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“Star Trek Beyond” debuted to a solid $59.6 million this weekend, signaling that after six television series, 13 movies and 50 years in the pop culture conversation, there’s still life left in one of Hollywood’s most durable franchises.
And there are more intergalactic missions to come. As boon to Trekkies, Paramount took the unusual step of announcing yet another sequel was in the works even before this latest USS Enterprise adventure sailed into theaters. The studio has lined up Chris Hemsworth to reprise his role as Capt. Kirk’s father despite the fact that he was incinerated in a spaceship disaster in a previous film. In science-fiction, it seems, death is merely a temporary predicament.
“You can count on one hand the brands that have this kind of longevity and viability over time,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore. “These characters are so clearly defined and people just respond to their sense of camaraderie. »
- Brent Lang
'Star Trek Beyond' with Chris Pine as Captain Kirk: Will movie franchise reboot achieve 'escape velocity'? 'Star Trek Beyond' Review: Movie franchise needs to boldly go where J.J. Abrams has never gone before We're never told what “beyond” refers to in Star Trek Beyond, the 13th film in the venerated sci-fi series. But here's a theory: if the franchise is to regain its footing after the tepid returns of Star Trek Into Darkness, it will have to move beyond J.J. Abrams, the writer/director who used his brand of copycat magic to relaunch the series in 2009. In our reboot era, he's got the canny ability to provide older audiences with enough familiarity to keep them under the tent while giving new audiences enough youthful verve so they don't feel the franchise isn't for them. If you think that's not worth something, see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, »
- Mark Keizer
Lupita Nyong’o is keeping her career in the Disney family.
The “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” actress has officially joined the upcoming film “Black Panther,” producer Kevin Feige announced during Marvel Studios’ Comic-Con presentation today. The Oscar winner will play Nakia, one of the women who are part of the illustrious Dora Milaje, an order of women who are groomed to possibly be wives of and act as bodyguards to the king of Wakanda.
Nyong’o will star opposite Chadwick Boseman, whom we first saw play Black Panther, aka T’Challa, in “Captain America: Civil War.” Other new cast members who have been confirmed for the film include Michael B. Jordan as warrior and strategist Erik Killmonger and Danai Gurira as Okoye, the head of the Dora Milaje sisterhood.
- Hanh Nguyen
Marvel Studios has kicked off its Comic-Con panel tonight with Kevin Feige introducing Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, who revealed that production on the Chadwick Boseman-headlined solo movie will get underway in January.
The cast for the movie were then introduced, with Boseman joined on stage by Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Michael B. Jordan (Fantastic Four) and Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead). It was revealed that Nyong’o is playing Nakia, while Jordan is Erik Killmonger and Gurira – who is a newly-announced addition to the cast – is portraying Okoye.
Here’s a photo of Coogler and the cast…
Black Panther is set for release on February 2nd 2018.
- Gary Collinson
Press Release: Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Kong: Skull Island” reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”).
In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific – as beautiful as it is treacherous – unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.
“Kong: Skull Island” stars Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers,” “Thor: The Dark World”), Samuel L. Jackson (“The Hateful Eight,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Oscar winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Trainwreck”), John Goodman (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Argo”) and John C. Reilly (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Step Brothers”). The international ensemble cast also »
- Derek Anderson
Just seven months after we all enjoyed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Episode VIII has finished shooting. Originally set to be released next May, the movie now won’t reach cinemas until December, though that has more to do with Disney not wanting to completely kill Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at the box office […]
- Josh Wilding
During yesterday’s Star Wars Publishing panel at the San Diego Comic-Con, Lucasfilm offered fans some details on their upcoming slate of Star Wars novels, including the concluding part of Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy, a Poe Dameron book, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story tie-ins and new young reader titles.
Wendig’s Star Wars: Aftermath and Star Wars: Aftermath – Life Debt follow-up Star Wars: Aftermath – Empire’s End is set for publication in January 2017, with Wendig revealing that he’s just submitted his first draft to the Lucasfilm Story Group, although he wasn’t giving much else away, stating that: “The Empire ends. I can tell you that much. The rest is some dramatic stuff. Jakku figures in considerably.”
- Gary Collinson
In a posting on Facebook, Johnson said: "Final slate of the final shot. VIII is officially wrapped. Thanks to the best cast and crew in the galaxy, and thanks to the fans for all the love and support though the whole process. Cannot wait to put it together and share it with you all!"
Continuing the story from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis along with new to the series Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.
"Star Wars: Episode VIII" is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.
- Garth Franklin
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a generally straightforward film, riding high on charm and energy while recycling plot elements from previous films to give you a nostalgic high. It’s the cinematic equivalent of being gently lowered into a warm bath. It’s pleasant. It’s relaxing. It’s exactly what you want after a long dry spell. […]
The post ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Editor Reveals More About Rey’s Crazy Flashback appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
That's a warp! Star Wars: Episode VIII is finally done shooting. Though there will be additional pick-up days later in the year, director Rian Johnson announced via Facebook that the eighth chapter in the Skywaker saga is officially in the can. Now, the post-production process starts on this follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Johnson shared a very quick video from set teasing the final slate along with the movie's final shot, which you can see below. Here's what Rian had to say.
"Final slate of the final shot. VIII is officially wrapped. Thanks to the best cast and crew in the galaxy, and thanks to the fans for all the love and support though the whole process. Cannot wait to put it together and share it with you all!"
Star Wars 8 began shooting in February of this year, with a shoot that lasted just a little over six months. »
It's only been about seven months since Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters. Ever since that point, we've lived in a world where, for the foreseeable future, we'd never be wanting for Star Wars movies. Coming this December is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and almost a year to the day after, we'll have Star Wars Episode VIII in theaters.
Now, thanks to a recent tweet from the official Star Wars Twitter account, it looks like the production has officially wrapped. In the tweet, they have a short video showing them marking the final slate of the final shot of principal photography.
Final slate of the final shot. VIII is officially wrapped. Cannot wait to share it with you all! -@rianjohnson pic.twitter.com/l4Apk0Ro4i
— Star Wars (@starwars) July 22, 2016
This July 22 wrap confirms Mark Hamill's earlier claims that the production would wrap on said date, »
- Joseph Medina
After filming his late-night show at Comic-Con for two straight years, Conan O'Brien has started to think he's an "expert at everything comic book-related." But he couldn't earn his nerd credentials until passing the official "Comic-Con citizenship test," administered by Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams.
The filmmaker dropped by Conan's temporary San Diego event, quizzing the host on all matters sci-fi/fantasy. Abrams fired off difficult questions ("In the Lord of the Rings trilogy, what city is the capitol of Gondor?"), as O'Brien's answers grew more surreal and comedic. »
Marvel’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens adaptation continues this Wednesday with the release of the second issue, and we’ve got a preview for you here…
The saga continues! Desert scavenger Rey and ex-stormtrooper Finn are being pursued by the evil First Order! But can they escape Jakku in an old “hunk of junk” Yt-1300 freighter? And what new threats will they find in a galaxy far, far away?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens #2 is out on July 27th, priced $3.99.
- Amie Cranswick
San Diego — As director Luc Besson and his wife Virginie Besson-Silla laid out in meticulous detail a vision for “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” — based on the French comic series “Valerian and Laureline” — their passion for the heavy genre material was certainly palpable. But it was difficult to ignore the specter of other attempted franchise launches from respected filmmakers that crashed on the rocks of “unproven intellectual property.”
“Finding Dory” broke Andrew Stanton out of director jail after his 2012 Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation “John Carter” forced Disney to take a $200 million write-down. Warner Bros. took a hit on the titanically budgeted “Jupiter Ascending” last year from Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski, after holding it over from 2014 to delay the pain. Unless it’s tied to successful preexisting brands (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), space opera just seems like a difficult sell these days. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Marvel has released the first poster, logo and teaser trailer for its upcoming Iron Fist series during the Marvel Television panel at the San Diego Comic-Con, as well as confirming that the show will hit Netflix in 2017; check them out here…
See Also: Marvel unleashes first trailer for Luke Cage
Marvel’s Iron Fist will see Finn Jones (Game of Thrones) leading the cast as Danny Rand alongside Jessica Henwick (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Colleen Wing, David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings) as Harold Meachum, Jessica Stroup (90210) as Joy Meachum, Tom Pelphrey (Banshee) as Ward Meachum, Rosario Dawson (Daredevil) as Claire Temple and Carrie-Anne Moss (Jessica Jones) as Jeri Hogarth.
- Gary Collinson
Led by Paramount franchise sequel “Star Trek Beyond,” the box office should soar back into summer blockbuster territory.
After a 16% drop off from 2015 last weekend caused by the sole new wide studio release “Ghostbusters” doing decent but not stellar business, the late summer surge could finally arrive. Paramount’s “Star Trek Beyond” should be the easy #1 film, but two other new entries, animated sequel “Ice Age: Collision Course” (20th Century Fox) and horror flick “Lights Out” (Warner Bros.) —the genre has been rebounding — along with some decent holdovers should elevate the totals ahead above both last year and last weekend.
Year to date numbers remain a scant 1% ahead of 2015, which means that with slightly higher ticket prices, fewer people have attended movies this year. The big shortfall runs from May through summer. Through April grosses had increased over 9%, momentum reversed over the last two months.
Three new movies including two »
- Tom Brueggemann
I think it's safe to say that no one predicted the amount of success Jurassic World would ultimately receive. When it hit theaters last year, it managed to secure the title of highest domestic opening weekend grosser at the time (before Star Wars: The Force Awakens came in and steamrolled that record).
It's understandable why Universal is so eager to continue forward with this franchise. However, while the enthusiasm seems to be there, the film is still around two years away, and there has been little news on when they'd start production. Now, thanks to the fan site Jurassic Outpost, we've learned that the plan is to begin production February 2017.
Given its June 2018 release date, this plan to begin principal photography in February will give them a healthy amount of time to crank out post-production on the film. Jurassic Outpost also stated that the movie would be shot in Hawaii »
- Joseph Medina
Just one month after Universal's blockbuster Jurassic World hit theaters, the studio went ahead and announced a sequel, setting a June 22, 2018 release date for Jurassic World 2. Back in April, it was confirmed that J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, A Monster Calls) will replace Colin Trevorrow, but we haven't heard anything further about the sequel since then. Today we have a new report which claims that production is now slated to start in early 2017 in Hawaii.
A fan site called Jurassic Outpost broke the news that production will begin on February 27, 2017 in Hawaii, but it isn't clear if that will be the start of pre-production or principal photography itself. Jurassic World and the earlier Jurassic Park movies used Hawaii to shoot Isla Nublar scenes, but back in August, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow revealed that the story will involve "weaponized dinosaurs" while the story will be taken off the island. The bulk »
Intense action; smart, funny nods to its roots while moving in a new direction; and explicit confrontation of a problem always at the heart of Star Trek. I’m “biast” (pro): totally devout Trekkie
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The United Federation of Planets starship Enterprise visits a place of my science fiction dreams in Star Trek Beyond, and it is a place I didn’t even know I longed to spend time in until I saw it here: Starbase Yorktown. Forget the toy-tops-in-space that were the starbases of the 1960s TV show. This Yorktown is a gemlike sphere floating in infinity, with no up or down except as dictated by the local gravity of the many curved planes that crisscross its internal bubble: it’s those wheeled-city-in-space illustrations of the 1970s expanded into a whole artificial world, a »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Much like Lucasfilm did during the marketing campaign for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Hot Toys has kept its Episode VII Luke Skywalker collectible figure well under wraps… until now. Thanks to Collider, we’ve got a look at the rather fantastic 1/6th scale figure for Mark Hamill’s Jedi Knight, which is on display at the San Diego Comic-Con this week…
See Also: Hot Toys Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1/6th scale Rey (Resistance Outfit) collectible figure
Meanwhile, also on display is the Imperial Shoretrooper costume from December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story…
Be sure to head on over to Collider for literally hundreds of images from the convention floor!
See Also: Follow all of our Comic-Con coverage here
- Gary Collinson
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