Extras! Cameron Diaz gets in the orphan business, Jonah Hill almost had a hangover, Pacific Rim tracking poorly,The Hoff gets stretched and The Lone Ranger is not an ant, man! 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!

Yes, I am still obsessed with Hans Zimmer’s score for Man of Steel. Yes, I’m still telling you about it. And while yesterday we had a video showing off how Zimmer called in some celeb friends to pull off the scores percussion heavy sound, here’s a new video showing off the simple but effective violin solo he used to accompany the destruction of Krypton.

Looks like it’s a hard knock life for Sandra Bullock. After it was reported earlier in the month that she was in negotiations to star as big ol’ meanie orphan owner Miss Hannigan in Will “Easy A” Gluck’s Annie remake, it looks like Bullock has actually been replaced by smile on legs Cameron Diaz .

There’s a rumour going around that The Lone Ranger star Armie Hammer has visited the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and according to Internet logic, this of course means that he’s been cast in the title role of Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man. Because fanboy reasons, that’s why. And according to Wright this is complete rubbish. Whoo, big surprise.

Sometimes movies release posters that are thought either thought provoking, emotive, iconic or evoking a sense of wonder. Other times it’s Kristen Bell in a bikini swimsuit [Happy now, guys? :D]. What’s funny is that based on that poster, you’d think that this was just like some reversed Rob Schneider gender-swapping movie, when actually The Lifeguard goes a bit deeper following a New York journalist who loses everything, moves back home to her small town and after finding the only she can as a lifeguard, starts up a relationship with a teenage boy half her age.  That’s of course too much to put on a poster, so they made like Baywatch instead.

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When I think “typing”, I generally don’t think also think “seedy underbelly”, but apparently I’m not Kiera Knightley *SHOCK*HORROR*GASP*. Knightley – the actress, not me, please try to keep up – has signed on to produce and star in The Other Typista story that revolves around “Rose, a lonely and isolated typist in a police precinct who strikes up a friendship with a beautiful and mysterious co-worker who introduces her to the glamorous and forbidden underworld of 1920s New York.”

Thin Jonah Hill is serious business, yo! Back when he was just a tad bit portlier, Hill was known only for his comedic roles, but since has transformed himself into a much slimmer and more serious actor. So serious that he apparently passed up on blockbusting hits like The Hangover and Transformers 2.

“I’ve done one of the biggest challenges you can do in Hollywood, which is transition from being a comedic actor to being a serious actor, and I’m really prideful of that. I could have made a billion dollars doing every big comedy of the last 10 years and didn’t, in order to form a whole other life for myself. Now I have fulfillment doing both.”

You may heard that upcoming Brad Pitt zombie flick, World War Z, is based on a really popular and critically acclaimed book by Max Brooks. You may also have heard that people who read that book are pissed off. This handy Venn diagram explains why.

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Looks like there’s plenty of room in Joe Carnahan’s limousine, as one day after James Badge Dale jumped on board, David Hasselhoff, Ray Liotta and Shaun Toub have all now also joined Stretch, the action comedy about a limo driver (Patrick Wilson) who gets caught up in the shady dealings of his ne’er-do-well client (Chris Pine).

Apparently, we live in a world where giant mechs punching giant monsters in the face and vice versa is not enough to get people excited about a movie. “Heresy!”, I cry with salt stained cheeks. According to reports, Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim is currently tracking  pretty poorly on early polls. So poorly that some are already asking if it will be this year’s Battleship. Say it ain’t so, Guillermo. Say it ain’t so.

While it turns out that Baz Lurhmann’s Gatsby wasn’t quite as Great as he hoped, there’s no denying that the directing pulled of some rather splendid visual wizardry to create his Jay-Z fueled vision of the 1940’s. Well, I say him, but I actually mean Chris Godfrey and his colleagues at Animal Logic who have released this before and after effects reel to show off their skills.

If you thought that 2013 was the year of White House takeovers, then a certain patchwork monster is here to tell you different. There are actually four different movies about Frankenstein movies coming out soon, so here’s a handy guide to telling all the pitchforks and torches apart.

What with 4th of July around the corner as well as recent news about Roland Emmerich’s sequel to Independence Day (not to mention the release of the director’s latest quest to destroy the president’s house, White House Down), those jokers over at Honest Trailers have decided to take a crack at Emmerich’s original alien punching classic.

Last Updated: June 27, 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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