Extras! Scotty gets beamed up, Rihanna doesn't say much, How Josh Brolin became Tommy Lee Jones, Neil Marshal plays the Game of Thrones, Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell get down in Africa, John Hillcoat gets his Triple Nine and Yoda was going to be named what?! 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!

They say that honesty is the best policy. “They” might not actually live by that, but they say it anyway. So instead, it’s up to people like ScreenJunkies to bring us that cold honest truth, just like this Honest Trailer for Michael Bay’s Transformers.

Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell recently got into some trouble while on holiday in the Serengeti. The engaged actor couple had to pay a fine to authorities after they were caught dancing with the animals.

“We wanted to see the wildebeest migrate so we had driven five hours in the car, we finally got to them on the Serengeti, we got out of the car (and) we started doing a dance for this music video.

“We weren’t paying attention and then the Serengeti police showed up and they fined us $50 for dancing at the Serengeti.”

Apparently, they will be adding TOTO’s “Africa” to the clip. Expect it online soon.

CinemaBlend explains Why We Need Fewer Midnight Showings of Movies. Strangely enough, “I’m getting old and struggle to stay awake past 11pm” is not on there.

What, just me?

Joss Whedon sings. Those 3 words right there are all the motivation I need to hit that Play button.

The Playlist lists (duh!) 5 Things You May Not Have Known About The Empire Strikes Back. Like the fact that Yoda was originally called Buffy. Oh, George Lucas. You silly, silly man.

The Descent, Doomsday and Centurion director Neil Marshall is directing the next episode of Game of Thrones. And judging by this promo for the episode below, things are about to get Gary Busey Crazy!

(Clearly, if you haven’t seen until episode 8 of season 2 yet, then you may not want to click this video)

While I may not be all that excited for another Men In Black sequel, I am looking forward to the fiendishly accurate Tommy Lee Jones impersonation that Josh Brolin employs. Brolin, who plays a younger version of Jones’ Agent K, apparently achieved the accuracy by locking himself in a Mexican motel room for 3 months with nothing but Tommy Lee Jones stuff.

“I went down to Mexico and got a small motel room and just spent time with my computer, (the sounding editing programme) GarageBand and watching all his movies. Syllable by syllable, I just kind of built up (the interpretation). I’d get confident about one syllable and was stoked for the rest of the day – and then I’d go have a drink.”

Director Barry Sonnenfeld was apparently also so impressed with the resulting performance that it moved him to tears.

There’s a new poster out for Brad Pitt’s Killing Them Softly. It’s very understated and minimalistic but still pretty intriguing, which are apparently all adjectives that will more than likely be used for the film itself.

Hero of the Day award goes to 21-year-old Seattle resident Yong Hyun Kim, who knocked out the front teeth of a child who would not stop talking and throwing popcorn in a movie theatre. OK, Ok, I take it back. Violence against kids are wrong. Well, except for oxygen-thief trolls who can’t respect the sanctity of a movie house.

If you’re one of the ladies (or guys) who will be screaming like 10-year old at Justin Bieber concert when Joe Mangienello strips down in Steven Soderbergh’s stripper comedy Magic Mike, then you have the unlikely choice of Chris Rock to thank for your eye-candy. Mangienello wasn’t sure whether or not he should take the part, so he took the script to his What To Expect When You’re Expecting co-star, as he explained to Entertainment Weekly.

 “I was like, ‘Should I do it?’ And he’s like, ‘Ooh… male strippers, I don’t know.’ I was like, ‘If I do this movie, guys are gonna hate my guts.’ And Chris Rock is like, ‘Motherf**ker, guys are gonna hate your guts anyway. Brad Pitt spent 15 years with his shirt off, he’s doing just fine. Who’s directing?’

“I go, ‘Soderbergh’, and he goes, ‘Who’s in it?’ and I go, ‘Channing (Tatum), McConaughey…’ He goes, ‘Do the f**king movie!'”

Lawless director John Hillcoat’s next project has been confirmed to be his LAPD cop drama Triple Nine, which was originally announced back in 2009 and then shelved.   Of the originally announced dream cast (Shia Labeouf, Ryan Gosling, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johnasson and Michael Shannon) only LeBeouf is confirmed to still be attached.

And for today’s feel-good story: This week saw the launch of the SpaceX Dragon unmanned craft. It is expected to dock with the International Space Station any day now. And on-board will be a container filled with the ashes of James Doohan aka Scotty from the original Star Trek series and movies. You’re finally being beamed up, Scotty.

Vulture has compiled together every line of dialogue spoken by Rihanna in Battleship. Unsurprisingly to many, few of those lines are actually longer than a single sentence, with some even having less syllables than her name.

And we end today on a stunning animated short film from art student Annis Naeem. Liquid Days tells the story of “an astronaut hurtling across the universe—past suns you and I may never glimpse, yet fighting battles we may all face ourselves one day.”

Naeem has indicated that this is planned to just be the start of a much broader story, and I cannot wait to see more.

Last Updated: May 23, 2012

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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