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Jupiter Ascending Debuted Last Night At Sundance, It Did Not Go Well

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Jupiter AscendingThe Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending is the next up on our list of big sci-fi movies this year, and after being pushed back and delayed a couple of times, it finally drops worldwide next week, on February 6. To mark the occasion, Warner Bros. has unleashed a massive gallery of images, and we mean massive, like if you string all of these together and fan through them like a flipbook, you’ll probably see a pretty substantial chunk of the movie. While we’re stoked to see what madness the masterminds behind The Matrix have in store for us, the film had a secret premiere at Sundance last night, and lets just say it didn’t get the warmest of welcomes.

Ranging from the streets of Chicago to the farthest galaxies you can imagine, Jupiter Ascending tells the story of Jupiter (Mila Kunis), a lowly cleaning woman with big dreams, but a knack for getting shit on by life. She still dreams nightly of the stars, but scrubs rich people’s toilets for a living. When Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically modified, ex-military, albino wolf hybrid (yep) shows up, she discovers that she has the exact same DNA as the Queen of the Universe, which puts her in line to inherit, well, the universe. As with any sudden transfer of power, there are those who oppose it, and things get a wee bit out of hand.

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This Star Trek Star Says Simon Pegg Is The Perfect Fit To Write Star Trek 3

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Chris PineStar Trek 3 has already had a bumpy road and the next installment of the revamped franchise hasn’t even shot a single frame yet. Roberto Orci was supposed to make his directorial debut on the film, something that incensed a fair number of fans, but he was ousted after disagreements with Paramount Pictures over the direction of the film, and replaced by the Fast & Furious Justin Lin, another decision many have questioned. Orci also left a void in the writing department as well, which has since been filled by Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in the new films. We adore Pegg, but while it remains to be seen whether or not this is a good fit, at least one of his costars has given him a resounding vote of confidence.

Chris Pine, who, of course, plays the new version of Captain James T. Kirk, is in Park City, Utah for the Sundance premiere of his post-apocalyptic ride Z for Zachariah. When MTV caught up with him, they asked what he though of the Pegg hire.

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This Turbo Kid Trailer Is A Mad Max Throwback On A BMX Bike

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When you think of the Sundance Film Festival, the first thing that pops into your mind aren’t campy, bloody, post-apocalyptic throwbacks, but after watching this new trailer for Turbo Kid, you might just change your tune. (This is one of at least two post-apocalyptic joints at the fest this year, the other we know of being Z for Zachariah.) This is one that you’ll want definitely want to check out.

This has the look and feel of the cheap international Mad Max knock offs from the early 1980s down perfectly, from the story to the tone to those cobbled together post-apocalyptic costumes, improvised weapons like a contraption that shoots saw blades, and that sharp, Casio keyboard sounding score. Turbo Kid is even set in the far off future of 1997.

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Ewan McGregor Is Waiting For Star Wars To Come Calling

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star wars revenge of the sithWhile the second set of Star Wars films, the much maligned prequels, were full of problems, one aspect that has remained largely unscathed is Ewan McGregor‘s performance as Obi Wan Kenobi. And though the very first Star Wars film sealed Obi Wan’s fate, many fans would like to see the actor return to the franchise in some form, perhaps for one of the spinoff films. McGregor is definitely still game to reprise his role, and in case anyone out there is listening, just call him!

McGregor is at the Sundance Film Festival promoting his new film, Last Days in the Desert, in which he plays Jesus, and MTV caught up with the jovial former Jedi to see if anything new is in the cards for Obi Wan. McGregor says he’s “still waiting for the call,” and that he’s heard nothing from anyone involved with Disney or Lucasfilm about coming back. In fact, he doesn’t even know how it would happen, not that it would stop him. He says:

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Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters Casts Melissa McCarthy And Three Others In These Roles

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GhostbustersWell, we expected the Paul Feig-directed, female-fronted Ghostbusters reboot to eventually cast a quartet of funny women, and low and behold, that’s precisely what they just did. Donning those iconic beige jumpsuits are Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. We’ve also got some descriptions of the characters, and the possibility of one of the old guard making an appearance.

The Bridesmaids and The Heat director took to Twitter earlier to day to reveal his four choices, and though at this stage they’re still in negotiations to join the party, it sounds like a deal is pretty close. And if it is moving along at this clip, a spring shoot is not out of the question, which was a possible point of contention, as McCarthy has an increasingly busy schedule in recent days.

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The Blob Remake Just Enveloped This Director

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BlobThese days, when news hits about a movie remake, there’s a more-than-good chance it isn’t the first time the story has been retold. One of the latest classics getting retooled for modern audiences is the amorphous horror The Blob, and it now has a director, as the action-hound Simon West has signed on to bring this gloopy menace to the screen.

West is an interesting choice for this project, as he hasn’t really done anything that falls within the science fiction or horror genres. (You can mention When a Stranger Calls, but that movie just doesn’t exist to me.) He’s directed films like The Mechanic, The Expendables 2, and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. His feature debut was 1997’s guilt-free action fest Con Air, which was recently rumored to have a space-bound sequel in the pipeline.