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J.J. Abrams Talks Star Trek 3 And The Future Of The Franchise

J.J. Directing Star TrekWith the release of Star Trek Into Darkness firmly in all U.S. theaters, it’s time to start the countdown to its sequel film, Star Trek 3. Although J.J. Abrams next film will be Star Wars: Episode VII for Disney and Lucasfilm, the 46-year-old director haven’t completely ruled out returning to the director’s chair for Star Trek 3.

In an interview with TrekMovie.com, J.J. Abrams confirmed that there have been no formal discussions of Star Trek 3, despite what his producing-partner has said about the third film in the Star Trek reboot film series. If there were a third film in the works (and honestly why wouldn’t there be considering that the main cast has signed on for three Star Trek movies), a 2016 release date would be ideal for the upcoming 50th anniversary of Star Trek.

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Primer: Nick’s Giant Freakin’ Queue Review

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So I’m kind of cheating this week. The unspoken basic premise of the Giant Freakin’ Queue is that the films I’m watching are there because I haven’t seen them before, or in many years at least. But somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew it wouldn’t take long for me to bring Shane Carruth’s 2004 head-scratcher Primer into it, because it sinfully still goes unknown in certain circles, and I don’t think that should happen anymore.

The story behind Primer is as nifty as the film itself, only costing a reported $7,000 and filmed on weekends. Carruth wrote, directed, edited, and wrote the score. It won the Grand Jury Prize and the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance, and Carruth was set to take on the world. But the next film he directed, Upstream Color, only hit theaters, VOD, DVD, and Blu-ray in the last month. That’s all interesting, but it doesn’t involve the narrative, and nobody gives a shit about the background story of a shitty movie.

Here’s the deal with Primer. A completely fantastical idea, time travel, enters into the everyday world of two engineers, who then get themselves into a complex — though still quite simple, all things considered — web of details that unravels their lives in a way that has very rarely been put to screen before. The proper release of this film would be a back-to-back viewing of the same film, and with a 77-minute runtime, it’t not as if a lot of time would be wasted. And it’s all about time.

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Emma Watson Calls Zombie Invasion In This Is The End Clip

One of the biggest reasons to be excited about the upcoming apocalyptic comedy This Is the End is getting to see Emma Watson, playing a version of herself, getting all crazy and wielding a fire axe. We’ve already seen her getting nuts and hijacking supplies from the movie’s heroes, and in this latest clip we get an expanded view of her part in the story.

Watson, frazzled, frayed around the edges, and generally mussed up, tells James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Jay Baruchel, and Danny McBride how she survived multiple days out on the street on her own. She hid in a sewer. At this point in the movie, the core group hasn’t ventured beyond the safe confines of Franco’s crib—where they were in the midst of an epic, star-studded party before the world ended—and are hungry for news.

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Karl Urban Says A Dredd Sequel Is Still Possible

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Despite the fact that it is completely awesome, and a pretty faithful adaptation of the cult favorite comic books, Dredd tanked at the box office last summer. I have an unhealthy love for the 1995 Sylvester Stallone version, but even I won’t argue that it’s a good movie. Despite not clicking with theater audiences, Dredd set the world on fire when it was released on Blu-ray and DVD earlier this year.

Even though the film had a relatively small budget compared to most comic book movies—a mere $50 million—it still isn’t considered a financial success, and the prospects of a franchise have been doubtful. But amidst critical acclaim and this resurgence of interest, star Karl Urban says another film isn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility, despite earlier claims.

Talking to Collider about Star Trek Into Darkness, Urban said that he’s been in touch with writer Alex Garland, and there has been talk of moving forward with another installment. Here’s what he had to say:

Interestingly enough, I did have breakfast with Alex Garland this morning. It’s not off the agenda. Clearly everyone has woken up to the fact that an audience has found this movie and loves it. It’s entirely possible, and if people want to see another installment then they should be vocal about that, because, it can happen. The power of fandom can resurrect projects. In fact, that’s what happened with Star Trek. They weren’t going to do a third season until fans did a letter writing campaign and they continued that series.

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Mars Opportunity Rover Breaks 40-Year-Old Distance Record

Opportunity RoverThese days the Mars Curiosity Rover is the one getting all of the attention and hype, glory hound that it is. However, its predecessor, NASA’s nine-year-old Opportunity Rover, just broke a distance record that is more than four decades old.

On Wednesday, May 15, Opportunity took a quick jaunt, a little stroll of 263 feet, as part of its normal day-to-day routine exploring the Endeavor crater on Mars. Only this particular day, those few feet put the grand total the rover has traveled at 22.22 miles. This means that it has now driven farther on a non-terrestrial surface than any vehicle in NASA history.

22.22 is .01 more than the previous record holder, the Apollo 17 lunar rover, driven across the Moon by Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt in December of 1972.

Cernan said, “The record we established with a roving vehicle was made to be broken, and I’m excited and proud to be able to pass the torch to Opportunity.”

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BBC America Teases Upcoming Zombie Miniseries In The Flesh

All the way back in March, the BBC aired the three-part zombie drama In the Flesh to a fair amount of acclaim. It’s got an intriguing premise, even if some people see it as just another thing about zombies. That’s fair, sure, but police procedurals and medical dramas have been pulling the same tricks on TV for many, many decades. Let there be brains!

Or maybe not, since these zombies are in varying stages of rehabilitation. The above teaser from BBC America gives only a hint as to what that rehab plot consists of, but we already know it takes place after The Rising, where thousands of people rose from the dead. One of them is Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry), a teenager who had recently committed suicide. Zombies are referred to as patients with “partially deceased syndrome” (PDS), and are medicated, reformed, and put back into the daily shuffle and shamble. As you might imagine, not everyone takes to having the walking sorta-dead in their lives on a regular basis. Didn’t get any of that from dinner with Mum and Dad up there, did you?