Looking to laugh? Well, I hope you’re a fan of Star Trekor like to pick on the franchise mercilessly. Gathered here for your amusement are three videos, all hilarious for their own reasons. First, it’s Spock, Leonard Nimoy, versus Spock, Zachary Quinto in this funny sketch about a bet that’s somehow supposed to be selling Audi’s.
Too funny. My first thought, though? Holy shit, is Nimoy’s hair long! And, I about died when he started singing that Bilbo Baggins song.
Iron Man 3 kicked off the summer blockbuster season to a rousing start, and the next big movie coming our way is Star Trek Into Darkness. And now it’s coming a day earlier! Originally the official release date was May 17th, but now expect Into Darkness in theatres on May 16th. Of course, this only matters if you hadn’t already planned on seeing Into Darkness on May 15th when the film is releasing in IMAX 3D. And, the film’s still releasing overseas on May 9th so the single day concession isn’t all that radical of a change, but I’m sure a nice surprise to those stateside without an IMAX theatre nearby.
The earliest of Into Darkness reviews have been mostly positive, with many praising J.J. Abrams for again giving us a Star Trek film that pleases new audiences and the most die hard of fans. In the latest Star Trek Magazine Abrams discusses his approach,
I think certainly [producers] Bob [Orci], Damon [Lindelof] and Alex [Kurtzman] are in tune with what the fans are saying and what they want. While I am as well, I feel like those guys are more wired, or wireless, than I am. I feel like anecdotally I hear what certain people are saying. I came to this [franchise] as more of an outsider. I entered this world really intrigued by it, but not really a pre-existing fan. … While people were [suggesting] things, none of that really mattered much to me, because I felt I was coming from the point of the moviegoer who just wants to be entertained, understand, and care about the world and the characters. I will say nothing matters more to us than the fans, and making sure they are getting something they love. But having said that, we can’t make a movie for pre-existing Star Trek fans, we have to make a movie for moviegoers, and if you happen to be a Star Trek fan, you’ll benefit because we are looking out for you, and we respect what you are bringing to the film.
2009′s Star Trek nailed that balance, and I’m hopeful Into Darkness does the same. Which brings us to Into Darkness‘ villain, John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), and whether or not he’s a reference to a classicTrek villain as it was originally hinted,
We needed someone who would get under their skin, and challenge them in a way they could have never survived when they first came together. We always knew it was going to be more of an extreme story, pushing limits dramatically and emotionally. There would be more questions of who to trust, and of manipulation and difficulty, rather than just a raving, lunatic Romulan [as in the 2009 Trek]. We were going to have someone who could push the buttons of the crew, and test the mettle of their relationships. So we always knew we would go darker, deeper, and really see what it’s like for these people to experience that, and can they get through that gauntlet alive. … And ultimately, because of the story of Benedict’s character, Kirk ends up being challenged in a way that is very specific to his story. I think it ends up being something that does push Kirk to a place he’s never been before.
Cumberbatch’s performance has also been getting nothing but praise. I’m so excited to see what he’s brought to the villain, beyond all those teasers, and no matter who he’s really playing.
More Star Trek below the cut, like seven minutes of behind-the-scenes B-roll footage and another clip.
This B-roll footage is a nice treat, especially considering the film hasn’t even released yet, but I’d say those extremely wary of spoilers should avoid
And lastly, here’s another clip. It’s short and funny, and it’s good to see they haven’t dropped the humor in favor of more action.
Star Trek Into Darkness opens May 15 in IMAX 3D and in every other format, now, on May 16th.
Move out of the way, Iron Man! It’s now time to talk about Star Trek Into Darkness. Actually, for Simon Pegg and J.J. Abrams, it’s time to talk about Star Wars Episode VII. In a new video from Sky Movies, the duo talk about their love for the Star Wars franchise, and, amongst other things, Abrams’ trepidation about tackling a film series that’s meant so much to him.
Let’s roll the tape (via Cinema Blend) and learn which character Pegg (perhaps speciously) would like to see spun-off:
Speaking of the future, and more specifically Star Trek’s future after Into Darkness, co-producer and co-writer Damon Lindelof was asked about it by Hey U Guys (via Comic Book Movie) on the red carpet before the film’s LA premiere. Lindelof seemed to indicate that there’s already been discussions about the direction of Star Trek 3 (or Star Trek XIII), and the important lesson he learned from Lost in regards to planning for the future.
“I think that is a reasonable conclusion. You should always know where you’ve been, you should always know where you are, but most importantly, and I learned this from Lost, you should know where you’re going. [...] You can never see enough Klingons, and I think in this film we’ve given the audience a little taste, but there’s also a promise that there’s a larger conflict on the horizon, and that would be fun to see.”
It might be nice to see a movie dedicated to the Klingons, as they’ve been a part of both rebooted Trek movies (even though those scenes were cut from Star Trek I). They look pretty bad ass in the rebooted universe, at least.
Star Trek Into Darkness is out in theaters on May 17, 2013.
Because we just can’t get enough of watching footage from the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness, the marketing geeks have decided that another trailer is in order. And while this one features the same footage as we’ve seen before, it does bring something new to the table – this one is in 3D! Check it out below (if you can):
How we’re supposed to actually watch that, I have no idea. Personally, I don’t keep a spare set of 3D glasses lying around. Still, if you were able to view it, congrats and I hope it looked awesome.
And then it leaves them hanging! This clip comes from one intense, action-packed moment of Star Trek Into Darkness, that’s for sure. Not only are Kirk (Chris Pine) and Scotty (Simon Pegg) running for their lives, you’ll also notice a few red shirts bite it. Gotta love their adherence to tradition.
Not sure exactly where this fits in the film, but I’ll guess it’s before the Enterprise crashes. Though, I’m gonna bet the Enterprise goes through hell more than once in Into Darkness. The USS Vengeance is a very large, very intimidating ship packing a lot of firepower, after all.
Star Trek Into Darkness releases in IMAX 3D on May 15th and in every other format May 17th.
Does it feel as if there’s been an explosion of Star Trek Into Darkness promotional material? It was quiet for so long with only a teaser or maybe an international trailer, and now, BOOM! There’s clips, viral videos, featurettes; you name it there’s one promoting Into Darkness. Today’s latest is another of the “Disruption” viral videos from John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) in where he examines communications officer, Lt. Uhura (Zoe Saldana). And more importantly, the video provides our very first look at the new design of the Klingons,
Did you catch it? If not, hit the jump for a screencap providing a better, clearer look at the unmasked Klingon,
If we’re not talking about Iron Man 3, Doctor Who, or Game of Thrones, the other big buzz around the Nerd Bastards’ office – yes, we have an office, it exits in the hearts and minds of every Nerd Bastard – is Star Trek Into Darkness. There is so much hype about this film, it’s almost unfathomable. Almost. Today, the Trek promotional team’s churning out more clips and featurettes continuing to pump us full of excitement.
In this first clip we see Kirk (Chris Pine) and Carol Marcus’ (Alice Eve) – or is it Carol Wallace? – very first meeting, the second video is a closer examination of Simon Pegg‘s Scotty, and lastly, the final video is another featurette giving us another look at the movie. Sit back and tune in!
Spock, do I sense a little jealousy? Hit the jump for the additional two videos.
This new clip from J.J. Abrams’ hotly anticipated Star Trek sequel: Star Trek: Into Darkness (via Apple) shows Chris Pine’s Captain James T. Kirk facing off with Benedict Cumberbatch’s superlatively creepy John Harrison while the latter is being held in what I can only assume is the Enterprise‘s brig (the exchange feels more than a little like the convo between Loki and Black Widow while the former was imprisoned in The Avengers…but that could just be me).
Pine is appropriately righteous and indignant, while Cumberbatch is just plain eerie…If this is what we can expect from Into Darkness, it might well surpass its predecessor:
And there’s more!
Charitybuzzis auctioning off a four-pack of VIP tickets to attend the Star Trek: Into Darkness premiere in Los Angeles, the proceeds going towards The Mission Continues: A charity that works with post-9/11 veterans. Paramount and Bad Robot are putting up $25 Grand to match the winning bid.
The winners will walk the red carpet, meet director J.J. Abrams and the cast, and attend the premiere after-party.
Sounds like it could be fun
And EVEN more!
IMAX is beginning a new promotion called IMAX FANFIX: They’re offering this original poster by artist Mark Englert to fans who show up to their 8pm show on Wednesday, May 15th at participating locations.
Despite the rep of being nerdy by nerd standards, Star Trek Into Darknessdirector J.J. Abrams insists that the franchise has always been, and should always be, sexy. It’s not just about the science, or the action, or the socio/political allegory, Abrams says, it’s also about men being manly and girls looking fine. While talking to Playboy (apropos!), Abrams went on to explain his point in detail:
Star Trek has to be sexy. That’s in keeping with the original spirit of the series. In the 1960s they were limited because of the time, but so much was insinuated. Part of the fun of our first movie was playing with the idea that Uhura and Spock were a couple. This movie takes that further and asks how that’s possible. Why would she be interested in that kind of guy, and why would she put up with him? It’s obvious what he would like about her. I mean, it’s fucking Zoë Saldana.
And it’s always fun playing the womanizing card with Kirk and seeing him in bed with girls who might not be completely human—you know, green skin or whatever. Nobody’s going to force Kirk to be a romantic and settle down. That would feel forced and silly. Kirk’s a player. We like him that way.
We also have Alice Eve joining us; she’s an incredibly wonderful, versatile actress and definitely in the sexy category. She’s a great complement to Uhura. Hey, it wouldn’t be Star Trek if there weren’t some hot young actors, women and men, in various moments of either undress or flirtation.
You know, I think Abrams might be on to something. Let’s recap:
*Kirk: Ladies Man
*Starfleet uniforms for ladies: short skirts and go-go-boots
*Orion slave girls
*”The fan dance” in Final Frontier
*Anything Deanna Troi wore on the first 5.5 seasons of TNG
*The invention of Risa, a planet so totally dedicated to hedonism they have a statue you can carry around if you’re looking to get laid.
*Dax on DS9
*Seven of Nine on Voyager
*The decontamination chamber on Enterprise…
And that’s just off the top of my head. Huh. So there you go.
Before the credits finished rolling at the midnight screening of 2009′s Star Trek there was already chatter about who’d be the villain in the sequel, and invariably, Khan’s name would come up. Since then, Star Trek Into Darkness has been plagued by the ‘Is he? Or isn’t he?’ question. When Benicio del Toro was rumored to be the villain the internet cried, “Yes, it’s Khan!” But once del Toro was out and the most English of Englishmen was in, it couldn’t possibly be Khan, could it?
With the very first international screenings of Into Darkness wrapping and those early reviews coming in, the true identity of Benedict Cumberbatch‘s villain is about to get out. Is he simply John Harrison, terrorist and scourge of the Federation, or something more?
What you’ll find below the cut isn’t exactly confirmation. We can’t make that claim until we’ve seen the movie ourselves, something we can’t do until May 15th when the film releases early in IMAX 3D, but an early review from Furious Fanboys reveals all. I don’t believe they’d lie, unless they’re in a competition to be crowned the trolliest of internet trolls, – which isn’t entirely out of the question, have you met the internet? – so I’m thinking their claim is legit.
Okay, tired of me filling time and space and just want to know? Hit the jump.
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