Extras! Ken Watanabe takes on Godzilla, Mary Jane has very little to do, Dolph Lundgren could be a Master of the Universe again, Men in Black writer tackles a colossus, and Hansel & Gretel will hunt more witches because people kept giving them money! 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!

Despite G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra leaving me more disappointed than a dyslexic nymphomaniac in an FCUK store, I have some, well “high” is a strong word, lets go with not-low expectations for it’s sequel, the Jon M. Chu directed G.I. Joe: Retaliation. This reappraisal is based on two things: the addition of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who has been laying the smack down on action movies lately, and what appears to be the Executive Decision-ing of previous star Channing Tatum out of the movie. However, there were rumours going around that we actually may be seeing more Charming Potato than we were initially led to believe, and this new featurette featuring everybody’s favourite walking, talking six pack seems to hint to that being true. Bollocks.

Now watch me segue like a boss… Now that he’s done playing with Joe’s, Jon M. Chu’s next gig is to bring back to the screen the 80’s toy/cartoon/cheesy movie property Masters of the Universe. And the director revealed that for the reboot, he wants Dolph Lundgren, who played the musclebound, clothing optional hero He-Man in the original film, back for a cameo.

“I don’t know if Dolph Lundgren is around or what he’s doing but, yeah, I think that could be some fun if we could find a way. I hope he still has the loin cloth and the long hair and everything.”

How’s this for a bit of geeky greatness that seems like it was pulled straight from some fan fiction? Sir Patrick Stewart is soon to marry his jazz singer fiancee Sunny Ozell, and guess who’ll be officiating the ceremony? Ian McKellen. That’s right, Magneto is going to marry Professor X.

Ah yes, nothing like some tiny yellow butt crack to play up for laughs. And no, I’m not talking about Geoff over on our sister site, Lazygamer. I’m referring to this latest poster for Despicable Me 2, which features one of those cute cyclopic minions at an unfortunate state of undress.

Since it’s announcement we’ve heard very little about Colossus, the Will Smith led remake of 1970’s sci-fi film Colossus: The Forbin Project, but now it looks like the Fresh Prince may be getting the band back together. No, I don’t mean that Jazzy Jeff is showing up any time soon, but rather that Men In Black writer Ed Solomon will be reteaming  with Smith to pen a new draft of the script, which will see Smith a scientist, Dr. Charles Forbin, the creator of a computer that has taken over the world and humanity’s only hope to defeat it.

Well that answers that. If you’ve been wondering just how big a role Shailene Woodley’s Mary Jane Watson was going to have in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the answer is clearly “not very”. Just a a couple weeks after she first appeared on set, Woodley is apparently done with filming her part. This sort of corroborates theories that she’ll merely be introduced in the second film, before becoming a major player in the third after [40 YEAR OLD SPOILER ALERT!] current Spidey squeeze Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) is inadvertently killed by Spider-Man while trying to save her from the Green Goblin.

And lets do that segue thing again, as the previous story ties in perfectly to an article in the recent issue of Entertainment Weekly (via GeekTyrant) titled  ‘Behind Every Superhero, There’s a Woman Without Much to Do’. They basically went through all the recent superhero films and tallied up the actual screen time for these leading ladies, and the results may surprise you. Well, if you squint and zoom in a bit.

Despite taking a critical beating so savage that even Uwe Boll would go “Daaaayum!”, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters spent this past weekend stealthily creeping pass the $200 million mark on the international box office. Most of those critics were probably hoping that nobody noticed this accomplishment, but alas, the smell of money can’t get past Paramount Pictures. The studio have now of course responded exactly how you’d expect, and have begun the barrel scraping for a planned sequel.

Judging by the fact that star Jeremy Renner appeared to regret agreeing to sign onto this more and more with every passing day, I doubt they could entice him and co-star Gemma Arterton back. And with director Tommy Wikola also about to get cracking on Dead Snow 2, the sequel to his fan favourite Nazi zombie flick, they’d probably have to dupe another set of buttcheeks into the chair.

And in case you were wondering, yes, this is why we can’t have nice things!

Maybe I just haven’t been paying as much attention to it as I should, but I somehow missed the part about Will Smith being a Vulcan in M. Night Show My Yours and I’ll Show You Mine’s After Earth. I mean, how else do you explain those ears in these new international character posters for the upcoming sci-fi flick?

And it’s a go for Godzilla! Gareth Edwards’ planned reboot of the famed movie monster has officially started its production on location in Vancouver, Canada, yesterday. And to celebrate, they went and got their very own Asian dude! Because what would a Godzilla movie be without one?! Japanese star Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Inception) has now joined the already announced cast of Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen,David Strathairn and Juliette Binoche according the press release.

There’s no word on what character he would play, but I would be very disappointed if it didn’t involve him dropping his camera, staring up at the towering monster and screaming his head off.

Look, I’m not going to deny it. It was the screencap of bikini cleavage that initially drew my attention to this short film, however I hung around for way more than just boobs. Amateur Russian filmmaker Ilya Naishuller produced this amazing, first person, Mirror’s Edge-esque short film that starts off pretty cool, but then soon goes into a whole other crazy, violent, over the top direction.

Last Updated: March 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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