Rihanna Star Trek Beyond Music Video

Normally we don’t post music videos unless they’re directed by a filmmaker whose work we’ve highlighted before or unless they’re tied directly to the release of a new movie. Today, we have one that fulfills both, and it just so happens to have the added bonus of being shot entirely in IMAX.

Earlier this week, a new Star Trek Beyond trailer debuted featuring the new single “Sledgehammer” from Rihanna, a ballad that felt reminiscent of a classic James Bond theme song. Now that track has gotten its own music video from director Floria Sigismondi, who previously helmed the rock biopic The Runaways as well as an episode of Netflix’s Daredevil series. It’s a wild, trippy music video featuring Rihanna as some kind of space witch, and it has some truly stunning visuals.

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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 »

Rihanna Boards Luc Besson’s Sci-Fi Epic ‘Valerian’

Rihanna in Battleship

Luc Besson‘s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has scooped up a huge star on its way to outer space. Rihanna is climbing aboard the sci-fi adventure in a “big” role, joining Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, and Clive Owen. See the Rihanna Valerian casting announcement after the jump.  Read More »

Peter Berg to Direct Rihanna Documentary

Rihanna documentary

Peter Berg cast Rihanna in his film Battleship, and now he’s going to direct a documentary about her. With producer Matthew Goldberg, Peter Berg recently launched a new production outfit called Film 45, which will create “non-scripted and branded entertainment for film, TV and other platforms.” One of the first productions from the company will be the Rihanna documentary… and it will be based on a film about Bob Dylan. Read More »

MoonQuake Lake trailer

Phil Lord and Chris Miller have built up so much goodwill at this point, they could probably get audiences to watch anything. But even they may be testing their limits with MoonQuake Lake, a third-rate Twilight knockoff starring Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and Rihanna.

Or rather, they might be pushing it if MoonQuake Lake were a real film instead of a pitch-perfect sendup of the fantasy YA subgenre. It’s the best joke from Annie, the new musical by Will Gluck. Watch Lord and Miller’s MoonQuake Lake trailer — and their tongue-in-cheek reaction to the film’s Golden Globes snub — after the jump.  Read More »

HOME

Had DreamWorks stuck with its original plan, Home would be opening tomorrow. But the studio pushed it back to spring, so now we’re getting Penguins of Madagascar in theaters instead and all we’re getting of Home this week is a new trailer.

Based on Adam Rex‘s 2007 children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday, Home sees planet Earth getting taken over by an overly confident alien race called the Boov. It falls to a resourceful a human girl named Tip (voiced by Rihanna) and an outcast Boov named Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons) to save the day. Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez round out the voice cast as Boov leader Captain Smek and Tip’s mother Lucy, respectively.

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Home trailer

Jim Parsons and Rihanna don’t seem like the likeliest of besties, but in the new Home trailer, that’s kind of the point. He plays Oh, an alien who’s been exiled from his own kind; she’s Tip, a resourceful girl down here on Earth.

Their paths cross when Oh’s people, the Boov, try to conquer her planet. Tip is one of the few humans who’ve resisted capture, and she and Oh team up to save the day. Steve Martin also stars, as the self-important leader of the Boov. Watch the Home trailer after the jump.

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counselor-diaz-1

Briefly: If you’ve looked at some message board conversations about Ridley Scott’s recent film The Counselor, you might have seen people talking about seeing test screenings of the film in which Cameron Diaz’s character had a heavy accent. Indeed, she’s scripted as being from Argentina. In the final film there is only minor evidence that her character, Malkina, is from outside the US. There’s a minor lilt in her voice, but it’s not at all what people reported hearing in early tests.

So why did her voice track change? Was it the result of serious post-production tinkering, or a ruthless edit?

In fact there was some big post-production tinkering, and according to THR it was because Fox execs thought the accent Diaz used didn’t work. In fact, they thought it sounded too much like Rihanna. (Who is from Barbados, not Argentina.) We don’t know if Diaz was directed to go for a Barbadian accent, or if that’s just how it went. There’s arguably a bit of that sound in the fully ADR-created voice track in the film now, and that’s probably all we’ll ever hear. It would probably be too much to hope for an alternate blu-ray audio track featuring the original voice takes.

This Is The End

On June 13th 2012 I visited the set of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s This is The End. After the jump you will find a list 35 things I learned while visiting the set, including how the project was put together and the many similarities and differences between the real life Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and the versions of they play in the film.

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