Extras! Paul Giamatti is a lover, JMS flickers some lights, The War of I rages on, Dakota Fanning won't be a Very Good Girl, Kristen Wiig is an Anchor(wo)man and Joe Carnahan didn't give a about The A-Team! 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!

We kick off today with the first two videos for Cinefix’s “Hollywood Trenches”, a new webseries that that sees director Jack Perez  (The Big Empty, Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus) chatting with other filmmakers. For the first episode, Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team, NARC) finds himself in the hot seat. That episode has been frustratingly divvied up into 7 pieces and they’re being slowly made available, but the if these first two parts are any indication, it’s going to be some great viewing.

Carnahan speaks about his own troubles (he worked on Mission: Impossible III for a year and a half before walking away, unhappy with the movie) as well commenting on other directors works (specifically newcomer Carl Erik Rinsch’s problem plagued $200 million blockbuster, 47 Ronin) among others. One interesting nugget that comes out is that Carnahan only did A-Team as a result of him not getting to actually do the whole team action thriller on MI3, according to the director he “couldn’t give a sh-t” about The A-Team.

I hope that Kristen Wiig likes the smell of Sex Panther (and really, who doesn’t?), because according to direct Adam McKay’s tweets, the SNL funny lady has now officially joined the cast of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

If you’re the type of person who just loves to lord over your less informed “friends” with your wealth of movie trivia, then this list of 30 Mind-Blowing (True) Facts About Famous Movie Scenes is sure to bring out your best maniacal laugh!

By Spock’s Goatee! There is a war being waged over on Wikipedia, and it’s possibly the geekiest and simultaneously dumber war the internet has ever seen. It’s been going for 2 months, and has seen both sides hammering out over 40 000 words in their attacks on one another. The source of this conflict? Whether the “i” in Star Trek Into Darkness should be capitalized or not.

I may just be about to slap my palm clean through my face.

The guys over at Twitch have discovered this trailer for Danish sci-fi film Exodus which, despite low budget special fx on display, is apparently being developed as a multi-media cross-platform project that will produce this feature film, a TV series, comic books and novels. Also, it proves that Danish people take far too many recreational drugs.

And the moment that millions of perverts has been waiting for, has finally arrived. No, Darryn hasn’t made a sex tape (that we know of) and if there really is a God, then that’s the last we’ll ever speak of that. No, I’m talking about newly legal aged, ex-child star Dakota Fanning who has revealed that she will be doing her first nude scene in upcoming coming-of-age drama Very Good Girls.

“Yeah, well, I’ve never done that before and I’m very newly allowed to do that. I was newly 18, so yeah, it was, it’s kind of a sensitive thing, but it’s a part of life.”

And in a case of art imitating life, the nude scene will be seeing her character lose her virginity.

For various reasons outside of my control (let’s go with alien abduction, for now) I never got around to watching Cloud Atlas, the Wachowksi Starship and Tom Twyker’s beautiful mess of a sci-fi epic. And it looks like I’m going to have to wait a bit longer. A lot longer. The film’s Blu Ray release should have been this coming Friday, but instead it’s been pushed back to the ridiculous date of June 11, 2013. There’s been no official reason given for the more than 3 month delay (Alien abduction perhaps?)

If you don’t know who Megan Ellison is, and especially if you do, I would suggest you either pick up this month’s Vanity Fair magazine, or head on over to IndieWire where they discuss an in-depth expose that the mag has done on her. Ellison is the 27 year old daughter of the 3rd richest man in the US, and more important to our context, the founder of Annapurna Productions. With seemingly bottomless pockets she has financed a slew of top class films (Zero Dark Thirty, The Master, Killing Them Softly, Lawless) but it looks like not everybody is a fan of the young producer.

A couple of new set pics have popped up for Doug Liman’s sci-fi blockbuster All You Need is Kill, featuring stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt getting all militaristic and stuff.

J. Michael Straczynski is a name that should be very well known to sci-fi and and comic book geeks, but probably not to your more conventional film going crowd. That may be about to change as the acclaimed comic book writer and Babylon 5 creator will be making his feature film debut, writing and directing the intriguing sounding WWII drama The Flickering Light, which “centers on a group of prisoners from the Marzahn Concentration Camp — exclusively for Gypsies — who were pressed into work as actors, bit players and extras during the 1942 filming of “Tiefland,” a movie directed by and starring Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl.”

“The Flickering Light is based on one of the most surreal and little known chapters of film history and the Second World War itself. During the day, the prisoners were escorted to the studio by armed guard and corralled onto movie sets. They were cleaned up by the largely sympathetic Aryan crew, feasted on food unimaginable to prisoners, then dressed in period Spanish wardrobe as Riefenstahl required “authenticity” on camera. Then after filming each day, returned, once more in rags, to the horror of the camp.”

Director Nick Cassavetes (My Sister’s Keeper, The Notebook, John Q), whom I’m pretty certain gets some kind of kickback from Kleenex for all the work his movies have given them, is rumoured to be reteaming with Cameron Diaz for The Other Woman. The film follows “a woman, who, after realizing she is not her boyfriend’s primary lover, teams with the man’s wife to plot a mutual revenge.”  Now that sounds like it go either light-hearted or pretty dark, but not really soppy. Although I’m sure Cassavetes will find some way to jerk some tears.

When it was announced that Paul Giamatti would probably be playing The Rhino in the new Amazing Spider-Man, a collective double you tee eff erupted from the internet. Yeah sure, Giamatti is a great actor, but The Rhino?! What’s next, Danny Devito as the Kingpin?

His supervillain incompatibility aside, one other type of role that Giamatti has never really been cast as, is the romantic lead in a movie. But now thanks to this great video from Vulture we get to see his diversity as he plays out scenes from Twilight, You’ve Got Mail and Even Magic Mike.

Now, if somebody can just get to put on a muscle suit and tape a horn to his forehead maybe he can do some convincing of his diversity.

Last Updated: February 5, 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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