Extras! Prometheus gets comical, Spidey villain gets dressed up, Drew Struzan is the man behind the poster, Julianne Moore could mock some jays, and Why Neil Blomkamp won't direct Star Trek! Plus much more!

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Back when I was… I believe the technical term is snotgat laaitie, I fancied myself an aspiring artist. And while I was a huge fan of the classical artists like Matisse and Jackson Pollock and the like, the man I really had an art-crush on was Drew Struzan. His work adorned the movie posters on my wall, and the book covers on my shelf. He’s influenced a whole generation of movie poster makers and now he’s finally getting a documentary of his own. And the trailer for that doccumentary, Drew: The Man Behind the Poster, is finally here.

We’ve heard and seen a whole lot of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 rumours and gossip thus far, and unless your surfing fingers had the proportionate agility of an arachnid, chances are you may spoiled some things for yourself. So let’s try to be a bit more careful this time around, as these stories about the possibly identity of one of the film’s villains as well as how that villain will look in the film is about as SPOILERY as you can get.

Snikt! Snikt! It’s time to slice ‘n dice up a new featurette for The Wolverine, which focuses on the wandering, “ronin” nature of everybody’s favourite clawed Canadian, and also how the upcoming film is going to strip him of his godlike healing factor.

Like a wise, little green man with funny ears once said: “Merchandising!”. Dark Horse Entertainment publisher and founder Mike Richardson has revealed that the comic book publisher is currently working on a spinoff comic book series for Ridley Scott’s PrometheusRichardson wasn’t very forthcoming with much details, just saying that “we’re brewing something up that I think the fans of Ridley Scott’s amazing film will really like.”

Dark Horse currently own the comics rights for Scott’s Alien and it’s assumed that this new comic will follow in the same vein of telling the stories of new characters in the movie universe.

I know that all of you are not as fortunate as I am to have my own minion (“Darryn! Fetch my slippers, cravat and pipe!”) but that could soon be rectified as you can now buy a talking minion toy from Despicable Me 2. See? Merchandising!

MTV have revealed 5 new still’s for Wes Ball’s Maze Runner, and unsurprisingly it features people running towards a giant maze. They also do some other stuff, but that’s not really important since Pit Stander would have been a horrible title.

Looks like the Hunger Games franchise is getting a little peckish for some more star power. Reports indicate that Lionsgate and director Francis Lawrence currently have their eye on Julianne Moore to play President Alma Coin in the final two installments in the franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2. Of course, Moore recently played once-American VP candidate Sarah Palin in Game Change, so she already has experience in playing political woman who live in a fantasy world.

Here’s the first look at Benicio Del Toro as infamous real life drug lord Pablo Escobar, in the upcoming Paradise Lost. Or as I like to call it: “A photo of Benicio Del Toro with a moustache operating an old camera.”

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Ever wonder Why Studios Set Movie Release Dates Five Years In Advance? Well, click that link and wonder no more.

Now that JJ Abrams has all the Star’s, there’s a fairly good chance that he won’t return to helm a third Star Trek film. Speculation is already rife about who could possibly be inheritor of the Legendary Lens Flare, and just as with virtually every single geeky film needing a director, District 9 and Elysium helmer Neil Blomkamp’s name pops up. It’s just that he doesn’t want to make it.

“Dude, I used to be a ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ fan. Like, big time… But no, I probably wouldn’t do that. I don’t know if me getting involved with a franchise is the best thing for me. When studios smell franchises, they smell money. And they’ll try to do what they can to the franchise to make it make the most money it can make, and a lot of those interesting ideas kind of fall by the side of the road. So… Do I like ‘Star Trek’ on its own without the politics of making it? Yes, absolutely. But do I think that you could make it in the way that I would want to make it? Probably not, which makes me not want to make it.”

Hmmm, this seems vaguely familiar.

Sir Alec Guinness, a classically trained actor who made his name on Shakespearean stage productions, once famously described Star Wars – in which he played the Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi – as “fairy-tale rubbish”. He also promised to give one Star Wars fan an autograph, if said fan promised to never watch Star Wars again.

But I wonder how would have responded if Star Wars had been written by somebody other than the doughy-chinned George Lucas? Say, for example, the Bard himself?

Last Updated: July 4, 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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