“Star Trek or Star Wars?” is a question that’s been debated by sci-fi fans since Star Wars exploded onto the scene in 1977. At that time Star Trek had already been around for a decade, but some would argue the success of Star Wars helped reinvigorate the series. Others may say George Lucas would never have travelled to a galaxy far, far away had it not been for the ideas and vision of Gene Roddenberry. Either way, the thought of one person controlling both franchises likely never occurred to fans. Then, in 2013, the guy chosen to reboot Star Trek, J.J. Abrams, signed on to restart the Star Wars franchise, and fans of both were left with a multitude of different feelings.
Abrams is currently promoting his second Star Trek film, Star Trek Into Darkness, and has been asked about Star Wars: Episode VII at every single turn. Monday night he showed up on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and the topic came up again. This time, instead of delving into exactly how the director plans on dealing with Star Wars, they discussed the fundamental differences and merits of each franchise. It’s a fun watch. Check it out below. Read More »
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We’ve waited what feels like an age to see anything at all from Alfonso Cuaron’s new film Gravity. So we’ll indulge Entertainment Tonight one of their lousy fast montages that mar footage from the film with graphics and voiceover. The clip below has the first Gravity footage that most people have had a chance to see, and while we’ll get a much better look at the film when the trailer drops this Thursday, this is a good little taste.
The film features Sandra Bullock as an engineer on her first trip into space who is put in terrible danger during a routine spacewalk. With her is a veteran astronaut played by George Clooney, who seems just a bit more zen about the whole experience than she is. Read More »
One benefit of making a film such as Lincoln is that the movie turns into more than just a story — as a portrait of American history Lincoln is something that has interest beyond the multiplex. And so we now have multiple TV news magazine pieces about the film and the process of creating it. The long-running show 60 Minutes profiled director Steven Spielberg and his creative process last year, and last night the show featured a new segment on Lincoln.
Is this high-stakes awards campaigning meant to combat the awards ascendancy of Argo? Or is this piece a genuine recap of the late life of Abraham Lincoln and an investigation into the film’s authenticity? It’s a bit of both, as you might expect, but thanks to interviews with Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Lincoln biographer Doris Kearns-Goodwin (where’s screenwriter Tony Kushner?) the segment is a fine account of the film. Read More »
Nacho Vigalondo‘s first film, Timecrimes, was an exciting take on the time travel film. His next film, Extraterrestrial, put an apocalyptic spin on the romantic comedy. For his third go-around, he’s simultaneously tackling the thriller and found footage genres with Open Windows. It stars Elijah Wood as a man obsessed with an abducted actress (Sasha Grey), and how he goes about trying to find her. All the action is seen through the first-person view of his laptop. (It’s sort of the anti-Maniac, which is shot primarily from Wood’s character point of view.)
The principal photography for the film is either done or nearly so, and the writer/director gave an interview about it to a Spanish news show. During the appearance, he also showed some footage. We can’t understand much, but the brief snippets of footage and behind the scenes filming speak for themselves. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 by Angie Han
We’ve been waiting literally years to take a peek at Star Trek Into Darkness, so it’s great to hear that we may get the chance sooner than we thought. Last month, we got word that the first trailer (and/or a 9-minute IMAX prologue) would debut with the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on December 14. However, TrekMovie.com has now confirmed that a teaser will in fact debut this Thursday, December 6.
The one-minute video is a web exclusive separate from the two-minute version attached to The Hobbit. The latter will presumably hit the Internet shortly after it bows in theaters.
Also after the jump:
- Someone on the Internet claims to have seen the trailer already
- Zachary Quinto drops by Conan with a (fake) Star Trek clip
- J.J. Abrams is excited to finally show you some juicy footage
- Paramount uploads a comprehensive list of global release dates
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Odds are most of us remember exactly where we were when we heard that terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden had been killed. It was one of those historic moments, years in the making, where America could feel content getting justice against the mastermind behind September 11. That night, we all focused on the result, but lewer people thought about what it took to get there.
Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty is about exactly that process. It’s the true story of a single female CIA agent (Jessica Chastain) who spent the better part of ten years focused on finding Bin Laden, following leads and sources many others thought to be wastes of time. The film is a eye-opening, fascinating and incredible piece of work culminating in the nail-biting, now-legendary raid in Pakistan.
Being as the film is based on realities uncovered by the tireless research of producer/screenwriter Mark Boal, revealing inner machinations and characters most Americans were unaware of, there are innumerable questions to be answered about the film and its backstory. Two news reports by ABC News delve into those truths and are very much worth watching. Check them out below. Read More »
Steven Spielberg‘s latest film, Lincoln, opens on November 9 and expands November 16. It tells the dramatic story of the final three months in Abraham Lincoln’s life, where he abolished slavery and united a nation in turmoil. Though Spielberg became famous with films featuring fantasy and adventure, for the past twenty years, he’s been much more interested in history: Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Munich and War Horse are just a handful of examples. Lincoln continues that trend, and in an interview the director did with 60 Minutes, he revealed action doesn’t excite him anymore.
During the interview, Spielberg also talked in-depth about his childhood, his relationship with his parents and much more. It’s an enlightening piece of journalism. Check it out below. Read More »
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After months and months of buildup, the DC Comics’ TV show Arrow premiered on The CW Wednesday night. The show stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, a privledged playboy who gets stranded on a deserted island. There he learns a whole new set of skills, returns home and begins to fight crime in the city that used to be his playground. He’s the Green Arrow.
Watching the show at San Diego Comic-Con, I found some major flaws with it but now you can watch the comic book inspired TV show and decide for yourself. Check it out below. Read More »