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Star Trek Into Darkness is a hit. Not a giant hit, and not the kind of thing that has studios calling all of their rivals and screaming "Suck it!" while guzzling champagne at 8 a.m. (at least , that's how we picture it), but a big enough hit all the same. Especially when you account for its huge improvement with global audiences, Star Trek Into Darkness has done well enough to keep the franchise alive… which means, inevitably, it's time to start talking about sequels
There has been a lot of build up for the first of what are likely to be many more sequels in the Star Trek franchise reboot and it's arrival didn't disappoint at the box office, though it didn't quite manage to outperform its predecessor.
ABC's affiliation with Disney seems to be paying off a bit more for Jimmy Kimmel Live since Disney acquired the Star Wars franchise. Last month, Kimmel staged a pretty heated (and amusing) confrontation between Harrison Ford and his old pal Chewbacca. Apparently the two had a falling out over an indiscretion between Chewy and Leia. The topic of the wookiee came up again this week when Star Wars and Star Trek director J.J. Abrams visited Kimmel's show.
A lot of people were expecting Star Trek Into Darkness, with the added benefit of 3D and a big-time villain its center, to open a whole lot bigger than the first Star Trek film that J.J. Abrams directed in 2009. And while the movie is much bigger than the first one overseas-- which is what really counts these days-- it's not any bigger here at home, and that's even with the 3D bump.
Whether you've been carefully avoiding spoilers for months or reveling in every single rumor about the villain's true identity and what happens to Captain Kirk, the time has finally come to talk about Star Trek Into Darkness with all the secrets out in the open. And this movie in particular is one you really want to talk about with spoilers, since J.J. Abrams and company worked hard to keep us from knowing much of anything before the movie opened-
The question is which way will he go? Will he try and be some amalgamation of Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe, Matt Damon, George Clooney and Jake Gyllenhaal? Or will he try and be some amalgamation of Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H Macy, Paul Giamatti, Steve Buscemi and Jeff Daniels?
This week we've all been handed red shirts and sent to work in engineering-- which means that, inevitably, not all of us will survive the episode as we review Star Trek Into Darkness. In this spoiler free-for-all conversation we're joined by certified Trek fanatic Jordan Hoffman to talk about the latest film from J.J. Abrams
As movies like Iron Man 3 and Oblivion proved, we’ll show up when the studio finally opens the movie here. Shane Black’s sequel has banked $298M domestically to date, but a whopping $685M overseas. We just aren’t the powerful movie launch pad we once were, sad as that has become to admit.
Licensing and merchandising rights debates mired Bad Robot and Paramount in legal battles with CBS about what elements from Star Trek canon could be used … and which couldn’t. In fact, these hostile negotiations blocked Abrams from turning his 2009 reboot of the series into a multi-platform entertainment experience.
With Star Trek Into Darkness now playing all around the world and making its midnight debut last night in domestic theaters, J.J. Abrams has been keeping very busy. In addition to balancing all of his television projects and dealing with pre-production details on upcoming movies the filmmaker has been traveling around the world...
Abrams is famous for his "Mystery Box" approach to storytelling, the idea being that it's better not to know what you're getting before walking into a movie. And though there are surprises in Star Trek Into Darkness that you probably won't know in advance, there are also parts of the film that Abrams went to a lot of effort to keep secret… and don't seem to matter all that much when you know them
Unbelievably, J.J. Abrams' first Star Trek opened before Avatar, in a time when not every summer blockbuster was expected to come out in 3D, and before movies were put through the post-conversion wringer to cash in. Four years later things are surprisingly different, and Star Trek Into Darkness has succumbed to the spirit of the times, arriving with post-converted 3D and a whole lot of ads trumpeting the 3D experience. But is it worth it?
He did tell me about where he was when he learned that Abrams would be directing Star Wars, and how he got the director to confirm Trek won't be the older, less cool sibling left behind. We also talked about the serious sprinting Scotty does in one key action scene in Star Trek Into Darkness, what it's like being one of the older cast members, and why he, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost are being so vigilant about maintaining the secrets about their upcoming comedy The World's End
By the time this year's Star Trek Into Darkness came along, John Cho says he'd become more comfortable stepping into Sulu's shoes-- but with a role that mostly has him on the bridge of the Enterprise and even occasionally taking over the captain's chair, there was a whole new set of challenges. Like, how do you pretend you're under fire when you're sitting on a set?
We've been on Team Cumberbatch for years. (There are dissenters, but more on that later.) But in case you aren't yet on our team or maybe don't get what all this buzz about the man with the very British name is all about, we've decided to break it down for you with ten reasons we can't get enough of Benedict Cumberbatch, complete with video guide.
The Enterprise crashes on Tattooine? Spock dies?? Kirk is gay?!? These are Earth-shattering revelations … and they are all bogus. Not as bogus as the blatant reveal dropped on CBS Sunday Morning (and do avoid Google searching for the clip if you don’t want to peek in J.J. Abrams’ vaunted “Mystery Box” before seeing Into Darkness later this week).
Assuming the DNA check comes back fit and fiddle, I’d like to wish Mrs. Rotten Week a happy Mother’s Day. Thank you for giving me that little tomato and listening to me complain about awful movies. I get the feeling this is exactly how you pictured motherhood would turn out. For your present I’ll talk a little Star Trek Into Darkness. Love you and Happy Mother’s Day!
So here's a tidbit about Star Trek Into Darkness you never though you'd learn. That photo above, tweeted today by Edgar Wright, came along with a fascinating and brief story about what happens when you're a director and your friend is playing Scotty in the new Star Trek movie
The Star Trek spirit is starting to rev up again. Fans have patiently waited four full years for a sequel to J.J. Abrams' 2009 reboot, but now the time has almost come. Star Trek Into Darkness arrives in theaters on May 17, and we can probably expect a full on-slaught of marketing tie-ins and promotions...
In the interview portion, Giacchino gamely shares with listeners how he researched for Star Trek into Darkness, what it was like on the set of the film, why he is in awe of Benedict Cumberbatch, and what inspirations he pulled from the original Star Trek series. You can listen to it all out below.