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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J.J. Abrams has big plans for Star Wars. Very big plans, reaching beyond a new trilogy of films focusing on the multi-billion-dollar franchise. We’re talking TV shows, spin-offs, online components, theme park rides, you name it. It’s a plan Abrams had several years ago for another property, Star Trek. He wasn’t able to make it work with the Enterprise crew, because the rights to Star Trek are split between Paramount, which controls the movies, and CBS, which controls the TV shows and product licensing.
The Wrap has a fascinating article detailing these issues. The core idea is that CBS’ and Paramount’s differing viewpoints on the franchise might have frustrated Abrams to a point where, when Star Wars became available, he decided to shift his allegiance and master plan over to the dark side at Disney. Read More »
TheMiro59 has created a radio controlled version of Star Trek‘s USS Enterprise. After the jump you can watch footage, from the construction to the starship’s first “space” voyage. I wish Paramount would actually license a product like this.
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Part of the genius in the latest Star Trek films is how the screenwriters were able to reboot a franchise that already had ten movies, but keep the story in the same timeline. They did this, of course, by bringing back Leonard Nimoy through a time-travelling worm hole.
So though most people are referring to this month’s Star Trek Into Darkness as merely a sequel, in a way it’s also a prequel to Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Those original films are the ones talented artist Matt Ferguson has tackled in a gorgeous series of posters. Check them out below. Read More »
Movie fans are well-aware what Bad Robot is: the production company of J.J. Abrams, responsible for a multitude of hit TV shows and movies. Among the TV shows are Fringe, Lost, Alias, Revolution and Person of Interest. The films? Star Trek, Cloverfield, Super 8, Mission: Impossible III and soon, Star Wars Episode VII. The company is a powerhouse of geeky goodness.
This week, Bad Robot adds yet another impressive line to their resume: art show subject. Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles has teamed up with Abrams and crew to host the first ever Bad Robot Art Experience. Featuring art by over 100 artists based on all the above films, shows and more, it’s going to be a can’t miss event for art fans and pop culture fans alike.
The show opens April 26 and remains on display through May 18. After the jump, look at more than forty of the pieces in the show. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
Today’s Sequel Bits is stuffed to the brim with images, quotes, tweets, and more. After the jump:
- Would Bryan Singer ever direct a Star Trek movie?
- Damon Lindelof explains all the secrecy about the villain
- Seth Grahame-Smith gets cracking on Beetlejuice 2
- Steven Seagal‘s out, Jackie Chan‘s in for Expendables 3
- Willow and Roger Rabbit sequels offer non-updates
- Anchorman 2 will feature Champ Kind, restauranteur
- The Happy Madison boys goof off in Grown Ups 2 posters
- Storm Shadow looks especially badass in new G.I. Joe pics
- Kick-Ass 2 reveals six new high-res images and a poster
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J.J. Abrams‘ first Star Trek movie was released in 2009 and it’s taken four years to get its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, into theaters. With the director now moving on to Star Wars Episode VII, many have questioned will happen with the Trek franchise. Producer Bryan Burk has provided a possible answer.
In a new interview, Burk acknowledged 2016 as the 50th anniversary of Star Trek and agreed it seems like a perfect time to release a new movie. Read his exact quote below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
LeVar Burton has some issues with J.J. Abrams‘ attitude toward the Star Trek franchise, and no, it doesn’t have anything to do with that Star Wars gig. Also after the jump:
- Producer Joe Roth talks a bit about Alice in Wonderland 2
- Transformers 4 will be darker and grittier, says Mark Wahlberg
- Benedict Cumberbatch‘s John Harrison is a “warrior” like Nero
- Steve Carell thinks it’s better that Anchorman 2 took so long
- Sofia Vergara literally has a killer bod in the Machete Kills poster
- Kermit gets a doppelganger or two in The Muppets… Again
- G.I. Joe: Retaliation unveils new character-centric featurettes
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We love hearing stories about actors who almost played famous roles. It’s fun to think of Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones, Christopher Walken as Han Solo, or to consider any of the other roles Harrison Ford didn’t end up playing. And now we can add a new one to the list.
In a new interview, Mark Wahlberg revealed J.J. Abrams asked him to play Captain George Kirk, aka James Kirk’s father, in Star Trek. The role eventually went to Chris Hemsworth, well before he was famous for Thor, but the reason Wahlberg didn’t do the film is pretty funny. Check it out below. Read More »