Extras! GSP leaps into Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Why Will Smith didn't want unchain Django, Hitchcock-san, Iron Man has a shotgun and There's absolutely nothing happening in Washington! Plus much more!

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There are very few things that get a case of the Mondays as bad as Tuesday. So if your Tuesday turned out to be a Bluesday, then there’s only one thing that could make it all better: A giant robot with a big gun and a funny name. So thank you, new poster for Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim featuring Japanese robot named Coyote Tango. It’s much appreciated.

If you happen to follow me on social media, then you would know that 1) I use a lot of naughty words, 2) I’m comic book geek and 3) I am a huge fan of Mixed Martial Arts, especially the UFC. So it was with much surprise to find all my passions (well except for the naughty word) merging, when I was greeted with the news that current UFC Welterweight champion – and one of the most dominant fighters in the history of the sport – Georges St. Pierre has apparently joined the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

GSP has reportedly been cast as Georges Batroc aka Batroc the Leaper, a primarily Captain America villain that’s been around since the 1960’s. One of the most undominant (that’s a word, right?) villains in the history of villainy, Batroc boasts these deadly skills in his repertoire: He’s French and he knows martial arts. Oh and he has a very well groomed moustache.

A new international TV spot for Iron Man 3 has just released and you shouldn’t watch it. No, that’s not a typo. You should not watch it. You see this spot gives away one of the rumoured plot points of the movie, which will probably have comic book fanboys/girls whooping with glee when they see it unspoiled for the first time. So don’t watch it.

You’re going to watch it, aren’t you? You’re one of those people that just can’t resist pressing the “Do not press” button, hey? Ah well, I tried…

It’s now pretty hard to imagine anybody else other than Jamie Foxx, with his soft spoken badassery, in the title role of Django Unchained, but that’s precisely what we nearly got. Quentin Tarantino originally offered Will Smith the lead in his blood-soaked revenge Western, but the Fresh Prince famously turned it down despite his agents all telling him to take it, and here’s why [SLIGHT SPOILER WARNING if you haven’t seen Django yet]:

“I thought it was brilliant. Just not for me.”

“Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!”  The actor went on to say, “I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!’”

Firstly, the fact that Smith couldn’t grasp the script well enough to understand that Django and Schultz are co-leads, and that that particular scene had to play out the way it did for dramatic purposes, makes me kind of happy that Smith passed on this.

We’ve often mentioned how much we love Japanese trailers. Those crazy Nipponese could make a documentary about the race between drying paint and growing grass seem like a Michael Bay explodathon, and they’ve now turned their attentions to Hitchcock, the pretty straight-faced biopic of the famed filmmaker starring Anthony Hopkins in the title role. Anthony Hopkins is a busy man though (I also doubt he speaks Japanese), so when you’re looking for a way to introduce your trailer,why not just get a Japanese comedy duo to do it for you?

And if you’re going all cross-eyed trying to decipher the WTF-ness, don’t worry, TheMovies.com has your back.

Like, so apparently Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, a movie that’s like, extolling the dangers of mixing teenage girls with drugs, alcohol and wigga James Franco, has like, apparently upset some teenage girls. Like, really upset, yo. Wha’-eveeeeer!

With Antoine Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen taking a fair amount of box office dollars hostage this weekend past, it’s now up to Roland Emmerich and his version of “terrorists take over the White House” to play catch up. Now due to Emmerich’s rather bombastic filmography, White House Down has been described as the Armageddon to Olympus Has Fallen‘s Deep Impact. As such, I probably expected something a little more explodey than these first trio of teaser posters for the film. However, I have to say that I like them. They’re so… normal, that they stand out and certainly would intrigue folks to want to know more.

I honestly have no idea what practical purpose this last video serves, but I just had to post it, because Star Wars. So if you’ve ever felt the need to watch all six released Star Wars films at the same time, then your dream just came true.

Last Updated: March 26, 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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