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“Star Trek Into Darkness” with “The Hobbit”

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Yes, I did use this picture because Simon Pegg’s wearing a kilt. Like a boss…

In a bold effort to monopolise the attentions of Chez Fluffrick on December 14th, IMAX have announced that screenings of “The Hobbit” on that day will be preceded by nine minutes of “Star Trek Into Darkness” prologue footage.

Just. Take. My. Money. Now.

This footage will be available in 500 IMAX 3D screens worldwide, and I’m hoping that my local Sheffield cinema will be amongst the lucky havens of nerdery receiving such an early Festivus gift – it’ll make up for my local IMAX not being one of the locations with projection capable of displaying “The Hobbit” in Peter Jackson’s much-discussed High Frame Rate presentation.

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From VFX to No FX? The near-death and resurrection of Digital Domain…

 

Formerly an industry leader, now just about hanging on – Digital Domain, James Cameron‘s VFX house this week staved off bankruptcy…

It’s something of a conundrum – visual effects work is the life-blood of summer blockbusters, tv shows, music videos and commercials, but the business behind it is utterly cut-throat and increasingly parlous – witness this week’s near-bankrupt Digital Domain.

Once the brainchild of Billion Dollar King of the World, James Cameron, and the late, lamented Stan Winston, the latter-day Digital Domain expanded from its core effects business to producing  a now on-hold animated feature, “The Legend of Tembo”  and just this week avoided going to the wall entirely – and it’s by no means alone.

Chances are that you’ve seen D.D.s  contributions to Cameron’s Titanic, , the J.J. Abrams “Star Trek”, the “Transformers” series, Fincher‘s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button & The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo or “Thor”.

An excellent story by Bill Desowitz, over at the always illuminating Thompson on Hollywood, relates just how tough it is to keep your head above water in the business of painting digital dreams…

 

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Federation Force

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Splendidly nifty TrekArt by Dylan Meconis, whose ‘Heroine of the Hour’ blog is here – originally found at the always awesome SuperPunch compendium of joy…

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Commander in Geek

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Nichelle Nichols and fan, April 2012.  More at The Mary Sue.

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Buckaroo Banzai joins the Starship Enterprise…

Let me the 5,334th blogger to hope that he's playing Banzai in the next "Star Trek"...

More good news on the casting for J.J. Abrams’ next “Star Trek” movie – following on from the news that British thesp Alice Eve is lined-up to star (the internet scuttlebutt has her playing everyone from Nurse Chapel to a curiously attractive Tribble) comes the word via various blogs that Peter Weller is signed up for an a typically unspecified role.

He’s still a really great actor, as anybody who saw his excellent guest spot on “Fringe” will surely attest, so perhaps he’s going to play a conflicted nasty piece of work if he isn’t on the side of Kirk and co.

More speculation surely awaits as we await the  release of the film in 2013

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“Star Trek 2” delayed to 2013, time-travelling Borg conspiracy unconfirmed.

For nerds, by nerds, watched by the normals too. Funny old universe.

Given the delay in sleight-of-hand-loving, hypethenate geek overlord J.J. Abrams confirming his involvement and the wait for an approved script, and perhaps because Paramount doesn’t like us very much and won’t let us have nice things, the announcement today that the second “Star Trek” movie won’t be with us until 2013 comes as no big surprise.

Paramount are having another crack at turning “G.I. Joe” into a film that you might want to see – good luck with that particular Herculean labour, folks – and that accounts for their Summer 2012 focus.  The end of 2012 will likely belong to the first part of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of “The Hobbit” and the next Bond movie, so as nobody with a brain is releasing much else at the end of next year, the second entry in the rebooted series is boldly going to a summer 2013 bow.

I’m all for waiting if the resultant film is as enjoyable as part one was and despite a lot of aggrieved chatter from the devout fans of classic Trek online, I felt that “Star Trek” was a reboot which absolutely worked and was the first salvo in a SF series that was infinitely more desirable than a new “Star Wars” movie.

Not great news for a blogger’s 300th post, but them’s the breaks.

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“Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Fenster”

Khan! Or possibly not...

Casting is gearing up for the next J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” – by offering him the role of main villain in the second installment of his rebooted movie series.

Speculation, of course, logically follows that he might be playing Khan if the series follows the pattern of Paramount’s original movies with the classic “Trek” cast, but that remains to be seen.

Having asked Mrs Rolling Eyeballs if this casting is a good idea – she’s a big “Trek” fan like I’m quite a big “30 Rock” fan – she’s sure that it is and that he’ll be a good bad guy (Eric Bana was fine in the first Abrams “Star Trek”, but he wasn’t really what you would call a bad fella – more a misguided, grief-afflicted guy driven mad and blaming all of the wrong people for the fate of those near and dear to him).

A small request to Abrams and his Bad Robot team – can we have 100% less annoyingly anachronistic usage of Beastie Boys songs to denote rebellion (to an intended audience who don’t remember the Beastie Boys) in the sequel?  Nice one.

 

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