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!
If you were to grant me the ability to have one single item from all of moviedom become real, there would be absolutely zero hesitation in my answer. Screw rings of power, rocketpacks or even time travelling cars. No, for me there’s only one choice: a lightsaber. And now I am one giant step closer to making that a reality:
So I might lose my vision if I don’t operate the Lasersabre in a controlled environment wearing protective eye-wear. So what? A cornea is a small price to pay to becoming a Jedi knight!
Jon Hamm may be most famous for playing chain-smoking, smooth-talking ad man Don Draper on the AMC drama, Mad Men, but he’s made a pretty successful transition into more lighter fare on the big screen. And next up will be Disney’s true life baseball story, which has just got an official synopsis:
“The true story of how sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Hamm) discovered professional pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel through a reality show he staged in India with cricket players. Bernstein repped top talent, but was burnt out and disillusioned until he watched the cricket game on late night TV and noticed how similar the game’s throwing motion was to that of baseball pitchers. He headed to India and wound up hatching the reality show Million Dollar Arm and auditioning 40,000 hopefuls. He brought back the two 19-year old finalists to the U.S., but it wasn’t as simple as signing with a ball club and heading to the minor leagues. Neither player had ever ventured beyond their rural village and Bernstein had to teach them as much about American culture and speaking English as he did the rules of baseball. All the work paid off when the imports became the first Indian players to sign pro baseball teams when they got contracts with the Pittsburgh Pirates.”
It’s been confirmed that Luke Evans will be the villain of Fast and Furious 6. He will be playing the leader of a rival gang of petrolheads competing with Diesel and co for the same British heist.
Something’s rotten over in Django land. Variety’s Jeff Sneider revealed via his Twitter feed that both Kurt Russel and Sacha Baron-Cohen have dropped out of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. No reason given as to why.
There’s a new international trailer out for Men in Black 3, which doesn’t really offer anything new, but just goes to cement my assumption that Josh Brolin’s creepy good impersonation of Tommy Lee Jones is going to be the highlight of this film.
Shia Lebeouf will debut his short film, Howard Cantour.com, at Cannes this year. Short film make, actor, comic book artist, obstacle course endurance runner. Is there no stopping the talents of The Beef?
FilmSchoolRejects lists 10 Things We Liked and 7 Things We Didn’t Like About The Avengers. Here’s what I didn’t like about The Avengers: my coke was a bit flat.
“@zacharyquinto: zq. picture wrap. holy shit.”
“@simonpegg: Wind, reel and print. The countdown to May 2013 has begun.”
Quinto also posted this image of his chair. How nice of him. My life is now complete.
Despite all the schtick I sometimes give him, you can’t deny that after walking out of Transformers for the first time, you were a little bit jealous of Shia Lebeouf. You see he had something that most of really wanted. No, not a seemingly inexhaustible capacity for high speed running, but rather a car that turned into a freaking robot.
And now you can have one too. Sort of. (Just a word of warning: Unless you want to have your ear-drums molested by the cheesy offspring of drum ‘n bass and elevator music, I suggest you turn your volume down low.)
Most of you should know that Mark Ruffalo had the distinct honour of being the first actor to play both Bruce Banner and his not-so-jolly green giant alter ego – through the use of motion-capture – in The Avengers. But did you know that Hulk’s voice was provided by none other than the original actor to portray ol’ jade jowls, Lou Ferrigno? Sound editor Christopher Boyes tells us how it was done:
Legendary makeup artist Rick Baker will be doing the makeup effects to turn Angelina Jolie into the evil queen in Maleficent. Here’s hoping that part of that process involved feeding her a damn cheeseburger or seven.
Disney World has a long standing tradition of getting real-life counterparts to portray their most beloved characters in the park. But you can be damn sure that if I ever visited the Mouse Kingdom that I will be staying far away from the red-haired nightmare fuel that is Merida from the upcoming film, Brave. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there is something decidedly creepy about this young lady. It’s like witnessing the uncanny valley on a real person.
And that’s it for today folks. But don’t worry, we’ll be back tomorrow. Just don’t be surprised if everything is in braille. And yes, I know that joke technically doesn’t make sense, but you damn well better laugh because I’m the (blind) guy with the lightsaber!
Last Updated: May 10, 2012