Extras! The Rock and Mark Wahhlberg get pumped, The Hobbit gets some gold, Uncle Ben swings around again, Burr Steers has to Breed and Al Pacino is a Spector of himself! 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 Japanese trailer for Iron Man 3 which actually features very little in the way of new footage (essentially just the Pepper Potts sections), but it does trim the original trailer down to ditch all the thinky parts in favour of more explodey bits. Also, there’s a dude speaking Japanese in the beginning, and you know how much we love those.

Terrence Howard (who starred in Iron Man - that’s how we segue around here) has joined Prisoners, a new thriller starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhall, Paul Dano, Melissa Leo and Viola Davis. Taken from the famed “Black List” of scripts, it deals with a small town carpenter named Keller (Jackman) who takes matters into his own hands after police fail to find his kidnapped daughter and her friend. But Keller ends up butting heads (probably figuratively and literally) with Detective Loki (Gyllenhall), the hotshot officer assigned to the case.

So a couple folks were lucky enough to show up in JJ Abrams’ phone book and got invited to see that 9 minute long prologue for Star Trek Into Darkness that will be airing in front of select IMAX screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. And while they weren’t able to spill the beans on a number of things, they do hint that all is not as it seems in that first trailer and that Abrams may have just pulled a fast one of some sort on us.

Damn it, Abrams. The crew of the enterprise are all dead and they’re all just living out their afterlife aren’t they? Well, I’m not falling for that again!

According to the tagline on this first poster for Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain, the crazy true story about a couple of bodybuilders who get embroiled in kidnapping extortion and murder, “their American dream is bigger than yours”. And by “America dream” they mean muscles. Their muscles are bigger than yours.

Martin Sheen is pulling a page out of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s book and has confirmed that he’ll be back for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

“They’ve called me back. I don’t know what the part is gonna be, but I’m going to be Uncle Ben once again in Spider-Man next year. We shoot it in February.”

Now before you get your hopes up about Spider-Man vs the Zombie Apocalypse,  Uncle Ben is almost certainly still dead (er… Spoilers, I guess), but will probably just be showing up in a flashback capacity.

Looks like everybody’s favourite couch destroying midget is ending 2012 on a high note. The first reviews for Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher is in, and despite the fact that he has about as much resemblance to the character on which it is based, as I do to Oprah Winfrey, the movie is apparently an “intense”, “very violent” and “surprisingly funny”, “superior thriller.”

US Cable broadcaster HBO’s 2013 schedule preview video leaked online a few days ago, and while most of it was just for new seasons of TV shows we’ve all been waiting for, it also gave the first look at writer-director David Mamet’s long in development biopic Phil Spector, with Al Pacino in the titular role as the acclaimed pop producer and creator of the “Wall of Sound” technique, who in 2009 was convicted and sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for hate crimes against hair killing actress Lana Clarkson.

The preview video has since been pulled but BleedingCool grabbed some screencaps before it was taken down

Along with those pics, they also grabbed a few new shots for director Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas as the flamboyant entertainer and Matt Damon as his younger lover.

Speaking of Matt Damon, he spoke to Deadline about what would be needed to have Jason Bourne appearing on our screen again, and also who he previously went to for help to get a fourth Bourne movie made before Jeremy Renner and Tony Gilroy produced Bourne Legacy.

“[Bourne Ultimatum and Bourne Supremacy director] Paul Greengrass has to want to do it, and secondly and equally important, it comes down to Paul and I knowing what the hell we want to do. We just don’t have a story, and we haven’t had one. I quietly went to Jonah Nolan, because he and his brother Chris did such a brilliant job on Batman and that whole mythology. I just said, can you put your brain on this? I can’t figure it out. And he took a run at it and he couldn’t crack it either. Paul and I have been talking about it for years. And we can’t quite see what the movie would be. If we could get line of sight on that…

Neither of us is against it. I would love to do another one. I love that character. To me, the reason to make that movie is because people want to see it. Paul and I have said that to each other. We don’t take for granted the fact that we’ve built an audience for Bourne, that’s a real privilege. But our part of that bargain is that the movie is good and belongs with the other three. Until we can deliver that, we just can’t make it.”

17 Again and Charlie St. Cloud director Burr Steers will be changing gears from his usual Zac Effron starring fluff to write and direct an adaptation of Chase Novak’s horror novel Breed.

Alex and Leslie Twisden lead charmed lives – fabulous jobs, a luxurious town house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a passionate marriage. What they don’t have is a child, and as they try one infertility treatment after the next, yearning turns into obsession. As a last-ditch attempt to make their dream of parenthood come true, Alex and Leslie travel deep into Slovenia, where they submit to a painful and terrifying procedure that finally gives them what they so fervently desire . . . but with awful consequences.

Ten years later, cosseted and adored but living in a house of secrets, the twins Adam and Alice find themselves locked into their rooms every night, with sounds coming from their parents’ bedroom getting progressively louder, more violent, and more disturbing.

Driven to a desperate search for answers, Adam and Alice set out on a quest to learn the true nature of the man and woman who raised them. Their discovery will upend everything they thought they knew about their parents and will reveal a threat so horrible that it must be escaped, at any cost.

Hands up all of those who got to the part about the noises in the bedroom and first thought that the horror was just going to be about the kids walking in on their parents doing it.

It would seem that Peter Jackson and his Hobbit friends have been affected by some wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff. Last week they revealed the first pic from the third Hobbit film before the first has even been released and now they’ve also released the first pic from the second film (that’s The Hobbit: The Desolationof Smaug, for those of you keeping score at home). Unlike the other first pic (from the third film), this one is much lighter on the wistful staring and much heavier on the golden treasure hoard of a dragon though.

If you’re Hobbit savvy, you might be a bit puzzled by this image though, as this scene takes place at the end of Tolkien’s book. So what’s it doing in the middle movie? Well according to writer/producer Philippa Boyens, the final book will be taking it’s lead from the more than hundred pages of appendices and notes that Tolkien left about what happens afterwards.

“The dragon is a huge, wonderful, amazing part of the story, but it doesn’t end there. Everyone can suspect there’s a rather large battle in film three.”

Drive director Nicolas Winding-Refn is in early talks to helm the Denzel Washinton starring actioner The Equalizer. The film is set to be an adaptation of the 1980’s TV series that starred Edward Woodward as Robert McCall, “a private detective with a lot of contacts who is available for hire if you have a problem that you don’t know how to solve.” The fact that the equalizer also featured a guy in a cool jacket driving a muscle car probably had nothing to do with Winding-Refn’s interest, right?

The big dogs of the Awards Season must still give their opinions, but Kathryn Bigelow’s hunt for Osama Bin Laden flick, Zero Dark Thirty, is already racking up the trophies for the smaller awards. But it if just awards recognition is not enough to get you interested in this film (and even if it is), then I highly recommend you head on over to Vulture where they go Inside The Making of Zero Dark Thirty. It’s an intriguing read which highlights how the project came to be, Bigelow’s almost obsessive drive for realistic accuracy, and even how one of the cast members voluntarily had himself waterboarded for real so as to better understand his character.

And we end today on a rather unexpected twist on a classic tale, courtesy of the students at the Vancouver Film School, who use their short film to ask “What if The Little Mermaid was a horror?”

 

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