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!
A late summer treat has arrived in the form of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the latest film in the spy film series that seems to be getting better with age. Indeed, each chapter of the Mission: Impossible franchise seems to refine what’s come before, building one on top of the other by taking away what doesn’t work and keeping the things that do work. As a result, this new mission is the best Mission yet. A high-stakes thrill ride of big action set pieces tied together with a compelling story and all the usual spy movie trappings. No one’s reinventing the wheel here, but like the man said, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. (more…)
No, that is not a Klingon Warrior’s Vulcan Ears Taken in Battle collection, although I am sure there are Klingon connoisseurs of such things in the rebooted Klingon Empire. Those ears are part of a glimpse into the production of Star Trek Beyond found in the latest video promoting the Omaze Star Trek: To Boldly Go charity event. Do you want to know more? (more…)
Even though the first two movies of the rebooted Star Trek series have contained the words “Where no one has gone before,” they have very carefully avoided going to places where we’ve never been at any point across 10 movies, 700 hours of television and hundreds of comics, novels and games. Yes, Star Trek has instead boldly gone where we’ve already been several times: Earth, Vulcan, the Klingon homeworld. But if you’re going to call your movie Star Trek Beyond, as is rumored to be the title of this third* Star Trek film, then you better go beyond where we’ve been in the series before. And it seems that Beyond director Justin Lin is promising just that. (more…)
The science fiction and fantasy genres are really hot right now. From the superheroes of Marvel and DC to the blood, tears and boobs of Game of Thrones, some of Hollywood’s biggest products are steeped in the genres that geeks have been consuming for years. But now that the mainstream has co-opted the culture and decided to make some serious cash from it, there forms a question of whether or not they’ve managed to corrupt two genres that began as mediums for serious social commentary. According to one of the biggest uber-geeks ever, Simon Pegg, that may indeed be a major problem. Read on to see what Pegg had to say. (more…)
Rumors have been swirling around the Internet that Simon Pegg and Daniel Craig have asked to do cameo appearances in J.J. Abrams‘ Star War: The Force Awakens. Both just wanted to be involved is some small way. Simon Pegg has publicly confirmed that he does have a cameo, but recently he accidentally confirmed and outed Daniel Craig’s cameo. (more…)
So remember last week when it was announced that Idris Elba was being courted to play the villain in the upcoming Star Trek 3? Funny story, a lot of people, including us, jumped to the conclusion that Elba, whose deep voice and stature would be ideally suited for the part, was playing a Klingon. Really though, who can blame us? Since the promotion rounds for Star Trek Into Darkness there’s been semi-confirmed rumors that the role of the warrior race would be expanded in the third Trek, but there’s been a huge change in management since then. And now, one of the new screenwriters of Trek 3 is saying don’t count your Klingons before they’ve hatched. (more…)
While promoting his new movie Kill Me Three Times, which looks like a fun movie, Simon Pegg was of course asked about his new script writing chores for Star Trek 3 and the process he uses to keep both the studio and fans happy. (more…)