Here’s a video that really works best if it’s not spoiled. Basically, J.J. Abrams appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote Star Trek Into Darkness and, much as with the appearance from Harrison Ford, things turn to Star Wars.
Let’s just say this. If you like J.J. Abrams, Star Wars or Star Trek, or are looking forward to Star Wars Episode VII or Star Trek Into Darkness, you’ll find something surprising to laugh about here. Read More »
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While making Star Trek Into Darkness, Simon Pegg pulled a funny prank on the cast of the film. Apparently they were shooting at a location which housed a huge real laser and Pegg took the opportunity to make fools of his fellow USS Enterprise crewmembers. But who knew the joke would last for days? Watch Pegg tell the story on Jimmy Kimmel Live after the jump.
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One of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood is that major movies use fake titles when they’re in production. The purpose of the misdirection is to throw the general public living and working around the shoot locations off the scent of a picture that might have huge fan interest.
Thirty years ago, Star Wars fans had no idea the Return of the Jedi was being filmed near them because it was called Blue Harvest. Even today the practice continues. People would riot if they knew Christopher Nolan was filming The Dark Knight Rises in their town, so the film goes by the name Magnus Rex. (Not that it takes long for people to realize what’s up.) Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are being referred to as Freezer Burn and London Calling respectively.
A Reddit user has made a gallery of movie posters using the film’s production titles and it’s quite funny. Check it out below. Read More »
Iron Man 3 isn’t the only big Audi commercial you can see right now. Here’s a long spot featuring Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto playing gently fueding versions of themselves in a sales pitch for Audi’s new ride.
Sure, there’s an aspect to this ad that panders right to the Trek fanbase, and some of this spot is just silly. But it also has a few genuinely entertaining moments, as lens flares mar shots of Quinto and Nimoy sings ‘The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins‘ and throws out a little Star Trek II reference. Check it out below. Read More »
At movie junkets, the cast and crew of movies sit in a chair all day while hundreds of interviewers rotate in, most asking the same exact questions. The result is that the talent begin repeating the same soundbites over and over again. So much so that it almost becomes a script. Sometimes you go into one of these rooms, asking a different question that no one else has asked, and the tired actor might just try to find a way to work one of the dozen now-scripted soundbites as the answer, never really touching on your question. I always try to ask questions that aren’t asked by other journalists, but I try to stay away from the tv interview set-ups as they create an environment of recycled soundbite with not enough time to delve into any real substance.
But I do enjoy watching the tv interviews from the few journalists that find a way to keep the talent on their feet, and out of the soundbite zone. Daniele Rizzo is a German comedian who we’ve featured on the site in the past, usually working fun sketch interviews in at international film junkets. This time around Rizzo has shown up at the Star Trek Into Darkness junket as “Spocko” to grill both cast and crew on the details of their missions. He also showed up at the Iron Man 3 junket to ask Robert Downey Jr & Gwyneth Paltrow the important questions in full costume as Italian Iron Man. He may not get any serious answers or scoops, but its fun to watch.
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During my interview last week with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black, I brought up Patton Oswalt’s awesome ad-libbed Star Wars: Episode VII pitch (a Parks & Recreation outtake) which involved a cross-over event involving Disney’s Marvel superhero and galactic universe.
While many of my colleagues were asking the softball questions like “will Robert Downey Jr come back for a fourth Iron Man” or “where will Marvel go in Phase 3?” I knuckled down with the much more important hardball question: when is Disney going to take Oswalt’s pitch seriously and give us that Marvel/Disney cross-over film? Find out the answer after the jump.
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“A video of everything wrong with Iron Man 2? What is it, the whole movie?” That was what first popped into my head when I saw that the CinemaSins team was back to their old tricks, ripping apart some of pop culture’s biggest movies. In honor of this week’s release of Iron Man 3, they’ve gone ahead and dissected the film most people consider the worst of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iron Man 2, in six minutes or less.
Jon Favreau‘s second Iron Man film has been a huge point of contention since its release in 2010. Many people love its fun irreverence and the way it sets up the next few Marvel movies for The Avengers. But others think it’s a mine field of plot holes, weak narrative connections and questionable character motivations, partially because of its production during the writer’s strike.
Which side do you fall on? Check out the video and discuss below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Star Wars Episode VII already has a writer in Michael Arndt, but on this week’s Parks & Recreation Patton Oswalt will make a good case for ditching Arndt and turning the scripting duties over to him instead.
In the episode, the comedian-writer plays a Pawnee citizen attempting to filibuster a city council vote. To fill the time, he improvises an epic eight-minute speech outlining exactly what he thinks Star Wars Episode VII should be. Somehow we can’t really imagine Ardnt and JJ Abrams signing off on the idea of a robot-spider-bodied Chewbacca, but until the movie comes out we can dream. Watch the full video after the jump.
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