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Star Trek Into Darkness box office: Solid or disappointing domestic debut? (Photo: Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock in Star Trek Into Darkness) J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock, has to date grossed $13.4 million in North America, including from 336 late-night Wednesday IMAX shows and all-day showtimes at 3,762 locations on Thursday. As explained by Ray Subers at Box Office Mojo, first-day figures may have been below par because Paramount Pictures changed Star Trek Into Darkness‘ release date last week — the Star Trek sequel was to have opened on Friday. For comparison’s sake: With $11.53m on Thursday proper, Star Trek Into Darkness had the 11th biggest Thursday opening ever (not adjusted for inflation). Its Thursday debut, in fact, fell way below those of other May releases, e.g., George Lucas’ Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith »
- Zac Gille
Feature Andrew Blair 15 May 2013 - 08:17
What do we know about the mysterious Doctor Who planet Trenzalore? Andrew gives us some serious, and non-so-serious, suggestions...
This article contains spoilers for Series 7b (And also The Wedding Of River Song and Black Orchid if you haven't seen those yet).
Trenzalore. Is it ready to claim its place among the pantheon of memorable planets in Doctor Who's history? Is it the new Karn, or is it the new Karfel? Ever since a big baldy blue head in a box said its name (although I'd pay good money to hear Sylvester McCoy say it), we knew that some Saturday soon, some serious stuff would be going down. And that Trenzalore would be involved.
But just how important is Trenzalore? Not hugely, it isn't real. But within that context, how important is Trenzalore? I don't know, I haven't seen this Saturday's episode. But within that context, »
The Force is strong with this one: On May 14, 1944 in Modesto, Calif., George Lucas was born to parents Dorothy and George Lucas, Sr. Sixty-nine years later, Lucas is one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of Hollywood, the man who made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs who created "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones."
After making his directorial debut with 1971's "Thx 1138," Lucas co-wrote and directed the coming-of-age classic "American Graffiti." (The film was based on Lucas' early life in Modesto.) Featuring a bevy of future stars like Harrison Ford, Ron Howard and Richard Dreyfuss, "American Graffiti" was a hit; the 1973 film earned five Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director for Lucas and Best Original Screenplay for Lucas, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck. After "American Graffiti" came a little film called "Star Wars" (later known as "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope").
"Star Wars »
- Christopher Rosen
Chicago – Legendary is one way to describe C2E2 – the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. Comic book and pop culture fans gathered at McCormick Place in Chicago from April 26-28, 2013, for three days of celebration with their favorite comic, movie, game and television celebrities, and HollywoodChicago.com was there.
One of the highlights of the expo were two stars from the hot HBO epic series, “Game of Thrones,” Natalie Dormer and James Cosmo. Like many of the celebrity participants, they held a forum at which fans asked questions about the current season. AMC’s “The Walking Dead” also was also represented, with Laurie Holden and Chandler Riggs holding court. And there were old favorites like Julie Newmar and Burt Ward of the 1966 classic TV series “Batman,” signing autographs and greeting admirers.
Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com was on hand to capture these Exclusive Photos of the celebrities at C2E »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Update: One of our readers pointed out a tweet from Pegg that referenced the article. Maybe these are things he wants for the next installment. Please let's see the Millennium Falcon once more. Worth pointing out @totalfilm, that anything I said in that exchange was speculation, me and Jja have had no discussions about it.— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) May 9, 2013 Since J.J. Abrams is the one helming the first Star Wars film since 2005s Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith, »
- Niki Stephens
That got your attention, didn’t it? The troubled Gavin O’Connor‘s Western Jane Got a Gun is back on track again – Ewan McGregor has taken over for Bradley Cooper as the villain. The old west today, based on an original script by Anthony Tambakis and Brian Duffield, is a Star Wars reunion of sorts as McGregor will be joining Natalie Portman for the first time since Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith. Production on the film runs through the summer for what will hopefully be a 2014 release, but the villain wasn’t scheduled to shoot until later into the production. McGregor, the...
- Nick Martin
After a month of dealing with some very bizarre issues, including the director not showing up for the first day of production and multiple actors dropping out, it finally seems as though Gavin O'Conner's Jane Got A Gun is finally back on track - and it took a Star Wars connection to get it there. According to Deadline, Ewan McGregor has taken over for Bradley Cooper as the villain in the upcoming western, reuniting him with Natalie Portman for the first time since Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith. In the film, based on an original script by Anthony Tambakis and Brian Duffield, Portman will play the wife of a outlaw (Noah Emmerich) who is forced to call upon an ex-lover (Joel Edgerton) when the husband's former gang arrives at her farm looking for blood. Originally, the antagonist part was going to be played by Edgerton, but »
Do the math, and you likely could have figured out that in order to land in theaters by Summer 2015, J.J. Abrams was going to have to begin filming Star Wars: Episode VII -- the first Star Wars since 2005.s Episode III . Revenge of the Sith -- in 2014. Now someone close to the upcoming production has gone on record to confirm the start date of the wildly anticipated sequel. Bryan Burke, a producer on both Star Trek Into Darkness and Abrams. upcoming foray into the Star Wars universe (alongside Kathleen Kennedy), spoke with Collider recently and stated that they expect to be ramped up and shooting next year. .We.re progressing on a schedule to hopefully begin next year, or the beginning of next year, and the location is still kind of floating around in the air all depending on script and a whole bunch of other issues,. Burke said. . »
The Star Wars franchise has a long history in video games, dating all the way back to 1983 when the official Star Wars arcade game first showed up. Things have come a long way since those simple vector graphics lit up the arcade and to celebrate May the 4th we've put together a list of some of our favorite games set in galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars Rogue Squadron
Star Wars Rogue Squadron gave fans of the beloved franchise the chance to pilot a multitude of iconic starships. Who wouldn't want to blast wamp rats on Tatooine from the cockpit of Tie Fighter?
Shadows of the Empire
Shadows of the Empire introduced new characters and gave fans a look at the events in between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. More importantly, we got to fly Snowspeeders on Hoth and get beat up by Wampas.
Star Wars Battlefront »
- Don Hatfield
Welcome to We Got This Covered’s Deals of the Day. In this brand new column, we’ll be scouring the web in order to bring you hot deals on Blu-Rays and video games. Today, we’re featuring Star Wars, as Amazon is running some pretty good deals on all six films in the saga. Check out the details below.
1) Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (Episodes IV – VI)
With Star Wars: Episode VII currently in the works, why not re-visit the original trilogy that started it all? Marked down 53% and selling for $32.99, the Star Wars: The Original Trilogy Blu-Ray box set is an excellent purchase for any fan of George Lucas’ classic sci-fi films. Included here is Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
If you’re a Star Wars fan, »
- Matt Joseph
Patience is a virtue -- but one that “Star Wars” fans won't have to exercise. Disney and LucasFilm announced today at CinemaCon in Las Vegas that they will release a new “Star Wars” movie every year starting in 2015. That summer, the J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Wars: Episode VII” will kick off a new trilogy, featuring original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and (most likely) Harrison Ford. From then on, the trilogy episodes will alternate with standalone movies, rumored to focus on characters like Yoda, Boba Fett, and a young Han Solo. It's certainly a tremendous change from the 16 years fans had to wait between “Return of the Jedi” and “Phantom Menace,” or even the 10-year difference between 2005's “Revenge of the Sith” and “Episode VII.” Disney has turned up the dial on the “Star Wars” universe since it bought Lucasfilm from George Lucas last fall. Details about either the new »
- Kelly Woo
At this point, it's common knowledge that fighting off herds of the undead or intergalactic rebels requires more than just a few hand-held weapons. In fact, sometimes it requires more than just hands.
Sure, our limbs accomplish a myriad number of essential tasks every day – walking, kicking holding things, pointing, giving people the finger – but the sad truth is that they'll never be able to spray a hail of bullets or eviscerate enemies on their own. For those special battle-ready features, the body requires a few extra enhancements beyond what God gave you. After all, why replace a leg with a dopey wooden peg when a fully-loaded machine gun will do just fine?
In honor of the "Evil Dead" reboot and the franchise's longtime celebration of weaponized extremities, we've compiled a list of nine characters who turned a lost limb or imminent threat into an opportunity to upgrade their bodies »
- Nick DeSantis
Unlike their past venture into the realm of live-action TV, I believe it is time for Star Wars to make the leap onto the small screen. Some of you may recall the Holiday Special, others may recall Ewoks: The Battle for Endor in 1985. Both are surrounded with an aura of shock and horror. However, Lucasfilm is planning on putting a new small-screen series animated series into production at a later date, which will explore “a whole new Star Wars series set in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming.” And with the cancellation of Clone Wars and detours, it has got me thinking. What else can they do using the live-action medium?
The biggest talking point within this realm is Star Wars: Underworld. This is the working title of the semi-mythical planned live-action television series, which has been in development at Lucasfilm since 2005. This was »
- Darragh O'Connor
A burning question on the mind of every Star Wars enthusiast is which character will get the first spin-off movie. Yoda, Boba Fett, Han Solo, Jabba the Hutt, we’ve all heard the rumors. But this isn’t simply a decision of which character is most popular. The future of Star Wars is on the line here. Ok, ok. We all know Episodes VII – IX are the big ones. But certainly Disney wants to do their best to protect their $4.05 billion investment in Lucas Films. And a great way to do that is to have spin-off movies that complement both of the existing trilogies, respect the expanded universe, all while setting up and complimenting the new trilogy.
Here’s how to do it (pay attention Disney).
First, let’s make the assumption that the new trilogy will have something to do with the New Jedi Order built by Luke Skywalker. »
- Andrew Weisselberg
In 2005 it looked like the Star Wars saga was officially over. Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox released Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, which completed the prequels and tied the story back to the original trilogy. It was done, finished, kaput, and ended. But then along came Disney. In October 2012 the studio brokered a $4.05 billion deal to buy Lucasfilm and with the deal came the announcement that they would be starting production on a whole new trilogy of Star Wars films that would keep the epic story going for years and years to come. And, naturally, fanboys started to foam at the mouth with anticipation. What would the new movies be about? Would they bring back classic characters or introduce new ones? Would there be new stories set outside of the trilogy? Thanks to all of these questions, for the last few months we here at Cinema Blend have been »
Review Ryan Lambie 21 Mar 2013 - 06:05
Like so many young artists and would-be filmmakers of his generation, Ray Harryhausen was inspired by 1933's King Kong, and in particular the remarkable stop motion effects work of animator Willis O'Brien. But unlike so many of his peers, Harryhausen not only had an opportunity to meet his hero, but even worked for him as an apprentice; a few years after World War II, he helped O'Brien bring another screen gorilla to life in 1949's Mighty Joe Young.
These were the formative years in Harryhausen's long career, in which he himself would grow in stature, to become inarguably the most influential and respected special effects artist of the 20th century. The highlights of his life and work, from his earliest experiments in stop motion to his final feature, »
Okay then Star Wars fans. I have a question for you. You know General Grievous, the four armed spidery cyborg who is made of up what seems to be a heart and a brain housed within a robotic body? Yeah, that’s right, the bad guy who collects lightsabers and coughs a whole lot. Right, here’s the question: Do you think it’s a possibility that in early drafts of Revenge of the Sith and possibly even early in the pre-production phase, that he may have been conceived as Darth Maul resurrected?
I know, I know that’s crazy talk – but stick with me. Since first being introduced to General Grievous and hearing stories of his construction on Geonosis and his expanded universe origins before that, I’ve loved the cowardly coughing leader of the droid army but something about him felt lacking. He’s really only there to »
- Marcus Doidge
Went to the old Google to settle a dispute amongst friends over the ranking of Star Wars films from worst to best and was appalled by what I found. Typically Metacritic and I are on the same page when it comes to reviews but this blew my mind.
Debate all you want about the validity of ranking Empire and Sith on the same level, but there's no denying that Return of The Jedi is better than Phantom Menace. How can such a reputable news source say this about Return in the 80's...?
Return of the Jedi doesn't really end the trilogy as much as it brings it to a dead stop. The film...is by far the dimmest adventure of the lot.
Only to turn around and say this about Phantom Menace years later? »
- Mick Joest
It’s been literally days since the last bit of Star Wars franchise news was cast into the pit of the Internet, the nesting place of the all-powerful Fanboy, who slowly digests every new piece of Star Wars information over a thousand years, like some kind of purely theoretical pit-dwelling epicurean tentacled arthropod. Fortunately, the good people at the LucasFilm/Disney/Sheinhardt empire have saved us from boredom by launching a new Star Wars Character Tournament. You guessed it: It’s bracket time! The tournament lets you vote for 32 of your favorite Star Wars characters in a whole series of one-on-one matchups, »
- Darren Franich
It seems the new Star Wars overlords – which is to say, Disney – have little interest in reminding us the prequels exist, or that George Lucas did indeed think they would be an alright idea at the time. Earlier this week it was announced the Clone Wars TV show would be ending, and all videogame announcements have been indefinitely postponed. And, earlier this year, the 3D re-releases of the rest of the prequels were also cancelled.
While these decisions have supposedly come from Lucasfilm, it’s obvious Disney’s hand may have forced them somewhat. It appears, therefore, the big D wishes to cut any and all ties with the prequels in light of the upcoming trilogy. But this, I feel, is a mistake. There’s plenty to be celebrated about The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith. They are an epic trio of motion pictures. »
- Chris Wharfe
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