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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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With the opening of J.J. AbramsStar 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 »

Atlas Shrugged

That third Atlas Shrugged you didn’t ask for is on the way. Also after the jump:

  • Who wants to be an extra in Captain America?
  • Lorenzo di Bonaventura talks up Red 2 and Jack Ryan
  • Here’s what Al Pacino will look like in Despicable Me 2
  • Check out another new Star Trek Into Darkness image
  • Kick-Ass 2 reveals some kick-ass character posters
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation gets an action-packed featurette

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Whether your idea of fun is G-rated college kids or hard-R strippers, there’s something in today’s Sequel Bits for you. After the jump:

  • Jessica Alba promises to do more dancing in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • … while Robert Rodrigez comments on Dennis Haysbert replacing Michael Clarke Duncan
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger explains why his age won’t be an issue in The Legend of Conan
  • Screenwriter Craig Mazin talks about weathering criticism for The Hangover Part II
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be digitally remastered for a one-week IMAX 3D release
  • See some cute international posters and a new setting for Monsters University
  • Vin Diesel and Karl Urban face off once again in the newest Riddick still

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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 AbramsStar 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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How easy is it to walk away from a franchise after delivering its biggest-ever success, especially when the span of the series covers fifty years? Director Sam Mendes has waffled on the idea of doing another Bond, at first suggesting that he wouldn’t do a second Bond movie prior to the release of Skyfall, and slowly seeming more open to it. Now that the film is a monster success, is he rethinking?

We know that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have worked on Bond films since The World is Not Enough, won’t be back for Bond 24, and that Skyfall writer John Logan has been hired to draft the 24th and 25th films in the series. But Wade also says that the story idea for Bond 24 comes from Logan and Mendes… so is there a chance that Mendes will returns after all? Probably too soon to say, but here’s what Wade had to say in a press release confirming his and Purvis’ departure from the series:

We’re very happy to have done five Bond movies, I think we’ve gotten it to a good place. I know that John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with a plot for another one, which takes the pressure off because these films take up a lot of time.

We probably won’t get any confirmation of the talent set for Bond 24 for a while, but at least we might have real info on that movie sooner than we do for the new Star Wars film.

More sequel news is after the break, including:

  • Star Trek Into Darkness will feature native IMAX film footage post-converted to 3D,
  • Zachary Quinto addresses rumors that the Trek sequel is his last,
  • Sylvester Stallone offers possible plots for The Expendables 3,
  • Vin Diesel delivers a couple new The Fast and the Furious 6 shots,
  • David Twohy debuts the Riddick logo and a look at Karl Urban in the film,
  • and new toys show off a couple new Monsters University characters.

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