Extras! 28 April 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!

  • Based on this, I’m guessing that a lot of you watched a certain Marvel movie over the long weekend. So which stage are you in now? “Stage?”, you ask in that reedy little voice. Well, have a look at this and it will all be clear.

  • And staying with Marvel, and specifically Avengers: Age of Ultron which already had a considerable running time at 2 hours 20 minutes. But it could have been much longer, as writer/director Joss Whedon’s original cut was over 3 hours. But fret not about all those scenes that eventually ended up on the cutting room floor, because according to an interesting email sent out by Amazon.co.uk to get people to preorder the movie’s Blu Ray, the home version will be shipping with both an extended edition and alternate ending. While the extended version was expected, the alternate ending is quite a surprise. What could they have changed?
  • IT’S ALIIIIIIIVE! “It” being the production for the Max “Chronicle” Landis penned Victor Frankenstein which sees James McAvoy as the eponymous scientist and Daniel Radcliffe as his infamous assistant Igor. What makes this take on Mary Shelley’s classic tale different is that it focuses more on the relationship between these two men, rather than just the creation of Frankenstein’s monster. McAvoy explains that “As much as the monster is his creation, Igor is his creation as well. That was quite exciting. It’s funny, the script, but also really dark, in a cool way.” And now you can see those very “cool” men in these first pics from the film’s set.
  • Poster of the day: Birdman

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  • We’ve already had a live-action feature adaptation of popular Japanese manga/anime Death Note, but that was actually in Japanese and we know how the West feels about foreign films (I believe “Ewwwww, subtitles” is the default response). So its going to get the English-language Hollywood treatment, which is something we’ve known for a while. And now we also know who the man is that’s going to be behind it as Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest) has been tapped by Warner Bros to direct. I’ve really dug Wingard’s previous works (DAT SOUNDTRACK FOR THE GUEST!) and I was a big fan of the anime, so I’m pretty stoked for this.

 

“It’s a comedy. I don’t think anybody really had any ill feeling or any intent or anything. This movie isn’t ‘Dances With Wolves.’ It’s a comedy. They’re not there to showcase anything about anybody — they’re just making a funny movie, I think.”

  • I never actually thought that anybody would need a reason to watch Predator other than it’s Predator, but here you go:

  • You may have heard the sad news about the cancellation of Silent Hills, the super-scary looking video game that was being developed by filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, Hellboy) and legendary game design Hideo Kojima. That unfortunate news came out during a rather cool talk that Del Toro gave over the weekend, that I highly recommend you check out if you’re a fan of the man’s work. He spoke about a variety of topics, including the revelation that for his upcoming horror flick Crimson Peak, he gave up all his back-end pay on the movie to ensure that it got the R-rating he wanted. I think somebody needs to create a Good Guy Guillermo meme.
  • There are many reasons why people make movies. Sometimes they have a really cool story to tell, sometimes that want to bring a message across, or sometimes its even just to have certain actors do their thing. And sometimes, people make moves because they freaking have to!

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: April 28, 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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