Extras! Independence Day 2 gets some familiar faces, James Badge Dale takes a stretch, Chris McQuarrie gets no forgiveness, Fight for Frankenstein, and the Justice League go shopping! 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!

If you follow me on Twitter, well… sorry. While you were frantically trying to prevent your kids from looking over your shoulder and seeing my timeline, you may have noticed that my current musical addiction is Hans Zimmer’s score for Man of Steel. While not as instantly iconic as John Williams’ classic Superman score, it’s still an amazing piece of work, with a percussion heavy structure that suits the new movie much better. That percussion was actually provided by a who’s-who of celebrity drummers form Pharell Williams to Sheila E, as can be seen in this new featurette about Man of Steel‘s soundtrack.

I hope Patrick Wilson and Chris Pine keeps a tight hold of their belongings, as perennial scene-stealer James Badge-Dale will be back to his thespian thievery in Joe Carnahan’s Stretch. Dale, last seen heating up the screen in Iron Man 3, has been cast in an unspecified role in the thriller, which will see Wilson as a down on his luck limo driver, who has to drive around Chris Pine’s shady businessman as he flits around town, up to no good.

A whole batch of new set photos for Amazing Spider-Man 2 have swung in, showing off some action between Paul Giamatti’s Rhino and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man. Feel free to peruse those at your own leisure. While doing so though, you may notice Giamatti’s, shall we say, batsh!t [email protected]#$ing crazy performance in his pre-CGI Rhino getup. Screenrant certainly noticed it, and thus compiled this nice image of The Many Faces of Paul Giamatti as Rhino.

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Cocaine is a helluva drug.

Man of Steel success will probably be the big push for Warner Bros to finally get their Justice League act together, but while Superman has definitely proven that he can move faster than a speeding bullet (when collecting box office receipts), Henry Cavill, the big blue boyscout himself, doesn’t think that he’ll be sharing the screen with his other superhero buddies any time soon.

“Justice League could be great if done correctly. It’s a very tough one to do because the DC comic heroes are all god-like in their power. So in this real world universe, real-world setting we’re telling our story in, it’s going to be tough to achieve that. It has to be done very delicately with a lot of thought. So, it won’t be right away. I hope it’s not, anyway. It may take some time of building up other movies and other characters and introducing them together in one way or another.

I think it would be great to do, but I don’t think it’s around the corner.”

Speaking of  the Justice League… Now that they probably won’t be starring in a movie any time soon, they obviously need to keep themselves busy (aside from the crime fighting, of course) and what better extracurricular activity for Superman and the gang than helping housewives shop at Target!

I love how Batman, the richest guy there, doesn’t even bother checking to see if he’s got his wallet when the lady has no cash.

How do you find Will Smith? Just look for the fresh prints. And the smell of money. Too much money for Roland Emmerich it seems, as the director revealed earlier in the week that Smith was too expensive to return for Independence Day 2. But apparently Bill “My schedule is free” Pullman and Jeff “You guys still remember that I was the Fly, right?” Goldblum doesn’t have that problem. After hinting that they may return, Emmerich has now confirmed that everybody’s favourite fighter pilot president and alien mothership hacker will be back in the upcoming sequel.

Brock over at Geek League of America thinks that the Jedi are pricks. Ahem. He also thinks that he’s figured out How Star Wars: Episodes VII – IX Can Help Make the Prequels Rectroactively Better. JJ Abrams, I hope you’re taking notes. Stuff up Episode VII and you will forever be known as Jar Jar Abrams!

Judging by the facial expressions on these new cover tie-ins for Empire magazine, Peter Jackson should have called his movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smug Elves.  Amirite?!

There may a rather disappointing lack of pitchforks and torches (a lost protest art, I tell ya!), but Frankenstein is still causing a ruckus. I am of course referring to the new “revisionist, sci-fi take” on Mary Shelley’s novel from director Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin, Push) and writer Max Landis (Chronicle) which already has Daniel Radcliffe in the role of Igor. Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) and Toby Kebbel (Rocknrolla, Wrath of the Titans) have apparently both been flown to London to audition against each other for a lead role in the film. It’s unclear whether they would be up for the role Victor Frankenstein or his monster.

Chris McQuarrie is back on the horse for Unforgiven. And no, despite my choice of analogy, this is not a movie about Clint Eastwood falling off his equestrian mode of transport. Back in 2010, McQuarrie signed on to write and direct a feature film adaptation of the BAFTA-nominated UK mini-series, with Angelina Jolie set to star, but then pulled out to make Jack Reacher. Now his replacement, Minority Report writer and The Lookout director, Scott Frank, has pulled out and McQuarrie has once again been hired for the gig.

The original series was about “a woman’s attempt to rejoin society after a 15-year prison stint for the murder of two policemen. The officers were in the process of evicting her family from the farmhouse in which they lived when the tragedy occurred. Now that she’s out, she hopes to live quietly with her troubled sister, but two sons of one of the slain men are seeking vengeance.”

All you youngsters today with your newfangled see gee eye don’t know what true special effects are. Back in my day, men like Stan Winston only had a pair of stockings, some glitter and a tiny flashlight to work with and still managed to create movie miracles. That’s why I love looking back at some of the behind the scenes footage of just how these pioneers pulled off their amazing feats. Take this newly released BTS video of Joe Dante’s 1998 movie, Small Soldiers, that shows the insanely realistic and accurate puppetry used to animate the film’s sentient action figures.

Last Updated: June 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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