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!
If you’re like a half frozen vienna, i.e. not all Thor’d out yet, then here’s some more footage Thor: The Dark World, but instead of behind the scenes B-roll footage, this time we’re showing you a cool battle scene from the movie where the God of Thunder proves that he knows how to make an entrance.
If you’ve ever sent a tiny toy car careening through a death defying loop, then this news is for you. Legendary Pictures have found a director and writer for their feature film adaptation Hot Wheels – yes, those toy cars from back in the day – in Simon Crane and Paul Attanasio, respectively.
Crane may not be that well known to the general public, but he’s very respected in the industry as a top 2nd-unit director, having recently done work on World War Z and the upcoming Edge of Tomorrow. Attanasio is a bit of a bigger catch though. Not only did he pen Sphere, Disclosure, Sum of All Fears, Quiz Show and Donnie Brasco (the last two earning him Oscar nominations) but he’s also the creator of fan favourite TV series House.
There’s a whole lot happening on the set of David “End of Watch” Ayer’s WWII ensemble flick Fury. Earlier in the week, a stuntman had to be rushed to hospital after an unfortunate accident involving the pointy end of a bayonet, and now the entire cast – which includes Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal and Michael Pena – is getting tanked. No, they’re not drinking, but shooting is fully under way for the film, which focuses on a tank squadron, and the director has unveiled a whole bunch of behind the scenes pics for the production.
Here are two of them, but click the link for a lot more.
Now that Jonas Cuaron and his dad Alfonso have thoroughly crushed our dreams of going into outer space with the nail biting Gravity, the young writer is turning his attention to the sea. Cuaron the younger has been tapped by Warner Bros to pen The Lost City, which sources say would be “a new take on the mythical underwater kingdom” of Atlantis. There are no further details on the flick, but I have feeling it may just be a gut-wrenching tale about a couple of Atlanteans getting lost in the middle of the ocean and having to find their way back down to the sunken city, with a dwindling oxygen supply and a freak sea creature that attacks them every 90 minutes, and I’m perfectly ok with that.
Composer Daniel Pemberton may not be bumping elbows with your Hans Zimmers, Michael Giacchinos and Alan Silvestris, but that may just change with his next, and biggest gig yet. He’s providing the score for Ridley Scott’s The Counsellor, and based on these four tracks from the soundtrack, he’s doing some amazing work.
Fresh from being awesome in the indie hit Short Term 12, Brie Larson is in early talks for her next movie, and this one’s a gamble. Sorry, did I type “gamble”? Stupid Nutty Professor fingers, I meant “Gambler”, as in The Gambler, the Mark Wahlberg starring remake of the 1974 James Caan movie of the same name.
Rupert “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Wyatt is set to direct the drama.
“Step to the left! JUST STEP TWO FEET TO THE F**KING LEFT!!” These were the words echoing through most cinemagoers’ headS as they watched Charlize Theron get pancaked by a giant donut of a spaceship rolling in a straight line in Prometheus. It was absolutely one of the dumbest and most unnecessary deaths of recent memory, and fits perfectly on Cracked’s list of Five Movie Deaths That Should Have Been Really Easy To Avoid.
This new Robert De Niro character poster for Grudge Match boasts the great advice of “No matter how old you are, come out swinging”. This advice is especially apt for old married couples who want to spice things up in the bedroom with some other couples they have their eye on.
Look, I know I give Michael Bay a lot of flak for his movies, but never have I been so angry at him that I swung a piece of office ventilation equipment at his head. That’s exactly what happened in Hong Kong though, during the first day of shooting for Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction. Apparently, the attacker was not just offering Bay a new and unique way of cooling down – you tend to get cooler when you’re brain is smashed to pulp – but rather this was the violent end to a demand for money. The man, one of several local vendors, had been demanding four times the agreed upon amount of money for the inconvenience of the film shooting on the street where he normally does his business. A demand that Bay refused, as the director explained on his own website.
“Yes, some drugged up guys were being belligerent asses to my crew for hours in the morning of our first shoot day in Hong Kong. One guy rolled metal carts into some of my actors trying to shake us down for thousands of dollars to not play his loud music or hit us with bricks.”
“An hour later, he came by my crew as we were shooting, carrying a long air conditioner unit. He walked right up to me and tried to smack my face, but I ducked, threw the air unit on the floor and pushed him away. That’s when the security jumped on him. But it took seven big guys to subdue him,” Bay writes. “It was like a Zombie in Brad Pitt’s movie World War Z — he lifted seven guys up and tried to bite them. He actually bit into one of the guard’s Nike shoe, insane. Thank god it was an Air Max, the bubble popped, but the toe was saved.”
Phew, I was getting really worried about that toe there. According to Bay, it took 15 Hong Kong cops in riot gear to eventually restore order. Damn.
My current digital crack of choice, like many of you, I assume, is Grand Theft Auto V. The record breaking open world videogame has completely taken over all my free time as I discover the staggering amount of things you can do in the game. Things like finding a whole bunch of movie and TV references, apparently.
First person to name them all in the comments below, gets a big, fat, sloppy kiss from Darryn!
Thanks, Universal Pictures. You’ve just killed Life. Term Life, that is. Reports are coming in that the studio has completely pulled the plug on Term Life, an upcoming action comedy which had already locked in Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld to star, and Peter “Couples Retreat” Billingsley to direct. There’s no real indication as to why Universal has scuppered the film, but there is chance that it may still find life again at a different studio.
I really hope that does happen since the film, which is based on the comic book of the same name from Image Comics, actually has a rather great premise:
If Nick Barrow can stay alive for 21 days, he’ll die happy. Everyone Nick knows wants him dead; Mob bosses, contract killers, and dirty cops. Performing the last act of a desperate man, Nick takes out a million dollar insurance policy on himself, payable to his estranged daughter. The problem? The policy doesn’t take effect for 21 days. Nick knows they’ll be lucky to be alive for twenty-one hours.
Just a few days after we saw that hilarious “Ex-Men” clip from The Pete Holmes show, those funnu guys are back, setting their sights this time on Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman\Batman movie. Which, apparently, is actually not such a great idea after all. Even Batman thinks so.
Last Updated: October 18, 2013