Posted on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
Earlier this week, J.J. Abrams finally admitted what so many Star Trek Into Darkness viewers had been thinking: that refusing to reveal the villain’s true identity in the run-up to the release was a big mistake. But of course, Abrams wasn’t the only person affected by the decision to keep Khan’s name under wraps.
The writers, producers, and actors all had to participate in the lie — which we imagine must’ve been uniquely challenging for Benedict Cumberbatch, who actually played John Harrison a.k.a. Khan. In a new interview, the actor weighs in with his own thoughts on the Khan ruse, as well as his reaction to Abrams’ recent statement. (Hint: it involves the word “dickhead.”) Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
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One of the biggest movie-related questions coming into 2013 was the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch‘s character in Star Trek Into Darkness. Early on, multiple reports identified the character as Khan, the classic Trek villain best known from Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. However, from top to bottom, director J.J. Abrams, screenwriters Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, as well as the actors themselves, denied this was the case. And, of course, we now know they were all lying in an attempt to preserve the theatrical experience. Cumberbatch was Khan.
Now that several months have passed, and there’s some perspective on how the whole ruse went down, Abrams has had a slight change of heart. He admits it “probably would have been smarter just to say upfront” that Khan was in the movie. Read, and watch, his thoughts below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
Katniss aims her bow squarely at the “real enemy” in the latest The Hunger Games: Catching Fire poster. Also after the jump:
- The first Transformers trailer will hit early next year
- Divergent sequel Allegiant accidentally ships early
- Jude Law says Sherlock Holmes 3 is still happening
- Jeff Goldblum is being all coy about Jurassic World
- Jennifer Tilly discusses her Curse of Chucky cameo
- Alex Kurtzman talks Star Trek Into Darkness
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To promote the release of Star Trek Into Darkness on UK streaming service Blinkbox, illusionist Scott Penrose was hired to create an experience which would “prank” shoppers into thinking they had created a teleportation device as seen in the movie and tv series. The illusion is a fun bit of out-of-box real-world marketing created with magic. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, September 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
Despite a robust Rotten Tomatoes score of 87%, Star Trek Into Darkness found quite a few detractors when it hit screens. Worse, many of them were longtime Star Trek fans who hated it enough to rank it the worst Star Trek movie of all time in a poll at a recent convention.
That negative reaction got Trek lover Joseph Dickerson thinking, and he penned a long essay calling the franchise “broken” and offering ideas on how to fix it. Where things got really interesting, though, was when Star Trek Into Darkness writer Roberto Orci personally got involved in the comments suggestion. Eventually, he served up a suggestion of his own for his critics: “Fuck off!” Hit the jump to read what happened.
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Making a movie is tedious work and, generally, levity on set is appreciated. Enter Simon Pegg. On the set of J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek Into Darkness, Pegg came up with the idea to tell his fellow actors that in certain scenes they had to wear globs of “Neutron Cream” to help with harmful emissions. This, of course, was a huge lie.
Now video has come online, likely from the Blu-ray out September 10, that documents the prank. It includes the reactions of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Karl Urban and even Benedict Cumberbatch. Read More »
With September here, we can put a period on the summer movie season. That means it’s time to go back to May and figure out who won the annual Summer Movie Wager. This year myself, Peter Sciretta and Jeff Cannata – formerly of the Totally Rad Show – picked the ten movies we thought would be kings of the summer box office. And, like most summers, the results were unpredictable and crazy. Who won? Who did the worst? Find out below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, August 29th, 2013 by Angie Han
Theaters are still the way to go for actual movie-watching, but seeing a film on DVD or Blu-ray often has one distinct advantage. At the cinema, the experience ends when the credits roll, but with a good home video release, you can usually extend the fun by several hours with the director’s commentary, the behind-the-scenes featurettes, and the deleted scenes.
That is, unless you’re a Star Trek Into Darkness fan. According to various reports, the upcoming Blu-ray release comes with a paltry 40 minutes of dull featurettes. What really has fans grumbling, though, is that Paramount actually recorded plenty of other features — they’re just split up among retailers as exclusives.
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