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!
There’ve been some pretty amazing viral advertising for Prometheus, and today we get treated to a beautiful high res wallpaper from the film. Now you might be wondering what’s viral about a wallpaper? Well it’s in the way it was discovered, and quite frankly, I have absolutely no idea how the denizens of the internet figure some of this stuff out.
First there was the Guy Pearce/Peter Weyland viral video, which led people to WeylandIndustries.com. This then soon led to ProjectPrometheus.com but unfortunately nobody could get into the site. Somehow – I’m guessing ouija boards and magic 8-balls were involved – somebody figured out that you need to append “Eridu” to the URL, i.e. ProjectPrometheus.com/Eridu, and then when prompted for a password you use the phrase “tell abu shahrain”. As for how they figured out that last bit, I’m going with voodoo and/or faeries.
Once all of that was completed, you were then greeted with the following gorgeous wallpaper (click for super high res):
So what do all the funny words and phrases have to do with Prometheus? Well remember how in the trailer it’s mentioned that the team is send off on this expedition based on glyphs discovered in ancient civilizations? Well lookie what we have over here, courtesy of Wikipedia:
“Eridu is an ancient Sumerian city in what is now Tell Abu Shahrain, Dhi Qar Governorate, Iraq. Eridu was considered the earliest city in southern Mesopotamia, and is one of the oldest cities in the world. Located 12 km southwest of Ur, Eridu was the southernmost of a conglomeration of Sumerian cities that grew about temples, almost in sight of one another. In Sumerian mythology, Eridu was originally the home of Enki, who was considered to have founded the city, later known by the Akkadians as Ea. His temple was called E-Abzu, as Enki was believed to live in Abzu (“Deep Ocean”), an aquifer from which all life was believed to stem.”
Disney’s mishandling of John Carter is by far not the first blunder for the House of Mouse. The Guardian takes a look at Disney’s 5 worst moments, and it’s quite a read: Everything from racist centaurs to pictures of topless ladies embedded in cartoons. Oh Disney, you dirty bastards.
There’s a new 15 second teaser out for Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2. And since my momma told me that if you don’t have anything good to say, then you should rather say nothing at all, I’m simply just going to shut up now and show you the clip.
I think it’s safe to say that I love the Mission Impossible franchise. Hell, I can even find some kind of enjoyment out of that John Woo slow-mo masturbatory session that is MI:2. So imagine my delight stumbling across this poster from DeviantArts user, DazTibbles, as he posits what a potential Mission Impossible animated series would look like.
Dear people with money, make this a reality!
Hey, everybody! Are you throwing a slumber party this weekend? Well then boy, do I have a game for you try out. No, silly, it’s not a drug and alcohol fueled orgy of biblical proportions, it’s The Hunger Games Game!
I currently do not have any tattoos on my person. No, not because I am afraid of needles or a little pain. No, my concern has always been that come 3o years from now when I’m all old and wrinkly with skin like papyrus, I don’t also want to look like I’ve been rolling around naked in stacks of wet newspaper. However, I cannot deny the appeal of some truly badass ink. Like, for example, this crazy Terminator 2 inspired arm tattoo:
What with John Carter’s box-office woes, big budget flops are all the rage at the moment. Now Disney’s sci-fi epic may not be setting the box office alight, but it still has a long way to before it gets added to any infamous lists. To give some perspective, Guardian takes a look at the official 10 biggest flops of all time. I have to admit that there’s a couple on there that caught me completely by surprise.
Also the fact that the official biggest box-office loss of all time (which I really did not see coming) eventually boiled down to $147 million, just shows you how absolutely absurd it was for Disney to declare John Carter a $200 million loss while it’s still making money.
There comes a time in your life, where everything just works out for you. Every move you make, every step you take (thanks Sting!), it all just ends in good fortune. When such a moment occurs, I guess there’s nothing else you can do except to dance for joy.
Clearly Godzilla has just had one of those days!
And so, the time has come to bid you adieu. I’m actually off to watch Wrath of the Titans, so expect the review up soon. Here’s a spoiler: It’s probably gonna be filled with the words “wrath” and “titans”.
Last Updated: March 22, 2012