Extras! Paul Walker's character being retired, Avengers may face another villain, Star Wars is now Marvel-ous, Rogue has no future past, Wall Street wolves swear a lot, and Shia LaBeouf stinks? 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 have a bumper edition today, to make up for the last two weeks we spent making trifle pudding in a cement mixer and just pouring it down our throats.

Did you guys have a great New Years Eve party? Over in the Big Apple, they got everybody’s favourite superhero wall-crawler involved in the annual Times Square shindig, showing off clips from the new movie as well as having him swing into the famed New York landmark and being named the official superhero of Times Square’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. Except, when it came to for Spidey to make his TV screen debut thereafter on Good Morning America –  where he was supposed to jump on screen, causing the newscaster to faint, and then catch her – this Spider-Man was anything but amazing.

Looks like Bryan Singer has been watching some of Pete Holmes’ Ex-Men series, as the X-Men: Days of Future Past director has apparently given Anna Paquin’s Rogue the cut. Specifically, the editing room cut. Paquin was only going to be in one action sequence in the film that had been shot in the very early stages of production, and now that scene has been taken out of the film, leaving her character out completely.

“Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous. It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”

You think going stunts for movies is difficult. Try being a girl and doing them. And before the misogyny police come a-knocking, check out Cracked’s list of 5 Reasons Why Doing Movie Stunts is Harder Than You Think to find out why that may be.

Did you miss out on Riddick (an easy thing to do based on the rather silly decision to only have it play on about 6 cinemas in the country, most of them in JHB) and are now contemplating getting it on DVD/Blu Ray? Well, this should help you to make up your mind. Universal Home Entertainment, in anticipation of the film’s home release, has uploaded the film’s opening 10 minutes for your free viewing pleasure.

Despite his name being the only one right there in the title, it seems that Ultron may be getting some villainous help in Avengers: Age of Ultron and no, it won’t be Helen “God-“Zille. There’s a rumour going around that Baron Von Strucker, the head of Hydra (the organization seen in the first Captain America film) with the immortal body filled with a deadly virus, will be putting in an appearance as the second major villain in the superhero sequel, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver and Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch first working for him before swapping their black hats for white ones. What’s more, it’s being reported that Martin Csokas and Dougray Scott are the frontrunners for the role of the villainous Strucker.

Whedon already has his task cut out for him balancing his huge cast of heroes, so adding another villain to the mix may seem like a bad idea, but if there’s anybody that can pull it off, it’s our Royal Geek Ginger Highness.

Here’s a foursome of character posters for the new Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, showing that the film is very fond of nouns.

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Marvel Comics was the place to be get your Star Wars fix outside of the movies. In fact you could say that it was where the Expanded Universe really started, when they published “Star Wars #1” back in 1977. But eventually they lost the licence to Dark Horse Comics in 1991, who went on to publish some of the franchise’s best material with titles such as “Star Wars: Empire”, “Knights of the Old Republic” and “Star Wars Legacy” for the last two decades.

But now, with both Lucasfilm and Marvel being owned by Disney, the House of Mouse has decided to bring everything back into the fold, with Marvel taking back the publishing licence as from 2015. Now we await the inevitable Avengers/Star Wars crossover. C’mon, who wouldn’t want to see Loki and Darth Vader team up?

Sticking with all things Marvel, the contents of the Blu Ray for Thor: The Dark World has been unveiled, and it seems that along with the home release of the thunderous sequel, we’ll be getting the next Marvel One-Shot title All Hail the King. There are no further details other than the title, so this may have something to do with the major reveal at the end of the Thor: The Dark World or it could just be a documentary on human skeleton Larry King’s incredible ability to still land hot girls, only time will tell.

This behind the scenes look at the Kellan Lutz starring The Legend of Hercules is rather important, as it’s the only footage related to the film that we’ve seen thus far where Lutz actually strings a whole coherent sentence together.

Move over, Ahnuld, there may just be a new Governator in town. Veteran action man and President of the Ponytails and Potbellies society, Steven Seagal, has revealed that he is considering running for political office. Seagal is a deputized policeman, and while shooting his reality TV series “Steven Seagal – Lawman: Maricopa County” in Arizona he apparently got to talking with Arizona County Sheriff Joe Arpaio – the self billed toughest sheriff in America – about running for the State’s highest office.

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If elections were decided on your ability to wave your hands in people’s faces before twisting their limbs into unspeakable positions, then Seagal should be a shoe-in for the job.

With all the recent hoopla about his blatant plagiarism, followed up by a plagiarized apology for said plagiarism, you would think that Shia LaBeouf couldn’t be more of a stinker. Oh how wrong you would be. According to reports, the actor may have taken his method acting a bit too far on writer/director David Ayer’s WWII tank pic, Fury. LaBeouf apparently angered his co-stars, including Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman and Jason Isaacs, when he refused to bathe during the entire shoot, so as to better portray what it was like to be a soldier on the frontlines in WWII.

According to sources, “Shia was warned about his behaviour by several people on set, including Brad Pitt and director David Ayer,” and was eventually booked into a bed and breakfast far away from the rest of the cast when they could stomach no more of Eau du LaBeouf.

Looks like they’re finally putting the sci-fi back in SyFy, as the network has unveiled the first 15 minutes of Helix, the new show from Battlestar Galactica reboot creator Ron Moore, and it’s real good.

I’m just happy that The Wolverine’s Hiroyuki Sanada is getting even more exposure to Western audiences, as that guy is just great at what he does.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, with his tank-like physique and eyebrow possessing more acting talent than the cast of Twilight combined, is a walking, talking comic book character, so it’s no surprise that he’s been attached to play a couple of them on screen. He was once tapped to play Black Adam in a Shazam feature film, and most notably he was also supposed to play “the main” Lobo in feature film about the fragging bastich of an alien bounty hunter. Both those projects fell off the table at different stages of production, but now it looks like something is brewing again.

Johnson tweeted this enigmatic message last week, hinting at him doing something DC Comics related:

“We just had a big meeting w/ Warner Bros CEO re: @DCComics 2014 we will partner up and create the cool bad assery. @ActionTilson

Is the Lobo movie back on, or should we be thinking bigger? Say, Doomsday bigger perhaps? Hell, maybe even Darkseid? WB/DC are certainly going to be bringing those heavy hitters into their cinematic universe at some point, and Johnson could pull off either of them damn well with a little bit of makeup help.

By now you’ve probably heard (and been earwormed by) Ylvis’ viral song “What does the fox say?”. Nobody is asking that question about wolves though, specifically investment banker wolves, as they are only saying one thing: Fuck. Director Martin Scorsese’s current critical darling and sure to be major awards winner The Wolf of Wall Street, which is based on the excessive, over the top, bacchanalian life of real life Wall Street whiz kid Jordan Belfort, has officially set the record for the most F-bombs dropped in a feature film. In the film’s 3-hour running time, the F-word is used a whopping 506 times, beating out former potty mouthed champion, Summer of Sam, with it’s 435 cases.

The only piece of film media that tops Wolf is the aptly titled Fuck, a documentary about the swear word, but as far as feature films go, it’s right at the fucking top.

Here are the first two stills from Barely Lethal, which is not a misspelled porno title, contrary to what you may think. The action comedy stars Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Ender’s Game), Jessica Alba, Samuel L. Jackson and Game of Throne‘s Sophie Turner, and sees Steinfeld play Megan “a young international assassin who yearns for a “normal” adolescence, prompting her to fake her own death and enroll in a suburban high school”. Jackson plays her current handler, while Alba plays her former boss and now enemy, who sends Turner undercover into Megan’s school to retrieve her by any means necessary.

Barely Lethal

Barely Lethal

Since the untimely death of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker at the end of last year, the production of the 7th film in the box office smashing franchise has been placed on indefinite delay while Universal, director James Wan and writer Chris Morgan tries to figure out how to salvage the film which was only half way through production before Walker’s passing. According to a report from THR, that solution has now been found with Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, not being killed off in the film, as some suspected would happen, but rather having his character “retire” from his high-speed criminal life.

Apparently the writer and director sifted through all the footage that Walker had already shot – approximately about half of his planned scenes – have “devised a plan to tweak the existing script so that Walker would remain a part of the story but could be written out, allowing the franchise to continue without him.”

If done properly and seamlessly, this could be the best solution for all. The idea some had that they should have his character die in a high speed car chase, just a few months removed from him dying in a high speed car was just too tasteless for me.

Ever wonder what would happen if all your favourite movie posters were to come to life? Of course you haven’t, because you actually take the pills the doctor gives you. I’m unfortunately not so lucky, but luckily the guys at CineFix have my questions covered with this hilarious video.

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Last Updated: January 6, 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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