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!
We start off today with a new 60 second TV spot for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. While it’s mostly comprised of things we’ve seen before, there are a couple snippets of new footage, including a better look at Samuel L Jackson. Most importantly though, the spot kicks off with a massive throwback to the film’s spaghetti western influences by using Ennio Morricone’s “Ecstasy of Gold” as the accompanying music.
OK, so maybe it is *spit* Jay-Z’s reworking of Morricone’s classic theme, but I’ll take it any way I can get it.
There’s been a steady outpouring of remembrances and condolences for acclaimed filmmaker Nora Ephron since her passing last week, but few have said it better than Diablo Cody, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Juno and Young Adult, who claims that she would not be about to make her directorial debut if it wasn’t for Ephron’s trailblazing.
Besides for playing “spot the video game character” when Disney’s Wreck-it Ralph finally releases, the other thing I’m really looking forward to is Paperman, the animated short film that will be playing before the main feature. A throwback to traditional 2D art techniques, its a minimalistic black and white tale of romance of imagination and Entertainment Weekly has scored the first look with a trio of images and a poster.
Over the past weekend, a number of social media platforms all got lit up by wishes of “Back to the Future Day”, as geeks celebrated June 27, 2012 as the future date to which Marty McFly time-travelled in the classic movie. The problem is, they were all wrong. The screenshot being touted around as proof, was actually a photoshopped promotional image created for a sale of the trilogy’s blu ray boxset.
The real date was actually October 21, 2015. You hear that scientists? Forgot all that “so called” important research you’re working on. We only have 3 years left to get a working hoverboard on the streets!
For those of you that aren’t aware, Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike is actually partially based on star Channing Tatum’s real life experiences as a male stripper before he hit the big time. (“The big time” being him getting famous, not the stage-name of one of his fellow strippers). Inspired by this early career shenanigans, GrantLand takes a look at Which Other Actors Should Make Movies Based On Their First Weird Job.
True Blood star Stephen “SOOHKEHH” Moyer has joined the cast of Devil’s Knot, the true story of the Memphis 3; three teens who were wrongfully convicted of a triple homicide in 1993 and only released last year. Despite his immortal vampiric ways, Moyer will not be one of the teens but rather will play the lead role of prosecutor John Fogelman and will be joined by Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon.
Early tracking estimates for The Dark Knight Rises indicates that it will have a massive box office opening, possibly upwards of $200 million. In other news, the sky is blue, water is wet.
I’m really eager to see M. Night Shyamalama-lama-duck’s next project After Earth, mainly because I just cannot believe that people are still giving him money to make movies after The Last Airbender. Starring the father and son duo of Will and Jaden Smith, all we’ve known about the science-fiction film thus far is that it takes place a 1000 years in the future, and that the Smiths crash land their space craft on a now abandoned Earth.
Now thanks to Filmophilia, we have the first official synopsis for the film, and luckily for us, there’s no mention of evil trees or devils in elevators.
“In After Earth, one thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind’s new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (played by Jaden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai’s craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.”
Hands up everybody that got to Will Smith’s character’s name, and had to physically resist having your eyes roll so hard that you could see into your own skull.
Rock of Ages will be glam-rocking it’s way into our cinemas this weekend, and I’m sure there’s quite a few of you who have eagerly whipped out the hair spray and leather pants in anticipation. However, if some of your enthusiasm has been dimmed by the rather tepid reviews it’s been getting, then maybe you should click on these red words over here, as they list 5 Reasons Why You Should Ignore The Critics on Rock Of Ages.
Except, of course, us, that is. Because our review will be, like, totally slamming.
I know we, just like most other sites, tend to bang the “Hollywood creativity is dead” drum a lot around here. But this ridiculously amazing list from i09, of Upcoming Science-Fiction and Fantasy Movies That Aren’t Remakes, Sequels or Prequels, seems to indicate that we’re about to have a flood of awesomeness. There is seriously just way too much amazing potential on that list, and I highly recommend you give it a read.
Besides for the usual big budget suspects (Pacific Rim, Elysium, Looper, etc.) the smaller ones that certainly just jumped onto my radar are John Dies At the End, The Gift, Gravity, Branded and Knights of Badassdom.
While Avengers had a massive headstart, The Dark Knight Rises is still desperately trying to win the “Most promo videos released” race. Seems like there’s a new video being released every second day. Today’s flavour of the week, is this Catwoma- I mean, Selina Kyle centric TV spot.
Taste Of Cinema has put up their second list of 18 Brilliant Movie Quotes From 18 Great Directors. My favourite, this time around, comes from Stanley Kubrick, who gives the greatest description of his own work that I’ve ever heard:
“A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.”
Professional bumbling sidekick, Luis Guzman, will finally get his time to shine as an Aztec Warrior in Black Dynamite director Scott Sanders’ next film about Mexican Luchador wrestling.
Speaking of Black Dynamite (Dy-no-mite!), the highly underrated but hilarious blaxpoitation spoof is set to get a sequel next year some time, but if you’re an impatient sucker, then you’ll be happy to know that Adult Swim’s long in development Black Dynamite Animated Series has finally got a release date along with this kickass trailer. It’s look like this version continues all the craziness from the film, with this adventure seeing Black Dynamite out to stop a “rogue educational show puppet from executing his diabolical plan on national television”.