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Simon Pegg Says Star Trek Cast Will Do Another Movie

Simon Pegg says “I know we’re doing more” when it comes to the question of whether the cast of the latest Star Trek franchise will reunite for another movie. Pegg has been a favorite with American audiences since the British actor and screenwriter’s breakthrough debut, the horror comedy Shaun of the Dead in 2004. One of the biggest fans he attracted was director J.J. Abrams, who cast him as the brilliant off-field technician Benji Dunn opposite Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt in the 2006 action hit Mission: Impossible III, and his character made such big impressions that he’s remained a big part of the Mission: Impossible franchise ever since.
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Alex Kurtzman to Direct ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2 Premiere (Exclusive)

Alex Kurtzman to Direct ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2 Premiere (Exclusive)
Star Trek: Discovery” executive producer Alex Kurtzman will take the helm for the sci-fi drama’s season-two premiere.

Kurtzman is set to direct the debut episode of the new season, which is slated to begin production in April in Toronto. No air date has yet been scheduled for the premiere.

Season two will pick up where the season-one finale left off. After bringing the Federation-Klingon war to a non-violent conclusion, the crew of the USS Discovery sets off from Earth to Vulcan, but — spoiler alert — stops along the way to answer a distress call from the USS Enterprise. The finale
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‘Scandal’ Star Bellamy Young Lands Lead Role in ABC Drama Pilot ‘False Profits’

‘Scandal’ Star Bellamy Young Lands Lead Role in ABC Drama Pilot ‘False Profits’
Scandal” star Bellamy Young is staying in the ABC family.

The actress, who plays Mellie Grant on the Shondaland series, has been cast in the lead role of the upcoming ABC drama pilot “False Profits.” The project, described as a comedic soap in the vein of “Desperate Housewives,” follows a team of down-and-out women in suburban Arizona as they fight their way to the top of the cutthroat world of a multi-level marketing cosmetics business.

Young will play Laura, a single mom with two kids who tries to make the best of a bad situation. Tired of being ten steps behind, Laura signs up for a multi-level marketing scheme for selling cosmetics.

Young has been with “Scandal” since the very beginning, with the show wrapping up its seventh and final season this spring. She will also appear in the upcoming Disney film “A Wrinkle in Time.” She has also appeared on shows like “Scrubs,” “Criminal Minds,” and “Dirty Sexy Money
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J.J. Abrams Wants to Take a Break From Directing Reboots

J.J. Abrams is keen on moving onto original projects nowadays, even though he’s been involved with several high-profile reboots in the past. Abrams first made his name as a screenwriter on movies like Armageddon before moving on to television shows, such as Felicity and Alias. Impressed by his work on the latter series, Tom Cruise hired Abrams to direct Mission: Impossible III, thus giving Abrams the opportunity to make his big-screen directorial debut.
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‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ First Trailer: Tom Cruise is Ready to Beat Up Some Nuclear Terrorists

‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ First Trailer: Tom Cruise is Ready to Beat Up Some Nuclear Terrorists
When Tom Cruise falls off the horse, he always makes sure to get right back on it. “The Mummy” may have been a box office and critical disaster last summer, but there’s nothing Ethan Hunt and death-defying stunts can’t fix. Cruise brings his most famous spy back to the big screen in “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” and the first trailer delivers on all the explosive thrills you could want.

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Fallout” centers around Hunt’s battle against nuclear terrorists. The cast mixes franchise favorites like Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames with “Rogue Nation” breakout Rebecca Ferguson. Michelle Monaghan is also returning to the franchise in a prominent role for the first time since “Mission: Impossible III.” She had a small appearance in “Ghost Protocol.”

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” is written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who
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Mission: Impossible 6 Title and First Official Photo Revealed

Mission: Impossible 6 Title and First Official Photo Revealed
It's time to get very excited for Mission: Impossible 6. Though star Tom Cruise has performed some death defying stunts for the franchise before, this latest sequel has the most dangerous one yet. Cruise teased the time he hung off the side of a helicopter in the first official image from this summer sequel, along with the official title of the movie.

Mission: Impossible 6 is now called Mission: Impossible - Fallout. And with Tom Cruise having just completed filming on the sequel, he and director Christopher McQuarrie are officially putting the finishing touches on the first trailer, which should be placed in your grubby little hands soon. The next chapter in the life of Ethan Hunt sounds like another true box office winner.

After Mission: Impossible III, the franchise decided to ditch the roman numerals and go with episodic titles beginning with Ghost Protocol and followed by Rogue Nation. Now, we get Fallout.
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Tom Cruise's Latest Mission: Impossible 6 Stunt Brings London to a Standstill

Tom Cruise's Latest Mission: Impossible 6 Stunt Brings London to a Standstill
Did you forget that Tom Cruise was in the midst of shooting Mission: Impossible 6? He proved he was far from done with this anticipated sequel just yet, as he made quite the scene running across the top of an iconic landmark in central London. And it turned out to be quite the spectacle.

Tom Cruise was shooting M:i 6 in central London over the weekend, where he engaged in one of the franchise's signature hair-raising stunts. This time, the Hollywood icon was seen running across the roof of the famous Blackfriars rail bridge. Despite icy January temperatures, the 55 year-old actor had no problem sprinting high above the Thames. All the while, a low-flying helicopter appeared to be in pursuit. Though it was in place to actual capture the stunt as it took place.

Traffic in central London was forced to a standstill, which didn't make some locals very happy. No one
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Oh My Hell... This Trailer For The Woody Woodpecker Movie Looks Beyond Awful

The first trailer for the live-action/CG animated feature film adaptation of the classic cartoon Woody Woodpecker has been released and it looks absolutely terrible! The story for the film follows "the hyperactive red-headed bird, who enters a turf war with a big city lawyer wanting to tear down his home in an effort to build a house to flip."

As I watched this painfully annoying trailer, I couldn't help but keep wondering why in the hell this movie was made. I know that this is only getting a home entertainment release, but Universal Pictures still spent money on making this thing and it seems like a waste.

The trailer is packed full of zany weirdness that includes a spaztastic Woody pooping on people and just going completely nuts! They tried to keep the character true to the cartoon version of the character, but here it just seems like he's
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Tom Cruise and the failed United Artists experiment

Simon Brew Dec 14, 2017

In late 2006, with much fanfare, Tom Cruise was announced as headlining a revived United Artists. But what went wrong?

Lurking in the corners of Netflix UK is a not-very-widely-seen Tom Cruise movie, that a decade ago was all set to herald a new filmmaking dawn. Directed by Robert Redford, and with a cast that includes Redford, Cruise, Meryl Streep and a then-relatively-unknown Andrew Garfield, Lions For Lambs looked on paper to be a heavyweight political drama. Its focus is on three stories: an ambitious politician giving an interview to tough reporter, an army platoon being ordered to go on a top secret mission by said politician, and a professor trying to talk a promising student into turning his life around.

It looked like Oscar-bait. It turned out to be a footnote to the failure to resurrect United Artists.

United Artists was originally founded in 1919 by Charlie Chaplin,
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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ Francis Ford Coppola, David Bowie & More

It’s been a stellar year of cinema and pop culture-themed books, and the texts (and Blu-rays) in this round-up all make fine gifts. One additional book that should be on your year-end list is Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier. It’s a satisfying companion to season three of Peaks, not to mention Frost’s own Secret History of Twin Peaks. So be sure to check out Nick Newman’s recent interview with the Peaks co-creator.

Live Cinema and Its Techniques by Francis Ford Coppola (Liveright)

The legendary Francis Ford Coppola has spoken of “live cinema” with regularity over the years, specifically with respect to 1981’s One From the Heart. That film, a box office flop now held in some regard, is an essential part of Live Cinema and Its Techniques, a fascinating new book authored by Coppola himself. The lessons from that experience, Coppola says,
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Ten Terrible Movie Promotions

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Beyond just the standard trailer(s) and poster, many films have an entire promotional campaign designed to spark interest. Here’s a look at ten film promotional campaigns which should have stayed on the drawing board.

Selling a movie is not an easy task, and over the years it has not gotten any easier. Promotional campaigns have to be very creative and persistent in order to capture people’s attention amid the sea of advertising we are flooded with on a daily basis. Common tactics include giveaways, publicity stunts, viral marketing techniques, sponsorships, and product tie-ins. Many films try to push the boundaries of traditional promotional campaigns in an effort to get an edge on the competition. Below is a brief look at ten campaigns (in no particular order) which definitely pushed the envelope, but doing so did more harm than good for the films they were trying to promote.
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Justice League: The Flash's Dad Is Actually a Very Famous Actor

Image Source: Warner Bros. Ok, maybe Justice League isn't the best superhero movie that's ever been made, but there's still plenty of room to enjoy it. Once you look beyond the sad Amazonian costume redesign (and the other myriad issues), it's still an action-packed, much more lighthearted, overall sort of entertaining addition to the cinematic branch of the DC Extended Universe. All things considered, some of the best fun during Justice League comes from the little Easter eggs that are sprinkled throughout. You know, like the postcredits scene and the little superhero cameo. Oh, and then there's the (very handsome) man who plays the father of the Flash aka Barry Allen aka Mr. Ezra Miller, who is also very handsome. Barry's dad, Henry Allen, only pops up in a couple of Justice League scenes. Henry is in prison for allegedly murdering Barry's mom, Nora Allen. Near the beginning of Justice League,
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‘The Foreigner’ Producer Jamie Marshall To Direct Dark Comedy ‘Gunmetal Rose’

Exclusive: Jamie Marshall is returning to the director’s chair for a second time with the dark comedy Gunmetal Rose. InnoVate Productions and 4th & 1 Films, in association with Benetone Films are producing. Marshall has worked on a slew of blockbuster titles as a second unit director and assistant director including Mission: Impossible III, Rush Hour 2, Olympus Has Fallen and he’s served in a variety of producing capacities as well. Upcoming for Marshall as executive…
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Chinese Director Chen Sicheng Takes His Show to New York

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Chinese Director Chen Sicheng Takes His Show to New York
Plenty of Hollywood blockbusters, from “Skyfall” to “Mission: Impossible III,” were at least partially filmed in China, as film execs want to continue to appeal to the world’s second-largest movie market – and likely soon to be the biggest. But there haven’t been many Chinese movies that have chosen to shoot in the U.S. – yet. Chinese actor and director Chen Sicheng is shaking that up, as he’s currently filming his next movie, “Detective Chinatown Vol. 2,” in New York City. And once the film was written, he had little choice – the Big Apple is a central part of.
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Maggie Q

Maggie Q’s real name is Margaret Denise Quigley. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on May 22, 1979. She grew up in Hawaii and attended Mililani High School. As a bright student, she originally intended to pursue a career as a vet and got a place to study veterinary science at a private university but her parents were unable to support her financially. Instead, she left Hawaii to pursue other career options. She is now a model and an actress who became famous when she starred in ‘Mission: Impossible III’. Maggie Q is now best-known for playing the role of

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Maggie Q
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Tom Cruise Is Back at Work on Mission: Impossible 6

Tom Cruise Is Back at Work on Mission: Impossible 6
When Mission: Impossible 6 star Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt back in mid-August, there were reports that production could be shut down for upwards of four months. Either those reports weren't accurate, or the action star as mutant-like healing powers, since Tom Cruise was spotted on the Mission: Impossible 6 set, just seven weeks after the initial injury happened on the set, with new photos and videos. There were other reports that claimed the actor would need either eight or nine weeks to recover, half the time listed in the original, unconfirmed report, but the actor managed to heal up quicker than even those expectations.

When Mission: Impossible production resumed yesterday, Tom Cruise, who returns as Ethan Hunt for this sixth installment of the action-packed franchise, was certainly not taking it easy. A new report with photos and brief video show that the actor spent his
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Paramount Could Sue J.J. Abrams for Directing Star Wars 9

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Paramount Could Sue J.J. Abrams for Directing Star Wars 9
Star Wars 9 is back on track, with director J.J. Abrams stepping in to replace fired director Colin Trevorrow. The studio has issued a new December 20, 2019 release date, and the project seems heading in the right direction. However, J.J. Abrams' sudden emergence at the helm of this franchise finale was a direct breach of his contract that was re-negotiated at Paramount after he left to direct the 2015 blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A new report reveals that Paramount was "jilted" when he left to direct Star Wars 9, which lead to Paramount extracting a small sum of money for their troubles, but not nearly what the studio's overall deal with the director is worth.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that newly-minted Paramount chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos was not pleased that J.J. Abrams was "poached" yet again by Disney to direct this highly-anticipated Star Wars sequel, but he ultimately accommodated the deal,
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Paramount Is Purportedly None Too Pleased With J.J. Abrams Helming Star Wars: Episode IX

Given the chance, few filmmakers would turn down the dream of one day directing a Star Wars movie, and fewer still would refuse that offer twice.

And yet, The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams found himself in that exact position earlier this month. With Colin Trevorrow off Star Wars: Episode IX entirely, it didn’t take long before Lucasfilm came calling. The vocation? An opportunity to journey back to that galaxy far, far away and essentially close the circle in this current Star Wars trilogy. Abrams accepted, and the rest is history.

But as The Hollywood Reporter reveals, Paramount and CEO Jim Gianopulos were none too pleased with the decision. Since his work on Mission: Impossible 3, J.J. Abrams had struck a deal with Paramount that resulted in such lucrative blockbusters as Super 8 and a pair of rebooted Star Trek movies. Said to worth $10 million a year when accounting for overheads and development,
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True Lies TV show in the works

David Crow Sep 18, 2017

Charlie's Angels director McG and Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim are set to produce a True Lies reboot for television...

Arguably, James Cameron’s True Lies has not aged as gracefully over the years as some of his other action blockbusters. It's certainly not a perfect film, but it's still pretty damn hilarious, and a pretty clever riff on the spy genre. Mixing matrimony and spymania has often been something filmmakers have toyed with, from Mr. & Mrs. Smith to Mission: Impossible 3. Still, no one does it better, in terms of ‘90s action glee, than a pun-dispensing Arnold Schwarzenegger - so it was probably inevitable that True Lies would get a reboot of some sort.

Enter Fox’s newest television remake prospect.

As revealed via Deadline, the new series is in development at 20th Century Television, with McG and Arrow’s Marc Guggenheim credited as creators and executive producers.
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Film News Roundup: Tony Gilroy Developing Thriller With ‘Harry Potter’ Producer

Film News Roundup: Tony Gilroy Developing Thriller With ‘Harry Potter’ Producer
In today’s film news roundup, Tony Gilroy has come on board the project formerly known as “Methuselah,” “Beauty and the Beast” producers join “The Punch Escrow” and Almost Never Films hires executives.

Project Development

Tony Gilroy, who made his directorial debut with “Michael Clayton,” is in negotiations to write and possibly direct an untitled thriller for Warner Bros. with “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman.

If the deal goes through, it will be Gilroy’s first directing gig since 2012’s “The Bourne Legacy,” starring Jeremy Renner. Gilroy also co-wrote the script for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” with Chris Weitz.

The Warner Bros. project, formerly called “Methuselah,” has been in the works since 2009 at Warner Bros. and had Tom Cruise attached at one point. Based on the character from the Bible, the story follows a man who lives for hundreds of years and has used his time to develop an incredible set of survival skills
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