Extras! RIP Tom Clancy, Ant-Man is back to tease, Peter Dinklage is not a villain, The Chronicles of Narnia pulls up a chair, Bridget Jones loses her man, and Sandra Bullock doesn't want to bring the heat anymore! 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!

Alas, we have to start on a bit of a sombre note today. Acclaimed author Tom Clancy passed away last night at the age of 66. Clancy has had a prolific career, and his works, such as the Rainbow Six series and Jack Ryan books, have been adapted into several other media formats, including video games and movies. In the case of the latter, his Jack Ryan books gave us The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear & Present Danger, Sum of All Fears and a soon to be released new Jack Ryan film starring Chris Pine.

Clancy passed away in a Baltimore hospital, the cause of death has not yet been revealed.

As seen above, the character of Jack Ryan has had many actors portray him on screen, and now apparently, he also has many film titles. The latest Kenneth Branagh directed (he also plays the film’s villain) pic has gone from just being titled Jack Ryan to Jack Ryan: Shadow One to now, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. And just to prove that I’m not making up this bit of name-changing news, here’s the film’s first poster, also boasting the new title and leading man Chris Pine tying his shoelaces or something.

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Earlier today, we heard from James McAvoy about the “most epic” X-Men: Days of Future Past, and it’s time to hear from another Days cast member, but one decidedly shorter and hairier. No, not Darryn. Peter Dinklage, who plays mutant hunting Sentinel creator Bolivar Trask, spoke to EW where he claimed that contrary to appearances and facial hair, the character isn’t really a bad guy. Nope, some other tricky Dick is to blame.

“I didn’t want to play the villain… He’s a man of science. He’s a man of invention. He actually sees what he’s doing as a good thing — [his ambition is] definitely blind and he’s quite arrogant. He’s strove all his life for a certain respect and attention… [But] he’s got some hurdles. He’s up against Richard Nixon.”

There’s a new clip out for Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. I’m still not convinced that this new hidden camera format will work as well as the old Jackass gags, but I’ve never been one to turn down an opportunity to laugh at old people being flung through panes of glass.

If you’re a fan of granny panty wearing Bridget Jones and her diaries, then you may need to have a sit down for this next bit of news. Actually, you may need to cover your eyes as well, unless you want to read a pretty big SPOILER.

The third book in the immensely popular series about the sad sack sometimes-singleton has received a title – Bridget Jones: Man About The Boy – and cover image, and what both reveal is that for some strange reason, author Helen Fielding has decided to kill off the series’ romantic lead Mr Darcy, played in the film adaptations by Colin Firth. Well, bummer. The book will apparently take place five years after his death in a car accident, with Bridget now left to raise their kids on her own while worrying about her Twitter followers, and oh yeah, becoming a cougar with the titular “boy”. Yeah.

Fielding is still set to pen the screenplay for the film adaptation of this third book herself, so it’s a pretty safe bet that we’ll see this new status quo reflected in the on-screen version as well.

Do you have a Halloween party coming up later this month and you don’t know what to wear? Do you also possess the physical build of a prepubescent boy? Well, then you’re in luck, as somebody has gone and made a kids’ Pacific Rim costume based on the Russian jaeger Cherno-Alpha. It is simultaneously the coolest and saddest thing I’ve seen all week.

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We’re not even through Phase 2 yet, but looks like Marvel is already getting all their cape wearing ducks in a row for Phase 3. And by Marvel, I actually mean Edgar Wright, who after taking a month long vacation from doing press rounds for The World’s End (WHICH STILL DOESN’T LOOK LIKE IT WILL BE SCREENING LOCALLY!!), is now back in LA and getting to work on his long in development Ant-Man. We know this, because he tweeted as much yesterday, also revealing this pre-production image, more than likely taken from the test reel he shot a couple years ago.

“Now I’m back in LA, it’s high time to finish a little something I’ve been working on…”

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By the time you read this, I will be on my way to the screening for Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity. I believe this is the part where I deliver the obligatory neeeh-neeeeh-nehneh-neeeeh. Never before have I been this excited to watch Sandra Bullock and George Clooney shouting at each other over radios. That previous sentence could have read slightly differently though, as originally it was actually Angelina Jolie and Robert Downey Jr who were up for the two roles. Somehow, I have the feeling the film wouldn’t have turned out quite as tense with RDJ cracking jokes every few minutes.

This was just one of many recent blockbusters that were incredibly close to boasting completely different casts, and you can check out more of them on Vulture’s list of Stars Almost Cast in This Year’s Biggest Movies.

It seems that somebody needs to break some bad news to director Paul Feig. Despite the fact that he has already started working with screenwriter Katie Dippold on a sequel to his hit buddy comedy The Heat, he may have a slight problem with 50% of his leading cast, as Sandra Bullock has indicated that she probably won’t be back for more.

“I’m not doing a sequel to ‘The Heat. I’ve done two sequels. They were horrible. What Melissa [McCarthy] and I had was beautiful. We might do another film together. I think we should do a silent film together.”

Based on exhibits A and B – Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous and Speed 2: Cruise Control – I really can’t disagree with her sentiments.

Apparently, there are people out there who find Pulp Fiction confusing and/or too long and boring. I’ve even met one of these fabled people once. I promptly slapped him across the face like a pimp. The internet has heard the muffled cries of these people though and have answered with this video retelling Pulp Fiction linearly and all under 60 seconds.

If you’ve been holding out for a fourth Chronicles of Narnia film then… Wait. There have been THREE movies already?! I lost complete interest midway through the first one, and judging by critical reception, so did most people. Apparently though, the world can never have enough thinly veiled Christian propaganda (so I’ve been told), as a fourth film is now in development. And no, this is not the prequel idea, The Magician’s Nephew, which had been floating around for a while, as that has now apparently been scrapped in favour of The Silver Chair, an adaptation of the fourth book in C.S. Lewis’ series.

Seeing as how I’ve never read the books, I honestly cannot give an informed opinion on whether this will make a good film or not, so I’m just going to have to go on The Playlist‘s summary which is that this “downright bizarre tale” should at least “be a breeze compared to the one that’s all about horses and horrible not-quite-Muslims, or the one where everybody dies.”

Alan Silvestri’s score for Back To The Future is one of the greatest in modern cinema history. It’s so good that it can makes just about any scene in any movie better. Don’t believe me? Then check out this video!

Last Updated: October 3, 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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