Extras! Chadwick Boseman feels good, Jack Ryan gets a name, Spawn could shoot soon, Damon & Greengrass are not Bourne again, and Peter Jackson gets paid in what?! Plus much more!

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So you may have noticed that I’ve seen Elysium. You may also have noticed that I was a bit let down by some aspects of it (please hold off on the pitchforks and torches, rabid Blomkamp fanboys. I just started to like where I’m currently living), but what I was definitely not let down by was that film’s outstanding visual effects. And now, with a bit of fortuitous timing, Wired have revealed this behind-the-scenes clip showing how some of the magic was pulled off. And don’t worry, it’s pretty spoiler free unless you’ve never seen a single trailer for the film.

I’m not going to lie, I’ve completely forgotten that there was a new Jack Ryan film coming out in December. Over the last 6 months or so, we’ve heard more about Jacob Zuma’s personal finances than we have from the Kenneth Branagh directed film that will see Chris Pine take on the very young mantle of the character first introduced in The Hunt for Red October by Alec Baldwin (he was then played most famously by Harrison Ford and then Ben Affleck). But apparently Paramount are preparing to release the film’s first trailer and have bring in test audiences to screen it, and these test audiences have revealed that the film’s full title will now be Jack Ryan: Shadow One, which totally doesn’t make it sound like he should be part of the G.I. Joe team. Totally.

They’ve also revealed a little more about the direction the film take.

Pine takes the character to its beginning, where the injured Marine is recruited by CIA vet Kevin Costner to work as a high-level analyst. The two are pitted against a Russian oligarch (played by director Kenneth Branagh) who is pulling the strings of the financial market and delving into international terrorism with potential global catastrophic results.

Vin Diesel is getting his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And if you’re one of those people who consider him to be nothing more than a bald head with muscles, then I strongly urge you to go read this write up from Variety on what he’s accomplished to deserve that star. You will have newfound respect for the man, guaran-damn-tee it.

Here’s a new poster for the Jackass presented Bad Grandpa, which features Johnny Knoxville’s eponymous octogenarian being mean to a kid while holding booze. Yeah, they’re not exactly thinking outside of the box on this one.

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Superheroes currently rule cinema with a gamma irradiated, web-shooting, adamantium clawed, red and gold armoured fist, and because of that everybody wants to see their favourite directors take a crack at this whole cape and tights thing. Unfortunately, Gareth Evans, director of arguably the best action film of the last decade, The Raid, would just like to scratch his name off that list.

“It’s tough. The thing is right now, where I am, the kind of things that I’m doing, I don’t know if I fit the superhero mold yet. It’s something I need to learn at some point but I don’t know if I can deliver a PG-13 movie. I don’t know how to do that yet. I should learn but yeah, I’m not sure. Maybe a darker, superhero [film] from Marvel.”

Er… Marvel? If you’re listening, then please have this man direct a totally badass Iron Fist movie. I would sell the soul of Darryn’s unborn children for that to happen.

It looks like 42 star Chadwick Boseman’s career is about to get up… Get on up!.. Get up!.. Get on up… as he’s been signed to play the Godfather of Soul and the King of Crazy Hair, James Brown, in director Tate “The Help” Taylor’s untitled James Brown biopic. The film, which is produced by Brian Grazer who has been trying to get it made for years, is set to follow “Brown’s rise from extreme poverty in Georgia to becoming a world famous and highly influential R&B musician with a string of hits in the 1960s and ’70s”. It may or may not look into his claims of being a sex machine.

A couple of enterprising folk with some photography gear, a bicycle and some imagination have gone and recreated this iconic shot from Steven Spielberg’s E.T. without any photoshopping. That’s simply amazing, but they should probably have used some photoshopping to make the picture face the correct way.

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I’m pretty sure that most of you would love to get paid in a mountain of dollars. But you know what’s better than a mountain of dollars? Just one Dalek! That’s apparently all that Peter Jackson asked from Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat as his fee for directing an upcoming episode in the massively successful sci-fi show.

Unless of course, the Lord of the Rings director was actually asking for a dollar. You know how weird these New Zealand accents can get.

Filming on Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland has officially begun, which means that they can now stop with all the “mystery box” stuff. Much to my brain’s relief. The start of shooting was announced in a Disney press release which also contained a new, but still just as frustratingly vague synopsis for the film about somebody going somewhere to do something to who knows what.

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.”

There is a story going around that Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass are currently in negotiations to return for the fifth Bourne film. Much like Darryn on the day before laundry day, I wouldn’t advise you to go near it, as Universal have apparently already come out to pooh-pooh the story as mere rumour. On an unrelated note, I really need to use the term “pooh-pooh” more often.

If you’re looking to learn how to spontaneously grow a beard or catch a giant sign in between your buttcheeks, then you’ve come to the right place as we have this hilarious first clip from Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 to offer you.

Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has given an update on what’s happening with the long in development new Spawn film, saying that he’s hoping to start filming next year. That is, as soon as he can figure out how to clone himself.

“The reality is that I’ve got a lot of pressure. They want me to deliver the script by the end of the year, which would basically mean we’d be shooting next year. So, that’s the goal right now.”

“The thing that keeps slowing it down is that the negotiation I’ve done is I write, produce, direct, but I’ve got to push a lot of my other endeavours off to the side so I can just get tunnel vision on it. And so everybody at my company is now going, ‘We’ve got to find Todd the time to finish all this.’”

“I think it’s a 60-70 day shoot. I think it’s a quick shoot. It’s not going to be a giant budget with a lot of special effects, it’s going to be more of a horror movie and a thriller movie, not a superhero one. I’ve got so many people phoning now that I’ve got to get it done. I’ve made some promises to people this year.”

And is there anybody that McFarlane has in mind to play Al Simmons? Maybe a certain Oscar winning, gun slinging, electrifying, Foxxy young actor who recently begun “aggressively pursuing” the role?

“You know what, we’ve had some big names–like who you’re mentioning–come to the office and go ‘We want to be in it’,” McFarlane said. “Sometimes they give me their pitch, I give them my pitch, I go, ‘We can get in it, this is how it goes’, and so those types of actors–Academy Award guys–they’re going, ‘As soon as that scripts done, we’re going’. So once we get this thing done, we’ll get it off the ground with some big names.

Hey, Jamie Foxx! I think you need to keep your schedule free for next year. Also, maybe look into using all that Django money to get Todd McFarlane about 40 personal assistants.

I loved Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim. It was the most perfect live action adaptation of an anime that the human race has ever achieved. And one thing I loved about it was how it flawlessly recreated even anime’s more sillier, nonsensical tropes, logic be damned! But just because I loved it, doesn’t mean we can’t poke fun at it. Enter the folks at How It Should Have Ended.

Last Updated: August 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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