Extras! A Viking goes to war(craft), Tom Cruise & Joseph Kosinski go like hell, Batman fights in Africa, Star War: Return of the Laserdisc, and Captain America: F**k yeah! 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!

Set phasers to NOSTALGIA, with this absolutely brilliant video that should give most of us older folk, a grin on our face and perhaps even a lump in the throat. Viva, Videostore! Viva!

Darryn buys a lot of dodgy stuff on eBay, mostly involving industrial strength lubricants, but occasionally he finds a real gem among all the flotsam. But even his best accidental finds has nothing on one individual in the States who managed to purchase a long thought lost laserdisc that contains more than 30-minutes of never before seen B-roll footage for Star War: Return of the Jedi. Lucasarts apparently used to use the laserdic format to store random video footage before importing it into EditDroid – their film editing suite at the time -but a number of them were never used, so they were never imported, including alternate death scenes for Yoda and more, and thus thought lost to time when the original laserdisc went missing.

Now that laserdic has been found, and instead of the finder just rubbing his luck in everybody’s face, he’s created a Facebook page where’s uploading the videos for everybody to see. Until Lucasarts inevitably shuts it all down, of course.

Apparently being mistreated by your uncle and aunt and locked in a cupboard under the stairs pays really well. Just ask ex-Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe who just found himself on top of the list of Britain’s wealthiest ‘young celebrities’, i.e under 30-years old. Technically the young Mr. Radcliffe’s £56.18 million net worth actually lands him behind boy band One Direction with their £59.33 million, but he’s the wealthiest individual and also One Direction are twats.

The first poster for the live action version of Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Flying Delivery Service has just flown in. There’s a teaser trailer also following swiftly on it’s heels, but unless you speak Japanese and/or get very excited at digitally created flying broomstick POV scenes, there’s not much to see here.

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Silly Guillermo Del Toro, don’t you know that us audiences are stupid and unless a film’s title is actually descriptive of its genre or story, we’re totally bewildered by it. Oh wiat, somebody must have explained this to you, which is why you’ve changed the name of your upcoming haunted house ghost story from Crimson Peak to Haunted Peak.

Ben Affleck may be getting ready to grieve his parents by beating up criminals while dressed like a gimp, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have time for one more activity on his plate. Said activity being a new Africa-set geopolitical action thriller that he’s looking to direct and star in. The still untitled project will follow “a bunch of mercenaries [who] are hired to kill a warlord who has been victimizing his own people”.

And before you start thinking that that sounds awfully close to the plot of many a eTV Friday Action Night special, we up the intelligence and big words quota, when it’s said that “the film is both an action movie and an examination of the moral ambiguities of how philanthropy and foreign assistance veers into modern-day neocolonialism. It also tracks how involvement in the affairs of foreign countries is always a good deal more complicated than anticipated in the planning stages.”

So, yeah, The Expendables it is not.

At last count I think I must have seen that Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer about 10 ti— Sorry, make that 11 times. I just watched it again mid typing of that previous sentence. There are a whole lot of things to pick up on while watching it, but if you don’t feel like doing that over and over again, Newsarama has made it easy with their list of 10 Must-See Moments in Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer.

And speaking of the trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it’s taken barely 2 days, but thanks to the power of the internet, we now have a special recuit version of the trailer edited to mashup with the “America: Fuck yeah!” song from Team America: World Police. And it’s brilliant!

If you’re one of the 4.5 people (have to represent for the midgets) who have been clamoring for another racing movie with Tom Cruise, well then you’re in luck. He’ll be teaming with his Oblivion director, Joseph Kosinski, for Go Like Hell, a project that had just been sitting on Michael Mann’s desk until now. Mann has too much do at the moment, which is why Kosinski and Cruise have come in to adapt A.J. Baime’s non-fiction book ‘Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans’.

The film will follow the true story of how “Henry Ford II, who with the help of young visionary Lee Iacocca and former racing champion-turned-engineer Carroll Shelby, concocted a scheme to reinvent the Ford company by entering the high-stakes world of European car racing, which had been dominated by Enzo Ferrari up until then. The trio set out to design, build and race a car that could beat Ferrari at his own game at the world’s most prestigious and dangerous race — Le Mans.”

Cruise is apparently eyeballing the Carroll Shelby role.

Just when you thought Hollywood has run out of ideas, well, they confirm that yes, indeed they have run out of ideas. Twentieth Century Fox is apparently in the process of developing a new movie trilogy based on 3 different websites, with each site serving as the inspiration for a respective chapter in the trilogy.

The 3 sites are The Knot, a wedding planning site; The Bump, a pregnancy info site; and The Nest, a site offering advice across the board for young couples, from sex tips to interior decorating.

My money is on Katherine Heigl starring in these.

We’re one day away from the first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future, and things are still being kept pretty teaserish. Empire has managed to secure a bunch of eclusive stills from the film and behind the scenes pics. Here’s a sample below (because Wolverine full of bullet holes, and Xavier and Magneto playing chess is always cool), but you can find the rest over at Empire.

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If you have to go to war, its best to be led by somebody who’s really good at it. And there were very few better than the vikings. They also had few peers in the raping and pillaging department, but that’s not what’s important here, as Travis Fimmel, best known to most as Ragnar Lothbrok, star of History Channel’s Vikings, has landed one of the four major lead  roles in World of Warcraft, the adaptation of the insanely popular videogame franchise being directed by Duncan Jones (Source Code, Moon).

He’ll be joined by the already cast Paula Patton, and possibly Colin Farrell, who has an offer on the table, but hasn’t committed yet. Story details are still scant, but one look at an abnormally clean shaven Fimmel, gives me a very strong Arthas vibe. I’m still holding out hope that Farrell will then be revealed to be Leroy Jenkins.

As director of the Monsters Inc. flicks, Rob Letterman knows a thing or two about underpants, specifically creating monsters that (are supposed to) scare people out of them. So it looks like Dreamworks Animation then chose well, as they have tapped Letterman to helm an animated adaptation of Dav Pilkey’s popular “Captain Underpants” kids books.

The books focus on two best friend fourth graders who draw comics about their creation, Captain Underpants, to sell on the school playground. They inadvertently bring Captain Underpants to life though, when the duo accidentally hypnotize the school’s mean principal into thinking he’s the actual superhero.

Following on from the hilarious Wolverine sketch we featured a short while back, the Pete Holmes show is back with another installment of Ex-Men, and this time they’re focusing on the Ragin’ Cajun, Gambit!

Last Updated: October 28, 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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