Extras! Chris Claremont talks The Wolverine, Josh Hartnett & Eva Green get dreadful castings, Dennis Leary & Vanessa Hudgens are in the kitchen sink, Katy Perry wants to run some blades, and Tonto rides The Lone Ranger?! 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!

The other day, I caught an episode of the Simpsons for the first time in years. That show used to be a comedy, right? Now rubbing even more salt into the now not-so-funny-anymore wound, comes this fantastic 19-minute long supercut from Next Movie showing every single movie reference made in the show throughout the years.

Please file this next one under W for WTF? Seems that pop singer Katy Perry is not just happy kissing girls, she also wants to kiss weary futuristic cyborg hunters who may/may not be cyborg themselves. Miss Perry is apparently interested in not only moving from music into movies, but specifically wants to the role of Rachael in Ridley Scott’s proposed Blade Runner sequel.

“With films, I hope to win you all over with animation and then do other films. I am really interested in comedy, and I would really love to play Rachael in Blade Runner 2, if Ridley would just call!”

“I think I’d enjoy playing the opposite of what you expect.”

The role was initially played by smoky-voiced Sean Young (that’s not a guy, by the way) and I have to admit, Perry could easily pull of the look for the part if the character was to return. There are just two small problems: 1) We don’t know if Perry can act, and 2) ….er, anybody ask Sean Young if maybe she wanted to play her own character again?

There’s a new IMAX poster out for Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, and it’s simplistic, terror-inducing brilliance.

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Whenever I review a movie, I always expect there will be somebody who disagrees with me, because apparently we haven’t yet developed the technology for control collars (damn it!). But when somebody says that yes, they have the same viewpoint as yours its a pretty good feeling. When that somebody is veteran writer Chris Claremont talking about The Wolverine – which is based on his classic story arc – and he pretty says the exact same thing that you (I) did in your (my) review, then that’s some serious vindication.

“The first two acts were kick-ass, and they set this up to be a really exceptional, different movie. It was like the film took this giant step forward. I liked that it focuses on the essence of who Wolverine is and what he does. Hugh Jackman is eloquent, and he owns the character at this point. It’s a surprisingly multidimensional performance. The third act wasn’t bad, per se, but it was a different tone. That moment he starts motorcycling up the 400 kilometers … he was almost riding into a different movie. It would be interesting to talk to Mangold and ask why they felt they had to go in that direction. “

Claremont goes on to discuss much of the story, but that gets a little spoilery so I won’t mention it here, but he basically has the same grievances I have. Seriously, what the hell is Viper doing in this movie?

Following on from this morning’s Sentinel reveal for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Trask-Industries.com has been updated with this new pic of Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask, looking more like a 1970’s pornstar than a tech mogul who’s about to try and eradicate an entire race. They always do though, don’t they?

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Speaking of the 1970’s… See this guy in the photo below? The one that looks like a maths teacher from four decades ago who used to sneak into the school’s gym to smoke pot? That’s George Lutz, whose real life story about the haunting of his family home was turned into a movie with The Amityville Horror.

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In said movie, Lutz was of course played by Ryan Reynolds, because screw you resemblance! You can read about that and more on Pajiba’s list of 11 Real People Who Got Some Serious Sexy Upgrades In The Movie of Their Life.

When your career essentially goes from cute Disney princess to bikini wearing criminal delinquent, there’s only one logical conclusion for your next move. If you guessed starring a movie where you team up with vampires and zombies to take on an extra-terrestrial army, then you’re completely correct! Also, you think weird!

Vanessa Hudgens is apparently in talks to join the Oren Uziel scripted monster mash-up, Kitchen Sink. She would be joining Dennis Leary, who has apparently already signed on the dotted line for the 2010 Black List Script entrant.

It was really only a matter of time, but there is now a Lone Ranger porn parody and as you can see from this Safe-For-Work trailer for it, they’ve decided to one-up Johnny Depp playing a Native American, by instead making a Tonto a girl, specificallyFilipina/Mexican porn actress Adrianna Luna.

Now we wait to see whether this parody will suck just as much as the big screen movie. One thing is for certain though, this Tonto is going to have a totally different voël on her head. Hi ho!

For a while there, it looked like Chris Nolan’s regular cinematographer, Wally Pfister, would be following in his old partner’s clandestine footsteps with his directorial debut Transcendence. Until now, all we’ve known is that it would involved Johnny Depp as some kind of computer programmer who somehow merges with his computer systems, but now an official synopsis has finally been released and it reveals…. it reveals… well phooey. This tells us almost nothing new.

“Will Caster, forefather of A.I., has his consciousness uploaded onto the internet. Once there, is it really Will who is interacting with humanity in order to make things better, or a darker sinister clone bent on the termination of the world as we know it?”

Just when it looked like Penny Dreadful couldn’t get any more star power, the news breaks that Eva Green and Josh Hartnett will be taking the leads in the new 8-part psychological thriller TV series. The show comes from the minds of Oscar nominated writer John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo) and Oscar winning director Sam Mendes (SkyfallAmerican Beauty, Road to Perdition), and will have Oscar nominated director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) directing the first two episodes.

Hartnett will star as “Ethan Chandler, a charming American who finds himself trapped in the darkest corners of Victorian London, while Green will play Vanessa Ives, a seductive and formidable beauty full of secrets and danger.”

With HBO, AMC, Netflix and the like, we can get away with pretty much anything on TV lately. Violence, nudity, foul language; these channels/networks have zero problem showing these things, and sometimes all at the same time in the same scene (Oh True Blood, you so crazy!). The same can’t be said for some of the not-so-risque channels though, meaning that when big name movies containing some mature elements eventually need to be screened on them, some edits need to be made. Often to quite unintentionally hilarious effect, as can be seen Screencrush’s list of TV Edits of Movie Obscenities. Check out the entire list for some maximum LOL-lage, but here are few of my favourites.

Last Updated: July 31, 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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