Extras! 24 June 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!

  • It seems that Harrison Ford may just be living up to his 72-years of age. Ford recently sustained an injury on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, but that injury appears to be getting worse with every passing day. Initial reports suggested an ankle injury that required a routine checkup, then it became a broken ankle that would have Ford out of action for eight weeks, with the rest of the production having to find a way to shoot around his absence since he apparently has quite a major role.

Now, more alarming reports have popped up online alleging that Ford actually broke his leg and could be shelved for up to 6 months, and that this prompted an emergency meeting this morning between writer-director JJ Abrams and the Lucasfilm/Disney bigwigs to discuss the possibility of delaying the film to 2016.

  • Most of us have ran around a room at some point, waving around a cardboard tube/ruler/[INSERT PHALLIC OBJECT OF CHOICE] making those “ZZHWOOM” lightsaber noises. For me it, was just this morning, in fact. But have you ever thought of how different the lightsaber could have sounded? What if sound designer Ben Burt had decided on something a bit more traditional instead of recording the humming motor of an old film projector, and then combining it with a faulty recording of a buzz from an old TV tube? Wait, that’s how it was done?! Well, you can read more about it and much more in i09’s list of 10 Weirdest Origins of Classic Science Fiction Sound Effects.

In the wise words of Yoda: “Crap news, this may be.”

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  • Transformers: Age of Extinction hits cinemas this weekend. If you’re wondering why we haven’t posted up a review for it yet, it’s because except for a screening held in Hong Kong on the biggest IMAX 3D screen in the world, to which a handful of bigwig film journos were invited to, there haven’t really been any early press screenings of the film. But based on the first batch of reviews that have just the net, that’s not going to be a problem, as it seems that you can pretty much just copy-paste your feelings for the last film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, to know how you will feel about this one.
  • We’ve already seen more actors don the cape and cowl on-screen than Darryn has changes of underwear in a month, so there is a chance that after Ben Affleck we may see somebody else cast as Batman. The folks at ADHD have some suggestions for who could take over the reins, and I just have to say that after watching this clip, Mark Wahlberg fully gets my endorsement.

”We’re not planning on doing a trilogy,” di Bonaventura said, quickly adding “We’re not NOT planning on doing a trilogy. It’s really a one-movie-at-a-time philosophy.” Anything else, he suggested, “feels a little arrogant. Both [Bay] and I feel like it’s a little arrogant of us to presume success each time. We know our fans are really out there and they’re going to come, so we presume a certain amount of success. But all the energy will be thrown into the next movie, if we’re lucky enough to get there.”

A Transformers movie not make money? You may as well ask Nick to not be ginger.

  • In case you haven’t noticed (and you really bloody well should have), people are ALWAYS dying in Game of Thrones. So to determine if you would be one of these statistics if you’re resided in Westeros, check out this handy flowchart.

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  • Did you know that Pat Morita aka Mr Miyagi did in fact not perform that crane kick on the wooden stump on the beach in Karate Kid? My childhood is a lie, people! Learn about this and more SHOCKING revelations in Mental Floss’ list of 30 Facts About The Karate Kid.
  • Well, this is unexpected. During an interview with Playboy (via Daily Mail), Gary Oldman has gone on a bit of a tirade defending Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin’s recent offensive rants, saying that “we’re all f**king hypocrites” and that “political correctness is crap”. And that’s the very, very mild stuff. Oldman goes on profanity laced rant of his own (which includes the line “At the Oscars, if you didn’t vote for 12 Years a Slave you were a racist”), that will probably see him in the media crosshairs for a while, just like the duo he’s defending.
  • Fact: This trailer for the original Star Wars redone in the style of the trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, is probably the best thing you’ll see on the internet all week.

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Last Updated: June 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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