This week Universal Pictures got the urge to fill out the company’s calendar for the next couple of years. Yesterday we heard that the studio has dated Judd Apatow’s as-yet-untitled new film for summer 2012. Now there is a flood of new release dates for the studio, for a diverse array of films. Hit the jump for release info for Safe House, The Dark Tower and more. Read More »

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William Shatner Watches Star Trek

Believe it or not, William Shatner still hasn’t seen the movie trailer for JJ Abrams’ Star Trek, until now. Billy Bush of Access Hollywood screened the trailer for Shatner, and a video has been posted online of Shatner’s reaction. Shatner uses the opportunity to take some shots at former co-star and rival George Takei and to plug one of his previous Trek novels. Watch the video after the jump.

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Page 2 Weekend Edition

Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

Last Crusade Ecard

Someecards has an awesome new ecard which takes aim at Indiana Jones, pictured above.

Up to three “Battlestar Galactica” TV movies might get made later this year. But no deals have officially been signed. [chicagotribune]

BenderSpink and FilmEngine announced they are making a Butterfly Effect 3. Who knew there was even a sequel? [shock]

The Incredible Hulk comparison

FirstShowing noticed that The Incredible Hulk CGI has been upgraded in the recent tv spots. The photo on the left is from the first trailer. You’ll notice that they have added a t-shirt and have done a considerable amount of shading work.

Brian Levant (The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Are We There Yet?) has signed to direct a tv movie prequel to the two Scooby Doo films. [Moviehole]

Italian WALL-E Poster

The New DaughterBadTaste.it has two new italian WALL-E posters, seen above.

TwitchFilm has the first photo of Kevin Costner in The New Daughter.

David Poland calls the NYTimes story idiotic, insisting that the highest profile spot in the domestic summer will always have an out-of-competition premiere at Cannes because most of the movie critics are there.

Variety has one of the first reviews of Michel Gondry, Joon-ho Bong and Leos Carax’s Tokyo!: “First and arguably best of the bunch is Gondry’s deviously titled “Interior Design,” which opens on a dark and stormy night as young, self-deluded aspiring filmmaker Akira (Ryo Kase) and his supportive but directionless g.f. Hiroko (Ayako Fujitani) arrive in Tokyo. Gondry handles the light intrusion of Cronenbergian body-horror with minimal f/x and old-fashioned visual sleight-of-hand, keeping his camera focused on Fujitani’s engaging performance. The Gallic helmer may have a reputation for dazzling directorial whimsy, but his restraint pays off here in a work at once poignant and slyly Kafka-esque.”

Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and the stars of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull answered questions on seesmic. [Rejects]

XBox Indiana Jones

Xbox.com is giving away five limited edition Indiana Jones customied XBox 360s.

Warner Bros has launched three viral sites to promote the upcoming release of Lost Boys: The Tribe: LunaBay.org, CCMPF.org, and FrogBrosBoards.com.

The Love Guru Viral Marketing

Vulture says that the Guerrilla Marketing is the Only Funny Thing About The Love Guru.

George Takei (Star Trek, Heroes) announced that he and his long-time partner Brad Altman are now engaged to be married. [trekmovie]

Arcade Fire is not doing the score for Richard Kelly’s The Box after all. [playlist]

Oliver Stone’s W. began shooting in Shreveport on May 12th. [Variety]

American Summer Movie Trailer

American Summer

From the producer of American Pie and the director of American Pie 2 comes American Summer, which is actually completely unrelated the the aforementioned franchise. AICN called the movie the “American Pie version of Risky Business.” The story follows uptight Harvard bound Alex Sperling (Brett Davern), who after a summer internship unexpectedly falls through, has no other option but to work for his supposedly successful cousin Roger (Matthew Lillard).

“Unfortunately, Alex discovers that Roger is a down-on-his-luck pool boy just days away from complete financial ruin.  But Roger has a possible solution-team up with his call-girl neighbor to start an elite escort business.  When the company unexpectedly succeeds despite the increasingly crazy clients, the trio must use their brains and their escorts to get out of the mess and get Alex back on the road to Harvard.”

Also starring Rachelle Lefevre of Twilight fame, Efren Ramirez of Napoleon Dynamite fame, George Takei of Star Trek, Heroes and Howard Stern Show fame, ad Tom Arnold as himself. They are shopping the film for domestic distribution at Cannes. Check out the Cannes movie trailer below thanks to our friends at Collider.

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Discuss: What do you think of the American Summer movie trailer?

Cloverfield: Slusho Appears on Heroes

Slusho on Heroes

The stars of Heroes have a new favorite frozen drink, and it may look somewhat familiar. The following photos showed up on the blog of Heroes director/producer Greg Beeman of the cast of the hit show drinking “Slusho!” a drink which first appeared in the JJ Abrams’ series Alias, and has now become a focal point of the viral marking behind the hot JJ Abrams produced monster flick Cloverfield. So what will Heroes have to do with the upcoming movie? Will their be a connection? Greg Grunberg, a childhood friend of Abrams who has appeared in nearly every thing he’s produced thus far, appears on Heroes as Matt Parkman. Could he just be helping his best bud promote the upcoming film? Beeman won’t say:

“Now, the next group of photos falls into the “don’t ask/don’t tell” category. I credit Greg Yaitanes for staging all these pix, under the supervision of Joe Pokaski. Their cultural significance will become clear in the coming months, so… pay attention!”

There is obviously more to this story. Dennis at CloverfieldClues discovered that Slusho actually made its first appearance on Heroes during last night’s episode, check out that photo below:

Slusho on Heroes

We’ll keep you updated. Check out more Heroes behind the scenes Slusho photos after the jump.
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First Look: The Cast of JJ Abrams’ Star Trek

Star Trek Cast Photoshopped

Now that the full crew of the Enterprise has been cast in JJ Abrams Star Trek prequel/reboot, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at the talent involved. The photo above is obviously photo-shopped (poorly in fact) by myself to show you what JJ Abrams’ on deck line-up may look like. Click on the photo to enlarge. Let’s take a look at thee new crew of the Starship Enterprise.

Chris Pine is Captain Kirk

Captain James T. Kirk had a distinguished career in Starfleet Academy, becoming the first person to defeat the Kobayashi Maru test that stymied cadets for many decades. Whereas any situation would be met by the simulator’s overriding dictate that the cadet lose, Kirk won by rewriting the program to allow him to rescue the Kobayashi Maru’s crew. For this, he received a commendation for original thinking. Kirk became the youngest captain in Starfleet to date at 34.
Original Actor: William Shatner
New Actor: Chris Pine
Age: 26
Filmography: The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Just My Luck, Blind Dating. Smokin’ Aces

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