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After exploring how children’s electric cars and remote-controlled jets were instrumental for creating the sounds of Iron Man’s suit in Iron Man 3, the second installment of our new series Sounds Like a Summer Movie takes a look at how music is used for dramatic impact in Star Trek Into Darkness. And it is used a lot: Sound mixer Will Files, who first worked with director J.J. Abrams on Cloverfield, estimates there’s music over 75 to 80 percent of the film. Once again, Abrams used longtime collaborator Michael Giacchino, who won an Oscar for scoring Up. “J.J. and »
- Mandi Bierly
Zoe Saldana and her new man Marco Perego make one hot couple! How do we know? The first picture of the Star Trek actress and her Italian artist beau has surface over a month after it was taken. In the pic, Saldana and Perego are caught driving away from the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood after a date night out together in mid April. The 34-year-old beauty, dressed in a black coat, and her scruffy hunk, sporting a leather jacket, tried to avoid the photog flashes while leaving the Hollywood hot spot. As we previously reported, Saldana and Perego have known each other for a long time, but it was only recently that their romance began to heat up. "Zoe is superhappy right now," a »
Even though J.J. Abrams is open to the idea of directing Star Trek 3, chances are he won't be able to make it because of his commitment to make Star Wars: Episode VII. It's only natural for the studio to start putting together a list of directors to possibly take his place. Latino-Review's El Mayimbe revealed that Attack the Block director and Ant-Man co-writer Joe Cornish is one of many names on a list that Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot have put together. I got me thinking... if Abrams doesn't come back, who would make a great replacement? Here are the tweets that went out...
— elmayimbe (@elmayimbe) May 23, 2013
Hence, why I'm tweeting this instead of writing a story because quite frankly there is no story there. »
- Joey Paur
With J.J. Abrams set to direct Star Wars: Episode VII for a summer 2015 release, it's very likely that he won't be back to helm a third installment of his Star Trek series. Paramount is reportedly targeting a 2016 release for the threequel, which would make perfect sense as that year marks the 50th anniversary of the franchise. Also, I doubt anyone involved would want to wait another four years in between installments. Last night, we heard that Attack The Block director and Ant-Man co-writer Joe Cornish was reported to be one of the many names in consideration to helm the next Star Trek movie. With that in mind, I decided to post a poll of possible candidates, and you can vote for your pick below. -As stated above, Joe Cornish is reportedly one of the names in consideration for the job. He has sci-fi experience after Attack The Block, and is »
Entertainment Weekly’s annual Summer Must List issue hits stands today, and readers eagerly awaiting the July 16 return of USA’s Suits will be happy to see the legal drama makes the cut. On May 15, we sat down with stars Gabriel Macht, 41, and Patrick J. Adams, 31, and asked what tops their lists. Their banter — which gets particularly enjoyable when the subject turns to their different tastes in music — may just tide fans over.
Entertainment Weekly: So what’s on your Summer Must List?
Gabriel Macht: Season 1 of The Wire. »
- Mandi Bierly
Zoe Saldana keeps a light-hearted online relationship going with Star Trek co-stars Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine and the sexy actress admits she has more male than female friends. The 34-year-old actress loved being part of the almost completely male cast of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' because she is more comfortable with men. She said: "It's a very accurate reflection of how I am in my own life. I have more male than female friends." Zoe also revealed she and co-stars Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine kept in touch between 2009's 'Star Trek' and its sequel through chain emails. She told Us Weekly magazine: "'We stay in touch through chain emails, we all joke and congratulate each other on personal and professional successes. We definitely make an effort to stay friends and get together for dinners." The 'Avatar' actress recently admitted she would be »
The Lost creator and director of the irritatingly gappy Star Trek films knows a thing or two about scriptural fudges. Let's pray he doesn't put another universe at risk with his breakneck pacing
Spoiler warning: read if you've seen Star Trek: Into Darkness
When Jj Abrams was announced earlier this year as the surprise director of the new Star Wars film following Disney's $4bn buyout of George Lucas's gently disintegrating space opera empire in October, there were few dissenting voices to be heard. Here was a director who had taken rival sci-fi film series Star Trek and reinvigorated the whole affair with some much-needed razzmatazz, in the process transforming a saga that had been a niche concern for decades into a must-see proposition for anyone remotely interested in big-budget spectacle-heavy film-making. This was after turning round the Mission: Impossible series following John Woo's dumb second instalment with »
- Ben Child
You, know every time I hear about Star Wars Episode VII, I always have mixed feeling about it. On one side, I feel that it shouldn't happen. The trilogy was the story of Anakin Skywalker and his story is over for obvious reasons. One the other hand, I'm kind of excited to see what's gonna happen. Especially because every thing circulating on the internet is mostly rumors. Like the most recent one I heard: J.J. Abrams is pulling writers from Star Trek to write the film. He is also asking Josh Holloway to play a young Han solo. This is actually something I'm kinda against. Not the writers thing. I have mixed feelings about that at most. I don't know what the new Star Wars is going to be about, but I don't want it to be a continuation of those characters. After tossing around several theories and »
by Brett White
"I'm curious," she admitted to USA Today. "That's what I want I start to check out, too: Am I going to wear leather? Is it going to be spandex? How's my hair going to look?"
These are all valid concerns for the actress, considering that her role as Gamora will prove to be an incredibly physical one. Gamora is known as the deadliest woman in the galaxy, and Saldana has expressed interest in doing pretty much every stunt that she physically can do. But for the majority of time that Gamora's existed in the comics, she's worn outfits that don't really adhere to the laws of physics. Gamora's going to need a costume overhaul »
- Splash Page Team
Greetings from the apocalypse! This here is my twentieth weekend column, which seemed like as good a time as any to reach out to my fellow weekend road warriors to say if you have any suggestions for upcoming films/local weekend events to feature in future editions just write me on Twitter. Signed 8 x 10 glossies will be sent to fans at my secretary's discretion. But seriously, write away — give this wandering rōnin of the desert some feedback, yo.
Friday, May 24
Pow! In Theaters
I'm admittedly not a huge fan of the "Hangover" franchise — only in America and possibly France could such a thing spawn a franchise — so when I tell you "The Hangover Part III" has nary a laugh or even »
- Max Evry
Singapore — Portraying USS Enterprise helmsman Hikaru Sulu in the latest "Star Trek" movie comes with big shoes to fill, but the man who played the part in the TV series and six films has given his blessing to the actor currently playing the role.
Even though George Takei – whose portrayal of Sulu made him a science fiction legend – said he had not yet had time to catch recently released "Star Trek Into Darkness" due to his busy schedule, he feels John Cho is the "ideal choice" to carry on Sulu's legacy due to the actor's "charm, intelligence, dash and sharpness."
"When (director) J.J. Abrams first announced he had cast Hikaru Sulu, I got a call from John (Cho) asking to have lunch with me," Takei said Friday in Singapore, where he attended the inaugural Social Star Awards. "He was very curious about the intensity of `Star Trek' fans and doing comic conventions, »
Some random thoughts about Star Trek: Into Darkness.
I loved the original series when it started on NBC in 1966. It was around the time I started to read science fiction, so it felt incredibly reinforcing to see my newly beloved genre on a screen in my home. I thrilled to the smart plots, and didn’t care about the cheesy special effects. There weren’t any other kind on television at the time. I loved the banter among the leads, especially from my favorite character, “Bones” McCoy. I complained as loudly as a teenage girl can complain when it was cancelled. That said, I only watched it in syndication sporadically, and I never got into any of the sequels.
Not even the one with Scott Bakula, whom I adore.
So when J. J. Abrams was tasked with reinventing the franchise, I wasn’t too upset. If he took liberties, »
- Martha Thomases
J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness is currently at the top of most international box-office charts but has surprisingly not been as successful as the studio thought. It was expected to open to a huge $100 million three-day haul in the Us and while it has now crossed that threshold, it took the sci-fi sequel a lot longer than expected. By no means does that mean Abrams’ film is a failure but perhaps the lukewarm reviews and the fact that as a spectacle it really didn’t blow fans away, has had an effect. There is also the small matter that Abrams could have had his mind elsewhere while putting the picture together.
Whatever the reason, the director will not return for a third outing of the rebooted series having been confirmed as the director of Disney and LucasFilm’s Star Wars: Episode VII, due in cinemas summer 2015. While it’s »
- Craig Hunter
Though fantasy and sci-fi have invented hundreds of new words, only a few pass muster to make it into the dictionary
Water cooler conversation at a dictionary company tends towards the odd. A while ago I was chatting with one of my colleagues about our respective defining batches. "I'm not sure," he said, "what to do about the plural of 'hobbit'. There are some citations for 'hobbitses', but I think they may be facetious uses. Have any thoughts?"
I did: "We enter 'hobbit' into the dictionary?" You learn something new every day.
Pop culture is a goldmine of neologisms, and science fiction and fantasy is one rich seam that has been contributing to English for hundreds of years. Yes, hundreds: because what is Gulliver's Travels but a fantasy satire of 18th-century travel novels? And what is Frankenstein but science fiction? The name of Mary Shelley's monster lives on both »
- Kory Stamper
With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases. Looking to Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hangover Part III, and Epic for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of Marvel Universe movies, romances from literature, and crowd-pleasing comedies with underrated stars. Star Trek Into Darkness Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew are back to face a new threat to Starfleet, a mysterious terrorist played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana co-star. J. J. Abrams directs. If Abrams' rebooted Star Trek is making you nostalgic for the originals, you can spend the whole of your Memorial Day Weekend revisiting the original series and two of its most popular spin-off movies. Star Trek (1966) Check out »
Iron Man 3 is a couple of weeks old now and everybody is in a lather over the end credits and the potential for a new Hulk movie (we can all agree that Mark Ruffalo is a far superior Hulk to Edward Norton, right?). Star Trek Into Darkness will most likely result in the same level of fervor (if the Romulans show up do you think Wil Wheaton will do most of background Romulan voices this time around as well?).
And so it begins: the summer blockbuster season where we all go crazy and debate the morals of super heroes, people who drive cars really fast, favorite beloved characters and their emotional arcs and whether or not Kevin Costner will really be the best father of Superman yet.
But what do you do between these releases? Sure you want to see the movies over and over again. We’re nerds »
- Damien Filbert
Review James Hunt 24 May 2013 - 08:00
This review contains spoilers.
2.6 The Schizoid Man
The Enterprise is called to the aid of Dr. Ira Graves, a cybernetics specialist who has become ill. An away team consisting of Troi, Worf, Data and one of the ship's doctors transports to the planet's surface and spends some time with Graves and his assistant while the Enterprise attends to urgent matters further afield. After insulting the woman in the away team (and then, just for good measure, insulting all women everywhere) the doctor informs him that he has a terminal disease and will be dead more or less within the day. Good job they got there in time!
Graves takes Data into his office and discusses the value of being alive with him, before casually remarking that he's »
Let's face it: we haven't seen a truly great Star Trek film in decades. Even the 2009 reboot (which is leagues better than its sequel) feels more like "Really Cool and Extremely Entertaining Science Fiction Action Film" instead of Star Trek. And let's not blame J.J. Abrams for transforming Star Trek into an action series -- that had already happened. Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek: Nemesis are just as shoddily put together as Star Trek Into Darkness and they also ignore everything that made Trek special in the past in favor of action, action, Action! This is not a new problem. No one wants to finance a Star Trek movie that's about discovery and exploration and kooky sci-fi ideas. Yearning for good sci-fi in the...
- Jacob S. Hall
If you plan to catch a Dolby Atmos mixed film--such as Star Trek Into Darkness or Epic--in an Atmos equipped theater this weekend, here’s more about the use of the format, as explained by Star Trek’s re-recording mixer Will Files of Skywalker Sound. Atmos is Dolby’s immersive sound system that debuted a year ago with Disney/Pixar’s Brave, a mix on which Files also worked. Since then, the sound system has been used or scheduled for use on roughly 40 features, including Epic, which opens this weekend, as well as upcoming Man of Steel, Monsters University, The Heat,
- Carolyn Giardina
Freaks and Geeks Episode 5 ‘Tests and Breasts’
Directed by Ken Kwapis
Written by Bob Nickman
Aired 11/6/1999 on NBC
If anyone needed proof that James Franco was going to be a great actor, all they had to watch was his show-stealing performance in ‘Tests and Breasts’. But the tale of Daniel Desario is a tragic comedy – and following on the heels of ‘Kim Kelly Is My Friend’, firmly establishes the streak of cynical realism underneath the touching character moments and hilarious conclusions. Last week it was Kim’s disturbing life, and next week it will be Nick’s reality check – but this week belongs to Daniel, who has a profound impact on nearly every character on the show in this episode.
Daniel’s goal in ‘Tests and Breasts’ is simple: recruit Lindsey to help him cheat his way through an algebra test (a class Lindsey took last year, she notes at »
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