star trek into darkness


He may be basking in the reported glow of Star Wars: The Force Awakensawesomeness (I say reported because some of us haven’t seen it yet), but J.J. Abrams is still having trouble living down the ghosts of sci-fi movies past. Previous to Star Wars, Abrams made Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness; one of those was by and large well received, the other was not. In true confession mode in a recent interview, Abrams confirmed that, yes, mistakes were made in the making of Into Darkness, and a lot of that had to do with him boldly trying to keep a lid on his infamous mystery box. (more…)


J.J. Abrams has a lot of people excited about his next movie, a small independent feature called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (It’s gonna be huge, I promise!) You may well remember Abrams’ previous directorial effort with the word “Star” in the title, another small film called Star Trek Into Darkness, which was somewhat less than warmly received by Trekkies. Let me rephrase, they hated it! It’s kind of unlike a big Hollywood director to admit when he’s wrong, but Abrams seems to be now admitting he’s wrong, at least about one aspect of Into Darkness, and perhaps the most obvious. (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…)

Orci Out as Director of ‘Star Trek 3’


To say that there’s a lot riding on the third film in the rebooted Star Trek franchise (13th overall) is something of an overstatement. After the mixed feelings of Star Trek Into Darkness, which was critically and commercial successful yet still seen as something of a narrative failure, there is an urgent need to get Trek back on track, especially with the release date for Star Trek 3 set for the franchise’s 50th anniversary in 2016. And that’s why it came as something of surprise when screenwriter Roberto Orci who got the job making his feature directorial debut after J.J. Abrams left the project to make some small unknown indie flick last year. That announcement has made this time last year, but now, just 12 months later, Orci is heading for the nearest turbolift door. (more…)


For those of you younger readers this might not seem like much of a big deal. It’s just another blooper reel, there are hundreds on the Internet at a click of a mouse button. For those of us old enough to remember the Before Times of the Internet, we remember seeing the mythical original series Star Trek Blooper Reel once or perhaps twice a year in a crowded, unusually hot hotel conference room at the annual local Sci-Fi convention. No one even had it on VHS back then unless you bought it off the bootleg video table. You could always find it in a darkened corner of your local comic book convention. You knew the table because every VHS tape had a photocopied cover. Now you just click and enjoy. (more…)


Some of the deleted scenes from J.J. AbramsStar Trek Into Darkness have hit the Internet. These were scheduled to be on the original DVD, but were pulled at the last minute to be put on a later director’s cut DVD. There’s some interesting bits here and the last one, Klingon Dance Party, should have been in the movie. At least during the credits. (more…)


The awards season is a great time to see some of the behind the scenes work that goes into the movies we love. ILM and other visual effects companies often release visual effects reels to the awards voting community to show exactly how much their work impacted the overall movie. We’ve got three visual effects reels for Pacific Rim and Star Trek into Darkness from ILM for your viewing entertainment. (more…)

Oscar Shortlist for Best Visual Effects Announced


It’s the end of the year, and you know what that means: lots and lots of Best and Worst lists! True, but it also means that awards season is just around the corner. Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, AKA: the people who give out the Oscars, announced their short list of 10 potential nominees for the Best Visual Effects category, and you’ll notice a definite nerdy trend amongst the ten films that will be vying for that golden trophy early next year. (more…)


It was one of the worst kept secrets in recent fanboy movie speculation. No matter how hard director J.J. Abrams, actor Benedict Cumberbatch, and the rest of the cast and crew of Star Trek Into Darkness tried, us diehard fans weren’t sold on John Harrison being the movie’s true villain. The more they told us it wasn’t Khan, the more fervently we believed it was. So much so, I found, the movie’s big reveal fell flat and didn’t give the expected emotional punch. (more…)


It looks like Damon Lindelof has taken his final internet ass-kicking on Twitter as the prolific writer/producer has seemingly deleted his Twitter account. I know cyber-bullying is a hot issue right now, but to think that even a Hollywood player like Lindelof can have his ego so shattered that he gives up his Twitter account… Well boy, I don’t know. (more…)