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 face it, Scarlett Johansson is a good looking woman. And she’s probably never looked better that in the skin-tight leather costume of Black Widow in The Avengers. That doesn’t mean that her looks are the only thing that’s important about her though. Which is why when all her Avengers co-stars keep getting questions about character and plot, while she’s being asked for weight-loss tips, she doesn’t take too kindly to it.
Jump to 3:50 of the press conference to see Scarlett handlin’ her bizniz.
Is Marvel making plans to screen Joss Whedon’s 3-hour long Director’s Cut of The Avengers in select cinemas in an attempt to claim the crown of no.1 all time Box Office King? Ironically, this would be taking a page right out of James Cameron’s book, as Titanic (no.2) and Avatar (no.1) both saw re-releases of their own.
Did you know that iconic villain Khan Noonien Singh was supposed to have a son in Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan, but that it was cut from the movie?
“Khan originally had a child. In the movie the child first appears as Terrell and Chekov come upon the Botany Bay; Chekov sees the kid through a window briefly, and then the child scurries away. It’s a moment of added tension as the two examine the wreckage of the ancient ship. The baby doesn’t show up again until the very end, and his return comes at a very sobering time. As the USS Reliant is in ruins, as Khan is all but defeated, he activates the Genesis Device, which still sits on the transporter pad. Attracted by the bright lights, the baby crawls towards the device… which then detonates, turning the Mutari Nebula into the Genesis Planet and killing everybody.”
Pajiba has a very interesting article up on How the Catholic Church Controlled Hollywood, which I highly recommend you give a read.
Here’s a first look at Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko on set in director Joseph Kosinski’s next sci-fi extravaganza Oblivion. Despite the script shortcomings, I really enjoyed Kosinski’s visual direction on Tron: Legacy, and coupled with the intriguing premise of this film, this is certainly one to keep an eye on.
And here’s the director himself giving a rundown of the story:
“It’s a sci-fi adventure that spans two different worlds and two different times. It’s epic in terms of its scale and scope, but it’s a character driven story with a small cast.” … “I first came up with the concept when I moved from New York to Los Angeles. I was inspired by old sci-fi models like The Twilight Zone” to find an emotional, dramatic story that would raise interesting questions and play with perspective. I wanted to build the story around those few characters, but at the same time ask the bigger universal questions that are integral to science fiction, questions about our existence, our purpose in the big scheme of things. … The main character, Jak, is an ex-soldier who works as a drone repairman on this barren planet. He fixes the drones that patrol the surface looking to destroy what’s left of the Scavengers, a savage alien race. Jak has a partner, Vika, who’s a by the book kind of career officer and she works as his “eye-in-the-sky,” scanning for damaged drones and monitoring Scavenger activity. One day, Jak comes across a spacecraft that’s crashed, and inside he finds this mysterious woman in “deltasleep.” He rescues her from the Scavengers and takes her back to their Skytower, which is high above the clouds. When the woman wakes up, her story turns their lives upside down and sends each of them on an adventure of self-discovery.”
The LA Times asks if Movie Theatre Junkfood is a Menace to Society? Yes, a thousand times yes! Cold, stale popcorn and overpriced Coke is tearing apart families, I tell ya!
Screenrant lists 5 Tips For Building The DC Superhero Movie Universe. I particularly like their idea of DC handing the reins of the entire endeavour over Bruce Timm. That choice makes so much sense that I’m not quite sure what it’s doing on the internet.
Artist Daniel Araya theorizes on what a Pixar illustrated Justice League movie would look like. And nails it! Seriously, I would watch the caped crap out of this.
If you’ve ever wanted to SEYMOUR of The Little Shop of Horrors, then you’re in luck as Warner Bros will be bringing Frank Oz’s musical comedy to Blu Ray on October 9th with a newly restored 20 minute alternate ending. (And please tell me you saw what I did there.)
Film School Rejects list 6 Filmmaking Tips From David Cronenberg. Strangely enough, none of them are “Take lost of mind altering drugs, turn your chemically fueled nightmares into reality, no matter how messed up they are. Yes, even if they have gun-toting stomach vaginas.”
Before Jamie Foxx landed the title role in Quentin Tarantino’s latest, Django Unchained, it was Will Smith that was supposed to be “gettin’ paid for shootin’ white folk”. When Smith withdrew from the project though, most people thought it was to preserve his Hollywood nice guy image, seeing as how the film will be dealing with some potentially controversial subject matter. Turns out though that that wasn’t it. He was just being, well, a nice guy:
“I came really close, it was one of the most amazing screenplays I had ever ever seen. I was in the middle of ‘Men In Black 3‘ and [Tarantino] was ready to go, and I just couldn’t sit with him and get through the issues, so I didn’t want to hold him up. That thing’s going to be ridiculous. It is a genius screenplay.”
Aw shucks, how courteous of you, Will.
Speaking of Django Unchained and controversies, Jamie Foxx recently addressed them:
“When this movie’s done, there’s gonna be some hot button issues but, given my background, I think I’ll be able to get some points across. The one thing that stuck out to me in the script was that Django was married. Back then, to be married was taboo. This is a love story. He’s not trying to stop slavery. He’s not trying to do anything but find the love of his life – which is like trying to find a needle in a world of haystacks.”
Red Letter Media, most famous for completely skewering the Star Wars prequels, has set their sights on Prometheus, the latest sci-fi spectacle making the rounds. While it doesn’t feature any real footage from the film, it does look at (rip apart, crap on and poke with a stick) a huge portion of the film’s plot. And it’s funny as hell.
Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz have boarded director Pedro Almodóvar’s The Standby Lovers, a comedy about passengers on a plane who begin sharing their deepest, darkest secrets with each other when they think that the plane is going to to crash. While Almodóvar has worked with both actors in the past (most recently The Skin I Live In for Banderas and Broken Embraces for Cruz), this is actually the first time that the actor and actress has ever worked together on film, despite the fact that my imagination is telling me otherwise.
Dermot Mulrooney is joining Ashton Kutcher in Steve Jobs biopic jOBS, as early Apple partner Mike Markkula. Or is that mIKE mARKKULA? I can never tell what’s trendy these days.
I normally try to include one short film in the Extras, and today is no different. However, this one is a little special as Deadline is reporting that Wayfare Entertainment has picked up the rights to turn Matt Westrup’s short film, The Gate, into a full-length feature film with Westrup in the director’s seat. And judging by how damn good this short film actually is, this comes as absolutely no surprise.
95% of the human genome is composed of redundant gene sequences. They appear to have no known biological function. Could a chance event reactivate them? Genetic freaks wander the streets courtesy of irresponsible pharmaceutical companies.
*That’s “son” not “soon”
Last Updated: June 14, 2012