Extras! Star Wars is a go, Margot Robbie swings into Tarzan, Justin Lin heads to the Shaolin Temple, Your favourite TV show is looking sif, and Captain America 2 is the best Marvel movie ever made?! 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!

If you still haven’t seen Fight Club yet and still have not had the ending spoiled for you, then all I have to say is… well, nothing. Because you’re obviously not going to read this due to the fact that you’re a hermit living in the mountains where the most advance technology around is shoelaces. For the rest of you, check out this really well done rendition of one of the film’s more famous scenes, courtesy of VFX artist Richard Trammell. He has gone and digitally removed Brad Pitt’s Tyler Durden to show Edward Norton’s Narrator actually fighting nobody, just like it really happened.

While some purist fans are always up in arms about some aspect of their particular favourite story being left out/changed in a feature film adaptation, that’s funnily enough almost never the case with said story’s creator. Unless they’re Alan Moore, they’re usually all too happy to sing the praises, which is why you should probably take this statement that long time Captain America scribe Ed Brubaker made about Captain America: The Winter Soldier with a pinch of salt. That being said, he does sound genuinely excited by the upcoming sequel, which does indeed look and sound pretty amazing.

“It’s the best movie that Marvel has ever made. The stuff I’ve seen from it, it also has two of the best fight scenes that I’ve ever seen on film… It’s going to be amazing. It’s gonna make a billion dollars. I got to go and be on set for awhile and watch them film and stuff. It was just amazing. I couldn’t be happier with how it came out.”

“I was blown away, being on the set and getting to meet [Robert] Redford and watching them do this stuff. The movie isn’t a scene-for-scene adaptation of the comic by any means but there is a lot of the comic in the movie. There’s certain moments in the movie where I’m just, ‘Shit, that’s what I wrote.’ I’m really thrilled about it, I could not be happier, honestly. It came out so good.”

Fun fact time! This years’ group of ladies nominated for the Best Actress category at the Oscars, don’t only now have the record for the highest average age among nominees – 55, by the way – but also, thanks to Sandra Bullock’s Gravity, also have the new record for the highest average film gross at $90 million. Compare that to the Best Actor group which is sitting at 47 years old and $34 million.

So what was that about how older actresses are anathema to the box-office?

As mentioned earlier, the recently released Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is the latest in the movie franchise based on Tom Clancy’s popular titular character. The CIA analyst has been played onscreen by four different men now, and while Harrison Ford will probably be my favourite Jack Ryan actor, its the first film starring Alec Baldwin, The Hunt for Red October, which will always be my and many other’s favourite. And naturally, this being the internet, there’s only one to do with some beloved by many people: make fun of it using pedantic observations. So take it away, CinemaSins!

What’s this!? The second Star Wars related story for the day where they actually tell us facts and not just rumours?! HAVE I BEEN DRINKING DARRYN’S MOONSHINE AGAIN?! Apparently my liver and sobriety is still in tact, after Kathleen Kennedy’s discussion about Star Wars canon earlier, director/co-writer JJ Abrams has revealed that he and Lawrence Kasdan’s script for Star Wars: Episode IIV is now complete, saying that they’re now “in deep prep”.

Abrams also confirmed the rumour that actor Jesse Plemons has indeed met with them about a role, though he wouldn’t commit to saying that the Breaking Bad star was definitely in the movie. He also stated that a lot of these other reported meetings are “just a lot of noise”.

“He is one of the actors that we’ve talked to, yeah. But, you know, it’s not often that I read about actors that I’m going to be meeting. I get to read articles about actors who are going to come in. And so I get to see someone and say, ‘Oh, I read that I was going to see you. It’s very nice to see you.’ It’s usually agents talking to people about what’s happening. It’s just a lot of noise.”

Because I’m a giant comic book nerd, when Guardians of the Galaxy was announced, I figuratively soiled myself in glee, while most of the rest of the staff was like “Huh? Who?”. If you fall into the latter category, don’t feel bad because not even the people starring in the movie knew what it was about, as Zoe Saldana explains:

“I was like, Guardians?” There’s a person that’s a tree and there’s a racoon? Apparently they fight with The Avengers. I didn’t even know who The Avengers were!”

But apparently it was writer/director James Gunn that got Saldana on board to play the green skinned warrior, Gamorra, despite her lack of source material knowledge.

“He’s my kind of director. Animated, passionate, alive, young, fresh, full of ideas, and willing to give 150 per cent.”

Speaking of Guardians of the Galaxy, the film’s inevitable merchandising marketing campaign has begun, which gives us another close look at some of the character designs.

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While I’ve really loved everything I’ve seen thus far of the movie, I think that mask design for Chris Pratt’s Star Lord is horrible. And when you take into consideration that the original comic book mask was already a bit crappy, it makes this an even bigger step down.

Not a fan of a peaceful night’s rest? Then you’ll just love Pajiba’s gallery of 9 Posters Scarier Than the Movies They Are Advertising.

And here’s news that will make resident Lady Sif fanboy, Nick, go do unspeakable things in his bedroom tonight. Jaimie Alexander’s Asgardian warrior will apparently be showing up in an upcoming episode of Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.DThe show has had some Asgardian influence previously, with the episode “The Well” being released to coincide and partially crossover with the events in Thor: The Dark World. Marvel haven’t revealed any real details for the upcoming 15th episode, other than it will see Sif travel down to Earth “with a very specific mission”. This will also mark the very first time that a super powered character from the Marvel movies has shown up in the critically debated show.

Damn, that E.T. (the alien in the Spielberg movie, not the late leader of the AWB) sure was a bastard. He let Elliot go through all that grief to try and get him home, when he could probably have sorted out everything himself using his Force powers. What Force powers, you ask?

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When you take a niche series of movies about guys driving cars real fast while they act more wooden than a Pinocchio convention and turn it into a $2.3 billion franchise, you can pretty much do whatever the hell you want. Just ask Justin Lin, the erstwhile man behind the Fast and Furious franchise, who walked away from high profile reboots of both Terminator and Highlander. Next up, he will be tackling a new Bourne flick, but after that he’ll apparently be directing a $100 million Mandarin-language 3D remake of classic martial arts flick The Shaolin Temple. Like I said, he does whatever the hell he wants.

The 1982 original is famous for being current martial arts superstar Jet Li’s first on-screen role, and tells the story of a slave worker’s son goes to train at a Shaolin temple, so that he can exact revenge on a corrupt general who betrayed the Emperor for whom the son’s father had worked.

If you like your movies with a shot of sci-fi and a dash of fantasy, then you may want to get your diarizing on when you check out i09’s list of 65 Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies to Watch out for in 2014. Yes, sixty five.

So there you are, top of the world, your Hollywood career just booming like a thing that really goes boom a lot. You just can’t seem to do a thing wrong. Until you actually do, by just picking that one movie role you should have walked away from, and suddenly you’re starring in Batman and Robin and your entire career has become a punchline. Don’t know what I’m rambling on about? Then check out this list of Top 10 Career Ruining Movies.

Margot Robbie is having quite the breakout year. And apparently also getting very animalistic. She’s currently hanging out, to much critical acclaim, with a wolf of wall street, but may just be getting a bit of an upgrade to the King of the Jungle. The young Australian actress is apparently being eyed to star as Jane opposite Alexander Skarsgard’s vine-swinging pulp hero in director David Yates’ new take on Tarzan.

What’s more, Robbie is apparently also in talks to replace Amanda Seyfried in Craig Zobel’s Z is for Zachariah, an adaptation of Robert O’Brien’s post apocalyptic novel which already stars Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Robbie would play “a young woman who believes she’s the only survivor after a devastating nuclear event, though she comes to learn she is not alone when two strangers wander onto her farm from the forest.” Seyfried dropped out of the role due to scheduling conflicts after the film’s production start date was pushed back from August 2013 to early 2014, to allow time for Ejiofor who was in the midst of a marketing campaign for his Oscar nominated role in 12 Years a Slave.

Ever wonder what it would have been like if Quentin Tarantino had teamed up with Jerry Seinfeld to make Kill Bill? Well, wonder no more.

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Last Updated: January 20, 2014

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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