Best Stories Of The Week: Steve Jobs, Star Trek 3, Simon Pegg, Scorch Trials & More

It's that time of the week again. We're certainly looking forward to a nice holiday weekend, and if you were too busy to stay on top of all the news this week, we've got a round-up of all the stories you need to catch up on.

Below you'll find a round-up of trailers for summer movies like Pixels, sequels like The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, and the likely awards contender Steve Jobs. We also have updates on Star Trek 3, a controversial point of view on geek culture from Simon Pegg, more Mad Max: Fury Road goodies and some Tomorrowland exploration as well. So without further adieu, let's check out the best stories of the week.

#21. Children Are Monsters in First Cooties Trailer

The horror comedy arrives on September 8th.

#20. Skyfall Cinematographer to Lens Blade Runner 2

new Blade Runner trailerRoger Deakins is responsible for being the director of photography on gorgeous films like True Grit, The Shawshank Redemption, O Brother Where Art Thou?, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. And while we don't know if the forthcoming sequel Blade Runner 2 will actually be good, we at least know that it will look beautiful, because Deakins has been hired to take care of the cinematography on the project. The film is directed by Denis Villeneuve. Find out more right here.

#19. First Photos from Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer Series

Wet Hot American Summer First Day of Camp

The first official photos from the 8-episode order of the prequel series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day at Camp have arrived. As you can see, everyone from the original 2001 Sundance comedy is back, and there are even more new faces for the summer camp comedy. The series hits Netflix exclusively on July 31st. Check out all the photos over here.

#18. Peter Sciretta's Reacts to Inside Out and Tomorrowland

Inside Out Tomorrowland Review

Our own Peter Sciretta chimed in with his thoughts on Tomorrowland, in theaters this weekend, and Pixar's latest effort, Inside Out. It sounds like Tomorrowland has much to be appreciated, but is executed all that well (though Peter enjoyed it more a second time) and Inside Out is a return to form for Pixar Animation. Read Peter's full thoughts on both Disney movies in our original post.

#17. Take to the Skies in New Trailer for Joe Wright's Pan

The fantasy adventure arrives on October 9th.

#16. Our Top 15 Favorite Theme Park Movies and Scenes


With the theme park influenced Tomorrowland hitting theaters this weekend, we decided to put together a list of our favorite theme park movies and scenes. You'll find scenes from Big and The Sandlot, and movies like Adventureland and The Way Way Back. Which scenes and movies made the top of our list? Find out right here.

#15. Disney Continues the Live-Action Parade with Tinker Bell

Tinker Bell

While plenty of Disney movies are getting live-action remakes, like Mulan and Dumbo, this time the House of Mouse is giving one of their more iconic supporting characters the live-action treatment. Disney is developing a live-action movie focusing on Peter Pan's fairy sidekick Tinker Bell. Bringing her to life will be Wild and Legally Blonde star Reese Witherspoon. Get all the details in our original report here.

#14. Lionsgate Announces Now You See Me 3

Now You See Me The Second Act

The magician heist film Now You See Me already has a sequel slated to arrive in 2016, and now we have confirmation that Lionsgate is working on turning this into a trilogy with Now You See Me 3 already in development. No word on whether it will be called Now You Three Me, but you can get all the details right here.

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#13. World War Z Sequel Set to Arrive in 2017

World War Z

There's been buzz about a sequel to the zombie epidemic thriller World War Z since the original film hit theaters, and now Paramount Pictures has officially set a release date for June 9th, 2017. Find out everything we know about the sequel over here.

#12. The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials First Trailer

The young adult sci-fi sequel arrives on September 18th.

#11. Chris Pratt Has Non-Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Movies?

Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy

For those who have been hoping that the Guardians of the Galaxy would end up meeting The Avengers, we at least know there's a chance that one of the members of the crew might make the transition. Chris Pratt recently revealed that his contract includes some movies that aren't just Guardians of the Galaxy sequels. Get the lowdown over here.

#10. Donkey Kong Terrorizes Adam Sandler in New Pixels Trailer

The action comedy hits theaters on July 24th.

#9. Tomorrowland Interviews: Director Brad Bird and Writer Jeff Jensen on Influences, NASA and Much More

Brad Bird Tomorrowland interview

Once you've seen Tomorrowland this weekend, be sure to check out our interviews with director Brad Bird and writer Jeff Jensen. Topics also covered by Bird include The Incredibles 2, The Iron Giant and the influence of NASA while Jensen talks about Lost and the inspiration of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the Harry Potter franchise. Check out the Brad Bird interview over here, and the Jeff Jensen interview over here.

#8. Simon Pegg Talks Star Trek 3 Script and Childish Geek Culture

Simon Pegg in Star Trek Into DarknessShaun of the Dead and Star Trek franchise star Simon Pegg made headlines a couple times this week. First up, he talked a bit about the developing script for Star Trek 3, and mentioned that Paramount Pictures was a little adverse to the first draft of the script, saying it was too "Star Trek-y" to work for general audiences. However, if you read the full post, you might see that what he's saying isn't entirely a bad thing. Read the full story over here.

In addition, Pegg also offered some thoughts on the status of today's geek culture and how our obsession with nostalgia, superheroes and the like might be "infantilizing" geek culture, thus making it hard for some nerds to be better adults. What he says actually makes perfect sense, and you can read his full quotes here, along with our take on his opinion as well.

#7. George Miller Has a Title for Mad Max: Fury Road Sequel


If you haven't seen Mad Max: Fury Road yet, then stop reading this and go see it right now. And if you haven't seen it twice, then you should probably do the same. For those of us who have already seen it, we're undoubtedly looking forward to a sequel. We don't have any details on what the sequel might follow, but George Miller revealed in an interview that as of now, the sequel would be called Mad Max: The Wasteland. Find out more right here.

Also, if you've been desperate to learn more about the infamous character with the flame-throwing guitar, known as the Doof Warrior, you might be happy to know that he has an entire backstory. However, not everyone is keen to know all these kind of details, and I can't say that I disagree. But one thing I am keen on is this hilariously perfect mash-up of Mad Max: Fury Road and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

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#6. Dwayne Johnson Returning for Fast and Furious 8

Dwayne Johnson in Fast and Furious 8

This is a no-brainer, but Dwayne Johnson has confirmed that he will be back for Fast and Furious 8. The film is already scheduled for release in April of 2017, but that's really all we know about the sequel so far. Johnson also discussed the possibility of a spin-off film focused on his character Hobbs, but to get details on that, you'll have to read the original report.

#5. Phil Lord Talks Animated Spider-Man Movie & The Flash

Spider-Man - The Flash

One half of the directing duo behind The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street opened up about their forthcoming comic book projects at Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures. Phil Lord & Chris Miller are developing a standalone animated Spider-Man movie at Sony while also working on the story for The Flash in the DC Comics universe. However, Lord reveals that both movies will have a style all their own, with little influence from the comic book worlds around them. Even The Flash is said to be much different than what will be happening in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and other DC Comics movies. Find out what Lord had to say about both projects in our original report.

#4. First Images from Warcraft Movie Show Orgrim the Orc

Warcraft Orgrim

The first official images of Orgrim Doomhammer, the lead orc in the big screen adaptation of Warcraft, surfaced earlier this week. He's a motion-capture character, and if these stills are any indicator, he's going to look incredible. See another photo over here.

#3. David Letterman Says Goodbye to The Late Show

David Letterman

Everyone was talking about the last episode of The Late Show with David Letterman this week. Bill Murray popped out of a cake, Norm Macdonald gave a touching tribute and Adam Sandler sang a silly song. And for the final episode, a whole slew of talent showed up to help send off Letterman in style, including one hell of a final Top 10 List. Watch the full episode right here.

#2. The Masculinity and Making of Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max Fury Road - Max and the wives

The Mad Max: Fury Road goodies just keep on coming. While there's much praise for the power of feminism in the film, thanks to the strong female characters like Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), our own Angie Han delivered a thoughtful and insightful look at what the film has to say about masculinity too. It's a must-read piece, and you can check it out right here.

In addition, Russ Fischer also took the time to dive into the making of the film. And once you read this piece, you'll get to see some of the incredible feats, concept art and storyboard that helped make this film and all its glorious action possible. Honestly, it's a miracle that this film even exists, and an even bigger miracle that it actually works. Check out eight awesome facts about the making of Mad Max: Fury Road right here.

#1. No One Sees the World Like Steve Jobs

The biopic arrives this fall on October 9th.

That's all for the Best Stories of the Week for now. Stay tuned to see what happens next week!