Extras! Robert Rodriguez wants Machete in Space, Sean Young talks Blade Runner 2, Harry Potter talks about gay sex, Kate Winslet wants to get Divergent, Melissa McCarthy says the F word and Frank Darabont almost gets sued by Rockstar! 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!

Earlier today we brought you news that Nic Mathieu would be directing a new Robotech feature film adaptation, to which most of you probably responded “Who?” followed shortly by humming the Robotech theme song for the rest of the day. Now while I can’t help you with the latter problem – and really, how could anything that awesome be considered a problem – I can shed some light on the former.

As mentioned in the article, Mathieu is a commercials director, and to give you an idea of what he could accomplish with the franchise, here’s a rather fitting ad he did in 2011.

In a surprising twist, James Ryder, a former employee of James Cameron, has won a preliminary ruling in his lawsuit against his forme boss, whom he is accusing of stealing his idea for Avatar. James, hate to break it to you, but er… Pocahontas, Princess Mononoke, Fern Gully etcetera etcetera.

Former Boy Who Lived (Under the Stairs), Daniel Radcliffe will next be seen playing beat scene icon, poet Allen Ginsberg, in Kill Your Darlings. For those of you that don’t know, Ginsberg was definitely batting for the other team, and it looks like Radcliffe will be stepping up to the plate a few times in the movie. These gay sex scenes have apparently intrigued Radcliffe’s fans greatly; something which he doesn’t quite understand.

“You know I did Equus?” [A stage play about a boy who is sexually attracted to horses in which Radcliffe also acted nude] “Some people are asking me questions like this is a more shocking subject, which is so strange.”

“I don’t know why a gay sex scene should be any more shocking than a straight sex scene. Both of them are equally un-shocking.”

Un-shocking? Well that depends on whether you allow cattle prods in the bedroom or not.

“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Easily one of the most recognizable lines in movie history, and for anybody who’s seen The Princess Bride, a definite catalyst to a smile or two. There were no smiles on a recent Quantus Air flight from Sydney, Australia though, as Princess Bride fan Wynand Mullins was force to remove his t-shirt brandishing the famous line of dialogue. Apparently, people on a plane feel threatened when you tell them to “prepare to die”. Weird.

I don’t know about you guys, but I now really want that shirt.

Sean Young, the famous robot chick from Blade Runner that made all teenage boys who saw her start looking at their toasters funny (OK, just me then?), has apparently been in talks with the producers on the proposed sequel to Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi masterpiece. Though don’t get your hopes up for a cast reunion just yet.

“I did meet with them, but I think at that point they just wanted to meet me and I don’t think they have any plans of using any of the original people, although I can’t say for sure. I do think, let me just say it right here, I do think it would be a disappointment to the audience not to have Rachel in it but you know what, folks in Hollywood make mistakes all the time.”

You may recall that writer-director Frank Darabont (The Green Mile, Shawshank Redemption, The Mist, The Walking Dead) was working on a much anticipated new cop drama set in 1940′s Los Angeles, but there hasn’t been much movement on it in ages. That may have had something to do with having the excrement litigated out of you by Rockstar, one of the biggest videogame publishers in the world.

“Yes, it was going to be called L.A. Noir, based on the book [of the same name] by John Buntin. But the video game company with the video game called L.A. Noire (with an e!) threatened to sue the shit out of me, TNT, every company that actually ever worked in Hollywood. And they have the billions of dollars to back it up, apparently. So we’re changing the title, and I do believe the title is going to be Lost Angels. This is being announced right here. It’s a very, very cool show. It’s [set in] 1947 LA and it stars my very dear friend Jon Bernthal, whom I worked with on The Walking Dead who is now free of that…”

Damn. Guess I better a good lawyer before I go any further on this pitch for a crime drama set primarily inside a Starbucks that I’m working on. I was going to call it “Grande Theft Auto”.

Danny Boyle’s gangsters and hypnotherapy thriller, Trance, just got a really cool minimalist poster. Unless you’re colourblind, in which case you probably think this is the worst movie poster ever. Also, you must hate eating Smarties.

At one point last year, it seemed like the requirements for being cast in Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse sequel, Machete Kills, was just to show up on the sound stage as everybody from Mel Gibson to Lady Gaga joined the production. It looks like there’ll be so many cameos, that not even Rodriguez himself could keep track of it.

“Oh my God, I don’t know. There are probably some more that people don’t know about because we’ve kept them under wraps. But there are definitely are some people involved who haven’t been announced.”

Cool. Michael Madsen probably needs a paycheck. Speaking of getting high, Rodriguez is still interested in taking his blade-swinging federale to some truly new heights next, and here’s what he had to say when asked when the rumoured Machete in Space will become reality.

“I don’t know how to answer that yet. I want to leave some surprises. I haven’t been asked that question yet so I’m trying to figure out strategically how to answer that. It is very fun to think about ,and I’m equally as excited about that as the audience was when I first told them the title. I’ve paid more attention to it as people have come up to me and said, ‘I really want to see “Machete in Space!”‘ and I’m like, ‘Yeah me too,’ but I don’t know why.”

Neither do we, Robert. Neither do we.

There’s a new international trailer out for the Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy buddy cop movie, The Heat. Now I never knew this before, but the word “international” is actually a synonym for “lets swear a lot and hope that distracts people from the fact that we’re looking moderately funny at best”. I guess you learn something new every day.

Iron Man is out, that guy with the crazy eyes is in! Yes, Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix will be reteaming with his The Master director Paul Thomas Anderson, as a last minute replacement for Robert Downey J,r in PTA’s adaptation of Inherent Vice, the paranoia driven detective story by Thomas Pynchon. Why RDJ dropped out has not yet been made clear, but I suspect he needs more time to count his money.

Pynchon’s novel apparently plays out like out Hunter S Thompson doing a Mickey Spillane impersonation, only with slightly less lizard people, and I can clearly see Phoenix at home in all that kookiness.

Chiwetel Ejiofor. A lot of you probably have no idea who that is, and I have no idea why not. The dude has been awesome in everything he’s ever been in -even that one time when Roland Emmerich was setting off suck-bombs all around him and John Cusack in order to destroy the world – yet, most people don’t even know his name. And unfortunately, he’s not alone. You can find him and his underappreciated friends on Pajbia’s list of 8 Actors Who Aren’t As Famous As They Should Be.

You may have heard of this little news nugget this morning about how a certain bespectacled, fuzzy topped geek just got handed the keys to the biggest sci-fi franchise in the history of ever, despite the fact that he was still driving the 2nd biggest sci-fi franchise in the history of ever. And as news of JJ Abrams directing the new Star Wars bounced around the world, some celebrities and industry insiders took to twitter to voice their opinion on the choice. THR has done a round-up of some of the best tweets, but here’s a little snippet.

@TheYoungIlKim: “Comic-Con announced today it will be moving from San Diego to JJ Abrams’s backyard.”

@JasonStangel: “J.J. Abrams to direct new ‘Star Wars’ movie. Rumor is, the villain is Khan”

@ScottWeinberg: “I hope Abrams and Arndt add a bounty hunter character called Len Sflare. Just to piss off the nerds.”

@WoodElijah: “The Flare is strong with this one.”

Kate Winslett is apparently eyeballing a role in Divergent, Neil Burgers adaptation of the YA novel that already has soon to be Spider-Man squeeze, Shailene Woodley in the lead role of Beatrice Prior, a 16-year old girl living in a future America where the country is divided into 5 different factions, and every teenager is forced to permanently choose a faction to belong to. It’s uncertain which role Winslett is eyeing, but going with her track record, just find the one that requires the character to be nude a whole lot, and it’s probably that one.

The people who know about these things, have all been saying that out of all the (what seems like thousands of ) YA properties being adapted, Divergent is probably the front runner to inherit the Twilight/The Hunger Games crown.

Did you know that Scarface was once nominated for a Razzie? Say hello to my little WTF?! You see it’s not just all the starched shirts at the Oscars that make headache-inducing mistakes. Read all about it and more at Film.com’s list of 13 Great Movies Nominated for a Razzie.

And we’re ending today on this clip of a man playing some of favourite movie theme songs of all time. Why? Because I make the rules around here, that’s why! Now good luck in not spending the rest of the day humming at least one of these for the rest of the day.

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  • Andre116

    “Also, you must hate eating Smarties.” Hehe. You made me giggle.

  • Decembermaloy

    Damn that guy playing the theme songs is very good…