Extras! 26 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!

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“I did two James Bond movies, and then I believe that they decided that the tone they needed was that of the Bourne action movies, which are very gritty and humourless.

“Also the big money was coming from Asia, from the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, where the audiences go to watch the action sequences, and that’s why in my opinion the action sequences go on for too long, and it’s a fundamental flaw. The audiences in Asia are not going for the subtle British humour or the class jokes.”

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  • After (un)comfortably stepping into Noomi Rapace’s spiky leather shoes in the remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, it’s clear that Rooney Mara has no problem with tackling difficult material. And difficult material is exactly what she’ll be facing in A House in the Sky, which despite the name is the very opposite of a sequel to Up! The film is an adaptation of the memoirs of Amanda Lindhout who in 2008 was abducted by rebel terrorists in Mogadishu, Somalia and held captive for 460 days, during which times she was starved, kept in chains and physically abused.
  • It’s the TV series intro mashup that you never asked for, but you’re getting away! I give you, the Game of Brady Bunch Thrones!

  • Ever heard of Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return? Probably not. You really should though, but for all the wrong reasons. The CG-animated film – which boasts a respectable voice cast that includes Lea Michele,Patrick Stewart, Kelsey Grammer and Hugh Dancy – is a sort of of sequel to Frank L. Baum’s Wizard of Oz, and is based on a book written by Baum’s great-grandson. All of that sounds pretty good, until you hear that when the film – which reportedly had a budget of $70 million – opened in the US last month, it set the record for the worst wide release opening for an animated movie of all time. Just a month later, it has already been pulled from cinemas, having made only $8.8 million.

But that’s unfortunately not where this tale of woe ends, as an in-depth investigative report from The Wrap has uncovered all kinds of shady facts about just how the film was financed, which including misreporting of its budget, and how producers lined their pockets while investors – made up many private and uninformed citizens – could lose a collective $100 million on the flop.

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  • So, you may have heard that Seth Rogen and James Franco made a rather silly looking comedy called The Interview, in which the duo play two goofball TV men roped into a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Know who’s not to happy about it? North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. Did I say he’s not happy about it? I meant to say that he has promised, via a spokesperson, “a strong and merciless countermeasure” if the United States administration promoted the movie in any way, and that North Korea considers The Interview to be “the most undisguised terrorism and a war action”.

Here’s Rogen’s appropriate response:

 

 

  • If Disney is known for two things, it has to be casually racist movies that were best left to be swept under the rug and some rather ace musicals. That being said, when the original Star Wars films receive an eventual remake, I do hope they contain an ounce of musical talent like this fan effort for Star Wars: The Musical.

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Last Updated: June 26, 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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