Extras! Johnny Depp may hang up his crow-hat, James McAvoy is aliiiiive, 22 Jump Street gets bromantic, Rosamund Pike is gone, Batman drinks with Lois Lane, and Alec Baldwin could have been a marvellous villain! 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!

With Pacific Rim dropping on our shores in a couple of days, it looks like everybody is getting in on the robot punching action around here, because apparently anything a Kaiju can do, Matt Damon can do better. Well kind of, since Damon is not a giant gorilla-lizard beast thing from another dimension, and the robot is just a tad bit smaller than a Jaeger, as can be seen in this new clip from Neil Blomkamp’s Elysium.

It would appear that the days of watching a man act partially intoxicated with an assortment of funny hats on his head, and also wearing far too much makeup may finally be over. No, Darryn is not finally being booked into that “special hospital”, but it seems that Johnny Depp might considering calling it quits on this acting thing some time in the near future, as the three time Oscar nominated 50-year old actor – most recently seen flopping at the box office with a crow on his head and paint on his face in The Lone Ranger – recently told BBC.

“I wouldn’t say I’m dropping out any second, but I would say it’s probably not too far away. When you add up the amount of dialogue that you say per year and you realise that you’ve said written words more than you’ve had a chance to say your own words, you start thinking about that as an insane option for a human being.”

Damn it, The Lone Ranger!

Can we all just agree that Christian Bale is actively trying to draw attention to Amy Adams’ cleavage in these first two officially released images from David O. Russel’s American HustleThat way I don’t feel like a perv because my eyes immediately got drawn there.

Oh and in case you’re wondering, that tanned, curly haired man next to Bale in the second pic is not in fact a long lost DeBarge brother, but rather Bradley Cooper.

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Speaking of Ms Adams… While there were plenty of changes/silly decisions that some fans could take umbrage with in Man of Steel, in my opinion [SPOILER WARNING] having Lois Lane know that Clark Kent is Superman from the get-go is not one of them. The decision makes an incredible amount of sense and highlights just how silly it was that it wasn’t portrayed this way previously. And Superman himself, Henry Cavill, agrees.

“I think it’s essential. Because if we’re trying to base it in reality, there’s no way that Lois has these direct interactions with Superman, and then doesn’t recognize Clark sitting next to her in the office. If she falls in love with Superman, and she’s ignoring a guy who looks just like Superman, behaves just like him, and has the same kind of mannerisms and behavior, then what does that say about Lois? I like this relationship. She saves him just as much as he saves her.”

Looks like David Fincher is getting rid of Rosamund Pike. And by that I mean that she’s landed the female lead role in Gone Girl as the wife of Ben Affleck’s character who goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary, leaving him as the prime suspect in her disappearance.

C’mon Ben! It’s your wife, not a set of car keys!

Hey, guys. Bad news. Jennifer Aniston isn’t for sale. No need to go blow all that money you’ve been saving since Friends ended quite yet though, as it turns out she may be for rent (Must be the deal Brad Pitt had). I’ve discovered this through these new clips for We’re the Millers and I have no ragrets.

Co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s 21 Jump Street is easily my favourite Channing Tatum film to date. There’s a sequel in the works, cleverly titled 22 Jump Street (because their home base has now moved across the street!), and according to Lord and Miller, we can expect things between co-stars Tatum and Jonah Hill to get very bromantic.

“People don’t wanna see the same movie that they saw the first time, [but] they don’t wanna see something super different from the first movie, and navigating what that is has been challenging. We didn’t really sign on to this movie until about a month ago because we didn’t feel like we were sure that it would be a good movie, and then finally we got to a point in the script where we were like, ‘Okay, I believe this will be a good movie.’”

“What made the movie take off is when we started to really think about, ‘Oh what’s it like to be in a partnership?’ especially because we have a lot to say about what it’s like to be in a partnership, and Chris is married and I have a longtime girlfriend so we have two partnerships. So really making that thing work seemed like a deeper way to go in that it would create a lot of story possibilities and a lot of comedy.”

“It’s more about their marriage, basically. If the first movie is about two people getting together for the first time, this is about what happens if you try to really make the relationship work. We’ll probably never do another bromance after this one, but we’re trying to get as emotionally deep into that as possible.”

You know those annoying mandatory trailers and ads that some DVD’s have? Well, they actually aren’t all that mandatory, you just need to know what to do to skip them. And now you do. We’ll expect the obligatory “Thanks” fruit baskets in the mail anytime soon.

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James McAvoy has already played a mental mutant, a super-assassin, Santa Claus’ son and even a faun (that’s a half man, half goat, all weird) among others, so it actually makes perfect sense for his next role to be that of a mad scientist, as he’s in talks to play the infamous Victor von Frankenstein in the Max Landis scripted, Paul McGuigan directed Frankenstein film for Fox. He joins the already cast Daniel Radcliffe as Igor. That’s right, Professor X and Harry Potter are joining forces to make a monster. And fan-fiction writers go mad.

If you’ve ever watched Alec Baldwin as the sometimes suave, sometimes malicious control freak network executive Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock, and thought, “Man, he’d make a great movie villain,” then you’re not alone. It seems that somebody in Hollywood actually had the same idea. Baldwin revealed on the Howard Stern Show (via CBM) that he was actually offered a role of an undisclosed villain on a Marvel movie.

“I have, but I won’t mention which one. I don’t want to undo somebody because they hired someone else to do it. But they asked me to play a villain in one of these Marvel Comics movies.”

“I wasn’t available, they wanted me to work a certain time. And because of my wife’s pregnancy, I had to turn down two films this summer that I wanted to do.”

Now Baldwin doesn’t specify whether it was Marvel Studios themselves who gave him the offer, or whether it was the other two studios, Fox and Sony, who own Marvel properties. With that in mind, and judging by the fact that Baldwin’s wife is currently about 6 months pregnant, that would mean that Baldwin could have been up for role in possibly The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days of Future Past or Guardians of the Galaxy.

My money is on Guardians with the Collector role that Benicio Del Toro ended up getting.

There are few things as fun as watching old sci-fi movies and seeing just far off they were with their predictions of the future. According to Time Cop we should all be driving the world’s ugliest, windowless cars by now, and according to Back to the Future I should have a hoverboard and self drying clothing. And those were moves made less than 3 decades ago! So let’s take it back even further, to films from the 1920’s and 1930’s, and see how they thought we would be living.

Last Updated: July 30, 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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