No, Chris Pine is not in 'Guardians of the Galaxy', 'Captain America' or 'Thor'.
We're glad to discover that we're not the only ones who get confused with the four Chrises of Hollywood, because Chris Pine took to 'Saturday Night Live' to explain the differences between himself, Chris Evans, Chris Pratt and Chris Hemsworth once and for all.
Chris Pine pictured on the red carpet
The 'Star Trek' star is getting well and truly tired of people thinking he is in movies that he isn't, just because he shares his first name with some other Hollywood superstars with similar features and ages. He decided to use his stint as host on this weekend's 'Saturday Night Live' (May 6th 2017) to address the issue.
Diana Prince is a goddess and princess of the Amazons. She lives her life surrounded by strong women who know how to fight, so she is more than fascinated when a US Army Pilot called Steve Trevor washes up on the shore of her island paradise after a plane crash. She nurses him back to health and learns that he is fighting a huge war in the rest of the world, and it's then that she learns her true destiny. She wants to save the world at any cost, and it will cost her dearly. She returns home with Trevor and learns the ways of the women in his life, particularly those of his kooky secretary Etta Candy, but she uses her magical weapons and out-of-this-world fighting skills to protect her new friends and end the war for good.
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Diana is a princess and one of the best fighters on the island she was raised on. Her homeland was very different to what we know, it's a beautiful paradise inhabited only by women and Diana herself was brought to like by the mighty god Zeus. When a body washes up on the shore of the island, Diana cannot believe what she sees, a man has somehow found his way to their land and is in need of help.
Nursing the his back to help, the two bond and Diana learns that the man, an American pilot by the name of Steve Trevor was flying a plane when he crashed and found himself at her mercy. Steve regales many tail about the outside world and tells Diana of a catastrophic world war that's currently happening.
Moved by the pilot's stories, much to the dismay of the queen, Diana decides to leave her homeland and help fight with the Allies. The new outer world is a completely different place for Diana and she soon sees that life is very different for women outside of her normal environment. Demonstrating her fierce fighting method and lasso and sword skills, the superhero learns that her abilities are needed to protect the humans and must only be used for the greater good.
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This is where the Star Trek franchise officially shifts from thoughtful drama into thunderous action. Fast & Furious director Justin Lin brings a kinetic energy to this third chapter in the rebooted space saga, leaping between chases and battles to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. Combined with constant witty interaction, the film is massively entertaining, even if the plot ultimately feels a bit thin.
It's been three years since the crew of the Enterprise started their five-year mission, and they're in need of a break. So they head to the nearest spaceport for some down-time, which is soon interrupted when Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and his team (Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Anton Yelchin) are called to travel through a dangerous nebula to rescue a kidnapped crew from a villainous thug called Krall (Idris Elba). On arrival, the Enterprise is overwhelmed by Krall's bee-like military swarm. Stranded on a strange planet, the crew teams up with Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), a feisty survivor of one of Krall's earlier attacks. And as they realise the extent of Krall's evil plan, they're not sure that they can stop him.
Continue reading: Star Trek Beyond Review
Chris Hemsworth's character George Kirk is set to come back to life in the fourth 'Star Trek' film.
The 32-year-old actor is to reprise his role as George Kirk, the father that Captain James T. Kirk [played by Chris Pine] never knew, in the forthcoming blockbuster, despite being killed off in the first 'Star Trek' movie seven years ago.
Access Hollywood's Scott Mantz tweeted: ''BREAKING!! #JJAbrams confirms to me that a 4th #StarTrek movie will bring together #ChrisPine & #ChrisHemsworth!! (sic)''
Continue reading: Chris Hemsworth To Return To Star Trek 4
When the Starship Enterprise finds itself under forceful attack, the crew on board fight to their best ability but it's not enough. The unstoppable wave of aliens constantly bombarding the ship means that the crew must accept defeat and flee to an unknown planet. Given the crew were deep into a five year mission, their location to the rest of the Federation is unknown and a rescue mission is going to be far from easy.
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With its rousing, old-fashioned tone, this fact-based epic is properly thrilling and inspirational, a tale of heroism that almost seems too good to be true. But it's the astonishing story of a real sea rescue carried out by ordinary men who rose to the challenge. It's also expertly directed by Craig Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm) to bring out subtle character detail amid the exhilarating action.
The events took place in a sleepy Massachusetts fishing town in the dead of winter 1952, where Bernie (Chris Pine) is an earnest Coast Guard sailor who has just agreed to marry his strong-willed sweetheart Miriam (Holliday Grainger). Then one night a fierce storm breaks an oil tanker in half just off the coast, and Bernie is sent by his aloof commander Daniel (Eric Bana) to lead a rescue mission. He takes his colleague Richard (Ben Foster) and two young crewmen (Kyle Gallner and John Magaro) with him, heading into the dangerous sea swells. Meanwhile on the tanker's still-floating stern section, engineer Ray (Casey Affleck) becomes the leader of a cantankerous 32-man crew, steering the wreckage toward the relative safety of a shoal. And in these conditions, the odds are in nobody's favour.
Unusually, despite pitch-black conditions with driving rain and swelling seas, the on-screen action is crisp and clear. Gillespie uses vivid effects and clever camerawork to keep the audience right in the thick of things, conveying a vivid sense of scale while detailing the connections between each string of events. And because we understand what's happening and who these people are, the set-pieces are literally breathtaking. This is partially due to the fact that these are normal people who are very easy to identify with, from Pine's inarticulate but tenacious sailor to Affleck's reluctant natural leader. Intriguingly, Grainger's Miriam is the film's feistiest character, a woman who simply can't sit still and wait for news.
Continue reading: The Finest Hours Review
The Finest Hours is the true account of a daring Coast Guard rescue off the coast of New England in 1952.
The story immediately caught the attention of actor Chris Pine. "The script starts and pretty immediately you get involved in essentially a rollercoaster ride of human endurance," he says. "It was just a quick, wonderful, dramatic read. The ocean I find is very daunting, frightening, mysterious and powerful. That intrigued me."
He was also drawn to the story because the characters are "honest, solid, blue collar men that go out and do great things and then go home". So Pine decided to play his character "like an old movie star would play a character in a 50s studio film. It was made by Disney, and there's something so earnest and heartfelt and of another era about it. It wasn't brooding or dark or edgy. It was just good storytelling."
Continue reading: Chris Pine Felt Humbled By His Role In The Finest Hours
Pine will play Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman’s love interest in the upcoming movie.
Chris Pine is gearing up for his role in the much anticipated Wonder Woman movie, which stars Gal Gadot as the super-heroine. Pine will play Steve Trevor, a military man and Wonder Woman’s love interest in the film, which the actor confirmed will be set during World War I.
Chris Pine will play Steve Trevor in the upcoming Wonder Woman movie.
"It’s a period we don’t see often; it’s usually World War II," Pine told the Toronto Sun. "Our costume design is incredible. We have scenes with, like, 500 extras all in period dress. I’d never been on a film with extras casting as beautifully done as it is here.”
Continue reading: Chris Pine Spills On 'Wonder Woman' Role And Reveals Film's WWI Setting
Trekkies around the world rejoice! Star Trek Beyond will be upon us next year. The USS Enterprise crew are once again put in a perilous situation when the Enterprise is left beyond repair. The crew of one of the most famous spaceships in the universe are brought face to face with a breed of deadly alien who are committed to destroy the peace loving United Federation of Planets.
Stuck on an unfamiliar planet the crew are constantly under attack from their new enemy. They must formulate a plan to save themselves and their friends from destruction.
Star Trek Beyond is the third film from the recent Star Trek revival and was directed by Justin Lin. As well as starring in the film as Scotty, Simon Pegg also acted as one of the lead writers on the movie.
Production on the superhero movie has just begun, with Warner Bros. announcing the full cast.
Gal Gadot has given us our first look at her as Wonder Woman, as shooting begins on the long-awaited superhero movie. Wonder Woman will be the first time the comic book character has been brought to the big screen, with the film set for release on June 23, 2017.
Continue reading: Gal Gadot Shares First Photo From 'Wonder Woman' Filming
Chris Pine - Celebrities attend 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with City Hall in Beverly Hills. at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman, Sienna Miller and Chris Pine - Shots of a variety of stars in the press room at Hollywood's biggest night, the 87th Annual Academy Awards which were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 23rd February 2015
After a dramatic cataclysm seemingly destroys all of mankind, a single woman in the deep south of America faces up to the very real possibility that she is the last woman on Earth. Ann Burden (Margot Robbie) does whatever she can to survive in her own tiny corner of the world, until Loomis (Chiwetel Ejiofor) stumbles upon her small valley sanctuary. While the two struggle to find common ground at first, aside from their survival, they steadily begin to form an uneasy bond. But when Caleb (Chris Pine) happens to find the two of them as well, tensions steadily rise as the last three people on Earth give way to jealousy and bitterness towards one another.
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Chris Pine - 87th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement held at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 15th January 2015
'Star Trek 3' will be released on July 8th 2016, 50 years after the first 'Star Trek' episode aired on television.
Paramount Pictures has issued a release date for Star Trek 3 and we only have eighteen more months to wait!
Justin Lin is set to direct the third in the Star Trek franchise reboot.
Continue reading: Justin Lin Directed 'Star Trek 3' Release Date Revealed - July 8th 2016
'Into The Woods' brings together some excellent stories, a stellar cast and a fantastic composer.
Fairytale adaptations are gaining some serious popularity at the moment, while musicals on the big screen continue to be award magnets, put those two together and add an incredible ensemble cast and you have Rob Marshall's 'Into The Woods'.
Meryl Streep plays the wicked witch in 'Into The Woods'
This holiday season brings a rather special twist on the fairytale movie sub-genre, starring the likes of Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp and Chris Pine. While it's clear that Hollywood is enjoying bringing Grimm and Perrault's stories to life with such creations as 'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters' and the Emmy nominated series 'Once Upon A Time', 'Into The Woods' goes that step further. With an excellent musical score by the Academy Award winning Stephen Sondheim (composer of 'Sweeney Todd', contributor of 'Dick Tracy' and 'West Side Story' lyricist), we're expecting this movie to join that ever-popular brand of Oscar worthy musical cinema.
Continue reading: Will Stephen Sondheim Bring Fairytale Musical 'Into The Woods' An Oscar?
Roberto Orci is to helm 'Star Trek 3'
Roberto Orci, the Hollywood screenwriter best known for writing the first two Star Trek reboot movies, has been promoted to the director's chair for Star Trek 3. J.J Abrams helmed the first two instalments of the rebooted sci-fi franchise but is currently preoccupied with the small matter of Star Wars: Episode VII.
Roberto Orci Will Direct 'Star Trek 3'
Orci's name has been doing the rounds for several weeks now, and the Hollywood Reporter confirm he now has an offer from Paramount and Skydance.
Continue reading: Roberto Orci To Direct 'Star Trek 3' - But, Uh, Who Is He?
L'Wren Scott's death shook the fashion and music worlds this week, whilst a drunken actor got a driving ban and Johnny Depp's brain was uploaded into cyberspace.
RIP L'Wren Scott: L'Wren Scott, the esteemed fashion designer and girlfriend to The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, was found dead in her apartment on Monday having hanged herself. Read the full report. Mick and the band were on tour in Australia when the dreadful news broke, prompting them to cancel a show as the rocker tried to come to terms with the loss. Read his statement here. Having not left a suicide note, Scott's reasons will always be unknown but her company's financial details have shown that creditors were owed millions and that L'Wren was going to close her label. L'Wren Scott: 1964 - 2014.
Chris Pine Driving Ban: Star Trek actor Chris Pine pleaded guilty to DUI on Monday after he was caught drunk driving with his girlfriend after celebrating the wrap of new thriller, Z For Zachariah, in New Zealand. The 33 year-old star was fined and received a six month suspension on his New Zealand license, meaning he's going to have to look out for the designated driver next time he's out boozing.
The 'Star Trek' actor was caught drunk driving on his way home from a wrap party.
Chris Pine has pleaded guilty to a DUI charge after having being caught drunk driving in New Zealand. The 33 year-old Star Trek actor was handed a six month suspension of his New Zealand driving license and a $93 fine at an Ashburton court hearing today. Pine had been celebrating the wrap of his latest movie, Z For Zachariah, in the south island town of Methven when he was pulled over by cops doing a routine check.
Chris Pine's New Zealand Driving License Has Been Suspended For Six Months.
Pine wasn't identified by New Zealand police in their statement, which instead reported that a 33-year-old American was charged on the 1st March with driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit, which is .08 percent, after being stopped during a routine early morning check near Methven.
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube's cop comedy has screeched to top the worldwide box office.
Ride Along has topped the box office upon its first weekend of release, raking in $41.2 (£25.1) million worldwide and seeing off the likes of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Frozen and Wolf of Wall Street. Kevin Hart and Ice Cube's new comedy has far exceeded its forecasted $28m (£17m) and has become the biggest debut on record for the three-day Martin Luther King holiday in the US.
'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Has Narrowly Missed Out On Topping The Box Office Again.
Nikki Rocco, Universal Pictures' head of domestic distribution, said that the film's success could be partly attributed to good timing and that the movie is a hit with both male and female audiences, making it a perfect choice for a date night at the movies, via Reuters.
Keira Knightley and Chris Pine - Los Angeles Premiere of 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' at the TCL Chinese Theatre - Red Carpet Arrivals - Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 15th January 2014
Here’s what reviewers have been saying about Chris Pine’s new action thriller.
As Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit prepares for release worldwide, the critics' reviews have been formed and filed and could determine whether many see the film or not this January. If you're a film fan who was looking forward to Kenneth Branagh's new realisation of the late Tom Clancy's CIA hero Jack Ryan, you may want to click away now because it's not too pretty.
Chris Pine Leads As Jack Ryan In The Franchise's New Incarnation.
After Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck and Harrison Ford's incarnations of the young but heroic CIA agent, it's now Star Trek's Chris Pine's turn to take on the action role. Pine's Ryan starts out as a CIA office worker but is propelled into a daunting new world of special operations when he is enlisted to help thwart a major Russian terrorist plot.
Chris Pine came from nowhere to become one of the most-sought after actors in Hollywood. But where did he learn the great values of what not to do?
Chris Pine at the 'Star Trek: Into Darkness' premiere
The tables have certainly turned, for both actors. Being on the set of a film with an actress who was making $7 million a film taught Pine a lot. He opened up to The Hollywood Reporter for their January magazine.
Continue reading: Chris Pine Learned What Not To Do In Hollywood By Lindsay Lohan
Chris Pine and Jason Bateman - Jason Sudeikis gets hands on experience on being a dad while holding a baby on the set of "Horrible Bosses 2" filming in Burbank. The actor was joined by co stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Chris Pine who showed up on set for the first time to meet the guys. - Burbank, California, United States - Monday 2nd December 2013
Dench, Gordon-Levitt, Winslet and Louis-Dreyfus are all in Britain to present their new films at the London Film Festival, and a raft of new trailers promise action, drama, fantasy mayhem and a starry WWII adventure...
The stars continue to be out in London in the second week of the 57th London Film Festival. Judi Dench and Steve Coogan were on-hand with their new film Philomena, Joseph Gordon-Levitt got the crowd screaming outside the cinema before the screening of his writing-directing debut Don John, and. Click here for Philomena trailer and pics, or here for pics and the trailer for Don Jon and you can browse through our photo gallery of this week's Labor Day premiere in London.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus was also at the festival with filmmaker Nicole Holofcener for the UK premiere of their intelligent, offbeat romantic-comedy Enough Said, which features one of the final performances from the late James Gandolfini. It opens in British cinemas this weekend. You can read our Enough Said review here.
After the sad news Of Tom Clancy's death, the poster for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit movie adaptation is released.
Talented spy author Tom Clancy died earlier this week, but his legacy lives on via his many novels, his video games and his movies, which are still being made. The 66 year-old novelist died in a Baltimore hospital after a short illness.
Clancy Brought Thrilling Tales Of Espionage To Life.
With a personal fortune estimated at $47.8m (£33m), Clancy was one of the most productive, not to mention richest authors in the world. His most famous character Jack Ryan appeared in many of Clancy's novels and movies, including the famous The Hunt For Red October, starring Alec Baldwin and Sean Connery.
The fairytale mash-up musical is finally being turned into a movie, starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp and Chris Pine.
After its stage premiere in 1987, the hit Broadway musical Into The Woods will finally receive the Hollywood treatment after it has been announced that the James Lapine-written show will be turned into a movie. Also titled Into The Woods, the fantasy film will employ an all-star cast, including Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada), Chris Pine (Star Trek), Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean), Anna Kendrick (50/50) and James Cordon (Gavin & Stacey).
Meryl Streep Undergoes An Incredible Transformation Into The Witch.
The plot centres upon a witch (Streep) who is on a quest to dispel a curse placed upon her and in so doing regain her beauty. As the witch ventures into the woods, famous fairytales are namechecked and woven together in a musical myriad of mystic tales. The heartfelt and often funny musical will reference Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Jack and the Beanstalk and will serve as a modern take on the classic Brothers Grimm stories of old.
Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine - Chris Pine and Anna Kendrick play Cinderella and Prince Charming in the film In to the woods, filmed at Dover Castle - Dover, United Kingdom - Thursday 26th September 2013
Gosling is 10/1 to be the next Batman, whilst The Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is favorite to be the next Dark Knight
Since it was announced at the San Diego Comic Con over the weekend that Batman will be appearing alongside Superman in the follow-up to this years Man of Steel, the internet has been strife with discussion of who the next Batman should be. One of the leading contenders to done the famed black mask and cape is Ryan Gosling, who is one of the favourites to be the next saviour of Gotham City.
Ryan Gosling would make a good Batman
That said, many disagree that the Drive star should be the next actor to play the Dark Knight, and a slew of other actors are in serious contention to go toe-to-toe with Superman.
The trio are among an already impressive line-up due to appear in the Broadway musical adaptation.
Emily Blunt, Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine all look set to join up with Johnny Depp, James Cordon and Meryl Streep in the upcoming Disney flick Into The Woods. According to Variety the British actress and the two American actors are in advanced talks with Disney to take on a starring roles in the upcoming movie, which is being directed by Rob Marshall.
The film is based on the 1987 Stephen Sondheim fantasy Broadway musical of the same name, which revolves around a childless baker and his wife as they attempt to lift a family curse by going into the enchanted woods to confront the witch that first cast the spell on them.
Emily Blunt is set to star in the upcoming film
Reviews aren't entirely positive, but most give a glowing reception of the film
Star Trek Into Darkness took the UK box office by storm this weekend, and judging by the majority of reviews for the film it's easy to see why. Holding a firm 87% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 89% audience rating, the film looks on course to be a great success and is likely to spawn future Trek films too.
Whilst some comment that the film lacks the originality and freshness of it's predecessor, given that it is a sequel this dilema was always likely to occur. But many have found faults in the film besides this, with a number of reviewers harshly criticising the film for varying reasons. The New York Times' A.O. Scott is particularly critical of the style over substance nature of the film, noting that the film "sacrificed a lot of its idiosyncrasy and, worse, the large-spirited humanism that sustained [the series]."
Elsewhere, Liam Lacey of the Globe and Mail was equally critical of the bombastic nature of the film, rather harshly saying that a full viewing of the film is akin to "surviving a long beating."
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The cast showed up, looking their sharpest for the UK premiere.
The crew of Enterprise all looked flawless last night on the red carpet of the Star Trek Into Darkness premiere. Zoe Saldana, who reprised her role as Nyota Uhura from J J Abrams’s 2009 film, graced the premiere in a futuristic looking black and white gown. Unfortunately, the breezy fabric meant she had a couple of brushes with a potential wardrobe malfunction, but at least she looked fabulous throughout. Her co-stars, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto got decked out in classic ensembles in grey and blue. Newcomer to the series Alice Eve, on the other hand, decided to go with a strapless suede Ermano Servino number and she did not go wrong, looking perfectly polished throughout the night.
The actress looked radiant as she posed for pictures on the night of the premiere.
Star Trek Into Darkness is the second film in the series, reimagined by JJ Abrams and it is set to hit theatres May 9th. It follows the exploits of Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew, as they on a mission to halt an unstoppable force of terror from within Starfleet- said force is being played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the upcoming film. So while all we have to at this point are photos from the premiere, there is certainly a lot to look forward to in this film. Be excited. Be very excited. And maybe check out the Star Trek Into Darkness trailer below.
Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman and Chris Pine among award recipients at CinemaCon's closing night Big Screen Achievement Awards.
The honourees at this CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards proudly displayed their accolades on the red carpet at Caesars Palace on April 18th 2013.
This year twelve phenomenal actors and directors were awarded at the Las Vegas resort and casino as CinemaCon came to a close this week. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson landed Comedy Duo of the Year as they are set to reunite for the first time since 2005's 'Wedding Crashers' in 'The Internship'. Melissa McCarthy won Female Star of the Year after being hilarious in 'Identity Thief', while young Asa Butterfield who is set to star in 'Ender's Game' later this year won Rising Star of 2013. His co-star, Harrison Ford, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award while his other co-star Hailee Steinfeld was given an award dubbing her Female Star of Tomorrow as she takes on leading roles in 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Can a Song Save Your Life?' this year. Male Star of the Year went to Chris Pine with the upcoming release of 'Star Trek Into Darkness', 'Oblivion' star Morgan Freeman won Cinema Icon Award and Armie Hammer became Male Star of Tomorrow as he takes on the lead role in 'The Lone Ranger'. Other actresses to land awards were Aubrey Plaza with Breakthrough Performer of the Year as she is set to appear in 'The To Do List' and Elizabeth Banks from 'The Hunger Games' who won an Award of Excellence in Acting.
Another action-packed week in the world of entertainment saw Justin Bieber hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in Amsterdam, Psy proved he may not be a one-hit wonder, and Lindsay Lohan did her very best to hold up the Scary Movie 5 premiere.
Frankly, Do We Care? It's becoming familiar reading, though Justin Bieber committed another classic PR gaffe this week. The rules are: don't suffer a wardrobe malfunction, don't be racist or homophobic, and don't be insensitive to victims of the Holocaust. Justin Bieber committed one of these this week.
Psy-chic: South Korean rapper Psy appears to know exactly what the public want from their beat heavy catchy pop tunes. Actually, we're still not sure who's watching this guy's tunes, but over 80 million of you have watched the follow-up to Gangnam Style, Gentleman. Come on now, own up.
Continue reading: A Week In News: Bieber In Amsterdam, Psy Returns, Lindsay's Late
New stills released for Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Trek Into Darkness: Movie Poster
Two new stills have been launched from the app for Jj Abrams’ forthcoming Star Trek movie Star Trek Into Darkness and if you like looking at images of handsome men gazing pensively into the middle-distance, whilst wearing matching, smart turtle necks, in a star white, vaguely sci-fi context, then boy, this first photo is really going to get your pulse racing.
As always, we'll need to sift through a vast number of sequels and remakes to find something original next year. But here are a few things worth looking forward to. Of course, release dates are subject to change...
1. Star Trek: Into Darkness (May)
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As the year winds down, critics are making lists and checking them twice to decide which filmmakers have been naughty or nice. Top 10s are appearing everywhere, along with awards and nominations and even some worst of the year lists. And most film fans are anxiously awaiting the emergence of a front-runner in the Oscar race.
So far the love has been spread around between year-end releases like Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty and Ang Lee's Life of Pi, all of which earned key nominations from the Golden Globes last week and the London Critics' Circle Film Awards this week. Perhaps not quite so awards-worthy is the new Tom Cruise action romp Jack Reacher, which opens on Christmas.
Captain Kirk and his formidable Enterprise crew are back and this time danger is closer than they think. On returning to their home planet, they discover that a ruthless force integrated among them has caused massive destruction among the Starfleet and left their planet in total disaster. Kirk and the crew must band together for a life threatening mission that could destroy them all as they set out in a war against this terrible threat. But this time, lives are not the only thing at stake; friendships will be tested, hearts will be broken and Kirk must make sacrifices against his Enterprise family in order to finally settle the score with an old foe.
'Star Trek Into Darkness' becomes the twelfth 'Star Trek' movie since the sci-fi series released the first one, entitled 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture', in 1979. It serves as the sequel to the simply named 2009 film 'Star Trek' and has been directed by the same person J.J. Abrams ('Super 8') with writing credits from Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman ('The Legend of Zorro', 'Transformers', 'Cowboys & Aliens') and Damon Lindelof ('Prometheus'). It will finally hit screens after much anticipation on May 17th 2013 in the UK.
Starring: Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Alice Eve, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Peter Weller, John Cho, Nazneen Contractor, Bruce Greenwood, Heather Langenkamp, Nolan North,
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The new teaser trailer for Star Trek Into The Darkness does exactly what it should do: it teases. The film isn't out until the summer of 2013, but these trailers have got sci-fi fans licking their lips at the next instalment of the Star Trek saga.
In a trailer full of action, which we've come to expect from director Jj Abrams, Pike tell Kirk, "There's greatness in you, but not an ounce of humility. But there's going to come a moment when you're wrong about that. And you're going to get yourself, and everyone under your command, killed." The film's synopsis give us our only clues to the plot line, while everything else is garnered from scrutinizing trailers. It reads, "When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.
"With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.
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Vividly colourful details in the animation and script bring mythical characters to life in ways that are thoroughly engaging as this riotous action-comedy soars through its epic story. It's a bit frantic, barely pausing to let us admire the artistry, but it's a lively thrill-ride of a movie that will keep both adults and kids on the edge of their seats.
Jack Frost (Pine) is a lonely boy no one else can see, so he has no idea why he exists at all. He fills time creating snowy-icy mischief to make children laugh, and feels out of his depth when he is summoned by the Guardians of childhood: burly Russian Father Christmas (Baldwin), tough-talking Aussie Easter Bunny (Jackman), fluttering Tooth Fairy (Fisher) and wordless Sandman. They need him to help them defeat Pitch (Law), a boogeyman who is replacing children's imaginations with nasty nightmares in an effort to get them to believe only in him. So while Jack works out a plan to get rid of Pitch, he also needs to figure out if he belongs with the Guardians.
Screenwriter Lindsay-Abaire and the animation team have a lot of fun with the characters, which are loosely based on the William Joyce novels. Each person is fully formed, with terrific vocal work from gifted actors who pack their characters with personality, especially Baldwin and Jackman. So their interaction zings with attitude even as the imagery bursts with hilarious details. Since the story is centred on Jack, he's the one who carries us through, and he's an engaging reluctant hero in the vein of Harry Potter or Frodo Baggins. Watching him discover his own inner skills is often exhilarating.
Continue reading: Rise Of The Guardians Review
Fans of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings franchise will get an extra special treat should they head to their nearest IMAX 3-D cinemas to watch The Hobbit this festive season. Paramount Pictures has announced it will release the first nine minutes of J.J Abrams new Star Trek movie Into Darkness immediately before Jackson's new epic.
Nine minutes is a considerable sneak peek of a movie not set for release until May 2013. It also represents the first time that exclusive footage has played on IMAX 3-D screens. "Our longtime partners J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and the Bad Robot team have really hit it out of the park," said Imax Filmed Entertainment president Greg Foster in a statement on The Hollywood Reporter, "The footage is absolutely incredible." Abrams new movie welcomes back Chris Pine as a young Captain Kirk while Zachary Quinto plays Mr Spock, as he did in the 2009 original. Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch will star as the villain, though the specifics of his role have been kept safely under wraps. The British actor has remained coy on the issue, though did tell Shortlist, "I'll tell you this - it's iconic and it's exciting. I'm bored of denying that it's Khan now, because people keep saying it. It's a great part and it's really well written. I enjoyed the fights and the stunts, there's lots of that and it really is properaction movie territory."
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits cinemas in the U.S. on December 14, 2012. Star Trek Into Darkness hits on May 17, 2013.
There's an intriguing true story buried inside this overly structured drama, and by playing by simplistic screenwriting rules the filmmakers make everything trite and predictable. Fortunately, the cast is much better than the material, and they bring their characters to life with jaggedly engaging interaction and some resonant emotion.
The story centres on Sam (Pine), a fast-talking New York salesman who is in big trouble professionally. So when his estranged father dies in Los Angeles, it gives him a chance to escape. He heads off to see his mother (Pfeiffer) and find out what he has inherited. But the lawyers hand him a bag of cash that he has to give to smart 11-year-old Josh (D'Addario), whose barmaid mother Frankie (Banks) is the half-sister Sam never knew he had. Without revealing his identity, he worms his way into Frankie and Josh's life. But the Feds are catching up with him, and Frankie is about to learn who he really is.
This is one of those films that hinges completely on the characters' inability to talk to each other. So one honest conversation at the beginning would make this a very short movie! But no, the screenwriters force everything into an unnatural formula that completely undermines the genuinely interesting things going on. Even so, the actors manage to hold our interest, mainly due to some terrific chemistry. At the centre, Pine nicely holds his own in scenes with the wonderful Pfeiffer and Banks, while D'Addario proves to be a young actor to keep an eye on. Meanwhile, side characters add texture, most notably Duplass as a neighbour with the hots for Frankie, and Wilde as Sam's frazzled girlfriend.
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Sam is a successful salesman in his twenties who is dire need of a plan after he loses an $84,000 sale to debt. The loss comes at the same time he is informed of his estranged record producing father's sudden death. After reluctantly flying home to LA for the funeral, he is informed that his father left him $150,000 that he must deliver to his long lost sister Frankie who he never knew even existed, and her difficult pre-teen son Josh. Sam develops a close bond with Frankie and Josh and is shocked to learn that his father left Frankie's mother to be with his own mother.
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Rise of the Guardians is a spectacularly vibrant CGI motion picture that tells the story of four powerful guardians. Bunny is a cool Australian protector of nature who places Easter eggs around children's gardens for them to find; the Sandman is the dream guardian - he doesn't ever speak but it extremely wise; North is the Christmas guardian and a fierce tattooed warrior; and the Tooth Fairy is an elegant, half-human, half-hummingbird tooth collector - she collects childhood memories and returns them only when they are needed most. All the guardians must unite when the evil boogeymen known as Pitch threatens to take over the world spreading fear in the hearts and imaginations of children.
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Frank (Pine) and Tuck (Hardy) are best-pal CIA operatives who wouldn't know the word "subtle" if it clubbed them over the head. After a chaotic case in Hong Kong, they're grounded back home in L.A., and both decide to use the down time to find women. The problem is that they find the same woman, Lauren (Witherspoon), who struggles to decide which one is right for her. Certainly her married best pal Trish (Handler) is no help. The bigger problem is that Frank and Tuck use the agency's resources to sabotage each other.
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Agent 1 and Agent 2 are CIA Operatives who are also the best of friends who don't keep anything from each other. While at work one day, both agents tell each other about their respective girlfriends. When they express an interest in seeing what their girlfriends look like, they quickly turn their laptops around to show each other - but to their horror, their girlfriends turn out to be the same girl!
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Brainy Danny (Pucci) and his more action-oriented brother Brian (Pine) are driving through Colorado with Brian's girlfriend Bobby (Perabo) and their friend Kate (VanCamp) when they encounter a man (Meloni) who's trying to get his sick daughter (Shipka) to a clinic. She has the highly contagious disease that has killed off almost everyone, so extreme measures are needed to prevent infection. As they continue across the Southwest, heading for a Gulf Coast beach they remember from childhood, they encounter various other survivors and are forced to make some brutal decisions.
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Abrams' stylized reboot isn't the finest film in the 10-picture series, which dates back to 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture. That distinction still belongs to the second Trek feature, The Wrath of Khan, though Abrams and co-screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman wisely allow that film to influence most of their creative decisions.
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In 1976, all that changed. During the year of America's Bicentennial, a British merchant working in Paris came to California looking for participants for his exclusive tasting competition. He hoped to raise awareness of his failing shop and solidify his place in the snobbish wine society. Instead, winemonger Stephen Spurrier made history, and his accidental discoveries sent international palettes into something akin to Bottle Shock. Now, decades since the U.S. became part of cultured world cuisine, director Randall Miller offers up a serio-comic take on the event, and for the most part, it's as tasty as a well-aged Burgundy.
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Danny (Chris Pine), a good-looking young man who happens to be blind, doesn't want anyone's pity and doesn't really need it. Bolstered by a loving family and the support of his perpetually horny brother Larry (Eddie Kaye Thomas), he's making his way through life just fine and can even often get from point A to point B without using a cane.
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Chris Pine, the actor set to play Captain Kirk in the upcoming Star Trek film, has talked of the pressures of taking on the iconic role.
Smokin' Aces star Pine is to step into the shoes of William Shatner in the JJ Abrams picture which tells of the adventures of the Starship Enterprise during their time at Star Fleet academy.
Though he confirmed he would reveal "not a thing" during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 27-year-old did let slip some small details about the movie, set for a Boxing Day release.
"I think the biggest mistake I could ever do would be to try to recreate what Mr Shatner did," he explained. "There are certain qualities that Kirk has that are vital for someone who is a leader of men.
"And those qualities, I definitely wanted to take from what Mr Shatner did in the original series. But my job is to take something new, to Take That and build upon it, really do my own thing. I just feel no pressure when it comes to that."
The young actor admitted he can understand the fears of hardcore fans but attempt to allay some of their concerns.
"I don't have that many credits and people are very worried that their Kirk is going to be destroyed. But I can only say that we're having a great time. JJ has been wonderful and the cast is phenomenal. I think what we're doing is very special."
Pine said he had not met Shatner, but added: "I've met Mr Nimoy a couple of times. He's been on set and we have a couple of scenes in the film, which will be nice, and I'm excited for those."
Though Heroes star Zachary Quinto is to play the young Vulcan, Pine's comments could imply that time travel is featured in the movie or that flashbacks will be used.
After a call for 'odd-looking' extras, much of the movie's major casting has been completed.
British comedy favourite Simon Pegg will play the young Scotty, Lord Of The Rings actor Karl Urban stars as Leonard 'Bones' McCoy and comic actor John Cho plays Mr Sulu.
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Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven) is a Vegas card sharp come gangster and former member of the La Cosa Nostra (LCN), one of the largest criminal organizations in the United States. In exchange for a vanishing act with Witness Protection, Israel (who is currently hiding out in the penthouse of The Nomad Casino in Lake Tahoe with his posse of bodyguards and hookers), has agreed to testify against his former mentor, Primo Sparazza, and the LCN.
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As a group of 30-ish friends gather Big Chill style for a month in the Hamptons, they can't know tragedy awaits. The core of the group is the enchanting Sara (Alex Davalos), the lifelong muse of her best friend, gay writer Adam (Tom Everett Scott), who shows up with his boyfriend Shawn (Chris Pine). Also in the group: Sara's school chums, Maddy (Lauren German) and her husband Peter (Josh Hopkins), along with their new baby.
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My job will become that much harder if the 19-year-old keeps appearing in fare like Just My Luck. Lohan stars as a P.R. agent living a life in which good luck sticks to her like dandruff. Give her a lottery ticket to scratch, she'll win something. One elevator door closes; another one opens. Meanwhile, elsewhere in New York City, a young music promoter (Chris Pine) has nothing but bad luck, which we find out courtesy of a drawn-out sequence.
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Now a college graduate, Princess Mia (Anne Hathaway) has returned to her home country of Genovia to celebrate her 21st birthday. According to Genovian law, she is eligible to replace her widely popular grandmother (Julie Andrews) as the queen. Unfortunately for the young Mia, the law also states that a princess must be married before she is crowned. Complicating matters further, Viscount Mabrey (John Rhys-Davies) demands that his nephew Sir Nicholas (Chris Pine) is the rightful heir to the throne. What's a princess to do?
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