Extras! Winter Soldier gets armed, Prof X is a time traveller, Brad Pitt wants a World War Z-quel, This could be your new Doctor, and Michael Douglas got cancer from oral sex?! Plus

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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!

Phone booths are a dying breed. Not just because they’re the icky, box-shaped worst nightmares of mysophobes everywhere, but just about everybody and his dog has a mobile phone these days, rendering phone booths useless. I’d hate to see them go though, not just because they’re still the cheapest and most low maintenance forms of chemical warfare around, but also because they’ve been the venue of choice for some unforgettable movie scenes over the years.

There are many studies that show that having a bad diet can increase your risk of getting cancer. Michael Douglas is apparently walking proof of it. The award winning actor was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2010, and at the time it was attributed to his heavy smoking, but according to Douglas it’s actually because he’s a prolific vagitarian. No, that isn’t a spelling mistake.

So you may remember how the first screenings for World War Z actually got some good feedback despite the film’s woe-filled production stories. You may also remember how I said that that feedback was not from any established critics. Well, the more vetted film press have finally released their verdicts, and in the words of Damon Wayans and David Allen Grier, “Hated it!”

Not that that is deterring star and producer Brad Pitt though. The actor was at the film’s London premiere where he revealed that he’d be open to doing a couple of sequels (or is that Zee-quels?) to the zombiepocalypse film.

”I think it lends itself to a couple of them. We’ve certainly got enough to mine from the book and enough to pick up, certainly, if this thing works.”

“If this thing works”, you said it Brad, not me.

This may be a potential spoiler, kind of, as a new photo has been released showing off Marvel pioneer Stan Lee recording his (now obligatory for every Marvel character superhero movie) cameo scene for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. If you don’t want to see it, close your eyes and scroll really fast.

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Speaking of superheroes, Sir Patrick Stewart was over at Texas’ Comicpalooza Comic Convention where he had some bold claims to make about Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.

“I think it is going to certainly be the X-Men of all X-Men pictures, and one doesn’t want to tempt fate, but perhaps also the blockbuster of 2014. It was a wonderful experience to reunited with those people.”

Now if you’re a bit confused by that last bit of the sentence, since you remember ol’ Charlie X contracting a mild bout of death at the end of X-3: The Last Stand (though he kind of got over it, thanks to a newly possessed body), then you’re not alone. Stewart was just as confused, but he dished the dirt on how it’s possible that he can be playing the character again since he should be somebody else now.

“It’s been 6 or 7 years since X-Men 3, where you will recall that Charles Xavier was vaporized by whats-her-name, Jean Grey. And you’re asking yourselves, ‘If you were vaporized, how can you be in the next X-Men movie?’ Anybody got any ideas how that came about?”  [Audience member: “Time travel”.] “Yeah, that’s exactly it. I guess. There will be an explanation, but it was a little puzzling for me because I thought my X-Men days were over. So, it’s something to look forward to.”

Up until today, I had no idea who Annis was. Actually I still don’t, but what I do know about this blogger is that her article on Gender-swapped Lord of the Rings Castings is pure genius.

So it’s probably been long enough for you to come to terms with the fact that we will no longer be seeing the awesomeness of a bow-tied Matt Smith running around from Daleks on Sunday nights as of the end of the year. Oh, not yet? The wound is still raw? Well then I guess you’re just going to have to read this through the tears, because there’s already been heated talk on who would get to claim the title of Doctor next. And according to some reports the frontrunner is this guy, Rory Kinnear, an English actor, most well known for his Shakespearean productions on BBC and whose most high profile role was playing M’s aide in Skyfall.

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No offence to Mr Kinnear, but he looks like the human equivalent of beige.

Segueing like a boss, we next jump into the news that Doctor Who alum Noel Clarke (who actually has a small but vital part to play in Star Trek Into Darkness) has found the leading men for his next directorial effort The Anomaly. Creepy eyed Ian Somerhalder and Luke “My older brother is Thor” Hemsworth will star in The Anomalya sci-fi thriller that will have Somerhalder play “a traumatized ex-soldier who wakes up in the back of a van, alongside a kidnapped boy, to find that he only has only nine minutes and 37 seconds of consciousness to work out why and how he got there.”

Hey, Internet! Get out of my head! (Just leave the funny cat pics and hot, flexible girls) Just yesterday I mentioned, after seeing the new set pics for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, that I what I want to see are pics clearly showing off the cybernetic arm of the sub-titular character, and lo and behold…

It’s still some time until Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuts on TV, which of course just means time for comic book fanboys to dream up more and more outlandish theories about how Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson was brought back to life, because clearly, “He actually wasn’t dead in Avengers” is far too boring and mundane to be true. Just ask showrunner, pilot episode co-writer, director and possibly the biggest fanboy around, Joss Whedon:

“Well, it’s a very interesting explanation… We’re gonna earn it, that’s not something you take lightly.”

Whedon also addressed the fact that while Agents is a spin off from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s its own beast and won’t just be playing second fiddle to the big screen adventures of Iron Man and friends.

“It’s very important to me that the show stands on its own, that people who never saw any of the movies can tune in and enjoy it. We like being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we like having all of the mythos to play off of. But if the show was “You just missed Tony Stark, wow, he was just here!” it would be the most unsatisfying show ever. We have a new ensemble, apart from Clark, it’s all people I’ve never worked with before, but I’m really excited about them, I’m really proud of them and I think people are just going to want to see them every week.”

Oh, Whedon, you fibber. There is of course one familiar face in all the promos, that of J. August Richards, whom worked with Whedon for quite some time on Angel and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. There has been much speculation as to which Marvel superhero Richards is playing, with the current consensus leading towards New Warriors member Rage, something that Whedon won’t confirm.

“I’m not going to say who he’s playing, but he’s certainly cranky as you can tell from the trailer. It”s great, he came in to guest star and he tears it up. He’s got that kind of energy, he’s so much fun, and such a lovely guy.”

Ever thought about how much a TV show’s theme song influences the entire feeling of the show? No? Well, then this brilliant clip from aspiring New York City-based comedy writer David Elmaleh should prove to be quite the education. Ross and Rachel’s flirting has never looked this epic.

Last Updated: June 4, 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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