Extras! Luc Besson wants another element, Terry Crews nearly dies (kind of), The Mummy finds its Mama director, Moneypenny heads to the field, Jamie Foxx confirms the Sinister Six, and The ladies love Machete! 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!

A big budget action movie set can be a dangerous place, what with explosions going off every few minutes. Just ask Terry Crews, who recently had a “near death experience” on the set of The Expendables 3… while drinking a smoothie… nowhere close to the actual danger.

Looks like the most unsubtle tease in movie history was actually not some ironic red herring, as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Jamie Foxx has confirmed to Total Film that the group of Spidey villains known as the Sinister Six will indeed be involved.

“Yes, they actually talked about it: the Sinister Six. So, fingers crossed, because when you think about it, electricity never dies… it just goes to a different place.

Also click the link above, if you want to hear all about how Channing Tatum would like to play the superhero Gambit, so that he can smoke cigarettes and flirt with women, or something.

Up until human kicking machine Tony Jaa posted this poster for Skin Trade on his Facebook page, I had no idea that he would be making a movie together with Dolph Lundgren, which Lundgren also co-wrote with John Hyams, the man behind many of Jean Claude Van Damme’s 1980’s/1990’s action hits. With that production pedigree, I’m just going to go out on a limb here and predict that the story will have Lundgren shoot, and Jaa kick whoever is dumb enough to do something untoward to that young lady below them.

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Luc Besson wants to make a Fifth Element sequel. Not because he wants to tell some more kickass stories with Corben Dallas, or just find a way to bring Gary Oldman’s Zorg back for more scenery chewing. No, he just wants to make pretty things.

“The Fifth Element. I was a little bit frustrated because I made the film right before all the new effects arrived. So when I did the film it was all blue screen, six hours, dots on the wall, takes forever to do one shot. Now, basically, you put the camera on your shoulder and then you run and then you add a couple of dinosaurs and spaceships. And I was so frustrated because it was not so easy at the time. So I always think to myself that I would avenge one day and use all the new tools to do a sci-fi film for sure….

I don’t know if it would be directly connected [to The Fifth Element] but it would be the same area and the same genre. So for me it would be connected even if the stories had nothing to do with each other.”

While Man of Steel had its detractors (and for valid reason), I doubt there were many people who complained about Antje Traue’s badass Kryptonian ice queen, Faora. The cinemas were probably filled with many a man, who inexplicably found themselves afraid as well as aroused at the same time. Now, much like with Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson, Warner Bros/DC Comics will be translating the fan favourite character from screen to page, as she’ll be making her first comic book appearance in Action Comics Annual #2. Here’s a preview of Kenneth Roccafort’s art for the issue. Click to enlarge.

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So remember how at the end of Skyfall it was revealed that Naomie Harris was actually Moneypenny, and it looked like everything was falling in place for her to take up the classic incarnation of the role, throwing out double entendres as he threw his hat on the coatrack, and they did their flirty dance? Yeah, that probably isn’t happening.

The UK Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye, who has been very solid on all his Bond stories and who actually first broke the news that Harris was Moneypenny, says that according an unnamed producer on the next, still untitled film, “the idea formulating in  Bond-land is for Naomie to be much more of a sidekick to James, and for her to get out and harm the bad guys”. Seeing as how she started out as a field agent and not a secretary, it kind of makes sense to get her back out there again, but I’m really hoping that she’s not a permanent fixture on Bond’s side, as the loner status of the character is one of his big appeals.

Confucius say that few things in life as unsubtle as hammer to the fortune cookies, like Oldboy poster on National Fortune Cookie Day.

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Andres Muschietti clearly has some motherly issues to work through. The director of the surprise critical and box office smash Mama has been tapped to helm Universal’s The Mummy reboot, after director Len Wiseman recently called it quits. Unlike the original 1923 film, and the Brendan Fraser led trilogy the late 90’s/early 2000’s, the The Jon “Prometheus” Spaihts scripted reboot will see the film set in modern times and will be an “action-adventure tentpole with horror elements”.

Everybody knows that the ladies love Machete, but apparently they would love to kill him too, as can be seen in this new clip from Machete Kills, which sees the titular federale in an armoured car, trying to escape the clutches (and deadly underwear) of Sofia Vergara, Lady Gaga, Elle Lamont and Alexa Vega.

Way back before Samuel L Jackson ever slapped on an eyepatch and walked into Tony Stark’s life, the cinematic version of the comic book character Nick Fury was played by David Hasselhoff in a movie. The movie was bad, really, really bad, hence most people forgetting it even existed. Then in the comics, when Marvel decided to created a new, more modern version of its universe with the Ultimate line, artist Bryan Hitch decided to give ol’ Nick a makeover by making him look and act like Samuel L. Jackson. Years later, when Marvel needed to cast an actor in the role for Iron Man, picking Jackson was a no-brainer. Well, at least all of us thought so, not so much for David Hasselhoff though, who apparently has no idea what’s happened to the comic book character in the last decade, or the irony of using the word “ultimate” in this case.

“I was the first Nick Fury. Stan Lee put me in that. He gave me the best line ever: ‘Guys like you tend to cling to the bowl no matter how many times you flush.’ Stan Lee came on the set and told me all about Nick. He said ‘You’re the ultimate Nick Fury’. He gave me the greatest compliment ever.”

“You know, [Samuel L Jackson] wasn’t Nick Fury. They take these shows and they make it the way they want to make it and unfortunately, they should have had Stan Lee on the set and let him kick him into gear – whoever directed [The Avengers] decided they wanted to go that way. But it’s their prerogative. [Samuel L Jackson]’s still a great actor.”

“I was hoping to have played him in the movie. And then Samuel L. Jackson came in and he was a great Nick Fury but he wasn’t really the consummate Nick Fury, the way he was written. And I think that’s a shame because he’s a great character and a funny character… I’m hoping to do it again sometime.”

It’s been a while since I’ve featured on these Rejected Pitches, and while the latest one gets a bit weird in the end, before that it’s all comedy gold as three clueless studio execs try to get Robert Zemeckis to rather make a movie about Ronaldo Gump the Sexy Story Teller.

Last Updated: September 16, 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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