Extras! – 24 February 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!

I’m not in the habit of saying nice things about the French, unless it has something to do with pastries, but this French video comparing real life to the movies is all kinds of hilarious. And now I crave a chocolate croissant.

Mads Mikkelsen may currently be best known for chewing it up as cannibalistic master killer Hannibal Lecter on NBC’s acclaimed drama show, but according to a recent rumour, he may just be getting strange. Literally. The grapevine is hinting that Mikkelsen’s name is at the top of Marvel’s list to play Doctor Stephen Strange in their upcoming adaptation of the comic book sorcerer supreme.

I love Mikkelsen as much as a heterosexual fan can, but I really don’t think he suits the character at all. He was originally supposed to play Malekith in Thor: The Dark World, before having to drop out due to his Hannibal commitment, so it’s understandable that Marvel may still want to work with him, but this is not the role to do this, if you ask me.

Fun fact: the original website for Space Jam is still alive and running, standing as a time capsule testament to the horrid web design practices of the 1990’s. Maybe Warner Bros will finally update it now that a sequel is on the cards. What sequel, you ask? Well, the one that NBA star LeBron James seemingly just wished into reality. James took to Twitter to express his fondness for the original live-action/animation hybrid, which saw Michael Jordan team up with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Toons gang, and that he wishes he could do a sequel. And apparently somebody at WB listened, because that’s exactly what’s going to happen now.

Hey, LeBron, how about tweet about how you wish WB would give me a lot of money?

Poster of the day:

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The folks over at Film School Rejects have compiled a list of 7 Scenes We Love from Blazing Saddles, which I would have thought was a completely impossible task seeing as how we love the entire film from start to finish.

Contrary to popular opinion, it seems that the one who knocks is not a high school chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin. No, it appears that Eli Roth will be doing all the knocking as he has signed on to direct and co-write a new horror movie titled Knock Knock. The movie is set to follow “two young girls who show up unexpectedly at the home of a married man where they seduce him and wreak havoc on his perfect life”, which really sounds like the worst knock knock joke ever.

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I’m not expecting much from Need for Speed, like a coherent plot or acting at a primary school play level, but what I am expecting is some great car chases. And based on this new featurette for the film, I won’t be disappointed.

Looks like the Guardians of the Galaxy aren’t the only band of space misfits and weirdos that’s getting a movie. Buried in a story about HBO doing an adaptation of George C. Chesboro’s Mongo books with Peter Dinklage starring as the titular dwarf detective, is the news that Justin Monjo, the Australian screenwriter who will be penning the show’s pilot episode, has also penned a feature film sequel to Farscape, the cult favourite sci-fi show that ran from 1999 to 2003.

The original show became famous for making use of industry legend Jim Henson’s puppets, and according to reports, Brian Henson (son of Jim) is attached to the project to direct. According to the report, the film will be set sometime after the events of the series, following the son of astronaut John Crichton (Benjamin Browder) and Peacekeeper Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black), who it had been discovered had special abilities and was hidden on Earth by his parents to protect him from some villainous aliens. Now the 19-year old son is discovered and has to join his parents on the run on their spaceship after his whereabouts are discovered.

And in the world of “I couldn’t make this up if I tried”, Ride Along director Tim Story has signed on to helm Diplomats, a new movie focusing on the relationship between ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. I’m hoping that this will be some kind of odd couple comedy, where the mismatched pair go on a road trip and wacky hijinks ensue. And by wacky hijinks, I probably mean public executions.

As everybody knows, nobody puts Baby in the corner. They are more than welcome to point out all the mistakes that Baby and her friends made though.

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Last Updated: February 24, 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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