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Here's another remarkable biopic from Oliver Stone, who has used all-star casts and intensely pointed filmmaking to trace the lives of such people as JFK, Nixon, Jim Morrison and George W. Bush. And now he turns his attention to whistleblower Edward Snowden. This is an urgent, skilfully made film that manages to avoid preachy politics as it asks the central question: was Snowden a traitor or a patriot?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Ed, a nerdy genius who never went to university but was spotted by CIA trainer Corbin (Rhys Ifans) and brought into the fold. Rising through the ranks, he moves from Virginia to Switzerland, Japan and Hawaii, accompanied by his long-suffering girlfriend Lindsay (Shailene Woodley), who isn't allowed to know what he does for a living. Over the years, his faith in America's government is shaken as he discovers the scale of its data-gathering operation, collecting all telephone and internet information on every person on earth, whether or not they're a suspect. And he believes that the taxpayers have a right to know what their elected officials are doing.
The script tells the story as Ed describes his life to filmmaker Laura Poitras (Melissa Leo) and two Guardian journalists (Zachary Quinto and Tom Wilkinson) while hiding in a Hong Kong hotel, an event recounted in the Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour. Eventually, this element of the story generates some proper action as the CIA tracks him down and gives chase. Stone orchestrates these scenes expertly, generating some real adrenaline without sacrificing the bigger narrative. And Gordon-Levitt is simply remarkable, vanishing into the role so effectively that the final dissolve to the real Snowden is barely perceptible. His chemistry with Woodley is complex and engaging (even with a gratuitous sex scene), creating a terrific central love story to guide the audience through the events.
Continue reading: Snowden Review
Edward Snowden always knew he wanted to serve his country and, as most young men and women who feel the need to serve their country, he enrolled in the United States Army Reserves, training was tough and it took a toll on his body, an accident led to Snowden fracturing both his legs, his plans for the future were thrown into chaos and he had to evaluate a new way to serve - as well as make a living.
Turing to one of his other natural skills, Snowden continued to hone his computer skills and finally applied for a job at the CIA. Working his way up the ranks, Snowden became an intrinsic member of staff and it lead him to be offered a new job at the NSA by their deputy director. His job was to analyse the internet, to find new ways to intercept the one communication from the 'bad guy' amongst all the innocent communications each person sends on a day to day basis but what he discovers is that the NSA have access to far more knowledge and information than he or any other normal citizen would expect.
Though he's never believed in sharing state secrets, now he's privy to this information, Snowden knows he must do something with it and that he might be putting his life on the line in order to bring this enormous data privacy breach to light. Sneaking out files via a micro drive hidden in his rubik's cube, Snowden contacts three journalists Laura Poitras, Ewen MacAskill and Glenn Greenwald with his newly found knowledge and they begin to unfold the information.
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This is where the Star Trek franchise officially shifts from thoughtful drama into thunderous action. Fast & Furious director Justin Lin brings a kinetic energy to this third chapter in the rebooted space saga, leaping between chases and battles to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. Combined with constant witty interaction, the film is massively entertaining, even if the plot ultimately feels a bit thin.
It's been three years since the crew of the Enterprise started their five-year mission, and they're in need of a break. So they head to the nearest spaceport for some down-time, which is soon interrupted when Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and his team (Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Anton Yelchin) are called to travel through a dangerous nebula to rescue a kidnapped crew from a villainous thug called Krall (Idris Elba). On arrival, the Enterprise is overwhelmed by Krall's bee-like military swarm. Stranded on a strange planet, the crew teams up with Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), a feisty survivor of one of Krall's earlier attacks. And as they realise the extent of Krall's evil plan, they're not sure that they can stop him.
Continue reading: Star Trek Beyond Review
When the Starship Enterprise finds itself under forceful attack, the crew on board fight to their best ability but it's not enough. The unstoppable wave of aliens constantly bombarding the ship means that the crew must accept defeat and flee to an unknown planet. Given the crew were deep into a five year mission, their location to the rest of the Federation is unknown and a rescue mission is going to be far from easy.
Continue: Star Trek Beyond Trailer
Yelchin died last month in a car accident at his home in Los Angeles.
Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto paid tribute to his late co-star Anton Yelchin during his appearance on Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' on Friday evening. Yelchin played Pavel Chekov in the sci-fi series and will posthumously appear with Quinto in the upcoming Star Trek: Beyond.
Zachary Quinto has paid tribute to late Star Trek co-star Anton Yelchin.
“I don’t even know how to talk about it,” he told host Stephen Colbert. “We already knew that this would be a really bitter-sweet experience because of the loss of Leonard [Nimoy] last year, but this has been absolutely devastating for all of us.”
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.
Continue reading: Justin Lin Directed 'Star Trek 3' Release Date Revealed - July 8th 2016
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!
Continue reading: Watch Zoe Saldana Attempt To Pole Dance Pregnant In Funny Video
Zachary Quinto will play the lead role in NBC's new series 'The Slap'.
Zachary Quinto and Brian Cox will star opposite Peter Sarsgaard and Mary-Louise Parker in NBC's adaptation of Peter Saggington's controversial book, The Slap. The show is described as a complex family drama that explodes when a man slaps another couple's misbehaving child.
Zachary Quinto will star in 'The Slap'
The show is based on the acclaimed Australian drama series, which in turn is based on Tsiolkas' bestselling book. The show will explore how the incident results in strained relationships and a lawsuit that "challenges the core American values of all who are pulled into it.
Continue reading: Zachary Quinto Joins Peter Sarsgaard In NBC's 'The Slap'
Scroll for a first look at the new Hitman: Agent 47 movie
Adapted from the hugely popular video game, Hitman: Agent 47 has the dangerous task of maneuvering between mediums – something many videogame to movie transitions have failed to do. But hype is big for Aleksander Bach’s is big, especially now two stills have been released.
Rupert Friend stars as Agent 47
The Hitman series follows a genetically-engineered assassin created from the DNA of five of the world's most dangerous criminals. He is known only by the last two digits printed under the iconic barcode on the back of his bald head: 640509-040147.
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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?
'Star Trek Into Darkness' actor Zachary Quinto made a star appearance at the 2013 Cfda Fashion Awards held at Alice Tully Hall in New York City alongside Sports Illustrated model Hilary Rhoda and 'Mad Men' star Linda Cardellini.
The second Star Trek film by J.J Abrams has been received very well indeed
It’s not often the U.K gets its hands on a movie before the U.S, but with Star Trek Into Darkness, that’s exactly what happened. Last night’s U.S Premiere of the film brought along all the stars as America finally got their hands on this long-awaited sci-fi sequel.
J.J. Abrams and his intergalactic cohorts Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Alice Eve, Karl Urban, Peter Weller and John Cho were all in attendance. “It was just great to walk back onto the bridge of the Enterprise and say, ‘Buckle up, here we go again,'" Lindelof told The Hollywood Reporter. “My favorite part about this film was getting to work again with the people that I love and respect and I remained friends with since the first time we all met,” the Star Trek stalwart explained, before lavishing praise on J.J Abrams, who is about to embark on a totally new sci fi adventure with Star Wars. “To get to work with a director like J.J. is very inspiring because you learn so much. It’s almost like a learning curve every single day you come to set.” Saldana, who plays Nyota Uhura in both Star Trek films, explained how "The action does not stop. The suspense challenges you as well. It’s not one of those films that the plot is so easy that you know how it’s going to go."
Continue reading: Star Trek Into Darkness, Goes Into Hollywood – U.S Premiere [Pictures]
As the summer blockbusters role in and with The Cannes Film Festival just around the corner this week is a big one in the world of movies.
The big cinematic event this week was the world premiere in London of Fast & Furious 6, which brought the film's stars out on the red carpet. With the city in the background, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster talked to the cameras about the action series and its surprisingly sustained popularity. Set in Europe and billed as the biggest yet in the franchise, the sixth film opens next week in the UK and the following week in the US. And production on part 7 is already underway.
Also this week, Hugh Jackman participated in a global interview via Twitter to talk about his upcoming action movie The Wolverine, which comes out in July. As fans sent in questions, he replied with details about the film, his gruelling preparation to play the muscle-bound X-man and how much he enjoys playing the "toughest guy in the yard". His answers were caught on video.
By taking us into darkness, does J.J show us the light?
Since J.J Abrams was announced to be the next Star Wars Director, Star Trek fans feared for the worst. He did an excellent job with the first Star Trek film (first modern one), has he managed it again with Into Darkness?
After a key role in the TV series 24, Zachary Quinto was launched into the A-list with his mesmerising turn as the villainous Sylar on Heroes, and his TV career has continued with American Horror Story. Between these series, the politically active actor-filmmaker memorably recreated the iconic role as Spock in J.J. Abram's reimagined 2009 Star Trek movie and went on to win two Independent Spirit Awards for producing and starring in the 2012 financial drama Margin Call. Now he's back as Spock, pushing the character further in the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.
What's the biggest challenge about taking on such a legendary TV and film character?
There's a general challenge for me playing Spock, who is often erroneously assumed to have no emotion. So to cultivate an inner life and to convey actually the fact that there is quite a deep well of emotion in this character is a consistent challenge. But honestly, if you're talking about the biggest challenge of playing Spock, I would say shaving my eyebrows takes the cake!
How did you react when you first landed the role in Star Trek?
Firstly, I reached out to a friend of mine, a good friend from college who has been to no less than 50 Star Trek conventions. And I asked him to compile for me a booklet of information on the history of Vulcan and the life of Spock and the family tree. And we began to enter into a session of tutorials, which lasted only until the time when it was announced that I was going to play Spock, which was maybe another month and a half or two months later. And that's the first time that I met Leonard Nimoy. So I fired my first tutor and went with the second! Leonard Nimoy usurped that position. He has subsequently become someone who's enormously important in my life, both personally and creatively.
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Audi know their advertising. Volkswagen went there with Star Wars, butchering the franchise with their attempt (who hasn’t). And now Audi take their turn to either delight or enrage the geek population with their Star Trek inspired campaign.
The ad is pretty good; it pits Leonard Nimoy against Zachary Quinto (classic Spock v new-age Spock) as they attempt to beat each other at the banalities of domestic life. Rich domestic life, that is, as they finish their chess battle only to see who can arrive at the gold course first. Of course, Quinto’s Audi does the trick, with its ample boot space and space-age sat nav system. Nimoy’s stuffy old (it’s brand new) Mercedes is just no good for DRIVING TO A GOLF COURSE. Sure, it’s ridiculous, but it doesn’t matter; it’s Spock v Spock - Half-Vulcan Half-Human v Half-Vulcan Half-Human. The highly anticipated Star Trek Into The Darkness is due for release on May 17th, and is helmed by J.J Abrams.
Continue reading: It’s Spock V Spock - Leonard Nimoy V Zachary Quinto In Audi Advert
'Heroes' star Zachary Quinto talks about his character Spock's newest adversary in the new film 'Star Trek Into Darkness' in a red carpet interview for CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
New stills released for Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Trek Into Darkness: Movie Poster
Two new stills have been launched from the app for Jj Abrams’ forthcoming Star Trek movie Star Trek Into Darkness and if you like looking at images of handsome men gazing pensively into the middle-distance, whilst wearing matching, smart turtle necks, in a star white, vaguely sci-fi context, then boy, this first photo is really going to get your pulse racing.
As the year winds down, critics are making lists and checking them twice to decide which filmmakers have been naughty or nice. Top 10s are appearing everywhere, along with awards and nominations and even some worst of the year lists. And most film fans are anxiously awaiting the emergence of a front-runner in the Oscar race.
So far the love has been spread around between year-end releases like Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty and Ang Lee's Life of Pi, all of which earned key nominations from the Golden Globes last week and the London Critics' Circle Film Awards this week. Perhaps not quite so awards-worthy is the new Tom Cruise action romp Jack Reacher, which opens on Christmas.
The new teaser trailer for Star Trek Into The Darkness does exactly what it should do: it teases. The film isn't out until the summer of 2013, but these trailers have got sci-fi fans licking their lips at the next instalment of the Star Trek saga.
In a trailer full of action, which we've come to expect from director Jj Abrams, Pike tell Kirk, "There's greatness in you, but not an ounce of humility. But there's going to come a moment when you're wrong about that. And you're going to get yourself, and everyone under your command, killed." The film's synopsis give us our only clues to the plot line, while everything else is garnered from scrutinizing trailers. It reads, "When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.
"With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.
Continue reading: Star Trek Into The Darkness Trailer Entices Us Further
J.J Abrams was breaking all the rules as he defied Paramount Pictures to bring Conan a special preview clip of the new Star Trek film that he has been assembling. E! Online reports that Abrams is currently hard at work on a sequel to the hit 2009 feature length edition of the franchise Star Trek Into Darkness and Trekkies the world over have been desperate to get a preview clip of the new film. Well they got that - sort of.
Abrams decision to bring in a preview despite the reservations of the studio wasn't exactly a big two finger up at Paramount. We got a preview alright - a three frame long preview. "Paramount was really unhappy with me at the idea of bringing anything. I told them I really wanted to do it, and they said, 'It's gotta be really short," Abrams told Conan O'Brien. "I said, 'OK, I can bring one,' and they said, 'It can't be longer than three frames.' It's three frames but it's all there."
The frame apparently showed a young Spock, being played by Zachary Quinto, standing in a volcano with flames all around him. That was it. Better than nothing we suppose, and the pair had a good laugh about it, with O'Brien standing up to give the clip a standing ovation. Hopefully the next preview will be a touch more informative.
When Ally Darling asks her boyfriend to accompany her to her sister's wedding, he refuses, saying it sounds too serious if her parents will be there. While with her friends on a night out, she discovers that if a woman has had over 20 partners, they're 96% more likely to stay single for the rest of their life.
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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.
Continue reading: New Captain Kirk Talks
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