Extras! Francis Ford Coppola is back to making big movies, Sin City gets a president, Design the Bates Motel opening credits, Joss Whedon has turned in the outline for Avengers 2 and Eddie Murphy is officially overpaid! 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 kick off today with a new Green Band trailer for horror anthology The ABC’s of Death. This may be a lot tamer than the Red Band version released last month, but it’s still all kinds of messed up. I mean where else have you seen a man in bloody boxing match with a dog while a diaper wearing toddler cheers them on?

Oh and there are the furries…

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For has seen a couple of cast shake-ups due to some tragic circumstances. Due to the untimely demise of Michael Clarke Duncan earlier in the year, Dennis Haysbert has now been cast in the role of Manute. Haysbert is of course none other than the greatest President in TV history, David Palmer from 24. Jamie Chung was also previously reported as replacing Devon Aoki in the role of Miho, due to the tragic circumstance of Aoki being a crummy actress, and creepily always having the face of a 12-year old no matter how old she actually gets.

Johnny Depp will be teaming up with Walt Disney Pictures to do a modern day adaptation of “Don Quixote”. Depp was previously attached to play Sancho Panza in Terry Gilliam’s period adaptation of Miguel De Cervantes’ work of literature, before that film project fell apart so spectacularly that another movie, Lost In La Mancha, was made about it’s implosion. Depp will be producing and more than likely starring in this contemporary take, while Steve Pink and Jeff Morris will be providing the script.

Ooh, look like somebody gonna get a hurt real bad in this new image from Ender’s Game, which shows Harrison Ford’s Colonel Graff about to lay the verbal smack down on Asa Butterfield’s Ender Wiggin.

Oh and for those of you who have read Orson Scott Card’s novel, you may be thinking that Butterfield is certainly a bit strapping for a six year old, that’s because unlike in the novel the recruits in the movie are a lot older and their training takes place of much shorter a period of time as director Gavin Hood explains:

“I discussed this at length with Orson. The decision was made very early on to compress the time period into about a year, so that we could have the same actor from beginning to end… We were trying to hit that sweet spot right around 12, which Asa fits in very nicely.”

Rodrigo Santoro spoke to ComingSoon.net about reprising his role as Xerxes, the wannabe Persian demigod and all around douche, in parellequel 300: Rise of an Empire, which will deal with new events happening not only before and after, but also during  Zack Snyder’s original film.

“I had to shave, I had to work out again, I had to go back to Xerxes. It’s the same character. There’s little new things—a little before, a little after—but most of the movie, it’s during… kind of the same time where the first movie takes place. There’s a lot going on. It’s hard, the green screen, it’s a different way of working. It’s really challenging to work that way and the character wears a lot and Xerxes is a giant. He’s almost not human, which is a poetic license. It comes from a graphic novel so it’s not based in real history, so that character is very very tall and his voice is like thunder and that’s the description of this character. So there’s a couple special FX and tricks that have to be done to accomplish that figure so I do scenes by myself. It’s interesting, it’s a lot of work.”

In news that should make you cry out about the unfairness of it all, Eddie Murphy has been officially named as the most overpaid actor in Hollywood according to Forbes. For every $1 that Murphy was paid, his movies only made $2.30 at the box office. And considering that Tower Heist already $150 million, that means that he got paid a whole lot to be really unfunny. Following after Murphy on the list are Katherine Heigl, Reese Witherspoon and Sandra Bullock.

In a rather unique twist, new A&E drama series Bates Motel - a prequel to Hitchcock’s Psycho - wants it’s fans to design it’s opening credits sequence. Lazy sods. But hey, if you’re the creative type, there are a few Obama-Rands in it for you.

Been analyzing that new Star Trek Into Darkness trailer frame by frame for any more clues as to exactly what’s going on and who Benedict Cumberbatch’s character is? Of course you haven’t! That sounds like too much work and we all know how you feel about that. Not to worry though, because SFX have gone and done all the drudgery on your behalf with their highly detailed trailer breakdown.

Speaking of breaking films down, this “Abridged script” for Skyfall by Alex Wiebe over at The Editing Room is just far too hilarious to not share. I mean just look at this gem he’s come up with for his own version of Adele’s theme song:

We’re back again…

Another mission will begin…

Storylines worn so thin…

Do these films have no end?

(verse)

It’s been fifty years

The audience still cheering

But even when we’re jeering

We hold it all so dear…

(chorus)

‘Cause we’re spy fools,

Craving spy duels,

Clinging like ghouls

To a jewelled possession,

We’re such spy fools

It’s a firm rule,

Any ripe stool

Can fuel our obsession

We’re spy fools…

Somewhere out there on the interwebs, at this very moment, the plot details for The Avengers 2 are floating around. This was revealed by EW in an article where the they spoke Geek Overlord Joss Whedon.

“We met with him just days after he had submitted an outline for the 2015 sequel The Avengers, and as he was in the midst of preparing to shoot the pilot for what could be his next television series: S.H.I.E.L.D, a spy-fi drama tracking the ongoing adventures of the secret agents and superhero wranglers of Marvel’s movie world.”

Firstly, spy-fi is a great term that I shall now claim as my own. And secondly, time to don those VR goggles and start flying through those cityscapes of data  to get those script details! That is how you youngsters hack stuff, right?

There’s new international poster out for G.I. Joe: Retaliation that is either pulling an Executive Decision by having Channing Tatum appear on it, or the rumours were true and as part of the 9 months that the film was delayed, more scenes were added to expand Tatum’s role instead of having him die in the first few minutes as the original trailers seemed to show.

Despite directing some of cinema’s most loved films earlier in his career, Francis Ford Coppola (Godfather Trilogy, Apocalypse Now, The Conversation) has been churning out nothing but duds in the last few years, as he experimented with much smaller fair like Twixt and Tetro. But for his next project, the veteran director is heading back to that much bigger style of filmmaking that first won him acclaim.

“I have a secret investor that has infinite money. I learned what I learned from my three smaller films, and wanted to write a bigger film. I’ve been writing it. It’s so ambitious so I decided to go to L.A. and make a film out of a studio that has all the costume rentals, and where all the actors are. My story is set in New York. I have a first draft. I’m really ready for a casting phase. Movies are big in proportion to the period. It starts in the middle of the ‘20s, and there are sections in the ‘30s and the late ‘40s, and it goes until the late ‘60s.”

Infinite money? George Lucas, is that you?

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