While the reviews of Star Trek Beyond have been overwhelmingly positive, and have been praising the movie for its return to the original series’ classic values of fun and adventure, that’s not to say that there isn’t a dark cloud over the movie too. Star Trek Beyond will pay tribute to two passings in the film, the first being Leonard Nimoy, who died before production on the film began in February 2015, and the second being the unexpected passing of co-star Anton Yelchin just a few weeks ago. The untimely death of Yelchin in particular opens the door to a difficult question: what are future Trek movies going to do without Chekov? (more…)
Everyone’s doing music for movies these days, although it’s really nothing new, remember Vanilla Ice‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles song? That was 25 years ago. Fallout Boy and Missy Elliot took a crack at updating the Ghostbusters theme song and now Rihanna has slipped a track (Sledgehammer) in the new Star Trek Beyondsoundtrack. You can check it out in the new trailer below. (more…)
From across the worlds of film, music and sports, we know that this has been a bad year for the sheer frequency of celebrity deaths, and now we sadly have to report another. Anton Yelchin, perhaps best known for playing Ensign Pavel Chekov in the rebooted Star Trekseries of films, was found dead this morning at his Los Angeles home in what’s being described as an accidental death. He was only 27 years old. (more…)
There’s some exciting casting news for Dreamworks animated filmTrollhunters, based on the book by Daniel Kraus and Guillermo del Toro. that was based on a story by del Toro. A trio of talented actors, Kelsey Grammer (Boss, Frazier), Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy), and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, The Smurfs) have been added to the cast. Guillermo del Toro made the announcement at the Annecy Animation Festival in Annecy, France. (more…)
Before JJ Abrams meandered off to a galaxy far, far away, he did a pretty-darn-tootin’ good job of breathing new life into another classic sci-fi franchise with his 2009 “reboot” (I use this word very begrudgingly these days) of Star Trek. Next year we are due to receive the third film from this new series, the Justin Lin-directed Star Trek Beyond, and other than some vague ramblings about how it’s going to be alternatively “less Trek-y” but also somehow harken back to the classic 1960 series’ original roots, not much is known about the particulars of the film. Today, however, we finally got a decent look at some actual filming footage; while Paramount has been swift in it’s work to remove the video from the internet, we do have a good amount of still photos taken from the video – view them while supplies last!
There’s something you guys should know about me right away, before we even get in to talking about Star Trek Into Darkness. It’s gonna make some of you uncomfortable, and it might even make some of you distrust every single thing I say about this movie from here on, but it needs to be said, because you need to know the perspective from which I was approaching seeing this particular film. So brace yourselves, Trekkies. Take a deep breath. We’re all gonna get through this. Ready? OK: I loved J.J. Abrams’ first Star Trek movie. I mean, flat out, caveat-free, absolute love. I came out of that movie feeling refreshed and overjoyed and itching to see it again, and then of course I looked at the internet. I was sincerely baffled by all the hate some viewers threw at that flick. I thought they were nit-picking. I thought they were actively seeking reasons not to like it, instead of just sitting back and enjoying this new interpretation. “You don’t get to decide what ‘real’ Star Trek is,” I would argue. “It’s for everybody. It always has been. Just because the Kobayashi Maru scenes didn’t live up to your particular moral interpretation doesn’t mean it’s not a good movie,” I said. I embraced the popcorn exuberance of that film, and four years later I’m still unabashedly embracing it. I still love that movie. So, why am I telling you all of this? Because, Star Trek haters, after seeing Star Trek Into Darkness, I can finally feel your pain.
After umpteen trailers we finally get a chance to see the first clip from next month’s Star Trek Into Darkness. And if you had any doubt J.J. Abrams and co. were looking to avoid comparison between their flick and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, you are mistaken. Give a listen as in this clip Spock utters those all too famous words,
What a wonderful first clip to share! It offered a chance for every member of the main crew to offer input, making me all the more hopeful this sequel will feature even more from the ensemble as a whole. The Enterprise is nothing without her crew. And I mean the whole crew, not just Kirk and Spock. Ah, but speaking of Kirk and Spock, did you hear what that pointy-eared bastard said!? “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” I mean, agh!, just slay me with feels why don’t ya!?
And, what’s up with those uniforms? Are they wet suits?
Star Trek Into Darkness opens in IMAX 3D on May 15th and in every other format May 17th.
Now that everyone has calmed down and is finally in their post-“Oh my God! The Star Trek trailer has released!” phase, it’s the perfect time to drop fresh Star Trek Into Darkness news. Thanks to a recent press screening of J.J. Abrams anticipated sequel, a few special pieces of information made their way to us courtesy of Coming Soon‘s Silas Lesnick.
In a series of tweets, Lesnick confirmed a lot of what many of us have been predicting, but with a few added tidbits of knowledge we might not have expected. Check out what he had to say during his screening via Twitter (after the jump). (more…)
Star Trek Into Darkness has been one of Hollywood’s best keep secrets. Their villain is both known and unknown at the same time, the script is under heavy wraps and J.J. Abrams‘ has managed to get away with showing a measly three frames of footage.
As of next month, fans of J. R. R. Tolkien and Peter Jackson who happen to be watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (in IMAX) will be treated to 12,960 times the amount of footage Star Trek then we’ve seen all year.
With Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, and Bruce Greenwood all reprising their roles from the last film alongside newcomers Alice Eve and Benedict Cumberbatch, Paramount Pictures wants to get people in the seats. So what better way then to announce a nine-minute prologue for J.J. Abrams‘ sequel that will air ahead of the Jackson trilogy on approximately 500 IMAX screens?
With today being the 46th year anniversary of Star Trek (*blowing on my kazoo*), I just knew some news regarding J.J. Abram‘s Trek sequel was going to be unleashed. And it has, just not officially. According to Comingsoon.net the sequels title has been revealed. Kirk and crew are going to need some friggin’ flash lights, because the title is -apparently- being named: Star Trek Into Darkness.
This news does not come from Abrams, the cast or anyone at Paramount Studios. Nope, just some good ole’ domain snooping. Comingsoon.net found two domain names that were registered yesterday through Markmonitor. Which is an anonymous domain registry service that has been used by Paramount Pictures in the past for recent URLs like their official G.I. Joe: Retaliation site. Those new Star Trek domain names include www.startrekintodarkness.com and www.startrekintodarknessmovie.
So, again, this is not official. However, Star Trek Into Darkness seems an apt name, considering the dark tones actors Chris Pine had said the film was going to have. He told Total Film in a recent interview:
There’s comedy, which I think J.J. does a great job of, but, like the first one, there’s some serious issues being dealt with. And I’d say the threat is even greater in this one.
The force [the Enterprise crew] are met with is much more frightening. It’s relentlessly action-packed and in terms of character development it goes places you’d never expect. The arc is huge for all the characters. It’s a really big story—I can’t hype it enough!
For me, I just hope all this darkness talk is a hint that the solar or lens flare problem has been corrected. *derp*
Star Trek 2 will star Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller with a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Damon Lindelof and that it will hit theaters on May 17, 2013 in 2D, 3D theaters and IMAX 3D versions.