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!
We kick off today with something a little different. Drive, Pusher and Valhalla Rising director Nicolas Winding Refn has directed a new commercial for Yves Saint Laurent starring rapidly rising actress Jessica Chastain. And just like just about every other fragrance ad ever made, it doesn’t really make sense. Or actually contain anything fragrance related.
It’s official. Multiple award winning English songstress Adele aka the girl who wrote that song your wife/girlfriend sings every time she gets drunk, will be providing the theme song to James Bond’s next adventure, Skyfall.
Apparently making comic book movies is turning Gwyneth Paltrow into Danny Glover. Well minus the whole being black and male thing of course.
“I just came off of ‘Iron Man 3,’ which is as special effects-y and action-y as it gets, so to do something like [‘Thanks For Sharing’] where it’s really small, funny and exciting, is really great. I don’t know [about returning for ‘The Avengers’ sequel], I’m getting old for this sh*t.“
Classic slasher film Halloween will be returning to cinemas (US cinemas, that is) next month, just in time for, well, Halloween. So to celebrate the re-release of the John Carpenter masterpiece, here’s a new poster:
Remember that scene in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassisc Park where Sam Neil and the kids are busy sleeping in a tree, but then get woken up by a giant herbivourous dinosaur, and the dino sneezes covering the little girl in slime? Now imagine the slime melts the girl’s skin off her face. Nasty? Well, we nearly got that. Kinda. As James Cameron reveals to Empire about how he, instead of Spielberg, nearly got the film rights to Michael Crichton’s book:
“I tried to buy the book rights and he beat me to it by a few hours. But when I saw the film, I realised that I was not the right person to make the film, he was. Because he made a dinosaur movie for kids, and mine would have been Aliens with dinosaurs, and that wouldn’t have been fair.”
“Dinosaurs are for 8-year-olds. We can all enjoy it, too, but kids get dinosaurs and they should not have been excluded for that. His sensibility was right for that film, I’d have gone further, nastier, much nastier.”
Speaking of James Cameron, the Titanic director will soon be taking to popular Discovery Channel TV series, Mythbusters, to try and prove once and for all that Rose was not just a selfish tart, when she let Jack die of hypothermia instead of just scooching over on that floating door, which is clearly big enough for both of them.
Drew Goddard is over at ShockTillYouDrop talking about Cabin in The Woods and what you can find on the Blu Ray. The film gets a home release this week, meaning EVERYBODY SHOULD NOW SEE IT. No excuses.
If words and letters and stuff is not your thing, here’s a video featurette for Cabin in the Woods focusing on the all the hundreds of monsters and creatures in the film. Obviously, if you haven’t seen the film then you may not want to click on this.
Looks like Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master is not just a critical smash hit, but a box-office one as well. Well, at least for the arty-farty types, that is. According to THR, it looks like the film be breaking the record for most money made in a single day for an art house cinema release.
Anthony Mackie spoke to Newsday about it why it’s so important for him to play The Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier:
“I’m playing the Falcon. He’s this guy in Harlem who moved to California and became a drug dealer. His plane crashed, and he was genetically altered, and he can fly, has telepathic powers. He’s the first African-American superhero. It makes me feel all the work I’ve done has been paying off. I have a son, nephews and nieces, and I love the idea that they can dress up as the Falcon on Halloween. They now have someone they can idolize. That’s a huge honor for me.”
Freddie Highmore may be best known as that cute kid from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but he’s about to get a little loco, ese. The now 20-year old actor will be playing the young Norman Bates in A&E’s upcoming series Bates Motel, a prequel to Hitchcock’s classic film Psycho.
What’s that? Yes, Mother. I’m also not sure about his casting. No, Mother. I haven’t got around to “watching” Darryn shower yet.
Adam Wingard and Simon Barret, the directing and writing partners behind recent indie film fest horror favourite You’re Next, have been tapped by Warner Bros to bring Dead Spy Running, the fist book in author John Stock’s Daniel Marchant trilogy, to the big screen. Here’s the synopsis for the book:
Suspended MI6 agent Daniel Marchant is running out of time. He’s alongside a man strapped with explosives at the London Marathon. If they drop speed the man will detonate, killing all around them. But is Marchant secretly working for the terrorists?
Marchant’s father, ex-Chief of MI6, was accused by the CIA of treachery. To prove his innocence, Marchant must take a perilous journey via Poland and India to unearth his father’s dark past, test his relationship with fellow spy Leila and challenge the heavy hand of America’s war on terror. Most of all, he has to learn to trust no one.
That first bit sounds like Speed on foot, which is really all I needed to hear.
Last Updated: September 17, 2012