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Zachary Quinto Drops Hints of ‘Star Trek 3’ Shooting in 2014

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Actor Zachary Quinto had good news for Trekkie fans last week during a public interview at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh in Ireland suggesting that the next Star Trek movie would start shooting as soon as 2014. With Into Darkness having already grossed a whopping $444 million worldwide, it looks like Paramount want to keep the buzz going by chasing up with another sequel as soon as humanly possible.

Quinto, attending the festival for a premiere screening of the J.C. Chandor film All is Lost, which he exec-produced, appeared before the press stating the following:

Star Trek 3 should be filming, I suppose, next year. It’s going to be made a lot quicker than the last one. That’s the plan, although nothing is confirmed yet.”

According to Coming Soon the actor also confirmed Abrams’ interest in staying on as director:

“He [Zachary Quinto] revealed that Paramount have told the Star Trek cast that they’re planning to shoot ST3 in 2014, and that J.J. still wants to direct!”

We hope the news of Abrams keeping the Star Trek director’s chair warm comes to fruition but he’ll have to be a good juggler, particularly as Star Wars Episode VII is set to start filming early next year in the UK. Although Quinto showed no interest in collaborating with Abrams in the next Star Wars film did confess his desire to put in a cameo appearance on The Big Bang Theory where fans of the show caught a cameo of the original Spock, Leonard Nimoy in March last year.

Should Abrams have to pull out due to scheduling clashes who would make a worthy successor? Should the producers take a leaf out of the Bond 24 book and wait for schedules to work?

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Sharlto Copley to Star in POV-Actioner ‘Hardcore’


Russian filmmaker Ilya Naishuller has made quite a name for himself of late thanks to his two action-heavy POV shorts that went viral on video sharing sites. Said shorts were both music videos for a band called Biting Elbows, of which Naishuller is a member and can be seen below this article.

His trademark style will now be coming to a big screen near you in the form of an original action story written and directed by Naishuller in the same POV style. The film goes by the name of Hardcore – rather fitting for a POV movie – and already has rapidly rising star Sharlto Copley attached to star. Director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) jumped on board to produce after he stumbled upon Naishuller’s second video Bad Motherfucker.

Whilst no plot specifics have been revealed the film will be filmed in Russia with Naishuller describing his film as follows:

“It’s a fine balance between action and story, and allows Sharlto –of whom I’ve been a big fan since District 9– to really go nuts. I don’t want to spoil anything, but his performance of the Jimmy character is sure to be very entertaining.”

Regarding his unique POV style used in his previous videos, the filmmaker went on to confirm the same look and feel for the feature length film:

“It’s 100 percent shot POV. Not a single other shot in the entire film. As pompous as this sounds, the reason why we’re making this movie is because we want to see a great POV movie in the theatre, and there is no one in the world right now who can make this kind of movie better than us.”

Although already having a fine resume, it looks like Copley is on the verge of massivedom as we’ll also be catching him in Elysium and Oldboy in the near future. The only question now is whether or not we’ll actually get to see him in the film given it’s POV style. We’re guessing there’ll be plenty of mirrors on set.

We’ll leave you with the aforementioned music videos:

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Discover Tom Hanks’ Portrayal of Walt Disney in 1st ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Trailer


Disney has released the first-look trailer for The Blind Side director, John Lee Hancock‘s Saving Mr. Banks, which stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney (the first time the animation icon has been portrayed on the big screen) and Emma Thompson as ‘Mary Poppins’ author P.L. Travers.

The film sets out to follow Disney and Travers on the long and winding production journey to adapt the novel for the silver screen. Bumpy in the sense that Disney initially tried to purchase the film rights in 1938, with the final product only seeing the light of day in 1964. This was the result of the author’s reluctance as she believed a film version wouldn’t do justice to her creation and at that time Disney studios were yet to produce a live action film.

Saving Mr. Banks opens on the 17th of January, 2014 in the UK. Penned by Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey) the two lead actors are supported by the likes of Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, B. J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman.

We’ll leave you with the aforementioned first trailer:

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MGM & Sony Confirm Mendes’ Attachment to Direct Bond 24


After much debating and deliberation as to who would direct Bond 24 MGM and Sony have finally announced the highly anticipated news that Sam Mendes will get behind the camera again to direct Daniel Craig.

The film’s producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson had taken to considering numerous directors over the past few months in the light of Mendes’ theatre commitments. After weighing up all the pros and cons, they chose to play a waiting game until Mendes had a gap in his schedule so as to keep him in the Bond loop, at least for Bond’s 24th outing (despite rumours of him possibly going on to direct two more sequels). Also reprising their role from the most recent Bond sequel Skyfall, is screenwriter John Logan.

The above news was confirmed in a press release which also confirmed that Bond 24 will be released in the US on the 6th of November, 2015 and in the UK a couple of weeks earlier on the 23rd of October.

The film’s confirmed director had the following to say:

 “I am very pleased that by giving me the time I need to honour all my theatre commitments, the producers have made it possible for me to direct Bond 24. I very much look forward to taking up the reins again, and to working with Daniel Craig, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for a second time.”

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Exclusive “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” Images as Comic-Con Approaches


In light of next week’s San Diego Comic-Con Entertainment Weekly’s latest issue features various articles to celebrate the event. A highlight is a piece covering the upcoming sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

The cover of said issue provides the very first image of Jamie Foxx as the movies’ villain Electro and on delving inside readers are treated to further exclusive images of Foxx, Andrew Garfield, his all new Spidey suit and Emma Stone.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will feature as part of Sony’s International Comic-Con panel on Friday, July 19th with the company expected to premiere first footage of the sequel together with previews of both Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and the RoboCop remake. Spidey 2 actors Andrew Garfield, Dane DeHaan, and Jamie Foxx are also expected to appear together with the series producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.

All the aforementioned photographs from Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 can be found below. (Click on each image to enlarge).

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‘Seventh Son’ 1st Trailer Pits Jeff Bridges Against All Manner of Evil


Warner Bros. UK has unleashed the not only the first-look trailer but also the artwork [above] for the upcoming feature film SEVENTH SON, adapted from Joseph Delaney‘s first book of The Wardstone Chronicles series, The Spook’s Apprentice.

This new trailer finds Jeff Bridges playing Master Gregory, a warrior-come-exorcist joined by new apprentice Thomas Ward (Ben Barnes). Thomas, the seventh son of a seventh son, joins forces with Gregory in a struggle against all manner of dark forces in the 1700s, culminating in a battle with Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), the queen of evil. To make matters worse, Tom falls head over heels in love with young witch, Alice (Alicia Vikander).

With this being an adaptation of the first novel in the series, we could be in for a number of sequels but, given yesterday’s news of Legendary leaving Seventh Son‘s production company Warner Bros. to form a new partnership with Universal, this could be tricker than first planned but we’re sure is certainly not off the cards.

We’ll leave you with the aforementioned first trailer.

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Plot synopsis:

In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more.

Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), centuries ago.  But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance.  Summoning her followers of every incarceration, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world.

Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory.  In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face with the evil he always feared would someday return.  Now he has only until the next full moon to do what normally takes years: train his new apprentice, Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) to fight a dark magic unlike any other.

Man’s only hope lies in the seventh son of a seventh son.

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Vin Diesel Teases Possible Marvel Avengers Roles


Just like many actors nowadays, Vin Diesel also likes to resort to the old Facebook and Twitter to post news bulletins to his fans. Whilst some of these reports are solid details relating to upcoming films such as the Fast and Furious and Riddick sequels others are just plain arcane.

An example of the latter is a recent post the actor made confirming how well a recent meeting with Marvel Studios went:

“Marvel meeting today… Only the people in the room can tell you what was discussed… P.S. Thanks to Our page, for pushing to make it happen… you know I get tunnel vision with my work… and after that meeting today… wow!”

Vin DieselReading more than just between the lines, some consider that his use of the word ‘vision’ is a direct reference to a character of the same name for The Avengers 2. Despite this belief, Diesel posted this message along with an image which would suggest quite the opposite, with a clear implication that he could be being considered for another Avengers role, that of Giant Man. Having said that, the photo could just have been taken at a random location at the Marvel offices.

Despite all the above, these are all just conjectures that spring to mind from Diesel’s teasing posts and we can’t even imagine how many actors Marvel have been meeting with recently.

We’ll keep you updated as soon as any more solid information is forthcoming.

We’ll leave you with a fan-made trailer showing us the closest Vin Diesel has been so far to working with Marvel. It’s a brilliant little faux trailer for a Thundercats movie:

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‘Machete Kills’ World Premiere to Open Fantastic Fest 2013


This year’s Fantastic Fest has announced it will be opening with a bang with the World Premiere of Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills. The festival will be held in Austin, Texas from September 19th – 26th this year at the new Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline location.

If that news wasn’t enough to keep the punters happy the likes of Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega and Robert Rodriguez will be putting in appearances with other cast and crew members’ attendance likely to be confirmed as the festival draws closer.

Fantastic Fest Co-founder & Creative Director Tim League commented

“Every year we compile our dream targets for opening night film; MACHETE KILLS was at the top of that list. We are going to pull out all the stops to ensure Robert’s world premiere red carpet experience is literally blood red.”

In response to the announcement, Rodriguez said

“Fantastic Fest has quickly become the best place for fans to first experience the newest and coolest genre movies and blockbusters. I am honored and extremely excited for Machete Kills to have its world premiere right here in Austin and kick off Fantastic Fest.”

Along with the announcement not only was a poster for this year’s Festival released but also a brand new image from Machete Kills featuring Machete himself (Danny Trejo) alongside Shé (Michelle Rodriguez). Machete Kills will go on to be released in the US on October 4 with a UK release date yet to be confirmed.

Click on the images for a larger version and we’ll also leave you with the official trailer for the movie.


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‘Day of the Dead’ Remake Will be Nothing Like ‘World War Z’


If you thought the Dawn of the Dead remake was what remakes should be all about then hopefully today’s news strikes the right notes with you. Another of the original George Romero ‘Dead Trilogy’, this time Day of the Dead, is in for the revamp treatment despite a remake only back in 2008.

When I say we should be excited about this one, the producers on board are pretty genre experienced: Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell, who recently produced the recent Texas Chainsaw 3D, which was actually rather a good throwback to the original Chainsaw franchise.

According to the LA Times, the film will boast a reasonably hefty budget of between 10 and 20 million dollars and, providing all goes to plan, will be hitting cinemas next year.

Christa Campbell, also involved in the 2008 remake, albeit playing a minor role said,

“We want to keep it as close to the Romero version as possible, to make sure that his fans are happy. These are not going to be zombies climbing walls and doing back flips like in ‘World War Z.”

The production team are already putting out calls to scribes as you read this article and, given their intention to stick as close to the original as possible, the storyline will most likely be set in the bunker the soldiers and scientists take refuge in, experimenting on a zombie they have captured to gain insight into the plague they are dealing with.

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‘The Strain’ Pilot Adds Sean Astin to the Canary Team


Carlton Cuse (Producer/Writer – Bates Motel, Lost) has tweeted details that actor Sean Astin has signed on for the Guillermo del Toro/FX pilot episode of The Strain.

Del Toro is attached to direct the pilot and is also co-writing with author Chuck Hogan, adapting the show from their successful trilogy of vampire novels. The story follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (, head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. The high-concept vampire drama series, already boasting a top notch cast of Corey Stoll (playing Ephraim Goodweather), Mia Maestro and John Hurt, adds Astin to the list to take on the role of CDC team administrator, Jim Kent, the third member of the Canary Team triumvirate. Although best known for his roles as Mikey in The Goonies and Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings franchise, Astin is no newcomer to the world of television having taken on long-term roles in series such as 24 and Jeremiah.

Cuse is executive producing the pilot and will oversee the project with del Toro. Providing the pilot is picked up for a full series, he will serve as showrunner.

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Elysium Storms IMAX Worldwide on August 9


In brief: To ensure the upcoming sci-fi actioner Elysium is enjoyed in the best, most immersive environment possible, TriStar Pictures and Media Rights Capital have confirmed a deal for Neill Blomkamp‘s film starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster to hit IMAX screens on a global scale this August 9th. The film will be digitally remastered for projection on the giant screen and Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President of IMAX Corp. had the following to say:

“Neill Blomkamp is the kind of innovative, creative storyteller that moviegoers seek out, and we are thrilled to bring this highly anticipated film to IMAX audiences worldwide.”

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Plot synopsis:

In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.

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Tarzan in Tree-D


A brand new version of Tarzan is heading for cinemas this year, animated using motion capture performances and designed to be seen in 3D.

The film was directed by Reinhard Klooss (Animals United) and financed by the German studio Constantin Film (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones). The studio has just released a stunning trailer for the film in German, which gives a good example of what to expect.

The tale lends itself naturally to 3D with all the swinging through the trees and jumping from irresponsible heights. The English language voice cast will include Kellan Lutz (Emmett the Vampire in ‘Twilight’), as Tarzan himself, and Spencer Locke (Resident Evil: Afterlife) as Jane Porter. Warner Brothers also have a live-action version in development with True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard in the title role.

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