Extras! The Dark Knight Rises gets a standing ovation, Philip Seymour Hoffman catches fire, The Hobbit: An Unexpectedly large banner, Chris Nolan says "No" to Justice League and more Batman, Anthony Hopkins is Noah's old man and Roland Emmerich wants to do more Stargate? 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 kick off today with a look at the aural side of one my most anticipated films of the year, Rian Johnson’s time travelling thriller, Looper. Score composer Nathan Johnson (Rian’s cousin, actually. Go nepotism!) walks us through the process of how he created the “visual orchestra” used to create Looper’s incredibly distinct audio landscape. And then to whet you appetite for the film even more, he also gives us a preview of one of the tracks from the score, “Time Machine”.

I know it’s just one track, but if the rest of the score is anywhere nearly as good as that, then Hans Zimmer and Michael Giacchino has some serious competition this year.

It’s been unofficially mentioned for a while now, but now it’s been confirmed that Philip Seymour Hoffman will be taking on the role of new Games Master Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. With Jena Malone also being recently cast as tribute Johanna Mason, that just leaves tribute Finnick Odair as the other major new character still to be cast.

I’ve mentioned a few articles over the last couple weeks relating to how Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper movie, Magic Mike, is not just for the ladies and their fabulous male counterparts, but that straight guys should really give it a chance too. Unfortunately, Tom Shone over at The Guardian may just have undone all of my work with his hilarious article titled Magic Mike Turned Me Gay.

US broadcast network, The CW, will be airing a new documentary next titled The Batmobile on Monday, 16 July. If I really still need to tell you what the doc is all about, then I’m surprised that you could read the big words before this.

There’s a new Comic-Con poster for The Expendables 2, which is easily the most literal visual representation of the film seen thus far: Dudes with guns, explosions and Van Damme kicking people.

What, you thought we were all Batmanned out after yesterday’s Bat-news barrage? Oh for shame. (This news is actually a couple days old, but got lost in all the Bat-buzz.)

There were a couple of upset members of the foreign press walking around LA the last few days, as the IMAX press-screening they were attending came to lip-flapping halt, as about an hour into the film the audio suddenly jumped way out of synch with the visuals, and then a few minutes later everything stopped. Apparently the computer that controls the sync between audio and video feeds had completely crashed, as an IMAX rep explained:

“The movie started promptly at 7 PM. But at about 8:15 PM, as a new reel began, the dialogue between Christian Bale and Michael Caine was clearly out of sync – with a full 5- to 10-second lip-flap after lines were spoken. After a few minutes the crowd shouted for a projectionist. The movie was stopped and the lights went up. A 40-year employee of IMAX said that this has never ever happened to him before. After 20 minutes the man came out again and said the sync computer had failed and could not be rebooted. A computer is now being taken out of IMAX headquarters in West Los Angeles and installed in the AMC Universal location overnight. Reporters were asked to return to the same theater Saturday at 8 AM to see the film. Warner Bros reps asked that everyone see the movie in its entirety and not just from where it left off.”

On the other end of the Bat-spectrum though, some very lucky fans and bloggers got to attend a different screening, and some broke their vows of secrecy about the film by taking to Twitter and Facebook. And the consensus is good, real good. Here are a few excerpts.

Youtube reviewer Lauren Hiestand (@nickcarterroxs): “The Dark Knight Rises has just finished screening for the press and critics, receiving a STANDING OVATION!!!”

Blogger Tom McAuliffe (@tommcauliffe): “So much awesome … can’t wait to see it again. And again. And 9 out of 10 for me. I’d put Amazing Spider-Man at a 7.5 and Avengers at an 8.5.”

Cinemagoer Vince Peluso: “Wow quite speechless at the moment … It was everything I wanted it to be. Some fans will find certain aspects controversial, but in my eyes everything in the film fit the overall scheme of this instalment and the series in general, and Nolan really couldn’t have made it any more epic.”

When asked by the Associated Press on whether or not there are any plans for another Batman story from the director, Chris Nolan replied with a fanboy-destroying answer:

“No, none at all. We’re finished with all we’re doing with Batman. This is the end of our take on this character.”

“Batman will outlive us all, and our interpretation was ours. Obviously, we consider it definitive and kind of finished. The great thing about Batman is he lives on for future generations to reinterpret, and obviously, Warners will have to decide in the future what they’re going to do with him.We’ve had our say on the character.”

Nolan then went 2 for 2 on crushed dreams when he added the following:

“I’ve got no plans to do anything more, and certainly, no involvement with any ‘Justice League’ project.”

This new poster for Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina seems every bit sumptuous as the film does. I mean crystal chandeliers in front of a snow covered stage that leads to a speeding steam train? That’s pomp, for you!

They’ve produced the Oscar winning Moneyball and The Social Network and now producers Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti will be tackling a completely different film. The duo have won the bidding war for the rights to confusingly popular Twilight fanfic turned mommy porn, Fifty Shades of Grey.

Some losers just want to “watch” and “hear” movies. Pfttt…Lamers. 4D is where it’s at now, people! And soon you’ll be able to experience earthquake rumbling, face spraying glory at a theatre near you. 3D? More like turd-D. Amirite?

Epic movies need epic promo materials. So get your scrolling finger ready, as Warner Bros and MGM (via Entertainment Weekly) have released this ridiculously large banner for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It’s so big that halfway through scrolling, I had to stop for elevensies.

Anthony Hopkins is an incredibly versatile actor who can play just about any role, with just his elderly appearance holding him back from taking on some challenges. It’s a good thing then that for his next role, he’ll be playing Methuselah, father of Noah, and the oldest mentioned person in the Hebrew bible. He joins Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe, who plays the title role, Darren Aranofksy’s biblicical epic, Noah.

Three new tiny spots have been released for The Bourne Legacy detailing new series lead Aaron Cross’s (Jeremy Renner) new scientifically enhanced powers of badassdom. And luckily for us, ComingSoon.net was so kind as to compile all three spots into one clip for your easy viewing pleasure.

Earlier today, Darryn brought you news that director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin want to make another Independence Day movie (Independence Day 2: More Independent!), but apparently that’s not the only franchise that they’re thinking of resurrecting. According to Devlin, they have been thinking of doing more Stargate movies, which they had apparently planned for initially.

“Stargate has always had this empty hole. When we made the first one, we always intended on doing part two and three, and we were prevented for years. And our hope is that we can get another chance at Stargate and tell the entire story we wanted to tell.”

While I am a huge Stargate fanboy, even I see an obvious problem here. The rest of that story already got told – quite entertainingly I might add –  across 3 different TV series that spanned 14 years. What else could they possibly tell?

One of the biggest surprises of the year, 21 Jump Street, got its DVD and Blu Ray release yesterday, allowing those of you who didn’t catch it in the cinema to join the rest of us who have been laughing over it all year already. And if you are one of those who are yet to see it, then this is where this story ends for you, as the rest will spoil one of the film’s best moment.

For the rest of you though, I implore to check out this featurette which highlights one particular surprising character in the film, who can be described as “A good sport”.

Last Updated: July 10, 2012

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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