Extras! Mel Gibson could get villainous, The desolation of a poster, You don't mess with Witherspoon and Vergara, Quicksilver could be kick-ass, and Mi nombre es Bond, James Bond! 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!

Oh look! Another Man of Steel trailer (that I won’t watch) and this time he’s pairing up with a Scandinavian cellphone manufacturer, because that makes perfect sense.

Along with the trailer, Collider also has a pretty good interview with the four principal cast members, Henry Cavill, Amy   Adams, Russell Crowe and Michael Shannon. They talk about many things among others, how General Zod practices an Israeli martial arts.

So you may remember that both Joss Whedon and Bryan Singer are planning to use the mutant speedster Quicksilver in their respective upcoming movies, The Avengers 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past (made possible through a joint-rights agreement between Marvel and Fox that allows either to use the character, but not to reference the character’s affiliation with the other’s franchise).

Singer has already cast Evan Peters in the role, which by all accounts won’t be much more than a glorified cameo. But Whedon plans to make the character central to his story, or more accurately, make him kick-ass. Literally, if The Wrap is to believed, which claims that Kick-Ass and Savages actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson is currently the (pun not intended) frontrunner to play the role of the speedy hero.

We’ve seen quite a few on-set shots of Sebastian Stan as the aft-ended titular character in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but none of them have been this close-up or looked this cool.

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I was afraid that the mask may going to be a bit too much like James Franco’s Hobgoblin mask in Spider-Man 3, but that looks very well done.

If Hollywood brands you as the bad guy, then I guess there’s nothing left to do but brush up on your moustache twirling skills and run with it. At least that’s what Mel Gibson seems to be doing. After his very public fall from grace, I doubt he’ll be able to convince any of the major studios to put him in a lead hero role again, but it doesn’t look like he needs to. He’ll soon be seen as the villain in Machete Kills and if early reports are to be believed, he’ll also be the main bad guy in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables 3.

Of all the things I expected to type out today, the phrase “Latino James Bond” was certainly not one of them, but thanks to Robert Rodriguez and Roberto Orci, that’s exactly what I’m about to do. Or did. Whatever.

The filmmaker and screenwriter are developing a 13-part TV series described as a “Latino James Bond”  that focuses on “on a super-star soccer player and notorious playboy who doubles as a highly-skilled spy, carrying out covert missions for a special branch of the CIA”.

The show is being developed for El Rey, the Latino-centric TV network that Rodriguez recently launched, and on which he’ll also be doing his From Dusk Till Dawn series.

There’s a new featurette out for Roland Emmerich’s White House Down which focuses this time on Washington DC’s celluloid public enemy no. 1, checking out the director’s approach to his material.

Read  Report: Henry Cavill is no longer going to be Superman

Veronica Mars fans rejoice! Creator Rob Thomas (not the guy from Matchbox Twenty) has confirmed that Percy Daggs III and Chris Lowell have officially signed on to reprise their roles as Wallace Fennel and Stosh “Piz” Piznarski in the upcoming Kickstarted movie! Since I’ve seen the grand total of 0.5 Veronica Mars episodes in my life, I have no idea who that is or why I’m using so many exclamation marks!

Oh that JJ Abrams is a sneaky one! Now that Star Trek Into Darkness is out locally, we can finally start debating the film’s merits and shortcomings. Well we would, if Abrams isn’t trying to not only distract us with news that Star Wars: Episode VII will probably be going into production in early 2014 (so casting news can’t be too far off anymore), but also to drop this fan flamebait statement about they approach they will be taking.

“It is so massive and so important to people. I think the key to moving forward on something like this is honouring but not revering what came before.”

If by “what came before” he is referring to Jar Jar Binks, then by all means, proceed. If not though…

Just like every journey begins with a single step, so too every movie promo campaign begins with a single teaser poster, which is exactly what we have in this first poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

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For you non-Tolkien fans, that’s Martin Freeman’s Bilbo standing outside the Lonely Mountains where Sherlock the Dragon has hidden his gold. And dilythium crystals.

If Godzilla chins and parakeet voices are not your thing, then you’ll probably end up giving Don’t Mess with Texas a pass. Warner Bros are developing the buddy comedy as a starring vehicle for Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara, which will focus on a cop and her prisoner who have to rely on each other’s help when an entire town’s corrupt police force turns on them. I’m guessing Vergara deafens/distracts them with her screech/cleavage combo, while Witherspoon caves in their skulls with her chin.

There exists two kinds of people in this world. Those who think that Neil Patrick Harris is awesome, and those who will soon realize that Neil Patrick Harris is awesome. So here, let me help speed up the conversion of the latter into the former with NPH’s magical opening from this weekend’s Tony Awards, which he hosted.

Last Updated: June 10, 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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