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Image Conscious: A conversation with visual effects supervisor Michael Owens

28 December 2011 2:24 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats to the Academy Award-nominated visual effects supervisor Michael Owens...

“I grew up in the Bay Area,” states Michael Owens. “There was no moviemaking there. I fell into filmmaking when I was in high school.” Not wanting to move to Los Angeles, the teenager floundered. “When Ilm [Industrial Light & Magic] came to Marine County, it was like, ‘There’s an opportunity for fun.’ I never thought I was making myself a career out of visual effects.” He thrived. “At that time, they were the forefront and you learned a lot visually. We’re working on multiple projects. It was quite a talent pool.” One of the movies Owens helped out with was the third installment of the original Star Wars trilogy. “Jedi [1983] was really fun to work on. I did a lot of spaceships. I also did the speeder bikes chase.” The latter sequence required some ingenuity. “Dennis Muren let me »

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Star Trek 2 Villain Will Be "Original" Says Producer

22 December 2011 11:15 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

While very few details have been revealed about the highly anticipated sequel of Star Trek 2, there has been non-stop online speculation about the movie's villain. Much of the talk revolves around a reprisal of Khan Noonien Singh, who was memorably played by Ricardo Montalbán in a 1967 episode of the original Star Trek series episode and again in the 1982 movie sequel Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Khan had been mentioned as the possible villain for years, with Star Trek screenwriter Roberto Orci stoking the Khan rumor fire by revealing in 2009 that Khan's chances of showing up in the sequel were "50/50."

When Benicio del Toro (Traffic) was confirmed to be director J.J. Abrams' favorite to play the villain in Star Trek 2, the Khan rumors would not die down, even after Abrams publicly stated that any reports of del Toro playing Khan were "not true". Once del Toro »

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J.J. Abrams Calls Star Trek 2 Script ‘Amazing!’

20 December 2011 11:11 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

J.J. Abrams put on his producer’s cap and walked the red carpet in support of the premiere of the spy games franchise Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol but he generated headlines talking about his upcoming Star Trek sequel. Abrams didn’t reveal any casting updates regarding Carlos lead actor Edgar Ramirez reportedly testing to play Khan Noonian Singh, the colorful villain played by Ricardo Montalban from the 1982 movie Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. However, Abrams told MTV that he’s thrilled about the script. “It’s a little early to be talking about Star Trek but I will say that they wrote — the three writers, Damon (Linelof), Bob (Orci) and Alex (Kurtzman), they wrote the most amazing script and I’m thrilled to get a chance to direct it." »

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J.J. Abrams Calls Star Trek 2 Script ‘Amazing!’

20 December 2011 11:11 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

J.J. Abrams put on his producer’s cap and walked the red carpet in support of the premiere of the spy games franchise Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol but he generated headlines talking about his upcoming Star Trek sequel. Abrams didn’t reveal any casting updates regarding Carlos lead actor Edgar Ramirez reportedly testing to play Khan Noonian Singh, the colorful villain played by Ricardo Montalban from the 1982 movie Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. However, Abrams told MTV that he’s thrilled about the script. “It’s a little early to be talking about Star Trek but I will say that they wrote — the three writers, Damon (Linelof), Bob (Orci) and Alex (Kurtzman), they wrote the most amazing script and I’m thrilled to get a chance to direct it." »

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J.J. Abrams Calls Star Trek 2 Script ‘Amazing!’

20 December 2011 11:11 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

J.J. Abrams put on his producer’s cap and walked the red carpet in support of the premiere of the spy games franchise Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol but he generated headlines talking about his upcoming Star Trek sequel. Abrams didn’t reveal any casting updates regarding Carlos lead actor Edgar Ramirez reportedly testing to play Khan Noonian Singh, the colorful villain played by Ricardo Montalban from the 1982 movie Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. However, Abrams told MTV that he’s thrilled about the script. “It’s a little early to be talking about Star Trek but I will say that they wrote — the three writers, Damon (Linelof), Bob (Orci) and Alex (Kurtzman), they wrote the most amazing script and I’m thrilled to get a chance to direct it." »

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My favourite film: Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan

9 December 2011 8:51 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As part of our writers' favourite films series, Chris Michael salutes a space-exploring sequel starring Admiral James T Kirk on imperious form

Full speed ahead or leagues off course? Chart your own response here or teleport down to the comments below

The souls of North American men are riven. Behind our slick professional personas and chiselled, rugged features, a battle rages. Star Wars or Star Trek?

As a shellac-skinned and starry-eyed Canadian six-year-old, my head full of hockey and Hasbro merchandise, I had no doubt as to the true faith. I watched The Empire Strikes Back 23 times from a VHS tape so worn out it barely made it to the credits. I dreamed of the Dagobah system. At dinner I mimicked the call of the tauntaun. And I can only thank the galaxies I had no such tool as YouTube to broadcast my impeccably choreographed lightsaber routines.

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My favourite film: Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan

9 December 2011 8:51 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As part of our writers' favourite films series, Chris Michael salutes a space-exploring sequel starring Admiral James T Kirk on imperious form

Full speed ahead or leagues off course? Chart your own response here or teleport down to the comments below

The souls of North American men are riven. Behind our slick professional personas and chiselled, rugged features, a battle rages. Star Wars or Star Trek?

As a shellac-skinned and starry-eyed Canadian six-year-old, my head full of hockey and Hasbro merchandise, I had no doubt as to the true faith. I watched The Empire Strikes Back 23 times from a VHS tape so worn out it barely made it to the credits. I dreamed of the Dagobah system. At dinner I mimicked the call of the tauntaun. And I can only thank the galaxies I had no such tool as YouTube to broadcast my impeccably choreographed lightsaber routines.

As a putrid, »

- Chris Michael

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Édgar Ramírez Could Take Over for Benicio del Toro in Star Trek 2; Peter Weller's Role Revealed?

8 December 2011 11:48 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

When Benicio del Toro (Traffic) decided to skip out on the highly-anticipated sequel Star Trek 2, director J.J. Abrams was left without a villain in his cast. Variety reports that Édgar Ramírez (Carlos, Vantage Point) is the frontrunner to replace del Toro with Jordi Mollà (Colombiana, Knight and Day), though no offers have been made. Ramirez reportedly will audition for Abrams via Skype later this week.

What role the two actors are auditioning for is still in question. Del Toro was rumored to be playing Khan Noonien Singh, the genetically-augmented superhuman originally played by Ricardo Montalbán in a 1967 episode of the original Star Trek series episode, and again in the 1982 movie sequel Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Likely because del Toro and Montalbán are both Hispanic, the role of Khan seemed a lock for del Toro, despite Abrams shooting down the rumor as "not true". With two other »

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Ramirez Tipped For Khan In "Star Trek 2"

8 December 2011 1:53 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

With Benicio Del Toro having dropped out of J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" sequel this time last week, those in charge have wasted no time in finding a replacement to play the villain.

"Carlos" and "The Bourne Ultimatum" star Édgar Ramírez has reportedly emerged as the front runner to score the role reports Variety. Jordi Mollà ("Colombiana," "Bad Boys II") is also said to be in contention and a decision is expected to be made before the weekend.

Whomever gets cast has about a month to prepare as the film is rapidly heading for a January 15th production start date. Ramírez will either have tested of will be testing for the role via Skype by about the time you're reading this sentence.

According to the latest talk the villain will be Khan Noonien Singh, the character memorably portrayed by Ricardo Montalban in both the original series episode "Space Seed" and »

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New Star Trek Villain could be Played by Edgar Ramirez

7 December 2011 5:30 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

It was recently reported that Benico Del Toro was unfortunately no longer attached to play the villain in J.J. Abrams' sequel to Star Trek. The director and studio are moving forward and trailer to find his replacement, and it looks like they may have found him. Edgar Ramirez is now at the top of the list. Ramirez has had roles in films such as The Bourne Ultimatum, Che, Vantage Point, Domino, and is also in the upcoming film Wrath of the Titans.

According to Variety, "Ramirez is expected to test for the role via Skype either later today or early tomorrow." Abrams is looking to make his final decision before the weekend comes. He has to make it quick because production starts next month.

As you've all heard the rumor is that the villain in the sequel will be Khan even those Abrams and the studio have denied it. »

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Edgar Ramirez In Talks For Star Trek 2 villain

7 December 2011 2:28 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Star Trek 2 director J.J. Abrams confirmed that talks with veteran actor Benicio Del Toro (Che, The Wolfman) for the coveted role of the main villain in the upcoming Star Trek sequel broke off. Variety reported today that Abrams and Paramount Pictures acted quickly on Del Toro’s withdrawal from contract talks by scheduling Carlos lead Edgar Ramirez to test for the role via Skype. Jordi Molla, recently seen in the action movie Colombiana, also began talks about the Star Trek 2 villain. Fans debated rumors of Del Toro playing a klingon in Star Trek 2 or Khan Noonian Singh, the colorful villain played by Ricardo Montalban from the 1982 movie Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. »

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Edgar Ramirez In Talks For Star Trek 2 villain

7 December 2011 2:28 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Star Trek 2 director J.J. Abrams confirmed that talks with veteran actor Benicio Del Toro (Che, The Wolfman) for the coveted role of the main villain in the upcoming Star Trek sequel broke off. Variety reported today that Abrams and Paramount Pictures acted quickly on Del Toro’s withdrawal from contract talks by scheduling Carlos lead Edgar Ramirez to test for the role via Skype. Jordi Molla, recently seen in the action movie Colombiana, also began talks about the Star Trek 2 villain. Fans debated rumors of Del Toro playing a klingon in Star Trek 2 or Khan Noonian Singh, the colorful villain played by Ricardo Montalban from the 1982 movie Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. »

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Edgar Ramirez In Talks For Star Trek 2 villain

7 December 2011 2:28 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Star Trek 2 director J.J. Abrams confirmed that talks with veteran actor Benicio Del Toro (Che, The Wolfman) for the coveted role of the main villain in the upcoming Star Trek sequel broke off. Variety reported today that Abrams and Paramount Pictures acted quickly on Del Toro’s withdrawal from contract talks by scheduling Carlos lead Edgar Ramirez to test for the role via Skype. Jordi Molla, recently seen in the action movie Colombiana, also began talks about the Star Trek 2 villain. Fans debated rumors of Del Toro playing a klingon in Star Trek 2 or Khan Noonian Singh, the colorful villain played by Ricardo Montalban from the 1982 movie Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. »

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Edgar Ramirez is the New Contender to Play 'Star Trek 2's Lead Villain

7 December 2011 1:13 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

This is absolutely no surprise as word leaked yesterday that Benicio del Toro passed on taking the lead villain role in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek 2, presumably over a difference of opinion on how much money he should be paid, and now Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) is reported to be the frontrunner for the role. Variety has the news, saying Ramirez is the front-runner with Jordi Molla (Colombiana) also in the mix. Speculation has run rampant that the role being filled was that of Khan, though Abrams told HitFix that was not true. So are we to believe the fact only Latin actors are vying for the role of a character last played by the late Ricardo Montalban in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is merely coincidence? I guess it could be. With production set to begin in January, Abrams needs to fill the role quickly and Variety »

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Benicio Del Toro turns down Star Trek 2

7 December 2011 3:23 AM, PST | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

Benicio Del Toro has reportedly turned down the opportunity to star in J.J. Abrams Star Trek 2, after failing to agree terms with Paramount. But although it might be back to the drawing board in terms of casting the villain, we do now know who that villain is going to be. Vulture reports from an inside source that the part Del Toro turned down was that of Khan Noonien Singh, the villain initially played by Ricardo Montalban in Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan. A genetically engineered human tyrant, Khan cropped up in the TV episode Space Seed...

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Would Khan be right for Jj Abrams’ Star Trek sequel?

7 December 2011 1:37 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As rumours persist that Khan will be reintroduced as Kirk’s nemesis in Jj AbramsStar Trek sequel, James wonders, is it right to bring him back…?

It’s a testament to the success of Jj Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot that instead of rushing out a sequel as quickly as possible, as Marvel Studios did with Iron Man 2, Paramount preferred to give Abrams the time he needed to get it right.

The man himself was cautious, insisting on getting the right script before development began, and it’s only in the last few weeks that we’ve had concrete confirmations that next year will see shooting begin on the film that everyone (including Den of Geek) is reluctant to call Star Trek II.

There’s a good reason for that reluctance, of course: we’ve already had a Star Trek II. Nicholas Meyer’s Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan »

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Yes to Khan; No to Benicio Del Toro in Jj Abrams’ Star Trek 2

6 December 2011 2:49 PM, PST | Movie Cultists | See recent Movie Cultists news »

Depending on which side of the line you fall in the Star Trek fan club, you’re either going to love or hate the fact that Khan has been unofficially confirmed as the bad guy for Star Trek 2. Too bad Benicio Del Toro has officially backed away from the film.

Del Toro would’ve made an excellent Khan, and the rumors were flying like phaser blasts recently when Latino Review claimed that a source had verified Khan as the villain for the next film in the Star Trek franchise. However, when Abrams was asked by HitFix to confirm the information, the director simply said the claim was “not true.” Now, a new source that is reportedly close to the situation has once again unofficially confirmed Khan Noonien Singh as the Star Trek 2 bad guy.

Now this is where things get a little tricky. Do we really want to call Abrams a liar? »

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‘Star Trek 2’ Disengages With Del Toro, But Might Actually Be Casting Khan

6 December 2011 11:25 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Recently, we’ve been reporting on rumors that strange but awesome actor Benicio Del Toro was being pursued by J.J. Abrams to play the villain in the upcoming sequel to his Star Trek reboot. Those rumors were coming from multiple sources and seemed to be completely legit. Alongside that, we’ve also been completely irresponsibly speculating that the villain Del Toro was being asked to play was Khan, the genetically engineered tyrant who served as the crew’s nemesis in the previous film, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. This was based on nothing other than Del Toro’s general swarthiness and how great he would be at stepping into the scantily clad shoes of Ricardo Montalban, and wasn’t meant to be taken seriously. Today, however, there is news on both of these fronts. Vulture is reporting that the deal with Del Toro is dead. Reportedly, as of last Wednesday, both »

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Benicio del Toro Will Not Be Assimilated – Passes on ‘Star Trek 2′

5 December 2011 8:59 PM, PST | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

This morning we got to spread the word of Peter Weller joining the cast of Star Trek 2 and now we regrettably pass on the news that Benicio del Toro will Not be in the film. There were many rumors and rumblings that del Toro would play a young version of Khan but director J.J. Abrams denied those rumors as quickly as they spread. That doesn’t mean the rumors weren’t valid. We all recall that Ricardo Montalban played Khan originally in Star Trek: The Original Series and in subsequent films like Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Regardless, Abrams must begin a hunt to find a new actor to play his chief antagonist.

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Update: Exclusive: We Know Who Benicio Del Toro Is Playing In 'Star Trek 2!'

5 December 2011 7:58 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Update:Sorry for the late update but was out in my car L.A. style here in New York when the news broke.So Vulture tonight is confirming our original scoop that Khan is indeed the bad guy in Jj Abrams upcoming Star Trek 2. What Vulture is also reporting is that negotiations with Benicio Del Toro’s team fell apart last Wednesday and Benicio has bailed on the project.Khan would have been such a good look for Benicio. Shame that they couldn’t work things out.We been down this road before with General Zod last year, and he has got some company with Khan now joining him in the “Latinoreview reported, then got debunked, but later confirmed to be true bad guy club.”The question now is, who is going to play Khan?If they were looking for a Latin dude who is on fire right now with a cheaper quote than Benicio, »

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