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!
The internet is serious business. Everybody knows this. Which is why we start off today with this. The debate of digital vs celluloid is one that has been raging for a while now. You’d expect most filmmakers to be falling on the side of the classic format here, but as Keanu Reeves’ (yes, that Keanu Reeves) recent documentary, Side by Side, showed, with the exception of a small handful, most are in favour of embracing digital. While the film itself has not yet received a release outside of the Tribeca film festival yet, some outtakes of the film has found their way onto the net, which we can now look at.
Here’s one of Steven Soderbergh explaining how he balks at the idea that we have reached the final destination with celluloid.
You can find many more clips, including a pretty interesting description of how Chris Nolan – one of the champions of celluloid – goes about making his movies, on the Tribeca Side by Side Youtube channel. If you care about filmmaking itself in any way, then you need to bookmark that link now.
There are many reasons, legal and ethical, why you shouldn’t watch bootleg copies of movies. Absolutely hilarious subtitles though, could be listed as both a pro and con. “You can not do, you has been unable to stop it” has become my new motto in life.
Ted Cross, who plays… well nobody of any significance really in John McClane’s next adventure, A Good Day To Die Hard (involuntary cringe), has spoiled what was supposed to be a secret cameo in the film on his personal blog. Now I don’t think this cameo is something that anybody is really going to give a yippie-ki-yay about, but if you really are a stickler then you might want to close your eyes for this next bit:
“I got to work with Bruce Willis again, which is always nice. The best, though, was that I got to work with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who plays Willis’ daughter.”
I’ve already had to sit through one Abraham Lincoln movie this year, much to my disappointment, but my enthusiasm for America’s 16th President has not yet been extinguished, mainly because there’s still one more movie about Honest Abe to come out this year and it’s a big one. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lincoln has “Oscar” written all over it, and now here’s the first official look at Day-Lewis in costume as the titular president.
Last we heard, the Dumb and Dumber sequel was just about down and out for the count after Jim Carrey walked away from the project, but apparently Jeff Daniels – who is currently ruling television with his role in Aaron Sorkin’s Newsroom – knows differently:
“Jim wants to do it. I want to do it. The Farrellys want to do it. They want to rewrite the script a little bit and they aren’t trying to jam it in before I have to go back and do ‘Newsroom’ in November. So they’re going, ‘Why don’t we just do it right? Let’s get everybody organized to go next May or June.’ If everything works out on the business side, that’s what we’ll do but I think there’s more hope than ever,”
…This has been a year and a half of a whole bunch of are we, aren’t we, what’s going on, yeah the script’s funny, no it’s not, now we have to have notes. So I think Jim just got frustrated and I completely got it. I was frustrated too. We thought it was in pretty good shape. The studio and others wanted some more work done it. The Farrellys wanted more work done on it so they got working on it and I think last week they decided to push the shooting of it to next year, possibly because I wasn’t going to move ‘The Newsroom.’”
“So you’re telling me there’s a chance?”
So you’re hoping to see The Hobbit in 48fps so that you can judge for yourself what all the fuss is about? Well, tough. You probably can’t.
“According to a source familiar with Warner’s release plans for Peter Jackson’s first HOBBIT, the HFR (high-frame-rate) version will go out to only select locations, perhaps not even into all major cities.
Cute as a button (if buttons were cute) Juno star Ellen Page is somebody that you probably just couldn’t think a bad thing about, right? Well, apparently this is not a sentiment shared by the psycho who’s sent her death threats purely she was seen hanging out with True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard.
Here’s a first look at Robert Redford in director J.C. Chandor’s All is Lost, which sees “a solo performance of one man lost at sea and his battle against the elements to stay alive.” Well, what do you know? That’s exactly what this photo shows!
I haven’t seen Danny Boyle and Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Beach in ages, so all I can remember about it is that crazy video game sequence. Well, I might be getting a refresher soon though, as FOX is developing a TV series based on the 2000 film, which was based on Dredd writer Alex Garland’s 1996 novel. This new take will be handled by the Secret Circle showrunner Andrew Miller.
Collider has an incredible interview up with legendary producer Frank Marshall where they talk about everything from the origin of The Bourne Legacy to swearing in Goonies to exactly how close we came to getting a sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. Seriously, go read this.
Fragrance salesman and sometimes actor (or should that be the other way around) Jonathan Rhys-Meyers has joined the cast of young fantasy novel series turned possible movie franchise, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. He’ll be playing the foppishly named main baddie,Valentine Morgenstern.
Stanley Kubrick’s first feature film, Fear and Desire, has gained cult status over the decades mainly to due the legendary director’s intense battles at keeping prints of the film out of public circulation, due to his personal dissatisfaction with it. Now, after having been reduced to cloak and dagger screenings for nearly half a century, the film is finally getting a mainstream release, and will have a digitally restored version be released on October 23.
Chris Kattan is considered by many (and by many, I mean myself and Jimmy Fallon) as one of the worst ever Saturday Night Live cast members. But he’s just made up for all the painfully unfunny monkey boy sketches he put us through, with this hilarious look at Bane, 7 years after the events of The Dark Knight Rises, as he gets released on parole and just wants to be like everybody else.