Extras! Madonna banned from cinemas, More marvel-ous TV on the way, Capt. Kirk is a horrible boss, Kate Beckinsale has the face of an angel, Tony Stark's kid friend to fight dinos, and The story of the greatest fan film ever made gets made! 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!

The first TV spot for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been released, and if you like dystopian YA adaptations sprinkled with some Coldplay, then this one is for you.

For somebody that’s only 12-years old Ty Simpkins is turning into quite a mover and shaker. The shaking part being courtesy of his heebie-jeebies inducing performance in Insidious and the moving coming from all the laughs he generated as Tony Stark’s kid sidekick in Iron Man 3. And next up, Simpkins will be moving and shaking up some dinos, as he’s landed one of the lead roles in director Collin Treverrow’s Jurassic World, the fourth Jurassic Park film. Bryce Dallas Howard and New Girl‘s Jake Johnson are rumoured to be filling out the other lead slots, but they haven’t been confirmed yet.

Thanks to the folks over at Reddit, we have this new pic showing George Clooney and Sandra Bullock on the set of Gravity, donning the elaborate pre-CG getups they needed to wear to allow director Alfonso Cuaron’s tech-wizards to turn them into astronauts in space.

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Soon people around the world will be able to experience James Cameron’s Pandora first hand, and no, I’m not talking about that dodgy, neon club in Rivonia. There’s an Avatar-themed land coming to Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, and at Disney’s D23 Expo in Japan a new behind the scenes look at the attraction, featuring Cameron himself and Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, was unveiled.

Kate Beckinsale, she of the tight leather pants and vampire punching, will join Daniel Bruhl (Rush, The Fifth Estate) and Cara Develingne (Anna Karenina) in director Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of an Angela fictionalized adaptation of Barbie Latza Nadeau’s true crime novel “Angel Face”. Released in 2012, it told recounted the highly publicized events in 2007, when Seattle student Amanda Knox murdered her British roommate. In this “inspired by” take on it, Develingne will play one of the people suspected of the murder, while Beckinsale and Bruhl respectively play a journalist and documentary filmmaker who are both trying to solve the case.

Here’s the official blurb from Nadeau’s novel:

Despite all the airtime devoted to Amanda Knox, it’s still hard to reconcile the fresh-faced honor student from Seattle with the sexually rapacious killer convicted of the November 2007 murder of her British roommate. Few Americans have heard all of the powerful evidence that convinced a jury that Knox was one of three people to sexually assault Meredith Kercher, brutalize her body, and cut her throat. In Angel Face, Rome-based Daily Beast senior writer Barbie Latza Nadeau – who cultivated personal relationships with the key figures in both the prosecution and the defense – describes how the Knox family’s heavy-handed efforts to control media coverage distorted the facts, inflamed an American audience, and painted an offensive, inaccurate picture of Italy’s justice system. An eye-opener for any parent considering sending a child away to study, Angel Face reveals what really went on in this incomprehensible crime

Looks like the crew of the Enterprise soon won’t be the only people who know how crap it is to work under the young James Tiberius Kirk, as Star Trek actor Chris Pine has signed on to play one of titular bad employers in Horrible Bosses 2Pine is said to have been cast as “half of a father-son duo who steal the main characters’ idea for a new invention.” Apparently Christoph Waltz was originally offered the chance to play the other half of that duo, but he passed on the gig. No word yet on who will get the role now.

So remember that Spring Breakers “Consider this sh*t!” Oscar campaign for James Franco? Well, it turns out at that that was real, and Annapurna Productions was not joking about it. I know this because they just said so in this latest tweet trying to drum up support to get Franco a Best Supporting Actor nod.

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Let this next story be a listen, even if you’re mega-successful entertainer, you can’t be annoying in a cinema and get away with it. Said entertainer being Madonna who got into a bit of an altercation when she proceeded to sit and text on her cellphone all through the New York Film Festival premiere of Steve McQueen’s Oscar contender slave drama, Twelve Years a Slave, over the weekend. When one annoyed cinemagoer tried to get her to stop, she responded with “”It’s for business … enslaver!” and continued texting away.

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This story reached the attention of Tim League, CEO of Alamo Drafthouse, the Texas chain of cinemas famous for offering a superior cinema experience for cinophiles, including a very strict “No cellphones” rule. He responded by tweeting that “”Until she apologizes to movie fans, Madonna is banned from watching movies [at Alamo Drafthouse].”

He later revealed to EW that while he initially meant it as an “offhand joke, a spur of the moment 140 characters” that was “more of a means to get the issue out there, that it is rude to text during movies,” he has now decided to stick to his guns, prohibiting the Material (old) Girl from setting foot inside the theatre chain, even though he is fully aware that it doesn’t really “affect her life that much.”

Back in 1982, 11-year old Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala decided that they loved Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark so much, that they would recreate it scene for scene in a fan film. Seven years later, filmed on a combination of BetaMax and VHS, Raiders of the Lost Ark: An Adaptation was finally complete, with all the film’s scenes amazingly recreated in either their backyards or basements. In 2012, Alan Eisenstock’s documented the young boys’ astonishing achievement in his book “Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made”, and that book has now been optioned by Napoleon Dynamite producer Jeremy Coon to be turned into a feature film. Strompolos and Zala, now in their 40’s, will also serve as co-producers.

Congratulations, family that dressed up like characters from the classic David Bowie starring fantasy film, Labyrinth, you win Halloween.

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Despite the mixed reviews, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has already been picked up for a full first season. They’re also developing an Agent Carter series, based on Hayley Atwell’s character in Captain America: The First Avenger, and the soon to be released one-shot. And if you think Marvel’s takeover of your TV stops there, you’re in for a bit of a rude awakening.

Reports are coming in that Marvel Studios are shopping around 60-episode package deal, consisting of four full length drama series and a mini-series for VOD and cable providers. Details on this is being kept super-secret, but a 60-episode package is just about unheard of, leading to speculation that these series, whatever they may be, will be providing some sort of crossover between them, necessitating the entire deal.

And although Marvel are currently hanging out on ABC, there’s no certainty that they will remain there with Netflix, Amazon and WGN America being rumored as potential candidates for the new deal.

With Gravity currently proving to be a strong attractive force at the box office as well as for critics (like us, twice), it was only a matter of time before the parodies started showing up. And first up to the plate are the folks at Saturday Night Live, with this funny effort (If you find the video blocked due to location, get ProxTube installed for Chrome, and you’ll be sorted).

Last Updated: October 15, 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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