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J.J. Abrams talks about upping the ante in this Star Trek Into Darkness featurette and a look at the prequel video game

02.19.2013

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS may be the best studio job at keeping a plot secret/misdirected since the advent of the Internet. We still have no real idea what the movie is about and a billion questions. J.J. Abrams better bring this same level of mystery to STAR WARS. But, as we inch closer and closer to the release date for INTO DARKNESS, expect more and more to be revealed. Here we have a new featurette that gives us little new information but a lot of perspective on how the sequel will top the original.

My only qualm is that they keep pushing the 3D of the movie. Uh, if I am wrong (which I am not), STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS was post-converted and J.J. Abrams himself said "The key for me is I got to make my 2D movie that I wanted to make, just the way I wanted to; and it gets to be augmented in 3D but that doesn't detract from the 2D." Now he just sounds like a shill for the studio. And then there is Zoe Saldana, who starred in the quintessential 3D movie AVATAR saying this is what 3D was made for. F*cking post-conversion.

We also get a look at the upcoming STAR TREK video game. The co-op game is unique for movie video games in that it actually serves as a story set prior to STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS instead of being a playable version of the film. I think that will definitely keep the replay value higher, especially if it gives gamers and Trekkies a chance to explore for possible easter eggs in the movie itself.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Bruce Greenwood, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Peter Weller, Alice Eve, and Karl Urban opens everywhere on May 17, 2013.

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8:21AM on 02/20/2013
Abrams said he made the film he wanted in 2D, and thought they'd done a decent job with the 3D conversion. I don't know if that makes him a shill for the studio, just someone who's realistic about how things work and why he keeps getting to make films. We're stuck with 3D for the time being, and hopefully its implementation will keep improving. I've yet to see a post-converted film that looked fantastic, but if I end up seeing this in 3D maybe they will have taken it to a new level - who knows
Abrams said he made the film he wanted in 2D, and thought they'd done a decent job with the 3D conversion. I don't know if that makes him a shill for the studio, just someone who's realistic about how things work and why he keeps getting to make films. We're stuck with 3D for the time being, and hopefully its implementation will keep improving. I've yet to see a post-converted film that looked fantastic, but if I end up seeing this in 3D maybe they will have taken it to a new level - who knows yet?
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5:51AM on 02/20/2013

Um...

It still has to work in 2D because otherwise you wouldn't want to see it on DVD or HBO.
It still has to work in 2D because otherwise you wouldn't want to see it on DVD or HBO.
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9:06PM on 02/19/2013
Not sure why JJ is getting a pass on these trek films of his. When Bay said he was gonna change the history of the teenage mutant ninja turtles everyone was pissed off. He was going to change them, and make them his own - that is what JJ is doing with Trek. By JJ's own words he was not a trek fan - and he was the one that wanted a superman movie where Krypton didnt explode and Luthor was Kryptonian! Boy he wouldve been blasted if that got made, but i guess when he fucks up trek its ok, cause
Not sure why JJ is getting a pass on these trek films of his. When Bay said he was gonna change the history of the teenage mutant ninja turtles everyone was pissed off. He was going to change them, and make them his own - that is what JJ is doing with Trek. By JJ's own words he was not a trek fan - and he was the one that wanted a superman movie where Krypton didnt explode and Luthor was Kryptonian! Boy he wouldve been blasted if that got made, but i guess when he fucks up trek its ok, cause trek is for losers and JJ made it cool. He is doing what bay did to transformers. Of course his movie isnt as bad, but its the same ratio of change.
If they wanted to keep the trek name, why didnt they make NEW characters! I would be ok with that! Why mess up the time line and go backwards??? Make something new with new characters to build on. I guess that would require imaination.
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10:21PM on 02/19/2013
Trek is not for losers. I don't even know what the hell you just wrote.
Trek is not for losers. I don't even know what the hell you just wrote.
10:33PM on 02/19/2013
duh, i am a trekker. i am saying the reason people are NOT pissed off that JJ ruined Trek is because THOSE people think its for losers, not that i do.
duh, i am a trekker. i am saying the reason people are NOT pissed off that JJ ruined Trek is because THOSE people think its for losers, not that i do.
10:31AM on 02/20/2013
I'm a Trekkie too, and your opinion that he ruined trek, is just that....your opinion. I loved JJ's first movie. The reason they didn't use new characters is because TOS characters are the ones that the world knows....and I think he made a fun and exciting movie...and I'm not alone in that opinion. A majority of the TOS actors, and even TNG actors, loved the movie as well.

I respect the fact that you don't like what he did, but you have to stop feeling he erased the previous movies. In his
I'm a Trekkie too, and your opinion that he ruined trek, is just that....your opinion. I loved JJ's first movie. The reason they didn't use new characters is because TOS characters are the ones that the world knows....and I think he made a fun and exciting movie...and I'm not alone in that opinion. A majority of the TOS actors, and even TNG actors, loved the movie as well.

I respect the fact that you don't like what he did, but you have to stop feeling he erased the previous movies. In his timeline, yes he did, but it's not like you had to turn in your old dvds or something like that. And its well known that the PRIME Universe still exists....so there could still very well be new Trek that comes to the small screen in that universe.
10:39AM on 02/20/2013
It is my opinion and i have a lot to back it up with. Transformers 3 was also exciting. Great action sequences, and amazing effects! But that doesnt mean its a good transformers movie. JJ doesnt care about trek man, i dont see how true fans can really back him up at all. I get slack for liking DS9 - people told me "its not Gene's vision etc" well how the fuck is this his vision too? I dont care if trekkies like it or not, it fucking sucks. It is NOT star trek. Just like Adam West Batman is NOT
It is my opinion and i have a lot to back it up with. Transformers 3 was also exciting. Great action sequences, and amazing effects! But that doesnt mean its a good transformers movie. JJ doesnt care about trek man, i dont see how true fans can really back him up at all. I get slack for liking DS9 - people told me "its not Gene's vision etc" well how the fuck is this his vision too? I dont care if trekkies like it or not, it fucking sucks. It is NOT star trek. Just like Adam West Batman is NOT batman (even though i love the adam west batman). I am not pissed at anyone that likes JJ's trek - just admit that its NOT trek. Oh and now that JJ has fucked it all up, this is what trek will be to people. None of these so called new fans are gonna go back and watch the originals now.
8:30AM on 02/21/2013
I'm not a huge Trek fan, but I did like the movie. I am a huge Turtle fan though. From what I do know about the show, he didn't ruin this story, but used pre-existing subject matter the the Star Trek universe already created, like time travel and worm holes, to manipulate the story completely. So it's actually more of a sequel really. Micheal Bay, who I don't mind, and actually enjoy most of his movies, is changing a huge thing about the Turtles. The Turtles are neat because they are turtles
I'm not a huge Trek fan, but I did like the movie. I am a huge Turtle fan though. From what I do know about the show, he didn't ruin this story, but used pre-existing subject matter the the Star Trek universe already created, like time travel and worm holes, to manipulate the story completely. So it's actually more of a sequel really. Micheal Bay, who I don't mind, and actually enjoy most of his movies, is changing a huge thing about the Turtles. The Turtles are neat because they are turtles trying to be human, because that's what they where near when they get oozed. They're not alien outcasts trying to fit in. They're human outcasts. It's what makes them easy to relate to. Plus the Ooze, and splinters past has always been a huge part of the story. With all that said, I'm still interested because I like the Turtles. Not like the Trekkies who won't give change a chance.
9:12PM on 02/21/2013
Totally agree... as a film, it was enjoyable. As an installment, ANY installment, be it reboot, retelling, revision, etc....it was terrible. Too many shortcuts and horrible renditions of characters that had an established aesthetic to them. There was no care in the way he handled the characters, he went for quick easy passes and jump cuts that did little to add to the depth of the film. It was an overdone TV movie, and while I had fun, it was not Trek.

Wait until Star Wars comes out...the
Totally agree... as a film, it was enjoyable. As an installment, ANY installment, be it reboot, retelling, revision, etc....it was terrible. Too many shortcuts and horrible renditions of characters that had an established aesthetic to them. There was no care in the way he handled the characters, he went for quick easy passes and jump cuts that did little to add to the depth of the film. It was an overdone TV movie, and while I had fun, it was not Trek.

Wait until Star Wars comes out...the same complaints people had about the 'new' Spock and Kirk will spill over to the new Mouse Wars.
9:46PM on 02/21/2013
Deaken black - i understand that you would think that being a non-fan, but he did change stuff that was essential to trek - Guybrush - totally agree - this is what i am saying! I mean having spock date uhura was bad - in any continuity. see JJ didnt feel like researching trek - or reading a 2 page bio on kirk. so he sleeps with the teacher and passes the test - well after seeing khan i thought that kirk was so amazing that he rigged the test to that it could be beaten, not simply just screwed
Deaken black - i understand that you would think that being a non-fan, but he did change stuff that was essential to trek - Guybrush - totally agree - this is what i am saying! I mean having spock date uhura was bad - in any continuity. see JJ didnt feel like researching trek - or reading a 2 page bio on kirk. so he sleeps with the teacher and passes the test - well after seeing khan i thought that kirk was so amazing that he rigged the test to that it could be beaten, not simply just screwed the teach. i mean its very lazy on jj's part.

Oh he will screw star wars, dont worry!

There are four lights.
6:52PM on 02/19/2013

reminds me of Nolan's Batman

The first movie redefined the franchise and was considered the best in the series yet. And when the sequel came out it one upped the first on every level. Let's just hope the third movie won't be a step down like "The Dark knight Rises" was. And with Abrams now leaving for Star Wars, i can't help but feel thats whats going to happen
The first movie redefined the franchise and was considered the best in the series yet. And when the sequel came out it one upped the first on every level. Let's just hope the third movie won't be a step down like "The Dark knight Rises" was. And with Abrams now leaving for Star Wars, i can't help but feel thats whats going to happen
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10:33AM on 02/20/2013
From the stories I've seen, JJ is directing the 1st movie, but it looks like others may be brought in for the others in the trilogy, but there is a small window if JJ is going to do all three SW movies that he could make STIII.
From the stories I've seen, JJ is directing the 1st movie, but it looks like others may be brought in for the others in the trilogy, but there is a small window if JJ is going to do all three SW movies that he could make STIII.
9:19PM on 02/21/2013
You're right about JJ's Trek redefining the franchise....but more in the way Superman Returns redefined that franchise.
You're right about JJ's Trek redefining the franchise....but more in the way Superman Returns redefined that franchise.
6:45PM on 02/19/2013
This movie is going to kick so much ass!! To j-man: All the Star Trek movies have been about unreasonably pissed off villains that blow shit up. In fact thats the basis for pretty much all action films. Why you so mad?
This movie is going to kick so much ass!! To j-man: All the Star Trek movies have been about unreasonably pissed off villains that blow shit up. In fact thats the basis for pretty much all action films. Why you so mad?
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9:01PM on 02/19/2013
Yes, but most trekkers agree that the films were lesser to the series (in all cases). But the villain in part one was retarded - NO ONE can stop a super nova - so lets blow up vulcan - and not ONE Romulan said "hey boss why the fuck are we waiting around for 30 years doing nothing waiting to get revenge on Spock - he tried his best" All trek movies show at least some opposition to the villain from his own side. And Khan (for example) actually had real reasons to be angry at Kirk.
Yes, but most trekkers agree that the films were lesser to the series (in all cases). But the villain in part one was retarded - NO ONE can stop a super nova - so lets blow up vulcan - and not ONE Romulan said "hey boss why the fuck are we waiting around for 30 years doing nothing waiting to get revenge on Spock - he tried his best" All trek movies show at least some opposition to the villain from his own side. And Khan (for example) actually had real reasons to be angry at Kirk.
6:42PM on 02/19/2013

Game

The game looks cool, but the animated Chris Pine's face sort of looks like a living peach-colored Michael Myers mask with sideburns... How's that for irony?
The game looks cool, but the animated Chris Pine's face sort of looks like a living peach-colored Michael Myers mask with sideburns... How's that for irony?
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5:56PM on 02/19/2013
Maybe the plot will about exploring the galaxy while providing social commentary oh wait, JJ is making this. It will be about an unreasonably pissed off villain who blows shit up.
Maybe the plot will about exploring the galaxy while providing social commentary oh wait, JJ is making this. It will be about an unreasonably pissed off villain who blows shit up.
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6:08PM on 02/19/2013
Dont be jealous of star trek yes this is war. The star wars kids can go f*ck themselves with a lightsabr (which will never happen, by the way). Star trek technology is already becoming a reality
Dont be jealous of star trek yes this is war. The star wars kids can go f*ck themselves with a lightsabr (which will never happen, by the way). Star trek technology is already becoming a reality
6:18PM on 02/19/2013
Dirty Spock suckers!
Dirty Spock suckers!
7:16PM on 02/19/2013
J-Man, you took the words right out of my mouth.
J-Man, you took the words right out of my mouth.
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5:35PM on 02/19/2013
Maybe im off here, but I keep feeling like no one gives a fuck about star trek. N u think star wars 7 wont be 3d? Im staking my bet right now. Star trek just replaced star wars as the standard for sci fi. JJ should tread carefully
Maybe im off here, but I keep feeling like no one gives a fuck about star trek. N u think star wars 7 wont be 3d? Im staking my bet right now. Star trek just replaced star wars as the standard for sci fi. JJ should tread carefully
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6:05PM on 02/19/2013
Why am I getting negatives. Tell me, pussies.
Why am I getting negatives. Tell me, pussies.
6:15PM on 02/19/2013
Cuz trek sucks. Plus you spelled lightsaber wrong.
Cuz trek sucks. Plus you spelled lightsaber wrong.
9:14PM on 02/21/2013
Flashy lights and bright colors mesmerize people. Fuck the plot and respect for the franchise...let's just make it look cool! I'll upvote ya.
Flashy lights and bright colors mesmerize people. Fuck the plot and respect for the franchise...let's just make it look cool! I'll upvote ya.
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