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!
He’s back! Benedict Cumberbatch is finally done beating up Starship captains, leaking military secrets and roasting some hobbits, and back to playing the role that made him famous (deservedly so) as the greatest detective the world has ever seen, Sherlock Holmes! The BBC have revealed this teaser trailer – and really, it is the very definition of the term – for Season 3 of the critically acclaimed Sherlock, just to remind us that its almost time to reveal the truth behind how he escaped his death at the end of Season 2. I’m going with fairy dust.
Well, this is… different. The Dark Knight producer Michael Uslan and his son David Uslan, are currently looking to launch a new superhero movie franchise called Dark Eye, and they’re doing it in a very unique way. They will be launching the property first as a Pachinko game – an insanely popular type of gambling/Pinball-like phenomenon in Japan – and once it’s caught on in the East, they will then launch it as a TV series and then as a feature film.
Looks like Matt Damon just got crossed off the list. After toying around with the idea of having Damon reprise his role as Jason Bourne in another film, Universal have decided to rather just officially endorse a follow-up film to the Jeremy Renner starring spinoff parralelquel (yes, that word is made up; yes, it makes sense) The Bourne Legacy. Renner will once again play Outcome operative Aaron Cross and South African born screenwriter Anthony Peckham (Invictus, Sherlock Holmes, Book of Eli) has been set the task of giving him a reason to go around the world punching people in the face really hard.
I guess that anything some American mutants can do, Japan can do better. After last week’s cool pic of Bryan Singer standing with a full-sized Sentinel on the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past, some Japanese guy working on the live-action adaptation of Mamuro Oshii’s anime/manga Patlabor probably saw it and went “You call that robot?! This is robot!” and then unveiled these amazing pics of the full-scale mecha to be used in the film.
Now here’s some news that should make some of you, and I quote from the great man himself, “wetter than a haddock’s bathing costume”. Acclaimed comedy producer John Lloyd has apparently been talking to funnyman Rowan Atkinson about doing a movie based on his classic BBC mock-historical comedy series Blackadder.
“Rowan and I had this great idea, because we are all getting a bit old, of doing a kind of Dad’s Army… They are a platoon in Walmington-on-Sea where they get kidnapped by a German submarine and taken to Colditz. They then have to escape. Because Tony Robinson is probably very near 70 now he would be just about the right age. We’d do it as a Blackadder – it would make a good movie, I think.”
According to Lloyd, the film would reunite the entire cast, last seen in the fourth series, Blackadder Goes Forth, which was set in 1917 (each series focuses on a different set of descendants of Atkinson’s original cunning Edmund Blackadder and his friends/enemies).
And now for a group of people standing in profile in front of what appears to be a room with gigantic silver doors filled with with the sun. Yes, it’s the new poster for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Speaking of Marvel, writer/director Joss Whedon spoke some more about how they chose the title for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, knowing that there was already a recently completed mini-series of the same name.
“It’s not based on the series. Honestly, we went through a lot of titles – Underoos Of Ultron. None of them landed… Underoos would’ve been better because of the alliteration. But Age of Ultron really stuck. We were like, ‘It’s a book, but we’re still going to use it’.”
Whedon also reiterated that we won’t be seeing Henry Pym aka Ant Man, Ultron’s creator in the comics, in the films yet, and also not Thanos, who’s definitely being held back as the overarching big bad. He did express his feelings though toward the constantly asked-for mega-crossover between Marvel, Sony and Fox, using all the Marvel cinematic characters.
“That’s not the plan. It would be cool but I think right now I already have a ton of very talented actors in my movie playing a ton of characters, and I’m about to add a few more. So I’m not like, ‘How can we get more licensed characters because I want to kill myself and make a nine-hour movie.’”
If you’ve seen Monster’s University, then you may have caught the new Pixar short, The Blue Umbrella, you may then also have spent the rest of the movie unable to chew popcorn due to your mouth being frozen in place, still agape at the creepy good photorealistic visuals you just witnessed. Don’t know what I’m talking about and also want to experience a distended jaw for yourself, then check out this clip from the animated short.
You probably saw the news this morning that Peter Capaldi has been cast as Matt Smith’s Time-Lord replacement in BBC’s Doctor Who. If you missed the news, don’t worry it would have been easy to not catch it over Darryn, Lourens and I squee-ing in glee at the casting announcement. While Capaldi was the betting favourite for the last couple of weeks already, he’s most widely known for a very un-Doctor-like role as foul mouthed, acerbic Malcolm Tucker on scathing comedy, The Thick of It. Seriously, the guy is a master at creatively vulgar insults, and now thanks to this list of 21 Simple Ways to Swear Like Malcolm Tucker, you too can master the art of beating people up with your words.
The Weinstein Company has finally sorted out the whole legal mess with Warner Bros over the title of Precious director Lee Daniel’s The Butler, and by sorted out, I mean that they lost their appeal with MPAA after WB claimed they owned the copyright to the title The Butler. While the MPAA ruled in the favour of WB for that exact title, they did however make an amendment that variations of that name could be used. So now Daniel’s The Butler will be known as Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Wow. I wonder how long it took to think up that one? Definitely not as long as it took to create this new star-spangled poster for the film.
TheChive have put together a list of Movies That Could Surprisingly Share The Same Tagline, and it is nothing short of comical genius. Jurassic Park and The Expendables? “Dinosaurs start to kill people!”. Mrs Doubtfire and The Empire Strikes Back? “Oh my God! It was Dad all along!”. Like I said, comical genius.
By now, a bunch of you have probably seen Pacific Rim. You will probably only read this on Wednesday though, since it takes a couple day for full cognitive function to return after being exposed to so much undiluted awesomeness, but when you do regain the use of your forebrain, then check out this absolutely brilliant rap parody of the Pacific Rim trailer brought to you by nerdcore hip hop artist MC Chris.
Last Updated: August 5, 2013