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.
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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)''
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He'll be working alongside author and Jackson fan Tavis Smiley.
As we approach the 7th anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, director J.J. Abrams and author Tavis Smiley announce that they are uniting to develop a TV show about the last few months of the King of Pop's life. It will be based on brand new book by Smiley himself.
Michael Jackson's final days to play out in TV mini-series
Today (June 21st 2016), Tavis Smiley has unveiled his 'novelistic rendering' of Michael Jackson's last few months of life in the book 'Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days' through Little Brown and Co.. And with semi-fictional accounts of real celebrity events, such as 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story', becoming remarkably popular, it will later be turned into a mini-series with Smiley as executive producer alongside 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' director J.J. Abrams.
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J.J. Abrams , Kobe Bryant - 2016 American Film Institute Life Achievement Award Gala Honoring John Williams held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood at Dolby Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 9th June 2016
It joins '10 Cloverfield Lane' and the upcoming ghost story 'The Conjuring 2'.
This year is quite the year for horror. We've already seen a good handful of epic chillers and it's not stopping there. Stephen King's 'Cell' is the latest movie to be announced for release later this year, but here's a look at what we've seen so far and what's to come this summer.
Meet the band in exhilarating horror 'Green Room'
1. Green Room - Patrick Stewart as a ruthless psychopath determined to murder a punk band may seem an unlikely concept but that's what makes this nerve shredding horror (directed by Jeremy Saulnier of 'Blue Ruin') so grippingly intense. When a band shows up at neo-Nazi bar for a show, they unwittingly find themselves witnesses to a brutal murder - and now they're next on the hitlist. Alongside Patrick Stewart, the movie also stars Joe Cole from 'Peaky Blinders', '28 Weeks Later' actress Imogen Poots and 'Star Trek Into Darkness' star Anton Yelchin.
Continue reading: 'Green Room' Tops Our List Of 2016's Most Exciting Horrors
The British comedy star may just be one of the most unlikely ‘Star Wars’ castings ever.
Ade Edmondson, star of classic TV comedies ‘Bottom’ and ‘The Young Ones’ has reportedly been cast in the next Star Wars movie, Episode VIII. The unlikely casting is said to have come after Ade made a good impression on both director Rian Johnson and executive producer Jj Abrams.
Ade Edmondson has reportedly landed a role in Star Wars Episode VIII.
A source told The Sun: “Ade is one of the most-loved comedy stars in the UK but even he would admit Star Wars is a surprise move for him. While JJ Abrams isn’t directing, he is still heavily involved and he is really keen on British talent.”
Continue reading: Ade Edmondson Reportedly Lands Role In 'Star Wars Episode VIII'
'Mad Max: Fury Road' and 'Spectre' were also big winners.
Just when you thought film awards season was over, the 2016 Jameson Empire Awards rolled in last night (March 20th 2016) to heap some much deserved praise on the epic of the year 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'; a film which didn't manage to land an Oscar and wasn't even recognised at the Golden Globes in spite of its enormous appeal.
Daisy Ridley wins for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
The film won Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy, beating 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2', 'Jurassic World', 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and 'The Martian'. However, it was beaten to Best Film (presented by Sky Movies) over all by Leonardo DiCaprio's 'The Revenant'. It also lost out on Best Costume Design to 'Mad Max: Fury Road', which was another major winner at the awards show when it also landed Best Soundtrack.
Continue reading: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Steals The Show At 2016 Empire Awards
Rich Cline picks out his top films of 2015.
There were some nice surprises in cinemas this year, with thoughtful thrillers, quality blockbusters, exhilarating franchise reboots and twists on familiar genres...
10. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
An Iranian vampire movie shot in California, this super-cool black and white comedy-thriller is witty, scary and sexy. It's also so original that it takes the breath away.
9. Inside Out
Pixar triumphs again with this inventive look inside the mind of a young girl struggling with her emotions. It's colourful, hilariously silly and also the kind of movie that can make grown men cry.
Continue reading: Rich Cline's 10 Best Films Of 2015
Appealing both to a new generation of viewers and fans of the series since the beginning, this 30-years-later sequel to 1983's Return of the Jedi is a thrilling adventure. Filmmaker J.J. Abrams has managed to capture the tone of the original trilogy while telling a story about young, vibrant new characters whose connection to the overall saga deepens intriguingly as events unfurl.
Over the past three decades, the Empire has regrouped, forming the First Order to crush the Old Republic for good. And the plucky Rebellion hasn't offered much resistance since leader Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) disappeared. The Empire's top henchman Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is searching for him just as diligently as the rebel leader General Leia (Carrie Fisher). But the real action is happening out of their grasp, as disaffected storm trooper Finn (John Boyega) teams up with rebel pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac) and then feisty scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) and expressive droid BB-8. Along the way, Han Solo and Chewbacca (Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew) find themselves back in the fray. And everyone is startled when there's a strong stirring in the force.
Abrams beautifully recreates the scruffy, clanky mechanical atmosphere of the original trilogy, infusing scenes with witty banter and John William's soaring score to throw us right back into that familiar galaxy. This includes the saga's main themes: the temptation of power, how true heroism is often accidental, and the tension between parents and children. Combine this with a plot that propels itself with a series of unexpected adventures and battles, all centred on the characters, and the film taps strongly into the teen in all of us.
Continue reading: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Review
It's pretty much THE movie event of the whole year.
'Star Wars' fever has been rife all year, but nowhere was it more infectious than at the world premiere of 'The Force Awakens' yesterday (December 14th 2015). Packed with fans, celebrities as well as the stars of the movie, this was a film event of titanic proportions.
George Lucas and Jj Abrams buddy up at the Star Wars premiere
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' made it's premiere in Los Angeles, though the night became so busy that it had to be spread from the Dolby Theater to the TCL Chinese and El Capitan as well. The director of the previous movies George Lucas showed, to the delight of new director and major fan J.J. Abrams. Lucas previously described having to attend the premiere as being like a divorced father at his grown child's wedding, but in this case it seems stepfather Abrams couldn't have been more right for the continuation of the 'Star Wars' project.
Daniel Fleetwood was granted a special screening of the new 'Star Wars' film last Thursday.
Daniel Fleetwood, a terminally ill Star Wars fan, who was granted his dying wish to see The Force Awakens film last week, has died. The 32 year old Texan, who had an aggressive form of cancer that had spread to 90% of his lungs, was granted the chance to see the film months before it hits cinemas, after the social media campaign #forcefordaniel went viral.
Terminally ill Star Wars fan Daniel Fleetwood has died, days after viewing The Force Awakens.
His wife Ashley, confirmed his death in a Facebook post on Tuesday, writing: “He passed in his sleep and in peace. He will always be my idol and my hero. Rest in peace my love. Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end. He is now one with God and with the force.”
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