Extras! Messages of Condolences for the passing of Nora Ephron, Ryan Reynolds is officially cast as Highlander, Van Damme gets improvisational, Chucky's back, Malcolm McDowell did Trekkies a favour by killing Capt. Kirk, And will Jeremy Renner and Matt Damon team up for a fifth Bourne movie? 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!

One of the most iconic real world film locations is undoubtedly the Tunisian set built as the Lars homestead in Star Wars. It’s essentially the place from which Luke Skywalker’s epic journey truly begins, and thus revered by geeks the world over. Unfortunately, it was turned to dust long ago due to neglect and harsh weather conditions. The rebuilt set used in the prequel trilogy was looking like it was headed for the same fate, but luckily some fans had other plans.

Michael Myers will soon once again be slowly and inexorably walking up to you to slowly stab you in high definition, as Halloween 4 and 5 will be finally releasing on Blu Ray on August 28.

As has been proven with movies such as The Avengers and The Expendables, us action movie fans love it when our heroes get to to play together so that we can finally see exactly who is the baddest of asses. When it comes to the action packed Bourne series, we’ll soon see if Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross is able to measure up Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne. But what if there was a more direct way to settle that score? What if Jason Bourne was not out of the picture yet? Could we see them either team up or face against each other in the future? The Bourne Legacy producer Frank Marshall certainly seems to think so:

“You see there are several different programmes in the movie with different skill sets. All possibilities are open. My dream is that in the next one we see Matt and Jeremy team up.”

Although we clearly haven’t seen The Bourne Legacy yet, based purely on the trailer, if I really had to choose who was a bigger badass, I know who I’d pick: Liam Neeson! (that’s always the answer, in case you haven’t figured that out yet)

I barely give fashion a though all year round, and now twice in week I’m discussing men’s clothing around here, as The Guardian takes a look the 10 Best James Bond Outifits. At this rate, by next week I’ll now my Johnny Chew’s from my Versucky’s.

It’s just a few more weeks and Amazing Spider-Man will be swinging into an IMAX theatre near… Oh wait, this is South Africa. We’re apparently not good enough for 3 story high screens. So the best I can offer you in consolation is this Amazing Spider-Man IMAX poster which… is actually kind of crap, now that I think about it. I guess it’s not really a consolation after all.

While the Whedon-frenzy may have died down a bit, The Avengers is still smashing the box office it seems, as yesterday it became only the 3rd film to pass the $600 million mark domestically i.e. in the United States.

Acclaimed screenwriter and director Nora Ephron has passed away at the age of 71. Ephron was the hand behind some of Hollywood’s most beloved love stories such as When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. There has already been an outpouring of condolences to the family of the talented filmmaker from all over Hollywood, with many recognizing the role she played in their careers and lives.

Billy Crystal:

 “She was a brilliant writer and humorist. Being her Harry to Meg’s Sally will always have a special place in my heart. I was very lucky to get to say her words.”

Tom Hanks:

“Nora Ephron was a journalist/artist who knew what was important to know: how things really worked, what was worthwhile, who was fascinating and why. At a dinner table and on a film set she lifted us all with wisdom and wit mixed with love for us and love for life.”

It’s official: Ryan Reynolds will be chopping off heads and rocking to some Freddie Mercury, as the actor has now been formally confirmed as the lead in Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment’s propose reboot of Highlander.

“After roughly a month of negotiations, Ryan Reynolds has officially been cast in the lead role for HIGHLANDER. Reynolds will play Conner MacLeod, a Highlander who discovers he is one of a dwindling group of immortals who wander the earth and kill each other in combat for the final prize – immortality.”

The Guardian is currently running a Caption This competition featuring two of Hollywood’s most beloved canines, Lassie and Uggie from this year’s Oscar winning The Artist.

Here’s my effort:

“OK, don’t tell nobody, but I actually pushed Timmy down that well. Kid wouldn’t shut up, plus I got a steak every time I… “rescued” him. Winniiiiiing!”

What is it about watching people take stuff that’s not theirs and get away with it that’s so appealing to us? Maybe you can come up with an answer for that while browsing Slashfilm’s list of The Best Heist Movies You Probably Haven’t Seen.

Malcolm McDowell is tired of Trekkies berating him for being the man to kill off Capt. James T. Kirk back in Star Trek: Generations. And if you’re one of those people giving him grief, well then he has something to say to you. And while he’s on a roll, he may as well say something about that bald-headed Shakespearean bore, Patrick Stewart.

Be prepared to once again fear diminutive gingers in overalls (you know, since your last visit to Brakpan), as Universal Home Entertainment has announced that the fifth Child’s Play sequel, Bride of Chucky is set to kick off production in September. The character’s creator Don Mancini will write, direct and produce.

There are few things that upset me quite like people talking in the cinema. Apparently Ryan over at The Movie Blog feels the same way and he wants you guys to Shut The F*ck Up.

While some lesser actors would you believe that there’s only one way to read line, accomplished “thespian” Jean Claude van Damme does things a bit differently. While filming a recent spoof video for MTV called the “Lost Hunger Games Audition Tapes”, Van Damme showed off a rather impressive array of ways to introduce his “tribute” Bronson Cornelius, the kid who just couldn’t stop spin-kicking. Ballerina, Martial Artist and now Improv Master, JCVD is truly a modern-times Renaissance Man.

Last Updated: June 27, 2012

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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