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!
Yesterday we brought you Part 1 of Zack Galiafanakis’s hilarious Between Two Ferns – Oscar Buzz Edition, and now we have Part 2. The original clip featured ennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Christoph Waltz, Naomi Watts and Amy Adams all getting up fake talk show shenanigans, and now Bradley Cooper, Jessica Chastain, Sally Field and another very special guest from Lincoln, also get in on the action.
Looks like everybody’s favourite purple garbed, foul mouthed teenage girl vigilante is gong to get hit with more than just bullets. Actress Chloe Grace Moretz has just wrapped filming her part as Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass 2 and she revealed that there may be some heart-tipped arrows headed her character’s way.
“There’s going to get a bit more romance, a much more grown up Mindy Macready [aka Hit-Girl]. Someone who’s questioning themself and whether they are a villain, assassin or a vigilante and a hero. So there’s a lot of tormented inner self, it’s interesting.”
“It’s been amazing revising the character and showing her more grown up and more adult and more put together. It’s been a lot of fun.”
As long as it’s not too much teenage angst, and more sweary cute girl, I’m all in.
In news that should surprise nobody with an IQ higher than their shoe size, Stuart “Tomorrow, When the Wat Began” Beatty’s I, Frankenstein will be releasing in post-converted 3D on September 13, 2013. The film will see Aaron Eckhart as the titular monster, who’s still alive and kicking (supernatural tuchas) in modern times.
Congratulations, Japan. Your claim to fame as producer of at least 70% (and if it involves tentacles that figure climbs up to about 99%) of the entire world’s weird stuff is still secure. Case in point: Star Bruce Willis wasn’t along for a recent promo tour of A Good Day to Die Hard over in the Land of the Rising Sun, and since the movie is releasing on 14 February – Valentine’s Day – there was only one thing to be done. Make a life-sized chocolate stature of Detective John McClane. As one apparently does.
Either that chocolate is starting to melt, or whoever sculpted that has never seen Mr. Willis but had his face described to him by Hellen Keller.
If you ever wanted a glimpse into the mind of an obsessive genius then look no further than the full script and notes from an epic Napoleon biopic that acclaimed director Stanley Kubrick never made before he passed away in 1999. Kubrick worked on the project for 3 years, completely immersing himself in Napoleonic literature and doing tons of legwork for it, before it got shelved due to a massive projected budget.
And we got some more plot details for Muppets…Again! and it looks like everybody’s favourite animals with men’s hands up their butts are going to get matrimonial. Production designer Eve Stewart let the pig out of the bag while being interviewed for her BAFTA win for Les Miserables.
“I’m now at Pinewood doing the Muppet show, and today has been one of the best days of my life, designing Miss Piggy’s wedding at the Tower of London.”
With Piggy and Kermit finally tying the knot, I guess the porcine diva is finally going to find out if frog really does taste like chicken……. Too far? Yeah, I take it back.
Here’s the first, rather tiny look at Left Behind, the Nicolas Cage starring big budget remake of the Christian themed Left Behind series of movies, which were adapted from Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins’ book series of the same name.
If my go-go-Gadget eyes don’t deceive me, I do believe that Cage has short hair there. And based on the unofficial rule that states that the longer Cages hair, the more the movie will blow chunks, it looks like Cage is about to have his Daniel Day-Lewis moment!
If you were worried about not getting your regular dose of Vitamin Craig in the next installment of David Fincher’s Millennium trilogy, The Girl Who Played With Fire, due to salary squabbles, then worry no more. MTV spoke to star Rooney Mara who addressed recent reports that co-star Daniel Craig’s insistence of a salary hike due to his huge recent success as James Bond, would result in him being written out of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo sequel.
“I’ve been talking a lot with [David Fincher] about the sequel, and I don’t know where that rumor was started — but it would never be a possibility. He wouldn’t be written out.”
Looks like Andrew Stanton is starting to pull the entire old underwater gang back together for Finding Nemo 2 (or whatever it ends up being called. I’m partial to That Damn Kid is Missing Again! myself). Joining the previously announced Ellen DeGeneres, it looks like Albert Brooks is currently in negotiations to reprise his role of caring fishy father Marlin.
Interestingly enough, also buried in the Deadline report of Brooks’ return, is a one-liner saying that Disney will be giving Stanton another crack at this whole live-action thing despite last year’s John Carter dividing critics (we came down on the side of “Awesome” around these parts) and not making anywhere near the level of box office returns that the studio expected.
One of the reasons that JC‘s profit margins were so slim was because of the film’s gigantic $250 million budget, one big cause of which was Stanton’s continual reshoots. Constantly reworking the movie is a process usually followed in the animated world, not the live-action one. Hopefully Stanton has learned from his mistakes now.
There’s an old expression that states that “too many superhero cooks spoil the timeline-hopping team-up”. Well, something like that. And with more and more cast members being revealed for X-Men: Days of Future Past, how will the superhero sequel cater for them all? Director Bryan Singer says that we shouldn’t worry, they got this covered:
“I don’t want to say yet, or talk about that yet, but I will say that every character has a very important function in the story. The story is designed and catered to the combined cast. It’s not just throwing in people to occupy the screen, occupy the billboards. The story ‘Days of Future Past,’ and our version ofDays of Future Past is geared very much toward the mass cast and all their relationships and all their foibles and their achievements.”
Singer also addressed the fact that Halle Berry’s character, Storm, was one of the few left alive (my resistance to bad moviesswasn’t so lucky) at the end of X-Men: The Last Stand, but nothing has been said yet of her showing up in the new film.
“I don’t know yet. And it’s not necessarily a deal making aspect at all. I want to make sure it’ll make sense. But I love working with her.”
Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens will be hoping to prove that he can do more than just be very, very British as he has landed an as of yet unknown role opposite Liam Neeson in A Walk Among The Tombstones. The film will be the sophomore directorial effort for Oscar nominated screenwriter Scott Frank (Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Minority Report, The Lookout) and is an adaptation of Lawrence Block’s novel of the same name. The film will see Neeson as “a private investigator who is hired to find the kidnapped wife of a drug dealer. He soon finds out the perpetrators have done this before, resulting in several murders.”
Ever notice how you’re always seeing the same 10 or so people in just about every second movie being released? That’s because it is the same 10 or so people! Pajiba also noticed this, which is why they’ve compiled their list of The 15 Most Prolific Film Actors of the Last 5 Years. And it may surprise you to know that there were actually 8 other people busier than Samuel L Jackson.
And the Pirate Bay documentary TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard, has been uploaded in full and is now available for your viewing pleasure. For free, of course. Directed by Simon Klose, the film “chronicles the founders of The Pirate Bay during their legal battle in Sweden. In 2009, the founders were convicted of promoting piracy, sentenced to a year in prison and fined 30 million Swedish krona ($3.5 million)”.
The doc officially made its debut at this year’s 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, and Klose released it online soon thereafter under the Creative Commons licence, meaning that is can be copied, shared and remixed, as long as it isn’t sold.