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!
Underwear model and actress… (wait, just give a second to stop giggling here)…. OK, where were we? Underwear model, “actress” and professional store-window mannequin impersonator Rosie Huntington-Whitely has joined the cast of George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road.
Damn that Han Solo is one sneaky smuggler. Looks like he’s been hiding the Millenium Falcon on the bottom of the Baltic Sea!
Darren Aranofsky always has the most incredible sound design in his films. And it seems that I’m not the only one that noticed. Youtube user kogonada has put together this supercut of all of Aronofsky’s amazing soundscapes.
Talk about 11th hour casting: Jonah Hill will be joining the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Hill was previously supposed to be in the film but scheduling conflicts forced him to pull out. He’s now back in the mix again, though he will more than likely not be playing the same character.
Here’s a first look at Jake Abel in The Host. If you’re yelling out “Who? What?” right now then let me help you out. The Host is an adaptation of Twilight author Stephanie Meyer’s science fiction novel which sees alien parasites called “souls” enslave the population of Earth, when one human, Melanie, manages to resist the possession is starts off a story of adventure and love. As for Jake Abel, you may recognize him as the guy from…. Well, see he was in… Sorry, I got nothing.
Well, here are the 2 images, which show Abel along with Saoirse Ronan’s Melanie.
Yep, he definitely looks very Meyer-ian, if you know what I mean.
The Guardian imagines what an screenplay for mommy-porn (hey, I never coined that term!) Fifty Shades of Grey would look like, complete with pitbull fellatio and panda sandwiches. Having read certain parts of the books (FOR RESEARCH!) I can comfortably say that this is still not as bad as the actual source material.
“Generally speaking, the more money that’s involved in anything, the more people are expecting and hoping that it’s not going to fail. If you’re a part of that process of whether it’s going to fail or succeed, you’re only human and you hope that it does well. But, there’s only so much, as an actor, that you can do. People are either going to respond to it or not, and I would drive myself crazy if I tried to control it anymore than that, other than a really fervent desire that people come and watch it and like it. We at least tried to do a really good job. Critics think we try to make bad films. They think we want to spend five months of our lives making something bad. We always go out with the best of intentions, whether it’s fluffy comedy or a drama. It’s always in the effort of, “Please come, like it, enjoy it, take something away!”
Also on director JJ Abram’s decision to shoot certain scenes on the IMAX format:
“They are big cameras. They are big, loud cameras! And the things take forever to reload. It’s literally 20 minutes to reload a camera. I think the first thing that I saw on IMAX was The Avengers. The scope and the size of it are pretty neat, I will say that. I think J.J. did a good job of knowing which scenes to marry with the IMAX and which scenes would really pop, like they did with Mission Impossible. When Tom [Cruise] is on that huge building, it made all the sense in the world to do it in IMAX.
With J.J. and company – Alex, Bob and Damon included – what they’re really, really good at and what sets them apart is that they know how to do the action, and they know that if you don’t give them the small character-driven drama, you can blow up anything you want and no one cares. People will leave the theater because we’ve all seen it, a million ways. With the second one, people will find that it’s the mythic structure, done really well. The character journeys are just perfect mythic structures. They do it so well. The journeys with the characters will be really great, and the explosions and set pieces are going to knock people out of their seats.”
Gee thanks for rubbing salt in the IMAX-less wound, Chris.
After all those character posters, I guess it’s time to make like Voltron, and join up for one kickass poster. That’s right, the whole muscled, veiny, balding, wrinkly band of action heroes are assembled for a new Expendables 2 poster.
Twitter is all a-well-twiiter with director David Slade sorta, kinda, in a roundabout way indicating that he may like to see Josh Hartnett don the tights and horns in his proposed Daredevil reboot. As scant as the evidence is though, Hartnett previously starred in Slade’s 30 Days of Night adaptation, so they already have a working relationship. which means that there may be some truth to the matter. As for whether or not Hartnett would make a good Matt Murdock though, I am still unconvinced. Ben Affleck actually looked the part, despite how crappy that movie was, which is more than I can say for Hartnett.
David Cronenberg has made some of the most… let’s call them “out there” films of the last few decades, and is next release, Cosmopolis - complete with with woman in rat costumes – appears to be continuing that trend. The director spoke to Total Film about the film, casting Twilight’s Robert Pattinson in the lead role, as well as touching on some of his older works, such as the visual FX on The Fly and the enduring controversy around Crash.
THR’s look at What Went Wrong With World War Z is one cautionary Hollywood tale that I implore you to read.
The new Black Widow action figure is creepy good. It’s like somebody just miniaturized Scarlett Johansson. At 28cm tall though, it is unfortunately just a bit too big for me to carry under my clothes at all times though.
One day I will be filthy stinking rich and then I will have a Star Trek Home Theatre just as ridiculously awesome as this one.
Prospective filmmakers and the guys behind Prometheus‘ ad campaign take note! The Guardian teaches us How To Make The Perfect Movie Trailer!
Now that both Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt are getting in on the mythical creature hunting action, what’s the 30th President of the United States of America to do? Well, with vampires and werewolves covered, I guess it’s up to Calvin “I put the cool in” Coolidge to sort out that pesky mummy problem!