Justin Lin directing Star Trek 3

It was confirmed late last night that Justin Lin is replacing Roberto Orci as the director of Star Trek 3.

Lin is often citied as the savour of the Fast and Furious franchise. He did a great job with 5 and 6.

He’s seemingly a left-field choice, but with the news that Paramount are using Guardians of the Galaxy as a template, it doesn’t really seem that surprising.

The first two installments of the updated franchise were helmed by JJ Abrams, who did a great job of rebooting the franchise. I had my problems with into Darkness, but it was still an enjoyable film.

Abrams and Orci are still involved with the film, as producers.

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Kevin Smith visits the Star Wars set

It’s well documented that Kevin Smith is a die hard Star Wars fan, he has referenced the franchise in nearly all of his films.
Smith is currently in the UK, touring two of his many podcasts and was invited along to the set by JJ Abrams.
Due to the NDA (non disclosure agreement) that he had to sign, he couldn’t reveal any details of the film. But he did put out this picture on his Instagram account with the following text.

“Visited JJ and his EP VII set. I signed the NDA so all I can share are this old Bantha-Tracks subscriber’s tears and snotty nose of joy. The Force is WITH this movie. Holy Sith…”

Smith mentioned on the most recent episode of Hollywood babble-on, which was record before the visit:

“I got an Email about a month ago from a dude who was like ‘Hey Kev, we haven’t talked in a while. Been thinking about you.
We just started shooting in the desert, man. We’re heading over to London, if you’re gonna be in London, then blow me up and roll up on the set, man’.
signed JJ Abrams.

So I hit him back and I was like, ‘I am gonna be in fucking England. I’m coming over to do some shows with my friend Ralph’.

So he was like ‘oh great, then you’ve gotta come stop by the set’.

So, I was just like, wow. How easy was this? I didn’t have to ask, he hit me up out of nowhere and shit.
And I’m sitting there going, I don’t know him that well. So I started second guessing it and I was like you know what, I’ve gotta see if this is legit. So I wrote him back an email and I was like
‘I just checked in with your office, so I’m all set to visit. But just in case, I wanna put this out there just in case you hit the wrong Kevin in your address book, this is Kevin Smith. The Clerks guy’
and he wrote back the perfect email, just a two letter response ‘oh fuck’.”

Andy Serkis talks Star Wars

We’ve long assumed that Andy Serkis would play a mo-caped character in Star Wars: Episode VII.
In a recent interview with Sci-Fi Now, the man himself said that his company, The Imaginarium, will be doing all of the mo-cap work for the film. Although he doesn’t confirm if he is playing a mo-cap character.

He said:
“It’s extraordinary. I grew up with Star Wars and was a massive fan of the original films. I never imagined in a million years that I’d be engaging with this. It’s just come about so organically.
“J.J. Abrams and I met, and we just had this incredible kind of vibe between us. He said, ‘You’d fit really well in this universe,’ and I said, ‘I think I probably could.’ We’re working very closely, as I say, in two ways: the Imaginarium is providing all of the performance characters, and I myself am playing a character in it.
“I’m thrilled, deeply excited. Sitting at that read-through the other day was just extraordinary. It was an amazing event; being with the original cast was just incredible. I just think the script is so wonderful, and both the old and the newbies in the cast are just so thrilled and excited to get together.”

I’m excited by his casting, Serkis is the pioneer of motion capture acting.

Episode 95: Star Trek into darkness

In which Martyn and Mark attempt to discuss the film, but find it difficult to stay on course and they travel around the trekverse.

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JJ Abrams to direct Star Wars?

Unless this is the only website you visit, you will have alread20130125-104243.jpgy heard that JJ Abrams is reportedly in talks to bring his lens flare direction to the next Star Wars movie.
According to the Hollywood reporter Abrams is about to sign on the dotted line. The film is slowly gaining memento. A few months ago Toy Story 3 writer, Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) was confirmed as the writer. I’m sure it won’t be long until we hear some casting news.
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