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!
Let’s start today with some casting news. Ant-Man is moving closer and closer to finding its Hank Pym, and it looks like Paul Rudd is getting the chance to don the iconic helmet of the tiny hero. Persoanlly, I’m ecstatic over that casting choice. But it gets even better, because Rudd won’t be alone. Rashida Jones is also rumoured to be joining the cast, as she’ll play his romantic interest and future hero Janet van Dyne, who comic book fans might recognise as the Wasp. But she won’t be donning tights in the first Ant-Man film, as according to Superhero News:
The new rumor that is going around says, that The Wasp WON’T feature in Ant-Man, but Janet Van Dyne WILL. The source says, “Janet will be a love interest and a major supporting character, we would see multiple references to her future as The Wasp throughout the film.” [EDIT] Rashida Jones is said to be Marvel’s top pick for her “chemistry with the other actors.” The source highlighted Paul Rudd and Parks & Recreation co-star, Chris Pratt.
Hey Star Wars fans, good news for you lot! Michael Arndt has been busy drafting a script for Episode VII, but its been going nowhere real quickly. So it looks like its up to JJ Abrams and Lawrence “The Empire Strikes Back” Kasdan to bring balance to the scripting force. And lens flares.
When it comes to portraying presidents on the big screen, most folks think that Morgan Freeman is the only man for the job. Balls to that idea. If I’m going to elect someone into the Oval Office, it’s going to be Samuel L Motherloving Jackson. Here’s a first look and synopsis of Jackson on the set of Big Game, where he swaps Air Force One for The Grey:
When Air Force One is shot down by terrorists leaving The President of the United States stranded in the wilderness, there is only person around who can save him – a 13-year old boy called Oskari. In the forest on a hunting mission to prove his maturity to his kinsfolk, Oskari had been planning to track down a deer, but instead discovers the most powerful man on the planet in an escape pod. With the terrorists closing in to capture their own “Big Game” prize, the unlikely duo must team up to escape their hunters. As anxious Pentagon officials observe the action via satellite feed, it is up to the President and his new side-kick to prove themselves and survive the most extraordinary 24 hours of their lives.
The Rock has been tweeting quite a bit lately, especially from the set of Hercules. Thing is though, most of those photos have been of one of Dwayne Johnsons various muscles, which when flexed can put your eye out. Today however, we finally get a good luck at the demigod in all his sepia-toned glory:
Ender’s Game is shaping up to be one hell of a film. And right now, author Orson Scott Card is shaping up one hell of a storm of controversy. We won’t get into that brouhaha, but luckily, Ender’s Game stars Harrison Ford, Sir Ben Kingsley and producer Robert Orci will.
Did you know that director Wes Anderson’s first short film Bottle Rocket was meant to be a feature length presentation? Or that Bill Murray only got $9000 for his role in Rushmore? Well now you do, and there are a bunch more facts for you to learn about the quirky filmmaker in the upcoming book “The Wes Anderson Collection”.
I love Lego, and when my brain decides to create some writers farts that prevent me from scripting anything, nothing gets the ol’ grey matter working well than some quick constructing. The Lego Movie is one such film that looks pretty nicely built, and these new screenshots will have you dusting off that old jar of Danish blocks and wondering what you did with all the hands of your various Lego men. Oh that’s right, you ate them.
Ever wondered if you could survive the ol’ one-two stabberoo dance from Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees? So did Kervyn, but he stabs like a vegetarian and I’m still here today with mist of my fingers intact. But if you had to ask some actual doctors and stab experts if it was possible for victims of horror movie icons to actually live to see another day? The answers might actually surprise you in this in depth analysis from Film School rejects.
While I’m eagerly anticipating a bad Ben Hur reboot film so that I can call the review Ben Herp-Derp, I’ve got to wait for the damn film to be made first. And it looks like I’ll have to wait a bit longer, because John “12 years a slave” Ridley has been tapped to write the script for that film. I should have poured my damn bylines into the sand.
In West Philadelphia, born and raised, Will Smith accepted another movie deal! The fresh prince is always busy with one movie project or another, and sometimes, we get conned into seeing the finished product. Wish you could reclaim the minutes you wasted on such a film? Well so does Smith, as his next film will be Selling Time, where he exchanges seven years of his life expectancy in order to relive the worst day of his life and make some changes.
Which I’m guessing might be the day that he decided to star in Wild Wild West.
Oh Tom Hiddleston, is there no limit to your acting talent? We’ve seen the god of mischief pull out acting impersonations that range from Alan Rickman through to Owen Wilson. And for the grand finale, Loki is going to impersonate Kermit the frog and Miss Piggy.
Nobody cared who I was, until I put on the fancy sunglasses. Yep, ol’ Bane himself might be uttering those words, as Tom Hardy has just agreed to portray Elton John in Rocketman, the latest in a long line of biopics. It won’t be your usual biopic though, as the film producers are planning to create something different entirely for this take on the life of the man formerly known as Reginald Dwight.
Ah, I wondered what would break first. Your back or your screenplay…
Tom Cruise is going to drive like hell. Or at least he will in his next film, as he pretends to be on the Joburg freeway at 5PM on the way home . The Oblivion star is teaming up with director Joseph Kosinski once again, in a film that will explore the history of Ferrari and Ford at the prestigious Le Mans 24 hour endurance race, because clearly Hollywood needs another racing film after Rush earned all the money at the box office.
So yes, I built an actual, working Proton pack. But it doesn’t compare to the following Ghostbuster fans, who actually happen to own a pair of Ecto-01 cars, straight out of the films. Lucky bastards, one day I’ll join your ranks…
Last Updated: October 25, 2013