Extras! Ben Affleck finds a girl, Sam Mendes is officially Bonded, Sharknado unleashes the LOLapocalypse, Bruce Lee keeps on walking, and I, Aaron Eckhart?! 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!

So yesterday we brought you the first “schocking” (hur dur) look at Jamie Foxx as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and following up on that we got some new images from the superhero sequel. These show off Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy hanging out, Spidey’s untidy room, a better look at the new costume and also a new profile shot of Foxx as ElectrOH GOD IS THAT A PAGER STUCK TO HIS HEAD?!

If you follow any American celebs\comedians on Twitter, then there’s a pretty good chance that you woke up this morning to a barrage of utterly hilarious tweets about Sharknado, SyFy’s latest so-bad-it-may-be-good movie (see the trailer here) that premiered on the cable network last night. If you missed , you can find great writeups on all the hilarity over HERE and HERE. And for even more Sharknado goodness, go read this absolutely brilliant interview with the film’s writer, Thunder Levin. Yes, Thunder. The dude wrote a move with SHARKS INSIDE A TORNADO so he’s name being Thunder should come as no surprise.

With all the press surrounding the NSA snooping on private citizens, it was only a matter of time before somebody in Hollywood latched onto it, and that somebody (or something) would RED 2. A new TV spot for the espionage action caper has been released featuring none other that Barack Obama, who is the greatest President the world has ever seen and I cannot express how much I love him and I promise to name my firstborn after him, even if its a girl. You got that, NSA? No terrorists here. This goatee is totally just a fashion choice and not a religious one.

While I would love it if Ben Affleck would just continue directing himself in movies, occasionally the guy does have to do other people’s work. And you could certainly do a lot a worse than acting in the latest film from David Fincher. Affleck 2.0 is apparently up for the lead role in Gone Girl, a thriller which see Affleck play a man whose wife disappears on their 5th wedding anniversary, leaving him as the prime suspect in her disappearance. No the girl is not Lisbeth Salander.

Ever Notice How Adam Sandler’s Characters Always Live In Mansions But Wear Crappy T-Shirts? You will now.

I’m not sure what offends me more: the fact that Bruce Lee, who famously never drank alcohol, is being used in a Chinese Johnny Walker ad, or the fact that this ad has one serious case of uncanny valley.

There was a time, not too long ago, when Universal Pictures was essentially the Darryn Bonthuys of Hollywood, with one failed project after the other. Now, they can boast that of their last 14 movies, 8 of them opened at the top spot on the US box office, while the last 7 maintained that spot for a lengthy period of time. Here’s how they pulled off one of the greatest turnarounds in Hollywood history.

After months of would he/wouldn’t he, and maybe he likes oompa loompas more than super spies, it’s finally official: Skyfall helmer Sam Mendes will indeed be returning to direct the next James Bond film.

“I am very pleased that by giving me the time I need to honour all my theatre commitments, the producers have made it possible for me to direct Bond 24. I very much look forward to taking up the reins again, and to working with Daniel Craig, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for a second time.”

Along with the announcement of Mendes’ involvement, Sony have also revealed the film’s UK release date of October 23, 2015, while it will hit the U.S. release on November 6, 2015. No word yet on a new title.

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Dear Hollywood, I thought you would have learned your lesson with that lame teeny Beauty & The Beast remake, Beastly, from a few years back. Just covering some Hollywood heartthrob in some subtle scars, does not suddenly make him a monster. Clearly, they didn’t get this memo over on the set of I, Frankenstein, the new film from Stuart Beattie that sees the titular doctor’s monster, Adam, played by what appears to be Aaron Eckhart after nothing more than brisk workout and a skateboarding accident, if this first official image is anything to go on.

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Ever since the first X-Men movies started coming out, fans have been hoping that Marvel, Fox and Sony would somehow find a way to work together and bring us the geekgasmic teamup between the Avengers, the X-Men and Spider-Man. And now, another voice has joined the fray in calling for this collaborative effort: Wolverine.

“Mate, I ask the same question.  I literally asked the same question the other day to Tom from Marvel who works with all the other studios, he works with Sony and Fox, that’s his job to liaise.  I said, ‘Man, can this happen?’ and he goes ‘Look, it’s not gonna be easy because you’re working with different studios and they’re their properties.’  But I believe—maybe I’m optimistic, I understand at Marvel they’ve got The Avengers, they’ve got a lot of big things going on, but at some point I just find it almost impossible that there’s not a way to bring Iron Man, all the Avengers characters, Wolverine, the X-Men characters, Spider-Man, and somehow get them in together.”

“(smiling) I don’t see the impediment!  I’m like, okay you’ve got three studios, just split it three ways in terms of the cost, and happy days it’s all coming together!  I would love to… I’m in for it, I’m totally up for it because I think that would be really exciting for fans across the board.”

Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla has not aged well. This is something that I’m pretty sure you’re all aware of, after watching it for umpteenth time on eTV. Every time I watch it, I find some other silly thing to point and laugh it. But when it comes to truly pointing out what’s wrong with movies, I’m just an amateur compared to the guys over at CinemaSins who’ve compiled this very comprehensive list for your viewing pleasure.

Last Updated: July 12, 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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