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JJ Abrams on Star Trek Into Darkness

It’s easy to overlook what an achievement JJ Abrams’ Star Trek reboot was, given the fact that the cinematic Trek franchise had pretty much died a death with Star Trek: Nemesis.  Not only did Abrams’ film successfully provide backstories to well known characters and set up a universe for them to exist in alongside the existing films, but the movie was also one of the best blockbusters of recent years. Not for nothing is Star Trek Into Darkness one of the most eagerly awaited movies of the coming summer.



JJ Abrams has recently been chatting about the last film and the next one. In specific relation to the Klingons, who were cut out of 2009’s Star Trek, he said that “their role in this is definitely that of advisory and you’ll see how that plays out.”



He also went on to discuss Alice Eve’s character in Star Trek Into Darkness, Carol Marcus. “(Kirk) meets her fairly early on and again she plays a science officer, she’s someone who is a part of the adventure”, Abrams told MTV. “I think Chris [Pine] is right, because it’s very much an action adventure movie and once that gets going it’s a very difficult thing to park the story. So it’s very difficult to do a romantic interlude. Her role is important, she wouldn’t be in the movie otherwise.”

JJ Abrams on Star Trek Into Darkness

It’s easy to overlook what an achievement JJ Abrams’ Star Trek reboot was, given the fact that the cinematic Trek franchise had pretty much died a death with Star Trek: Nemesis. Not only did Abrams’ film successfully provide backstories to well known characters and set up a universe for them to exist in alongside the existing films, but the movie was also one of the best blockbusters of recent years. Not for nothing is Star Trek Into Darkness one of the most eagerly awaited movies of the coming summer.

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Jurassic Park 4 release date announced

When Universal suggested that it wanted to have a fourth Jurassic Park movie in cinemas by 2014, there was always part of my brain that didn’t quite believe it. After all, talks of Jurassic Park 4 have been swirling for well over a decade, with precious little to show for it all. And when some abandoned concept art emerged from the production last year, showing some downright bizarre mutant dinosaur-dog combinations, I was somewhat relieved that those ideas had fallen by the wayside.

Since then, we’ve learned that Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes fame) have been hard at work on the script, and the word is that the latest draft is complete. And here’s the exciting bit: Universal has set Jurassic Park’s release date for 13th June 2014 - in 3D, naturally.

This, of course, is good news. What’s somewhat perplexing is that, with a year-and-a-bit until release and the film still in pre-production, the movie doesn’t even have a director yet. Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg are producing, but who’ll actually shout through the megaphone hasn’t been decided.

It’s possible that Jurassic Park III’s Joe Johnston could return to direct again. Or with Robopocalypse now delayed, maybe Spielberg will think about taking over instead. Whoever takes over, they’ll no doubt be moving quickly to get this effects-heavy movie filmed and in post-production.

Jurassic Park 4 release date announced

When Universal suggested that it wanted to have a fourth Jurassic Park movie in cinemas by 2014, there was always part of my brain that didn’t quite believe it. After all, talks of Jurassic Park 4 have been swirling for well over a decade, with precious little to show for it all. And when some abandoned concept art emerged from the production last year, showing some downright bizarre mutant dinosaur-dog combinations, I was somewhat relieved that those ideas had fallen by the wayside.

Since then, we’ve learned that Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes fame) have been hard at work on the script, and the word is that the latest draft is complete. And here’s the exciting bit: Universal has set Jurassic Park’s release date for 13th June 2014 - in 3D, naturally.

This, of course, is good news. What’s somewhat perplexing is that, with a year-and-a-bit until release and the film still in pre-production, the movie doesn’t even have a director yet. Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg are producing, but who’ll actually shout through the megaphone hasn’t been decided.

It’s possible that Jurassic Park III’s Joe Johnston could return to direct again. Or with Robopocalypse now delayed, maybe Spielberg will think about taking over instead. Whoever takes over, they’ll no doubt be moving quickly to get this effects-heavy movie filmed and in post-production.

First Look At THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hasn’t come out yet, but that hasn’t stopped Warner Bros from releasing a picture from the next film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (they also released a pic from The Hobbit: There And Back Again, but it’s just a shot of Legolas and Bard the Bowman bro’ing out). This Hobbit 2 picture is interesting because it tells us that we’re gonna see the dragon in the next one.

You don’t really get a look at the dragon in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Smaug is a shape in clouds of steam, and we see his tail and his fire, and at the very end his eye, but otherwise he’s out of the film - like Gollum in The Fellowship of the Ring. The picture above tells us that Bilbo will get into Lonely Mountain before the end of the movie, and he’ll certainly meet the dragon, played by Benedict Cumberbatch (who doesn’t speak in An Unexpected Journey).


  Everyone can suspect there’s a rather large battle in film three.


What then? I mean, if the whole thing is about getting the mountain back from the dragon and they meet the dragon in the second film, how will there be three more hours of this stuff?

“The dragon is a huge, wonderful, amazing part of the story, but it doesn’t end there,” says screenwriter and producer Philippa Boyens. “Everyone can suspect there’s a rather large battle in film three.”

She’s talking about the Battle of the Five Armies, a war waged over the gold inside Lonely Mountain after the dragon is dispatched. It’s considered, by the kinds of nerds who consider these things, an outlying skirmish of the War of the Ring.

A whole movie about the battle? With about thirty minutes of epilogue, I wager. Still, there has to be some other element Jackson and company is saving for the third film. Will the Necromancer end up having a large part to play?

First Look At THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hasn’t come out yet, but that hasn’t stopped Warner Bros from releasing a picture from the next film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (they also released a pic from The Hobbit: There And Back Again, but it’s just a shot of Legolas and Bard the Bowman bro’ing out). This Hobbit 2 picture is interesting because it tells us that we’re gonna see the dragon in the next one.

You don’t really get a look at the dragon in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Smaug is a shape in clouds of steam, and we see his tail and his fire, and at the very end his eye, but otherwise he’s out of the film - like Gollum in The Fellowship of the Ring. The picture above tells us that Bilbo will get into Lonely Mountain before the end of the movie, and he’ll certainly meet the dragon, played by Benedict Cumberbatch (who doesn’t speak in An Unexpected Journey).

Everyone can suspect there’s a rather large battle in film three.

What then? I mean, if the whole thing is about getting the mountain back from the dragon and they meet the dragon in the second film, how will there be three more hours of this stuff?

“The dragon is a huge, wonderful, amazing part of the story, but it doesn’t end there,” says screenwriter and producer Philippa Boyens. “Everyone can suspect there’s a rather large battle in film three.”

She’s talking about the Battle of the Five Armies, a war waged over the gold inside Lonely Mountain after the dragon is dispatched. It’s considered, by the kinds of nerds who consider these things, an outlying skirmish of the War of the Ring.

A whole movie about the battle? With about thirty minutes of epilogue, I wager. Still, there has to be some other element Jackson and company is saving for the third film. Will the Necromancer end up having a large part to play?

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