Extras! Jeff Daniels confirms Dumb and Dumber To's demise, Thin Man takes a break, Gary Oldman hates athletes, The ultimate Hitchcock collection, Ted shows us Garfield's eyes, James Franco is great and powerful and Looper is going out for some Chinese! 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!

We kick off today with a brand new NSFW featurette for twisted fairy-tale, Ted. It shows some new footage, the cast all give their take on the foul-mouthed teddy bear and we get to learn more about his dysfunctional relationship with Mark Wahlberg. Also, boobs.

I’ve always felt that that 1971 classic Gene Wilder version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is far superior to the Tim Burton and Michael Jackson Johnny Depp remake. And thanks to Cracked (via GeekTyrant) we now have another reason why it’s better: Dirty penis jokes.

Since we have about a meatball’s chance in Roseanne Barr’s kitchen of seeing the The Raid: Redemption get a local cinema release, this is very important news. Gareth Evans’s martial arts extravaganza (hailed by some as the greatest action film of modern times) will be released on Blu Ray and DVD on August 14, 2012. Diarize it, set yourself reminders, write it on your children’s foreheads, just do whatever you need to do.

After hearing that Jim Carrey has pulled out of Dumb and Dumber To, I was still holding out hope that the Farrelly Bros, or co-star Jeff Daniels could perhaps change his mind and get the idiotic ball rolling again. Unfortunately, those hopes just took a snowball to the face, as Daniels told TMZ that the sequel is now totally dead. D-E-D, Dead!

 “Don’t you read the internet — we’re not doing it. It’s all over the internet … it’s not happening.”

I don’t own a single Alfred Hitchcock film, despite the fact that I worship at his rotund feet. The reason for this absence is because I have been holding out for a definitive Blu Ray collection of the master’s works. My patience has been rewarded.

Warner Bros has put a hold on Johnny Depp’s murder mystery movie, The Thin Man. The delay is just to give Depp a break between projects, as apparently he is just being spread too thin, man.

Director Niels Arden Oplev’s revenge thriller Dead Man Down – which stars Noomi Rapace and Collin Farrell as a mob victim and mob hitman both out for revenge – has received a release date of 5 April 2013.

Here’s a first look at James Franco in Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful. To me though it just looks like Sam Raimi in a hat. An on-screen chameleon, Franco is not.

The film will see Franco as the small-time circus magician who get magically transported to Oz, where he will have to prove himself to 3 witches to assume to the title of the famed Wizard of Oz.

Drew Struzhan, easily my favourite poster/cover artist of all time has done a poster of John Carpenter’s The Thing for Mondo. If there is nothing about that previous sentence that gets you excited, then you’re dead to me.

Former commercials director Brian Buckley will be directing Reese Witherspoon in an adaptation of  John Gray’s Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. Most girls will love this, while most guys will think this news is from Uranus.

It’s time to get all mother#$%ing educational up in this hiz-ouse, as we go to motherf#$%ing Film School with RA the Rugged Man! Motherf#$%er!

I think I’ve just found a new favourite movie vlog. Also, I seriously need to watch The Possession of Joel Delaney like right now!

It’s become quite normal to hear of American films having scenes excised to get approval from the Chinese Censors Board. But just like Rian Johnson’s Looper is not your average time travel movie, it also won’t be your typical US release over in China. After Chinese group DMG threw their financial weight behind the film, it was decided to release a separate version of the the film that sees the movies international location of Paris transplanted for Shanghai. The film is currently filming additional scenes in the Asian city so as to fit this into the existing narrative.

One of my issues I have with Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, is how much it borrows structurally from Alien. Know what I don’t mind it borrowing from? Spongebob Squarepants!

A Toronto-based artist is offering his Cagification services over on his website. What’s Cagification you ask? Well, you send him a photo of yourself and for just $12, he will turn you into Nicholas Cage. John Woo and John Travolta, eat your heart out!

You would think that successful individuals such as, say, NBA basketball players would surround themselves with people who would stop them from embarrassing themselves in public. And yet video rental shop shelves are filled with straight to DVD rubbish films starring athletes who thought they could act (I’m looking at you, entire WWE roster!). Some true actors, like the great Gary Oldman, has noticed this trend and now thanks to the comic genius of Jimmy Kimmel, he gets to say something about it, like only Gary Oldman can:

 

Last Updated: June 22, 2012

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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