Star Trek Beyond Review

After recycling a little too much of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan for the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, the rebooted franchise based on Gene Roddenberry’s classic sci-fi series needed a new direction to bring some freshness back to the final frontier. Thankfully, with Star Trek Beyond, director Justin Lin has managed to craft a extremely entertaining journey back into space for the USS Enterprise. It’s a sequel that blends some of the signature style of the classic Star Trek series with the action sensibilities of a modern blockbuster.

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Pete's Dragon TV Spot

Adding to the barrage of Disney’s remakes, late this summer comes a contemporary take on Pete’s Dragon, the film that blended animation with live-action all the way back in 1977. This looks like a magical update of the old movie from Ain’t Them Bodies Saints director with a performance from young star Oakes Fegley that feels like the kind of child actor that Steven Spielberg would have discovered. But will this movie have the same kind of heart and spirit of adventure of the director’s films? A new Pete’s Dragon TV spot is certainly reassuring, complete with a nice little song to guide us. Watch it below. 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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Pete's Dragon

Pete’s Dragon is very, very loosely based on the 1977 Disney film of the same name, a movie that, as charming as it often is, isn’t exactly sacrilegious to remake. Handling the newest Disney modernization is director David Lowery, whose last feature film was Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. Going from a sparse, tone poem to a big Disney remake is quite a jump for a filmmaker to make, but the trailer for Pete‘s Dragon suggests it’s a transition Lowery had little trouble making.

Below, watch the latest Pete’s Dragon trailer.

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“The weird thing, for me, is that the reason I felt this was the right movie to make was because the tone didn’t feel that different [compared to my past work]. Sometimes I would joke that we’re just remaking Ain’t Them Bodies Saints with a dragon instead of Casey Affleck,” director David Lowery says, comparing his upcoming fairy tale, Pete’s Dragon, to his meditative and somber 2013 drama. “All the movies I make I can’t help but to make them incredibly personal, try to make them mine. That’s just the way I do it.” The co-writer/director didn’t expect to follow up his acclaimed tone poem with a Disney remake, but once he and Toby Halbrooks finished the first draft of the script, he thought, “Of course this is the next movie I’m going to make.”

Below, check out our Pete’s Dragon preview.

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Thor and Hulk

Even though the cast has been officially announced, we don’t know a hell of a lot about Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok. We know that the new cast is amazing (Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, c’mon). Cate Blanchett playing the film’s mysterious and powerful new villain Hela gives us some clues. And we also know that Mark Ruffalo will be reprising his role as Bruce Banner and The Hulk for this third installment of the Thor franchise. But we didn’t expect Thor: Ragnarok to be an action-comedy about the god of thunder and a gama-rey exposed scientist traveling across space, fighting evil baddies. According to Mark Ruffalo, thats exactly what the film is.

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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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Marvel and Disney have officially confirmed the cast of Thor: Ragnarok, which includes Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, and Mark Ruffalo. Read the full press release after the jump which confirms the Thor Ragnarok cast and also get a glimpse at new Thor: Ragnarok concept art.
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Judge Dredd Still Image

Dredd was an out-and-out flop when it hit theaters in 2012, but thanks to strong reviews and a solid home video performance it’s only gotten more popular as time has gone by. For years now fans have been calling for a sequel, and star Karl Urban has been more than happy to encourage that chatter. Still, when he mentioned recently that he wanted to make a Dredd 2, we chalked it up to wishful thinking. After all, he’s been saying as much for years and so far hasn’t had much to show for it.

But it looks like there might be a tiny bit more to his recent comments than we previously assumed. During an appearance at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, Urban teased that “conversations are happening” about bringing Dredd back, possibly as a streaming series.  Read More »