Extras! Mandela plays in the White House, Chronicle's secrets revealed, Star Wars casting call, Jon Favreau opens the Jungle Book, James Bond can't handle his drink, and Army of Darkness 2 is now not happening?! 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!

Are you a bit on the chubby side? Is your blood type bacon grease? Do you leave the house in high heels and come back in flip flops? Well then you need the Oldboy workout routine, as can be seen in this new clip from the Spike Lee directed remake.

If you one of those seven people who were all hung up on the fact that it’s never fully explained where the kids in Chronicles got their power from, then writer Max Landis is here to make it all better. While speaking to Buzzfeed (in a massive interview about his life story that I highly recommend you read), Landis also revealed that instead of just “glowy alien thing that fell from the sky”, the source of the powers were “Massive Organic Geoelectric Objects,” which Landis describe as “a race of crystalline organisms that communicate and propel themselves through radio waves, and turn higher life forms into telekinetic drones.”

Landis also gave a bit of a tease on the plot of the film’s sequel, saying it’s about “two embittered souls as antiheroes trying to catch the survivor of the first film.” Well, it might be about that, seeing as how Landis is no longer writing it so the new writers might take it in a totally different direction.

There’s a geeky (and kind of sad) part of me, that really wanted to go crazy over the fact that we can now get Star Wars adult onesies, but alas the boy band rejects modelling them just ruins it.

A quartet of new character posters for Neil “Limitless” Burger’s YA adaptation, Divergent, has popped up online, featuring the tattooed bods of Shailene Woodley, Mekhi Phifer, Theo James and Maggie Q. The use of ink marks the four as members of the Dauntless faction, one of the four factions based on around personality in the future city of Chicago. Dauntless guards the city borders and are characterised by their intensity, physicality, risk taking and large savings account used to pay for the inevitable laser treatments they’ll need when they realize that being 50 and looking like you rolled around in wet newspaper plays havoc with career choices.

Okay. Can everybody over in the Evil Dead/Army of Darkness camps please get their deadites in a row, please? Because this flip-flopping is getting annoying now. First Evil Dead reboot director Fede Alvarez said that Sam Raimi was indeed directing Army of Darkness 2, a fact apparently confirmed by star Bruce Campbell as well. Then we heard that Alvarez and his co-writer Rodo Sayagues was ditching Evil Dead 2 to work on something else instead, something which Bruce Campbell confirmed.

And now we hear that both those stories are wrong.

According to Alvarez, you shouldn’t “believe everything you read online” and that the reports of him and Sayagues leaving Evil Dead 2 was simply a matter of bad translation. They’re not shelving their plans, they’re just prioritizing.

“Rodo meant we’re not actually making ‘Evil Dead 2′ right now because the priority is Sam’s ‘Army of Darkness 2.’ But the plan of making a sequel to our ‘Evil Dead’ is very much alive.”

You may have noticed the “Sam’s ‘Army of Darkness'” bit there, which Bruce Campbell is now saying is all bull crap.

“It’s all Internet b.s. – there’s no reality whatsoever.  These random comments slip out of my mouth or Sam Raimi’s mouth, next thing you know, we’re making a sequel. Unless you have it announced from Renaissance Pictures, it’s not real. Or unless you have a start date, or a release date

We do appreciate people’s enthusiasm for another ‘Army of Darkness,’ but they should just wait until it’s real. I feel bad for people because the Internet is so prey to misinformation, it’s unbelievable how much misinformation there is. I just encourage everybody, get the real information, not just if you heard something.”

Seriously, until I’m sitting in the cinema and seeing the opening credits roll, I’m just going to stay skeptical on everything.

Do you enjoy Jason’s fortnightly Breaking Bad column where he takes one for the team by watching the movies you probably don’t want to? Well, then you’re going to enjoy this article over at War Is Boring, where they’ve watched Sky Fighters, China’s bad CGI filled, propaganda laden, sometimes unintentionally hilarious version of Top Gun.

Hey, a second teaser trailer for the live-action adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Flying Delivery Service, and this one is much better since instead of basic CGI visuals it actually features Kiki, you now, flying around, delivering a service.

Looks like Jon Favreau is going from the concrete jungle of Tony Stark to the real life jungle of Mowgli as Disney has tapped him to direct a new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. The classic story is now in the public domain, which means anybody can take a crack at it, and judging from Favreau’s comments on the deal, Disney’s latest crack may be quite different to the story we know.

“I can’t say that much, but there is an interesting take that could be very cool, and the hope is to relaunch a family brand with certain mythic elements. It is my first real family film since Elf, and there are action elements and visual effects that I feel like my experience on the Iron Man films are going to be useful.”

If you’re tired of us rubbing into your faces how we get to see movies way earlier than you do, well then here’s your chance to make up for it. Slightly. M-Net and Nu Metro will be hosting special early screenings of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on next week Wednesday, 20 December, at Montecasino and Hyde Park in Johannesburg, Galleria in Durban and Canal Walk in Cape Town. If you want to join in, then click on over here and enter your details. The first 10 entries of each day will each be awarded double tickets to the screening, along with complimentary popcorn and soft drink.

Speaking of screenings, if you happen to find yourself in the White House tomorrow evening – you know, as one does – then you may be treated to a special screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, hosted by none other than US President Barack Obama himself. Stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, who play the titular Madiba and his ex-wife Winnie Mandela will be in attendance, along with Nelson Mandela’s real life daughters Zindzi and Zenani Mandela.

Legendary film artist Drew Struzan has created a new poster for Frank Darabont’s new TV series Mob City, and honestly, if I didn’t already have you at “Drew Struzan” then I think we need to rethink our friendship.

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With its 2015 release date approaching rapidly, one of these days soon, we will be getting some concrete info about Star Wars: Episode VII. Today is not one of those days. Which is why all we have to show for today is an open casting call that was sent out for Walt Disney Studios production set to film in the UK. The folks over at Star Wars fansite Jedi News, are quite confident that production is Episode VII, which means that these descriptions may just be for the film’s rumoured two young leads. Or something else entirely. Who knows?

SEEKING YOUNG WOMAN TO PLAY 17-18 YEAR OLD. MUST BE BEAUTIFUL, SMART AND ATHLETIC. OPEN TO ALL ETHNICITIES (INCLUDING BI AND MULTI RACIAL). MUST BE OVER 16.

RACHEL – Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to make her way in a tough, dangerous town. Now 17, she has become street smart and strong. She is able to take care of herself using humor and guts to get by.

Always a survivor, never a victim, she remains hopeful that she can move away from this harsh existence to a better life. She is always thinking of what she can do to move ahead.

SEEKING YOUNG MAN TO PLAY 19-23 YEARS OLD. MUST BE HANDSOME, SMART AND ATHLETIC. MUST BE OVER 18.

Thomas – Has grown up without a fathers influence. Without the model of being a man, he doesn’t have the strongest sense of himself, despite this he is smart, capable and shows courage when it is needed. He can appreciate the absurdities in life and understands you can’t take life too seriously.

I’d love to know what part of superspy school covered the lessons on how to turn your liver into an unstoppable force of nature, because clearly James Bond excelled at this class. I’m pretty sure that the world would have been much different place, filled with megalomaniacal mad men holed up in their secret underwater/volcano/space station/deserted island/ice hotel base, all trying to out-superweapon each other, had ol’ 007 not been able to handle his liquor.

Last Updated: November 6, 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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