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 »

dark tower images

Yesterday brought a barrage of new information concerning The Dark Tower, Nikolaj Arcel‘s currently filming adaptation/remix of Stephen King‘s horror/fantasy/western book series. The onslaught continues today with a series of new images from film, showing off Idris Elba‘s Roland, Tom Taylor‘s Jake Chambers, and post-apocalyptic land known as Mid-World. Oh, and also New York City.

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idris elba dark tower

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect actor for the role of Roland Deschain than Idris Elba, a man who contains all of the swagger and weariness you’d want from a knight-cowboy wandering a fantastical post-apocalypse in pursuit of the warlock who destroyed his world and plans to end existence as we know it. Stephen King‘s Dark Tower series has its ups and downs, but its the kind of imaginative blend of genres that demands a big screen adaptation and Roland the Gunslinger is the kind of larger-than-life character who deserves an actor of Elba’s caliber.

Elba’s casting has proven controversial in certain corners of the internet (spoiler alert: it’s because he’s a black man), but a new interview from the set of director Nikolaj Arcel‘s The Dark Tower is all of the evidence you need that he’s the man for job. But surely you already knew that.

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dwayne johnson

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Dwayne Johnson teases a big change for Hobbs in Fast 8.
  • Fast 8 organizes an Omaze campaign to benefit the Paul Walker Foundation.
  • James Gunn counts down to the release date of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
  • A new featurette explores Idris Elba‘s Krall in Star Trek Beyond.
  • Go behind-the-scenes of Rihanna‘s new Star Trek Beyond song and watch her discuss her fandom.

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idris elba the dark tower

Beasts of No Nation and Star Trek Beyond star Idris Elba is a man of many talents. He’s an exceptional performer that typically dominates the screen, a DJ (his DJ name is Big Driis), and a writer, and he also has his own expectedly stylish clothing line (you can get underwear with his initials printed boldly on the front). The actor, who’s currently filming the long-awaited adaptation of The Dark Tower series, is again doing a job outside of acting. Elba already has some experience as a director, but with Yardie, he’s making his feature directorial debut.

Below, learn more about the period piece thriller.

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the dark tower movie

“The man in black fled across the city, and the iPhone cameras followed.” That should be the new opening line for The Dark TowerNikolaj Arcel‘s new movie based on Stephen King‘s bestselling fantasy series. Since production moved to New York, the internet has been flooded with photos of stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, taken by paparazzi and random passersby.

Today, producer Ron Howard got in on the fun as well, sharing a photo of himself with Arcel and Elba in full gunslinging gear. See the behind-the-scenes Dark Tower photo below.  Read More »

Finding Dory review

Note: We originally ran Peter’s Finding Dory review on June 10. We’re re-running it now that the film is in theaters.

Finding Dory is an example of why we should never underestimate Pixar. Did we need a sequel to Finding Nemo? No. This film is unnecessary… yet somehow Finding Dory is a fun, rewarding emotional journey. Join me after the jump for a virtually spoiler-free reaction to Pixar’s latest film.

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pacific rim 2 john boyega

Pacific Rim opened to mixed reviews and even more mixed box office back in 2013, barely scraping past $100 million at the domestic box office while finding far more success abroad. Those who love it really love it and those who hate it really hate it. I’m personally quite fond of the big, silly world director Guillermo del Toro crafted – even when the movie doesn’t quite work, this is a universe so full of concepts that deserve to be expanded upon and infinite possibilities for future stories. Even though del Toro is stepping away from the sequel and letting Steven S. DeKnight take the directorial reins, Pacific Rim 2 remains an intriguing prospect.

And it just got even more intriguing, because John Boyega has joined the cast as the son of Idris Elba‘s Stacker Pentecost. You know, the best character from the original film. The man with the instantly quotable speech about “canceling the apocalypse.”

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Star Trek Beyond Set Visit

Last Summer, I visited the set of Star Trek Beyond in Vancouver, Canada. Find out what I learned on set, including how over 50 new alien species were created for this film in honor of Trek’s 50th anniversary, how director Justin Lin has put an end to JJ Abrams’ “camera hand jobs” (yes, you just read that right) and much much more.

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movie fan controversies

We’ve yet to get confirmation that Daniel Craig is done with the James Bond franchise. But considering he spent the Spectre press tour calling his character a misogynist and declaring he’d rather slash his wrists than play Bond again — and considering recent rumors that he’s turned down $100 million to reprise the role for two more films — it seems a safe assumption that he won’t be sticking around for too much longer. So the question, then, is who’ll replace him. Because Bond is eternal — the only question is what form he’ll take on next. It’ll probably be a while before we get a real answer, but in the meantime, here are some of our favorite choices.  Read More »