Extras! Beetlejuice is back, Vin Diesel walks like a tree, Michael Fassbender is not campaigning, Jurassic World claims another kid, Wolverine is fired, and Spider-Man teases even more villains?! Plus much more!

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As if we needed any more evidence of Benedict Cumberbatch’s awesomeness, the Sherlock and Star Trek actor was on Jimmy Fallon’s show, where he used his bass-rumbly voice to pull off an amazing impersonation of Alan Rickman. Liking ladies with giant posteriors.

Okay, seriously, now Marc Webb has to just be messing with us, right? There have been several hints thus far that Webb was cramming just about every villain he could into The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and it’s sequels, but apparently there’s room for a couple more.  At least it looks that way if you check out the hints on the viral site for fake newspaper The Daily Bugle.

Oscorp spokesman Douglas Menken provided some details from the meeting, including that the construction on the prototype alternative energy power plant, complete with hydroelectric tower, is on schedule for completion within the next year.

Other highlights included a preview of a flight harness for the military and significant advancements in robotics by the head of the engineering division, Spencer Smythe.

Oscorp personnel dismissed questions regarding Norman Osborn’s health and whether the company’s estranged heir apparent, Harry Osborn, is up to the task of running his father’s conglomerate.

For those of you not versed in all things Spider, the hydroelectric power plant is a hint towards Hydro Man, the flight harness points to the Vulture (who Colm Feore has been rumoured to play in ASM2, and Spencer Smythe, the head of Oscorp engineering, is the civilian identity of the villainous Spider-Slayer.

Congratulations, Captain Mike of Netflix Customer Service, you totally win the Internet for today with the greatest support call ever.

Vin Diesel may be an imposing figure, what with all the muscles and bald head, but he’s still not 7 and 1/2 foot tall living tree imposing. He’s getting there though, as can be seen in this fun behind the scenes vid that Diesel posted showing him practicing for his role as Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy while he has some down time on the Fast & Furious 7 set.

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A rare but lighter moment on set…

BEETLEJUICE! BEETLEJUICE! BEETLEJUICE! If you’ve never seen the classic horror comedy starring Michael Keaton as the striped suit wearing ghost, well then you’re in luck. Actually, even if you have seen it, you’re still in luck, because who would turn down the opportunity to watch good movies for free? And that’s exactly what happens at 20:00 on Thursday, 31 October – that’s Halloween for those of you keeping track – when Nu Metro and TCM have teamed up for a special free screening of Tim Burton’s 1988 classic at selected cinemas around the country.

Yes, this first poster for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is definitely a poster for a Wes Anderson movie.

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Sorry, other Lance Armstrong movie with Bradley Cooper, but it looks like director Stephen Frears’ production just claimed the yellow jersey. Not only has Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd, Bridesmaids), French actor Guillaume Canet and Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) joined the already cast Ben Foster – who plays Armstrong – in the film, but production is scheduled to get underway this Friday, despite not having a title yet.

While Canet and Plemons’ roles are uncertain, O’Dowd will play sports writer David Walsh, who began as a close friend of Armstrong and his team, but found himself ostracized by the cycling community when he eventually began speaking out about Armstrong’s at the alleged doping, one of the first people to do so. Walsh would go on to write a tell-all book, ” Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit Of Lance Armstrong”, which screenwriter John Hodge is adapting for the film.

It would seem that I’m not the only one annoyed by the loud crunching of popcorn in cinemas, ad people hate the snack as well. Or at least they will, when they read this new study that claims that moviegoers eating popcorn in cinemas ignore the ads played on screen.

Apparently, when seeing some new product for the first time, our mouths subtly, and involuntarily mouth out the name of the product as hear/see it, and this action helps our brains to remember it. Well, it’s hard to mouth out anything when your face is being stuffed with handful after handful of salty, stale popcorn.

So after having people questioning my street cred, I have decided to go back and give Arrow a second chance. I bailed on it at about the 3rd or 4th episode, only to have several people now tell me that the first 3 or 4 episodes are the worst and it just gets better from there. So I’m playing catch-up, and hopefully I can finish before whatever Season 2 episode it is that this new image is from. Star Stephen Amell tweeted it, giving fans their first official image of him as Oliver Queen with Caity Lotz as “The Canary.”

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If you had seen last year’s Shame, you knew two things with all certainty: 1) Michael Fassbender has a really big penis, and 2) he was definitely going to get nominated for an Oscar for his performance. Only one of those things ended up being true, and ladies you’ll happy to know it wasn’t the second one. Film fans though were not so happy with the snub, and neither was Fassbender who had actually spent a hell of a lot of time campaigning for the Oscar nod. This year, despite receiving nothing but rave reviews for his role as an evil slave owner in his Shame director Steve McQueen’s latest, Twelve Years a Slave, Fassbender has decided to rather just skip the whole campaigning thing entirely.

“[It’s] just not going to happen, because I’ll be in New Zealand. I’ll be on the other side of the world. You know, I get it. Everybody’s got to do their job. So you try and help and facilitate as best you can. But I won’t put myself through that kind of situation again.”

It’s almost time for another generation of kids to be mentally scarred. No, we’re not letting Darryn make another video again, but rather a new Chucky film, Curse of Chucky will soon be released along with Universal releasing a Blu-ray boxset of all the homicidal doll’s movie mayhem. So what better way to celebrate the absurdity of a 3-foot tall rubber doll being able to mass murder tons of people who apparently have the body strength of a possum with dysentery and thus can’t just, you know, kick/throw/punch him right across the room, than with a Mega-Mix of Chucky’s greatest moments courtesy of American DJ Mike Relm?

Well, this is just disappoint news. Scientists have apparently found a preserved 46-million year old mosquito filled with blood, and have not yet figured out how extract the DNA and make dinosaurs! C’mon, science, you’re letting us down here.

Speaking of dinos made from mosquito blood, just a day after 12-year old Ty Simpkins was cast in one of the lead roles in Jurassic World, word comes that 18-year old Nick Robinson – who just had a breakout performance in the indie coming-of-age drama, Kings of Summer – has been offered one of the other lead roles, playing the older brother of Simpkins’ character.

Yes, this Jurassic Park movie will have lots of kids.

I had never heard of comedian Pete Holmes before, or his new late-night TBS show, but based on how utterly hilarious the following clip is – highlighting the fact that despite being the most popular X-Man around, Wolverine actually makes for one crappy hero – I’m going to make a point of keeping an eye out for more of his work..

Last Updated: October 16, 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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