Extras! A fast and furious Bullit, Pacific Rim: Tokyo Drift, Liam Hemsworth rises with auroras, A glimmering teen wolf, Chris Pratt and Scarlett Johannson are in her, Zac Efron is a college Donnie Brasco and There's no place like vroom! Plus much more!

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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 have a theory that anything that starts with giant robots can never be bad, which is why I’m kicking off today’s proceedings with this new behind the scenes featurette for Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim, titled “The Drift”. Now before you petrolheads get all revved up, no, nobody is going to be powersliding robots around corners (well not that I know of), but rather “drifting” is the technique that allows 2 Jaeger pilots to merge their consciousness and control the giant robot with one shared mind.

For a franchise that are awfully reliant on roads, the Fast & Furious franchise has racked up its fair share of frequent flyer miles, with their vroom vroom adventures taking them all over the world. But for Fast & Furious 7, they’re heading back home according to star Vin Diesel.

“For ‘Fast and Furious 7,’ we are bringing it back to Los Angeles!”

You would think that for Sony’s proposed Angry Birds any old fool could knock out a script. I mean, pigs steal bird eggs, birds get angry, birds smash pigs, the end, right? Apparently Sony isn’t taking this lightly though as they’ve apparently brought Emmy Award winning scribe and veteran comedy writer Jon Vitti on board to pen the script. Vitti has quite the body of acclaimed work, having written for The Simpsons, The Critic, The Larry Sanders Show, King Of The Hill, The Office (US)Ice Age, Robots and, because every talented writer needs to get those bad ideas out of their systems, Alvin and the Chipmunks as well as its Squeakquel.

Have a look at these two new poster for Smurfs 2. See that Grumpy Smurf? That’s how I feel about the fact that the first film made enough money to warrant a sequel, yet we can’t get people to watch Dredd. I think we should all start taking kids to violent, post-apocalyptic sci-fi movies.

Liam Hemsworth may no longer getting bird brained with Raven, but that doesn’t mean he’s lost his itch to fly. Thor’s younger brother has signed on to play the lead in Aurora Rising, a new action thriller about a fighter pilot who gets asked to test an experimental fighter jet during an international conflict. So essentially Stealth without Jessica Biel in a tiny blue bikini?

On a different note, am I the only that thinks Aurora Rising is a bit of a touchy title, seeing as that cinema shooting last year in the States happened in Aurora, Colorado during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises?

A film I’m really looking forward to seeing is Maniac in which Frodo goes all Gollum with a butcher’s knife as Elijah Wood plays a serial killer who makes female mannequins by day and scalps women by night. A new poster is out for the film, and it’s pretty eye-catching.

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Spike Jonze’s Her, the kooky story about a guy who falls in love with his PC’s SIRI styled operating system (I did say it was kooky). But now the film has not only got a release date of November 20, 2013, but it’s also been confirmed that Scarlett Johannson and Chris Pratt have joined the cast.

After High School Musical it was only a matter of time until Zac Efron started selling drugs to make ends meet and now it’s finally happened. Oh calm down, Darryn, your sweet Troy Bolton hasn’t suddenly become a bad boy. Efron is in talks to star as “a college Donnie Brasco” in true story drug drama Narc (not related to the Joe Carnahan movie of the same name).

The film will follow Efron’s character, “an all-American college student who was a big man on campus. He was the president of his fraternity and captain of his lacrosse team but got busted by local police when he was caught with some cocaine he was going to distribute at a party. The police offered him a deal in which he would not be arrested if he became an undercover informant. The student then ended up living a secret double life while in college, wearing wiretaps and eventually putting away big-time criminals.”

If you didn’t get enough tongue action the other day (I mean from the new trailer for The Wolverine, not your bedroom antics) then these two new posters for the superhero sequel should do the trick. The film, which the studio is hoping will recapture the Chronicle found footage magic, follows a group of teenagers who go on a camping trip to investigate numerous reports of missing persons. What they discover is a time portal which transports and then strands them in the 1970s, where their actions begin changing the future with tragic consequences.

Look’s like Teen Wolf‘s Dylan O’Brien (the new TV series reboot not the old movie) has a glimmering future ahead of him. He’s already been cast in Wes Ball’s Maze Runner, and now he’s in talks for Dreamworks’ found footage time travel movie GlimmerRingan Ledwidge – who is actually a veteran commercials director and not Harry Potter’s owl – will be directing from from Carter Blanchard’s script, which was voted into the Top 10 on the 2012 Black List. The film

Look up just about any list on the greatest car chases in movie history, and I can almost guarantee that you’ll find the Steve McQueen starring Bullit on there. I should know, I drew up one of those lists and Bullit was on there. Now while director Peter Yates’ film firmly deserves its accolades due to just about inventing the modern car chase scene with its 10 minute contribution, there are many modern audience members who view the classic scene as a bit… well, boring.

See these folks have grown up on the loud music, neon lights and flashy graphics of Fast and Furious and the like. So how do you get them to watch Bullit? The guys at FilmSchoolRejects and Sleepy Skunk have an idea: Mashup!

Last Updated: May 23, 2013

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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