If you know one thing about Jason Voorhees, it’s that you can shoot him, you can stab him, you can electrocute him, you can drown him, you can dump him in toxic waste, and you can send him to Hell, but ultimately, he just keeps coming back for more. Zombies are like that too. Death is not an impediment, but an advantage. Even in Hollywood. So while we’re reporting here today that Friday the 13th and World War Z 2 have been moved off the Paramount schedule, don’t expect them to be gone for long. Well, Friday the 13th anyway… (more…)
Usually, when a fan-film is made, it’s no big deal. You can scroll through YouTube on any given day and see a quick fan-film for some of your favorite movies uploaded without any major studio grievances aired. However, the Star Trek fan film Axanar has been met with many legal issues from Star Trek’s parent company Paramount Pictures. After raising more than $1 million through crowdfunding to produce a feature-length fan film within the Star Trek universe with high production values, Paramount filed a lawsuit against the production company. Star Trek directors JJ Abrams and Justin Lin both did not see an issue with the fan film and urged Paramount to drop the lawsuit and let the film be made, but Paramount continued to move forward with it, until now.
The saga of Pararmount Pictures Vs the Makers of the fan film Axanar continues as a legal decision yesterday allowed the lawsuit, which is now been before the courts for a year, to proceed to a jury trial. In a legal good news/bad news situation, the first, best defense of the Axanar producers to get the lawsuit thrown out of court was itself thrown out by the judge, but U.S. District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner decided to not go so far as to end the case himself, and will let the question that the case hinges on answering be decided by a jury later this year. (more…)
The third alternate reality Star Trek film, Star Trek Beyond is already off to a semi-good start: reviews have been good for the upcoming film. After all, this new series brought back Star Trek into the public consciousness with the first reboot. This is partially due to the directing of the first film by director JJ Abrams. While Abrams moved on to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he remained a producer for the upcoming film and is still involved in the Star Trek franchise. Star Trek Beyond currently has an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s safe to say that based on at least the critical consensus if the box office plays out the same, the film will be guaranteed to get a sequel.
Fans were dismayed and outraged when Paramount Pictures and CBS went after Azanar Productions, a group that raised over half a million dollars on Kickstarter to make their studio quality Star Trek fan film. Paramount had a long-standing tradition of ignoring fan films, or at least not going after any that weren’t trying to make a buck off the Star Trek franchise. The lawsuit sent shock waves through the fan film community, who might be next? During a fan event for Star Trek Beyond back in May, director Justin Lin and J.J. Abrams announced that the lawsuit would be dropped and fans breathed a sigh of relief. So why would Paramount and CBS tell the judge yesterday (6/15/16) that the lawsuit was still on? (more…)
Last night, the first two television spots for this summer’s ‘Star Trek Beyond’ were released by Paramount Pictures. The third film in the reboot of the Star Trek franchise has director Justin Lin (The Fast and the Furious franchise) taking over the ship from J.J. Abrams. In Star Trek Beyond, while stranded on a hostile planet, Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the Enterprise crew face an alien threat. (more…)
The old expression goes that there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. Really, there are a few more certainties than that, but if we were to amend the old axiom, it would be with something a bit more modern. Instead let us say that there are only three certainties in life: death, taxes, and never ending Hollywood franchises. Although Star Trek Beyond is still a couple of months away from being released, and despite the fact there’s only been one (controversial) trailer released so far, Paramount Pictures is already thinking about the follow-up. (more…)
Scarlett Johansson has been cast as Major Motoko Kusanagi, the main character in the Japanese anime hit Ghost in the Shell that Paramount/DreamWorks is adapting into a feature film. The issue here is that, along with Johansson’s character, all but one other main characters, who are Asian in the source material, are being portrayed by white actors. Japanese actor Beat Takeshi Kitano is the lone exception. What’s probably most surprising about the backlash this decision has received is that most of the negative comments are coming from the Western world; many Japanese had already assumed that the role would go to a white actress. Now we get to hear what Sam Yoshiba had to say about the controversial casting choice. He’s the director of the international business division at Kodnasha: the company that publishes the Ghost in Shell manga in Japan. (more…)
Ready for more Bayturtles? Paramount Pictures has released a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows trailer (which you can check out below,) the 2nd in the Nth iteration of this roller coaster of a franchise. Packed with brand spankin new footage of Shredder, Bebop, Rocksteady, Casey Jones, April O’Neil and, of course, the Heroes in a Halfshell (Turtle Power!) (more…)
Terminator: Genisys was released last year, plenty of fans considered it to be the official death of the Terminator franchise. Even with Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role, Genisys still disappointed fans with its numerous plot holes, contradictions, and overall disregard for the franchise’s mythology. As if the cold reception from fans wasn’t bad enough, the film absolutely tanked at the domestic box office. Even an amazingly delicious burger at Red Robin couldn’t get more people to see it. Sure, it was able to find financial success overseas, but by then the damage was already done to the film’s reputation. The franchise indeed seems to be dead and buried, but its star begs to differ.