Spike Jonze To Guest Star in ‘Girls Season 4’

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Lena Dunham‘s Girls has had its share of notable guest starring roles: Patrick Wilson as Joshua, June Squibb as Grandma Flo, Donald Glover as Sandy, Gaby Hoffman as Caroline Sackler, Chris O’Dowd as Thomas-John, Colin Quinn as Ray’s cranky boss, John Cameron Mitchell as Hannah’s editor and Rita Wilson as a believably uptight mother to Marnie. HBO has already signed quite a few bigger name guest stars for Season 4 of the comedy series. The list so far includes Gillian Jacobs as Mimi-Rose, Jason Ritter as Scott, Zachary Quinto as unannounced and Natasha Lyonne as Rickey. Today we learn that filmmaker Spike Jonze has been added to that list. Learn more about Spike Jonze Girls guest starring role on, after the jump.

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You want more of the kaiju world? You got it. Guillermo del Toro promises we’ll see more of that in Pacific Rim 2, though not necessarily in the way you think. Also after the jump:

  • Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist is getting a sequel
  • Ted 2 has started shooting; see some set photos
  • Sherri Shepherd climbs aboard Ride Along 2
  • Zachary Quinto says Roberto Orci will direct Star Trek 3
  • Chris Pratt is so pumped for you to see Jurassic World
  • Wesley Snipes wants to hunt Twilight vamps in Blade IV

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Hitman Agent 47 Comic Con

Fox brought the new Hitman movie, Hitman: Agent 47, to Comic Con today via an understated panel that featured actors Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware. Rupert Friend, who plays the title character, an assassin introduced in the video game series from Eidos and Square Enix, was unable to attend Comic Con thanks to the shooting schedule for his primary gig, Homeland. Friend offered up a brief intro to the panel via a video message, and the panelists premiered a trailer that showed this new cinematic adaptation of the Hitman games. We can’t yet embed the trailer, but we can give you the panel rundown after the break. Read More »

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J.J. Abrams‘ decision to take the Star Wars Episode VII helming gig seemed to leave Paramount’s Star Trek franchise with a pretty significant gap. Someone has to direct Star Trek 3, after all, and with Abrams off exploring the further adventures of Luke, Han, and Leia, it didn’t seem like he’d have much time left over for Kirk and Spock.

Still, the director’s been reluctant to totally rule out the possibility of returning for Star Trek 3. And if Trek star Zachary Quinto‘s latest comments are be to be believed, that may be because he’s still hoping to fit the movie in sometime next year. Hit the jump to see what Spock said.

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Sequels are a tricky thing. In the best cases, they transcend the original work by adding emotional depth and context, elevating the entire story arc. In the worst cases, they’re a carbon copy of the original with perhaps a bigger “wow” factor. Star Trek Into Darkness, like many sequels, falls into the middle ground. It expands and broadens the scope of the original while duplicating most of the elements that were already in place from the 2009 film.

To follow his first Trek revival, director J.J. Abrams has made a much more visually impressive and exciting action film, and one worthy of the Star Trek franchise. It simply lacks the inspiration that made his first film so special.

After the jump, read the rest of this review and see a video blog with some differing opinions. Read More »

LOL: Audi Pits Spock Against Spock

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Iron Man 3 isn’t the only big Audi commercial you can see right now. Here’s a long spot featuring Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto playing gently fueding versions of themselves in a sales pitch for Audi’s new ride.

Sure, there’s an aspect to this ad that panders right to the Trek fanbase, and some of this spot is just silly. But it also has a few genuinely entertaining moments, as lens flares mar shots of Quinto and Nimoy sings ‘The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins‘ and throws out a little Star Trek II reference. Check it out below. Read More »

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Most of us will never get to visit a J.J. Abrams set. The director is simply too protective about his work to let anyone not directly involved with the production linger as cameras roll. Thankfully, Paramount has released a seven-minute video from the set of Star Trek Into Darkness that puts the viewer right on the bridge of the Enterprise.

The video is a long montage of the film’s production, featuring actors like Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine when they’re not filming, Abrams directing various scenes, all kinds of different camera set ups, and more. It’s a fascinating snapshot of Abrams and the Enterprise crew in action. Read More »

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At movie junkets, the cast and crew of movies sit in a chair all day while hundreds of interviewers rotate in, most asking the same exact questions. The result is that the talent begin repeating the same soundbites over and over again. So much so that it almost becomes a script. Sometimes you go into one of these rooms, asking a different question that no one else has asked, and the tired actor might just try to find a way to work one of the dozen now-scripted soundbites as the answer, never really touching on your question. I always try to ask questions that aren’t asked by other journalists, but I try to stay away from the tv interview set-ups as they create an environment of recycled soundbite with not enough time to delve into any real substance.

But I do enjoy watching the tv interviews from the few journalists that find a way to keep the talent on their feet, and out of the soundbite zone. Daniele Rizzo is a German comedian who we’ve featured on the site in the past, usually working fun sketch interviews in at international film junkets. This time around Rizzo has shown up at the Star Trek Into Darkness junket as “Spocko”  to grill both cast and crew on the details of their missions. He also showed up at the Iron Man 3 junket to ask Robert Downey Jr & Gwyneth Paltrow the important questions in full costume as Italian Iron Man. He may not get any serious answers or scoops, but its fun to watch.

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