Star Trek Axanar Lawsuit

Recently, there was a bit of an uproar surrounding a Star Trek fan film, Axanar. The producers behind Axanar raised around a million dollars. Shortly after funding was acquired, this labor of love was hit with a lawsuit by CBS and Paramount. J.J. Abrams and Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin urged Paramount to drop the lawsuit, which they haven’t yet, but Abrams insisted the studio will do so soon.

Now, if you’re a Trek fan and want to make your own fan film but you’re not terribly interested in getting sued, then you should probably read CBS and Paramount’s Star Trek fan film rules.

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Star Trek TV series

Writer and producer Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) is one busy, lucky man. At the moment, he’s working on two notable television projects: Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and CBS’ new Star Trek series. Fuller just revealed a few illuminating details about Star Trek, which will stream next year on CBS All Access.

Below, learn what Fuller has planned for the show.

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Ewan McGregor

When Ewan McGregor originally signed up for American Pastoral, it was only to star in the adaptation of Philip Roth‘s novel. At the time, The Quiet American and The Giver director Phillip Noyce was attached to helm the drama. But for whatever reason, McGregor ended up in the director’s chair. The actor had been interested in directing for a while, and he finally took his chance with this adaptation, which had been in the works for over a decade.

Below, watch the American Pastoral trailer.

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Insecure trailer

HBO’s drama side is struggling right now, as we were reminded when Vinyl became its latest mercy-killing earlier this week. But on the comedy side, things are looking much, much sunnier. Veep is still going strong under a new showrunner; Silicon Valley is better than ever; Ballers is HBO’s biggest comedy hit since Sex and the City; and Curb Your Enthusiasm is set to return for season 9.

And its upcoming slate looks pretty interesting, too. Today we have the first trailer for Insecure, a new half-hour comedy from Awkward Black Girl creator Issa Rae. The show seems to fit right into the HBO brand while also offering something a little different. If Insecure is as fun as the promo it looks like HBO will have another hit on its hands. Watch the trailer below.  Read More »

Mr Robot

If you’ve been waiting since last September for Mr. Robot to return, your patience is about to be richly rewarded. USA has added two more episodes to the second season, which kicks off next month, and added a Talking Dead-style aftershow so you can keep the good times going even longer. Oh, and as if all that weren’t enough to get you excited, there’s also a new season 2 trailer for you to pore over.  Read More »

Ghostbusters TV Spots

With just three weeks left until the new Ghostbusters hits theaters, plenty of TV spots are started to hit the air, trying to pull in as many moviegoers as possible. There’s no doubt the movie is going to make some bank in its opening weekend, but will it be the hit that Sony Pictures hopes it will be?

As a huge fan of the original Ghostbusters, I want to see a new franchise succeed, but the more footage of the comedy from the movie I see, the more worried I get. These new Ghostbusters TV spots don’t do much to assuage those fears, and that’s coming from someone who really likes the work Paul Feig has done. Having said that, the action, visuals, gadgets and more all look outstanding.

Watch the new Ghostbusters TV spots after the jump. Read More »

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mechanic resurrection trailer

Jason Statham is nothing if not consistent. Although he’s taken detours into blockbuster territory with Furious 7, showcased some strong comedy chops in Spy, and made the (love ’em or hate ’em) wholly singular Crank movies, Statham’s bread and butter has always been the modestly budgeted action movie. The continuously expanding Jason Statham library isn’t full of too many great movies, but it is full of movies that make simple promises and then deliver exactly what you need them to deliver. He is the king of low expectations. You put on one of his movies hoping to watch a tough guy with a cockney accent obliterate a bunch of bad guys and he always delivers. And that’s not faint praise, either. There aren’t many actors who can pull that off.

Mechanic: Resurrection looks like another typical entry in the ever-expanding Statham canon. It looks refreshingly small when compared to most modern action movies, incredibly straightforward, and built entirely around the pleasure of watching this man kick every single ass that crosses his path.

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inferno trailer

It’s been a decade since The Da Vinci Code hit theaters and seven years since the same team adapted Angels & Demons and it’s a little surprising just how little director Ron Howard‘s adaptations of author Dan Brown’s art history-themed airport thrillers have remained in pop culture consciousness. Tom Hanks playing a bookish, thinking man’s Indiana Jones who galavants around Europe solving mysteries tied to art and architecture should be fun, but it’s hard to remember anything at all about the previous two movies in this series. They’re serviceable. They’re watchable. They’re fine.

But they also made a ton of money (especially on the international stage), so Howard and Hanks are back for the adaptation of Inferno and the new trailer looks…silly. Like, really, really silly. Silly enough that I feel compelled to actually see the film because I need to know if the actual movie is as preposterous as what I’m seeing in the preview.

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Bokeem Woodbine

UPDATE #1: And the Spider-Man: Homecoming casting notices keep on coming. Now Michael Mando, known for his recurring roles in Orphan Black and Better Call Saul, has signed on in (say it with me now) a mystery role.

UPDATE #2: Just hours after we heard Michael Mando had been cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming — which was just hours after we heard Abraham Attah had signed on — comes news that Bokeem Woodbine will also star. He’s coming off of some of the best reviews of his career in FX’s Fargo, and will play an unnamed villain. Original story follows.

Spider-Man: Homecoming began filming a few days ago, but the new cast members keep on coming. The latest name to be added to the first Spidey solo movie set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Abraham Attah, the young actor who made a huge splash after starring in last year’s critically acclaimed Beasts of No Nation. This has quietly become one of the best and most diverse casts ever assembled for a superhero movie.

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