Extras! Denzel Washington has a shovel ready, Magneto fights some fake muscles, Travolta and De Niro are killers, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 gets Britta-ed, and Johnny Depp honours his raped ancestors?! 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!

Remember those first shots of Henry Cavill in the Superman costume, where everybody saw his bulging muscles and thought “those can’t be real, he must be wearing a muscle suit” and then they turned out to be totally real? Well, these new set pics from X-Men: Days of Future Past, showing a fully make-uped Nicholas Hoult as Beast engaging Michael Fassbender’s Magneto in a fist fight is kind of like that. Except here the muscles actually are fake.

After the recent rumour, Man of Steel star Henry Cavill has now confirmed that he’s swapping the blue onesie and red cape for a 70’s suit and some spy gadgets, as he is definitely replacing Tom Cruise in the lead role for Guy Ritchie’s remake of classic spy TV show, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Well, definitely maybe.

“Things are full-steam ahead. It’s all very early days. But it’s gonna happen. Well, this is Hollywood. It’s supposed to happen.”

If it wasn’t clear enough by now, longtime Star Wars producer Rick McCallum loves good sci-fi, which is why he’s producing a feature film adaptation of this rather amazing short film from Kaleb Lechowski (who will also direct the feature film) titled R’ha.

Chevy Chase has confirmed that he’ll be back to fix?/break?/turn into a temporal vortex? the titular jacuzzi in Hot Tub Time Machine 2, but he’ll also be bringing some fresh comedic talent along with him, as his former Community co-star, Gillian Jacobs, will also be joining the comedy sequel. “Britta” will play the female lead opposite fellow newcomer Adam Scott.

Who would ever have thought that Inigo Montoya (you killed his father, you deserve to die!) would one be killing it on a slow burn espionage show, but Mandy Patinkin was just one 6 Pop Culture Players We Wrote Off Too Soon.

Man, I can’t believe they’re still making those Grumpy Old Men movies, and clearly they’ve run out of ideas, because now they’re giving them guns?! Oh wait, my bad. It’s actually the first poster for Killing Season, the new indie action thriller that sees John Travolta as a Serbian war veteran who through pure touristy chance runs into Robert De Niro’s Bosnian war veteran living out in the Appalachian Mountains. The pair initially hit it off as friends, until they discover that they fought for opposite sides of the European war and then promptly resume hostilities on each other’s faces through longbows and shotguns.

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There’s been much said about who should take over from Matt Smith as the Doctor, but trust writer Neil Gaiman – who penned one of Doctor Who‘s greatest episodes – to come up with the best response to all the casting rumours.

Have you noticed how despite the movie being named after him, Armie Hammer’s Lone Ranger seems to be playing second fiddle to Johnny Depp’s Tonto in all the promo material? Of course you have, since we’ve only mentioned it about 38 times! Well, that demotion was no accident, and in fact is a lot more altruistic in nature than we suspected, as Depp explains.

“Since cinema has been around, Native Americans have been treated very poorly by Hollywood. What I wanted to do was play Tonto not as a sidekick – like ‘go fetch a soda for me, boy!’ – but as a warrior with integrity and dignity. It’s my small sliver of a contribution to try to right the wrongs of the past.”

“I’m probably one sixteenth Native American, but of course that’s hard to trace. Basically that means it’s likely that, somewhere along the line, you were a product of rape.”

Here’s a new poster for Nicolas Winding-Refn’s divisive thriller, Only God Forgives, featuring Kristen Scott Thomas. Well, either Kristen Scott Thomas or some other lady wearing one of those Mission Impossible face masks, but the bad ones used just before Tom Cruise pulls them off.

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It seems like somebody decided to make themselves a Denzel Washington cocktail by tossing Man on Fire, The Book of Eli and a sprinkling of The Matrix into a blender. What’s come out is Shovel Ready, a new sci-fi action thriller that will see Washington as a hitman in a “bombed-out, near future New York City where most of the population escapes reality by tapping into a digital fantasy world”. Washington’s contract killer gets hired to take out the cute daughter of a crazed evangelist, but – DUHN DUHN DUUUUHHHN! – he finds himself caring for and getting all protective over her. Cue Denzel Washington shooting lots of people in the face.

If you haven’t yet seen the latest episode of Game of Thrones (it airs tonight on DSTV), then I hate to break it to you, but this is where the fun ends for you for today. Seriously, you will hate me, yourself and the rest of the universe if you SPOIL this for yourself.

For the rest of you though, click play on this hilarious mashup of The Princess Bride and that scene from “The Rains of Castamere”.

Last Updated: June 7, 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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