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More than 100 Star Trek castmates, crew members, and families of the same have endorsed an open letter calling for fans of the series to throw their support behind Hillary Clinton in the upcoming presidential election. The endorsements cover every single Star Trek series, as well as the films, with George Takei, Brent Spiner, René Auberjonois, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, and J.J. Abrams all adding their names to the list.
Put together by a group calling itself “Trek Against Trump,” the letter dials down hard on the show’s original vision of a utopian future, saying “Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in such complete opposition to the ideals of the Star Trek universe as Donald Trump.” It also goes after those who would refuse to vote, calling out statements that both candidates are “equally bad” as “illogical and inaccurate.” It ends with a call for ...
- William Hughes
Last year, over $1 million was raised on Kickstarter and Indigogo for Axanar, a Star Trek fan film. The ambition was to make both a short film and a polished, feature-length fan film, but then CBS and Paramount stepped in and filed a lawsuit to prevent Axanar from going into production, claiming the film violates the rights of intellectual property. After a […]
- Peter Sciretta
Hot Toys has already unveiled several of its Rogue One: A Star Wars Story collectible figures including Darth Vader, Tie Fighter Pilot, Jedha Patrol Stormtrooper and Shoretrooper, and now they have another Force Friday treat with a batch of promotional images for the upcoming 1/6th scale Luke Skywalker collectible figure, which based on the likeness of Mark Hamill in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the film featuring a newly developed head sculpt, specially tailored costume, a mechanical right hand, and a Star Wars-themed figure stand. When you pre-order now, you can also receive a specially designed diorama figure base as a pre-order bonus accessory! Who wouldn’t want this legendary Jedi in their Star Wars figure collection?
- Amie Cranswick
Late Nite Grindhouse is proud to be bringing Phantasm in it’s newly remastered form, which they are dubbing as Phantasm: Remastered, to the Moolah Theatre & Lounge in St. Louis, Missouri. If you haven’t heard about this, J.J. Abrams and his company Bad Robot stepped in and performed a remaster/restoration on the film, which was in dire need considering Coscarelli’s own print wasn’t in the best of shape.
The residents of a small town have begun dying under strange circumstances, leading young Mike (Michael Baldwin) to investigate. After discovering that the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), the town’s mortician, is killing and reanimating the dead as misshapen zombies, Mike seeks help from his older brother, Jody (Bill Thornbury), and local ice cream man Reggie (Reggie Bannister). Working together, they try to lure out and kill the Tall Man, all the while avoiding his minions and a deadly silver sphere. »
- Andy Triefenbach
Spoiler Alert: This story contains details of HBO’s upcoming Westworld series. For several years, Hollywood has had an obsession with robots, no more so than those in Michael Crichton’s 1973 feature directorial Westworld. Long before executive producer J.J. Abrams and showrunners Jonathan Nolan and wife Lisa Joy began developing a TV series inspired by the film, many in town tried to reboot the sci-fi cult film, hooked by its multi-allegorical high concept about a theme… »
It's been several years since Valve, the studio behind the Portal and Half-Life games, announced that they had joined forces with J.J. Abrams in order to give their games the big-screen treatment. Since then we've heard little about either project, other than Abrams confirming that they were still in development, but Abrams is now teasing that we should be hearing an official announcement... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
J.J. Abrams‘ new fantasy sci-fi series “Westworld” converted Hollywood Boulevard in to “Westworld-World” on Wednesday night with a sprawling premiere at the Tcl Chinese Theater and party, four days ahead of its HBO debut. Fresh off the Emmys, where the network won 22 statuettes, HBO CEO Richard Plepler, Programming President Casey Bloys, and their event sorcerers delivered “Game of Thrones”-level pomp and circumstance for the new series, an adaptation of the classic 1973 movie starring Yul Brynner. Also Read: What Is 'Westworld' About? A Short Explainer Hollywood, CA – September 28: A general view of atmosphere is seen during the premiere of. »
- Mikey Glazer
Donald Trump is no better than a Denebian slime devil in the eyes of a long list of “Star Trek” actors, producers and writers. “Star Trek” cast members, producers and writers from all of the franchise’s series and movies have endorsed a new Facebook group called Trek Against Trump. Among those supporting the group are Jj Abrams (rebooted movie franchise), Bryan Fuller (“Deep Space 9,” “Voyager,” “Discovery”), Gates McFadden (“The Next Generation”), Walter Koenig (original series) and Scott Bakula (“Enterprise”). “Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in such complete opposition to the ideals of the Star Trek universe as Donald Trump, »
- Joe Otterson
It’s been over three and a half years since filmmaker J.J. Abrams and video game producer Gabe Newell announced a forthcoming collaboration between their Bad Robot and Valve companies. While their conversations hinted at some kind of larger partnership, the most immediate excitement came from their discussions of developing film adaptations of Valve’s video game […]
- Ethan Anderton
Fans of the cult video games “Portal” and “Half-Life,” developed by Valve, can now rest assure knowing that their promised big screen adaptations are still in the works, thanks to J.J. Abrams. While no big announcements have yet been made about the movies, the “Star Works” helmer teased that the films are “still very much in development” and that an announcement about the “Portal” movie may be made soon.
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The site also asked Abrams if the movies would be continuations of the stories told in the game. Not wanting to give anything away, he did say that he’s working with writers »
- Liz Calvario
It's been more than three years since J.J. Abrams first revealed his involvement in video game adaptations of Portal and Half-Life, but there have been very few updates about either project thus far. While promoting 10 Cloverfield Lane this spring, the filmmaker teased that both projects are still in development, with writers currently working on the scripts, but he didn't identify these scribes quite yet. During the red carpet premiere of Westworld this week, J.J. Abrams not only confirmed that Portal is still in development, but he hopes there will be an official announcement soon.
J.J. Abrams first made the announcement about both Portal and Half-Life movies at the 2013 Dice convention with Gabe Newell, the co-founder Valve, which developed both of the hit games. After three years of development, it seems that Bad Robot and Valve have moved forward enough that an official announcement is imminent. Here's what J.J. Abrams had »
Long before taking the helm on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams was – and continues to be – a director that all but specialized in fostering various sci-fi projects ranging from Michael Bay’s Armageddon to the wonderful, deeply nostalgic Super 8. That continued this year with the recent launch of Westworld, HBO’s dark and brooding event series that marries the future with the reimagined past – and does so rather brilliantly.
Set for premiere next week, Abrams was in attendance at Westworld‘s red carpet event, soliciting question about HBO’s budding new tentpole and beyond. Talk inevitably turned toward the long-rumored movie adaptations of Half-Life and Portal, and when quizzed on the status of each, the filmmaker/producer told IGN that both are “still very much in development.”
Echoing his status report from back in March, Abrams indicated that Valve – the developer behind both properties – continues to host talks with various writers. »
- Michael Briers
Back in 2013, J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot Productions announced a partnership with video game developers Valve, revealing that they would be working on big screen adaptation of the hit games Half-Life and Portal.
There was little news on either project until earlier this year when Abrams confirmed that both were still in development, and now the Star Wars: The Force Awakens director has revealed that he hopes to be able to make an official announcement on the Portal movie soon.
“We have a meeting coming up next week with Valve, we’re very active, I’m hoping that there will be a Portal announcement fairly soon,” Abrams told IGN during the premiere of Westworld. “We are having some really interesting discussions with writers, many of whom…once you said you’re doing a movie or show about a specific thing that is a known quantity you start to find people »
- Gary Collinson
Everyone from the Big-Three networks to the basic-cable movers and shakers get their tentpoles and marquee projects up and running in September – by October, however, they're bringing back some under-the-radar favorites (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and trying out some ambitious one-off experiments. (Ready yourself for whatever a Fox-approved Rocky Horror Picture Show might look like!) Meanwhile, Epix, TBS, and HBO launch promising new series pretty much covering the breadth of genres, and oh yeah, some horror show called The Walking Dead lurches back onto television to let fans in on who, exactly, »
Ryan Lambie Sep 29, 2016
It's already three years since Valve announced that it was collaborating with producer Jj Abrams on Portal and Half-Life - movie adaptations of the studio's hit videogames. And while we haven't heard much about those projects since, Abrams has said that they're both "very much in development."
In a brief chat with IGN, Abrams added that a meeting with Valve is imminent and, more excitingly, he's "hopeing that there will be a Portal announcement fairly soon."
Abrams had little else to say about the Portal movie other than that he's been having "some really interesting discussions with writers," but we'd be surprised if Abrams doesn't already have a director in mind. First-time director Dan Trachtenberg scored a surprise hit earlier this year with the thriller spin-off 10 Cloverfield Lane, which »
Just like they did with Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, Disney has rolled out new content for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at a very methodical pace. Sure, there have been some leaks (though nowhere near as many as for the J.J. Abrams helmed release), but for the most part, we still don't know what to expect from this spinoff, especially with reshoots taking place over the summer. However, during the Kino Expo International in St. Petersburg last week, the marketing director for the Russian division of Disney confirmed that the final trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be attached to Doctor Strange when the movie is released there on October 28th. This was to be expected (the studio pairing it with Warner Bros.' Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was highly unlikely), and no doubt means that you'll be able to »
Late in the second episode of HBO's Westworld, set in a theme park where visitors act out Wild West fantasies with the help of lifelike robots, the park's visionary co-founder Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) dresses down Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman), a screenwriter who has planned a new storyline for the guests that leans heavily on blood and guts to dazzle them. The guests, an irritated Ford explains, don't return for the graphic violence, or any of the other obvious things the park's creative team shows them. Instead, he insists, "They come back because of the subtleties, the details. They come back because they discover something they imagine no one had ever noticed before — something they've fallen in love with. They're not looking for a story that tells them who they are. They already know who they are. They're here because they want a glimpse of who they could be. »
- Alan Sepinwall
With “Game of Thrones,” HBO wove dragons, swordfights, and blood magic into a demographic-crossing television hit. Now it hopes to do the same with robot cowboys and mad scientists.
Based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film about a theme park filled with thinking, human-like machines gone haywire, “Westworld” premieres Oct. 2 on the premium cabler. Humongous in scope, the show is an ambitious gambit at a critical time for HBO, which could use a big drama to carry its flag past the looming end of “Game of Thrones.” To give “Westworld” a chance at becoming that show, HBO’s marketing team is using technology that mirrors the world of the series to rally hardcore fans.
“We knew that there would be two distinct strategies,” says Sabrina Caluori, senior vice president of digital media and marketing for HBO. The first of those is the theatrical-style campaign of on-air, online, and outdoor advertising that is a must for a big-series launch »
- Daniel Holloway
Saturday Night Live will be getting very musical (and quite historic) this October when it welcomes Lin-Manuel Miranda. The Hamilton creator and star will serve as host in the upcoming Oct. 8 episode of SNL. Joining Miranda as musical guest will be Twenty One Pilots. In addition to creating and starring in Hamilton, which won 11 Tony Awards this year and is easily the most popular show on Broadway, Miranda has also joined the Disney family in a major way. Miranda not only crafted a new Cantina song for J.J. Abrams for The Force Awakens (for those who don’t know, it’s called “Jabba Flow”), but he’s also
- Chris King
By Mark Cerulli
Cinema Retro readers no doubt remember Michael Crichton’s classic sci-fi thriller Westworld. Who can forget the chilling spectacle of Yul Brynner – sans face – stalking a hapless Richard Benjamin? When I heard HBO was “rebooting” Westworld, I was skeptical. The word “Why?” kept coming to mind. The original was so good, why go there?
I’m happy to say I was dead wrong. By expanding Michael Crichton’s original vision, the producers were able to open up new storylines and vastly enhance the earlier concept. While the 1973 film was epic, it was limited by the visual effects available at the time. Now every modern tool in the VFX toolbox can be used and the results are intoxicating, drawing the viewer into Westworld’s latex embrace.
The overall setup is still the same – a high-end resort modeled after the Old West where guests can indulge in every fantasy »
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