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!
With the current revival of his film career, Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke to Collider about which of his roles he would like to reprise, but in the process dropped some heavy criticism of a certain McG film:
“(I’m open to) all those things, if it’s True Lies, Terminator, a well-made Terminator… the last one was awful. It tried hard, not that they didn’t try, the acting and everything. It missed the boat.”
Clearly the man needs to spend less time flashing his giant, bulging, vein covered… biceps to his housekeeper and more time watching his own films. Terminator Salvation (in which he did not have a part) may have been a colossal disappointment, but Arnold’s own Terminator 3 is not exactly Citizen Kane either.
Another day, another clip from The Avengers, and in typical Joss Whedon style, just like with Black Widow, this second clip also showcases one of the film’s stronger female characters. This time it’s the turn of Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) right-hand (wo)man in global peacekeeping unit, S.H.I.E.L.D. Although not exactly as ass-kicking (or fetishist) a demonstration as her red haired cohort, this does give us a taste of Hill’s no-nonsense approach.
Considering how much of a role she currently plays in the Marvel comic book universe, I would actually have thought we would have seen more of her by now already in the deluge of promo materials.
Those of you who may have taken advantage of Nu Metro preview screenings of The Hunger Games yesterday, and are familiar with the books, would have noticed a dramatic change from it’s literary source in film’s final action sequence. Treading carefully through the spoiler minefield, let’s just say that it concerns the appearance of certain CGI characters. Well, if you were as surprised by their new looks as I was, then have a look over at Movies.com where they have the original concept art for what those characters were supposed to look like. Word is still out on why the changes were made.
And, if you young wet-behind-the-ears whipper-snappers dare ask me what VHS tapes are, I’ll beat with these Betamax tapes! Oh the sweet, violent irony! Also… Git off mah lawn!
In complete contrast with our current Midweek Mouth-Off, Guardians lists the five most pathetic female film characters of all time. And quite frankly, I have to agree with all of them. Yes, even Buttercup from The Princess Bride.
Here’s a new poster for Danny Trejo’s Bad Ass, a film that found it’s inspiration in the real life Youtube video of an old guy beating up some other guy on a bus. For reals. The poster is pretty much par for the course for what we’ve seen of the film thus far. I just have one question though: If Danny Trejo is a grizzle, angry, elderly Hispanic man, then why does he him the forearms of a teenaged white boy? Bad photoshop much? Somebody call da amber-lamps!
In case you haven’t noticed, there seems to be a resurgence of 80’s styled self-contained action movies lately. One ever-present aspect of those films was always the smartass badass leading man, a role that Guy Pearce seems to be taking to with aplomb in sci-fi actioner Lockout. Don’t know what I’m talking about, then check out the first 5 minutes of the film right here:
Starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace and set in the near future, “Lockout” follows a falsely convicted ex-government agent (Pearce), whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the president’s daughter (Grace) from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum security prison.
Completely oblivious to the irony of producing tie-in merchandising for a film that rallies against consumerism, Mattel have created a new version of Barbie based on Hunger Games heroine, Katniss Everdeen. Angie Han over at Slashfilm discusses whether or not this doll lives up to it’s literary and film counterpart:
Are you an X-Files fanboy? Do you know your Syndicates from your Colonists? Well then is this certainly going to grab your attention. Frank Spotsniz, one of the writers on the much lauded X-Files TV series and (not so lauded) two movies, is apparently trying to get a third film going. Speaking to ScienceFiction.com, he lays down his efforts as well as what he would have another sequel be about:
“There is a very active and relentless fan campaign for a last movie. I do feel like it would be a terrible shame if that didn’t happen.
It feels wrong not to give it an ending around the alien colonisation of Earth… I have a clear idea of how it would go and I’ve been talking to (creator) Chris Carter about it for a long time.
I’ll keep banging the drum whenever I meet the Fox (studio) guys.”
The Guardian takes a very in-depth look into rumours that upcoming James Bond movie, Skyfall, will be the final time that we see Dame Judi Dench as M. The rumour stems from an article posted by reasonably unknown British film site, in which one of their unnamed sources on the set of the film, claims “We’ve just filmed M’s death scene. Judi Dench is leaving the franchise.”
While many has dismissed this as mere rumour-mongering, particularly since none of the bigger, more well connected publications have anything about it, there are a few mitigating circumstances. Biggest of all is the fact that Ralph Fiennes’ addition to the film is still very much unknown at this point, except for the fact that he is a government agent. Could he be the new M taking over after Dench’s on-screen death?
Do you find your nights filled with tossing and turning but completely devoid of sleep? Well then you better not feast your bloodshot eyeballs on this creepy as crap short film. The brainchild of writer/director Johannes Hartman, Halbschlaf (German for “light sleep”) is an award-winning film that stands as a visual testament as to why tequila and nightmares don’t mix.
And that’s it for today. I’m about to get sucked into the video game black hole that is Skyrim again, but all of this just an excuse as I have a feeling that I won’t be doing much sleeping tonight any damn way. Stupid creepy Germans.
Last Updated: April 11, 2012