Extras! Doctor Who is spoiled, Clerks 3 is accomplished, Apes on horses, Another Gremlins remake story, Clark Kent gets drafted, Movies go medieval and Al Pacino is a Manglehorn! 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!

It’s time to get groovy, baby! Well, at least about as groovy as you can get in a wheelchair, as this new set pic for X-Men: Days of Future Past shows James McAvoy aka young Xavier all decked out in psychedelic 70’s garb. Not ones to be left behind, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and a mysteriously non blue and furry Beast (Nicholas Hoult) also put on their 70’s duds.

The pics came courtesy of director Bryan Singer’s Twitter feed, but he makes no mention of how/why Beast is suddenly back to his more human appearance.

So you’re an actor who want to break into the big time but you have a face like a dysentery infected baboon’s bottom? Well then how about becoming a voiceover artist? Successful and prolific voiceover artist Joanna Ruiz can tell you how.

“IT IS ACCOMPLISHED!” That’s what writer-director Kevin Smith’s Facebook page read as he announced that he has completed writing the first draft to his long gestating threequel Clerks 3. Smith posted the following message and image to announce the milestone.

“First draft of CLERKS III is 137 pages. Plays like the EMPIRE STRIKES BACK of what’s now become the Clerks Trilogy. And I am SO in love with it.”

“Pictured is the script with the clapboard we used on the original CLERKS. Both the old clapboard and the old filmmaker are ready to go back to Jersey for the last time.” 

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Now that Henry Cavill is officially the new face of Superman, it’s easy to forget about that other actor who recently wore the red and blue. No, not Brandon Routh, I’m talking about that other guy, Tom Welling. The Smallville star has been popping up here and since the hit TV show finished, and next he’ll throwing some pigskin in the sports comedy Draft Day. 

Welling will play an American football quarterback named Brian Drew in the Ivan Reitman directed pic, that boasts quite the ensemble cast consisting of Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Ellen Burstyn, Denis Leary, Frank Langella, Chadwick Boseman, Terry Crews, Sean Combs and many more.

You know that trick they do in the circus where they have a dog ride a horse? Well, Matt Reeves can do one better, he can make an ape ride a horse… as soon as they do the CGI work on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. For now though, you’re going to have to be content with a very un-ape-like Andy Serkis in motion capture gear riding a horse as ape rebellion leader Caesar, in this first set pic from the sequel.

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Composer Steve Jablonsky, most famous for scoring Michael Bay’s Transformers trilogy, will be changing gears a bit for his next project, going from giant robots to little kids (although he’ll still have those pew-pew lasers!). Jablonsky has been picked to score writer-director Gavin Hood’s adaptation of acclaimed sci-fi novel Ender’s Game.

Al Pacino will be joining up with Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green for a new dramedy titled Manglehorn, which contrary to popular (read: Darryn’s) belief is actually a character’s name and not a sexual euphemism. Pacino will play the titular A.J. Manglehorn, “an eccentric man who tries to come to terms with a past crime that cost him the love of his life”.

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If you’re a fan of Doctor Who (and if you’re not, then you and I are having words!) then you’ll probably know that this season has been building up to some big secret about The Doctor being revealed on this coming weekend’s episode, intriguingly titled “The Name of The Doctor”. But it seems that the BBC has made a little boo boo, as when it sent out screener DVD’s of last week’s episode to press, a few of the packages contained this revelatory episode as well. Oops.

And now, because most humans are douchebags,  the entire internet is one gigantic spoiler minefield. If I were you, I’d just stay off the internet until Sunday evening. Better yet, just lock yourself in your room and speak to nobody.

There’s a new poster out for upcoming animated sequel Despicable Me 2, which will now be 100% Al Pacino free, with a healthy dose of Benjamin Bratt.

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Looks like somebody got the “Gremlins reboot idea” wet, as it appears to have multiplied. We heard about a possible remake earlier in the year, but at the time producer Frank Marshall revealed that contractually it couldn’t happen unless original producer Steven Spielberg gives his permission. Well, either Stevie did or the studios just don’t care, because writer Seth Graham-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and David Katzenberg have apparently been hired as producers by Warner Bros as part of a first look deal to get a remake going.

And now for your daily bit of WTF. Production companies Benderspink and Broken Road have acquired the rights to develop a feature film based on the Middle Ages themed “Medieval Times” restaurant franchise. I’m now just waiting to hear to hear the news that Leon Schuster is making a western based on Spur.

And now for a bit of movie making DIY. When the Wachowski’s first unveiled bullet time to the world in The Matrix, all the gamers were like “They’re ripping off Max Payne!” Everybody else then told them to shut up as they stared dreamily at the super-slo-mo footage. But did you know that you can create the same effect at home, without the need for a camera rigs that costs more than a new car. No, all you need is a ceiling fan and a GoPro camera.

Last Updated: May 15, 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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