Extras! The Rhino revealed, Nicolas Cage checks into Hotel 33, Timur Bekmambetov acts squirrely, Sherlock gets pranked, Matt Damon is in some doodoo, and Oi, may da force be wif ya, guv'nor! 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!

Last time I checked, all of us – with the possible exception of Darryn – were born to mothers, so we here at The Movies would like to wish all mom’s out there belated Happy Mother’s Day for yesterday, and to do so, we’ve got our good friend Carrie (who will soon have her own movie out) to do it for us!

Aw, isn’t that sweet?

Uber busy director Guillermo Del Toro appears to have his Mexican fingers in just about every pie in Hollywood (and not in a dirty way, you perverts), and one of those pies happens to be Justice League Dark flavour. The director revealed over the weekend that his script for the proposed team-up movie based on DC Comics’ more occult/supernatural characters “features Constantine, The Swamp Thing, Madame Xanadu, Deadman and Zantanna as the team” but that there would be other characters too, “everybody that doesn’t feel like a repeat”.

He also revealed that for his manga TV adaptation, Monster, the only way he gained permission from original manga creator Naoki Urusawa to adapt his works, was if Del Toro submitted to him an outline of each episode of the show’s theoretical first season. There also wouldn’t be lots of leeway in his adaptation, as Del Toro stated that the show would strictly follow the manga’s 18 volumes, without adding any additional content to stretch it out.

Looks like Superman sure is taking this whole “Up, up and away” thing pretty seriously in these 2 new posters for Man of Steel that was revealed over the weekend on the film’s Twitter feed and Facebook page respectively.

Russian director/producer Timur Bekmambatov (Night Watch, Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) is nuts. Squirrel nuts, to be precise. He’s producing a new horror film titled Squirrels that’s based off an idea of his. Here’s the film’s synopsis, all official like, because you guys will think I’m making this up.

When a young man’s estranged father is killed under suspicious circumstances, he returns home for the first time in years to get to the bottom of the mystery. Hoping to uncover some logical explanation, he instead finds his mom’s sleazy new boyfriend, a natural gas company buying up the town, an angry female sheriff who happens to be his ex-girlfriend, and an army of flesh-eating squirrels hellbent on destroying everything in their path due to an erosion of their food chain as a result of environmental destruction by the gas company.

Yeah, didn’t see that last bit coming, did ya? Apparently neither will the inhabitants of that town as Bekmambetov explained that “squirrels, like people, can seem very cute—until they get hungry!”

While that sounds like exactly the type of kooky movie that will suit real life cartoon character Nicolas Cage, he’ll apparently be too busy over  in Hotel 33, a new “surreal thriller” based on the true events “surrounding the disappearance of 32 people on the opening night of the Grand Hotel in Williamsport, PA in 1953.”

I’m calling it now. The bees took them.

It looks like the Internet Guessers were totally spot on when they tagged a tattooed face mask wearing stunt driver as perhaps the stand-in for Paul Giamatti in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Director Marc Webb has been twittering it up since the film began production, and for this weekend’s update, he got all international. Russian to be specific, as he tweeted the following picture and message.

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@MarcW: “Привет Америка. Познакомьтесь с Алексеем Сицевичем!”

And for those of you not down with Cyrillic, that translates to “Hello, America.  Meet Aleksei Sytsevich!”. As in Aleksei Sytsevich the criminal who gets bonded to a cybernetic suit and becomes the supervillain The Rhino! This is actually the very first official recognition hat Giamatti will definitely be playing the super strong, nigh unstoppable bad guy.

Many films have, pardon my French, shit sets. I’m certain that Matt Damon didn’t expect that on Neil Blomkamp’s Elysium. At least not, literally.

“Yeah, that was a running joke with the crew… Like any dump anywhere in the world, the dust is in large part fecal matter. So at the end of the day we would wipe this stuff off and basically throw shitty towels at each other. We also had a location within the dump that we called Poo River. It was like, ‘OK, can we get everyone down to Poo River?’

Damon went on to describe his time making the highly anticipated sci-fi film as “probably the toughest two weeks of shooting I’ve ever had”. No shit. Well, actually plenty of shit.

There’s a new TV spot out for I Am Will Smith, Big Box Office Star and This is My Son Who All of You Will Also Love, or as it’s more commonly known, After Earth.

The Star Wars franchise has never been one to fix things that aren’t broken. Well, maybe except for that time when they changed the mysterious force into spacegerms, or ditching all the practical effects for green screen CGI or changing characters dialogue so that they sound more wimpy. But besides for those things (and the other 23 things I didn’t have time to mention) they’ve always kept things the same. At least when it came to shooting location. And it looks like Star Wars: Episode VII is going to be no exception. Like all 6 previous films, the new JJ Abrams directed film will be shot in the United Kingdom, as Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy describes:

“We’ve devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of ‘Star Wars’ as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I’m thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that.”

“Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, ‘Empire of the Sun’ and recently ‘War Horse’, it’s very exciting to be heading back.”

As the result of a 2013 campaign that’s seen more bombs than the Gaza strip thus far, Warner Bros have decided to the release schedule shuffle. With very little buzz currently going for 300: The Rise of a Empire, just two months away from release, WB have decided to rather push it back to March 7, 2014 from it’s original August 2, 2013 date. This should give it more time mount a better promo campaign that actually lets people know who the hell its star actually is.

With that new date, its forced WB to do the one-two step on Tom Cruise’s next sci-fi epic, All You Need Is Kill. The Doug Liman directed manga adaptation was going to open on March 7, 2014, but with 300: Rise of an Empire now taking that slot, its been moved back to June 6, 2014, right in the heart of the blockbuster season.

You know, you would think that if there was one person, you wouldn’t be able to pull a fast one on, it would be the guy who is both Sherlock Holmes and big effing magicial dragon, but apparently that was not the case on the set of Star Trek Into Darkness, as actor Simon Pegg describes a hilarious prank that was pulled on his co-star Benedict Cumberbatch.

Last Updated: May 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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