Extras! Bradley Cooper dumps Jane, Ghandi gets a tattoo, Possible first look at Amazing Spider-Man 2's Rhino, Jessica Chastain puts people in cages and The greatest Iron Man 3 trailer ever! 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!

Set phasers to marketing overload, as there are two new Star Trek Into Darkness featurettes out, this time featuring Benedict Cumberbatch’s John Harrison taking a look at Zoe Saldan’s Uhura and Zachary Quinto’s Spock, respectively. Keep an eye on the Uhura one, and you’ll catch the first glimpse the film’s Klingons.

EW has just confirmed that Sharlto Copley will be teaming up with director Neil Blomkamp again for science-fiction comedy Chappie. If this feels like deja vu, that’s because we’ve already known this for quite some time, but apparently a story ain’t legit until EW confirms it, so there.

While we may blow the horns of the big blockbusters quite loudly around here, that doesn’t mean that we don’t appreciate the smaller, less mainstream films. In fact, we rather love them and would love it if even more people loved them. Which is I need you to immediately bookmark this article from HitFix on 10 Under-the-radar Movies for Summer 2013.

Ever since the story first came charging in that Paul Giamatti would be playing The Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we’ve heard absolutely nada, zip, zilch about it again. But the folks over at SevenWebHeads thinks they may just have gotten us our first glimpse at Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich aka The Rhino. Or just some dude in a mask. You know how these things are.

Bryan Singer is such a tease. He’s been tweeting all kinds of sneak-peeks at the production on X-Men: Days of Future Past and today’s one is this marvellous look at the back of Hugh Jackman’s head, just to prove that yes, he does have a luscious head of hair, and also that he is actually on set, apparently to do a costume fitting.

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JJ Abrams has been working with composer Michael Giacchino for quite some time now already on his projects, but that that partnership is going to be put on hold for a while. It seems that as far as Abrams is concerned, for Star Wars: Episode VII there can be only one, composer that is: Original musical maestro John Williams.

“Michael Giacchino is an incredible composer, who I was lucky enough to begin working with on Alias. He’s truly one of the most influential members of our crew, and I think [on] this score, he really outdid himself. [But] for Star Wars, it’s very early days, but I believe that, going forward, John Williams will be doing that film, because he was there long before I was.”

And don’t worry, it’s not as if Giacchino feels he’s getting the Abrams cold shoulder now. In fact, he seems pretty happy about not getting the job.

“I’m a huge Star Wars fan, but one of the things that excites me most about it coming back is the chance to hear new John Williams music, not new Michael Giacchino music based on John Williams music. I’m excited to hear what he would do, so however it shakes out, it would be great.”

Okay, hands up. Who did it? Who’s the joker who rolled Ben Kingsley around in wet newspaper? Oh wait, his face is supposed to look like that, as this is the first look at Kingsley as Fleet Commander Maze Rackham in Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s classic sci-fi novel, Ender’s Game.

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Jessica Chastain may has captured Bin Laden and kicked some overprotective ghost butt, so there are very few challenges left to her. So how about running a zoo? Filled with people? Don’t worry though, not in a bad, slave trader, Liam Neeson is about to shut you down for good way. Chastain has been cast in the lead role of the adaptation of Diane Ackerman’s novel The Zookeeper’s Wife, which deals with (what else?) a zookeeper’s wife in WWII Poland, who hid away Jewish refugees in their zoo’s cages. Here’s the book’s official blurb:

When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw—and the city’s zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen “guests” hid inside the Zabinskis’ villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants—otters, a badger, hyena pups, lynxes.

You’d think that by now I’d be tired of looking at pictures of giant robots, but amazingly I still have plenty of robot watching stamina left. Which is lucky since a new poster for Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim has just been released and this features not one, not even two or three, but four of the giant mechs.

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Oh, come on! When is Jane Got a Gun‘s game of musical casting chairs going to end. The troubled indie western has already lost and replaced directors, lead actors, villains, tea girls and that one kid who just brings the cameramen donuts. Okay, so some of those aren’t true, but the point is that there has been a lot of changes. And now there’s one more. Bradley Cooper – who replaced Jude Law, who replaced Joel Edgerton, who changed roles from villain to hero – has now left the production. Official reason is due to scheduling conflicts as the Boston bombings has delayed production on David O. Russell’s American Hustle which Cooper was already busy filming.

According to Deadline, Jane producers are already looking for replacements, with Tobey Maguire, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hiddleston apparently heading the short wish-list. With the way this production is going, I’d be surprised if any of them signed on.

If you’ve seen my Iron Man 3 review, you’ll know that I really enjoyed it and I highly recommend you go check it out soon. That being said, I hate to break it to Marvel, but Iron Man 3 is actually not the best Iron Man 3 related thing you’ll see this year. No, that honour belongs to this utterly hilarious and ridiculous Thai sweded trailer for the film. “Gwyneth Paltrow” cracks me up every single time!

Last Updated: May 2, 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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