Extras! Star Wars wants your video, Angelina Jolie is horny, WB runs in temples, Independence Day 2 delayed, Star Trek will be cheaper, and Lex Luthor could get lost?! Plus much more!

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So the first few reviews for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire have started rolling in, and it looks like Katniss has hit one major bullseye, with many saying that this is not only superior in every way to the first film, but one of the best films of the year, period. That makes what I’m about to say even sweeter: I’m watching it tomorrow night, nah nah nanah nah!

Till you guys get to see it, you’re going to have to make do with this new behind-the-scenes footage from the film. And before you start making appointments with you ENT specialist, the clip actually doesn’t have any sound.

Looks like 2015 just became a tad bit more survivable. The year was already crammed to the gills with blockbuster movies, and I wasn’t sure my geeky heart was going to cope, but we’ve just been given a bit of a reprieve as it’s been announced that Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day 2 will now be pushed back a full year from July 3, 2015 to July 1, 2016.

The reason for the delay has not been given, but it just be that somebody realized that July 1, 2016 is almost 20 years to the day that the original was released and seeing as how this sequel is supposed to be set two decades after the first film, it just made sense to move it back.

If all the recent rumours wasn’t a clear giveaway, casting for Star Wars: Episode VII is now in full swing. But just because you’re down here in the little corner of Africa doesn’t mean that you too can’t get a shot at the glory, as Disney is now doing an open casting call for video auditions from all over the world. The casting is for two “smart and athletic” characters named Rachel and Thomas, though that’s probably all a bluff to hide the real character descriptions (something that director JJ Abrams has done in the past).

I was thinking of just sending in this with Darryn’s name on it. That’s athletic, right?

No, this is not a picture of a grown up Miley Cyrus, that’s actually the first pic of Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan in the new contemporary version of Annie. Yeah, I don’t remember Carol Burnett looking anything like that when I was a kid.

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And in today’s episode of “They’re Making a Movie Out of What?”, comes the news that Warner Bros and Harry Potter producer David Heyman is set to bring addictive smartphone/tablet mobile game “Temple Run” to the big screen. The movie is set to follow “an explorer who, having stolen an idol from a temple, is chased by demonic forces”.

Two things: 1) I really hope they cast Tom Cruise in this, because nobody runs better than Tom Cruise. It’s a fact. 2) If they want to make this movie really appeal to their core audience, they shouldn’t bother with fancy 3D effects or IMAX screens. No, just rip out all the cinema seats and replace them with toilets for people to sit on. Trust me.

So in yesterday’s story about Kevin Smith having seen the new Batsuit, I mentioned that Smith had apparently mentioned that the costume was being heavily influenced by something, which he redacted afterwards. Lots of speculation abounded as to what this something could be, with me throwing my hat into the ring with a suggestion that it could be the costume from Frank Miller’s seminal The Dark Knight Returns.

According some new reports though from people who actually in attendance, director Zack Snyder and co are apparently looking to another comic legend: Jim Lee. Lee is currently the Co-Publisher of DC Comics and the biggest force behind the recent re-design of all their characters. He’s also drawn some of Batman’s most iconic and best looking tales of the modern era. As far as costume design influences go, I don’t think you ask for anyone better.

Here’s the first poster for Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent, the new live-action fairy tale from Disney focusing on the evil villainess from Sleeping Beauty. Not that you’ll get any sleep, dreaming about a horny Angelina Jolie chasing you. Yes, I know exactly how that sounds.

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard a Batman vs Superman casting rumour around Lex Luthor, with the last one – that Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston was up for the role – having crashed harder than Jesse Pinkman at a meth party. But now a new rumour is making the rounds, and it’s pretty intriguing: According to the sources of Superman Super Site, Lost alum Terry O’Quinn is apparently on the shortlist to play the bald villain.

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O’Quinn is a fantastic actor, and for years, his character of John Locke was the best going for Lost, including periods where he was both good and sorta maybe kinda bad. Something that will help to make him a great Lex Luthor. If this rumour is true, that is.

Looks like there’s soon going to be a ghost on your TV, and no, I ain’t talking about PoltergeistThis spooky is more into pottery, Righteous Brothers and pretending to be Whoopi Goldberg (which, coincidentally, is also an exact description of Darryn’s online dating profile).

Writers Akiva Goldsman (Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend) and Jeff Pinkner (Fringe, Alias) are apparently penning a pilot episode for a TV adaptation of 1990 Oscar winning romantic drama Ghost. The project is one of several set up at Paramount TV, a new division in the film studio created to “leverage existing properties as well as original ideas to finance and develop for all platforms”.

Were you not too impressed by the Hunger Games video up top? Are you not a hardcore fan and thus need more than just set videos to get your jollies? Well, then this video is for you, introducing us to one of the cinematic world’s most prolific mass murderers: Katniss Everdeen.

There’s a great article up on THR (actually posted a while back but only brought to my attention now through AICN) about how due to the failure of several mega-budget blockbusters belly flopping at the box-office, studios are now trying their darndest to keep tentpole budgets as low as possible. And one of those tentpoles whose budget is suddenly being eyeballed skewingly is Star Trek 3. If you recall, director JJ Abrams bailed on this third installment with Attack the Block‘s Joe Cornish stepping onto the helm. Now it seems that besides just for JJ’s unavailability due to him directing Star Wars: Episode VII as well, one of the reasons that it happened is that Cornish proved with Attack that he can really stretch a shoe string budget to great effect.

First step? Don’t shoot in Los Angeles. JJ apparently insisted on filming the previous two films there, despite the fact that the more prime location meant an addition $20 million to the bill. Now Cornish and Paramount are apparently planning to shoot the third film in “a more tax friendly location”.

Also, I’m pretty sure all the money that was being siphoned by the Lens Flare Department can now be put to better use.

According to this new poster for YA adaptation Divergent, “what makes you different, makes you dangerous”. What it should have said was, “What makes you different, gets you photoshopped”.

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While I fall in the “defender”s camp of some of Man of Steel‘s changes, and had a fun time watching it, I will be the first to admit that irrespective of how true it supposedly stayed to its roots, the film had a couple of glaring problems. And when it comes to glaring problems, nobody highlights them better than the folks over at Honest Trailers. And their latest effort – which I may not agree with 100% – is simply hilarious.

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Last Updated: November 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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