Self-confessed sci-fi geek Simon Pegg returns to screens this month in Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to 2009’s Star Trek, director J.J. Abrams' hit reimagining of the seemingly immortal franchise.
With an all-new look (lots of lens flares, of course) and cast, the 2009 film was a special-effects blockbuster with heart that managed to tick all the right boxes for both Trekkies and casual fans.
Now, four years later, the crew of the Enterprise takes on a cold, calculating terrorist from within Starfleet (Benedict Cumberbatch) who threatens the entire world but develops a particular hate-on for Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), who'll need Spock (Zachary Quinto), Bones (Karl Urban), Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and Scotty (Simon Pegg) to help him save the day.
We sat down with Pegg at London's Soho Hotel to talk about the new film and his role as chief engineer Montgomery Scott.
Gwyneth Paltrow wants you to know that Pepper Potts is no pushover.
Paltrow plays Tony Stark's (a.k.a. Iron Man) business partner and significant other in Iron Man 3, the third film of the franchise that put Marvel Studios on the map and helped usher in this unprecedented age of superhero movies.
Take a peek at the film's trailers and you'll see Potts has more to do than just worry about her man. The usually calm and collected character gets in on the action, even donning the Iron Man suit to help Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) battle terrorist The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley).
Of course, the extent of that action remains a closely guarded secret.
Filmmakers don't get much more enigmatic than Terrence Malick.
In an industry where so much depends on putting a face to a product, the reclusive Malick doesn't appear in movie promotions and all but refuses to speak with the press, which, of course, makes him even more worth knowing.
The writer-director-producer creates work that's polarizing, as likely to get booed at Cannes as get nominated for an Oscar (see: The Tree of Life). And since he's not interested in explaining or clarifying his motives, the films have to speak for themselves.
With To the Wonder, a slippery meditation on love (the ritual, the saviour, the crutch, the vice) that stars Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams in largely wordless roles, Malick's not exactly going to win over new fans. His obtuse style is taken to extremes with shots of gorgeous sun-streaked afternoons, a camera that never stops moving and hardly any dialogue, which can add up to little unless you know what to look for. That’s where we come in; to shed some light on the intimidating world of Terrence Malick and offer a handy guide so you too can enjoy his art-house wonders.
The bold sci-fi was helmed by sophomore director Joseph Kosinski, whose first film behind the camera was the ambitious Tron: Legacy. Kosinski also co-wrote the story, which follows a mechanic named Jack (Tom Cruise) who, along with his partner Victoria (Andrea Riseborough), is one of the last remaining inhabitants of our planet.
There's been a 60-year war with alien invaders and Jack is part of a project to collect natural resources that are being used during mankind's move to its new home on Titan, one of Saturn's many moons. But when Jack discovers a downed spacecraft and its mysterious female occupant, Julia (Olga Kurylenko), everything he thought he knew about the project is thrown into question. Enter Morgan Freeman as a resistance leader.
Cineplex Entertainment's Michael Kennedy travelled to London, England, to get Tom Cruise's thoughts on….
Growing up, Ryan Gosling had a few fantasies. He dreamed of riding a motorcycle, getting crazy tattoos, and — strangely, he admits — of robbing banks.
The 32-year-old movie star from Southern Ontario (he was born in London, but grew up in Cornwall and Burlington) saw all of those childhood dreams come true while filming The Place Beyond the Pines, his latest collaboration with director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine).
Gosling plays a heavily tattooed motorcycle stunt rider who quits his carnival job after finding out that an old fling (Eva Mendes, now Gosling's real-life squeeze) gave birth to his baby boy. He wants to stay in their lives, and tries to provide for them by robbing banks. No surprise, things don’t go smoothly, and when an ambitious cop (Bradley Cooper) enters the picture things get downright ugly.
Yes, it's been 20 years (!) since Steven Spielberg scared us with rippling water in a plastic cup, Laura Dern and Sam Neill got slack-jawed in the face of giant beasts long thought extinct and Jeff Goldblum used his eccentric charm to add some laughs, and yes sex appeal, to the now-classic Jurassic Park, hitting theatres in 3D April 5.
In case you're too young to remember the first iteration that cleaned up at the box office in 1993, or have since forgotten the pertinent details in the two decades that have passed, we've got a refresher of sorts that outlines the story, the key players and the book that started it all.
Take a trip back in time and, as Samuel L. Jackson would say, hold onto your butts!
Director Sam Raimi's landmark splatter film The Evil Dead struck a nerve with audiences upon its release in 1981 and then again through home video, becoming a pop-culture staple and a horror classic in the process.
The secret of its success lay not only in its maverick ad campaign ("The Ultimate Experience in Grueling Terror…"), but with its operatic, go-for-broke gore and excess. And though the film’s increasingly campy sequels (1987's Evil Dead II and 1992's Army of Darkness) command an equally fervent following, neither quite matches the primal power of the original.
So it is with a jaundiced eye that fans and purists greeted the news of a remake, with many fearing a glossier budget and contemporary digital trickery would sully the film's scrappy legacy. Such paranoia was unfounded.
The storm is upon us.
We're on the Albuquerque, New Mexico, set of The Host, where cast and crew have stopped production to shield their eyes and wait out a late afternoon sand storm. Dust, gravel and high winds whip by for a few minutes only to stop suddenly, and then it's back to business on the sci-fi film that'll surely generate a flurry of attention for its young Irish star, Saoirse Ronan.
Based on the book by "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer, The Host takes place in the near future when parasitic aliens called Souls have taken control of human beings by invading their bodies and wiping out their identities.
But some humans, including the teenage rebel Mel (Ronan), have powerful wills, and when a Soul named Wanderer — Wanda for short — infects Mel, it becomes emotionally attached to her. That means two identities are jostling inside Mel's body.
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