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Earlier this month, while doing press for Star Trek Beyond, star John Cho said that his character Hikaru Sulu is revealed to be gay in this new movie, which opens in theaters today. The news has been quite controversial, with George Takei, who played the original Sulu on the iconic TV series, and is himself homosexual, speaking out against this change, because Sulu is a straight man in the Star Trek canon. Today we have even more details about Sulu, with John Cho revealing that a scene was cut where he kisses his husband, played by screenwriter Doug Jung.
George Takei admitted earlier this month that he was "delighted" to learn that there is now a gay character in Star Trek, but he thought making the long-established character Sulu gay was "twisting" the character Gene Roddenberry created. As for the cut kiss scene, John Cho revealed in an interview with »
Paramount’s “Star Trek Beyond” is dominating the U.S. box office, blasting off for an impressive weekend of as much as $60 million at 3,928 locations, early estimates showed Friday.
It’s a solid start for the 13th film in the durable franchise, following a summer that’s seen notably disappointing performances from several sequels.
That negative trend appears to be dragging down Fox’s animated comedy “Ice Age: Collision Course,” which looks to under-perform in the $22 million range at 3,992 venues. The fifth “Ice Age” movie may wind up trailing the third weekend of “Secret Life of Pets” and the second weekend of “Ghostbusters” in a battle for second place.
New Line’s low-cost horror-thriller “Lights Out” is overperforming with initial estimates showing a debut between $15 million and $20 million at 2,818 sites.
“Star Trek Beyond,” the third film in the rebooted sci-fi series, opens Friday at 3,928 sites and appears to be performing in line with projections. »
- Dave McNary
Star Trek Beyond, the latest installment in the classic franchise, features its all-stars Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto back in action as Captain Kirk and Spock in another adventure that's the level of fun you'd expect from the series. The usual gang is back together in the third movie, including Simon Pegg, John Cho, Zoe Saldana, and the late Anton Yelchin, this time facing off with Krall, an intergalactic villain played by Idris Elba. As much as a delight as it is to see Elba on screen, it's another newcomer to the Star Trek universe who really steals the movie. Sofia Boutella plays Jaylah, a badass alien stranded on Krall's planet. Not only does she have the coolest look in the movie, but she's also the film's most dynamic character, who shows extremes of emotional range and tons of charm with what seems like it was supposed to be a sub-supporting role. »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
Star Trek 4 will see Chris Pine’s James T. Kirk coming face-to-face with his father George Kirk, with Chris Pine reprising his role from the 2009 reboot, and Abrams has told EW that the plot for the fourth movie is his “favourite Star Trek story that we’ve had.”
“One of the reasons that I’m hoping [Star Trek Beyond] does well is so that we can, without question, get that movie made. It really is an amazing story. It’s really the reason we made the deal with Chris Hemsworth as soon as we could because we really wanted that story to be told, so fingers crossed.”
- Gary Collinson
Ice Age: Collision Course is apocalyptic in the most literal sense, with the fuzzy, wooly heroes of the now 14-year-old franchise fighting off extinction by diverting a glowing meteor that threatens to wipe out every living creature on earth. When it comes to kids movies, this animated junkpile is bizarrely, awkwardly morbid: one of the promotional posters reads “kiss your ice goodbye” in big letters, and almost every joke, plot development and idea the movie flings at you is as off-putting, if not moreso.
It’s a genuine wonder how this fifth installment managed to find its way onto the big screen when it’s clearly meant to go the way of the dinosaurs. (And by “the dinosaurs” I mean those baby dinos from the Land Before Time, a franchise that had enough sense to go the direct-to-video route from the second installment on.) The series’ charm has been worn down for years, »
- Bernard Boo
Ice Age: Collision Course Could Have Been Meatier But Instead It Crashes HardIt’s time to put this animated series on the extinct species list.
Five movies in, the Ice Age franchise has clearly run out of ideas. The latest installment, Ice Age: Collision Course, actually recycles a whole sequence formerly released as a separate short film titled Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe, which played ahead of last fall’s The Peanuts Movie. That same sequence was then reused as a teaser trailer for the new Ice Age sequel back in December.
Now, following some Cosmos-parodying voiceover from Neil deGrasse Tyson, the outer-space-set sequence opens the new feature, and the rehashing is a terrible way to start off. For adult fans of the animated series, anyway. Small children will likely appreciate the familiar beginning, just as they appreciate watching the other four Ice Age movies over and over and over.
Once again, because »
- Christopher Campbell
Star Trek Beyond, 2016.
Directed by Justin Lin.
The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.
Star Trek Beyond is one of those movies where all of the marketing and promotional material should just be used to wipe asses. Changing directors from J.J. Abrams to Justin Lin isn’t necessarily a drop in leadership quality, but given that Lin is going from absolutely mindless Fast and Furious vehicular carnage action flicks to the next installment of one of the most popular science fiction franchises of all time, it wouldn’t be wrong to expect a different kind of Star Trek, especially judging from the misleading trailers. The advertisement »
- Robert Kojder
Plot: When Scrat, the saber-toothed squirrel, somehow winds-up in space, he causes an apocalyptic meteor shower that threatens to make Manny (Ray Romano), the wholly mammoth, and his other pals extinct. Teaming-up with “dinosaur whisperer”, Buck (Simon Pegg) they set off on a quest to save themselves. Review: It’s hard to believe that Fox has been making Ice Age movies for fourteen... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
The action-packed Star Trek Beyond, the third installment in the new franchise, finally got it right. The 2009 Star Trek rebooted the original series by introducing those iconic sci-fi characters – Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Bones (Karl Urban), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Chekov (Anton Yelchin) and Sulu (John Cho) – as young upstarts joining Starfleet Command, and then cleverly skewed the timeline to create an alternate universe from the original. The 2013 follow-up, Star Trek Into Darkness, seemed to bite off more than it could chew though, with an overly convoluted plot and unnecessary throwbacks, particularly in the way they brought back Khan.
Now, with Star Trek Beyond, they’ve worked out the kinks and have delivered a solid film that is, to date, most closely attuned to the beloved 1960s series. Under the guidance of director Justin Lin (who takes over the reins from J.J. Abrams), and armed with »
- Kit Bowen
Star Trek Beyond, the third installment in the revived franchise, is opening in theaters to glowing reviews appreciative of its nostalgic touches. Star Trek Beyond Reviews Star Trek Beyond returns to the Enterprise with Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Sulu (John Cho), Scotty (Simon Pegg), “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban) and […]
- Chelsea Regan
Justin Lin didn’t realize he was a Trekkie until J.J. Abrams called him out of the blue. Between a Thursday phone call and what ended up a Monday meeting, Lin had dinner with his family, who had emigrated from Taiwan to run an Anaheim grocery store when he was 8 years old. That’s when it hit him that between age 8 and 18 he had grown up with Gene Roddenberry’s “Star Trek” TV series. It was embedded deep inside him.
Lin had turned away from directing the seventh installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, which grew from 3-6 with worldwide grosses of $158 million for “Tokyo Drift,” $363 million for “Fast & Furious” and $626 million for “Fast Five” to $789 million for “Fast & Furious 6.” (James Wan continued the trajectory when the seventh film earned $1.52 billion.) He was producing and directing TV (“Community,” the “Scorpion” pilot and “True Detective”) and exploring production in China, »
- Anne Thompson
When “Star Trek Beyond” hits theaters Friday it will be the first film in the franchise to feature an openly gay character in actor Jon Cho’s Sulu, but don’t expect to see the Enterprise commanding officer express his affection on-screen.
A kiss between Sulu and his male partner that was filmed ended up on the cutting room floor, Cho told Vulture. “It wasn’t like a make-out session,” Cho said. “We’re at the airport with our daughter. It was a welcome-home kiss. I’m actually proud of that scene, because it was pretty tough.”
“Star Trek Beyond” co-writer Simon Pegg defended the film’s representation of Sulu’s sexuality in an interview with the Guardian. “You have to modulate in such a way that it doesn’t become a big thing,” Pegg said. »
- Graham Winfrey
Star Trek Beyond and Ice Age: Collision Course top @TannerZee's list of what to watch this week!Star Trek Beyond and Ice Age: Collision Course top @TannerZee's list of what to watch this week!Tanner Zipchen7/22/2016 10:00:00 Am
This week we have a double dose of space-related issues, and some skeletons in the closet that have come back to life.
Manny and Diego? Check. Sid and Scrat? Yup. All the new Ice Age characters along the way? They’re back too! And you can also assume that Scrat, once again, has something to do with what’s happening in Ice Age: Collision Course. In an attempt to hide his acorn, Scrat awakens an ancient alien ship that transports him deep into space where he happens to bump into a few asteroids and put them on a collision course with Earth. Back on Earth, Manny and Sid are dealing with problems of their own, »
- Tanner Zipchen
Paramount’s “Star Trek Beyond” has launched impressively with $5.5 million in Thursday night preview showings at 3,100 U.S. locations.
About 20% of the “Star Trek Beyond” grosses came from 387 Imax screens, where it grossed $1.1 million. Paramount noted the Thursday night preview number is comparable to “Spectre,” which opened with $5.3 million in November and went on to post a $70.4 million opening weekend.
“Star Trek Beyond,” the third film in the rebooted sci-fi series, opens Friday at 3,928 sites and is expected to dominate weekend moviegoing with a solid $55 million, with some analysts projecting it could hit $60 million. That’s down from the $70.2 million launch of 2013’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” and the $75.2 million bow of 2009’s “Star Trek” — both directed by J.J. Abrams.
- Dave McNary
The Guardian film team review the week’s big and small releases
The Guardian film team discuss the latest films hitting UK cinemas.
This week, we review Steven Spielberg’s effects-packed adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Bfg; the Simon Pegg-scripted sci-fi sequel Star Trek Beyond,; offbeat Greek comedy Chevalier and George Galloway’s controversial documentary The Killing$ of Tony Blair.
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- Presented by Benjamin Lee with Catherine Shoard and Peter Bradshaw, produced by Katie Callin
Den Of Geek Jul 22, 2016
Star Trek Beyond is in cinemas now, marking the first film in the rebooted ‘Kelvin’ timeline that J.J. Abrams didn’t direct. Justin Lin of Fast & Furious fame took over, working from a script by Doug Jung and Scotty himself, Simon Pegg.
Our review is online here, but that isn’t nearly as interesting as the opinions of you - our wonderful readers. We’d love to hear what you made of the movie, which is why we’ve opened up this whole new webpage to let you air your thoughts.
Be warned, if you haven’t seen the film yet: this is a place for post-film discussion. You’ll find all sorts of Star Trek Beyond spoilers in the comments below.
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The multiplex has been all about a certain science-fiction feature film franchise of late. I’m speaking of all the hoopla last December with the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (and it’s started up again for the stand alone flick Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). And the year before that, 2014, the big buzz was about the new planet-hoppin’ series from Marvel Studios, Guardians Of The Galaxy (a sequel touches down next May). Somehow, the grand-daddy (or maybe the older uncle) has been neglected. Star Trek has been drifting in the cinema cosmos for over three years. In 2009 Paramount Studios recruited J.J. Abrams to reboot the films with younger versions of the characters from the original TV show (and first seven features). Four years later they were back, with Abrams directing once more, for Star Trek: Into Darkness. Soon after its release, he was whisked into that galaxy far, »
- Jim Batts
Chicago – In the equation of the Star Trek universe, what works best is the emotional connection to the iconic crew. Co-screenwriter Simon Pegg – also portraying Scotty – knew this, and saved the rebooted series from its bloated second film. A magnificent adventure awaits with ‘Star Trek Beyond.’
The relationships and friendships are intact, even in the midst of a pretty complex mission. The genius of Star Trek are always the themes, and this story it’s about unity, transition, unfathomable evil and forgiveness. When you put such connective tissue through the crew genius of the Starship Enterprise, then a high-level space opera ensues, and it is done here with a passion and energy that the series desperately needed. Chris Pine solidifies his Captain Kirk and makes the character his own, and steers the rest of the seasoned cast, doing their all to make sure that the creation of Gene Roddenberry lives long and prospers, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The Ice Age films are generally good at being “good enough”, but the fifth installment, Ice Age Collision Course barely rises to that low bar. The filmmakers behind this franchise have proven to be much better at convincing parents to bring their kids to see their movies than they are at actually making these movies any good.
The lazy, sit-commy side of Ice Age Collision Course’s story finds Manny the wooly mammoth (voiced by Ray Romano), forgetting his wedding anniversary with Ellie (a barely-there Queen Latifah) and disapproving of his daughter Peaches’s (Keke Palmer) fiancé (the admittedly obnoxious) Julian (Adam DeVine). The more interesting, Armeggedon-inspired action side finds that half rat/half squirrel Scrat’s pursuit of his acorn has taken him to other planets which results in a meteor hurtling destructively towards earth and Buck the weasel’s (Simon Pegg) attempts to stop it.
- Tom Stockman
Two more sequels arrive this weekend and, like several sequels this year, both are looking to underperform when compared to the previous installment in their respective franchises. Star Trek Beyond and Ice Age: Collision Course represent the 21st and 22nd wide release sequels this year after only four (Finding Dory, Captain America: Civil War, The Purge: Election Year and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) have been able to outperform their franchise predecessor at the domestic box office. Also opening this weekend is the new PG-13 thriller Lights Out from producer James Wan as well as the moderate roll out of Fox Searchlight's Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie while Hillary's America expands nationwide into over 1,200 theaters. Targeting a first place finish is Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the rebooted franchise and the first with someone other than J.J. Abrams at the helm. Those duties fell on the shoulders of »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
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