shall we say? – in any further movies.

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: July 23, 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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