The first slick new picture shows Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and Dr. Carol Marcus (Alice Eve), sitting on a transport. You can see the tension between Marcus, the new kid on the Enterprise block, and Spock, who thinks she is there to replace him. Kirk, of course, just sees another pretty face for him to hit on. You can also see Leonard “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban) peeking over the row of seats behind them.
I miss the days when every big movie and TV show got accompanying novelizations, and countless spin-off books. For those of us not satisfied with what we saw on screen, this gave us an outlet for further adventures featuring our favorite characters. More so than any other genre, science fiction is keeping this trend alive. The Star Wars universe is one example where the scope has been greatly increased by numerous novels, and for those of us who say two seasons of Dark Angel isn’t nearly enough, we have those three tertiary novels to keep us warm at night.
With the release of Star Trek Into Darkness looming on the horizon, all things Trek are at the forefront of our minds. And with that, the franchise is about to get four new novels from Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster, beginning this month. Three of the new additions will touch on the classic series, with one set in the Enterprise era.
With Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy scheduled to begin production this June in London, many of the movie’s elements are coming together. There’s two more members of the Guardians who remain to cast — Rocket Raccoon and Groot — but the biggest unknown is what the script and storyline will be like. Now actress Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness, Avatar) has showered some love on the screenplay, suggesting we might actually have a good movie on our hands.
In an interview with MTV, Saldana talked about the Guardians of the Galaxy script’s sense of humor. Although the film’s premise is pretty out there strange — what with the talking raccoons & trees and all — so a light touch to the material could help audiences ease into the odd world of the Guardians. Saldana says:
‘It feels unique, but it doesn’t feel like it hasn’t been done before,’ she said. ‘I love the levity in the script and I like the casting of it. I’ve been a fan of Chris Pratt and I think that his gifted, natural comedic timing might come in handy to play someone like Star-Lord.’
What do you get for the Star Trek fan who has everything? They’ve got the toys, they’ve got the movies, they’ve got the Christmas ornaments…hell, they’ve even got a copy of the animated series. One thing we’re betting they don’t have? A personalized Star Trek email address.
The folks over at StarTrek.com announced the snazzy new service, which lets you create an email address with one of three extra-geeky Trek domains. You can opt for @toboldlygo.com, @starfleet.com, or the rather cumbersome @ussenterprise1701. Wouldn’t it have worked better just to have @ussenterprise.com? I suppose space beggars can’t be space choosers.
Sadly, your admission to Starfleet won’t come free. Registering for a Star Trek email address costs $15 per year. Not a huge amount, but I don’t know that the bragging rights of trying to convince people you work on the Enterprise is worth the cost. Then again, I’m not anywhere near the top tier of most devoted Star Trek fans — I don’t even own a Starfleet uniform — so what do I know?
The idea of a famous director helming a single scene or shot in a movie that’s not their own is not a new one. For instance, in 2005, Quentin Tarantino directed one scene in Robert Rodriguez’s film adaptation of Frank Miller’s Sin City. So when Edgar Wright (The World’s End) recently tweeted a photo of himself directing a shot in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek fans everywhere rejoiced at the idea that Wright could be the right director for Star Trek 3.
About a month ago, Edgar Wright teased his fans when he tweeted that he directed one shot in an upcoming summer movie. Although he didn’t reveal the film at the time, many of his fans believed that he directed a shot in Marvel’s Iron Man 3. Edgar Wright will direct the upcoming Ant-Man as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Two, so it’s natural to think that he would’ve directed the end credits sequence in Iron Man 3. Edgar Wright instead reveals that he directed a shot in Star Trek Into Darkness.
There are 2120 shots in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’. I directed one of them. Looking forward to seeing the other 2119. twitter.com/edgarwright/st…
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) May 9, 2013
When done right, video games can be a perfect delivery system for terror. All the ways movies have learned to scare us over the years work just as well in the form of a game — frightening sounds, quick flashes of movement, jump scares. But a game can take things to the next level because of the medium’s inherently interactive nature. When a horror game is firing on all cylinders, you aren’t just watching scary things happen to somebody on the screen…you feel as if you’re actually there, in the middle of it. The original Dead Space is one of the most effective horror games of all time, and it turns out it counts one legendary director amongst its fans: John Carpenter.
Carpenter knows a thing or two about horror, having brought us genre classics such as The Thing, Halloween, and Escape From New York. Speaking to Game Informer, the director opened up about his love of Dead Space:
I maintain that Dead Space would just make a great movie because you have these people coming onto an abandoned, shut-down space ship and they have to start it up and something’s on board. It’s just great stuff.
I would love to make Dead Space [into a film], I’ll tell you that right now. That one is ready-made.