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 haven’t yet read Darryn’s latest movie conspiracy theory regarding The Matrix and also have a memory more holey than the Pope, then a nice refresher of the blockbuster film is in order. But since we know you folks are all so busy thinking of ways that you can honour us (cash donations are always welcome), we’ve gone and found you a nice and quick one-minute version.
If you’ve been wondering why Ben Kingsley, an Anglo-Indian is being used to play traditionally Chinese villain The Mandarin in Iron Man 3 – you know, besides for the fact that he is an Oscar winning acting tour de force – then allow writer/director Shane Black to explain it to you.
“[Mandarin] has an intelligence background. His nationality is not even clear because he’s shrouded in secrecy, but at some point, this field officer went nuts and became a student of warfare and ancient Chinese symbology and drew from South American insurgency tactics and has created around himself this little world of warfare. The only unifying principal of which seems to be a hatred of the United States, so he represents every terrorist, in a way. But specifically, he’s crafted himself in the manner of the Mandarin, of a warlord.”
“[In the comics] you don’t have to deal with the specifics of Fu Manchu stereotyping. We’re not saying he’s Chinese. We’re saying that he in fact draws a cloak around him of Chinese symbols and dragons because it represents his obsession with Sun Tzu and various ancient arts of warfare that he has studied.”
And let that be the end of that then.
While many men would say that the voluptuous Sofia Vergara’s cleavage could be considered a deadly weapon, this new poster for Robert Rodriguez’s grindhouse sequel, Machete Kills, is probably not what they had in mind. The probably do now though. Oh boy, do they have it in mind.
Looks like we now know all the principal cast members that will be monkeying, or more scientifically accurate, aping around in Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Leading actor Jason Clarke has already been cast alongside co-stars on the opposite ends of the age scale, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Gary Oldman, as well as the man in the CGI monkey suit, Andy Serkis. And now we have our female lead in Kerri Russell, probably most famous for starring in 90’s TV series Felicity, which Reeves actually created with JJ Abrams.
Yes, the guys who made the monstrous Cloverfield created a 90’s girly drama show together.
Speaking of JJ, he and his Star Trek Into Darkness star Benedict Cumberbatch recently dropped a couple dylithium nuggets of info about the highly anticipated sequel, specifically about Cumberbatch’ mysterious villain, John Harrison. First up, here’s JJ, comparing Harrison to Eric Bana’s Nero, the villain in the first Star Trek:
“[Nero] was just a raging, vengeful lunatic. All he wanted to do was destroy Vulcan, Earth and the Federation…He had backstory but was kind of irrational. The beauty of Benedict’s [John Harrison] is that he’s completely rational. He’s someone that you can have conversations with. You couldn’t sit down and talk to Nero – he’d bite your head off!”
Then Cumberbatch also weighed in on the character’s martial skills… and fashion sense?:
“I did a lot of close combat training. He’s a kick-ass warrior, as masterful with his hands and body as he is with weapons…You will have a great discovery during this film, which I think is great…[My costumes] look great. Some of them were (no pun intended) cumbersome and heavy, but some were very snug; you can almost see what religion I am…”
And yes, Trekkies, I know there’s no such thing as dilythium nuggets. It just sounded cool, so put away your tachyon phasers.
Want to know more about Star Trek Into Darkness? Like a whoooooooole lot more? A special screening at a press event in Sao Paolo, Brazil showed 38 minutes worth of SPOILER filled footage that revealed a couple of the movie’s biggest mysteries, like exactly who Peter Weller is actually playing in the film. I personally haven’t read past the article’s opening paragraph, but for those of you who like to have your movies spoiled for you (you probably also enjoy kicking puppies), click on through.
Whoooo lah lah laaaaaah lah! George Lucas has been a naughty booooy-oy! The erstwhile Lucasarts Head Beard has apparently said something he wasn’t supposed to when he decided to clear up this whole “Is Carrie Fisher joking about being in Star Wars: Episode VII?” debacle. In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, he revealed that all three original stars, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, had already been signed even before Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm had been finalized.
“We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on.'”
Lucas then realized that he may just have let the bantha out of the bag, and quickly tried to do some damage control.
“Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them. I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”
Too late, Georgie boy. Too late.
While John Carter the movie may have divided critics, John Carter the soundtrack was pure undeniable class from start to finish. That slice of old-school goodness was just the latest work from acclaimed Oscar winning composer Michael Giacchino. And for this next project, Giacchino will be reteaming with the Wachowski siblings to score their upcoming sci-fi flick Jupiter Ascending, which sees Mila Kunis as a lowly cleaning lady who discovered she may be the Queen of the Universe or something.
Giacchino previously composed the score for the Wachowski’s criminally underrated live action Speed Racer. Yes, I loved Speed Racer and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
Oh would you look at that. My nightmare fuel tank appears to be running low. No worries, I’ll just get the new poster to Hemlock Grove, the new Netflix series created by Hostel director Eli Roth to top me right back up again.
Whoa, slow down there, super creepy poster. That’s more than enough nightmare fuel for me.
We’re barely even off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz, and already a sequel is on its way! Variety reports that on the very same day that Oz the Great and Powerful is released, that the House of Mouse have revealed that they have already begun work on a sequel. Showing immense confidence in director Sam Raimi’s box-office bankability, Disney apparently commissioned Oz co-screenwriter Mitchell Kapner months ago to pen a new script. No story details have been revealed yet because the damn movie only came out today!
Last Updated: March 8, 2013