Extras! Zombies find some Pride and Prejudice again, Dane Cook gets dusty, Liam Neeson is a Nut Job, Jim Carrey turns nightmares into dream realities and Man of Steel is the greatest film of the year?! 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!

Liam Neeson, you chameleon, you. He’s already transformed himself from Oscar worthy dramatic actor to serial Easter European face puncher/kicker, and now he seems to be going through a cartoon baddie phase. After signing on as the bad guy in Lego: Piece of Resistance, he’ll be lending his voice talents as a dastardly raccoon villain to indie CG animated heist film The Nut Job, which is a 1950’s set adventure that sees a squirrel and his rat friend involved in a nut store heist that goes wrong.

The film also stars the voices of Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Brendan Fraser, Stephen Lang, Sarah Gadon and Jeff Dunham and will be directed by Peter Lepeniotis, who is actually adapting his one CG animated short film, Surly Squirrel, which you can watch below.

That Bryan Singer sure is a busy man, so it’s completely understandable that he forgets a couple things every now and then. And just like he forgot to tell us who Peter Dinklage would be playing in X-Men: Days of Future Past when he tweeted the casting, he’s once again revealed a new addition to the team without any further details. This time it’s French star Omar Sy (The Intouchables) who’s getting added in some unspecified way.

“Thrilled to welcome the brilliant #OmarSy from the amazing film#TheIntouchables to the cast of #Xmen#DaysofFuturePast!”

Can I get a “Bishop”, anyone?

Keeping it sort of X-Men-ish, there have been rumours for ages now that The Wolverine would see the return of Jean Grey (In the comics she’s returned from death with more regularity than I change my underwear, so it’s certainly not far fetched). And one person who would like to see those rumours become reality is the death defying lady herself, Famke Janssen.

“I heard! I’m very excited about those rumours [laughs]. After a three-year hiatus and not being able to work because I was developing my own movie, any roles are welcome. So I hope X-Men 10 comes around, with Jean Grey in a wheelchair.”

Wait. I’m confused. Did I travel to the fuure, or some alternate timeline? Because I’m pretty sure I saw her and Liam Neeson taking the worst family holiday ever in Taken 2 just last year.

Awwwwwww, isn’t this just sweet? Space mercenary Diaz (Dave Bautista) is giving Riddick (Vin Diesel) a breather from all that interplanetary running by carrying him on his shoulders! And some people thought he just wanted to kill him and claim the bounty!

It seems you just can’t keep a classic love story (with a sprinkling of undead apocalypse, just for good measure) down. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter writer Seth Graham-Smith’s Jane Austen revisionist novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, has been shuffling about in development limbo for ages now, but it looks like it might finally be getting some life. Deadline is reporting that Panorama Media and Darko Entertainment have come on board to finance a film adaptation, and will be shopping around for a director soon.

Unlike Abraham Lincoln, Graham-Smith will not be adapting his own work, but rather David O. Russell (The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook, Three Kings) has penned a script.

So some lucky folks have been able to see Man of Steel and word around the water cooler is that it’s, pun intended, super! One lucky early viewer even declared it as “the best movie of the year”. Now while it would be good to keep some pre-natal poultry arithmetic in mind here, I have seen a number of twitter reactions from journos thus far also raving about the film, saying that despite the sombre tone of the trailers, this is the action packed Superman film that fans have always wanted to see.

Read  Report: Henry Cavill is no longer going to be Superman

There are very few things in this world as bizarre as Michael Jackson’s face. Moonwalker, the 1988 sorta-film/quasi music video/seriously what the [email protected]! is this? starring the late King of Pop, is definitely one of them. And now thanks to this article from Film School Rejects that explains how the film was actually predicting Michael’s later life, it’s now even weirder. And for a movie where Michael Jackson IS a spaceship, that’s no small feat.

Despite the brilliance of the end result, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master didn’t exactly have what you might call a smooth development cycle, what with the director trying his best not to upset his pal Tom Cruise by making fun of his religion (which is a fairly hard thing to not do, trust me). As such, the film went in a couple of different directions before we ended up with the Oscar nominated film we got, resulting in a whole lot of deleted scenes. Instead of leaving these deleted scenes as just a bunch of unrelated clips, Anderson has instead spliced together and scored all 20 minutes of them into one sort of alternate take on the film.

As if I needed another reason to not be interested Planes, Disney’s high-flying spinoff from Pixar’s Cars, its been revealed that sometime funny, the time douchenozzle Dane Cook has replaced Jon Crier in voicing the lead character Dusty.

If you’ve been frantically growing your mustache in anticipation for Super Troopers 2, well then we’ve got some news for you. Also, it’s been about 7 years since it was announced that a sequel to Broken Lizard’s breakout comedy was on the way, which means that by now you  probably have the facial hair of a crazy homeless person who thinks there skinless cats living in ears, telling him to eat people’s shoes.

But no worries, you won’t have to be getting funny looks from people for much longer as star Kevin Hefferman says that the film will start shooting before the end of the year.

Whether it’s because of a certain ronery dictator with an itchy trigger finger, or maybe just the influx of directors in Hollywood, it’s probably a good idea to brush up on your Korean. And there’s no better place to start than this list from Film School Rejects, ranking soon to be released Stoker director Park Chan-Wook’s film’s from least to best.

And we finish off today with Jim Carrey magically upping the douche quotient in this clip from The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, as he explains to Steve Carrell just what makes him such a different magician. Also, I really need to learn how to do that levitation bit. That’s a perfect way to end any conversation, ever!

Last Updated: March 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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