Extras! Bond 24 & 25 may not be a two-parter, Joe Carnahan takes a stretch, Francis Lawrence will be hungry again, Jersey Boys get shopped around, Happy Birthday to Walt Disney and It's a tornado. Full of sharks! Plus much more!

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Comingsoon.net has scored a batch of new film clips and B-roll videos for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Here’s one where the ever-helpful Cullen clan (and that other mutt that followed her home) teach the newly vampirized Bella how to be human again. And in a case of art imitating life, she once again interrupts her teachers before they can get to that important lesson: “How To Smile Without Looking Like You’re Constipated”

After the success of The Grey, writer director Joe Carnahan’s plate filled up pretty quickly (well except for that one Daredevil shaped hole right in the middle of it), with him set to do a Death Wish reboot, do the Groundhog Day-like sci-fi tale Continue, and adapt Mark Millar’s comic Nemesis. But those are all going to have to wait, while he makes another smaller film, as he let his fans know on Twitter.

@carnojoe: “Thinking if ‘Death Wish’ isn’t next, I might knock out a 3 million dollar movie with my pal Jason Blum…stripped down, bare bones basics.”

That movie in question is Stretch, an action film starring Patrick Wilson… and that’s all we know. Jason Blum is of course the head of Blumhouse pictures, the guys behind the Paranormal Activity series, and who have a production philosophy of “small budget, big returns”, so expect Carnahan to get gritty on this one.

The Guardian is currently busy reflecting on the life of Ray Harryhausen: The Father of Fantasy Film-Making. A documentary about the special effects pioneer and acclaimed filmmaker, titled Ray Harryhausen: Titan will be released on November 9th.

While most of the posters released thus far for Les Miserables  have been studies in emotion or drama, this new one is a study in Tim Burton school of the absurd. Seriously, if nobody told me any better, I’d swear I was looking at the poster for an Alice in Wonderland sequel.

As I write this, director Francis Lawrence is probably neck deep in film reels and Lithuanian hookers (or whatever his particular kink is) as shooting gets under way on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. And now Collider brings word that Lawrence has now officially signed on to also helm the adaptation of the final chapter in Suzanne Collins’ best-selling series, which will be split into two filmsThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is due for release on November 21, 2014 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 on November 20, 2015. Catching Fire opens on November 22, 2013, which means that Lawrence will more than likely do all of them back to back.

Remember that story last week about how Bond 24 and 25 was going to be a two-parter written by John Logan? Well, it appears that while the the “John Logan” part was write, the movies will actually not contain one single arc. According to Daniel Craig, that is.

“No, I don’t know where that’s come from. It’s impossible to do a two-parter. I heard that, that someone was talking about that we’re doing a two-parter, but that’s the first I’ve heard about it.

“We can only do them one at a time. They take six months to shoot. It’s [impossible]. You can’t write one movie thinking about the next, so all we’re trying to do at the moment is get the next one sorted out, and that will stand alone, and if I’m able I’ll do another one after that.”

All credit to Craig and all, but you have to remember that he is the actor, not the producer, director or screenwriter on this one, so there is a chance that he has it wrong, but just hasn’t been told otherwise yet.

A couple of new set pics for The Wolverine have surfaced showing off claws, snow and ninjas. Very, very stylish ninjas, judging by those leather jackets.

Walt Disney have picked up a script from Entourage writers Jeremy Miller and Dan Cohn titled Happy Birthday, which “follows a man who, dreading his 40th birthday, vows never to have another birthday again. When he unexpectedly has his wish granted, the man finds that, in the absence of new birthdays, old ones are coming back to him and he’s reliving some of his very worst.”

Entourage is a good show, or so Lourens has been telling me for years, so I’ll give this one the benefit of the doubt for now, despite how lame that sounds.

Mark Wahlberg will be co-producing an American version of 2011 French thriller Point Blank. The original film, directed by Fred Cavayé, starred Guillaume Lemans as Samuel, a Parisian nurse who has his pregnant wife kidnapped and kept hostage to force him to free a man kept under heavy police surveillance in the hospital. Given just three hours to accomplish the task, Samuel soon finds himself up against vicious gangsters and trigger happy police as tries to save his wife and unborn child. It’s unknown at this point whether Wahlberg would star in the remake as well.

So yeah, thanks to ShockTillYouDrop spotting a poster at AFM, we now know that this exists:

Sharknado. Enough said.

Warner Bros has put Jon Favreau’ Frankie Vallie & The Four Seasons biopic, Jersey Boys, into turnaround, meaning that production company GK Films can now shop it around to other studios. The script written by Skyfall scribe John Logan, is an adaptation of the Hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Vallie & The Four Seasons. While Favreau’s involvement will certainly with setting up a deal at another studio to develop the film, it is facing a rather large obstacle in having a pretty big budget but no A-list stars attached to it.

Everybody has the favourite James Bond. Personally, I’m a Sean Connery guy, myself. Some of the younger generation will probably pick Daniel Craig or Pierce Brosnan (while the snooty know-it-alls will probably go for David Niven or Peter Sellers). Arguments over which Bond is better has been raging ever since George Lazenby first attempted to usurp the hair-chested throne. But now, once for all, that argument is about to put to rest, in the best way how: A BOND DEATHMATCH!

Last Updated: November 2, 2012

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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