Star Trek Beyond Set Visit

Last Summer, I visited the set of Star Trek Beyond in Vancouver, Canada. Find out what I learned on set, including how over 50 new alien species were created for this film in honor of Trek’s 50th anniversary, how director Justin Lin has put an end to JJ Abrams’ “camera hand jobs” (yes, you just read that right) and much much more.

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We know that the next trailer for Star Trek Beyond is set to arrive on May 20 and will be revealed as part of a larger “fan event” that will include a Q&A with the cast and director Justin Lin. After all, it’s Star Trek‘s 50th anniversary – this is the perfect excuse to go big. But since that date is still weeks away and you may very well be thirsty for anything and everything related to the next film in the greatest science fiction series of all time, you can pursue a new batch of photos that have shown up online.

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I today’s Sequel Bits, we take a look at the following stories:

  • Shooting of Trainspotting 2 movie begins
  • Why Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman left the Transformers writing room
  • Zoe Saldana shares a photo from the Star Trek Beyond reshoots
  • And Keanu Reeves give san update on Bill & Ted 3

All this and more, after the jump.

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nina trailer

One of these days, every single musician and singer of note will get a biopic. And in 2016, it’s Nina Simone‘s turn.

The trailer for the long-gestating Nina has arrived and it showcases everything you’ve come to expect from a traditional biopic, including a lead performer buried under latex and acting her butt off. We live in a post-Walk Hard world and every movie like this has to work doubly hard to be taken seriously, but the subject matter on display here looks like it could be fresh enough to overcome the usual biographical pitfalls. Maybe. Hopefully. It depends on how you feel about Simone’s family not liking this film very much.

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Photos

Director James Gunn and the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy are already back at work down in Atlanta, preparing to shoot Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. However, it doesn’t look like shooting has begun just yet, because Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Michael Rooker are still on the rehearsal stage in some photos that Gunn posted to social media. Check out the photos below along with news of a comedian joining the cast of the sequel. Read More »

avatar sequels

Avatar came out six years ago. It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long, but that’s how long it’s been since director James Cameron‘s 3D fantasy film made almost $3 billion dollars. You can’t really dismiss a movie that made that much money as a fluke, but some wonder if the movie just hit at the right time. Is Pandora a world people really want to return to? Are audiences aching to go on three more adventures with Jake Scully (Sam Worthington)? The people who ask those questions are whom Cameron wants to prove wrong in 2017.

After the jump, read the director’s latest comments on the Avatar sequels.

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Female Ocean's Eleven Cast

Just last week, we learned that there was a female Ocean’s Eleven in development with Sandra Bullock taking the lead role akin to George Clooney‘s Danny Ocean. There are even rumblings that the story might actually take place in the same universe as the original heist trilogy from Steven Soderbergh, with Clooney potentially making a cameo as Ocean. But the big question is, who will surround Bullock as the rest of the heist crew?

We decided to put together a prospective cast who would be perfect to team up with Sandra Bullock for some kind of heist. Obviously the characters won’t be exactly the same as they are in Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven, but since we’re just having fun assembling a dream cast, we’ve stuck to the characters pretty closely to put this list together for the female Ocean’s Eleven cast. Read More »

Zoe Saldana Joining I Kill Giants

Right now Zoe Saldana is the star of three successful film franchises. She plays Uhura in the rebooted Star Trek film series, Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy and Neytiri in Avatar, all with upcoming sequels in the next few years. So her casting in an upcoming graphic novel adaptation should be a welcome addition.

A new report has Zoe Saldana joining I Kill Giants, an adaptation of Joe Kelly‘s graphic novel of the same name that is being produced by Chris Columbus, the director who kicked off the Harry Potter franchise with the first two films. Read More »

Ben Affleck directing Live by Night

Following the Best Picture winning true drama Argo, the film’s star and director Ben Affleck lined up an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Prohibition-set crime drama Live by Night, and originally planned to shoot in the fall of 2013. However, his new gig as Batman for Warner Bros. Pictures (not to mention directing a solo Batman film for 2018) kept him from getting the project off the ground immediately and the project was pushed back to 2016.

Thankfully, it sounds like the project is finally happening as Warner Bros. has given the film a greenlight to finally begin production this fall, assuming nothing else ends up changing the plan again. Find out more about Ben Affleck directing Live by Night after the jump. Read More »