Extras! More Preacher details, The Doctor gets petitioned, X-Men get shot again, The Flash won't be arrow-ing onto screens any more, and Machete Kills Again… In Space! Plus much more!

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I think we can all agree that Hawkeye doing his trick-shot thing in The Avengers or Legolas mowing down orcs in Lord of the Rings looks pretty cool, but we all know that all that superhuman bow and arrow action is just some movie trickery, right? Yeah, I believed that too up until a few hours ago, which was when I learned of the existence of Danish archer Lars Anderson. Legolas looks like such a noob now.

No, I also don’t know why they apparently used Microsoft’s Text-To-Speech function to narrate that video.

Unless you’re a fan of the more hardcore persuasion, then there’s a good chance that the recently released Doctor Who 50th Anniversary prequel minisode, Night of the Doctor, was your first introduction to the 8th Doctor, Paul McGann. And if that was your introduction, then it will probably also be news to learn that that was only McGann’s second appearance as the Doctor, with his first and only other stint coming courtesy of a 1996 TV movie. And for fans of the the actor, twice is simply not enough.

A new petition has sprung up online, asking Who showrunner Steven Moffat to provide McGann with some kind of spinoff show (maybe even a webseries) so that we can finally get to see the adventures of this Doctor which took place in between his previous movie and the 2005 series reboot with Chris Eccleston. At the time of writing, they had already exceeded their goal of 10 000 signatures, with 11 059 supporters and climbing. They’ve now made contact with the BBC, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens.

Based on the history of online petitions, nothing, but we can still hope.

IMAX is quickly becoming the premier movie format (well, premier movie format only for people living Durban at the moment) and one of the guys who pushed for the use of the wide-scale format in mainstream movies is director Christopher Nolan. And while we may not know much about Nolan’s next film, Interstellar, we can now say for certain that it somehow involves IMAX as well. And apparently, some really great IMAX as these pics reveal that Nolan has had the IMAX camera rig built into the nose of Lear Jet. What he intends to shoot with it, is anybody’s guess thus far, but it sure does look cool.

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While we’ve had nothing but unsubstantiated rumours about how Grant Gustin’s Flash may pop up in Batman vs Superman, one thing that we have known with certainty is that the character would be introduced in episodes 8 and 9 of the second season of CW’s Arrow, before getting his spin-off pilot in episode 20. Well, that’s what we used to know. While the character’s civilian identity of Arrow obsessed, comic fanboy Barry Allen – “a Central City assistant police forensics investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies” – will still be introduced in eps 8 and 9, he will now be making his first superhero appearance in his very own standalone pilot.

Apparently the head honchos at WB have seen the early cuts of eps 8 and 9 and were so impressed that they’ve decided to give the scarlet speedster way more room – and a much bigger budget – to establish himself and his world.

What this means for the earlier rumours is anybody’s guess, but it does bode favourably for the character.

And speaking of Batman vs Superman rumours, all those stories of Nightwing’s involvement are looking more like fact and less like story every day. Today’s bit of evidence: DC Comics have apparently started registering trademarks for an image described as “NIGHTWING on a bat.” That’s a perfect description of the comic book’s current title on bat-shape logo.

The trademarks are for a ginormous list of items ranging from pyjamas and men’s clothing to toys and sporting goods. And that can only mean one thing: (In the wise words of Yogurt) Merchandising!

Forget that braindead Starving Games excrement, this here Sesame Street spoof is the only Hunger Games parody you’ll ever need.

Cookieness Evereat is back to play in the Hungry Games. Can Cookieness and her friends, Finnicky, Tick Tock Lady, and Pita escape from the poking monkeys and tickling winds? Find out in The Hungry Games: Catching Fur. May the cookies be ever in your flavor.

Looks like some of the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past have been called back to set, to shoot some additional scenes for the huge superhero sequel. It’s not clear what these scenes are for or precisely who of the cast will be involved, but we know that Colossus actor Daniel Cudmore has already confirmed being back in Canada where the film is made. This would imply that the scenes would be set in the post-apocalyptic future, as that should be where Colossus fits in.

Along with news of the additional scenes, comes the unconfirmed revelation (and from a small town newspaper which puts even more doubt on it) that the massive ensemble superhero epic is now the second most expensive film in the Twentieth Century Fox stable, being pipped at the post only by James Cameron’s box office king, Avatar. That film was estimated at costing at somewhere between $250 million – $300 million, so DOFP will had to have suddenly spent a whole lot of money, as early estimates pegged it for just about $160 million.

Adam Sandler and Uwe Boll need together to write a book about how to get top drawer actors to star in your movies, despite the fact that most of them are digital manure. The latest victims actors to get Sandler-ed are Steve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman. The two veteran actors will be joining Sandler for The Cobbler, an indie comedy that one point was billed as being about a shoe repair man with the magical ability to literally walk in other people’s shoes, metaphysically experiencing their lives. However, now its being said that the story details are being kept under wraps along with Hoffman’s role. We know that Buscemi will play a character called Manny, but other than that he’s a cypher as well.

Writer/director/professional fat man Kevin Smith has taken to Twitter to tease his new horror movie, Tusk, with this drawing of… of… well, I have no idea what that is, but I’m certain it could probably give some people nightmares.

“Is man, indeed, a walrus at heart?” We wrap TUSK this Friday! Will be tough to leave NC as I’m so in love with my Charlotte crew and this wacky flick we’re making!”

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So the big news of yesterday was obviously the fact that AMC had ordered a pilot for a TV series adaptation of critically acclaimed, controversial comic book Preacher. Except, that’s not totally true. Bleeding Cool has done some digging, and it turns out that while AMC beaten a select few other networks in “spirited bidding to win the North American distribution rights, they’re actually not the ones behind it. Sony Pictures Television were actually the ones to order the pilot. The pitch is being developed for Sony – as was surmised – by Seth Rogen and his frequent writing/directing partner Evan Goldberg, along with Sam Caitlin, a writer on the highly lauded and recently ended Breaking Bad, which Sony also developed on AMC.

The comic’s creator, Garth Ennis, is apparently “particularly pleased” about the pitch, as he feels that “Rogen and Goldberg have finally captured the tone which Preacher would need in order to be true to the essence of the now legendary DC/Vertigo comic series”. Ennis will also be serving as a consultant on the show, much like writer Robert Kirkman does on The Walking Dead.

Apparently it was Ennis’ longtime agent, Ken Levin who initiated the deal with Sony to get Rogen and Goldberg to put together a pitch before Sony’s option on the comic expired.

Robert Rodriguez’s Machete films are like an inside joke that somebody on the outside suddenly decided to take very seriously and turn into a movie franchise. Actually, no “like”, that is pretty much what happened. However, the joke lost some of it’s punch when Machete Kills couldn’t even manage a mild maiming at the box office. This means that we’ll probably never get to see the third Machete gag about the titular character in space being made into a movie. That didn’t stop Rodriguez from making a trailer though, which played in front of Machete Kills (which unfortunately is still nowhere to be found on the local release schedule) and which you can now check out below. I give you… Machete Kills Again!… In Space!  

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Last Updated: November 19, 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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