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Leonard Nimoy became an icon of science fiction in the 1960s for his timeless role in Star Trek as the Enterprise's chief science officer Mr Spock – a character he would play on and off for more than 45 years.
While Nimoy will always be best remembered for his work on the Star Trek television shows and movies, he also had an incredibly varied career as an accomplished writer, director, musician and photographer.
In celebration of Nimoy's life and legacy, we look back at six career highlights aside from his work in the Star Trek franchise.
1. Mission: Impossible (1969–71)
Nimoy became a household name in the pioneering science fiction series Star Trek, but even early on he sought to make his career choices as diverse as possible.
Nimoy became a viewer »
As well as being a landmark achievement in filmmaking, Peter Jackson’s The Lord Of The Rings has a genuine claim to the title of Greatest Movie Trilogy Ever. Individually, each movie is brilliant in its own right but together they created a critically-acclaimed cultural phenomenon, and the series will no doubt be essential viewing for cinema fans for generations to come.
In amongst the cutting edge-visual effects, pioneering motion capture work and stunning production design that became hallmarks of the series, one of the trilogy’s strongest aspects is in its casting. Opting against including any A-list names, the production instead chose actors that could embody Tolkien’s characters and grow into their roles over the course of three movies.
- Scott Campbell
Marvel Studios has lifted the curtain on the official poster for Joss Whedon’s anticipated superhero sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, which sees Earth’s Mightiest Heroes come up against an army of malicious androids.
Perhaps the most interesting tidbit to come out of the poster is confirmation that Anthony Mackie will reprise his role as Sam Wilson (Falcon), though it remains to be seen just how much screen time will be afforded to Captain America’s number two.
Elsewhere on the poster, eagle-eyed fans will be able to spot newcomers in the form of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, not to mention Paul Bettany’s The Vision. Aside from that, it’s business as usual for the dysfunctional family, with Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury rounding out the cast.
Earlier this week, we learned that Avengers: Age of Ultron will boast »
- Michael Briers
New York City hides many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us. Condemned to a life of immortality, the last witch hunter, Kaulder (Vin Diesel), is all that stands between humanity and a new reign by the most horrifying and powerful witches in history, including the Queen Witch who will stop at nothing to reclaim her throne.
The Last Witch Hunter is set for release on October 23rd in the States and November 6th in the UK, with Diesel joined in the cast by Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones), Michael Caine (Interstellar), Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings) and Olafur Darri Olafsson (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty »
- Gary Collinson
The fifth film in Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" series has begun filming. Here's the press release the company issued today to celebrate the news which also includes a detailed new synopsis. Here's the press release in full:
Queens Land, Australia (February 18, 2015) – Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' epic comedy adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning ("Kon-Tiki"), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying »
- Garth Franklin
The finale in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies, hit theaters just in time for the holidays and now Warner Bros. has announced it's coming to blu-ray in March so fans can re-live the action as many times as they want. Come inside to see when you can bring the film home, and what special features it's coming with.
If you can't wait for the upcoming Extended Edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (which we all know is coming), then you're in luck, as Warner Bros. has announced you can take home the theatrical blu-ray on March 24th. Check out all the details according to their press release:
The adventures of Bilbo Baggins come to an epic conclusion in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic comedy adventure Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning (“Kon-Tiki”), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.
Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, one of the most beloved characters in motion picture history, newly joined by Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario (“The Maze Runner,” British television’s “Skins”) and Brenton Thwaites (“Maleficent,” “The Giver”) and Golshifteh Farahani (“The Patience Stone,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings”).
Rejoining the action are Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, »
- Michelle McCue
Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' epic comedy adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning (Kon-Tiki), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.
Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, one of the most beloved characters in motion picture history, newly joined by Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner, British television's Skins) and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver) and Golshifteh Farahani (The Patience Stone, Exodus: Gods and Kings). Rejoining the action are Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, »
The adventures of Bilbo Baggins come to an epic conclusion in The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on March 24 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
In The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Stephen Fry and Ryan Cage. The film also stars Cate Blanchett, »
When Rhythm & Hues declared bankruptcy in February 2013, laying off hundreds of employees and taking $17 million in loans just so it could complete VFX work for Universal and Fox, the court filings led to weeks of discussion about how a company that had worked on such films as The Hunger Games and The Lord of the Rings and won an Oscar for Life of Pi had gotten into such dire straits. Low margins, the use of digital moviemaking and cheap labor in foreign countries were all factored in to the downfall of Rhythm & Hues, which sold itself
- Eriq Gardner
Do you like heavy metal? Do you like blood? If the answer to both is "yes," have I got a trailer for you! Deathgasm will have its world premiere at SXSW in Austin, Texas next month as part of the Midnighters program. Its official synopsis, via the festival, is short and sweet: New kid in town Brodie and bad-boy Zakk quickly bond over their mutual admiration of heavy metal. But when these two metal thrashing losers unwittingly summon malevolent forces, their dreams of stardom may just have to be put on hold. The cast is led by Milo Cawthorne (Blood Punch), James Blake, Kimberley Crossman (Power Rangers Samurai), and Stephen Ure (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit). Jason Lei Howden directed. Among the producers...
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Have you read all of the Middle-earth books by J.R.R. Tolkien and watched all of the adaptations by Peter Jackson, yet still find yourself confused by exactly how The One Ring really works? Well, now we have this nifty new video to explain it all in understandable and deep detail paired with fun animation. Fans of The Lord of the Rings movies are likely well aware with the Galadriel-read prologue that begins The Fellowship of the Ring, which tells of how three rimgs were given to the Elves, seven to the Dwarf Lords, and nine to the race of Men, but this video does a really wonderful job of really breaking down that SparkNotes version and explain just how Sauron used little bands of metal to try and control Middle-earth. As the video from Cgp Grey points out, Sauron wasn't actually so big on trying to gain influence »
On Friday, February 6, The Wall Street Journal published an interesting article claiming that Nintendo and Netflix were working together to produce a live-action Legend of Zelda TV series. The source of the news, listed only as “a person familiar with the matter,” claims that the show will follow the familiar premise of a young boy, Link, attempting to save the Princess Zelda and the land of Hyrule. The WSJ went on to say the source compared it to Game of Thrones but with family friendly tone, true to most of Nintendo’s work.
With an unlisted source for the information, the fact that this was far from the first time that a rumored live-action Zelda piece was in the works, including a well-remembered April Fools’ prank in 2009 including an actual faux movie trailer, on top of Nintendo’s notorious protection of its IPs following the cinematic bob-bomb that was the Super Mario Bros. movie, »
- Tim Maison
We saw a brief teaser during the holidays [watch it here], and now a featurette has arrived online for the upcoming animated series Thunderbirds Are Go!, which explores Tracy Island and gives us a look at the miniature sets and craft which have been crafted by Weta Workshop, the model makers behind The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Avatar. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
When disaster strikes and there’s no one else to help, International Rescue answers the call! From their secret island base, this family of highly trained responders can reach every corner of the globe – and beyond – in minutes. With their remarkable cutting edge Thunderbird Vehicles, brothers Scott, Virgil, John, Gordon and Alan Tracy along with head of security Kayo and lead engineer Brains pull off amazing feats of heroism. No rescue is too big and no journey too far to save a life. When duty calls, »
- Gary Collinson
Just as the film bludgeoned me almost immediately over the head with its insipid nature, I’m going to just jump right into the plot of Seventh Son, or at least what I can make of it. It’s hard to decipher exactly what Jeff Bridges is saying under his accent that sounds like a cross between Gandalf and Bane from The Dark Knight Rises but I’ll do my best. A young Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) locks up a powerful witch that goes by the name Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) in a cave atop a mountain as the film begins. She remains restrained until a “Blood Moon” rises – something that happens once every century – which then causes her to transform into a dragon and escape her slumber. In those years that have passed, Gregory has continued to become a powerful “spook” (think wizard/witch-slayer). Malkin’s return though results »
- Michael Haffner
Get ready stateside filmgoers, because the “phoners” (aka “crazies”) are coming to the Us. Stephen King fans know that the master of macabre doesn’t like using cell phones. His 2006 novel, Cell, is a cautionary tale about what can go wrong by pressing portable phones to our ears and keeping them close at hand in our pockets, and its unflinching subject matter contains flocks of murderous lunatics that would be right at home in Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, George A. Romero’s The Crazies, or Simon Clark’s Blood Crazy.
We knew this unique King novel was getting the adaptation treatment, with King co-writing the screenplay and John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in the lead roles, but we’re now one big step closer to seeing it on the silver screen, as Clarius Entertainment has acquired the Us rights to the movie.
Slated to hit theaters this year, »
- Derek Anderson
The original short followed a renowned circus troupe traveling through America at the height of the Great Depression. When the circus discovers a man without limbs (played by motivational speaker Nick Vujicic) being exploited at a carnival sideshow, he decides to join the troupe.
The short has been streamed forty million times, has nabbed three dozen festival awards, and has been subtitled or dubbed “The Butterfly Circus” into twenty-five different languages.
Like the short, Josh and Rebekah Weigel are penning the script for the feature which will be directed by Josh Weigel. The pair will also produce and filming aims to begin later this year.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
For someone who isn’t used to failure and admittedly is a sore loser, Thomas Tull is so far having a nightmare year at the box office.
His company, Legendary Entertainment, was forced to take a $90 million writedown on Michael Mann’s $70 million cyber thriller “Blackhat,” which has earned just $14.5 million worldwide since its release last month. And after anticipating that Legendary’s upcoming release “Seventh Son” was headed for potential disaster, Tull took an early $85 million writedown — in 2013 — on the long-troubled movie, which debuts nationwide on Friday.
“Seventh Son,” a fantasy action film that cost $95 million to produce and tens of millions more to market, is tracking to open between $7 million and $10 million this weekend. Overseas, the movie, which stars Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore, has already earned $82 million, including $25 million in China, and another $15 million in Russia.
It’s no secret that Legendary has struggled with “Seventh Son” for years. »
- Marc Graser
Sir Ian McKellen is regarded as one of the finest British actors of all time, and Sherlock Holmes is seen as arguably the most beloved fictional British character ever created. It doesn.t take a genius to work out that molding the two together would make for cinematic gold. This teaser clip for Mr. Holmes suggests that.s exactly the case. Sen-bloody-sational. This is our first footage of Sir Ian McKellen playing the 93-year-old incarnation of Arthur Conan Doyle.s adored literary creation, and it seems like, even though portraying such a besotted character usually comes with a heavy burden, The Lord Of The Rings and X-Men actor has taken to the role with ease. McKellen looks like he has slightly altered his appearance to portray Holmes. Not only does his nose look a bit more bulbous than usual, he has greased back his hair and made his eyes smaller »
The film, unveiled in 2009, has been streamed 40 million times and continues to grow by one million views monthly with three dozen festival awards. Fans have subtitled and dubbed “The Butterfly Circus” into 25 languages.
“The Butterfly Circus” centers on a renowned circus troupe traveling through the devastated American landscape at the height of the Great Depression. When the circus discovers a man without limbs being exploited at a carnival sideshow, he decides to join the troupe.
The short film starred motivational speaker Nick Vujicic, who was born without arms or legs.
“The Butterfly Circus is a magical exploration of the transformative power of hope, »
- Dave McNary
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