Extras! Jeff Wadlow will go fast, Dustin Hoffman & Bobby Cannavale get cooking, From under the dome to tomorrowland, Selena Gomez probably gets shot, and Neill Blomkamp wanted who originally for Elysium?!

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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!

While I didn’t completely drink the kool-aid for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, there were some parts of the movie that I absolutely loved, usually involving Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, mountains, or any combination of the three. But as I sat there watching ninjas run on the side of mountains, I couldn’t have been the only one thinking “Man, the only thing that could make this better, would be if this movie was shorter… and in 8-bit”. Nobody else? Just me then? Well me and the guys at CineFix apparently.

Before being hand picked by Matthew Vaughn to take over the reins on Kick-Ass 2, Jeff Wadlow’s biggest claim to fame was Never Back Down, a MMA movie with more cliches’ than KO’s. But since that draft pick, Wadlow has suddenly stepped into the spotlight, with the announcement that he’ll be bringing X-Force to the big screen being the latest coup. One could say that he’s career is… going fast. And what a co-inky-dink as Sony want him to direct Rich “xXx” Wilkes’ new action screenplay, Go Fast, which deals with super fast boats that DEA agents use to take down drug smugglers.

Yes, it’s Fast & Furious with lifejackets. No, I can’t wait to see the first boat do a handbrake turn.

Following on from the pair released earlier in the week, we have two new posters for 300: Rise of an Empire, this time focusing on Jack O’Connel’s skull-faced Callisto and Rodrigo Santoro’s Xerxes, the creepiest metrosexual demi-god to ever stick a Prince Albert on his face.

People love to make up facts. This is a fact. No, really it is. Just look at these 10 Ridiculous Sci-Fi Movie and TV Myths Everyone Believes to see what I’m talking about.

Looks like Jon Favreau’s Chef will be adding two new dishes to the menu in the form of a lazy-aged Tootsie roll and a Gyp Rosetti pasta, as Dustin Hoffman and Bobby Cannavale will be joining the already cast Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo and Robert Downey, Jr. in the indie comedy that will see Favreau both in front of and behind the camera. The culinary caper will follow “Carl Casper (Favreau), who loses his chef job and cooks up a food truck business in hopes of reestablishing his artistic promise. At the same time, he tries to reconnect with his estranged family.”

And class is back in session! Today’s lesson is “Everything you need to know about the amazing life of Walt Disney!” Take notes, this is coming in the exam. Oh and click to enlarge.

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How’s this for a “Phew! Just dodge that one!” moment? Neill Blomkamp has revealed to Wired that for Elysium, his latest sci-fi actioner, star Matt Damon wasn’t his first choice. Hell he wasn’t even his second choice. The two men in front of Damon in the queue – and you may want to sit down for this one – were Ninja, frontman for out-there local music act Die Antwoord, and rapper Eminem. Blomkamp offered the role to Ninja first who passed as he didn’t want his first movie role to be one with an American accent. Eminem then got the call, and he was willing to do it, but only if the film was based in his hometown of Detroit. That wasn’t happening for Blomkamp, so he decided that maybe this whole low-budget, non-actor approach wasn’t working and decided to upgrade to some real star power in the form of Matt Damon.

Okay, recess over. Back to class, where in the lesson, courtesy of Selena Gomez on this new poster for Getaway, we learn that contrary to what you may think would be the best practice, when somebody is riding next to your car and has a sub-machine gun with which he is trying to shoot you, the best thing to do is actually stick your torso out the window so that the barrel of the gun is now only about a meter and a half from your face, and there’s no longer any pesky metal car body in your way. He’ll never see that coming!

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While we’ll still have to wait and see if Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake is actually going to live up to the status of the original, at least we know that whomever’s working in that film’s marketing department sure has a knack for eye-catching imagery. Following on from the film’s first poster (which admittedly looks like a Robbie Williams album cover), comes this new simple, but very evocative banner.

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There’s still a whole lot about Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof’s Tomorrowland that we still don’t know, but at least we know that it’s going to have a decent cast. George Clooney and Hugh Laurie have already been cast in the respective white hat and black hat roles, and now we learn that Under the Dome star Britt Robertson has also signed on. The 23-year old actress will play “a high school girl with an unconventional understanding of technology [who] is launched on a journey to reclaim her future.” Whatever that means.

I wasn’t too overly impressed with Men in Black 3. Yes, Josh Brolin’s Tommy Lee Jones impersonation was amazing, and I loved Jerome Clement as the bad guy, but there were just too many dumb moments. What dum moments you ask? I’m lazy and I don’t have the time to list them all, I reply! Luckily though, those professional pickers of nits over at CinemaSins do have the time. Six minutes in fact, to tell you about everything wrong with Men In Black 3.

Last Updated: July 19, 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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