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Star Trek Into Darkness is off and running in theaters right now and up to $164.6 million worldwide. Last week, as the North American publicity tour wound down co-stars Simon Pegg, John Cho and Alice Eve ventured into Seattle where I had a chance to sit down with Scotty, Sulu and Carol Marcus to discuss the film, their aspiration, their reactions upon learning their director was also going to direct Star Wars: Episode VII and also ask where do all the dogs go in the future? The mood was light and festive as you'll quickly see... Do you have to get into shape for Star Trek? Are the suits form-fitting? Simon Pegg (Sp): Nah, I like to live my life like an international rock star. No, um, I was in quite good shape already because I came off shooting Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. These guys are always in great shape, »
- Laremy Legel
The most honest magicians never use the word “magic” – they’re illusionists; they make believable that which can’t possibly be, and that’s what Harryhausen was: a master illusionist who made us believe that his table-top constructions of fabric and clay and metal were massive, mighty creatures out of legend, out of fantasy, out of our nightmares. He was a master of stop-motion animation; moving his creations a fraction o
f an inch per frame to create the illusion of flying saucers toppling the Washington Monument (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, 1956), a tremendous octopus threatening the Golden Gate Bridge (It Came from Beneath the Sea, 1955), or an impossible prehistory of cave men battling dinosaurs (One Million Years B.C., 1966). When he passed, a generation of filmmakers who’d grown up watching his work at movie house matinees and Saturday night monster movie TV slots saluted him, acknowledging how his work had inspired them. »
- Bill Mesce
Fan service. It’s an act of appeasement. A effort to try and satisfy the fan base of a particular franchise while trying to do your own thing with it. The truth is, fan service is an anchor. A cinder block chained to the neck of a property that weights it down and prevents it from becoming something original. Star Trek is a franchise with deep roots that runs back nearly five decades. When they decided to relaunch Star Trek, there were radical departures made to try and separate the old from the new. I was a big fan of the rebooted Star Trek because director J.J. Abrams and his creative team weren’t afraid to reconfigure the formula. The sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness is weighed down by »
- Flickering Myth
New Star Trek 3 is happening with possible 2016 release date plus new spoilers. According to IMDb, it looks like the new Star Trek 3 movie has already been announced as of January 28th,2013 with a tentative release date set for sometime in 2016. Then we've also got some new,possible spoilers for it from Nextmovie.com. It definitely doesn't come as a surprise to me as Star Trek 2 was actually green lit by the studio before the first Star Trek movie made it into theaters back in 2009 with no track record of good sales yet, so Paramount definitely has a ton of confidence in this franchise,plus part 2 was really,really good. As for the spoiler dish, it 's being reported that all the main stars have already signed up to do the 3rd film. Director, J.J. Abrams will find a way to direct the 3rd movie even though he'll »
Securing perhaps the biggest costume job going at the moment, Michael Kaplan has officially been chosen as costume designer for Star Wars Episode VII. It was on his IMDb page for a short while (later removed), but now the appointment has been corroborated by the man himself. “I am very excited to be working on Star Wars” Kaplan confirms exclusively to Clothes on Film “I’m so looking forward to collaborating, once again, with Jj.”
Kaplan is now director J.J. Abrams’ regular costume designer having worked with him on Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. Evidently after two terms with Abrams on Star Trek, Kaplan has the sci-fi chops necessary to tackle arguably a denser franchise with even greater fan expectation. Get it right and he could have an Oscar to put alongside his BAFTA statuette and Costume Designers Guild awards, get it wrong and »
- Chris Laverty
There’s a constant desire these days, it appears, to try to improve on existing works. That’s not a bad idea except when it is a bad idea. A good character, a good concept, that’s been around for a while needs to have the barnacles taken off every so often to make it fresh and work better. Movies adapted from comics have to take a good look at the source material and then tweak and change it to make it work for the big/small screen.
For me, the problem comes when the concept is changed willy-nilly until you can no longer recognize it. When J.J. Abrams re-booted the Star Trek franchise a few years back, I was dubious but I genuinely enjoyed the result (as of this writing, I haven’t seen the sequel). I can understand many hardcore Trek fans not sharing my enthusiasm. For them, »
- John Ostrander
Founded on the iffy premise, raised here by Nicolas Winding Refn, that the combination of a cult book plus a cult director would have equaled a bigger-than-“Star Wars” worldwide sci-fi sensation, “Jodorowsky’s Dune” indulges one of film history’s more entertaining “what if” stories. Before David Lynch spectacularly botched a bigscreen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s “Dune,” Alejandro Jodorowsky, cinema’s shaman of psychedelia, had a spectacular go at the job. Nearly 40 years later, first-time director Frank Pavich attempts to re-create that vision (in our imaginations, at least). Expect fanboys to flip and minds to be blown over the highly entertaining result.
The year was 1974. After almost singlehandedly inventing the midnight-movie phenomenon with “El Topo,” Jodorowsky had scored a second hit — in France, at least — with his massive head trip, “The Holy Mountain,” prompting producer Michel Seydoux to encourage whatever project the director might want to do next. »
- Peter Debruge
Fresh off its recent debut at Tribeca in NYC, Raze hit the French Riviera for Cannes and quickly landed North American distro with IFC Midnight. No release details are available yet, but we're sure to hear more once the dust settles.
Per Deadline, the deal for the film was negotiated by Jeff Deutchman, Director of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with Nate Bolotin of Xyz Films on behalf of the filmmakers. Celluloid Dreams is currently selling the film’s international rights at Cannes.
Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: “Josh Waller has crafted the most intense and unique action film that we have seen in a long time. With the magnificent Zoe Bell leading a strong female cast, Raze delivers and then some. We can’t wait to unleash it upon audiences.”
- The Woman In Black
It’s hard to watch Star Trek Into Darkness and not think about Star Wars. Yes, J.J. Abrams is directing Episode VII and so we have that knowledge on the brain going into this. Maybe we’re even on the lookout for clues hinting at what we should expect from his take on that galaxy. This isn’t the first time the Trek franchise has had to try and prove itself in the shadow of George Lucas’s own series. Even though it originated with a TV show in the 1960s, Trek‘s cinematic resurrection a decade later was in part allowed by and somewhat influenced by the success and quality of the first Star Wars. But even regardless of the fact that Abrams is following the latest Trek with the next Wars, I often otherwise felt like I was watching one of the latter while sitting through Into Darkness. Before »
- Christopher Campbell
Ubisoft and New Regency are movie full steam ahead with their Assassin's Creed movie adaptation and have set a release date for the film in the already exciting (and packed) Summer of 2015.
As if having Avengers 2, Star Wars Episode VII, Justice League (possibly), Fantastic Four, and several others rumored and confirmed for the Summer 2015, wasn't enough for you, now the movie adaptation of the popular Assassin's Creed video game series is also landing in that time frame. According to Box Office Mojo Assassin's Creed is set for May 22, 2015, in the Memorial Day weekend slot.
And that's about all the new information we have! We know that Michael Fasbender is attached to produce and star and that Michael Lesslie has been tapped to write the script. Outside of that, we don't have any oter real info. While most have assumed the film will follow the storyline of the original game, there's »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
ABC's affiliation with Disney seems to be paying off a bit more for Jimmy Kimmel Live since Disney acquired the Star Wars franchise. Last month, Kimmel staged a pretty heated (and amusing) confrontation between Harrison Ford and his old pal Chewbacca. Apparently the two had a falling out over an indiscretion between Chewy and Leia. The topic of the wookiee came up again this week when Star Wars and Star Trek director J.J. Abrams visited Kimmel's show. Once again, Kimmel turned to the audience for questions, and once again, there were costumed fans and a few notable guest stars waiting for their chance to speak. In addition to speaking to an eager fan in a slave Leia costume, Billy Dee Williams - a.k.a. Lando Calrissian - stood up to make a suggestion to Abrams for Star Wars Episode VII. "The next Star Wars - nothing but Lando," »
When it comes to video games I have a certain bias toward anything made by BioWare. Even though Capcom really grabbed my attention with the amazing Dragon’s Dogma, BioWare is still my favorite developer. I find it interesting that they really put themselves on the map with the classic Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic game, but ultimately took hold of the RPG genre with a widely successful sci-fi game called Mass Effect.
Ironically, Mass Effect bore striking resemblance to Star War’s perceived fan boy nemesis Star Trek. Playing the Mass Effect series got me to thinking, what needs to happen to turn the corner and just make a great Star Trek game in earnest.
Here are a few ideas, ten in fact…
10. A Versatile Engine
I promise that this article will not be a thinly veiled attempt to suggest repackaging Mass Effect as Star Trek, »
- Dante R Maddox
Earlier this week it was revealed that Pixar has at least one other sequel in development beyond 2015's Finding Nemo follow-up Finding Dory; while Toy Story 4 must surely be at the top of any list, it wouldn't be too much of a surprise to see the Disney-owned animation studio attempting to capitalise on the current superhero boom with a sequel to 2004's smash hit The Incredibles. However, judging by comments from director Brad Bird it seems we can probably scratch The Incredibles 2 from the list of possibilities for the time being, although the two-time Oscar winner has revealed that he's certainly open to continuing the adventures of the superhero family.
"I have been thinking about [The Incredibles 2]. People think that I have not been, but I have," said Bird in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "Because I love those characters and love that world. I am stroking my chin and scratching my head. »
- Flickering Myth
Remember that excited feeling you had when seeing The Empire Strikes Back for the first time ever? How about that stunned feeling you felt when Darth Vader tells Luke Skywalker he's his father? That's the sort of feelings I walked away with after watching Star Trek Into Darkness. I'm so happy I avoided all spoilers for it. I walked into the movie blindly and was so thrilled I couldn't stop smiling through the entire thing.
After a terrorist attack on the Federation council, James T. Kirk sets out with the crew of the Enterprise in search of the man responsible. The terrorist, John Harrison, has fled into Klingon territory. Kirk is ordered to take him out through the use of a torpedo. Kirk disobeys orders and travels into Klingon space to capture the terrorist and bring him back to Earth where he will stand trial for his crimes. However, a »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
How the Battle Over 'Star Trek' Rights Killed J.J. Abrams' Grand Ambitions: J.J. Abrams likes to go big or go home. But due to the "Star Trek" licensing and merchandising rights being split between CBS and Paramount, the multihyphenate wasn't allowed to go as big as he wanted to in 2009. Since Disney owns all the rights to "Star Wars," Abrams shouldn't have a problem turning his vision into a multi-platform experience reality that spans television, digital entertainment and comic books. Will Smith Sets Sights on 'Wild Bunch' Reboot at Warner Bros. »
- Greg Gilman
Star Trek Into Darkness looks to prosper at the box office this weekend. It's off to a good start, taking in $13.5 million in advance screenings and another $47 million internationally. The grey carpet premiere was held this past Wednesday in Hollywood with Star Trek cast members from the J.J. Abrams' franchise joined legendary Trek stars Levar Burton and Leonard Nimoy. And then there was Kate Beckinsale who walked the carpet with husband/director Len Wiseman. If you're thinking/hoping Beckinsale has a cameo in Into Darkness, we're sorry to disappoint you. As a consolation, scroll down to see one of Hollywood's prettiest stars shine at the Star Trek premiere. Would you like to see Beckinsale star in a Star Trek or Star Wars movie?...
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I was never the Star Trek fan in my family. No, that distinction goes to my Mom. The TV show, the original 6 movies, marathon after marathon on any random cable channel, she was all about it. And despite her best efforts, I just couldn’t get into it. But let it be known I have seen a good portion of the TV show along with all of the movies. Then in 2009, J. J. Abrams comes along with his reboot of a franchise that at that point, had become more of a mocked gesture than a sincere one. And despite my initial reluctance, I went and saw the J.J. Abrams version of Star Trek…and enjoyed the hell out of it. Sure it was more action driven, many would say Star Wars-esque, but »
- Craig Dietz
EW’s box-office prognosticator Grady Smith is on vacation. Fortunately, your grandparents just sent you an email, and they made their own predictions about the weekend box office. Read on!
Your grandmother and I sure are excited about all the movies coming out this winter. Wait, it’s summer? I must have switched up my pills again. Anyhow, you forgot about Mother’s Day. Grandmothers are still mothers!
We’ve been to the movies quite a bit lately. It’s hard to put on 3-D glasses on top of bifocals. But we were so excited about Bash Lerman’s The Great Gatsby, »
- Your Grandparents
Well, this was bound to happen eventually: after decades of peace between "Star Wars" and "Doctor Who" nerds, a giant brawl erupted at a British sci-fi convention in Norfolk (yeah, never heard of it either). It isn't clear how tensions were sparked, but one can only assume it was over whose basement apartment is the coolest. Apparently there was no "assault," but you can better believe some harsh words were exchanged about who is better at "Halo."
The BBC report, which is funnier than anything on The Onion today, with the added perk of being real, said that "trouble flared" at the fourth annual Norwich Sci-Fi and Film Convention at the University of East Anglia, which is organized by the Norwich Star Wars Club. Two things are immediately striking: isn't "troubles" how British people politely describe the decades of violent tension with Northern Ireland? Okay. Just checking. Secondly: this was held at a college? »
- NextMovie Staff
J.J. Abrams follows up his widely acclaimed 2009 reboot of the "Star Trek" film franchise with "Star Trek Into Darkness" which opened last week in select international markets and in U.S. cinemas last night.
While critical reaction to the first film was stellar, this sequel has met a more muted response albeit still mostly positive. There's certainly more of a division of reaction to the film than there was with the reboot, especially amongst old school Trekkies.
Opening to softer than expected $13.5 million on Thursday in the United States, the film is currently looking to score a domestic opening weekend haul around the $79.2 million opening of the 2009 reboot.
Now is the time for your say, »
- Garth Franklin
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