Extras! Tony Stark re-negotiates, Roland of Arabia, Michael B. Jordan could flame out, Frasier fights robots, Anthony Mackie is falcon flying and the smallest film ever seen! 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!

Look! In the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s me never getting tired of using that line to introduce Superman related stuff like this new  TV spot (with some new footage) and final poster for Man of Steel.

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Michael B. Jordan is reportedly in talks to reunite with his Chronicle helmer Josh Trank for the director’s proposed Fantastic Four reboot, in the role of Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch. Michael B. Jordan is very much black. Cue the tasteless burnt matchstick jokes from the racist part of the internet in 3…2…1…

This new teaser poster for controversial auteur Lars Von Trier’s new erotic drama, Nymphomaniac (you know, the one that will have unsimulated sex scenes), consists of nothing more than a set of brackets. NOTHING MORE, YOU PERVERTS!

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Remember Joss Whedon’s tease last week about Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver being in The Avengers 2. Well it seems that they definitely are… for now. When asked about the characters’ inclusion, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was willing to reveal this:

“I’m not confirming or denying. The draft could change six months from now.”

In other words, the current draft has them in it. What makes them significant is that this would actually be a crossover of sorts, as the two characters may be famous Avengers, but they’re also famous mutants, as in the children of X-Men arch-nemesis Magneto. Their inclusion would make for the first sharing of character rights between Marvel and Fox, and despite their rights being a special case of joint ownership, it does open the door, just a teeny weeny bit, for more elaborate crossovers.

Keeping it with the spandex crowd… We’ve seen the concept art, but now we get our first look at Anthony Mackie in (actually very spandex free) costume as Sam Wilson aka The Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He’s sans wings, but I’m guess those will be added in afterwards through the voodoo of CGI. 6 ft long metal wings are generally not the most comfortable things in the world to act in.

While I dig the more real world approach to the costume, I was hoping they would at least keep the red and white colour scheme instead of the generic paratrooper look they have now.

Also, anybody notice the working title of the film on that clapperboard? Freezer Burn. Ha.

Refresh my memory, were there any global catastrophes linked to specific dates, any invading aliens who dislike famous American architecture in the story of Lawrence of Arabia? There must be since disaster movie expert, Roland Emmerich, better known for epic explosions Independence Day and 2012 than epic character studies, is going to be developing a miniseries about the life of the famed historical figure, previously told most famously in David Lean’s 6-time Oscar winning 1962 film.

“Baby, I hear the blues are calling… Toss salad and scrambled eggs!” Toss Salad and Scrambled Eggs possibly being the names of two new Transformer robots, as ol’ Frasier Crane himself, Kelsey Grammer, has apparently signed on as the human bad guy in Michael Bay’s Transformers 4. Fighting robots should make for a nice change of pace from fighting ex-girlfriends, lawsuits and people wanting to put your sextape on the internet.

Can you believe that it’s already been 14 years since The Matrix was released? That movie is now older than the average Justin Bieber fan, so it would be completely understandable if you couldn’t recall the details of Neo’s leatherbound adventures in cyberspace. Luckily for you and your early onset Alzheimer’s, here’s a video that retells the classic sci-fi tale. And it’s done by somebody’s mum.

Looks like Chadwick Boseman ain’t done hitting home runs quite yet. He’s just played famous baseball player Jackie Robinson in 42, and next up, he could possibly be taking on another black icon. A black comic book icon, that is. According to rumours, Boseman is at the top of Marvel’s list to play the title role in their long rumoured production of Black Panther. Black Panther aka King T’Challa of the African nation of Wakanda was the first black superhero in American mainstream comics, so his casting would be kind of a big deal.

Very little’s been said officially about the film though, but Boseman certainly fits the mould for Marvel’s strategy of finding young up-and-coming actors, with tons of on-screen charisma and physicality, which they can mould into big name stars. The fact that they can almost always get these talented youngsters to sign to a multi-picture deal on the cheap, certainly doesn’t hurt matters either.

So remember how Gwyneth Paltrow said there would no more Iron Man since Robert Downey Jr’s contract was up and they were now done with the character? Yeah, never trust somebody who thinks steak is “dirty” and names their kids after produce. While being interviewed on The Daily Show (via GeekTyrant), RDJ’s contract was brought up and he had this to say.

“I don’t know… I had a long contract with them, and now we’re gonna renegotiate.”

Okay IBM, now you’re just showing off. Big Blue has gone and produced the smallest film ever made. Literally. This animated video, which shows a boy playing with a ball and a trampoline, was produced by using a 2 ton scanning tunnelling microscope, operating at a super chilly minus 268 degrees Celsius, to manipulate individual atoms like stop-motion puppets. At least that’s their official story of how they did it, but I’m just going with “magic”.

Last Updated: May 3, 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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