Extras! Spielberg and Lucas talk gloom and doom, Tomb writer, Tom Hanks plays with holograms, Eddie Redmayne knows the theory of everything, and Mark Wahlberg transforms his muscles! 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!

We’ve already had quite a bit of a clawed Canadian making some ninjas sing falsetto today, but how about a little encore? A new UK TV spot for The Wolverine has popped up, featuring a small smattering of new material.

As if my guessing skills weren’t already being proven wrong on a weekly basis by the lottery, Joss Whedon has now revealed that my (and many other’s) prediction that Thanos would be introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy before segueing like an Infinity Gauntleted boss into The Avengers 2 is completely wrong.

“We’re following Guardians at Shepperton Studios, but we won’t be swapping cast members. Every movie is its own thing and has to be. Unless I take a lot of peyote and write a very different draft… and I’m not ruling that out.”

Speaking of predictions, master filmmaker Steven Spielberg and his not so loveable sidekick George Lucas are over at E3, throwing the bones and reading the entrails, and what they’re seeing about Hollywood’s future doesn’t look so rosy. The pair postulate that a couple of massively-budgeted blockbusters all flopping at the same time, may just create the perfect storm of the industry.

“The big danger is that there’s eventually going to be a big meltdown, where three or four, maybe even a half a dozen of these mega-budgeted movies are going to go crashing into the ground. That’s going to change the paradigm again.”

Hey, it seems that somebody over at Twentieth Century Fox is actually listening to me. After unveiling the last arty poster for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, which I found about as exciting as signature handkerchiefs, they’ve revealed a new, more traditional poster and… Well okay, so it’s still pretty boring, but hey, swords!

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According to 9 out of 10 doctors, people don’t get enough WTF in their diet. Here, let me help you out with that by giving you some Ewok sushi.

Talk about movin’ on up, Les Miserables star Eddie Redmayne will be going from singing about being poor and French to playing one of the greatest minds humanity has ever produced. Redmayne is tipped to play the lead in Man on a Wire director James Marsh’s Theory of Everythinga biopic about celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking. The film is said to possibly cover the period after the 71-year old scientist was diagnosed with motor neuron disease 50 years ago, which eventually left him wheelchair ridden and unable to speak, but still didn’t stop him from making some of the biggest contributions to physics of the modern era.

Oh Mondo, you poster creating geniuses, you! When will you ever stop being awesome? Clearly not today, judging by these limited edition posters for Man of Steel.

Yo, MGM and Crystal Dynamics! Pro tip: If you want to make the new Tomb Raider movie more about the character of a young, strong Lara Croft coming into her own as the badass explorer we know than just about her cleavage, then you need to get a writer who knows a thing or two about writing strong young female characters who… Oh, wait. You’ve done just that by hiring Marti Noxon, who has a screenwriting/show-running resume a mile long, but most importantly is responsible for a whole bunch of episodes on the “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” TV show.

Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 has officially kicked off production and the first few set pics are out, showing off some of the vehicles  being used in the movie AND SWEET BABY XENU, MARK WAHLBERG IS FRAKKING HUGE!!

Tom Hanks apparently had a great time playing about a million different characters, give or take, in the Wachowski Siblings and Tom Twyker’s Cloud Atlas, as Hanks and Twyker will be teaming up again, but this time with far less time in the makeup chair required. The duo will apparently be coming together again to adapt Dave Eggers’ National Book Award finalist “A Hologram For The King”, which disappointingly features neither optical illusions nor monarchy. Here’s the book’s synopsis:

In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman named Alan Clay pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together.

We’ve all been there, right? You’re desperate for a job and a couple of lines on a piece of paper just doesn’t seem to convince the powers that be that you’re worthy of the position, so what do you do? If you’re Darryn, you do things that I will not repeat here because this is a family show. If you’re aspiring production assistant Christopher Woodring, frantically trying to get a job at Dreamworks Studios, you make a video resume with your longtime friend Stephen Spielberg. Okay maybe “friend” is too strong a word.

Last Updated: June 13, 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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