Extras! Watch the full short film 'Adelard', Miles Teller is definitely fantastic, Khal Drogo is slap happy, Spider-Man 2 gets runed, Emile Hirsch is John Belushi, and London city is falling down, falling down! Plus much more!

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Chris Hemsworth will soon be back in theatres smiting all the not-quite-so-godly single guys’ hopes after ladies get a look at his thunderous pecs again. So what’s there to do for us mere mortals? Why, make fun of him of course! So here’s the Honest Trailer for Thor’s first film!

File this one under “I” for “I really didn’t see this coming”. Despite some of the flak it took from critics, I kind of enjoyed Olympus Has Fallen for the skop, skiet en donner action fest it was, and apparently so did some audiences as the film. Not that many though, as it made just okay-ish money at the box office, pulling in about $160 million from a $70 million budget (advertising costs are usually almost double the production costs). In Hollywood, just okay-ish is normally a death sentence, but apparently somebody saw something they like as news has broken that a sequel is on the way. Titled London Has Fallen (seriously), it will see Gerard Butler return as one-man army Secret Service Agent Mike Banning who along with Aaron Eckhart’s US President Benjamin Asher and a new MI6 agent has to stop a terrorist plot to strike London during the funeral of the British Prime Minister. Angela Basset and Radha Mitchell are also set to join the cast.

It doesn’t look director Antoine Fuqua will be returning though. Anybody know what Joe Carnahan is doing at the moment?

Little known fact about me: I hate frogs. The reason? They’re evil. Don’t believe me, then check that Kermit doppelganger on the bottom right of this new poster for Muppets: Most Wanted.

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If there was ever any doubt that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb is a geek, then this should settle that. He tweeted the following image, which some of you should recognize as some of the Dwarven runes used in JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

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So what does it say? Is it some arcane spell, some directions to ancient treasure? Nah, it’s a plug for this movie saying “WATCH FOR THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 TRAILER IN FRONT OF THE HOBBIT IN 3D.”

Holy first look deals, Batman! Dark Knight TrilogyMan of Steel and Batman vs Superman scribe David S. Goyer has been signed by Warner Bros for a 3-year first look deal, that will give the studio first dibs on anything he does. And he’s apparently already got the first job lined up, as he’s producing a sci-fi thriller written by Doug Jung, with the possibility of Goyer making his directorial debut on it.

Look, I’ll never claim to be some kind of genius and even I know you don’t challenge the musclebound badass that played Khal Drogo and Conan to a hand slap fight, so either this soon to be rather sore fan somehow could not see the 6ft5 Jason Momoa standing right in front of him, or he is one of those weirdos who get off on having his hands slapped to the colour of tomatoes. Either way, it makes for some hilarious viewing for us.

I’m pretty sure that by the age of 12, most of us had done just about nothing with our lives. Hell, when I was 12-years old, my biggest achievement in life was mastering the art of not getting involuntary erections at embarrassing moments. Clearly we’re not like Maya Van Wagenen, who after struggling to fit in to her 8th Grade class, decided to take advice found in a 1950’s book, Betty Cornell’s Glamour Guide For Teens, and apply it to her own life. She documented everything that transpired in a diary, which has now become the basis of six figure two book publishing deal. Popular: One Geek’s Quest For The Impossible has also been optioned by Dreamworks, making a now 15-year old Maya Van Wagenen the youngest non-actor to ever land such a deal. Screenwriter Amy B. Harris (Sex and The City, The Carrie Diaries) will be adapting the book as a coming of age tale.

Emile Hirsch has been cast to play iconic comedian John Belushi in writer director Steve Conrad’s untitled biopic about the late funnyman and older brother of actor Jim Belushi. The film will be tackling Belushi’s rise to fame as part of the original cast of Saturday Night Live in the 1970’s, before garnering cult status in such classic movies like Blues Brothers and Animal House. At the height of his fame in 1982, and at only the age of 33, he passed away tragically after overdosing on ‘speedball’ – a mixture of cocaine and heroin – in a Hollywood hotel room.

We’re apparently 3 days out from a new trailer for The LEGO Movie, which usually means a bunch of character posters. They’re playing things slightly different though, as we’re getting character clips, introducing the Chris Pratt voiced Emmet and Elizabeth Banks voiced Wyldstyle.

Mark Bomback is the best there is at what he does, and what he does is write action flicks like Unstoppable, Total Recall, Live Free or Die Hard and most recently, The Wolverine. But now he’s going from a freak of nature with unbreakable bones, to a freak in the bedroom with a boner. Bomback has been asked step out of his usual comfort zone to come in and polish the script for upcoming mommy porn adaption Fifty Shades of Grey. He’ll be working off a script penned by Saving Mr. Banks writer Kelly Marcel who originally adapted E.L. Baum’s stupidly popular erotic book, before also getting a helping hand from Closer‘s Patrick Marber.

Looks like there’s actually some truth to some rumours after all. After hearing on the grapevine that Miles Teller was in talks to play the role of Reed Richards aka Mr Fantastic in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four, the young actor has finally come out to confirm that something is in development. There’s just the slight problem of him being rather busy right now.

“Uh, you know, I don’t know. If that happens, if everything works out, then I will be pretty pumped. But then I’ll also be working for… it’s like seven months out of your year. Which is not a bad problem.”

So remember Adelard, the locally produced short film that we featured a trailer for two weeks ago? Well, it went on to claim some honours at the Cape Town leg of the 48 Hour Film Project 2013’s Awards Ceremony. The film received an Honourable Mention from the judges and was picked as the Runner-Up in all of the following categories:

  • Best Actor – Aidan Whytock
  • Best VFX – Chris Daniel Aupiais
  • Best Cast – Aidan Whytock, Gregory Parvess, Robyn Hobson, Amy Louise Wilson
  • Best Use Of Genre – Fantasy

That’s quite impressive, if you ask me. If you missed the film’s screening at the cinema two weekends ago as part of the 48HFP Festival, then have no fear as Willem Grobler, the film’s co-director/writer has uploaded the full film for your viewing pleasure. It will take less than 8-minutes of your time, but I promise it will be totally worth it!

Last Updated: October 30, 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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