JJ Abrams Star Trek Premiere

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 »


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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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Star Trek Into Darkness - Benedict Cumberbatch

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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Star Trek Into Darkness, Simon Pegg

Making a movie is tedious work and, generally, levity on set is appreciated. Enter Simon Pegg. On the set of J.J. AbramsStar 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 »

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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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Fans waiting to see either World War Z or Star Trek Into Darkness before the summer movie season ends are about to get another chance. Hoping to fill a pretty big hole in the release schedule on the summer’s final weekend, Paramount is presenting a double feature of their two summer hits for the price of one ticket. The run starts Friday August 26 and ends Thursday September 5. Read More »

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Memories seem to get shorter during the summer movie season. Even if we’ve been following a blockbuster for years, the instant it opens, we’re on to the next one. Who cares about Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, or Fast and Furious 6, when Man of Steel is coming, right? But once that’s out, it’ll be on to Pacific Rim and then The Wolverine, extending through to the release of Star Wars Episode IX, Star Trek 5 and Spider-Man vs. The Avengers.

On that note, it’s good to step back and dig into these blockbusters after we’ve had our way with them. Take Star Trek Into Darkness, for example. The J.J. Abrams-directed sequel is still in theaters. Whether you love it, hate it, or or are somewhere in the middle, it’s a towering technical achievement. There are IMAX 3D scenes, massive digital effects and the re-introduction of the most famous Trek villains of all: The Klingons, sure to appear in a third film.

After the jump, check out some concept art detailing the look of the Klingons in the film as well as some designs of the spacesuits. Read More »

Star Trek Into Darkness - Benedict Cumberbatch

Some of Red Letter Media‘s movie breakdowns and reviews featuring the Mr. Plinkett character are more self-indulgent than others, with drunk/gross jokes getting in the way of the movie talk. Maybe that’s par for the course when talking about some of the films being discussed, as they can be pretty self-indulgent as well.

Case in point is Star Trek Into Darkness, which Red Letter Media takes to task in a new video. The subject is not the film’s general plotting and storytelling, but its specific reliance on ideas featured in previous Star Trek stories. It’s no shock that the film’s “secret” villain gets a lot of time here, but Into Darkness borrows lot more from previous Trek tales than some viewers realize.

Granted, with a narrative series as long-running as Trek there’s bound to be some overlap between elements. But for those who haven’t memorized the nuts and bolts of all the previous movies and TV episodes, there will be a few eye-opening mentions in the video below. There’s healthy dose of Plinkett nonsense here, much of it not safe for work, but you’ll also find a detailed rundown of the many Trek ideas that get a “second life” in this year’s film. Read More »