Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov

This weekend marks the debut of Star Trek Beyond, and by all accounts it’s quite good. So good, in fact, that Paramount is already moving full speed ahead on a sequel. But there’s a bittersweetness underlying all the warm buzz and giddy celebration — Star Trek Beyond is one of the last-ever completed roles of actor Anton Yelchin, who recently passed away at the age of 27. So how will the franchise deal with Yelchin’s character Chekov going forward?

Producer J.J. Abrams said the filmmakers are still weighing their options, pointing out it’s still “too early” to announce a decision. But the one thing they definitely won’t do, he revealed, is recast the role of Ensign Pavel Chekov with a new actor.  Read More »

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Mouse guard

Matt Reeves is currently wrangling CG apes for War for the Planet of the Apes and Gary Whitta is just coming down from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but they’re both thinking much, much smaller for their next project. Reeves and Whitta are teaming up for a Mouse Guard movie, based on David Petersen‘s Eisner-winning graphic novel. It’s billed as a “CG live-action” project — think Jon Favreau’s The Jungle BookRead More »

Captain America Civil War

A few weeks ago, Peter looked into some of the reasons that so many big-budget sequels — which once seemed like sure-bet propositions — have floundered or outright flopped this summer. But there have been a few notable exceptions, including the one that kicked off this brutal season: Captain America: Civil War. While competing studios struggle to get their own shared universes off the ground, Marvel has just released the thirteenth entry in its cinematic universe, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. But how? Why? What makes Marvel so different? Why is this franchise succeeding when so many others have failed, and what other lessons should other would-be franchises take from it?  Read More »

Hell or High Water trailer

Chris Pine and Ben Foster kicked off the year with The Finest Hours, a tale of heroism and survival at sea. Now they’ve reunited for Hell or High Water, which seems like it could have been an alternate title for The Finest Hours but actually has nothing to do with water at all. Instead, the crime drama directed by David Mackenzie (Starred Up, Perfect Sense) centers on two brothers in West Texas who rob a string of banks to keep their family farm from going under.

Before long, their spree catches the attention of the authorities, represented here by two Texas Rangers played by Jeff Bridges and Gil BirminghamHell or High Water got some very good reviews at Cannes earlier this year and is now on its way to U.S. theaters. Check out the latest Hell or High Water trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Emojimovie

Remember the time you were scrolling through your iPhone keyboard, looking for the perfect wink to punctuate a flirty text, and you got to thinking about how you’d definitely pay good money to watch an entire feature-length film about those tiny yellow faces? No? Well, you’re getting one anyway. Sony Pictures Animation is currently in the process of putting together Emojimovie: Express Yourself, and as of this week they have a leading man. If you’ve ever wondered what a smiley face would sound like, the answer, at least in this movie, is T.J. Miller.

Watch the Emojimovie TJ Miller “audition tape” below.  Read More »

SUICIDE SQUAD - Viola Davis as Amanda Waller

Compared to most of the other Suicide Squad cast members, Viola Davis‘ Amanda Waller seems downright ordinary. Unlike most of these other ragtag supervillains, Waller seems completely sane, wields no high-tech firearms or otherworldly powers, and is technically on the right side of the law. She doesn’t even have a colorful style to help her stand out — in her pressed slacks and tasteful pearls, she looks just like any other 50something professional.

But during our set visit last year, producer Andy Horowitz described her as “one of the scariest characters in the movie,” and a new Suicide Squad extended promo reveals exactly how formidable she can be. As Deadshot puts it, in the understatement of the century, “that is just a mean lady.” Watch the new footage below.  Read More »

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Star Trek TV series

In the U.S., Star Trek fans interested in Bryan Fuller‘s new series will have no choice but to subscribe to CBS All Access. It’s a major play to get TV viewers to sign up for CBS’ new streaming service, and a very smart one — Trek lovers are a devoted bunch, and if checking out a promising-new Trek series means paying for yet another service, you can bet a great many of them will grit their teeth and fork over the $5.99 per month.

But what about geeks outside the U.S.? How will they get to watch the new Trek when CBS All Access is only available in the States? Well, if you’ve got a Netflix account, you’re probably covered. The company has just scooped up exclusive rights to the new Star Trek show, as well as all the old Star Trek shows.  Read More »

Game of Thrones season 7 shorter, delayed

Winter has finally arrived in Westeros, and that means we won’t get to swing by there again until summer. HBO has announced that Game of Thrones season 7 will debut in summer 2017 — not spring, as in years past — and that it’ll consist of seven episodes instead of the usual ten.

Although this is the first official confirmation we’ve had of HBO’s strategy for the next season, the news shouldn’t come as a huge surprise considering showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been talking up their plans for a while.  Read More »

star wars celebration Europe 2016

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several days — or, more likely, too busy playing Pokémon Go to pay any attention to the rest of the internet — you’ve surely heard that Star Wars Celebration Europe took place over the weekend. You may have even read some of our reports from the major panels, including new details about Rogue OneEpisode VIII, and the Han Solo spinoff, as well as RebelsBattlefront, and more.

But just in case you’ve missed anything, we’ve compiled every last bit of coverage for you. Below, run down our Star Wars Celebration roundup of all our stories from the event.  Read More »