Extras! Bradley Cooper could be a coon, Elizabeth Olsen may see scarlet, Sherlock jumps off a peak, Dirty Harry eyes an American Sniper, and Could Thor feel the Hulkamania?! 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 you may have heard that Star Trek Into Darkness has been voted as the worst Star Trek movie of all time (and in a world where Star Trek: Nemesis exists, that’s quite the achievement). Director JJ Abrams would be very upset about this, except he’s too busy counting all his money and coming up with new ways to destroy your retinas to care. That won’t stop people from poking fun at the movie though, as can be seen in this latest edition of Honest Trailers.

Let’s face it. If anybody was to ask you guys which actor/actress you would like to play you in your biopic, there’s be a whole lot of Brad Pitts, Christian Bales, Angelina Jolies and Jennifer Lawrences being tossed out there. Nobody’s going to say that yes, they want to be played by the overweight, sarcastic friend in that one rom-com. So why should Hulk Hogan be any different? The man-shaped leather bag professional wrestling icon is apparently getting his own biopic, and has a suggestion as to who would make the perfect young Hulk.

“We need a serious, serious actor that knows what he’s doing. You know who I thought would be good? That guy that did that action movie, ‘Thor.’”

Yep, that would be Hollywood heartthrob Chris Hemsworth. And if you’re laughing at that suggestion, then just wait until you check out VideoGum’s hilarious list of who else would be better suited to take the role.

Who would have ever thought that there would come a time where I would be cheering for an Olsen sister to land a major role in one my most anticipated movies, but that’s apparently the topsy-turvy world we now live in. Elizabeth Olsen, younger sister to twins Mary-Kate and Ashley and clearly also the inheritor of all the acting talent in the family gene pool, is apparently up for the role of Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch in  The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Saoirse Ronan had been unofficially attached to the pic for ages now – Marvel even go so far as to use her likeness in all their concept art for the film – but she appears to have turned down the role for reasons unknown.

Olsen is a fantastic actress with some great range, so I’m behind this casting 100%.

Lionsgate have revealed a new Victors Revealed campaign for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Fans can check out http://www.thehungergamesexplorer.com/us/ and vote on Twitter using the hashtag #VictorsRevealed for which characters to feature on new banners for the film. The first banner has been released showing Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) modelling the very latest in Olympic bobsledding apparel.

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John Cusack may not be returning for Hot Tub Time Machine 2, but it turns out he will be there in spirit. Or more accurately, offspring. Rob Cordry, who reprises his role as man-child Lou who is now a billionaire who “practically owns New Orleans” thanks to the changes to the timeline he made in the first film, has spilled the beans on exactly who franchise newcomer Adam Scott will be playing in the sequel.

“Adam Scott is playing [John Cusack’s] son from 10 years in the future. His son that was conceived in 1986 on the night with Jenny Stedmeyer.”

Benedict Cumberbatch sure does like jumping . He jumped off a building in Sherlock (How did he survive?! I. Must. Know!) and now he’s jumping out of Guillermo Del Toro’s haunted house story Crimson PeakThere’s no reason given for why he’s ditching the project, but sources claim that it’s not because of a commitment on any other project.

With Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska still left in the cast though, Del Toro should be fine. He cast Wasikowska in Emma Stone’s place lickety-split when she left, and he’ll probably do the sam now.

Sometimes, you really have to strive to find the joke in a story, and sometimes you can just let the material do all the work. Take this first poster for Timur Bekmambetov’s Squirrels for example.

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James Franco is either a time-lord, or he’s learned some tricks from Hermione Granger. The actor/screenwriter/director/producer/author/teacher/poet/artist/occasional awards ceremony destroyer constantly has half a dozen projects that he’s involved in, and now he’s apparently found the time to add one more. Franco will be getting his own TV series, James Franco Presents…, which will be a 10-episode, hour long unscripted show that will see the polymath “explore his many personal artistic pursuits and passions”.

Now that Steven Spielberg has bailed on American Sniper, it looks like star/producer Bradley Cooper has found his replacement in a man who knows a thing or two about shooting people. Twitch is reporting that Clint Eastwood is eyeing another unoccupied chair (hopefully he just sits in it this time without talking to it), with plans to helm the true story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in US Military history.

When I woke up this morning, I really didn’t think I’d be watching a video of Oldboy director Spike Lee talking about Samuel L Jackson’s hair (especially since he pretty much never has any), but here we are. So here’s the video as well as a pic from the film showing off those [email protected]#$ing follicles.

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Okay so megalomaniacal robot Ultron will definitely not be in Ant-Man, as we learned the other day, but know what he will be? Pissed off, that’s apparently what, at least according to Joss Whedon.

“As a character I love [Ultron] because he’s so pissed off… I knew right away what I wanted to do with him. He’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it. He’s got a bee in his bonnet. He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy. He’s got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we’ll take away some of those powers because, at some point, everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone who’s a witch.”

“[I have to be careful] to ground [the character] while still evoking that guy.”

And now for your daily dose of Vitamin R. That’s “R” for rumour, by the way. Today’s helping comes from regular rumourmongers Latino Review who claim that according to their sources over in England, Marvel have made an offer to Bradley Cooper to voice Rocket Raccoon in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Now open up and swallow that rumour down. I hear taking it with some salt helps.

Nicolas Cage is like a constipated stomach: he simply does not give a crap. The man will appear in just about anything and everything, and sometimes even in movies you would never expect him to. Like, say, Jaws or The Breakfast Club perhaps? Oh you don’t know he was in those? Well, then let me refresh your memory.

Last Updated: August 22, 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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