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 kick off today with a new featurette for highly anticipated time travel movie Looper. Here writer/director Rian Johnson and his cast explain exactly what a “looper” is. You know, if you somehow didn’t understand when it was explained in all trailers.
So New York City has passed a new law banning cinemas from selling supersized sodas as of March next year, as part of its plan to address the city’s obesity and health risk problems. Something which the cinema houses are not too happy about. I mean, who is this Michael Bloomberg character to tell them to stop selling diabetes with a straw? The nerve!
Much like he did with Friday Night Lights, director Peter Berg will be returning to TV to write and direct the pilot for upcoming spy thriller series, M.I.C.E.. The series is a remake of an Israeli show, The Gordin Cell, which tells of a highly decorated Israeli Air Force pilot in a high security post, who discovers that his parents were Russian spies when their Russian handler shows with a request that will test his loyalty to his country and his family.
M.I.C.E. is actually an acronym for the four common motives for spies betraying their country: Money, Ideology, Coercion and Ego.
Amy Adams was chatting to MTV about what it was like working with Henry Cavill and Michael Shannon on Man of Steel. Also, last time I checked Adams was 38, so why is she acting like a schoolgirl around Cavill?
Keira Knightley is over on Collider talking about what attracted her to doing the new Jack Ryan (seriously, when are they going to give it a proper title now?) movie with Chris Pine and Kenneth Branagh, who both directs and stars as the film’s villain.
“I thought, ‘I think I’d quite like to do something that’s just entertainment’—not just entertainment, but entertainment in that kind of Hollywood sort of run-around, explosions [vein]. I’ve always loved thrillers; thrillers are incredibly difficult to do which is why there’s so few of them made now, and [the Jack Ryan films] have always been really good thrillers, so I sort of fancied that.”
“Hugely, I’m working with Kenneth Branagh who has been a hero of mine since I was about 6 or 7, so getting to be directed by him and act with him is something that I just thought, ‘I want to do that.’”
Prolific Hollywood screenwriter Stuart Beatie (Pirates of the Caribbean, Collateral, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Australia) made a bit of a splash with his directorial debut, Tomorrow When The War Began, but we’re going to have to wait a bit longer for his sophomore effort, I, Frankenstein, which sees Aaron Eckhart as the mythical monster who is still alive in modern times and gets caught up in a war between two immortal clans. Lionsgate have delayed the film from its initial 22 February 2013 release date to 11 September 2013.
But no need to find new cinematic plans for that weekend though, as Summit Entertainment has announced that it’s “Inspired by a true story” drama, Snitch, will be taking up the now vacant slot. Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Susan Sarandon, Snitch, was inspired by a PBS documentary about a father whose son gets 30 years in jail after he is set up for a drug bust. The father then goes undercover in the drug world himself, to try and make the bust that will free his son.
Some of you may be praying to the gods that they don’t make another one, but according to Karen “Marion Ravenwood” Allen, the gang’s ready to make Indiana Jones 5. Here’s what she had to say when Movies.com asked her if she would do another film:
“I would! And I, in fact, just talked with Steven Spielberg recently – we e-mailed back and forth, and I said, “What should I say? I’m doing this publicity, what should I say if people ask me that question?” And he said, “It’s in George’s [Lucas] hands! I’m game, Harrison’s game, and now it’s up to George to write the script or to get the script organized, and the story.” And so I think it’s – they want to do a fifth, from what I understand, but they don’t want to do it just to do it, they want to do it if they can come up with a story that everybody is happy with and that everybody likes.”
What If Alfred Hitchcock Had Made Superhero Movies?… Is a question that I think is safe to say has probably never crossed your mind until today.
Academy Award winning actress Melissa Leo will be doing some time with Hugh Jackman in the vigilante thriller, Prisoners. The film sees Jackman as a Boston father who sets out to track down the man that allegedly kidnapped his daughter, but along the way he bumps heads with the detective actually assigned to the case. It’s unclear at this point whether Leo would be taking the role of the cop.
If you’ve ever wanted to know what happens after you turned that last page on The Shining, well then you won’t have that long to wait. Well, relatively long, that is. Stephen King will be releasing Dr. Sleep, the sequel to his novel (famously adapted by Stanley Kubrick film) on September 24, 2013. Yes that’s a year away, but it took 35 years to get to this point, so I think you can wait just a little longer. Here’s the synopsis
Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.
On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”
Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.
Remember Oogieloves, the film that now holds the honour of being the worst grossing movie of all time? Well, Scott Stabile, the movie’s screenwriter has just proven that he has the thickest hide known to man. Despite all the rather harsh words written about the movie, Stabile still has no problems defending it:
“As all of us adults know, we live in a tense and troubled world. Young kids will be exposed to plenty of real-life scares and violence on TV, in video games, on the computer and in daily life. Why do we have to expose preschoolers to anything but innocence and love in a 90-minute movie? Why isn’t it enough to show a gentle world where people are kind and help one another, in hopes that young kids mimic those sentiments over fighting and jealousy and revenge?”
To be fair, the man has a point. Then again, I can usually only take about 5 mins of Barney or Telly Tubbies before I develop the most unbelievable urge for copious amounts of violence and recreational drug usage.
And to finish off today, we finish with the latest piece of evidence that people on the internet have far too much time and talent: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back done completely as an animated gif.