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Abrams Talks Star Trek + New Banner December 16, 2008 4:00 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Images, Movies, News, Star Trek.
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startrekbanner-121608Abrams conducted a short interview with MTV where the Star Trek director discussed several aspects of the film, including its humor, Leonard Nimoy’s involvment and the difference between his ‘Trek’ and Trek films of the past.

Paramount also released a new banner of the crew, which you’ll find posted above.  Click to enlarge.

Here’s some of the interview, click here to read the rest.

MTV: Having been fortunate enough to view a few scenes recently, do you think fans will be surprised by the amount of humor in the film? [Editor’s note: In one sequence, an allergic reaction to medication results in massive swelling of Kirk’s hands and face … think “Nutty Professor.”]

Abrams: It’s funny, because when you see a quarter of something or less, it’s easy to draw conclusions about what the whole thing is. The thing with the hands is probably the most extreme sort of borderline-silly thing that happens in the movie. But the humor in the movie is constant within the wit of the characters. And I think when you look at the original “Star Trek” show, there was actually a great deal of humor.

MTV: We’ve seen Nimoy delivering his classic “Live long and prosper” line in the trailer. Is he fundamental to the story line, or is it more or less a glorified cameo?

Abrams: No, it’s no cameo. He’s in the movie, and his role is critical. I always think “cameo” feels like a role that the movie could exist without. This is critical, emotional and also a story element.

MTV: When you look at the other “Star Trek” films, what are they missing that you wanted to bring to yours?

Abrams: There are a number of things that I think are unique to this movie. There’s a level of relevance that I think is really because of the actors playing the part. I didn’t want to just re-create or reset everything, I thought going back to those characters was important. [In previous films] when we met those characters, we met them pre-established. They’d already been working together, they already knew each other. They had this history. And for some reason, the origin of those relationships of those characters was something that probably would have helped me, at least, connect to them and understand why I should care about them and who they were.

So on those fundamental levels, none of the movies have had that before. But on a much more practical level, “Star Trek” has never had the opportunity, nor the resources, to be realized in this way. Things like the ships and the battles and the planets and the chases and the action sequences … and do them in a way that felt thrilling and terrifying and entertaining in a way that the show and the prior movies simply couldn’t afford to do. I feel we were able to bring to life, in a way we’ve never seen before, what it is to be a member of Starfleet. And that’s kind of cool.

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New Wonder Woman Images + Q&A With Alfred Molina December 13, 2008 6:27 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Blu-ray, DVD, Images, News, Wonder Woman.
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Warner Bros. has released several new images from their upcoming straight-to-video DC Universe animated original movie Wonder Woman.

Also, click through the jump to read a new Q&A with actor Alfred Molina, who voices Ares in the film.

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Synopsis

Produced by the multiple Emmy® Award winning animation legend Bruce Timm, Wonder Woman is an origin– story and features a stellar celebrity voice cast including Keri Russell (Waitress, Felicity), Nathan Fillion (Desperate Housewives), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Rosario Dawson (Sin City), Oliver Platt (The West Wing) and David McCallum (NCIS). Wonder Woman begins on the mystical island of Themyscira, where a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons resides. They have raised Princess Diana, a daughter of stunning beauty, extraordinary strength and incredible fighting prowess. Diana possesses a host of super human powers granted to her by the gods and goddesses of Olympus and her strength and stamina are unparalleled. When Air Force fighter pilot Steve Trevor crash lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares (the God of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazons and has decided to exact his revenge by starting a world war that will destroy them all. It is up to Princess Diana to save her people and the world by using her gifts to become the ultimate Wonder Woman. http://www.wonderwomanmovie.com

Wonder Woman hits DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def on March 3, 2009.

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ABC Family Harry Potter Special Weekend Details + New Photo December 5, 2008 7:20 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Images, Movies, News.
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harrypotterandthehalfbloodprince-120508USA Today has posted an article online discussing a special Harry Potter weekend that will kick off this evening on ABC Family.  In addition to airing all four films (including the worldwide premiere of the extended edition–10 extra minutes–of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), other footage related to the franchise will also be shown.

“There were scenes that got cut in the interest of keeping the length down that were really fun and good,” says producer David Heyman.

The deleted scenes include extended segments with Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his buddy Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and their respective flirtations, as well as a scene with Mad Eye Moody (Brendan Gleeson) and Barty Crouch (Sam Hazeldine) following the underwater sequence of the Tri-Wizard Tournament.

Footage from the sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (July 17, 2009) will also be shown, including a look into the tortured past of Lord Voldemort/Tom Riddle–pictured above.

“It’s different than the other films,” says Heyman. “It’s not the non-stop action that some of the others are, although there is some action. It’s more of an emotional film. We follow multiple stories: Harry’s relationship with Ginny Weasley, Ron’s relationship with Lavender Brown. … There also is Hermione’s discomfort with Ron’s relationship with Lavender. There’s Draco Malfoy’s story. And then there’s Harry’s relationship with (Hogwarts headmaster and professor) Dumbledore. We’re following these multiple stories that enrich the canvas.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone airs Friday (7:30 p.m. ET/PT) and Saturday (1:30 p.m. ET/PT). Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets airs Saturday (5 p.m. ET/PT) and Sunday (12:30 p.m. ET/PT). Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban airs Saturday (9 p.m ET/PT) and Sunday (4:30 p.m. ET/PT). The extended version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will have its world television premiere Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET/PT).

Source: USA Today