Star Trek Fan Film

Ever since the dawn of YouTube, fan films have become a much more popular outlet of expression for not just the fans who make them, but also those who watch them. These films allow fans to see some of the things they’ve wanted to see happen for years that studio films will likely never give them. And most of the time, studios are absolutely fine with these kind of creations. But when it comes to a new crowdfunded Star Trek fan film, CBS and Paramount Pictures are not happy.

A project called Axanar has raised over $1 million in crowdfunding by way of Kickstarter and Indigogo, and producer Alec Peters has his sights set on making a studio-quality Star Trek fan film. But CBS and Paramount have now filed a lawsuit to stop the production of this film, claiming it violates the rights of their intellectual property. Find out more below! Read More »

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Bourne 5 Production

America sure has spent a lot of money trying to save Matt Damon over the years, but thankfully his next role, Jason Bourne, is a more self-reliant sort. He kind of has to be, considering our government (well, the CIA) has burned through a lot of money trying to kill him.

The as-yet-untitled fifth Bourne movie picks up 12 years after we last saw him in The Bourne Ultimatum, which was released in 2007 but set in 2004. (That puts Bourne 5 in 2016, if you’re trying to do the math in your head.) So what’s he been up to all this time? Damon drops a few more details, and serves up the first official Bourne 5 image to go with them.  Read More »

Anomalisa character featurettes

Leave it to Charlie Kaufman to take what sounds like an ill-advised gag and turn it into one of the year’s most affectingly, heartbreakingly human films. Anomalisa is a romantic drama shot in stop-motion with a cast of puppets. But this isn’t Team America: World Police — Kaufman and his co-director Duke Johnson play it completely straight, giving their universe a relatively realistic look.

Anchoring this unusual presentation are two extraordinarily ordinary leads, Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) and Lisa Hesselman (voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh). A pair of Anomalisa character featurettes get up close and personal with the duo, and you can watch them after the jump.  Read More »

Do Not Miss This Charlie Kaufman Retrospective

Anomalisa

Are you a big Charlie Kaufman fan? Well, you should be, and if you are, you will not want to miss this upcoming Charlie Kaufman retrospective. The screenwriter behind Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind has his sophomore directorial effort coming out soon, Anomalisa, co-directed by Duke Johnson. To celebrate its release, Paramount and participating Landmark Theaters are running a Charlie Kaufman retrospective.

Find out more about the event after the jump.

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the big short scene

Over a month ago I suggested a world in which Adam McKay got nominated for an Academy Award. I would argue a nomination is long overdue for the co-writer/director of Step Brothers and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, but McKay won’t have to wait much longer. After seeing The Big Short, it’s a sure thing McKay and co-writer Charles Randolph will see some awards love for their dense, deeply funny and frightening adaptation of Michael Lewis‘ book.

After the jump, watch Adam McKay break down a scene from The Big Short.

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star trek 50th anniversary

I know: you’re still high on Star Wars and you will probably continue to be high on it until Star Wars: The Force Awakens slowly trudges out of theaters in a few months. But can we all pause for about 10 minutes and shift gears to Star Trek? Okay, five minutes. Deal. Let’s do this.

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the greatest (well, most consistent) science fiction series of all time and everyone involved is pulling out all the stops. Paramount is releasing Star Trek Beyond, which will hopefully be a necessary course correction after the bummer that was Star Trek Into Darkness. CBS is planning a new television series that will premiere in January 2017. And now, Roddenberry Entertainment, the namesake company of Trek’s original creator, Gene Roddenberry, is getting in on the celebration. They will release a never-before-seen image from Star Trek history every single day throughout 2016…and they’ve already revealed three bonus images, just to whet your appetite.

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Few filmmakers have showcased the consistency of Richard Linklater, whose worst movies tend to be significantly more interesting than that best movies from many of his peers. Right now, he’s coming off one of the hottest streaks of his career so far – how exactly does one go about following up the one-two gut-punch of Before Midnight and Boyhood? The answer is simple: return to your roots and make another genial slacker comedy.

The Everybody Wants Some trailer showcases Linklater operating on familiar territory, but this is the kind of turf that has led to gems like Slacker and Dazed and Confused. It’s no accident that this preview name-drops the latter not once, but twice. A period piece hangout movie about a bunch of lovable schmoes going about their daily lives? Directed by Richard Linklater? Yeah, sure. We’re in.

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Christopher McQuarrie and actor Tom Cruise have collaborated many times now. The Oscar-winning writer wrote Valkyrie and worked on the scripts for Edge of Tomorrow and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and in 2012, he directed Cruise in Jack Reacher. After McQuarrie launched a potential franchise with Reacher, he landed the opportunity in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation to take part in a series that keeps getting better.

After the jump, read our Christopher McQuarrie interview.

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Star Trek Beyond trailer

Reactions to the first Star Trek Beyond trailer were… mixed, to say the least. Some fans loved the big, flashy action beats and Beastie Boys soundtrack, while others fretted that it didn’t really feel like Star Trek. But Simon Pegg, who co-wrote and co-stars in the movie, gets it. “There’s a lot more to the film,” he promised, while advising fans to “be patient.” See the Simon Pegg Star Trek Beyond trailer response after the jump.  Read More »