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Star Trek Into Darkness Clip Traps Spock In A Volcano

In less than a week, Star Trek Into Darkness will (finally) hit theaters in the U.S., even though it seems like the rest of the world has already seen and voiced their opinions about J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek sequel. To get ready for the movie that has been in the works since 2009, Paramount Pictures will be releasing a lot of videos, clips, and images to build awareness for the film’s opening weekend. The clip above features Spock (Zachary Quinto) trapped in a volcano, apparently without the hope of rescue.

The brief scene will be featured at the very beginning of the film, as the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise surveys a new planet. They cannot save Spock because that would mean revealing themselves to the planet’s native population, thus breaking the Prime Directive that dictates no interference with the internal development of alien civilizations. You know, that rule everybody in Star Trek breaks on a more-or-less weekly basis.

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Summit Has Already Hired A Writer For Divergent Sequel

divergentYou know the studio has faith in you if, even though the only thing anyone has seen from your film is a single still, they’ve already given the go-ahead to begin work on a sequel. But that’s the exact situation that the filmmakers behind Divergent find themselves in. In fact, Summit Entertainment has already hired Brian Duffield (Jane Got a Gun) to start working on the follow-up.

Divergent is based on the best-selling young adult novel by Veronica Roth, and Duffield has been tapped to adapt the sequel, Insurgent. The action follows the continued adventures of heroine Tris Prior (played by Shailene Woodley). The second installment finds her as war looms on the horizon. According to Deadline “Sides will be chosen, secrets will emerge, and Tris will risk everything as she struggles to harness her incredible power.”

There are some striking similarities between the stories of Divergent and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, which, of course, set the box office on fire last year. Both properties are dystopian in nature, both revolve around a corrupt system of government, and each is headlined by a strong female protagonist. You have to assume that Summit is banking on this being the next Hunger Games.

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J.J. Abrams And Alfonso Cuaron’s Pilot Believe Picked Up At NBC

BelieveBetween Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Wars: Episode VII, and Gravity, J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron have been busy little bees in recent days. While a workload like that might crush mere mortals such as ourselves, that didn’t stop the two from teaming up to produce a new pilot for a series called Believe. With a creative team like this pushing it forward, it should come as no surprise that NBC picked up the show for the upcoming fall season. Check out the first picture from the series up above.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cast of Believe includes Jake McLaughlin (Warrior), Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks), Delroy Lindo (Romeo Must Die), Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil: Retribution), Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch), Arian Moayad (The Following), and newcomer Johnny Sequoyah.

In Believe, “an unlikely relationship develops between a young girl [Sequoyah] with a gift and a man sprung from prison [McLaughlin] who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.” In seven years powers will manifest within the girl, named Bo, and she’ll be able to defeat evil, or something like that. But before she can take care of herself, Tate (McLaughlin), and a mysterious support network, must keep her safe.

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Alex Garland’s Robot Thriller Adds Alicia Vikander

Alicia VikanderAlex Garland’s (28 Weeks Later) upcoming robotic thriller Ex-Machina is rounding out its cast nicely. Alicia Vikander, who recently starred in last year’s adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, is the latest acquisition, signing on to play the female lead. Vikander joins a cast that already includes Oscar Isaaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), who also appeared in Anna Karenina.

Here’s the kicker: the Swedish actress’ role isn’t your traditional female lead. She’ll follow in the footsteps blazed by Sean Young in Blade Runner and play a highly advanced, artificially intelligent humanoid robot.

The story centers around a young billionaire computer programmer (Isaac). He specifically selects one of his up-and-coming employees, played by Gleeson, to spend a week at his compound in order to participate in an experiment involving his latest project. Turns out, however, that this new endeavor is Vikander’s aforementioned female mechanoid.

Without a ton of specific details, there are a variety of directions that this story can go. Perhaps the rich guy’s creation will escape and run amok. Maybe the new guy will fall in love with robot and they’ll run away together. No matter where the narrative goes, you can’t help but walk away from this description with a serious Dr. Frankenstein vibe from the proceedings.

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Rick Looks Dirty In First Still From The Walking Dead’s Fourth Season

wdAnybody remember that barely publicized AMC series, The Walking Dead? I think we may have covered it a time or two. More than a week after a show’s season finale and I usually forget the show exists. Maybe you guys have a better memory than I do. The above production still, the first from the show’s upcoming fourth season, needs no context though. It’s Rick standing there with a look on his face that crosses between pensive and perplexed while someone dressed in an oversized suit jacket stands out of focus in the background. I can’t really tell if that’s a living person or not. It seems like only a zombie would be standing ominously like that, but zombies usually don’t mix and match their wardrobe.

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J.J. Abrams Talks About His Involvement With The Star Wars Spinoff Movies

abrams!With the announcement that Disney and Lucasfilm will be releasing at least one Star Wars movie every summer after Star Wars: Episode VII  drops in (probably) 2015, we know that the Mouse House is hard at work to deliver quality films in the Star Wars universe. Lucasfilm has hired screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg to pen and oversee the spinoff films’ productions, while they will serve as consultants on Star Wars: Episode VII for director J.J. Abrams.

In an interview with MTV, J.J. Abrams talks about the Star Wars spinoff films that will follow after his entry into George Lucas’ universe. Apparently, Abrams will not be as involved with the spinoffs. Abrams reveals:

We’re focusing right now on this because this movie feels like this is the one that has to work for anything else to work.

There are discussions about what would happen later and how to make> this thing and to tell [the] story, you can’t look at it in a binary way. It’s obviously part of something much greater. To talk about those off-shoot films, that’s something [you] have to talk about with Kathleen Kennedy.