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 »

Star Trek Into Darkness - Spock and Kirk (header size)

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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World War Z Star Trek

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 »

STID Klingon header

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 »

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STID Carol / FF6 Letty

It’s more or less impossible to reboot a massively popular franchise for the big screen without drawing the ire of a few fans, but one major criticsm plaguing Star Trek Into Darkness in recent days has nothing to do with J.J. Abrams‘ Klingon redesign or use of parallel timelines. Midway through the film, there’s a brief scene in which the character Carol Marcus (Alice Eve) strips down to her underwear for no apparent reason. Some fans called filmmakers out for being sexist, and so far writer Damon Lindelof has stepped up to offer his apologies.

The minor controversy was fresh in my mind when I went to go see Fast & Furious 6, which, as you’d expect, outdoes Star Trek Into Darkness‘ tiny sliver of cheesecake on every level. All of the female stars of Fast & Furious 6 are conventionally attractive to begin with, and none shy away from wearing form-fitting outfits or showing off a bit of cleavage. Additionally, scantily clad female extras are used in several sequences as little more than set decoration. And yet I walked away from Fast & Furious 6 thinking that director Justin Lin and his crew could teach the Star Trek team a thing or two about portraying female characters on screen.

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Star Trek Into Darkness - Benedict Cumberbatch

By now, you’ve probably heard about the controversy over Star Trek Into Darkness‘ infamous Carol Marcus underwear scene. The moment has attracted enough criticism that writer Damon Lindelof has apologized for it on Twitter. Now director J.J. Abrams has stepped up to offer his own take on the matter.

Disgruntled fans looking for an apology will be disappointed by Abrams’ response; while the filmmaker admits that the scene he didn’t “quite edit the scene in the right way,” he falls short of actually saying he’s sorry. He does, however, attempt to even the score by offering a peek at a deleted scene featuring Benedict Cumberbatch‘s character in the shower. Hit the jump to watch it.

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