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.
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At movie junkets, the cast and crew of movies sit in a chair all day while hundreds of interviewers rotate in, most asking the same exact questions. The result is that the talent begin repeating the same soundbites over and over again. So much so that it almost becomes a script. Sometimes you go into one of these rooms, asking a different question that no one else has asked, and the tired actor might just try to find a way to work one of the dozen now-scripted soundbites as the answer, never really touching on your question. I always try to ask questions that aren’t asked by other journalists, but I try to stay away from the tv interview set-ups as they create an environment of recycled soundbite with not enough time to delve into any real substance.
But I do enjoy watching the tv interviews from the few journalists that find a way to keep the talent on their feet, and out of the soundbite zone. Daniele Rizzo is a German comedian who we’ve featured on the site in the past, usually working fun sketch interviews in at international film junkets. This time around Rizzo has shown up at the Star Trek Into Darkness junket as “Spocko” to grill both cast and crew on the details of their missions. He also showed up at the Iron Man 3 junket to ask Robert Downey Jr & Gwyneth Paltrow the important questions in full costume as Italian Iron Man. He may not get any serious answers or scoops, but its fun to watch.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
With the opening of J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek Into Darkness just around the corner, we can hardly turn around these days without stumbling across a new trailer or clip or TV spot. Today we have two new videos. The first is the Japanese trailer, which contains a bit of new footage, and the second is a promo centered on Spock (Zachary Quinto) and voiced by John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch).
In inanimate marketing, meanwhile, we have a new still of the other, non-Enterprise ship that’s been spotted in promos, plus character posters for Spock, John Harrison, Kirk (Chris Pine), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Carol Marcus (Alice Eve), Sulu (John Cho), Bones (Karl Urban), Scotty (Simon Pegg), and Chekov (Anton Yelchin). See it all after the jump.
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In just over a month, J.J. Abrams‘ second Star Trek film, Star Trek Into Darkness, opens its regular run. (The film will actually premiere in April, with galas set for different countries beginning with an Australian event on April 23.)
As we hit the last stretch until the film opens up to a general audience, we’ve got a new international poster promising the end of the Earth, along with high-res versions of photos that have appeared in magazines and online over the past week. The pics show much of the cast — which includes Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller — while the poster continues the image of Cumberbatch’s villain as a dominating force. Read More »
We’re less than two months away from finally seeing Star Trek Into Darkness. That’s a nice feeling, isn’t it? J.J. Abrams and his crew have been hard at work finishing the IMAX 3D film that will tell the continuing stories of the U.S.S. Enterprise and a brand new international trailer has just come online to pump you up a bit. And pump you up it will.
It features tons of new footage and major stories points from the still somewhat mysterious film starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch (above, featured very prominently in this trailer), Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, Alice Eve and many more. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s been a big week for Star Trek Into Darkness news, and it’s still not over. We’ve rounded up a few more updates after the jump:
- Benedict Cumberbatch continues to insist he’s not Khan
- … but Zachary Quinto may have let that detail slip
- Alex Kurtzman talks villains, Damon Lindelof discusses 3D
- Over 40 minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness will be in IMAX
- The stars discuss whether they’ll be back for Star Trek 4 and beyond
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Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot have released an announcement video or teaser trailer for JJ Abrams‘ Star Trek sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. The one-minute video is a preview for a longer 2-minute trailer, coming next week. Check out the trailer embedded after the jump, and please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
I think this announcement video presents a look at a very much more dark and intense Trek film. Looks like Abrams has gone full-on Empire with the sequel… I’m just hoping JJ remembered the fun of the first film (giant hands…etc). That said, setting excitement meter on high.
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On August 10th 2011, I traveled to Toronto and visited the set of Len Wiseman‘s Total Recall remake. The movie was shot at Pinewood Toronto Studios, the same studio where Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Universal’s The Thing remake were filmed. I was on set two thirds of the way through filming. After the jump you can watch a video blog I recorded with Frosty from Collider discussing our impressions from being on set, alongside a comprehensive list of over 45 things I learned on set.
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