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When the official Comic-Con schedule was released a few weeks ago, there weren't many details about Marvel Studios' Hall H panel on Saturday. We already knew that Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 would be part of the festivities, thanks to social media updates from directors James Gunn and Scott Derrickson, but nothing else about the panel was known. Part of the festivities included the reveal of a new logo for Thor: Ragnarok, along with a unique skit put together by director Takika Waititi and a sizzle reel.
The logo debuted on Twitter, but we're not sure if this unique skit and will make its way online quite yet. The video is presented as a mini documentary that shows how stressed out Thor has become, and he has moved to New Zealand to become roommates with a guy named Darryl. There are scenes where Thor is talking with Bruce Banner, »
The logo is certainly more fun than the studio’s previous logo for the movie, which was revealed before Taika Waititi, a director best known for his work on such comedies as What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, signed on. It also features the new Marvel Studios logo at the top, which was revealed to the Hall H crowd at the very beginning of the panel.
ARagnarok sizzle reel was also shown, along with production art that revealed Planet Hulk and Thor and Hulk facing off in a gladiator ring scenes. Not to mention, the audience was also treated to a funny short 5-minute made by Waititi about Thor moving to Australia. Here’s a description via Coming Soon… »
- Justin Cook
Today is a very big day for superhero fans at San Diego Comic-Con, with two huge panels happening in Hall H. First up is Warner Bros.' panel where new footage from Wonder Woman and Suicide Squad will be revealed, and Marvel Studios will showcase their upcoming slate. While Marvel hasn't confirmed which movies will be showcased, we know that Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be featured, thanks to confirmations from the filmmakers, but today we have a sneak peek at some important props from another Marvel movie, Thor: Ragnarok. The studio has unveiled the gladiator armor that Hulk will use in this highly-anticipated sequel.
The reveal was made on Twitter by Marvel's Ryan Penagos, a.k.a. Agent M, with a new video and detailed photos of this armor. One of Agent M's associates reveals at the end of this video that they just got »
We’ve known for a while that Thor: Ragnarok is set to incorporate elements of the Planet Hulk storyline, and thanks to Marvel’s Agent M on Instagram, we now have our very first look at The Hulk’s Gladiator Armor from the film, which is on display at the San Diego Comic-Con…
What do you make of the armor? Let us know in the comments below…
Thor: Ragnarok is being directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) and features Marvel veterans Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Idris Elba as Heimdall and Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk alongside Cate Blanchett as Hela, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster and Karl Urban as Skurge. It »
- Gary Collinson
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There have been rumours about Thor: Ragnarok adapting Planet Hulk for some time, and while that may ultimately boil down to little more than the Jade Giant fighting in a gladiatorial arena, we now know for sure that it’s actually happening. This was confirmed earlier today when Marvel revealed the hero’s armour and weapons at their booth at Comic-Con in San Diego.
It’s fair to say that these props look more than a little plastic, but bear in mind that The Hulk is a fully CGI character, so these no doubt will be appearing in Thor: Ragnarok, too. It’s previously been said that a de-powered Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is pitted against The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) at the behest of The Grandmaster in the movie, and if what we see above is any indication, it’s going to be incredibly epic.
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- Josh Wilding
Paramount’s “Star Trek Beyond” is dominating at the U.S. box office as the latest entry in the durable franchise heads to a solid $60 million opening weekend, estimates showed Saturday.
The 13th “Star Trek” movie is performing in line with forecasts and will wind up the weekend with more than double the nearest rival — Illumination-Universal’s third frame of hit animated comedy “The Secret Life of Pets” with about $28 million at 4,048 locations. “Pets” will finish with nearly $260 million in its first 17 days.
Fox’s launch of animated comedy “Ice Age: Collision Course” debuted in third place with a somewhat disappointing $21 million at 3,992 sites as “The Secret Life of Pets” blunted its potential attraction in the family space. New Line’s opening of horror-thriller “Lights Out” could edge past the fifth Ice Age film as it was outperforming forecasts with $20.4 million at 2,818 venues.
Sony’s second weekend of “Ghostbusters” could »
- Dave McNary
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 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
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
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
All the best parts of a summer movie, all the worst parts of a Star Trek film.
It takes a little bit of guess work to figure out the population of the USS Enterprise in Star Trek Beyond. According to special features on the previous films, there are about 1,100 individuals on board the ship at any given time. While this might seem high to fans of the original series — whose Enterprise had a population of about 400 at the time of the show — it does seem to align with the version of the Star Trek universe that J.J. Abrams created. In the first Star Trek film, for example, Bruce Greenwood’s Christopher Pike credits George Kirk with saving over 800 lives with his quick thinking as the captain of the USS Kelvin. As an early montage shows, the Enterprise is a ship teeming with life.
Or at least for the first thirty minutes. If »
- Matthew Monagle
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
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 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)
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The premiere featured the first ever outdoor IMAX screening as well as Academy Award®-Winning Composer Michael Giacchino’s thrilling film score performed live-to picture by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.
(L-r) Actors Chris Pine, John Cho, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zachary Qunito, Justin Lin, Zoe Saldana, Sofia Boutella and J.J. Abrams pose together at the world premiere of the Paramount Pictures title “Star Trek Beyond” at Embarcadero Marina Park South on July 20, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
Actor Idris Elba attends the world premiere of the Paramount Pictures title .Star Trek Beyond. at Embarcadero Marina Park South on July 20, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images)
Composer Michael Giacchino speaks »
- Michelle McCue
It’s been a cruel summer. In Nice last week, a truck tore through a crowd of revelers, killing at least 84 and grievously wounding scores more, leaving a battered if not broken France in its wake. In Turkey, around the same time, a military coup terrorized and rapidly destabilized the nation, killing almost 250 and resulting in thousands of arrests. In America this month, video footage of police officers gunning down two black men reignited the painful, necessary mission of ending police brutality and addressing systemic racism in a country that’s always been obfuscated by its dehumanizing darkness; its disorienting, devastating impact was also present in Dallas earlier this month, where five cops died during an attack by a sniper. And packaged in that brutal assault was another one of America’s most enduring enigmas: how to tackle preventing gun massacres in a society obsessed with the weapons that facilitate them. »
- Isaac Feldberg
After the pleasant fluff of its kick-off installment and the frog march of unpleasantness that was Into Darkness, the rebooted Star Trek film series finally hits a fun median between big-budget bombast and classic Trek bigheartedness with Star Trek Beyond. Does the franchise’s full descent into action, with only the barest lip service paid to big ideas, cause Gene Roddenberry’s ashes to spin in their space capsule? Probably, but in the barren desert of summer 2016 blockbusters, this is a lovely oasis.
Wisely ignoring that superhuman blood cured death and personal teleporters made spaceships obsolete in Into Darkness, Beyond starts with the USS Enterprise three years into its mission to explore new worlds and boldly go where no one has etc. etc. Bored with routine and concerned with their legacy, respectively, Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) are both mulling over leaving the ship for new pursuits. But »
- Daniel Schindel
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