Extras! Remington Steele is back, Hit Girl digs crime in November, Bill Gates is Austin Powers, Some toys may just have spoiled The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Snow sharks?! 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!

If you didn’t enjoy the big budget, rock ’em, sock ’em, anime throwback that was Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim, well then we might want to take another look at our friendship status. The film was just so unabashedly fun that you just couldn’t help but slap a goofy grin on your face, and apparently the actors and crew had as much fun making it as we did watching it as this new bloopers reel attests.

Unfortunately, the reel autoplays, which is the exact opposite of fun. Sorry.

Chloe Moretz is most famous for doing really child-inappropriate things to crooks while wearing a purple Halloween costume, and it seems like she hasn’t quite got enough of hanging out with criminals in High School. Moretz has signed on for the female lead in writer-director Sacha “Hitchcock” Gervasi’s adaptation of Sam Munson’s 2011 novel The November Criminals. She will play the role of high schooler Phoebe, nicknamed Digger. Here’s the books’ official blurb:

For a high school senior Addison Schacht has a lot of preoccupations, like selling drugs to his classmates, getting into college, and his complicated relationship with his best friend (NOT his girlfriend) Digger. And he’s just added another to the list: the murder of his classmate Kevin Broadus, and his own obsessive plan to investigate the death. When presented with an essay question on his application to the University of Chicago — What are your best and worst qualities? — Addison finds himself provoked into giving his final, unapologetic say about all of the above and more, and the thrilling result is an unforgettable trip through the Washington, D.C. teenage underworld.

“Li’l deadline, li’l deadline let me in!” It seems that contrary to previous reports, Martin Scorsese’s latest, The Wolf of Wall Street, may just actually release in time for Oscar eligibility. It was previously said that the film just wouldn’t be ready in time for its originally scheduled December release date, and would only get a 2014 release date placing it out of contention for the next Oscars, but apparently Martin Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker have been huffin’ and puffin’ to get a reasonable cut of the film done in time for a November 25 deadline. That would leave just one month for Paramount to do all promotional business, before the film gets unveiled back on its original Christmas day booking.

Congratulations, Sharknado. You’ve started a trend, and so now we end up with movies – and I use that term lightly – like Avalanche Shark. This is why we can’t have nice things anymore, people.

In anticipation for the New York Comic Con, toy manufacture Hasbro held a little party yesterday and decided to show off some of the upcoming movie tie-in toys to the public. One slight, teeny weeny, infinitesimal problem: They may just have given away a couple gigantic spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, as they show off action figures that not only confirm the appearance of some rumoured characters, but also show ones that we didn’t even know were in the movie.

Now it could be that the action figures are just that, action figures who somebody Hasbro thought it would be cool to make, but in the off-chance that this turns out to be real, I’d exhibit some caution when clicking that link if you’re an extreme spoiler-phobe.

Hey, you! Yeah, you with the fake lightsaber and voluntarily induced asthma! Want to be an bigger know-it-all around your… “friends”… when it comes to all things Star Wars? You do? Well then you’re in luck as i09 has a list of 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

Way back in the dinosaur infested days of 2009, ex-Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and current Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer created the following video. Microsoft say it was created as “a fun internal spoof video as part of a company meeting.” Whatever the reason, I’m just happy that somebody has finally made it available to the public, because as many people as possible need to witness the awesomeness of Steve Ballmer as Dr Evil and Bill Gates as Austin Powers. Groovy, baby!

With titles like Piranha 3D and 4 out of the 7 Saw movies on their resume, screenwriting duo Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, clearly have a thing for gore splattered, blood curdling horror. Which of course makes them the perfect choice to pen Disney’s live-action adaptation of graphic novel The Stuff of Legends, the charmingly sweet story of “a band of toys that journeys into a dark realm to rescue their owner from the infamous Boogeyman.”

Wait, what?!

No, this new image from I, Frankenstein is in fact not that of Darryn before he’s put on his morning makeup, but rather a look at one of the film’s demons, Dekar, played by none than Kevin Grevioux, the creator of the original comics on which the film is based.

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Sometimes I think that Naas Botha may actually be secretly running the American TV and movie industry due to the amount of reboots that get made. And the latest to get the ‘boot: classic 80’s romantic dramedy TV series Remington Steele, the show that made a star out of ex-James Bond, Pierce Brosnan. The original followed Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist), a female private eye who suspects that clients will respond better to a male investigator, so she recruits a con-man (Brosnan) to assume the identity of fake private investigator Remington Steele. In between solving crimes, the pair would have a burgeoning romantic connection that – 30-YEAR OLD SPOILER ALERT –  eventually saw them hooking up in the show’s finale.

The reboot will now be a half-hour comedy show that follows Olivia Holt, “the daughter of Remington Steele and Laura Holt, as she reopens the once-world-famous Remington Steele Detective Agency — only to fall into the same hilarious, action-packed, romantic entanglements of her parents.” Ooh, who saw that coming?

Zombieland and Gangster Squad dirctor Ruben Fleischer has been tapped to direct the pilot episode.

EPIC……. RAP……….. BARRUSOVISTREEEEEEEEE! Yep, Epic Rap Battles of History, my favourite web series featuring hip-hop and Clint Eastwood making inappropriate jokes about Bruce Lee’s family, is back. And kicking off Season 3, we have the third and final battle between Adolf Hitler and Darth Vader! (Check out parts 1 and 2 over HERE and HERE)

Last Updated: October 10, 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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