David Goyer's Darth Vader VR project

ILMxLab has been doing a lot of interesting experimental work. The company hopes to develop the future of storytelling experiences using new technologies like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. At the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, the geniuses behind the new Industrial Light & Magic company told me that Lucasfilm Story Group had mapped out the next half dozen years of Star Wars stories and beyond, and they are already developing experiences — some which will be available in VR, others in other platforms — which will be created by big-name filmmakers and top screenwriters and intersect with the stories we will see on screen.

At Star Wars Celebration Europe 2017, ILMxLab announced their first big project, a Darth Vader VR project that will be created by David Goyer, screenwriter of The Dark Knight and Man of Steel and director of films like Blade: Trinity and The Unborn. We reported on this briefly over the weekend when it was announced, but now we bring you more information and some quotes from Goyer himself, who claims that his virtual reality Star Wars story will make you cry.

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Star Trek Beyond opens in just a few days and a new TV spot has spoiled one of the film’s biggest twists. In other words, you probably shouldn’t watch that new TV spot. I highly recommend not watching that new TV spot. And now Simon Pegg, the co-writer of the film and the man wearing chief engineer Montgomery Scott’s red uniform, has made it clear that you shouldn’t watch this new TV spot. This may have the opposite effect and entice you into actually watching this new TV spot, but hey, at least we’re trying here. At the very least, now you know exactly what you’re getting into here rather than blindly stumbling into a 30 second advertisement that blatantly gives away a third act reveal.

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If the bylines seem a little inconsistent on /Film over the next few days, that’s because Peter Sciretta, Angie Han, Ethan Anderton, and Jack Giroux are all en route to San Diego Comic-Con, where they’ll be covering every must-see panel and event firsthand and reporting their findings straight back to you. Maybe you’re also heading there. If so, have fun! If not, welcome to the club! We can attempt to enjoy the festivities from a safe distance.

Although things don’t really kick off until Thursday, let’s get things started with a look at some of the cool stuff Mondo will have for sale at their booth this year. If you’re in the market for posters and vinyl centered around Star Wars, the Marvel universe, and Pixar characters, you’re in luck.

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Star Trek Beyond collectors print Cinemark

Paramount Pictures has again teamed up with Los Angeles-based art gallery Gallery 1988 to create a series of collectible posters for their latest film, Star Trek Beyond. The six Star Trek Beyond collector’s posters, created by Jeffrey Everett and Matt Taylor, will be given away this weekend as opening weekend giveaways at Star Trek Beyond 3D screenings in participating locations. Hit the jump to check out a first look at these exclusive Star Trek Beyond collector’s posters and find out which theaters you can see the movie at for a chance to take one of these home.

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Michael J Fox and Coldplay Back to the Future

The British alternative rock group Coldplay is one of those bands that people either love or hate. However, even if you’re one of the people who just can’t stand the vocal stylings of frontman Chris Martin and the sounds the rest of the band plays, I think you’re going to love them for a little bit after to see a video recorded at a recent concert.

Chris Martin has a son named Moses who is 10 years old. And while the lead singer is out on tour, his son had just one request, and that was for him to play a song from their favorite movie, Back to the Future. Not only did Chris Martin make his son’s dreams come true, but he came through in a way that makes all other fathers look bad by having Michael J. Fox come out and play “Johnny B. Goode,” just like he did in the movie.

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Star Trek Beyond Barco Escape

The early buzz is strong for Star Trek Beyond. Oddly, the film may not screen in certain territories for critics, but considering the first wave of reviews are almost as positive as they were for J.J. Abrams‘ 2009 reboot, maybe that’ll change. Inheriting the director’s chair from Abrams is Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6), and another trailer has been released for Lin’s sequel.

Below, watch the final Star Trek Beyond trailer.

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In their original incarnation, the Imperial Stormtroopers were grunts, working stiffs who suited up for the Empire because it was a job because being cannon fodder for characters with names and faces was something that paid the bills. Over the years, it became easy for fans to justify just how disorganized these guys were and how they seemingly couldn’t hit the broad side of a Sandcrawler at ten paces with a blaster – these guys aren’t the most elite bunch.

Now, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story seems poised to finally explain where the cream of the crop from the Imperial Academy actually went – they’re the Death Troopers, specialized soldiers who are instantly recognizable from their black armor. But like so many new pieces of Star Wars lore, their origins lie in in the distant past of the saga’s real life history.

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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 »

Star Trek Beyond TV Spot

In just a couple days, fans will get to see Star Trek Beyond in theaters. Some will be lucky enough to attend the premiere at Comic-Con on Wednesday night while others can see it if they’re able to check out the Star Trek marathon at AMC Theatres that same day. Otherwise, Thursday night will bring the first nationwide screenings of the movie so we can all see if the early buzz on the sequel is right on the money.

In the meantime, a new Star Trek Beyond TV spot has arrived and it reveals an interesting detail about the villain played by Idris Elba. However, if you’re looking to go into the sequel knowing as little as possible, this could be considered a spoiler, so we’ve saved this reveal for after the jump. Read More »