I'm writing to you this afternoon in the late stages of a full-on nostalgia buzz. The reason? Last night, I had the pleasure of taking in a performance of the Beauty and the Beast musical at St. Louis' beautiful The Fabulous Fox theatre. Thanks to Belle's "Little Town", "Something There", and the Academy Award-winning title track, I'm still giddy and in complete tune with my five-year old self nearly 24 hours after the fact. Now, if I could just get my hands on that old Proton Pack I used to lug around at all times, my return trip to the '90s would be complete... ...In this week's "Top 5" you'll find a collection of items from The Dark Knight Rises, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo interviews with David Fincher, Rooney Mara, and Daniel Craig, tidbits of news from J.J. Abrams' Star Trek sequel, director Brad Bird talking about Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, »
- Jason Barr
The last time I polled MTV's core audience about what they'd like to see more of, the first thing they told me (after they threw a can of Joose at my head) was, "Geeks, brah. Geeks." Thankfully, the self-described "masterminds" behind The Jersey Shore have answered their prayers by developing Fandom Rising, an attempt to (finally) marry the Jersey Shore format with Star Trek references. The casting call for Fandom Rising is asking for "eight strangers for a mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new lifestyles and relationships, to boldly go where no fanboy or fangirl has gone before." It continues: "If you are a guy or girl and get all the references in The Big Bang Theory, can quote the Original Trilogy, can spot a Cylon among us, wish you could've attended Hogwarts, Starfleet Academy, [...] »
On December 24, comedian Chris Hardwick brings the first of five TV specials based on his “Nerdist” blog and podcast to BBC America. The show will be chockful of nerd-approved guests, including former “Doctor Who” portrayer David Tennant, “Star Trek” alumnus Wil Wheaton, Simon Pegg and Nathan Fillion, and kick off with a list of the nerdiest moments fo 2011.
We spoke to Harwick about what we can expect from the show.
Speakeasy: How many »
- Michelle Kung
For the first time since his cult classic Blade Runner back in 1982, Ridley Scott will venture back to the science fiction genre with Prometheus - a prequel of sorts to his seminal sci-fi/horror Alien, which - after a seemingly endless stream of teaser previews through-out the week - has finally made its way online ahead of the film's release next summer.
Prometheus features an all-star cast that includes Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Charlize Theron (Snow White and the Huntsman), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Patrick Wilson (Watchmen), Idris Elba (Thor), Guy Pearce (Animal Kingdom), Logan Marshall-Green (Devil) and Rafe Spall (Anonymous). It is based on a screenplay by Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour), with rewrites by Damon Lindelof (Lost, Cowboys & Aliens and the as yet untitled Star Trek sequel).
Marvel's superhero team-up The Avengers is to be released in 3D.
The announcement came from Disney, which bought the comic book giant for $4billion in 2009.
Whedon told JoBlo: "The Avengers isn't obnoxiously 3D. There's no 'Oh look, we're going to spend 20 minutes going through this tunnel because it's in 3D.' And no one is pointing at the screen the entire time. But it's an action movie. Things tend to hurtle toward the screen anyway."
He said he was 100 per cent behind the idea: "Yeah, it's fun! I'm not a big fan of extreme long lens, talky movies - I like to see the space I'm in and relate to it, so 3D kinda fits my aesthetic anyway. And the technology has advanced so »
- David Bentley
Hugh Jackman (X-Men), Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes), Chris Pine (Star Trek), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) and Isla Fisher (The Great Gatsby) are lending their voices to Rise of the Guardians, DreamWorks Animation's fairytale re-imagining featuring modernized versions of Santa Claus, Jack Frost and the Boogeyman. When Pitch (Jude Law), an evil spirit akin to the Boogeyman, lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world. Rise of the Guardians is an upcoming computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and scheduled for 3D theatrical release on November 21st, 2012. Chris Pine is voicing Jack Frost -- a role originally given to Leonardo DiCaprio -- »
- Pietro Filipponi
A film from which few were expecting much turned into one of the blockbuster treats of 2011. Mark salutes Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes...
Over the past few weeks, Den Of Geek writers have been voting for the films of the year. It's a democratic vote, which inevitably means that things end up in a slightly funny order that not one individual writer is likely to fully agree with. But it's still a fine list. Here's the one with the most hairy animals in it...
With more and more franchise reboots being announced left and right, seemingly on a weekly basis, you can still count the number of truly great reboots on one hand, even if you include Jj Abrams' Star Trek, which was more of an alternate-universe sequel than a fresh start. And this year, Christopher Nolan's »
Though a 3D post-converted "Avengers" had already been assumed by most, Disney has officially confirmed that the Joss Whedon-directed film will indeed be exhibited in the format, as well as in IMAX 3D, when it hits theaters on May 4, 2012. The "Avengers"-affiliated "Thor" and "Captain America: The First Avenger", both released this year, also went through the process. Given that post-conversion remains an unpopular phenomenon with many moviegoers, quite a few "Avengers" fans are likely irked at this news today - which follows on he heels of J.J. Abrams' admission earlier this week that his "Star Trek" sequel would also »
- Chris Eggertsen
Sneak Peek the first trailer supporting director Ridley Scott's "Alien" prequel, "Prometheus" starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Logan Marshall-Green and Patrick Wilson :
"...A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe.
"There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Prometheus"...
- Michael Stevens
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Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, the comic co-stars of cult films 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz,' are now starring in some big-name blockbusters: Pegg is in 'Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol' and 'Star Trek,' and Frost is filming 'Snow White and the Huntsman.' If that weren't enough, both of them are in Steven Spielberg's 'The Adventures of Tintin,' which hits theaters today.
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- Sharon Knolle
Paramount Pictures released the latest TV spot for the upcoming film “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” aka Mission: Impossible IV from J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Fringe) by director Brad Bird (Ratatouille, The Incredibles , 1906) and starring Jeremy Renner (The Avengers,The Hurt Locker, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), Tom Cruise (The Hardy Men, Tropic Thunder), Maggie Q (Nikita, Priest, Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Mission: Impossible III), Simon Pegg (The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Star Trek), Josh Holloway, Paula Patton (Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire) and Ving Rhames (Death Race 2, Piranha). Click Here »
- Brian Corder
He’s a terrific actor who usually gets the ‘him out of that’ response, but Bruce Greenwood looks locked on to return as Admiral Pike in J.J. Abrams Star Trek sequel due to begin shooting next year. Writer and producer Robert Orci has confirmed Greenwood’s father-like character has been written into the script and even commented:-
We wrote a part for Greenwood. Let us hope he says Yes!
Greenwood has had major starring roles in the likes of Double Jeopardy, The Core and I, Robot. He also appeared in J.J. Abrams ‘Spielberg homage’ Super 8, although you would have struggled to see him on screen as his performance was that of extraterrestrial ‘Cooper’ – in motion-capture.
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- Craig Hunter
Forget 3D. IMAX is the big industry buzz  this season thanks to the great audience and critical response to the early IMAX rollout of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. A few filmmakers, notably Christopher Nolan and Michael Bay, have made tentpole films with sequences shot in IMAX, and J.J. Abrams is hinting that he might follow suit with his Star Trek sequel. One big director that isn't likely to shoot a few isolated sequences in IMAX is David Fincher. No real surprise, as he is a filmmaker that is very dedicated to providing a detail-oriented view of the world. He doesn't seem like the sort of filmmaker that would want aspect ratio and resolution changes as a film went from 35mm to full-frame IMAX and back. When asked about shooting in IMAX that's exactly what he says; get his take below. MTV  asked Fincher about shooting in IMAX, and he »
- Russ Fischer
During your daily internet surfing, you've no doubt stumbled across several geeky references to stuff like Star Wars, Star Trek, Twilight and Harry Potter. It's just part of geek culture, and no matter how many stupid images of Chewbacca-themed shot glasses you click through each day, you're more than happy to click through some more tomorrow because a true fan never tires of being, well, a fan. But you have to admit that at one point in time you stopped to wonder which fan-friendly franchise really is the biggest, baddest and most popular online. Sure, we see tons of Star Wars junk, but does that automatically make it the one to beat? Cheezburger put together this really fun infographic that compiles several stats -- from Facebook likes to FanFiction.Net submissions...
- Erik Davis
When Paramount announced they’d be releasing J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek sequel in May 2013 it was mentioned the movie would be in 3D, giving the assumption Abrams would be shooting his first 3D film. However in a new interview Abrams said he would be shooting in 2D, and converting to 3D during post-production. From MTV: [...]
The race to find the next Hunger Games – i.e. an adaptation of a book series aimed at the Ya crowd and beloved by swarms of passionate, ticket-buying fans — just found itself a new frontrunner today, with the news that Harrison Ford and Abigail Breslin have signed onto the adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. (EW has confirmed Variety’s initial report.)
Set in a future in which Earth has weathered invasions by an insect-like race of aliens called Formics, the story follows a young genius named Ender Wiggin (Hugo’s Asa Butterfield) who is conscripted into »
- Adam B. Vary
Star Trek fans take note, while the movie is set to be shown in 3D it will all be done post production, in short it will be shot in 2D. Director J.J Abrams promises: We'll do a good high-end conversion,” "It'll be like the Harry Potter movie and all that. Luckily we have the months needed to do it right because if you rush it, it never looks good." The director also confirmed that IMAX could also be a viable option he had this to say: "IMAX is my favourite format; I'm a huge fan. I would love to do It." shooting will begin early 2012 and although Abrams is not giving much away he did confirm that there would be no appearances from former original cast members in this instalment. Via Empire
- firstname.lastname@example.org (gercooney)
 With all the Star Trek 2 rumors floating around it's almost easy to forget we don't actually know a whole lot about the story at this point. That hasn't changed, and likely won't in the near future, but producer Bryan Burk and co-writer/producer Roberto Orci have revealed a couple tidbits of information sure to get fans speculating wildly. (Not that it takes much.) While doing interviews for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Burk revealed that they'd be doing something "original and unique and different" with the villain. Meanwhile, Orci has confirmed that Bruce Greenwood will be reprising his role as Christopher Pike in the sequel. Read more after the jump. Burk wouldn't confirm or deny any of the rumors that have been swirling around, but told MTV  (via TrekMovie.com ) that the sequel would take a fresh approach to the villain: There are amazing villains throughout the Star Trek universe, »
- Angie Han
Good to know that even Mr. Secret Agent Man J.J. Abrams isn’t above trying to squeeze a few extra bucks out of you by converting his films into 3D and charging a little bit more. Talking to MTV, Abrams has confirmed that he will begun shooting the untitled “Star Trek” sequel sometime next month in 2012, with sets for the film still in the process of being built, and that the movie will be shot in 2D and then converted in post to 3D. Says Abrams: We’re shooting on film, 2-D, and then we’ll do a good high-end conversion like the ‘Harry Potter’ movie and all that. Luckily, with our release date now we have the months needed to do it right because if you rush it, it never looks good. He also says they’re talking about shooting the film in IMAX, but that seems like a »
In a marked departure from the tradition of the franchise, word on the street in the galaxy is that the next "Star Trek" installment will not feature any original cast members. That's right. Not a one.
That means no William Shatner (who seems pretty booked up with his Priceline commercials anyway), no Leonard Nimony (who appeared as Spock in the last flick), no… you get the picture.
"Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol" star Simon Pegg-- who also plays Scotty in the "Star Trek" series these days-- explained it would be pretty impressive if the original Scotty (the late DeForrest Kelly) showed up for the next go. "That would involve time travel. And if the real Scotty showed up, that would be something,” the thesp tells Showbizz411.
Apparently, J.J. Abrams is ready for a fresh set of faces, and while we're definitely going to miss those familiar space-traveling friends, we have »
- Elizabeth Durand
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