Extras! Hugh Jackman joins First Class sequel, Star Wars writers may be working on spin-off movies, Gandalf gives Bilbo a sting, Shawn Levy tells the Story of Your Life, and the TMNT Blu Ray design is cheesy, very cheesy! Plus much more!

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’ve seen plenty of trailers for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, even one trailer to rule them all and in the darkness bind them. But now, with just a couple weeks left until we join Bilbo on his adventures, we get the very first clip from the film, which shows the wizard Gandalf giving the hobbit a very familiar gift.

Along with the clip, 25 new high res images have been released which give us our best look thus far at the film’s goblins among others.

If you’re not the biggest fan of Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, well then you’re about to find the most unlikeliest sharer of your sentiment. During a roundtable interview THR held with Oscar-potential directors (which I highly recommend you all check out), Tarantino himself admitted that he feels that the grindhouse movie is his worst work.

“I’m really well versed on a lot of directors’ careers, you know, and when you look at those last five films when they were past it, when they were too old, and they’re really out of touch with the times, whether it be William Wyler and The Liberation of L.B. Jones or Billy Wilder with Fedora and then Buddy Buddy or whatever the hell. To me, it’s all about my filmography, and I want to go out with a terrific filmography. Death Proof has got to be the worst movie I ever make. And for a left-handed movie, that wasn’t so bad, all right? — so if that’s the worst I ever get, I’m good. But I do think one of those out-of-touch, old, limp, flaccid-dick movies costs you three good movies as far as your rating is concerned.”

Speaking of Tarantino, a final, gun-tastic trailer for his latest blood soaked epic, Django Unchained, has been released along with the full details for the film’s soundtrack. I don’t know about you guys, but I was immediately intrigued by the pairing of James Brown and 2Pac. I knew Tarantino had a lot of clout in the entertainment business, just didn’t know that included the dead entertainers section.

1. WINGED
2. DJANGO (MAIN THEME) – LUIS BACALOV, ROCKY ROBERTS
3. THE BRAYING MULE – ENNIO MORRICONE
4. IN THAT CASE, DJANGO, AFTER YOU…
5. LO CHIAMAVANO KING (HIS NAME IS KING) – LUIS BACALOV, EDDA DELL’ORSO
6. FREEDOM – ANTHONY HAMILTON & ELAYNA BOYNTON
7. FIVE-THOUSAND-DOLLAR NIGGA’S AND GUMMY MOUTH BITCHES
8. LA CORSA (2ND VERSION) – LUIS BACALOV
9. SNEAKY SCHULTZ AND THE DEMISE OF SHARP
10. I GOT A NAME – JIM CROCE
11. I GIORNI DELL’IRA – RIZ ORTOLANI
12. 100 BLACK COFFINS – RICK ROSS
13. NICARAGUA – JERRY GOLDSMITH FEATURING PAT METHENY
14. HILDI’S HOT BOX
15. SISTER SARA’S THEME – ENNIO MORRICONE
16. ANCORA QUI – ENNIO MORRICONE AND ELISA
17. UNCHAINED (THE PAYBACK/UNTOUCHABLE) – JAMES BROWN AND 2PAC
18. WHO DID THAT TO YOU? – JOHN LEGEND
19. TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG – BROTHER DEGE
20. STEPHEN THE POKER PLAYER
21. UN MONUMENTO – ENNIO MORRICONE
22. SIX SHOTS TWO GUNS
23. TRINITY (TITOLI) – ANNIBALE E I CANTORI MODERNI

And just one day after it was confirmed that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen was joining X-Men: Days of Future Past, which resulted in many a stained item of underwear, we get the news that Hugh Jackman is in talks to also join the sequel. You may now proceed to squeal in glee.

Keeping things superheroic, it’s been revealed that director James Gunn has begun testing actors for the lead role of Peter Quill aka Star Lord in Marvel’s Phase Two film, Guardians of the Galaxy. 8 Names have popped up on the list, bringing a wide variety of looks to the table, but all of them pretty talented young actors: Joel Edgerton (The Warrior), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Jim Sturgess(Cloud Atlas), Lee Pace (Lincoln and The Hobbit), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), James Marsden (X-Men) and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom)

Since Star Lord spends most of his time with his mask on, and has had several looks over the years, any of them could be a physical fit for the role. Edgerton is easily the most high profile of the bunch though, but my pick has to be Jack Huston, simply because he’s an actor that definitely deserves to be more well known than he is. Peter Quill is certainly a far cry from Richard Harrow, the disfigured killer he plays on Boardwalk Empire, but he is undoubtedly talented enough to pull it off.

 A new international poster has been revealed for Riddick that at least backs up director David Twohy’s claim that the film will definitely be out in 2013. C’mon Twohy, how about some trailer love? (No, not that kind of trailer love)

George Clooney appears to be turning into the Nick Fury of Hollywood, only whiter, hairier and with no depth perception problems. First he assembled a super-team of talent for WWII stolen art caper The Monument Men, and now he’s assembling another A-list group to pull off another heist. Clooney will be joined by Argo writer Chris Terrio as well as director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum) for an untitled New York based heist film.

Nothing further is known about the movie’s plot, but Greengrass directing Clooney with a script from the writer of Argo is all you really need to tell me.

Cloud Atlas is a move that seems to have divided the critics, but Joanna Robinson over at Pajiba most definitely finds herself all the way over on the “loved it” side of the spectrum, and she wants share with you exactly why that is with these 41 Spoilerific Reasons I Loved That Beautiful Disaster Cloud Atlas.

It was all but made official last week that Lucasfilm had hired original Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan and X-Men writer Simon Kinberg to pen the next Star Wars movies. By “next Star Wars movies” I was of course referring to Episode VIII and IX, seeing as Michael Arndt was doing VII. THR were the ones that broke and confirmed that original story, but last night they set the hot girl among the geeks when they revealed that while Kasdan and Kinberg were definitely writing Star Wars movies, it may not be the movies we’re thinking of.

“Their scripts could turn into official “Episodes” in the main Skywalker storyline, or they could form the basis for spinoffs focusing on side characters.”

These spinoff movies of course fit in perfectly with the other story a few weeks back that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has said that she would like make 2-3 Star Wars movies every year.

May the speculations be with you!

Thanks to the Twitch, we’ve got our first look at horror anthology sequel, S-VHS. VHS hasn’t reached our local theatres yet, but by all accounts it’s a rather creepy piece of work. And judging by this image, the sequel is not bucking that trend anytime soon.

Thanks, Twitch. I’ll be thinking about you guys tonight while I’m busy not sleeping!

Real Steel director Shawn Levy will be producing a new sci-fi thriller, The Story of Your Life, with prolific commercials director Nic Mathieu making his feature film debut. The film is based on a Nebula-Award winning short story by Ted Chiang, described as “a mind-bending science fiction thriller with a powerful, emotional twist”. The story sees mysterious aliens landing on Earth, with a linguist employed by the US government trying to decipher what their intentions are. Along the way, she learns how to think like the extraterrestrials, developing the ability to “chrono-synclastically” percieve time, which essentially means that she can “remember the future”.

The newly released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Blu Ray boxset is a thing of pepperoni covered beauty. Cowabunga, dudes!

Damn, now I’m hungry.

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