What a long, strange trip it’s been for Guardians of the Galaxy. When the project was first announced, we thought it was either a prank or that somebody at Marvel lost a particularly dire bet. Hard to believe, then, that it’s now one of our most-anticipated movies of 2014, and we can’t wait for the August 1 release date to get here. But here’s the great news: we don’t have to! Well, sort of. Eager Guardians fans will get to preview 17 minutes of the film in select IMAX 3D theaters on Monday, July 7. There look to be a ton of screenings scattered across the U.S., so check here to see if it’s playing in your area.
Even if you enjoyed J.J. Abrams’ first two Star Trek films, there was one thing sorely lacking: that whole “boldly going where no man has gone before.” I mean, sure, saving the galaxy from crazy, vengeful Romulans or crazy, vengeful genetically enhanced sociopaths is important, and certainly lends itself to epic big-screen action, but Star Trek is supposed to be about more than just action. We have yet to see this young, alternate-reality crew of the Enterprise truly head out into the galaxy to see what they can discover. According to Star Trek 3 co-writer/director Roberto Orci, however, that’s about to change.
That’s right, apparently Star Trek 3 will see Kirk, Spock, and the rest finally setting course for deep space to see what’s out there. Orci, who was a co-writer on the first two Abrams-directed Trek flicks, will be taking over the director’s chair for the third installment, as well as co-writing the Star Trek 3 script with hot new screenwriters Patrick McKay and John D. Payne (who also penned a new Flash Gordon script). Speaking on the Humans From Earth podcast (and spotted by Badass Digest), Orci said that, now that nobody’s actively trying to blow up the Earth, the Enterprise crew can actually begin that five-year mission that was the focus of The Original Series. Orci said:
Around two hours into Michael Bay’s eyeball-splitting Transformers: Age of Extinction, Nicola Peltz’s on-the-run Tessa Yeager tells her dad Cade (Mark Wahlberg) that she’s tired of all the running and the sleeping they’ve been doing. This was the only time during this entire shebang that I actually sympathized with a character. Because yes, Tessa, we are all tired of you guys running around, because you’ve been doing it forever. I think I still have jetlag.
With several predictable and straightforward plotlines happening in successive order, Transformers: Age of Extinction is almost three different movies, and in each one, the bad guys’ motives are far more understandable than those of our central heroes. At 165 minutes, this is Bay’s second-longest directorial effort, behind Pearl Harbor. (Say, there’s a movie with relatable villains.) It actually feels longer, as I kept looking at the clock on my phone, assuming that I’d already been watching the movie for three hours, hoping that my phone would suddenly morph into a slang-spewing Transformer to keep me company and deliver exposition when needed.
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The charity foundation Omaze is asking for your help, and they’re teaming with Unicef and Star Wars: A Force for Change to support Unicef Innovation Labs and Programs, which works with projects all over the world in developing services and products for children. (Solar-powered devices, educative tech, etc.) Not only do they have quality rewards, but each $10 donation gets you one chance entered into a truly geektastic drawing.
You know that old saying, “I don’t know if it’s art, but I like it?” That sums up my take on most of the art world. I’m not informed enough to tell you what a given artist was attempting to say with his or her splatters of paint, but I can tell you if it’s beautiful, if it moves me, and if I’d like to hang it over my mantle. Well, if any artists out there are looking to get my attention, take a hint from Stephen Zeigler and Calder Greenwood, whose recent art installation invaded downtown Los Angeles to pay tribute to John Carpenter’s B-movie sci-fi classic They Live. And I like it. A lot.
Dammit if we don’t love an underdog. We spent months slavering over the oncoming release of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, and once it was arrived, it was just as much fun as we’d hoped. It was a serious bummer, then, when it under-performed here in the States — to date, it’s only earned $101 million domestic, against a $190 million budget. Thankfully the rest of the world rode to the rescue, driving the global tally up to $411 million. It was still anybody’s guess whether a sequel would ever happen, even as positive and enthusiastic as del Toro remained about the possibility. Well, we shall speak in noncommital language no more: Pacific Rim 2 is real, it’s happening, and it’s hitting theaters on April 7, 2017.
Del Toro broke the news in the short video up top, and it’s been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, which also adds that Pacific Rim 2 is being shot for 3D and IMAX — and this is one of those franchises that actually deserves that sort of epic, biggest-screen-possible approach.