Extras! Joss Whedon smashes Planet Hulk rumours, Return of the Leia, Vin Diesel hunts witches, Jon Stewart leaves his job for Rosewater, Mila Kunis is awesome, and Django killed Black Panther? 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’ve all been there, right boys? Stumbling over your words in the presence of a pretty girl, despite the fact that you’ve been rehearsing your lines all morning, and just making a total fool of yourself, so much so that everybody points at you and laughs and then the resident bully walks by and pulls down your pants while you’re too busy trying to contain the ever increasing flow of liquid-dignity from your eyeballs, and your mom didn’t have time to do the laundry that week, so you had to wear that old underpants with the cartoon ships and the hole on the butt and… Sorry, where was I? Oh yes, Mila Kunis! She’s just become the coolest celebrity on the Internet (at least for a day), for her rescuing of a clearly nervous and possibly lovestruck interviewer in this rather awesome clip!

The Guardian’s Phil Hoad has made the startling revelations that contrary to popular belief, it’s not actually the (blatantly generalized) overweight, monster truck lovin’ audience in Murrica (that’s America to those of you blessed with cognizance) that’s responsible for the dirge of lackluster sequels that get pushed out in Hollywood. It’s those snooty Europeans with all their cafe’s and culture and so called love of arthouse cinema, that are actually the reason we got hit in the brain with the latest Die Hard disaster.

If you’re a fan of funnyman Jon Stewart, then you’ll be saddened to hear that he’ll be taking a three month break from “The Daily Show”. But don’t worry, it’s for a good cause. Stewart will be prying his butt out from behind the desk and into the director’s chair to helm Rosewater, an adaptation (which he penned himself) of the non-fiction novel “Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival”. Here’s the book’s blurb:

The book is Maziar Bahari’s harrowing ordeal of leaving London in June 2009 to cover Iran’s presidential elections. With a pregnant fiance left behind, the BBC journalist expected to be away for a week. Instead, he spent the next 118 days in Iran’s most notorious prison being brutally interrogated by a man he knew only by one thing: he smelled of Rosewater.

Generally speaking, unlawful interrogation doesn’t make for the best comedy material, so I think it’s safe to assume that it will probably be handled pretty straight-faced by the very politically savvy Stewart.

We’ve already seen the Effie Trinket entry in the “Victory Portraits” series of posters for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and now another pair have been released focusing on Stanley Tucci’s flamboyant talk show host, Ceasar Flickerman, and Woody Harrelson’s ex-champion, current drunk Haymith Abernathy.

Pro- tip: When Steven Spielberg gives you movie watching advice, you better damn well listen or your psychological well-being may suffer. Case in point, Polish actress Oliwia Dabrowska, who became famous at the age of just three when she played the tragic “Red Coat Girl” in Spielberg’s harrowing and unflinching holocaust drama, Schindler’s List. Ms Dabrowska didn’t listen to the director when he her told to not watch the film until she was 18, after she had “grown up into the film” though, and instead popped in the DVD when she was just 11. Trauma ensued.

“It was too horrible. I could not understand much, but I was sure that I didn’t want to watch it ever again in my life.”

“I was ashamed of being in the movie and really angry with my mother and father when they told anyone about my part.”

Told ya so.

I love Joss Whedon about as much as it’s physically possible for one totally heterosexual male to love another totally heterosexual male that he’s only ever seen on the TV and internet, but right now I am cursing his name. You see, a short while back, Latino Review spun out this rather smashing rumour all about how a new standalone Hulk film would be based on the acclaimed “Planet Hulk” storyline, which would then be the springboard for a World War Hulk-like Avengers 3. Many a fanboy had their trousers gamma irradiated at just the epic thought of it. That was until last night when the fan favourite writer/director/supreme geek overlord crushed millions of dreams with just a single sentence, when he responded to IGN’s query on the matter:

“Well I’m really not supposed to comment, but no, that’s nonsense.”

Damn you, Whedon. Damn you to Sunnydale!

A new TV spot for Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead has been summoned up from the depths of Hell, and before you ask, yes, it’s probably best to invest in some adult diapers before clicking play, and no, I won’t hold you afterwards, Darryn.

Speaking of horror remakes that actually don’t suck, Breck Eisner, the man behind 2010’s surprisingly capable remake of George Romero’s The Crazies, may have taken his time in doing so, but he’s finally picked his next project: the Corey “Priest” Goodman scripted The Last Witch Hunter. Deadline reports that not only is it a done deal for Eisner to direct, but also that professional bald dude Vin Diesel is currently in talks to star as the film’s lead protagonist, “an immortal hunter forced to team with a witch, his prey and greatest enemy, to protect an evil force from destroying New York City.”

While I do love how Marvel have essentially turned a whole lot of my geeky dreams into reality, if there’s one area that I think they’re still lacking in, it would be in bringing their more mature properties to the screen, in a gritty R-Rated fashion. (Ahem, Marvel. Ahem). Iron Man 3 director Shane Black has a couple ideas about which characters he would like to see adapted, but unfortunately he also thinks there’s certain silent D slave who may have ruined their chances.

“I’ve always felt that certain characters could be adapted in a cool way. Quentin Tarantino kind of poisoned the well with Django, but I always thought there was a 1970s version of Black Panther, which was a period that could be really cool and involved a lot of racial tensions of the time. That’s not gonna happen. Nick Fury, I adored growing up. If you ever read the ones that [Jim] Steranko did for Tales of Suspense followed by Nick Fury, the stand-alone number one through eight, some of the best comics ever made. [But now] you have Sam Jackson, who’s 60 years old and sort of plays a patriarchal figure. “

I hate to be that guy, Mr Black, but you do realize that besides for their skin colour, Django has pretty much nothing to do with these characters, right?

I could wax lyrical for hours on classic Arnie action flick, Predator. Unfortunately I was born with a strange medical condition, commonly known as “being a lazy sod”, so I won’t. Instead I’ll direct your attentions to this brilliantly funny recap of the entire film, done in just 59 seconds! Using LEGO!! More exclamation marks!!!

When it comes to Star Wars: Episode VII, we’ve been subjectured to more rumours and conjecture than the day before Oscar Pistorius’ bail hearing, so it’s when we can just get a clear definitive answer for once. The question to that answer was posed to ex-Star Wars leading lady and current lady who has to be led around due to being high all the time Carrie Fisher, who was asked by Palm Beach Illustrated (who?) whether she would be in the new movie. Here’s how she responded:

“Yes.”

Doesn’t get much clearer than that. The answer and Carrie Fisher, I mean.

If you weren’t Bay’d over by the news that Michael “Explodertron” Bay has cast his Transformers star Megan Fox in Ninja Turtles, then don’t worry you’re not alone. Original TMNT creator Peter Laird isn’t too happy about the casting news either.

“My only exposure to Megan Fox as an actress is through her role in two “Transformers” movies and the wretched (but happily forgettable) “Jennifer’s Body”. It may not be fair to judge her range of acting skills just from those three movies, but I think it is safe to say that there are probably hundreds of better choices for the role of April O’Neil. Of course, her name has promotional value, and maybe that’s what they want. Who knows? I can’t get myself too worked up about it.”

Now I just have to point out that Bay never officially said that Fox would be playing April O’Neil, merely that she was “back in the family”. But somehow I don’t think they would hire Fox just to put her in a rubber suit to play the female Turtle, Venus. That 12-16 year old boy demographic just won’t allow it.

Director Katherine Bigelow got into some deep clandestine ka-ka during the production of Zero Dark Thirty due to the fact that she and writer Mark Boall had apparently been granted access to top secret information about the classified hunt for Osama Bin Laden. And while that whole mess was eventually sorted out, it’s only self explanatory that while Bigelow and co might strive for as much authenticity in the film, there are certain things that the suited gorillas over in the Pentagon just wouldn’t let her show on screen. Luckily for us though, a new extended edition of the film has just been released that lays out in perfect detail the exact operational actions of the uber-secretive Seal Team Six.

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  • Skyblue

    Shane Black starred in Predator btw, also one of my fav movies of all time!
    That interview with Mila Kunis is very cool.