Extras! A Hunger Games Valentine, Look inside Peter Parker's backpack, Avengers get LEGO-fied and Nicholas Cage is not a vampire?! 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!

Seeing as it is Horny Werewolf Day today, we start off with something suitably soppy. ComingSoon.net have received a Valentine’s Day letter from President Coriolanus Snow of Panem. For those of you that didn’t spend your Geography classes just daydreaming about how smelly outer space would be if the moon was really made of cheese (what, just me?), then you would know that Panem does not actually exist. Well, except as the post-apocalyptic future version of America in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games novels. Attached to the letter was one of President Snow’s signature white roses.

Total Film spoke to Emma Thomas, producer on The Dark Knight Rises – the final installment in Chris Nolan’s incredible Batman trilogy – and she had a few things to say about Bane (Tom Hardy) and Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), the adversaries that the Caped Crusader will be pitted against this time around.

On Bane she said:

“Tom made a massive physical transformation for the role… It really is an intense performance. He finally feels like a match for Batman – both physically and mentally.

Christian Bale and Tom Hardy are both such fiercely committed actors that pitching them as adversaries works incredibly well – they have such a great chemistry on camera.”

While she had this to say about Catwoman:

“It’s completely new and it’s a really interesting role. You never quite know where you are with her.”

Admittedly, if there was one point of concern for DKR it would be Catwoman. Whereas Hardy’s past roles has firmly established himself as a powerhouse both acting wise and physically (go Google “Tom Hardy, Bronson” right now), Hathaway – with just a couple of exceptions – has had a more Disney-fied path to the top. But if there is one mantra that I live my life by, it’s that In Nolan We Trust.

Slashfilm received a very interesting package yesterday: PeterParker’s high school backpack. It would seem that the viral advertising campaign for Amazing Spider-Man is in full swing. Get it? Full swing? Because he uses his webs to swing through… Oh forget it. Just have a look at the bag:

They’ve got a full picture-by-picture breakdown of the contents, but on first glance there’s nothing really dramatic in there. Some fake Daily Bugle newspaper pages, a few very rough Spider-Man costume sketches, some old nondescript photos and the general clutter of a high school backpack. I’m pretty sure though that we’ll probably have more light shed on the contents in the coming weeks, as fans submit the contents to every microscopic inspection that they can.

Marvel has released pics of the LEGO tie-in toys for Avengers, and I don’t often (read: never) do this but… AWWWWWWWW, ain’t those the cutest little superheroes you’ve ever seen?

There’s a new poster out for Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez’s Dark Tide, and it’s just plain horrible, in my opinion. They’ve pretty much covered every single cliche in the book if said book was titled “Giant Encyclopedia of Cover to Cover Cliches”.

And here’s a pro tip: Emblazoning the words “From the director of…” two very average films on your poster, is not the best strategy for enticing audiences.

And finally… Last year a photo surfaced on the net, showing a man with an uncanny resemblance to Nicholas Cage. What made this weird is the fact that this photo was taken during the American Civil War. Now most level-headed people would just have come to the conclusion that the resemblance is just a coincidence, or maybe even that this is just a forefather of Mr Cage.

But this is the internet we’re talking about here, folks. Level headed people need not apply. The conclusion that was eventually latched onto was that Nicholas Cage is actually a 150 year old vampire that lived through the Civil War. Obviously. Cage has never really responded to these bloodsucking claims… until now that is.

Here’s a video of the actor on the David Letterman Show (on which he was doing promo work for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance) where he finally clarifies matters:

Well, looks like clocking-out time to me. While most of you will be spending the night watching cheesy romantic movies, while consuming your weight in chocolate, I’m off to don the old bloody wolf skin. Because let’s face it, there ain’t no party like an ancient pagan party!

Last Updated: February 14, 2012

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