Extras! Pacific Rim 2 is already being written, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is not feeling antsy after all, The Book of Life gets opened, Hans Zimmer doesn't have a reason to feel super again, and Michael Fassbender knows a lot about female underwear?! 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 greatest part about stoner end of the world comedy, This is the End, is that the very real friendship and chemistry of all the actors come through pretty strongly. Well, besides for that one scene where Danny McBride tries to eat them. The point is, a lot of the clowning around in the film felt very natural, and that’s because it was, as this behind the scenes blooper reel attests.

At this very moment of typing this, I’m sitting with my eyes closed, head bobbing rhythmically to the pounding drumline and soaring horns of Hans Zimmer’s score for Man of Steel. Yes, I know that previous sentence sounds physically impossible but just roll with it. The point I’m trying to make, is that while there’s very little that will ever rival John Williams’ original Superman work, Zimmer still did a damn fine job. A job he may not be doing for the still untitled Superman vs Batman sequel to the film, despite the fact that he’s now technically already created themes for both characters.

“Honestly, I’m just sort of grappling with that right now. Quite seriously, the thought right now is that no, I don’t want to go and take what I did with [Dark Knight Trilogy director] Chris [Nolan] and just plonk it into another movie. There isn’t one good reason to do it, and there are so many good reasons not to do it.”

“[I’m burned out on the notion of sequels]. I didn’t really enjoy myself much on Pirates 4. And I love that with The Dark Knight Rises, Chris said, ‘That’s it.’’

“I really enjoyed working with Zack Snyder, so part of it would be a personal decision. At the same time, I wouldn’t want to put the ideas I used in the Chris Nolan Batman movies into a Superman movie. It just wouldn’t feel right.”

“I’m a procrastinator, and right now, I don’t want to make a decision. [laughs] Zack hasn’t talked to me about it, so I don’t have to worry about it! I’ll worry about it when I have to worry about it, and then, if I’m lucky, I’ll have an idea. If I have an idea, I can do something with that, but if I don’t have an idea, then my good idea is going to be, ‘Get somebody else.'”

Hey look, here’s an epic new banner for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug that may just be longer than the inevitable Extended Edition of the film.

Click for muuuuuuuch larger HD version.

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So remember that story about Joseph Gordon-Levitt being on the short list with Paul Rudd for the lead role in Marvel’s Ant-Man? Yeah, that’s all nonsense. I think. It’s honestly kind of hard to tell based on this translation from a quote JGL gave Huffington Post France yesterday.

“There are always a lot of rumours around these projects and so far it is still only discussions. I am always very transparent when it comes to my roles and my career. I’m usually the first to speak and communicate with my fans if something happens. If you hear nothing from me, they are just rumours.”

But we just heard from you, so are they still rumours or what? Luckily, Total Film managed to ask him the question straight, and in English this time around, and the young actor could not have been any clearer when he stated that “Nope. It”s just rumour.”

File this under “O” for “Of course it exists”: Fifty Shades of Grey may no longer have a leading man – or well written books, for that matter – but at least it has it’s very own wine now. For those evenings, when all you want to do is curl up on the couch with a steamy novel that makes you forget you’re a lonely 48-year old housewife.

Staying with all things kinky, a new clip has been released for Ridley Scott’s The Counsellor, and in this scene from the Cormac McCarthy penned crime thriller Michael Fassbender goes to purchase some lingerie for a female companion, but there’s a whole lot more going on between him and Natalie Dormer’s shop assistant than just making a sale. Thanks to some eerie music, and very odd dialogue cues, the whole thing is rather unsettling, but man does it sizzle. Looks like Scott may have found his groove again.

Green lights, schmeen lights! Who need’s em? Certainly not Guillermo Del Toro, who revealed that despite not yet getting the official thumbs up yet from the powers that be at Legendary about a sequel for his super fun mechs vs monsters epic, Pacific Rim (which is now sitting on a $407 million global take from a $190 million budget), he was already getting on with getting it done.

“Legendary gave me the absolute go-ahead with writing the screenplay, so Travis Beacham and I are working on it. As far as giving it a green light, that’s the big step of the process. We need to put together a budget and then they’ll make that decision, but everybody is unwavering in their love for the movie.”

Speaking of big budget, CG driven sequels, producer Adam Horowitz shed some light on exactly what’s going on with Tron 3, which appears to have been derezzed from any production schedule.

“Hopefully we’ll have some news about what’s going on forward with the next one soon. There’s nothing official to announce now but hopefully soon, but it’s chugging along. It is. Eddie [Kitsis] and I are co-producers on the film. And we have a script that’s being written by a great writer named Jesse Wigutow. And we’re really, really excited. I mean the studio is hopefully excited, but Joe [Kosinski, the director] is involved and everybody’s involved and everybody is waiting to get the go-ahead and we’re hopeful.”

Horowitz also added that despite the film’s mixed reception – usually a mix of “My eyes are not worthy!” and “You killed my brain with the stupid!” – they were not being dissuaded from making another movie.

“Every movie gets a mixed reception to some extent. And whatever the critics said or didn’t say, we were very humbled by the praise and humbled by the criticisms. But, what really meant the most to me is, and I remember this very fondly, which was opening weekend of the movie, driving over to Burbank and going into one of the theaters in there that was packed and seeing kids who were my age, when I saw the original TRON, staring up at the light jets. And like that’s all I needed — because that was like I got to see myself in that audience. And that’s what Eddie and I were hoping to achieve, which was we’re fans and if we can create new fans in that franchise, which I think and hope we did, then I feel like it was mission accomplished. And if we’re lucky enough to continue on with the franchise, we only want to keep making it better..”

As a gigantic fan of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic, I often become that guy – oh, you know what guy I’m talking about – when watching AMC’s adaptation of the zombie apocalypse tale. The TV show version has swung back and forth between being superb and being, well, stupidly boring. So of course you know what that means: Yep, an Honest Trailer to make fun of it all.

Did you check out that fantastic short video about Superman’s 75-year history we posted the other day? No? What’s wrong with you?! Do it now!……. Okay, you’re back… and you have a confused look on your face. Don’t know what the heck all that was about, especially the whole “Superman has a mullet?” thing, then you need to head over to THR’s great little article on Decoding Zack Snyder and Bruce Timm’s Two-Minute History of Superman Video, where they will explain it all to you.

As if Guillermo Del Toro doesn’t already have enough to do (See above and here), he’ll be producing The Book of Life, a new animated feature film from 20th Century Fox Animation and Reel FX Animation. Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna and Christina Applegate are set to provide the lead voices, and they’ll be accompanied by a gigantic supporting cast consisting of – deep breath now – Ice Cube, Kate del Castillo, Ron Perlman, Cheech Marin, Hector Elizondo, Placido Domingo, Ana de la Reguera, Eugenio Derbez, comedian Gabriel Iglesias (Stand-Up Revolution), radio personality Ricardo Sanchez and Danny Trejo *GASP*.

So what will all these folks actually be doing? Well Book of Life is billed as “the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart.  Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds, where he must face his greatest fears.”

Those fears apparently not involving music, as the film is said to have a “fresh take on pop songs”, with an original score and songs also composed by Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel). The film has a release date of October 17, 2014, which means this is going to to have one hell of a quick production period.

Hey, you guys! Have you checked out Medieval Land Fun Time World yet? What? You’ve never heard of it?! Why it’s only the funniest and greatest theme park based on HBO’s critically acclaimed, award winning adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, starring Terry the drug-dealing imp!

Last Updated: October 17, 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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