Extras! Christopher McQuarrie takes on a Mission Impossible, 2012 Trailer mashup, The stars have gone to the dogs, Universal Pictures has raised an Armada, and It’s a me, Wreck-it Ralph! 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!

If you’re a die-hard The Dark Knight Rises fanboy then gets angry when people speak ill of your beloved film then you may need to avert your eyes as well as your non-existent senses of humour for our first story for today. Despite appreciating a lot of the performances, character arc and thematic elements of Chris Nolan’s final Batman film, I still had quite a few major issues with it. “What issues would that be?”, I hear you ask in a really bad Bane impersonation. Well, allow the folks at Honest Trailers to lay some hilarious truth on ya’ll.

It’s official, Anne Hathaway will now forever be known as “Prince Ass Diaries”.

If you’ve ever wanted to see pics of the cast of The Hobbit in costume looking at their miniature LEGO counterparts, then this is the link for you to click on. Have you clicked it yet?

Have some questions about the Star Trek Into Darkness trailer? Well so do Total Film, 23 of them in fact.

Now I just linked a Star Trek Into Darkness, but I’m about to do another one from Hollywood.com, based purely on just how puntastic their article title is: Star Trek Into Darkness – Khan We Tell Who The Villain Is? Oh, chortle.

We’re almost at the end of year, and you know what that means… That’s right, thinking up excuses to get you out of going to Darryn’s New Years Party! This year I’m going with “I kept watching this supercut mashup of all the trailers for all the major movie releases for 2012 over and over again, and just lost track of time.” That should be better than the “The dog ate my invite and ninjas ate my dog” excuse of last year.

Armada, the soon to be released second novel from Fanboys screenwriter Ernie Cline, has been optioned for a big screen adaptation by Universal Pictures. Cline’s first novel Ready Player One – about a globe spanning treasure hunt that takes place in a futuristic online game as well as in the real world – was picked up earlier in the year by WB.

As to what Armada is about, well it’s all sounding very The Last Starfighter-ish. Here’s the blurb that was provided by THR’s Borys Kit:

Speaking of novels being made into movies, that’s exactly what’s happening to Peter Heller’s post-apocalyptic novel “The Dog Stars”. Constantin Films will be the one footing the bill, with frequent Paul W.S Anderson collaborator Robert Kulzer (Resident Evil series, The Three Musketeers, Wrong Turn) producing. Here’s the synopsis for the book, but in case you’re allergic to words, you’ll be happy to know that Heller’s work also follows the latest trend of books getting trailers.

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life–something like his old life–exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return–not enough fuel to get him home–following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face–in the people he meets, and in himself–is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.

onathan Demme has pulled out of the adaptation Stephen King’s time travel tale 11/22/63, which sees a middle-aged High School English teacher travelling back to 1958 through a mysterious time portal in a diner pantry, to try and stop the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. But it turns out that the Demme – who had signed on to write, direct and produce the adaptation – and the renowned author had some creative differences on the material.

“This is a big book, with lots in it. And I loved certain parts of the book for the film more than Stephen did. We’re friends, and I had a lot of fun working on the script, but we were too apart on what we felt should be in and what should be out of the script.”

I’m not surprised Demme couldn’t see eye to eye with King. Have you seen Kings eyes? Welcome to Creepyville, population: 2.

If you’re the jet-setting type and fancy taking in a movie abroad, then you may be interested in this list from Collider showing exactly which of the IMAX cinemas will be screening the 9-minute long Star Trek Into Darkness preview in front of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. South Africa is sans IMAX, so don’t bother wasting your time looking for it on the list, rather just get filled with indescribable rage about the whole situation like I do.

Jack Reacher sees writer-director Christopher McQuarrie finally making use of that “director” part of his title again since he made his debut behind the camera with 2000’s Way of the Gun. He must have had a great time telling Tom Cruise what to do on-set, and he isn’t waiting another 12 years to do it again, because he is currently the frontrunner to direct the next Mission: Impossible sequel.

“We’ve just started talking about it. He [Tom Cruise] is very busy with ‘All You Need is Kill’, JJ [Abrams] is very busy with ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’, I’m busy promoting this movie. Obviously, I love working with him [Cruise] and would love to do it, it’s daunting in that I would have to follow Brad Bird… you know, the biggest movie of the genre. At the same time that’s kinda what I like about it, I like to come from a place of lowered expectation and I have to imagine that when they find out a filmmaker like me who feels, as someone put it earlier today ‘street level’… between ‘Way of the Gun’ and ‘Reacher’ and movies like that, I have to imagine that when it becomes real that people’s expectations could not be any lower.”

Wreck-It Ralph is yet to open locally as well as large number of other countries, but sequel talks are already underway, as star John C. Reilly, who voices the titular Ralph revealed:

“They wouldn’t make [all that] merchandise, if [Disney] didn’t have plans for other [Wreck-it Ralph] stories”

“Some of the big muckety-muckets at the studio, who I just saw the other night, were like ‘We’re talking sequel!’ The movie made $150 million dollars in eleven days, it broke the box-office record for Disney animated movies on opening weekend. If that’s any indication that we’ll be doing a sequel… I bet we’ll be doing a sequel.”

And while the animated film about a videogame character may have seen cameos from plenty of other recognizable game characters, for the sequel, director Rich Moore wants to bring in possibly the biggest (well not physically) of them all: Mario. Moore revealed that Nintendo had actually given the go-ahead for the flower munching, mustachioed plumber with the Stockholm Syndrome girlfriend to be used in the first film, but how to use him was the problem.

“At dinner last night we were already talking about it. So we’re talking ‘what could do they do? What kinda of things could happen? Who could be in it?”

“We’ll really come up with something good for Mario to do [in the next film]. To be able to present him in the sequel, would be great”.

I have about as much fondness for Dragonball Z as I do for root canal surgery. Having a character standing around for 5 episodes just going “hhhhhhhhHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRGGGHH!” as he charges up a fireball is not my idea of fun. But there are millions of folks out there that go simply in-saiyan for it, and I’m sure that these folks regularly curse the day the live action Dragonball movie, Dragonball: Evolution was released back in 2009 (Why James Marsters? Why? You were Spike for Xenu’s sakes!).

Some of those folks have decided to combine their fanboyism, and clearly plenty of free time, and have created this “trailer” to show what a proper DBZ live-action movie should look like. I’m still not sold though, but then again I detest it purely on principle.

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  • Supreme LtGen Andre116

    Dog stars sounds interesting. I love me some post apocalyptic movies. (isn’t there a new Mad Max in production as well)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kervyn-Cloete/610830836 Kervyn Cloete

      Yep, George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Just finished shooting in Namibia two weeks ago, hence why Tom Hardy (who plays Max) and Charlize Theron have been seen all around SA since then.

      • Andre116

        Cool. Holding thumbs they didnt screw it up.