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!
Seeing as how the biggest story worldwide (and over here) at the moment is just how geekgasmically amazing The Avengers is, it’s only fitting that we kick off today’s Extras with a bit of Loki. Specifically, actor Tom Hiddleston talking Thor 2.
And for those of you that haven’t seen Avengers yet (what is wrong with you? The only acceptable excuse is your own death, and even then it’ll be evaluated on a case by case basis) this interview is pretty spoiler free for Joss Whedon’s superherpalooza.
Ex-James Bond and the guy that fought the Rocketeer on a flaming blimp, Timothy Dalton, spoke to WENN about his time as the English superspy. Dalton famously had the tip of one of his fingers cut off by then unknown newcomer Benicio Del Toro in a botched stunt on Licence to Kill. But he recalls another stunt mishap on his last Bond film that was nowhere near as violent, but probably even more memorable:
“For the finale, I had to jump from one moving tanker to another. I leap across, climb the ladder while all these bullets are going off – bam! bam! bam! – and the klaxon that means ‘cut’ goes off. I’m thrilled. I know I’ve done a good job. But when I look around, everyone’s p**sing themselves. I look down and I’m in my underpants. My trousers are hanging down off my ankles.”
The Dark Knight Rises‘ promotional campaign is quietly ticking along, this time with some viral media in the form of a police wanted poster for none other than ol’ Bats himself. Judging from his rap sheet, the Caped Crusader has been a very naughty anthropomorphic flying rodent.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige had a rather lengthy interview with Germaine over at Slashfilm about The Avengers, and while there are some pretty interesting things being said there and I heartily recommend that everybody go read it, there was one statement that stood out.
Ever since Marvel was bought over by Disney (who also own Pixar), fans have been clamouring for some kind of word that those talented animators at Pixar would be let loose on some of the characters from the House of Ideas. But until now, the answer has been a definitive “no”. However, in the Slashflim interview, Feige dropped a little nugget of info that certainly implies that there is something in the works, and that it’s only a matter of time before we hear something more.
“Well I haven’t said no to Pixar, but Pixar is clearly doing their own thing. Yeah, no I’m not going to be the one to say what it is, but as you might imagine when we have thousands of characters and properties and now are owned by Disney, who has the greatest animation studio on earth, there are going to be discussions.”
Man, I would sacrifice a non-essential organ for a Pixar version of Warren Ellis’ Nextwave.
It just wouldn’t be Extras without a little bit of WTF. But I must warn you.,this one could not only have you lose all respect for a fan favourite actor, but possibly, depending on your sexual orientation, have you experiencing sweat soaked nightmares as well.
Yep, that’s none other than Firefly/Serenity, Castle and Dr Horrible alum, Nathan Fillion; clearly at a time in his life when he would do anything for money. Even wear shorts like those.
Right, so my spleen is already gone to Marvel and Pixar, but I have it on good authority I only need one kidney (At least that’s what that shady Eastern European guy with the funny smelling cloth said). So random Star Trek tech creator guy, this kidney is all yours for one of those.
This may come as a surprise to you non-comic book type people out there, but Wolverine and his Cyclopean friends are not the only mutated fish in the Marvel pond. There are plenty of other mutant teams and properties primed to join the X-Men on the big screen. And now that X-Men: First Class has become a big commercial and critical smash worldwide, it looks like film rights holders Fox may be looking to branch out.
Responding to a question from Steve from Collider as to the viability of having a film developed on one of the other mutant superhero teams, the New Mutants, Fox CEO Tom Rothman had a very intriguing answer:
“Steve: I know you guys have like The New Mutants and a lot of characters in the X-Menuniverse. Obviously you guys are moving forward on an X-Men sequel, you’re moving forward on Wolverine, do you envision New Mutants or some of these other characters as franchises that the door can be open to? It does seem to me that the superhero genre is bigger than it’s ever been, and you guys have some of the crown jewels.
Rothman: (smiles) Yes.
When can fans expect an announcement on some of these other properties? Before Comic-Con, after Comic-Con, at Comic-Con?
Rothman: In the summer.
Are you talking to filmmakers right now?
Rothman: Let me just say this. All I have to say is, I agree with you in your assessment of the potential in a lot of these characters.”
So could we be seeing Cannonball, Sunspot and Rictor up on the big screen soon? I may be running out of non-essential organs here, but I’d give whatever’s left to make this happen.
Speaking of games, I still remember when ol’ Gavin was just a laaitie, rugby tackling people to death in The Game. Ah, good times, good times.
Yahoo have debuted the poster for Sparkle, the last film Whitney Houston starred in before her death.
And if our denim shorts wearing friend above is not enough WTF for you then clearly what you need is Samara – you know, the creepy long haired girl from The Ring, that wants to kill you with multimedia – throwing out the first pith at a baseball game in Japan. Because that’s just how freaking creepy the Japanese roll.
And that’s all for today’s craziness! Maniacal laugh! Maniacal laugh!
Last Updated: April 30, 2012