Extras! Michael Bay exits stage left, Guardians of the Galaxy could get animated, Steve McQueen gets heckled, Ninja Turtles dress up, Christian Bale is on a horse, and WTF happened to movie posters?! 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!

I’m not going to lie, as a kid who grew up watching far too much weird 80’s anime, I would have watched the badly dubbed hell out of this Star Wars: The 1980’s Anime if was not just a parody but a real thing.

If you follow the movie press circles, then you should be familiar with CityArts editor Armond White who has garnered infamy for his movie tastes which run contrarian to just about every critical consensus out there. He famously sung the praises of movies like Transformers 2 and Grown Ups 2, but trashed critically lauded films like Inception, The Blind Side and Black Swan (he described the latter as being inferior to a Kanye West music video). Basically, if a movie gets lots of positive buzz, you can almost be guaranteed that Mr White will hate it.

One movie that’s currently looking set to clean up at the awards is Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave. The film – a true story about a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery – has been universally lauded, so of course White described it as torture porn, comparing it The Human Centipede in his review. He then took his vitriol even further at the recent New York Critics Circle Awards where McQueen won the Best Director prize for the film. As McQueen went up to collect his award, White who was present in the audience, loudly heckled “You’re an embarrassing doorman and garbage man. F*ck you. Kiss my ass.”

McQueen appeared to either not notice, or just played it cool, as he thanked the group for giving him an award previously won by such legends as John Ford and Woody Allen, prompting an even louder “PUUHHLEASE” from White.

I’m guessing that soon after the award, White hurried back to his home under a bridge, ready to pounce on those billy goats gruff again.

This one is especially for the programmers out there: a blog that collects and tries to figure out what the bits of programming code they always show in movies actually does, if anything at all.

Here’s the first look at Adam Sandler in his new comedy/drama/fantasy movie The Cobbler, and surprisingly, nobody is making a fart joke. I think. It’s hard to tell from Sandler’s expression.

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Easily Marvel Studio’s biggest gamble to date is the upcoming James Gunn directed Guardians of the Galaxy. While fanboys will probably be flocking to see it, the verdict is still out on how the general public will react to a cigar smoking, chaingun wielding, foul mouthed, talking raccoon and his giant living tree friend who only talks using his name. But it doesn’t look like that is affecting Marvel’s throw of the dice one bit, as according to “a well placed source” of CBM, the studio is looking to also develop an animated TV series based on the space epic.

The Guardians have of course already made their cartoon debuts in an (admittedly goofy) episode of Ultimate Spider-Man, but this looks like it will be something entirely new.

Avast, ye landlubbers! Now that we know which movies made the most money at the box office for 2013, how about check out which movies were getting the most attention from them scurvy sea dogs with this list of Most Pirated Movies of 2013. And sorry, people behind Bustin’ Chops, you’re not on this list. People really just didn’t want to see your movie.

Blockbuster director and explosions afficionado Michael Bay has often been accused of not caring about the scripts in his productions, but as this next video demonstrates, that’s simply not true. Bay was asked by Samsung to help them promote their new curved Ultra HD TVs at CES, when a teleprompter malfunction caused the Master of Bayhem to suffer an embarrassing flounder on stage.

Bay later wrote about the incident on his blog, explaining what had happened.

Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES – I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP’s intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down – then I walked off. I guess live shows aren’t my thing.

I hate to break it to you, but your marriage proposal plans will forever pale in comparison to those of this Chinese man who built a giant Transformer to pop the question.

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Devin Faraci has a really fascinating and informative article up on Badass Digest on how the push for famous works/characters to enter the public domain could be hampering creativity, using a very poignant example of how if it wasn’t for copyright laws we could possibly never have got Star Wars.

Here’s the first look at Christian Bale as Moses in director Ridley Scott’s new Biblical epic Exodus which proves that yes, Batman does indeed look even more badass with a sweet beard and armour.

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from the Jonathan Liebesman directed Ninja Turtles, so here’s something new for the fanboys to hate on. Apparently somebody managed to get a glimpse at the movie’s tie-in action figures at a recent toy fair, giving us our first hints at what the characters will look like. While the turtles will at least not look alien (phew) and will be retaining their classic colors and weapons, their outfits will be a bit different, using a combination of samurai armour, techy gadgets and repurposed human clothing. And then we get to Shredder, played by William Fichtner. I’ll let the description do the talking:

–  This guy looks like he owns stock in the Ronco knife company! Pointy edges coming off of absolutely anything. He’ll be the stuff of ridicule for some time. Very overcomplicated outfit.
–  Helmet is pseudo-traditional, adopting elements of the classic look (mostly the shape and key elements) with the top coming down over the eyes to the nose. Mouth area is recessed.
–  Describing the rest of this armor is a nightmare. Suffice to say, even though he’s covered head to toe in metal armor or blades, his arms are still mostly bare. It’s a bit comical. He’s got the shoulder pieces with the blades coming off them, the shin armor with the blades coming off them, black armor areas to offset the steel parts and a cape that looks metal with blades coming down the side. I’d expect we’ll see him whip that around in battle.
–  His only weapons (beyond his whole body) seem to be the bladey thingies coming off his forearm armor. The one on his right arm seems incredibly complicated..maybe a spinning blade?

Now these are just from action figures, which have been known to embellish on established character designs, but if this legitimately what they look like in the movie, then expect the internet to break in two about this movie. Again.

Hey you, do have like to dress up in tight grey body stockings covered in tiny balls and/or dots? Do you have a talent for pulling your face like you’re acting in the world’s angriest porn film? Well, then maybe a career in motion capture is just for you!

Yesterday we took a look at the funny side of movie posters, but today we’re flipping the script a bit. See, with the exception of a select few people (Mondo, me love you long time!) the art of the movie poster has seriously taken a nose dive, with uninspired, copied templates getting used over and over again. Don’t know what I’m on about, then check this out.

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Last Updated: January 7, 2014

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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