Extras! The Green House on the Prairie, Optimus Prime confirmed for Transformers 4, David S Goyer talks Man of Steel, SHIELD character descriptions revealed, Iron Men on set and Check out the world's first feature film! 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 start off proceedings today with one of Lourens’ favourite cinematic laxatives, Paranormal Activity. The fourth film in the series (surely by now all this activity can be considered normal?) has a new TV spot out, which features creepy kids. Of course, it does.

David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Your Highness, Eastbound and Down, The Sitter) may be known for his stoner movies, but he’s looking to branch out from weed to tumbleweeds Deadline reports that the comedy director wants to break from type and helm an adaptation of popular children’s book and long running classic TV series Little House on the Prairie, which follows the adventures of the Wilder family in 19th Century America.

Following on from yesterday’s release date announcement, a proper synopsis has been released for Doug Liman’s All You Need Is Kill, which sheds quite a bit of light on the actual story:

The story unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities to rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. No army in the world can match the speed, brutality or seeming prescience of the weaponized Mimic fighters or their telepathic commanders. But now the world’s armies have joined forces for a last stand offensive against the alien horde, with no second chances.

Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped – untrained and ill-equipped – into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an Alpha down with him. But, impossibly, he awakens back at the beginning of the same hellish day, and is forced to fight and die again… and again. Direct physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop – dooming him to live out the same brutal combat over and over.

But with each pass, Cage becomes tougher, smarter, and able to engage the Mimics with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt), who has laid waste to more Mimics than anyone on Earth. As Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated battle becomes an opportunity to find the key to annihilating the alien invaders and saving the Earth.”

There’s a new featurette for the Alfred Hitchcock biopic The Girl (not be confused with the other Alfred Hitchcock biopic releasing next year, Hitchcock) which focuses on the titular actress, Tippi Hedren, played by Sienna Miller, and the characters that she played in Hitchcock’s (Toby Jones) The Birds and Marnie.

In case you missed it, Justin Bieber puked on stage over the weekend. He claims an upset stomach due to milk, I think he’s earphones fell out, and he finally got hear what he sounds like live. Either way, MTV’s Movie Blog was inspired to do a round-up of the Top 10 Puking Scenes in Movies. You may want to click that link before you eat or drink anything.

Writer David S. Goyer was over in Italy at the Rome Fiction Fest where he was promoting his new TV series Da Vinci’s Demons – which tells of the fictional adventures of the young inventor and artist as he battles all kinds of supernatural nasties – and while there, was asked about the similarities of writing something that fantastical and Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel:

“What Christopher Nolan and I have done with Superman is trying to bring the same naturalistic approach that we used adopted for the Batman trilogy. We always had a naturalistic approach, we want out stories to be rooted in reality, like they could happen in the same world we live in. It’s not that easy with Superman, and actually this doesn’t necessarily mean we will make a dark movie. But working on this reboot we are thinking about what would happen if a story like this one actually happened. How would people react to this? What impact would have the presence of Superman in the real world? What I really like to do is writing “genre” stories without a cartoonish element. I did the same with Da Vinci’s Demons, and I’ll do the same with Man of Steel.”

CBM has a set of new Iron Man 3 set pics which show off the new Mark XLVII armour (that’s 47 for those of you who fell asleep during Roman Numerals 101, or is that CI?) as well as the Iron Patriot variant that will more than likely be worn by Jim Rhodes aka War Machine in the film. Here’s a single snap showing them both side by side, but you can check out the full gallery of set pics over here.

One of the reasons I like featuring great short films around here, is that quite often these little slices of awesomeness grab the attention of some movie bigwigs and get turned into big budget features, and it’s pretty cool to have seen where it all started. As such, MTV has put together this list of 8 Great Movies Based on Short Films.

If you were a bit concerned with the recent news that Transformers 4 would be featuring a new cast of robots, and with Peter Cullen, legendary voice of Optimus Prime in all his incarnations, not knowing whether he would still be among that cast, well then rest assured. While in an interview with Huffington Post, Michael Bay responded to the question of Cullen’s involvment:

“Of course! Of course!”

A helicopter then slowly flew into the sunset while jets streaked past it. The jets then exploded. Then the sun exploded.

Before James Mangold landed the job of making everybody forget about X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the man most likely to direct the amnesiac Canuck mutant’s latest adventure would have been Oscar nominated Darren Aronofsky. And apparently his involvement meant a lot to Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman, as he revealed to Total Film:

“For various reasons with the first movie I don’t think we got to the bottom of the character and I think that’s why, in this one, we’re calling it ‘The’ Wolverine. It should feel like a standalone movie.”

“It’s a wonderful idea, which is why Darren [Aronofsky] was interested in doing it. He’d been looking for a movie for a long time and he said that this was the best script he’d read. It didn’t work out in the end for many, complicated reasons but it was kind of a reassurance to me that I knew we were on the right path.”

Here’s the new poster for Parker, the new Jason Statham movie based on David E. Westlake’s famed literary character. While there is a synopsis over on IGN, this poster already tells you just about everything you need to know about this movie: Jason Statham is in it, there’s a hot girl – in this case Jennifer Lopez – who’ll probably make googly eyes at him, he carries a big gun, and at some point in time, everything is going to be covered in the red blood of any fool dumb enough to stand in his way. Really, what more do you need to know?

Empire has a new cool “Guess the Movie from One Letter in its Logo” game up. Kiss the rest of your afternoon goodbye.

Five new character descriptions for Marvel and ABC’s proposed S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series have popped up online. As the resident comic book geek around here, I can verify that none of these are Marvel superheroes, nor are they any S.H.I.E.L.D. agents that we’ve ever seen in the comics. Showrunner Joss Whedon has used fake character descriptions in the past during casting to keep everything hush-hush though, so this may be the same thing again:

SKYE: This late-20s woman sounds like a dream: fun, smart, caring and confident – with an ability to get the upper hand by using her wit and charm.

AGENT GRANT WARD: Quite the physical specimen and “cool under fire,” he sometimes botches interpersonal relations. He’s a quiet one with a bit of a temper, but he’s the kind of guy that grows on you.

AGENT ALTHEA RICE: Also known as “The Calvary,” this hard-core soldier has crazy skills when it comes to weapons and being a pilot. But her experiences have left her very quiet and a little damaged.

AGENT LEO FITZ and AGENT JEMMA SIMMONS: These two came through training together and still choose to spend most of their time in each other’s company. Their sibling-like relationship is reinforced by their shared nerd tendencies – she deals with biology and chemistry, he’s a whiz at the technical side of weaponry.

And we end off today with a piece of cinematic history. Back in 1906, the 66 minute long Australian silent film, The Story of the Kelly Gang, became the first official feature length film. Telling the true story of Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, who had been executed 26 years prior to the film’s release, the movie went on to make a (at the time) whopping 25, ooo pounds on merely a 1,000 pound budget. Since then though, the ravages of time has taken it’s toll and very little of the original film has remained intact. But now a new 14 minute long restoration of the film has been made available, and while it may not appeal to many younger audiences, it’s is still worth a look for it’s historical significance.

Last Updated: October 2, 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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