Extras! Ray Winstone gets a biblical beatdown for Noah, Ming-Na Wen joins S.H.I.E.L.D., Seal Team Six movie accused of political manipulation and could we have a black James Bond in the future?! 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!

Before Vin Diesel got famous for being bald and driving fast, he got his big break in Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. Spielberg added him to the production after seeing and being immensely impressed with Multi-Facial, which is not the the name of a porno, but rather a short film written, directed and starred in by Diesel dealing with issues from his own life as he struggled with his mixed-race heritage. The film took just 3 days and $3000 to make, but it was the starting point of a multi-million dollar career. Pretty good investment if you ask me. And now you can watch the video below. Part 2 is over here.

It looks like Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan is being joined by comedian Katt Williams in Scary Movie 5. It’s unknown what his role is at this point, but I do know that the cocaine bill for this movie is going to be astronomical.

Every couple of months it seems a rumour goes around that we might see a black James Bond in the future, and it looks like it’s that time again. This time around, Prometheus and Luther actor Idris Elba is the focus. The origin of the rumour though, is actually from inside the Bond camp this time, as Skyfall Bond girl Naomi Harris spoke to Total Film about it.

“I didn’t realise that there was this talk and then I did a film with Idris and he said that he met Barbara Broccoli and that it does seem like there is a possibility in the future that there could very well be a black James Bond.”

“And I would have to vote for Idris because I just finished working with him and he’s a great guy.”

Before you start huffing and puffing, just remember that Daniel Craig has been contracted to star in at least 5 Bond films. And if they really do go with a black Bond – and that’s a huge “if” – they could do a lot worse than Mr Elba.

Looks like it definitely won’t be the Love Boat in Darren Aranofsky’s Noah. The Daily Mail have picked up these on-set pics of Ray Winstone as Tubal-Cain, the on-screen nemesis of Noah (Russell Crowe) and it looks like things have got a bit violent.

Biblically Tubal-Cain was a descendant of Cain (of Cain and Abel fame) and also the brother of somebody named Namaah. In Aronofsky’s tale, Namaah is the name of Noah’s wife (Jennifer Connolly) which would make the battered Tubal-Cain his brother-in-law.

I predict that the world is actually going to end in December 2012, but not due to some Mayan apocalypse, but rather due to the Earth’s population all suffering cardiac arrest from too much awesome movies, released too closely together. Well Katheryn Bigelow may just be giving us a little bit of hope, as it appears that her “hunt for Bin Laden” movie Zero Dark Thirty will have it’s international release delayed from December 19 to January 11.

Talking about Bin Laden movies, that other one, Seal Team Six: the Raid on Osama bin Laden, has come under a bit of fire as it’s been revealed that Harvey Weinstein, studio head at The Weinstein Company and prominent Democrat, not only moved the release date of the film to two days before the US presidential election but also edited the film to expand on US President Barack Obama’s role in the film. This of course has angered Republicans, who are accusing Hollywood of using a movie to swing a vote.

Despite the abundance of hobbits and dwarves in its cast, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will not be a short film. Well, at least for a non-Tolkien film. Peter Jackson revealed the running time for the first chapter in his Hobbit trilogy, when he spoke to Empire:

“It’s looking like it’s going to be about ten minutes shorter than Fellowship was. So it’s going to be officially our shortest Middle-earth yet. I mean, Fellowship was just under three hours and this is about 2 hours 40 minutes at the moment.”

And if you’ve ever wanted to see a happy/mischievous/constipated/who the hell knows Kristen Stewart arm-wrestle a musclebound Kellan Lutz who face looks like he’s just come from a party at Charlie Sheen’s place, then this new clip from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is the one for you:

Looks like we have our second cast member for Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series. Mulan star and Stargate Universe alum, Ming-Na Wen has been revealed to play the role of S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Melinda “The Cavalry” May, a “a quiet, damaged vet and an expert with aircraft and weapons.” Wen will be joining the previously announced Clark Gregg, who will be possibly resurrected reprising his role of Agent Coulson from The Avengers movies.

Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake has received its release date 11 October 2013 as well as a synopsis for the film, which hews pretty closely to the original.

“The story follows an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor’s motive. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.

“His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and ultimately to an elusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.”

The only difference between this and the original that I can spot, is that Josh Brolin will be held hostage for an additional 5 years, but other than that it’s business as usual. Whether this is a good thing or not, I’m still uncertain as some fans would be happy that this remake is not deviating from the recipe, but if it also doesn’t blaze its own path, it will just throw fuel on the fire for those calling the film unneccesary.

Here’s a new poster for Tom Twyker and the Wachowki Starship’s (which could totally be the name of a 70’s rock band) sci-fi epic Cloud Atlas, this time focusing on Susan Sarandon’s Ursala, who apparently has been rolling around naked in some wet newspaper.

Uggie, the canine star of the Oscar winning The Artist visited Paris for a whirlwind tour of some the City of Light’s most trendy spots as part of a promotion for the launch of his memoirs, titled “Uggie: My Story”. The popular Jack Russell held a “signing” and “photo op” for the press along the Champs Elysées and I can’t do this anymore! HE’S A DOG PEOPLE!

And now we end off on a sentence I never dreamed I would be typing: 90’s Obsessed talk show host Jimmy Fallon had Oscar Winning actor Tom Hanks perform slam poetry about the 90’s sitcom “Full House”. OK then.

Last Updated: October 25, 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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