Anton Yelchin Talks BURYING THE EX, Working with Joe Dante, and the Tone of the Film; Plus His Thoughts on Getting a New Director for STAR TREK 3

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Earlier this week I had the opportunity to visit the set of Joe Dante‘s new film Burying the Ex, a horror comedy about Max (Anton Yelchin), a nice guy who moves in with his girlfriend Evelyn (Ashley Greene) only to find she’s a controlling nightmare.  He’s saved the burden of a nasty breakup when she dies in a freak accident, and soon after meets the girl of his dreams (Alexandra Daddario).  Everything seems hunkydory until Evelyn returns from the grave, crazy as ever and now with added undead super strength!  As a huge fan of Dante’s I was excited to get an early look at what the film has to offer and speak with some of the folks involved.  Though the film is already in production Dante and co have mounted a crowdfunding campaign through FundAnything to help with post-production and distribution.  There are some damn cool rewards on the table including exclusive footage, screening invites, and even lunch with Mr. Dante himself.  You can check out the official page here.

While on set I sat down for an interview with Yelchin.  He talked about what attracted him to the script, working with Joe Dante, learning about the horror genre, and what audiences can expect from Burying the Ex.  He also briefly touched on his feelings about getting a new director for Star Trek 3.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Alice Eve and Stanley Tucci Talk SOME VELVET MORNING, Making a Movie in One Space with Two Actors, 1:30 TRAIN, CATCHING FIRE and More

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WARNING: The only way to experience the full effect of Some Velvet Morning, is to walk into the film knowing nothing at all. You have been warned.

After putting colossal productions like Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on their resumes, Alice Eve and Stanley Tucci opted to do a complete 180 with Neil LaBute’s Some Velvet Morning.  Eve and Tucci are the only two actors in the film, the entire narrative plays out in a single location and in real time, over the course of 83 minutes.  Hit the jump for more.

Joe Cornish No Longer in the Running to Direct STAR TREK 3

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While the next Star Trek sequel continues to move towards a possible 2014 production start-date, it appears that the director search is far from over.  Reports have swirled for months that Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish was the frontrunner to take over as director of the franchise while J.J. Abrams is busy with Star Wars: Episode VII, and Abrams himself acknowledged Cornish’s involvement in a recent interview, noting that he hoped the filmmaker’s next project would be Trek 3.  Well it appears that the pairing is not meant to be, as a new report reveals that Cornish is no longer involved in negotiations pertaining to Star Trek 3.  Hit the jump for more.

STAR TREK 3 News: Screenwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay Join Roberto Orci Sans Alex Kurtzman

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Although we still haven’t heard any official word on whether or not Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) will direct Paramount/Skydance’s Star Trek 3, it appears that a trio of writers have been hired to tackle the script.  Newcomers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will join Roberto Orci for the task.  That last name isn’t new, as Orci and his writing partner Alex Kurtzman have written the last two Star Trek movies (along with Damon Lindelof).  The catch this time is that Kurtzman will, reportedly, not be involved, making Orci the main force behind the script.  Hit the jump for more.

Zoe Saldana Talks OUT OF THE FURNACE, Working with Christian Bale, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, STAR TREK 3, and More

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Opening this weekend is writer/director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) drama Out of the Furnace.  Shot entirely on location in and around Braddock, Pennsylvania, the film stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring.  Out of the Furnace also stars Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe and Forest Whitaker.  For more on the film, watch the trailer or read all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Zoe Saldana.  She talked about how she got involved in the project, what it was like to work with the amazing cast (specifically Bale), how she’s changed as an actor, changes on set, J.J. Abrams not directing Star Trek 3, working with James Gunn on Guardians of the Galaxy, having to do four to five hours of makeup every day, and much more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

J.J. Abrams Says He Regrets Hiding the STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Khan Reveal; Talks Joe Cornish Directing TREK 3

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While this year’s sequel Star Trek Into Darkness was a sizable commercial success and garnered mostly positive reviews from critics, many longtime Trek fans weren’t so keen on director J.J. Abrams’ follow-up.  One of the key criticisms launched at Into Darkness was its heavy riffing on previous Trek film Wrath of Khan, specifically Abrams and Co.’s coyness about the true identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s villainous character.  The team wanted to keep the film’s Big Bad a surprise until opening weekend, and they went to great lengths to conceal the fact that Cumberbatch was indeed playing Khan.

Abrams is currently knee-deep in pre-production on Star Wars: Episode VII, but he recently spoke frankly about Star Trek Into Darkness, admitting that they probably should’ve been honest with fans by confirming that Khan was in the film.  Moreover, he addressed the possibility of Joe Cornish taking the helm of Star Trek 3.  Hit the jump to read on.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Talk THE WORLD’S END, Generations of Arrested Development, the Infamous ANT-MAN Photo, and More

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Last week, I took a trip to London for the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Download release of Edgar Wright’s The World’s End.  While I’ll have a full recap of my trip tomorrow, part of the trip involved sitting down to a nice meal with stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at the St. Stephens Tavern.  Usually, interviews with actors are around ten to twenty minutes, but my fellow movie website writers and I got to spend an hour-and-a-half eating lunch and chatting with the charming actors.  I wish all interviews could go like this since it’s more laid back, the conversation flows more freely, and delicious fish and chips are always a welcome bonus.

Instead of transcribing the entire 90-minute interview, I’ve pulled out some of the highlights, which includes more details about the robots (a.k.a “blanks”), the actors’ past films, the story behind the infamous Ant-Man photo Pegg posted to Twitter, Internet rumors, the culture of arrested development, and much more.  Hit the jump to read the recap.  The World’s End as well as the “Cornetto Trilogy”, which also contains Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, are now available for Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download.

ATTACK THE BLOCK Director Joe Cornish Eyed to Helm STAR TREK 3; Summer 2014 Shoot Planned

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While we certainly haven’t been short on news regarding the very busy schedule J.J. Abrams has in front of him with regards to Star Wars: Episode VII, the filmmaker has also been juggling producing duties on the next installment of Star Trek at the same time.  Abrams’ Episode VII schedule prevents him from directing Star Trek 3, but he’s staying involved with the franchise as the producer of the Into Darkness follow-up, and now it appears that Abrams and his team are zeroing in on who will take over as the director of the Trek franchise.  The exciting contender for the job is Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish.  Hit the jump for more.

Mark Wahlberg and Rupert Wyatt Take a Chance on THE GAMBLER at Paramount; Wyatt Unofficially Endorsed by J.J. Abrams to Direct STAR TREK 3

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Paramount’s remake of Karel Reisz’s 1974 film The Gambler had previously courted director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio.  When Scorsese left, Todd Phillips (The Hangover) was in talks to direct.  Now, it looks as if Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) could be sitting in the captain’s chair while Mark Wahlberg (2 Guns) could land the role originally played by James Caan.  While no offer is officially on the table, the studio is keen to keep Wyatt involved, including the possibility of him helming Star Trek 3 even if The Gambler doesn’t work out.  Hit the jump for more.

Jon M. Chu’s Reps Deny He’s Up for STAR TREK 3; Is Rupert Wyatt the Frontrunner to Direct?

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A rumor surfaced earlier today that Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) is the top candidate to direct Star Trek 3.  It seemed unlikely, because Chu would have to drop out of G.I. Joe 3 to helm the sequel to Star Trek Into Darkness.  Plus, our editor-in-chief Steve Weintraub noted that he’s been “hearing a different name than Jon M. Chu” for Star Trek 3.

Two developments since that posting.  1) Chu’s representatives denied that their client is up for the project.  2) A new report raised the name Steve has been hearing: Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt.  More after the jump.

STAR TREK 3 to be Written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci; J.J. Abrams Negotiating to Produce

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While a new screenwriting team in the form of Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (ThorX-Men: First Class) was recently teased as possibly taking over Paramount’s Star Trek film franchise, it looks like familiar faces Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will once again be returning for Star Trek 3.  The screenwriters are in negotiations to write the newest installment.  Meanwhile, J.J. Abrams is in his own negotiations to produce the film.  Damon Lindelof will not be returning, according to the report; he’s likely busy with his upcoming HBO series, The Leftovers.  Hit the jump for more on this screenwriting news, why it’s great for the studio (and screenwriters themselves, obviously) but not necessarily a win for fans.

Rumor: G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Director Jon M. Chu in the Running to Helm STAR TREK 3

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Despite the Khan debacle, director J.J. Abrams’ sequel Star Trek Into Darkness grossed $450 million worldwide after kicking off the summer movie season earlier this year.  Obviously Paramount is keen on continuing the franchise sooner rather than later, but Abrams will be tied up with this little thing called Star Wars for at least the next two years so it’s unlikely that he will be returning to direct Star Trek 3.  As such, fans have been speculating as to which filmmaker might step in and take control of the Trek series while Abrams remains onboard in a producing capacity.  Now a new report has surfaced claiming that a relatively fresh talent has surfaced as the frontrunner to direct the next Trek film: G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu.  [Update: Chu's reps denied that their client is up for the project.  We believe the frontrunner may be Rupert Wyatt.]

Hit the jump for more, including why Chu actually directing Star Trek 3 is unlikely to happen. 

Gavin Hood and Bob Orci Talk ENDER’S GAME, the Controversy, STAR TREK 3, and the Status of a New STAR TREK TV Show

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Opening on November 1st is Gavin Hood‘s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s award-winning sci-fi novel Ender’s Game.  The film tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young boy sent away to Battle School to hone his military skills and, hopefully, save the world from an impending alien invasion.  The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, Khylin Rhambo, Moises Arias, and Ben Kingsley.  For more on the film, here’s the trailer, our Comic-Con recap, and all our previous coverage.

While at Comic-Con, I sat down with Hood and producer Bob Orci.  We talked about how they decided on the footage they’d show at Comic-Con, the debate and controversy surrounding Card’s homophobic comments, the editing process, the current running time, and more.  In addition, with Orci co-writing and producing the recent Star Trek films, I asked about the current status of a new Star Trek TV show and Star Trek 3.  Hit the jump to watch.

Nick Frost and Simon Pegg Talk THE WORLD’S END, What They Collect, the TINTIN Sequel, STAR TREK 3, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 5, MAN OF STEEL, and More

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While I did a lot of fun interviews at Comic-Con, what you’re about to watch might be my favorite.  That’s because during my ten minute video interview with Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, not only did we discuss their great new movie The World’s End (read Matt’s review here), we geeked out over what they collect, future projects, how we first met nine years ago at Comic-Con (Pegg tells a great story about waiting in line for Carrie Fisher‘s autograph), and a lot more.  Also, since Frost and Pegg have been best friends for so many years and are extremely funny, they have the ability to make every interview feel organic and in the moment, and their answers are always great.

Also, Pegg and Frost revealed they just spoke to Peter Jackson and they might be doing the Tintin sequel next year.  Pegg also says he’s going to be back in Mission Impossible 5 (filming next year), he hopes they’ll be able to make the next Star Trek sequel in time for the 50th Anniversary, and talks about his problems with Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel.  Hit the jump to watch.

STAR TREK 3 Looking to Hire THOR Writers; Is J.J. Abrams Dropping out of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII?

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As long as Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman are attached to write new Star Trek movies, I have no faith in the franchise.  While they’ll likely be on board in some capacity for years to come (sigh), it looks like a new writing duo is coming on board for Star Trek 3.  According to Badass Digest, screenwriters Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (Thor, X-Men: First Class) are close to a done deal on penning the next Star Trek movie.  Miller and Stentz are in the Bad Robot family from their work as writers and producers on Fringe, and their Trek bonafides are marginally boosted by their work on Andromeda, a series based on unused material by the late Gene Roddenberry.

Hit the jump for more including the rumor that J.J. Abrams might drop out of directing Star Wars: Episode VII.

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