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Idris Elba plays Krall in the new film 'Star Trek Beyond'.
The Star Trek franchise is celebrating its 50th birthday this year with the movie Star Trek Beyond, the third in J.J. Abrams' rebooted saga. One of the new cast members this time around is Idris Elba, who plays the enigmatic villain Krall.
Chris Pine also stars in Star Trek Beyond
Elba remembers watching the original 1966 TV series with his parents while growing up. "It was great to see a great diverse cast on TV, even before we knew what that was," he says. "But it was very interesting to hear a Scotsman, a black woman, an Asian all in one TV show, flying around space. That was pretty out there."
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Chris Hemsworth's character George Kirk is set to come back to life in the fourth 'Star Trek' film.
The 32-year-old actor is to reprise his role as George Kirk, the father that Captain James T. Kirk [played by Chris Pine] never knew, in the forthcoming blockbuster, despite being killed off in the first 'Star Trek' movie seven years ago.
Access Hollywood's Scott Mantz tweeted: ''BREAKING!! #JJAbrams confirms to me that a 4th #StarTrek movie will bring together #ChrisPine & #ChrisHemsworth!! (sic)''
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Pegg said he and George Takei hadn't fallen out over the decision to portray Sulu as a gay character in 'Star Trek Beyond'.
Star Trek script-writer Simon Pegg has defended the decision to portray the character of Hikaru Sulu as openly gay, and has insisted that he and George Takei – the actor who originally played Sulu – haven’t fallen out over the matter.
Speaking at the red carpet premiere in London of Star Trek Beyond on Tuesday (July 12th), Pegg addressed the matter which was revealed at the end of last week, where Takei, himself openly gay and a fervent LGBT rights campaigner, expressed disapproval at the decision to make Sulu, played by John Cho, an openly gay character, insisting that the film’s creators should have written in a new original character.
Simon Pegg at the premiere of 'Star Trek Beyond' in London
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'Star Trek Beyond', out on July 22nd, will see John Cho's character Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu portrayed as an openly gay man.
One of Star Trek’s best-known characters, Hikaru Sulu, will be depicted as gay in the forthcoming blockbuster Star Trek Beyond.
American actor John Cho, who is reprising his role as the third officer and senior helmsman aboard the Enterprise for the second time having appeared in 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, will this time be playing Sulu as an openly gay character with a same sex partner.
Speaking to the Herald Sun, the 44 year old South Korean-born actor said that the portrayal was intended as a tribute to Takei, who is himself openly gay.
Trekkies around the world rejoice! Star Trek Beyond will be upon us next year. The USS Enterprise crew are once again put in a perilous situation when the Enterprise is left beyond repair. The crew of one of the most famous spaceships in the universe are brought face to face with a breed of deadly alien who are committed to destroy the peace loving United Federation of Planets.
Stuck on an unfamiliar planet the crew are constantly under attack from their new enemy. They must formulate a plan to save themselves and their friends from destruction.
Star Trek Beyond is the third film from the recent Star Trek revival and was directed by Justin Lin. As well as starring in the film as Scotty, Simon Pegg also acted as one of the lead writers on the movie.
'Star Trek 3' will be released on July 8th 2016, 50 years after the first 'Star Trek' episode aired on television.
Paramount Pictures has issued a release date for Star Trek 3 and we only have eighteen more months to wait!
Justin Lin is set to direct the third in the Star Trek franchise reboot.
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Zoe Saldana shared an adorable video on Instagram with her husband, showing the pair's attempt at pole dancing whilst at an airport. The 36-year-old shared the footage on Friday (19th September).
Zoe Saldana evidently finds spending time at airports as boring as the rest of us, but the Star Trek actress still manages to have fun! Saldana shared a short video on Instagram of her attempt to pole dance using a pole which appeared to be on a train.
Zoe Saldana is expecting twins!
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Roberto Orci is to helm 'Star Trek 3'
Roberto Orci, the Hollywood screenwriter best known for writing the first two Star Trek reboot movies, has been promoted to the director's chair for Star Trek 3. J.J Abrams helmed the first two instalments of the rebooted sci-fi franchise but is currently preoccupied with the small matter of Star Wars: Episode VII.
Roberto Orci Will Direct 'Star Trek 3'
Orci's name has been doing the rounds for several weeks now, and the Hollywood Reporter confirm he now has an offer from Paramount and Skydance.
Continue reading: Roberto Orci To Direct 'Star Trek 3' - But, Uh, Who Is He?
He's on to produce, but Wyatt would be a great choice to direct, he says
With J.J Abrams off gallivanting around the universe of Sci-fi-ice-skating – that’s what we like to call ‘directing dangerously popular films’ – there opens up a spot for the next Star Trek movie, which, considering the popularity of Abrams’ first two, will exist.
Jj Abrams waved goodbye to the director's seat for the Star Trek franchise
Up steps Rupert Wyatt, the Planet of the Apes director who has received a priceless endorsement from Mr Abrams. "He's incredibly talented and we'd be lucky to have someone as talented as Rupert. But there are things we're focusing on right now before the director, which is just sort of the fundamentals of where the story is gonna go,” said the director, who is set to produce on the third Trekkie adventure (HitFix)
Continue reading: Rupert Wyatt Gets The Abrams Stamp Of Approval For 'Star Trek 3'
Reviews aren't entirely positive, but most give a glowing reception of the film
Star Trek Into Darkness took the UK box office by storm this weekend, and judging by the majority of reviews for the film it's easy to see why. Holding a firm 87% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 89% audience rating, the film looks on course to be a great success and is likely to spawn future Trek films too.
Whilst some comment that the film lacks the originality and freshness of it's predecessor, given that it is a sequel this dilema was always likely to occur. But many have found faults in the film besides this, with a number of reviewers harshly criticising the film for varying reasons. The New York Times' A.O. Scott is particularly critical of the style over substance nature of the film, noting that the film "sacrificed a lot of its idiosyncrasy and, worse, the large-spirited humanism that sustained [the series]."
Elsewhere, Liam Lacey of the Globe and Mail was equally critical of the bombastic nature of the film, rather harshly saying that a full viewing of the film is akin to "surviving a long beating."
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Glut of terrible assessments for bug-ridden game
Oh dear. There was much anticipation among gaming circles for the new Star Trek game, which tied in handily with the equally anticipated film Star Trek Into Darkness. But Star Trek The Game has taken a savage mauling from the critics, with all manner of things being criticised.
Not convinced? Check out this admonishment from the Daily Telegraph: “Several occasions while playing Star Trek, I was ready to call it a write-off, whether it’s the bugs, the terrible signposting or the fact it’s just plain dull. But then the game surprises with a section that’s not half-bad...And it is so infuriating. Not because Star Trek is ever hard, but because it could have been good. And it’s not.” Ouch!
How about this from Official X-Box Magazine? “The unkindest cut of all is that you only rarely get to actually command the Enterprise, and when you do, the implementation would disgrace the average Call of Duty turret sequence.” Edge Magazine weren’t complimentary either, writing “Star Trek has more bugs crawling on it than a Fear Factor contestant. Sometimes the results are amusing, as in the turbolift example, but frequently they just make life a drag.” It sounds like a damp squib indeed for Namco and Paramount. The latter will be hoping their Benedict Cumberbatch starring movie fares better.
Continue reading: Star Trek Game Takes Panning In Reviews
Star Trek Into The Darkness draws huge crowds at the premiere, Pedro Almodovar returns to his roots with I'm So Excited & Vin Diesel and Paul Walker reprise their roles in Fast & Furious 6.
The big event this week was the world premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness in London, attended by the entire cast, director J.J. Abrams, the writers, producers and any celebrity in shouting distance of Leicester Square. The film is gaining buzz among critics who have already seen it in advance of its UK release next week. It opens in America on May 17th.
This week's big release in America is Iron Man 3, which has already made more than $300 million worldwide. In the UK, there's an eclectic mix of new releases in cinemas, from the dark action of Dead Man Down, starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace, to the wacky comical antics of Pedro Almodovar's I'm So Excited, which features cameos from his regulars Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz.
As the stars of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' arrive at the premiere, they seem to show nothing but excitement about this new sequel. Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Benedict Cumberbatch, Karl Urban and director J.J. Abrams are all quizzed on the new movie as they make their way along the red carpet.
Against a backdrop of an almighty action sequence from the new 'Star Trek' movie 'Star Trek: Into The Darkness', director Jj Abrams and stars Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana talk about how much the action and scale of the movie has developed from the 2009 movie.
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Piece of sci-fi memorabilia achieves a sky-high price
A prop gun, made for Star Trek's Captain Kirk to use during a pilot episode of Star Trek has sold at auction for $231,000 (£151,000). It was estimated to sell for about $50,000, but achieved more than four times that including commission.
The gun was made for Captain Kirk, played by William Shatner in the legendary Sci-fi series. Built from wood and finished with blue metallic paint, it was commissioned by Reuben Klamer at the request of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Many gun props were used in the duration of Star Trek, but considering the design changed to the more familiar pistol phaser, this rifle design has become very rare, hence the lofty sale price. It was sold in its original, custom-made case and was accompanied by a signed letter from Mr Roddenberry to Mr Klamer, dated March 16, 1966. Anyone else think that The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper bought this piece of geek memorabilia?
Trekkies breaking world records
Continue reading: Star Trek 'Phaser' Stuns With $231,000 Auction Sale
The Enterprise crew find themselves in more danger than they ever cared to imagine when London is ravaged by a brutal enemy with only vengeance on his mind. Captain Kirk must take his crew on a deadly mission to restore hope for their planet with every possibility that they could be wiped out in moments by the formidable John Harrison, but it's not just their lives at stake. Friendships and relationships are put to the test and the harder they try and stick together, the further they push themselves apart.
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Game out shortly before JJ Abrams Star Trek Into Darkness
Something else for all you Star Trek fans to get excited about: the new Star Trek game! Brian Miller of Paramount Pictures and the producer of Star Trek: The Video Game spoke to Forbes about the new game and revealed that you would be able to fly the star ship enterprise in the game play.
“We took a nod from the classic Arena episode [of the original Star Trek series] with the Gorn” he explained. “The Gorn attacked an outpost and then started to flee, and Kirk chased them down to try to blow them out of the sky. In our game the Gorn steal a device … and you get to man the Enterprise and actually play as the ship.” Explaining it further, he said “it’s really done in a co-op way. So, if you play as one character you get to shoot the guns, while the other character mans the torpedoes. There is some great narrative we build in to show how vicious our are. It is not just ‘let’s just shoot some ships out of the sky’. They do some things that really change up that game play. You also get to … but you get to manually fly a torpedo from a third-person perspective into a Gorn ship through a massive debris field.”
Sounds pretty exciting to us. The game is being released in May, shortly before director JJ Abrams new Star Trek film Star Trek Into Darkness.
With word only just out on who Benedict Cumberbatch is going to be playing in the new Star Trek film Into Darkness, its indicative that the producers have been keeping things to themselves right up until the film's release in May 2013. However, whilst they're keeping largely schtum, they have released a new extended trailer for the movie that offers a slightly more in depth insight into the sort of environment we can expect to find the Enterprise team finding themselves enveloped in.
Captain Kirk and his formidable Enterprise crew are back and this time danger is closer than they think. On returning to their home planet, they discover that a ruthless force integrated among them has caused massive destruction among the Starfleet and left their planet in total disaster. Kirk and the crew must band together for a life threatening mission that could destroy them all as they set out in a war against this terrible threat. But this time, lives are not the only thing at stake; friendships will be tested, hearts will be broken and Kirk must make sacrifices against his Enterprise family in order to finally settle the score with an old foe.
'Star Trek Into Darkness' becomes the twelfth 'Star Trek' movie since the sci-fi series released the first one, entitled 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture', in 1979. It serves as the sequel to the simply named 2009 film 'Star Trek' and has been directed by the same person J.J. Abrams ('Super 8') with writing credits from Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman ('The Legend of Zorro', 'Transformers', 'Cowboys & Aliens') and Damon Lindelof ('Prometheus'). It will finally hit screens after much anticipation on May 17th 2013 in the UK.
Starring: Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Alice Eve, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Peter Weller, John Cho, Nazneen Contractor, Bruce Greenwood, Heather Langenkamp, Nolan North,
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Whilst it may be something of a novelty in America, last night saw the first ever Klingon Wedding to take place in the British Isles, as Star Trek fans came from across the Universe to meet up at the London Star Trek Convention and watch as the lovelorn couple said their vows.
Josefin Sockertopp, 23, Sonnie Gustavsson, 29, travelled from their native Sweden to London so that they could come together in one of the more unconventional ways possible, although the two seem to have enjoyed the unique ceremony nonetheless.
Groom Gustavsson said after the ceremony, which is done entirely in the Klingon language developed for the show: "I've been a fan of Star Trek since I was little. The Klingons are strong characters and they bond together. The ceremony was really fun."
Continue reading: Swedish Trekkies Tie The Knot During UK's First Ever Klingon Wedding
Chris Pine, the actor set to play Captain Kirk in the upcoming Star Trek film, has talked of the pressures of taking on the iconic role.
Smokin' Aces star Pine is to step into the shoes of William Shatner in the JJ Abrams picture which tells of the adventures of the Starship Enterprise during their time at Star Fleet academy.
Though he confirmed he would reveal "not a thing" during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 27-year-old did let slip some small details about the movie, set for a Boxing Day release.
"I think the biggest mistake I could ever do would be to try to recreate what Mr Shatner did," he explained. "There are certain qualities that Kirk has that are vital for someone who is a leader of men.
"And those qualities, I definitely wanted to take from what Mr Shatner did in the original series. But my job is to take something new, to Take That and build upon it, really do my own thing. I just feel no pressure when it comes to that."
The young actor admitted he can understand the fears of hardcore fans but attempt to allay some of their concerns.
"I don't have that many credits and people are very worried that their Kirk is going to be destroyed. But I can only say that we're having a great time. JJ has been wonderful and the cast is phenomenal. I think what we're doing is very special."
Pine said he had not met Shatner, but added: "I've met Mr Nimoy a couple of times. He's been on set and we have a couple of scenes in the film, which will be nice, and I'm excited for those."
Though Heroes star Zachary Quinto is to play the young Vulcan, Pine's comments could imply that time travel is featured in the movie or that flashbacks will be used.
After a call for 'odd-looking' extras, much of the movie's major casting has been completed.
British comedy favourite Simon Pegg will play the young Scotty, Lord Of The Rings actor Karl Urban stars as Leonard 'Bones' McCoy and comic actor John Cho plays Mr Sulu.
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Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Tom Hardy and the rest of the crew were in attendance for the evenings entertainment, and then went on to the Star Trek Adventure show in Hyde Park for the aftershow party.
STUART BAIRD (Director) first made his mark in the motion picture industry as one of the top editors in the business with his first editing credit being the rock opera Tommy, directed by Ken Russell. He followed that with the first of many collaborations with director Richard Donner, editing such films as Lethal Weapon, The Omen, Maverick and Superman, for which he garnered an Academy Award nomination. He later received a nomination for his editing work on Gorillas in the Mist" which received a second Oscar , directed by Michael Apted. Bairds other editing credits include Valentino, Outland, Superman II, Lethal Weapon 2, The Last Boy Scout, Demolition Man and many others.
Baird made the transition from editing room to directors chair with the 1996 action thriller Executive Decision, starring Kurt Russell and Steven Seagal. He followed that with U.S. Marshals, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Wesley Snipes.
BRENT SPINER (Lieutenant Commander Data/Story) has portrayed the android Data for all seven seasons of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as in the subsequent Star Trek feature films. For his work in Star Trek: First Contact, Spiner earned a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Science Fiction or Fantasy Film. His additional film credits include Independence Day, Phenomenon and Out to Sea opposite Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. He most recently starred with Dana Carvey in Master of Disguise and made a brief cameo in the critically acclaimed I Am Sam, starring Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer.
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