Extras! No nude pics of Nicolas Cage here, JCVD does some epic splits, Judd Apatow wants a Key and Peele, Wonder Twins may have activated a prank, and Our first behind the scenes look at Star Wars: Episode VII?! Plus much more!

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When I was a snot nosed little kid who didn’t know any better, there were few things in life as cool as Jean Claude Van Damme doing the splits. Now I’m a fully grown, mature man, and there’s still few things in life as cool as Jean Claude Van Damme doing the splits! I mean just look at this ad he did for Volvo Trucks. Yes, I’m sure that there are safety harnesses and wires and stuff that are probably in play here as well, but by the gods, how epic is this?!

And in today’s edition We Are All Doomed To A Fiery Death, comes this sobering piece of news. You know the whole satellites crashing into each other causing a chain reaction resulting in a super fast death cloud of orbiting space debris thing seen in Gravity? Yeah, turns out that could totally happen for realzies. Okay so maybe it won’t happen anywhere near as fast, but it’s still possible.

So parents, if you truly love your kid, when he/she tells you they want to grow up to be an astronaut, you crush that dreams like a grape left on Khulubuse Zuma’s seat. Trust me, they’ll thank you in the long run.

Here’s our first look behind the scenes at Star Wars: Episode VII as revealed by director JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot twitter feed, if you’re expecting anything story or character related to be revealed, then clearly you don’t know JJ Abrams.

The tweet said “Hi from the workshop #StarWarsVII” and shows Abrams posing with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, faithful ol’ droid R2-D2 and two other random guys who may have been there to bring them coffee or something.

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Jennifer Lawrence may soon be busy catching fire on our screens again, but come May 24, 2014, she’ll be catching nothing but murderous glares from Wolverine and friends in X-Men: Days of Future Past, as she reprises her role as the blue skinned shapeshifter Mystique in the much anticipated sequel. And according to the Oscar winning young actress, her character will definitely not be kicking off the new film by trying to make friends of her own.

“We find Raven, she’s split off from Eric and Charles and she’s kind of her own agent. She has one mission of trying to assassinate somebody and it will be her first kill basically, and because we’ve seen her in the future and what she becomes and this is kind of a turning point for her.”

I don’t think you people realize how close you came to the end. Last night a story broke that ex-actress Christina Fulton’s home had been burglarized. One of the items reportedly stolen? A stash of x-rated pics she took with Nicolas Cage, with whom she has a son, Weston. Let that just sink in: You could have woken up this morning to an internet full of nude pics of Nicolas Cage.

Luckily though, it appears that somebody upstairs is looking out for our mental wellbeing, as Cage has now come out to release a statement saying that the pics do not actually exist. Well, either that or he just remembered he’d moved them to his mores secretive stash.

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Either somebody at Warner Bros just had a slip up bigger than that time King Kong left all those banana peels lying around, or Midtown Comics is getting punked. The comics store, one of the most famous in America, received a mysterious package that appeared to have originated from WB, containing a poster for what looks like a Wonder Twins movie starring Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher.

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For those of you that don’t know, the Wonder Twins, Zan and Jayna, were two super powered siblings in Super Friends, a 1970’s animated version of the Justice League. The characters proved so popular that they were eventually included in the proper DC Comics universe alongside their cartoon cohorts like Superman and Batman.

Now there has never been any talk whatsoever that WB have plans for a Wonder Twins movie, especially not for next year. And if they somehow did, they probably wouldn’t announce it by sending a poster to a comic book store. I think this one may just some kind of not-so-elaborate hoax.

Lee Pace will soon be accusing some space heroes over in Guardians of the Galaxy, but it looks like may just get the chance to also accused a spaced hero as he has joined  director Stephen Frears’ still untitled Lance Armstrong biopic. Pace’s role has not been revealed, but he will be joining Ben Foster, as the titular fallen cycling hero, Chris O’Dowd, as David Walsh, the man who first exposed Armstrong’s doping.

Thanks to a spread of pics over at Entertainment Weekly, we can get our first look at Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson together as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele for Fifty Shades of Grey. Just don’t expect any leather whips or butt plugs, this is a family show after all. They do seem to have a thing for biting thumbs and wearing neck ties on your hands though. Freaks.

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Sorry Seth Rogen and James Franco, looks like your days of guaranteed work with Judd Apatow is over as the director has gone and found himself two arguably funnier (and definitely blacker) guys to work with. Apatow will apparently be teaming up with funnymen Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele from the hilarious Key & Peele comedy sketch show for untitled comedy at Universal. The film will be co-written by all three, while it’s assumed that Key and Peele will probably star.

Apatow was not forthcoming with any details on what the movie will actually be about, except that it will apparently save America.

“I love these guys because they are riotously, make you sick because you can’t stop laughing, funny. I think Key and Peele are capable of making the movie that America desperately needs right now.”

As we recently reported, cinemas are trying all kinds of technical and luxury upgrades to lure audiences back to the movies. However, according to this rather astute comic from the Oatmeal, there’s a much better approach to getting people to watch a film.

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Last Updated: November 15, 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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