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!
There’s a (finger quotes) new (/finger quotes) trailer out for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It’s essentially the same footage shown in the first trailer with just a few seconds of extra footage. If you watch this and immediately recognized every additional scene, then I got some bad news for you, you may need to get out more.
You may have heard that while The Dark Knight Rises has been plenty successful, it’s not been making quite the same amount of money as its predecessor. As a surprise to nobody, this is not an uncommon occurrence as you can see from this list of The Biggest Box-Office Drop Offs Between an Original Movie and Its Sequel. Damn, that Empire Strikes Back one is certainly unexpected though.
Talking about surprises… I was as shocked as anyone to find that character actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman had joined the cast of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. While he has starred in a blockbuster styled film before, it was still a bit out of left-field to see him do teen oriented sci-fi. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Hoffman explained what drew him to the project:
I liked the people involved,” he revealed. “It’s a great group of actors. It’s a great environment. And the character was something I was attracted to. It was just an interesting role.
[SPOILER WARNING FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK!]
“He’s somebody who’s part of the revolution, but you don’t know it. The idea that somebody would be risking themselves in such an extreme way to join something that’s that dangerous because he thinks it’s the future… that’s interesting stuff, you know?”
[END OF SPOILER]
Although, this is actually for a TV series and not movie related per se, this clip on the VFX used in HBO’s Game of Thrones is amazing to watch none the less. It’s when used like this, in as unobtrusive a manner as possible, that CGI really excels.
Damon Lindelof, the writer everybody loves to hate, has stepped up to the plate to talk about some of Prometheus‘ more questionable bits of dialogue. There are a couple moments that he mentions and apologizes for, but there’s one bit that really had me intrigued. Answering the question about how he feels about fans dissecting everything, he had this to say:
My feeling is: this is what I signed up for. I am driven and captivated and interested in these open-ended stories that have a high level of interpretation to them. There’s a certain level of frustration that comes with that package. So, when I was involved in the movie just looking at tiny little effects, naming planets and star systems, you have to be responsible. Charlize [Theron] has a line in the movie where she says, “I wouldn’t be half a billion miles away from every man on earth if I wanted to get laid.” And Neil deGrasse Tyson [the well-known astrophysicist] came out said “This would put her somewhere in the neighborhood of Jupiter, when they are much, much further out.” I chose not to say anything because the line was intentional. It had been dinged before we even shot it. But we stuck by it for reasons I don’t feel like discussing.
Did Lindelof just give us a clue about the Prometheus sequel? So that statement was the mistake of somebody who learnt astrophysics from the back of a cereal box, but was completely intentional? Hmmm….
For some people, stuff blowing up is akin to a religious experience. So it’s only fitting that the new banner poster for The Expendables 2 draws its inspiration from a theological source in Da Vinci’s “Last Supper”. Now I know I dozed off a lot in Sunday School, but I’m pretty sure that Jesus and the disciples were not into automatic weapons quite as much as this.
Movies.com thinks that Russell Crowe is the Wrong Choice for the Dark Tower and they want to tell you about it.
I know the knee-jerk reaction to the word “remake” often involves gnashing your teeth until your fillings liquify, but apparently remakes are not a bad thing. At least this is what i09′s Annalee Newitz would have you believe as she looks at why Remakes Are One of Our Greatest Achivements As a Civilization. Damn you, Annalee, why did you have to make use of the dreaded “logic” and “sense”? How do you expect my ignorant fanboy arguments to hold up now?!
This is something that actually happened a couple weeks ago, but somehow fell through the cracks. Star Trek screenwriter Roberto Orci says that the talks about a new spinoff Star Trek TV series “are almost real”. That’s like saying that Donald Trump’s fill head of hair is almost real.
Were you watching The Dark Knight Rises and constantly wondering how Bane could possibly eat with that mask on? Well so did i09, which is why they came up with this list of Deleted Scenes From Our Favourite Movies We Wish We Could See.
Yes, that is definitely a short rotund man, and a svelte blonde lady. Other than that there’s not much to see here.
This is cheesy and goofy and a blatant cash-in, but I want it so bad: Official James Bond 007 cologne. I imagine it smells like fast cars and even faster girls.
Some (obviously wealthy) guy has built himself a Batcave inspired home theatre. I don’t know who he is, but I’m already experiencing a jealous rage for him that burns with the heat of a thousand suns.
So you may have heard of this new Matt Damon movie that doesn’t actually star Matt Damon. Yep, I’m talking about The Bourne Legacy, in which series newcomer Jeremy Renner has to fill the ass-kicking shoes of Mr Damon. A feat, that is apparently not as easy as it sounds: