Star Trek Beyond buzz

In a little over a week, Paramount will release Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the Kelvin timeline created J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot. This time around Justin Lin takes over the reins as director, which led some fans to wonder if the franchise was ditching its roots for Fast and Furious-style adventures in space.

The good news is that by many accounts, Star Trek Beyond comes closer than any of the Kelvin movies at capturing the spirit of the original TV series. The other good news is that the film also seems to feature some really great action set pieces. The bad news is… well, actually, it doesn’t sound like there is a ton of bad news. Not everyone was completely enamored of the film, of course, and hardcore Trek fans will surely have their own ideas about what a new Trek movie should or shouldn’t be. But overall, it sounds like fans of this franchise can look forward to another fantastic adventure. Get the Star Trek Beyond buzz below.  Read More »

‘Star Trek Beyond’ Clip: Scotty Meets Jaylah

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Now that 2009’s Star Trek re-introduced the classic Enterprise crew and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness did everything in its power to wreck them, Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond has a bold new task before it: introducing new characters and allowing them to stand out amidst a cast of familiar faces and iconic names. We’ll hopefully get a memorable new adversary in Idris Elba‘s Krall and as this new clip from the film seems to indicate, Sofia Boutella‘s Jaylah certainly appears to be a unique addition to the ensemble.

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Sulu is gay

Simon Pegg and George Takei have a respectful disagreement over Star Trek Beyond. Last week, actor John Cho said that Hikaru Sulu is gay in the Kelvin timeline. Most fans were delighted by the news, as director Justin Lin and screenwriters Simon Pegg and Doug Jung were attempting to preserve the progressive spirit of Gene Roddenberry‘s creation. George Takei, on the other hand, believes the decision is “unfortunate” and a “twisting of Gene’s creation.”

Pegg quickly responded to Takei’s comments, and now he’s followed up with a blog post that explains why they made Sulu an LGBTQ character without Takei’s blessing and why the Kelvin timeline means they’re not beholden to preexisting canon. Below, read a part of Pegg’s explanation.

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Star Trek Beyond TV Spot

In under a couple weeks, the premiere of Star Trek Beyond will be happening at San Diego Comic-Con. We’ll be there at the convention, complete with a reaction to the latest sequel in the rebooted film franchise based on Gene Roddenberry’s classic TV series, which will also be celebrating its 50th anniversary there as well.

Leading up to the release of the film in a couple weeks, a new Star Trek Beyond TV spot has surfaced with some new footage, including more shots of the Enterprise getting torn apart, and a nice little moment between our Kirk and Spock as well. Watch it below. Read More »

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It’s been a brutal summer at the box office. We’ve seen one high-profile studio release after another open to disappointing figures, if not outright awful ones, prompting concerned conversations about “sequelitis” and “superhero fatigue” and the like. So will this trend extend into the rest of the season? Or could July be the month that Hollywood turns its fortunes around?

Well, only time will tell. But one of the next big-budget sequels to try its luck will be Star Trek Beyond. Early tracking indicates the sci-fi adventure is on track for a domestic opening in the $48-60 million range, which puts it behind the two previous Star Trek films but ahead of a lot of other movies that have hit so far this summer.  Read More »

Karl Urban

In J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek films, Bones (Karl Urban) mostly interacts with Captain Kirk (Chris Pine). Now and then he’ll have a tense or fun side conversation with Spock (Zachary Quinto), but in the upcoming sequel, Star Trek Beyond, the two clearly have more to do together — which is a good thing, since Quinto and Urban are consistently reliable comedic relief in these films.

The new Star Trek Beyond clip also features Uhura (Zoe Saldana). Her words with Spock may qualify as a spoiler, but if you’re not particularly spoiler sensitive, then check out the latest look at director Justin Lin‘s film.

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Star Trek Beyond trailer

There are plenty of reasons to get excited about Star Trek Beyond. It’s the new film by Justin Lin, the man who shepherded the Fast and Furious series into blockbuster-dom. It’s got a fantastic cast, with Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella joining the returning stars. And it looks like tons of fun, combining eye-popping action with plenty of drama and heart. But if you’re still skeptical, maybe this next trailer will be the one to win you over. It’s got a secret weapon in the form of “Sledgehammer,” a new single by Rihanna. Check it out after the jump.  Read More »

Justin Lin directing Akira

For years, Warner Bros. has desperately been trying to figure out how to make a live-action adaptation of the iconic cyberpunk manga Akira. There have been various iterations of the project over the years, but the most recent attempt may finally get some traction.

A report surfaced a year ago this month that Warner Bros. had commissioned a new script from Daredevil second season showrunner Marco J. Ramirez . Later a rumor pegged Christopher Nolan being involved to help plan a possible trilogy. However, if that was the plan, the studio’s approach has changed with Fast and Furious franchise and Star Trek Beyond helmer Justin Lin being sought as the new Akira movie director. Find out more about Justin Lin directing Akira after the jump. Read More »

star trek beyond trailer breakdown

The new trailer for Star Trek Beyond arrived late on Friday night, instantly washing the dreadful taste of the first trailer out of our mouths. Unlike the initial teaser, this footage looks like it comes from an actual Star Trek movie and you know what that means – there is a whole bunch of stuff to sift through if you go through the whole thing frame-by-frame and shot-by-shot.

Since we haven’t seen the movie, this post will contain all kinds of speculation and over-analysis, which means it could be loaded with potential spoilers. Just trek cautiously. And if you want additional reading, Peter Sciretta’s newly published set visit report sheds additional light on the film (and even directly answers and clarifies some of the observations below).

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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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