Extras! Emma Watson has Fifty Shades of denial, Meet Beverley Hills cop and son, X-Men: Days of Future Past gets a colossal cast update, Steven Segal fights kids and Gerard Butler swears at Asian people! 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!

I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t think of a better way to kick off the first Extras of the week than with that favourite family pastime of Gerard Butler swearing/shooting at North Korean terrorists as they assault the White House with RPG’s and automatic rifles. Luckily that’s exactly what this seriously action packed red band clip for director Antoine Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen brings to the table.

Sometimes you need to come up a snarky one liner, and sometimes you just need to let the headline speak for itself. This is definitely a case of the latter: Steven Segal Protects Vladimir Putin From Small Children. And no, that’s not the pitch for Under Siege 3.

Put away the lotion and paper towels, because despite what some rumours over the weekend may have claimed, ex-Harry Potter star Emma Watson is not attached to the big screen adaptation of badly written Twilight fanfic turned badly written erotic best seller, Fifty Shades of Grey. The actress took to Twitter on Saturday to squash the latest rumours:

@EmWatson: “Who here actually thinks I would do 50 Shades of Grey as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life”

This of course wasn’t the first time that folks have thrown keys into the 50 Shades bowl, as she had to shoot down rumours last year as well.

“I haven’t read the book, I haven’t a read a script, nothing. There are so many movies you become attached to when I’ve literally never even received a phone call. It was the same way with ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ – I never even saw a script!”

Blink and you’d have missed this colossal casting update for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Over the weekend director Bryan Singer tweeted this new pic of the cast , including three new members.

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For those of you without the eyes of the HAWK-Hawk-hawk… the pic reveals the return of Daniel Cudmore as Colossus, as well as the additions of Chinese actress Fan Bingbing and Twilight actor Boo Boo Stevens (I swear I’m not making these names up). ComingSoon confirms that the former will playing the teleporting mutant Blink, while the latter will be in an unknown role.

Also, you may now go back and read the first sentence of this story and see what I did there.

It seems like Al Pacino’s Sideshow Bob hair is not the only thing making headlines for writer/director David Mamet’s Phil Spector biopic. The HBO produced film about the notorious music producer who was convicted of murdering B-movie actress Lana Clarkson in 2009, has angered a number of victims-rights group as it apparently casts doubt on Spector’s guilty verdict.

A new photo for Guillermo Del Toro’s mechs vs monsters sci-fi blockbuster Pacific Rim has been released, that shows off the monstrous footprint of one of the film’s Kaiju, which should give you a good idea of the scale of these things.

Read  Bryan Singer in talks to direct a Red Sonja movie

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Here’s the first look at Brandon T. Jackson and Eddie Murphy on the set of the new Beverly Hills Cop TV show, which will see Jackson play the son of Murphy’s Axel Foley, a fast talking, fast shooting Detroit cop featured in three movies of the same name in the late 80’s/early 90’s during which he was transplanted to (and caused chaos in) the upper class Beverley Hills.

In this sequel series, Murphy’s Foley is now a Police Commissioner while his son appears to be following in his father’s troublemaking footsteps. The pic (along with a bunch of other set pics) comes courtesy of the twitter account of showrunner Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Last Resort), who also wrote the show’s pilot episode, which will be directed by Men In Black helmer Barry Sonnenfeld.

Speaking of TV shows based on movies.. If you were fearing that Hannibal, the new TV series exploring the origins of one of cinema’s greatest serial killers, Hannibal Lecter (made famous by Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs), was going to get nerfed in order to appease the network fuddy duddies, then this gory new trailer should set your mind at ease. And your stomach at the opposite of ease.

Movie titles can be tricksy little hobbitses, often times going for obscurity and obfuscation instead of just telling you exactly what the movie is about. Big Ass Spider is not one of those movies. Inspired by the recent creature feature, FilmSchoolRejects have decided to look at 8 Misleading Movie Titles re-Titled in Honour of Big Ass Spider.

That reminds me, I still need to get around to watching David O Russel Made a Normal Romantic Comedy Starring a Crazy Bradley Cooper and Loony Jennifer Lawrence That Somehow Ended Up Winning Oscars.

Speaking of literally named movies… It’s been a while since I’ve featured a short film around these parts, so to ease us back into things, here’s a really short but really charming little animated tale simply titled A Story About Robots.

Here’s the short film’s creators describing it:

“A story about robots it´s an animation short film, is a personal project  we did on the weekends, made in Spain, in a small village called Segovia, with lot of love no budget. The backgrounds were photographed with Canon 50D. All the camera movements and travellings were made in stop motion. The robot was elaborated with 3D Studio Max and the integration with After Effects.”

Last Updated: March 18, 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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