A few days back we posted a fun photo of William Shatner arm wrestling Chris Pine. As it turns out, that photo is a still from Shatner’s upcoming documentary The Captains which will premiere on July 21st 2011 on the EPIX HD cable channel.
The Captains – an Epix Original Documentary produced and directed by William Shatner. In The Captains, he travels the world to connect with each of the actors who have played Captains over the long life of the Star Trek franchise. Shatner recalls his own experiences in the role that made him a star by interviewing Patrick Stewart, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, Avery Brooks and Chris Pine while interweaving clips from their respective shows and movies.
Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump.
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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 22 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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While Sam Raimi is working on explaining how the Wizard got to Oz, there’s another film in production that’ll tell the story of what happens after Dorothy left. That film is called Dorothy of Oz and it’s a 3D animated sequel to the 1939 original about Dorothy being transported back to help a new group of misfits find the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion in order to defeat an evil Jester who wants to take over Oz. Directed by Daniel St. Pierre, the film sports a start studded voice cast including Lea Michele, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Jim Belushi, Oliver Platt and Patrick Stewart and is reportedly scheduled for release in April 2012. We’ve already seen some character sketches, but now a bunch of concept art has surfaced that gives us a good idea of what to expect from the film. We’ve got the photos and more after the jump. Read More »
Gnomeo & Juliet isn’t a bad concept. What if garden gnomes came to life when people aren’t around kind of like the toys in Toy Story. The idea is to use this concept to introduce Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet to kids. The film appears to go wrong is in the execution. The computer animated film has a very Dreamworks vibe to it, complete with unfunny popculture references. Gnomeo & Juliet features the music of Elton John and the voice work of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Jason Statham, Maggie Smith, Patrick Stewart, Julie Walters, and Ozzy Osbourne. It should be mentioned that Kelly Asbury, who last directed Shrek 2, helmed this movie.
Asbury started on the Disney film The Black Cauldron, and worked as an artist on The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Toy Story and Shrek. Before Shrek 2, Asbury made her feature directorial debut with the 2D Dreamworks film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.
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Letters Of Note have uncovered an old memo from the archives at Paramount, written on April 13th 1987 to the studio’s Head of Network Television – detailing the actors being considered for the various roles in Star Trek: The Next Generation. It is interesting to see some of the names that were inconsideration for the cast, but didn’t end up getting the part (for whatever reason). Hit the jump to see the full memo.
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I’ve been hearing about a possible sequel to Free Enterprise for over ten years now. I really thought it was a pipe dream that would never happen. But apparently the sequel is actually happening, likely thanks to the recent jump in Trek popularity thanks to the JJ Abrams‘ Star Trek-reboot. If you haven’t yet watched Robert Meyer Burnett‘s 1998 indie film, it can be easily described as Swingers for sci-fi geeks. It was about two aspiring LA filmmakers/Trek geeks who meet their screen idol, William Shatner (played by himself), who turns out to be nothing like the person they had imagined. The film has gone on to become something of a cult classic among geeks, and I highly recommend you check it out.
Burnett has been trying to get a sequel greenlit for years now, and it is now falling into place.
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In part because of the runaway success of Alice in Wonderland, a story like The Wizard of Oz is hot stuff in Hollywood right now. So there are loads of Oz-related projects in the works: Disney’s Oz, the Great and Powerful, to be directed by Sam Raimi with Robert Downey, Jr. starring; the Polish Brothers’ Oz; a Wizard of Oz sequel called Surrender Dorothy potentially to be directed by Drew Barrymore; and the animated Dorothy of Oz.
We’ve now got a set of character sketches for the animated film, which at the very least demonstrate that it won’t be subject to any unsavory ‘dark fantasy’ whims. For that reason alone I’m willing to think about giving it a shot. Read More »
UPDATE: MTV was the first to hear back from Stewart’s publicist, who says the actor is not involved with the film.
The title says it all. Based on an email sent to AICN, which says that actor Patrick Stewart mentioned he is soon to be working in Australia on a film with director George Miller, the rumor mill has gone into overdrive speculating that Stewart will appear in the fourth Mad Max movie, Mad Max: Fury Road.
The salient quote from the reader email is: “I got to ask him whether he’d like to make a movie in Australia and he said he may be back here soon to film a movie with George Miller. I – embarrassingly – blurted “Happy Feet 2! great!” and he said “No, another one.” We don’t know enough about the story behind Fury Road at this point to know if this is even remotely credible. Easy to see how having Patrick Steward on hand would be a fun thing for Miller. Throw some knee pads and a hockey mask on him and Stewart would fit right in.
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