As Simon Pegg dips his quill into the ink well for Star Trek 3‘s script, there are some other rumors floating around the Internet that possibly hint at what Pegg might be writing about: Bryan Cranston rumored to be the movie’s villain and the addition of three strong female characters to the Star Trek 3 mix. What characters might these new additions play and what could this mean for the franchise? (more…)
J.J. Abrams was on Conan the other night and brought one of the first deleted scenes from Star Trek Into Darkness for our viewing pleasure. They discussed the recent heat Abrams and the movie have been taking for Alice Eve‘s underwear scene with Kirk ( Chris Pine). Apparently some people have their panties in a twist about Eve’s panties in the movie.
Conan goes on to label this, “The shower of Evil.” Take a look, then all you Cumberbitches can spend some time in your bunks.
Damon Lindelof Apologizes for the Gratuitous ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Scene of Alice Eve in Her Skivvies
When preparing this article I considered for a moment using the image of Alice Eve from the scene in question, especially because it was soooo prevalent in every aspect of the film’s promotion. But I reconsidered, because one, even if you haven’t seen Star Trek Into Darkness you know exactly what scene we’re talking about, and two, maybe if we focus on Carol as a character and Alice as a person we can all understand why the scene’s inclusion was wrong.
I’ll also preface this with saying I’ve got no qualms with scantily clad women, there’s just a time and place for it. For example, Kirk in bed with two sexy, space kittens. I’m fine with it. J.J. Abram‘s Kirk is a player, a bit of a womanizer, and those women were used in that scene to demonstrate that point. Sure, it’s a tired, overused trope, but I can forgive it. Reducing Carol Marcus, brilliant scientist and weapons specialist, to nothing more than mere eye candy? That’s distasteful, and judging from how often we were bombarded with the image of Eve in her bra and panties, it’s how they wanted us to remember her. Sexy lady, not integral member of the crew.
Thankfully, I’m not the only who thought the scene was out of place and it’s been brought to screenwriter Damon Lindeloff‘s attention. And, gratefully, his response wasn’t defensive or angry, but understanding, and hopefully means he’ll work against something like this happening in the future. Lindelof tweeted (read from bottom top),
And, in a MTV-hosted Q&A, the topic of the gratuitous underwear scene came up again, with Lindeloff responding,
Q: OK, down to the nitty gritty. I feel like I have to start with the biggest mystery/conversation that’s surrounded the film from the get go. Why is Alice Eve in her underwear at one point?
Lindeloff: Why is Alice Eve in her underwear, gratuitously and unnecessarily, without any real effort made as to why in God’s name she would undress in that circumstance? Well there’s a very good answer for that. But I’m not telling you what it is. Because… uh… MYSTERY?
Obviously, there is no good answer, which is why it’s a “mystery”. Maybe the flick’s creators were surprised to hear such outcry over this scene? That wouldn’t be all too surprising since scantily clad women with little to no effect on a film’s plot is the trend. A recent study by the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism has shown that speaking roles for women in films have reached a five-year low, with men receiving over 70% of the speaking roles. And, as if that weren’t depressing enough, over 30% of female roles are usually depicted with at least some exposed skin or wearing sexually-revealing outfits. It’s a sorry state of affairs, and I’m sad Star Trek has to be included. Especially for a franchise that’s broken countless gender and racial stereotypes over its long history.
And would things have been better had the men of the Enterprise been given equal treatment? For me? Yes. Where was the scene of Kirk, McCoy, and Sulu stripping off their wetsuits? Y’know, Enterprise may not have been very good Star Trek, but I’ll give them credit for showing the whole crew, men and women, in their skivvies while in the decontamination chamber after an away mission.
Apparently there was a shirtless scene for villain Benedict Cumberbatch, but it never made it into the film. Why’s that, Lindeloff?
As for the shirtless scene… we scripted it, but I don’t think it ever got shot. You know why? Because getting actors to take their clothes off is DEMEANING AND HORRIBLE AND…
My point, exactly.
What did you think of Eve’s revealing scene? Were you bothered by it? Did it come off as unnecessary?
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.
All right, you won’t be in space, and actually only one of the astronauts will be off world as well, but still, THIS IS THE FUTURE. Here’s what’s going down, tomorrow morning, May 16th, J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Chris Pine, Alice Eve and John Cho will be holding a live space chat over Google+ with astronauts Chris Cassidy, Michael Fincke and Kjell Lindgren. Cassidy is currently aboard the International Space Station, y’know, in actual space, not CGI space.
Best part is you can participate by asking questions of either the fake spacemen or the real spacemen, take your pick. The details are as follows,
A GOOGLE+ HANGOUT IN SPACE: “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” DIRECTOR J.J. ABRAMS, WRITER AND PRODUCER DAMON LINDELOF AND STARS JOIN NASA ASTRONAUTS AND THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
In this live Google+ Hangout, NASA astronauts will connect with “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” director J.J. Abrams, writer and producer Damon Lindelof, and stars Chris Pine, John Cho and Alice Eve to discuss the emerging intersection between the fiction of Star Trek and the reality of NASA’s current programs.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. PST
Submit your questions now: Use the hashtag #askNASA on Google+, Twitter, YouTube orInstagram, or leave a comment on our Star Trek Into Darkness Facebook page. Questions will be taken throughout the event, but the deadline for video questions is 12:00pm PST on Wednesday, May 15.
About the Event:
Director J.J. Abrams, writer and producer Damon Lindelof, and stars Chris Pine, John Cho and Alice Eve will video chat with astronauts Chris Cassidy, who is currently on the International Space Station, and astronauts Michael Fincke and Kjell Lindgren from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.
This is the first time talent from a major motion picture is participating in a NASA Google+ Hangout. The participants will ask each other questions, as well as take questions from fans on social media, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City (home of the space shuttle Enterprise)” and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington.
Just the thing to do after seeing Star Trek Into Darkness tonight in IMAX 3D, or before you see it in whatever format you want tomorrow when the film officially opens.
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.
Despite the rep of being nerdy by nerd standards, Star Trek Into Darkness director 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.
The rumors about the real identity of the villain in J.J.Abrams‘ Star Trek into Darkness continue to swirl around the Internet like a runaway transporter beam, coalescing then disappearing like smoke in the wind. When one of the major characters in the upcoming film makes a public appearance at an event, they know they’re going to get the Khan question: Is Benedict Cumberbatch‘s mysterious John Harrison character really Khan?
Alice Eve, who plays Carol Marcus (Kirk love interest?) seemed ready and quite definite in her answer while working the Red Carpet at the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards last night. I re-checked all I’ve learned from watching CSI, Tell Me Lies, Doctor Phil and couldn’t find any tell-tale indicators that she wasn’t completely honest in her answer.
“He’s not playing Khan,”
I’ve come to the personal conclusion that she is telling the truth, Cumberbatch is not playing Khan. He’s playing the role that Judson Scott played in the Star Trek: Wrath of Khan, Khan’s right hand man and number two, Joachim. Khan, perhaps played by Peter Weller, will make an appearance at the end of the movie setting up the story of the third movie, but then again maybe I’m wrong, it won’t be the first or last time.
J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek into Darkness hits theater screens on May 15th starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin Alice Eve, and Peter Weller.
New Hi-Res ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Images, Plus More from Cumberbatch & Alice Eve on Their Characters, Filming, & the Pressures of Trek
Man, is Empire magazine simply ripe with goodies lately, or what? I mean, it’s always been a stellar movie magazine, but recently they’ve been featuring tons of great stuff to nerd over. With the latest issue being all Star Trek Into Darkness we’ve got 11 high resolution images to share as well as some quotes from franchise newcomers Benedict Cumberbatch and Alice Eve.
In their interview the two touch on a variety of topics from auditioning to working with their fellow cast members and, of course, the pressure surrounding being a part of Star Trek. I pulled a few quotes, which you can find below the cut, but I do suggest checking out their whole interview.
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).