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Sequels are a tricky thing. In the best cases, they transcend the original work by adding emotional depth and context, elevating the entire story arc. In the worst cases, they’re a carbon copy of the original with perhaps a bigger “wow” factor. Star Trek Into Darkness, like many sequels, falls into the middle ground. It expands and broadens the scope of the original while duplicating most of the elements that were already in place from the 2009 film.

To follow his first Trek revival, director J.J. Abrams has made a much more visually impressive and exciting action film, and one worthy of the Star Trek franchise. It simply lacks the inspiration that made his first film so special.

After the jump, read the rest of this review and see a video blog with some differing opinions. Read More »

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Several weeks ago, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, the current ruler of the Star Wars universe, said the following in regards to exactly how she and her team will approach secrecy be in regards to Star Wars Episode VII:

We talk about that all the time. I think the whole issue of confidentiality is gonna be fascinating as we move into making the movie. If we’re shooting anything outside, it’s almost impossible to not have things end up on the Internet. So my feeling is, you need to embrace that, especially with the fans around something like Star Wars. You need to recognize they’re important to the process and acknowledge there are things you’re gonna want to make sure they get to know. So I think that’s something we’re going to monitor, pay attention to and think differently about.

That sounds like she’s saying “We’re going to be much more transparent when Star Wars goes into production,” doesn’t it?  So, when I got on the phone with Star Wars Episode VII producer/Bad Robot co-founder Bryan Burk and Star Wars superfan Damon Lindelof to talk about their latest film, Star Trek Into Darkness, I simply had to ask about this. Was Burk part of these conversations? What had been said? And would Lindelof be hunting for spoilers like other fans?

Their answers were surprising. Burk explained he never had this conversation with Kennedy, but that fans have likely overestimated the statement. Read his quote as well as Lindelof’s reaction below. Read More »

Justice League

In theory, there’s no reason a DC Cinematic Universe shouldn’t work every bit as well as — perhaps better, even — than a Marvel Cinematic Universe. In practice, however, we’ve seen Marvel dominate while Warner Bros. struggles mightily to get their non-Batman and non-Superman properties to take flight. The rumors surrounding the planned Justice League movie haven’t been terribly encouraging so far, either.

Plenty of fans and pundits have put forth ideas on why exactly Warner Bros. is flubbing so badly, and today two prominent industry figures have a bit of advice on how the studio could turn things around. After the jump, read Kevin Feige and Damon Lindelof‘s comments on how to solve a problem like the Justice League.

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Lots of principals from Star Trek Into Darkness are discussing reuniting with their director, J.J. Abrams on his next film, Star Wars Episode VII. After the jump read about the follow Star Wars Bits:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch is a huge Star Wars fans and jokes about asking J.J. Abrams to play a part in the films.
  • Check out a video from the 30th anniversary screening of Return of the Jedi in Hollywood, CA.
  • J.J. Abrams admits he’ll probably seek advice on Star Wars Episode VII from Damon Lindelof.
  • After years of silence, one of the internet’s first viral stars, Star Wars Kid, speaks out.
  • Simon Pegg wants to be in Star Wars, but respects J.J. Abrams too much to ask.
  • J.J. Abrams says the approaches to Star Trek and Star Wars don’t overlap.

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Lots of Star Wars fans, including J.J. Abrams himself, have sat down to talk about their confidence in Star Wars Episode VII. Those statements, possible video games, and more are all in today’s Star Wars Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • J.J. Abrams is focusing on Star Wars Episode VII, not any spin-off films.
  • Simon Pegg has some ideas on how J.J. Abrams can reinvigorate Star Wars.
  • Damon Lindelof would love to write a Star Wars film.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio is super excited for Star Wars Episode VII and could be interested in appearing.
  • Has a glimpse of a new Star Wars animated series been revealed?
  • Disney CEO Bob Iger suggests more Star Wars is coming to theme parks and television.
  • Star Tours opens at Disneyland Tokyo
  • Lucasfilm registers domain names hinting at Gungan and Wookie themed video games and more.

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Posters, quotes, casting and replacements are all part of this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about the following:

  • Sam Worthington discusses the Avatar sequels and a possible third Clash of the Titans film.
  • The Hangover Part III Twitter account has revealed some more character posters.
  • Is Antonio Banderas joining The Expendables III?
  • Benjamin Bratt replaces Al Pacino in Despicable Me 2.
  • Listen to Star Trek Into Darkness writers Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci talk secrets, fan influence, and villains.
  • The poster for Grown Up 2 is a throwback.
  • Actress Sophia Myles joins Transformers 4.
  • Michelle Rodriguez confirms the villain for Fast and Furious 7.
  • Check out an image of FEMA’s role in Godzilla.
  • Check out the cover of the Art of 300: Rise of an Empire book.

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In Part 3 of our FilmAid broadcast, Damon Lindelof joins us to discuss his thoughts on internet fandom, the response to Prometheus, the logic of time travel, and taking chances with the Star Trek franchise.
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As is usually the case when a major franchise sequel is on the horizon, talk quickly turns to a potential follow up. Robert Downey Jr., for example, was hounded about doing Iron Man 4 before this weekend’s Iron Man 3. With Star Trek Into Darkness just a couple weeks away, the cast and crew of that film are being grilled about what a potential Star Trek 3 might be.

We already know Paramount is hoping the film will be ready for 2016, the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. Despite J.J. Abrams’ minor commitment to another film before that date, he’s still open to directing. Now producer and co-writer Damon Lindelof has suggested that a third film could feature a Starfleet vs. Klingon plotline, jumping off from the role Klingons play in Into Darkness. He also talks about the possible return of a major character.

Read his quotes, as well as the thoughts of several other cast members, after the jump. Read More »

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