star trek beyond

The first teaser trailer for Star Trek Beyond hit the internet yesterday, exciting a lot of people but also pissing off some long-time Trekkies. The complaint is that the movie presented didn’t feel like a Star Trek movie, but instead a modern in-your-face blockbuster. But if you ask director Justin Lin, he’ll quickly remind you it’s just a minute and a half of the movie.

After the jump I present to you excerpts from my hourlong roundtable conversation with Justin Lin, in which he responds to fan criticisms, talks about his personal relationship to Star Trek, the origins of the film’s title, the music choice, the inspiration of the original TV series, what he gave up to direct Trek, his idea for the film, whether it will continue plot lines from Into Darkness, the screenwriting credits, working on a Trek movie with a producer who is directing Star Wars, whether he plans to return to do another Trek movie, and much more.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens reviews

The world premiere of JJ AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens happened last night in Hollywood California at an unprecedented gala that took over the three big theaters on Hollywood Blvd: El Capitan, The Dolby Theatre and The TCL Chinese Theatre. While full on reviews are embargoed until Wednesday morning at 12:01am, guests in attendance at the premiere were allowed to tweet their brief reactions. After the jump you can find the first First Awakens reactions from the premiere screening.

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The awakening is coming, can you feel it? We are now 7 days away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Here is a look at what we’ll be talking about in today’s Force Awakens Bits:

  • A look inside the Star Wars writers room.
  • J.J. Abrams and Daisy Ridley on whether you should see the film in 3D, 2D or IMAX.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already been shortlisted for an Oscar.
  • Harrison Ford says Han Solo’s lines in The Force Awakens trailers aren’t what they seem.
  • In India, Force Awakens could be upstaged by Bollywood holdovers.
  • Learn about Harrison Ford‘s contributions to the script.
  • NASA says BB-8 isn’t well designed.
  • Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy explains George Lucas‘ involvement with Force Awakens and the future of Star Wars.

All that and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace!

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The Good Dinosaur reviews

Last month I had the opportunity to visit Pixar Animation Studios and preview the company’s next film The Good Dinosaur. You can read what I learned about the making of The Good Dinosaur here and read my interview with director Peter Sohn. While at Pixar, I had that opportunity to sit down with some of the other creatives behind the film, here is my interview with Denise Ream, who has an interesting story as she started out as a Visual Effects Producer at ILM working on films like Star Wars, Men In Black, Harry Potter and Mission Impossible movies before jumping across the bay to Pixar where she worked on Up, Cars 2, Brave, The Good Dinosaur and the upcoming sequel Cars 3.

Hit the jump to learn about how she went from Star Wars to Pixar, what its like to be on a project that loses a director and gets completely reworked, the choice of making the characters cartoony against a almost photo real backdrop, the daunting quest to find voice actors for this film, and how do you hide a Pizza Planet truck in a Dinosaur movie? All this and more in our Denise Ream interview, which you can read now after the jump.

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mafia movie trailer

You may know it as Mafia or you may know it as Werewolf, but chances are strong that you’ve played it. It’s one of the simplest and best known card games ever created. A group of people play as the citizens of a city. Most players are innocent bystanders. A few randomly selected players are villains out to kill off the good guys. These bad guys know who each other are, but the good guys know nothing. It’s a classic game of bluffing and mistrust and a great way to add flavor to a social gathering.

And it is now the inspiration for a not-inexpensive Russian science fiction action movie. Yes, not only has someone decided that adapting this simple game of social deduction into a movie was a good idea, but they’ve decided that it should look like Blade Runner, The Running Man, and Tron got tossed in a paint mixer. This is somehow crazier than Monopoly being transformed into a Goonies-esque family adventure. The creative minds behind Mafia had to take at least a dozen absurd left turns and leaps of judgment to arrive here. This movie sounds like a crazy joke. How does this exist? Who made it? What is man? Why are we here? Is there a God?

Prepare to have your brain boiled by the Mafia trailer, which you can watch after the jump.

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Joe Dunn Tomorrowland header

Cyclops Print Works will be releasing a new screen printed poster today by artist Joe Dunn for Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland. I know a lot of you weren’t fans of Tomorrowland, but as a Disneyland fanatic I really enjoyed much of the first half of the film. And this poster is stunning, and filled with a ton of Disneyland Easter eggs – can you spot them?

Hit the jump to see the full Joe Dunn Tomorrowland print in full, and learn how you can get it.
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Legoland has announced that a new animated short film based on The LEGO Movie will premiere in January 2016 at Legoland. Hit the jump to learn more about The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure, including images from the new film.

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THE GOOD DINOSAUR

In August 2014, we learned that Bob Peterson was removed as director of The Good Dinosaur, and co-director Pete Sohn was appointed the sole director of the project. We’ve heard about just how much of the film has changed under the new direction, and the word “drastic” isn’t at all hyperbolic in this case. Perhaps that’s why my visit to Pixar to preview The Good Dinosaur felt very different from my past trips to Emeryville.

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