The release of Star Trek Into Darkness is now a little over a week away given this morning’s news that the release date has been bumped up a day, and in anticipation of the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel, Audi has produced a new commercial that features the Spocks of young and old. In the nearly 3-minute spot, Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy challenge each other to a race from one destination to another, but Quinto has the leg up as he’s driving the new Audi S7. It’s a bit of shameless advertising, but the interplay between the two and especially Nimoy’s performance make it well worth watching.
Hit the jump to catch the commercial. Star Trek Into Darkness opens in IMAX 3D on May 15th and in 2D and 3D on May 16th.
All good things must come to an end and so it is with FOX’s spectacular sci-fi series, Fringe, which will conclude its fifth and final season in a two-hour finale on Friday, January 18th starting at 8PM ET/PT. Created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, Fringe was an X-Files for a new generation, as it followed a team of specialized investigators into all things paranormal and supernatural. Though it’s struggled with ratings throughout the years, the show’s smart writing, impressive cast and dark humor have earned Fringe a rabid fan base, one that sadly will not get to see the cast and crew return to Comic-Con any longer.
Starring Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole and Blair Brown, the two-hour series finale of Fringe will also celebrate its 100th episode. Your guess is as good as mine as to what the final episode code word will be. Hit the jump for the full press release.
Not only are Fringe fans thrilled that the show recently received a 13-episode, fifth and final season to wrap things up, but they are equally as excited for the return of actor Leonard Nimoy, as the ever mysterious William Bell, on the Season 4 finale. In “Brave New World Pt. 2,” the Fringe team is pushed to their breaking point as they desperately attempt to prevent a catastrophic event that threatens the lives of everyone.
During this recent interview to promote his return to the sci-fi drama, Leonard Nimoy talked about what enticed him to come back, his desire to explore characters with dimension, how long he’s been keeping his appearance a secret, and that he’d be open to returning again in Season 5. He also talked about his love of comedy, his willingness to take more acting roles if it’s something he’s intrigued by, and that he will not be appearing in the Star Trek sequel. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
If we can trust the Tweet, then Star Trek 2 and Zachary Quinto have officially wrapped. Quinto sent out an image and a brief message over Twitter today that would suggest the follow up to J.J. Abrams‘ 2009 Star Trek has wrapped. After these set photos and video initially leaked earlier this year, we haven’t see a whole lot out of the Starfleet camp (here’s a hat). Quinto stays the course with this Tweet, as far as images go, but it’s good to know the production has wrapped up. Maybe now we can get an official title. The Untitled Star Trek Sequel, starring Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, John Cho, Alice Eve, Peter Weller, Noel Clarke, and Benedict Cumberbatch. , opens May 17th, 2013. Hit the jump to see the image along with a recap of what we know about the sequel.
We’ve got some new images of a few familiar faces from some of your favorite (and soon to be favorite) TV shows. Here they are at a glance:
- Leonard Nimoy is currently shooting a guest spot on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory as the voice of Star Trek’s Spock.
- Jenna-Louise Coleman will join Doctor Who as the doctor’s unnamed companion, replacing Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) when she leaves the series this season.
- The first look at AnnaSophia Robb as a young Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) in the CW’s Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries.
Hit the jump for more on each project and to check out the images.
Classic films are getting remade left and right, but what if it went the other way? What if our original films of recent years were thrown back to an earlier era? Who would star? Who would direct? What would the poster look like? Artist Peter Stults ran with that idea and came up with some wonderfully creative and thoughtful posters based on recent movies. I’m not sure if I see Leonard Nimoy as John McClane, but I can absolutely see James Dean starring in a 1950s version of Drive.
Hit the jump to check out some of the posters.
A Michael Bay movie cannot be measured by the same standards as a normal movie. A Bay movie cares not for compelling characters, narrative cohesion, or realistic emotions. Instead, a Michael Bay movie must be judged on its “Bay-ness”. How gigantic are the special effects? What levels of homophobia, sexism, and racism can the humor reach without being outright offensive? How long can the camera linger over the curves of the sexually-charged lead female character without starting to feel like really expensive porn? Transformers: Dark of the Moon is about as Michael Bay as Michael Bay can get within the confines of a PG-13 movie (his gold standard in the R-rated realm is Bad Boys II). The movie is far more successful in its action sequences and its humor (homophobic, sexist, and racist as it may be) than 2009′s abysmal Return of the Fallen), but lacks the charm of the first film in the franchise. But since “charm” can’t be digitized and bought for millions of dollars, Bay is all about the set pieces and judging by that metric, the final hour of Dark of the Moon is his masterpiece.
With writer-director J.J. Abrams Super 8 opening next week, I was recently able to interview him in London for our partners at Omelete. While Abrams likes to keep his films under wraps while they’re in production, by now you know Super 8 takes place in the summer of 1979 and it’s about a group of friends that discovers something not from this world while making a super 8 film. Mix in that it’s produced by Steven Spielberg, uses his Amblin logo (which should clue you into what kind of movie this is), and you’re got a great coming-of-age story that I think audiences are going to love.
During my interview with Abrams we talked about the secrecy surrounding the film, the fact that a super 8 movie is getting released in IMAX, how involved was he in the ARG/viral stuff, what does it mean to use the Amblin logo, and what are the Easter Eggs that people should look out for. He says “there are a couple of things hidden here and there,” and he also says “Leonard Nimoy is in the movie somewhere if you can find him.”
In addition, I also asked about the Star Trek sequel. With production not yet underway, I wondered if he’d be able to make the summer 2012 release date. He said “we’re working really hard to get that movie made as soon as possible, but we don’t want to rush anything. The worst thing we could possible do would be to put something into production to make a release date instead of a great movie.” Amen. Hit the jump to watch.
The theatrical trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon has landed online. We see some pretty fantastic looking footage on the moon, followed by some really impressive stuff back on Earth. We’re talking full-on invasion this time around. We get our first look at Frances McDormand as well. However, as we all know from the second flick Revenge of the Fallen, simply watching robots fight for 2+ hours does not a good movie make (understatement). This one has to be better than Revenge of the Fallen, right? Hitting 3D theaters on July 1st, Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon stars Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Tyrese Gibson, Patrick Dempsey, and voice work from Hugo Weaving, Peter Cullen, and Leonard Nimoy.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with the first “synopsis” and a new still from the movie. I put “synopsis” in quotations because it’s more of a logline and not a particularly illuminating one at that.
If you’re going to give a voice to Optimus Prime’s predecessor Sentinel Prime, then that voice just can’t have gravitas. It must have geek gravitas. EW reports that Leonard Nimoy will provide the voice for Sentinel Prime, whose wrecked body is seen in the teaser trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Nimoy previously provided the voice of Galvatron in the 1986 animated film The Transformers: The Movie.
EW also has details on Sentinel Prime’s role in the film. Hit the jump for those details. Transformers: Dark of the Moon stars Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, John Malkovich, Tyrese Gibson, Frances McDormand, and Ken Jeong. The film opens in 3D on July 1st.
If anyone has the right to wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy (aside from the P. Diddy), it’s definitely Captain Kirk. YouTube user MissSheenie’s Star Trek (The Original Series) fan-video set to Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” is amazing, complete with Kirk sluttiness, Spock’s awkward tapdancing, Scotty and Chekov being ridiculously adorable, and even Pon Farr. And oh dear God, the slash.
Hit the jump to check out the video.
Friday night in Hollywood, the first ever Hero Complex Film Festival kicked off with a screening of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home followed by a Q&A with star, director and legend Leonard Nimoy. The Voyage Home is simply known as “the one with the whales” for most Trek fans, but certainly holds a special place in their heart. Not being a major Trek fan myself, I enjoyed rewatching the film simply with the question in my head, “If I was a Star Trek fan in 1986, desperate for a new film, what would I have thought if I was presented with THAT?” Long story short, I probably would have been taken back. But today, it stands as a very entertaining, almost screwball environmental comedy.
Saturday, the festival features Insomnia and The Dark Knight with special guest Christopher Nolan and Sunday is Alien and Blade Runner and with Ridley Scott. Check back then for a recap of those Q&A. But for now, hit the jump for the bullet points of the one hour plus Nimoy Q&A.
One of the best geek reporters in the mainstream media today is Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times who writes the blog Hero Complex. Well, tickets just went on sale for his first ever Hero Complex Film Festival taking place June 11-13 at the Mann Chinese 6 in Hollywood, CA.
First up on June 11 is a screening Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home followed by a Q&A with Leonard Nimoy. Then, on Saturday June 12 there will be a double feature of Insomnia and The Dark Knight with a Christopher Nolan Q&A sandwiched in between. Finally, on Sunday June 13, Ridley Scott will do a Q&A between a double feature of Alien and Blade Runner.
Hit the jump to find out how to get tickets and to hear a bit about what the directors will talk about.
After a 60-plus-year career as an actor and director, Leonard Nimoy has decided to retire. In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Nimoy said he’s not only retiring from acting but he also only plans for a few more public appearances, including this weekend’s Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. Nimoy, 79, recently filmed his final episode of Fringe as William Bell and does not plan to return in the 12th Star Trek film, having appeared in the Trek franchise after 12 years away from acting. Nimoy believes he’s leaving Spock in the good hands of Zachary Quinto and is “very flattered the character will continue” in more Trek films in years to come.
Hit the jump for my thoughts on Nimoy’s retirement.
J.J. Abrams was at Monday night’s Fox All-Star Party for the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on behalf of his sophomore television Fringe. But, with so many things on his plate, like the final season of Lost, his new pilot for the NBC spy series Undercovers and the 2012 sequel for Star Trek, Abrams had plenty to talk about and was more than happy to do so.
During an informal chat, the director/writer/producer talked about possible fan reaction to the last season of Lost, how he’d like to set up Fringe with the same type of end-game, his preparation to direct the pilot for Undercovers and how there’s a release date for Star Trek 2, but no finished script yet. Check out what he had to say after the jump: