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!
With the amount of Superbowl trailers and TV spots released over the weekend, you’d be forgiven for wondering if any football actually played. And it’s only natural that with such a slew of video content, that we won’t be able to squeeze everything into our schedule. So we kick off today with a trio of video clips that debuted at the Superbowl.
First up, Star Trek Into Darkness, which has a new TV spot that features a few snippets of new scenes, including the very meta addition of Captain Kirk asking Benedict Cumberbatch just who his character is. How very droll, JJ. How very droll.
Apparently, if you’ve downloaded the Star Trek Into Darkness smartphone app, you will also be able to buy your tickets for special IMAX screenings (and thus not affecting us) two days earlier than the expected release date of May 17, 2013. Also, app users get to see a special “extended” version of the above TV spot. A whole 4 seconds longer extended version that is.
Next up, we have a new spot for Snitch, the unbelievable “based on true events” story of how Dwain “The Rock” Johnson actually plays a character that is not a badass. I know that sounds completely ridiculous, but it’s true. I caught the press screening at end of last year and you can expect the review soon, but a quick non-spoiler description would be that despite what the trailers show you and what you would expect from a typical Dwain Johnson movie where he doesn’t wear a tutu, Snitch is far more drama/suspense than straight up action. Also, Barry Pepper has amazing facial hair.
And for the last of the Superbowl vids we’re off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz. And apparently, he’s going to amaze you. There’s quite a bit of new footage in this TV spot for Oz the Great and Powerful, but unfortunately whoever edited it together has an acute allergic reaction to scenes staying on screen for anything longer 2 seconds, so you’re going to have to get very comfortable with the pause button if you really want to study it.
Looks like the hunt for the female lead in Captain America: The Winter Soldier is over. And just like has happened so many times in the past, the actress that will be taking on the role of Steve Rogers’ flame Sharon Carter (and in an act that borders on hillbillyism, she’s the great-niece of Cap’s WWII sweetheart, Peggy Carter), has never even been mentioned as being under consideration until now. That actress is Emily Van Camp, star of popular soapie-like drama series Revenge. Revenge of course airs on ABC, which like Marvel, is owned by Disney; something that I’m sure helped speed up the negotiations.
There are people, walking around on the face of this planet, just like you and me, who have already seen Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim. Looper director Rian Johnson is one of these people, and according to him and all his ridiculously lucky counterparts, the rest of us plebs are in for one hell of a monster movie ride. Also, diapers aren’t a bad investment.
@RianJohnson: “Go into Pacific Rim prepared to be transmogrified into a 12 year old. And then to pee your pants with joy. I love it so much.”
And yes, I know that strictly speaking this is not movie news, but hey, I run this joint, so who’s gonna stop me? A superbowl trailer was released for CBS’ adaptation of Stephen King’s Under the Dome. The series is being produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and Niels Arden Oplev, director of the original Swedish The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, will be directing the pilot episode. How’s that for making it movie news, hey?
I can’t say it any better than they already have, so I’m just blatantly stealing this from Pajiba’s article: “If January is the Hollywood dumping grounds, Super Bowl weekend is the January’s dumping grounds dumping grounds.” Which is what leads to their article on The 12 Worst Films Ever Released On Superbowl Weekend.
I am not proud to say that I have seen Car 54, Where are you?. Twice.
Benedict Cumberbatch, fresh from being a poncey nonce and not telling us who he’s playing in Star Trek Into Darkness, is apparently interested in taking the lead in The Imitation Game. No, this is not Asylum Studios’ answer to The Hunger Games. The film is actually based on ”Alan Turing: The Enigma”, Andrew Hodge’s biography of the famed mathematician, considered to be the father of computer science.
Here’s the book’s official blurb:
Alan Turing (1912-1954) was a British mathematician who made history. His breaking of the German U-boat Enigma cipher in World War II ensured Allied-American control of the Atlantic. But Turing’s vision went far beyond the desperate wartime struggle. Already in the 1930s he had defined the concept of the universal machine, which underpins the computer revolution. In 1945 he was a pioneer of electronic computer design. But Turing’s true goal was the scientific understanding of the mind, brought out in the drama and wit of the famous “Turing test” for machine intelligence, and in his prophecy for the twenty-first century.
Drawn into the cockpit of world events and the forefront of technological innovation. Alan Turing was also an innocent and unpretentious gay man trying to live in a society that criminalized him. In 1952, he revealed his homosexuality and was forced to participate in a humiliating treatment program, and was ever after regarded as a security risk. His suicide in 1954 remains one of the many enigmas in an astonishing life story.
If Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendez, Bradley Cooper, tattoos, motorcycles, uniforms or any combination of these elements gets your engine revving, then I suggest you go check out Indiewire’s gallery of 11 new images for upcoming crime drama Place Beyond the Pines.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, better known as that big Nigerian guy from Lost and The Bourne Identity whose name you can’t pronounce, spoke to LA Times about his character, dark elf Algrim and his monstrous alter ego Kurse, in Thor: The Dark World.
“It’s an amalgamation of a bull and a lava-like creature. He has very animalistic tendencies but with this insatiable and unstoppable power. As an actor, that’s one of the hardest things to embody. You have to realize you are probably the most powerful thing you could imagine. And you have to be that. You can’t pretend, so that when you face Thor, it’s real.”
And Ben Affleck just keeps on dishing out slaps to the Academy’s collectively starched face. Despite being snubbed with the Oscar nominations, Affleck has added some more silverware to his mantlepiece, when he took home the top honours for Argo at this year’s Director’s Guild Awards. As Collider mentions, Affleck’s Best Director snub has set the Darryn among the chocolate cakes, as traditionally the Best Picture winner – which Argo is currently looking like the favourite for – also gets Best Director.
So do they ignore Argo completely – which would certainly earn quite a few grumbles – or do they split it, and give another director (Steven Spielberg?) the gong? Either way, they’re going to upset somebody.
There’s been rumours and whisperings that a sequel to Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion - or as I like to call it, “For the love of Xenu, people! Wash your damn hands after using public transport!” – would be in the works. ComingSoon.net though has learned that this will probably not be happening, but rather that screenwriter Scott Z. Burns is currently looking to get the global disease pandemic thriller turned into a TV series.
Oh silly, Riddick. Don’t you know that you can catch a cold if you sleep outside in the rain? Have you ever tried escaping intergalactic mercs while also being hunted by alien predators and you have a runny nose and a wet cough? No fun, I tell you. No fun at all.
Deadline is reporting Mark Waters, director of our own Lourens’s guiltiest of pleasures, Mean Girls, has been tapped to direct an adaptation of popular YA novel, Vampire Academy. The story sounds like what has become the stock standard fare of smooshy supernatural faux-mance that should have the Twilight crowd chomping at the bit, while everybody else rolls their eyes so hard they can see down their own throat as it rapidly fills up with sick.
The Vampire Academy book series is a coming-of-age, action driven, “paranormal romance” fantasy. It is set in the present day against a hidden universe of vampires, half-humans, alchemy, and magic. The series centers on a strong, yet flawed, 17-year-old female who confronts her world with grit, determination, and lots of moxie. Rose Hathaway is a dhampir, half human/half vampire and guardian of the Moroi, a race of peaceful and magical mortal vampires who can walk in the daylight, survive by feeding off willing blood donors, grow old and die. Hidden deep in the forests of Montana is St. Vladimir’s Academy, where Moroi and dhampirs learn to take their place in Moroi society. Rose must master her inherited abilities as a dhampir and earn the approval of the Royal Council, as guardian to Princess Lissa, her best friend and sole heir of one of the twelve Royal families of Moroi. Rose and Lissa share a mysterious psychic bond and sense of destiny, but first they must survive an intense social scene, politics and the physical challenges of Moroi life at the Academy. Outside the sanctuary of St. Vladimir’s waits their greatest threat of all, the Strigoi, a race of bloodthirsty immortal vampires and predators of the Moroi.
And the latest in a recently long line of sci-fi shorts being snapped up by Hollywood to be adapted into a feature adaptation will be writer/director Kasra Farahani’s Noon. Farahani, who worked as a concept artist on blockbuster movies such as Thor and Star Trek Into Darkness, debuted the rather impressive short film (which is actually a full 12 minute scene from what he hoped would turn into a full length feature film) on Vimeo last year, and it immediately got quite a bit of attention, culminating in the recent news that Chernin Entertainment (who are currently producing both Josef Kosinski’s Oblivion and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) has now picked it up for development with Farhani set to direct.
NOON is a scene from a completed feature screenplay. The short sets up the world’s unique premise and introduces our protagonist, Gray, a “coyote” numbed to the cruelty of the world and his part in it. We watch Gray struggle to salvage what humanity still exists within him when profit is pitted against morality.