The latest trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness isn’t exactly long, but she’s got it where it counts, kid. Running just over a minute long, the trailer features a fair amount of new footage with a strong focus on action. It also shows more of the rebellious nature of newly minted Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) as he and the crew of the Enterprise go off on yet another adventure.
Benedict Cumberbatch‘s John Harrison makes a menacing appearance, Simon Pegg‘s Scott gets a gag. Basically 70 seconds sell this highly-anticipated movie incredibly well. Check it out below. Read More »
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Lots of randomness in this edition of Star Wars Bits. We’ve got debate, video games, standalone talk, real science, humor and more. After the jump. Read about the following:
- Kevin Smith thinks a new Star Wars movie every year is a good thing.
- Ewan McGregor has an idea for an Obi-Wan Kenobi stand-alone movie.
- Zen Pinball has released an Empire Strikes Back map for PS3 and Vita.
- Several Star Wars Expanded Universe authors reveal what they’d like to see in new Star Wars movies.
- J.J. Abrams’ production designer Scott Chambliss will not work on Star Wars Episode VII.
- Exactly what does a 12 parsec Kessell Run mean about Han Solo?
- Is George Lucas feeling good now that he’s not in control of Star Wars?
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Posted on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
In this edition, everyone has an opinion on Episode VII. After the jump:
- No, Simon Pegg does not have a role in Episode VII yet
- William Shatner calls J.J. Abrams “a pig” for booking Star Wars
- The new issue of Wired pays tribute to the beloved sci-fi franchise
- Damon Lindelof, Jane Espenson, Carlton Cuse, and Rian Johnson weigh in
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The promotion for J.J. Abrams‘ new film Star Trek Into Darkness is really starting to ramp up, but there are still a few big questions that remain unanswered about the film. One is the precise nature of John Harrison, the villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Is Harrison really Khan, or is he some new character? (Or a revised version of an old character?) The interior of the magazine called the Khan reports only a rumor, and captions within also used the Harrison name.
The other question — one that even in a normal film cycle wouldn’t be answered until after Trek 2 opens — is whether Abrams will return to make a third new Trek film. Given his new duties with Star Wars, how can he possibly have time to close out a Trek trilogy?
On the red carpet at this weekend’s BAFTA ceremony, Trek actors Alice Eve and Simon Pegg were asked about their upcoming film, and each offered an answer, of sorts, to these two questions. Whether either one can be taken as definitive, or even relatively accurate, is open to question, however. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
Animation house Laika only has two completed features to its name, but thanks to the strength of those two outings (Coraline and ParaNorman), it’s already earned a reputation for unusually smart, creative family fare. Now they’re joining forces with Focus Features a third time for The Boxtrolls, an adaptation of Alan Snow‘s book Here Be Monsters!
Open Season co-director Anthony Stacchi and Coraline/ParaNorman story artist Graham Annable are teaming to direct, with an excellent voice cast that includes Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Jared Harris (Mad Men) and Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Game of Thrones). Hit the jump for more details.
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The human race survived 2012, but we will survive The World’s End? The latest film from Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost has an apocalyptic promise in the title and in a the latest set of images, there’s a whole lot of drinking going down. Pubs played a big role in both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, the first two films from the trio. They’ll play an even bigger role here as Pegg and Frost are joined by Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan. All play characters involved in a bar hopping adventure aimed towards the titular pub, and might end up having to saving the world.
Check out two brand new images and some quotes below.
UPDATE – A third image has now been revealed too. Read More »
Frank Darabont is trying again with a television series in the wake of his departure from The Walking Dead, and he’s brought John Bernthal along with him. His new effort was called L.A. Noir, but will now hit televisions as Lost Angels. As you might have surmised, the reason for the title change is Rockstar’s video game called L.A. Noire; the publisher laid down the law about the title.
Based on John Buntin’s book L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America’s Most Seductive City, the show covers some of the same ground as the recent film Gangster Squad: the battle between LA cops and gangster Mickey Cohen. Info on the title change is below, straight from Darabont, along with the plot of the pilot and info on a role played by Simon Pegg. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 by Angie Han
J.J. Abrams is famous for his devotion to secrecy, but even he knows when to open up and perform a good deed. After a Reddit post made the rounds last week about the wish of a Trekkie stricken with terminal cancer, the filmmaker got in touch with the man and his wife to offer a private screening of Star Trek Into Darkness.
Though the couple were “sworn to secrecy” about the details of the picture, they reported that they enjoyed it “immensely” and were touched by Abrams’ gesture. Read more after the jump, and then check out some new high-res stills from the film.
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