Though J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek was the 11th film in the franchise, it was actually the first ever Star Trek movie to win an Oscar. At the 2010 movie, the film took home the trophy for Best Makeup, beating Il Divo and The Young Victoria. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which focuses on the new Star Trek!
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Say hello to one of the main characters of the upcoming Warcraft film, Orgrim Doomhammer, the Warchief for the Horde.
ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, check out a key showdown in Captain America: Civil War, get you latest fuzzy look at Jared Leto’s Joker and learn about whatever happened to the Lobo movie.
This week’s big release is Tomorrowland, a movie inspired by the futuristic section of Disneyland. It’s the latest step in the ongoing symbiotic relationship between cinema and theme parks. Disney has rides based on movies (Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey) and they make movies based on rides (The Haunted Mansion, The Country Bears) and then the movies they make based on rides influence new versions of those rides (Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow was invented for the screen, but now he’s featured as an audio-animatronic performer in the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions). It’s the snake that eats its own tail, and then puts that tail up for sale in the gift shop.
Ever since Suicide Squad started filming on the streets of Toronto, set videos have been arriving on a daily basis, showing off virtually every member of the film’s ensemble cast in costume. Now, we can add Jared Leto’s Joker to the list. Footage of what appears to be a key flashback featuring the Clown Prince of Crime and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn has arrived online and it features a few details that will be of interest to the DC Comics-initiated.
All right, so Steve Jobs has nothing to do with Jobs, the Ashton Kutcher biopic about late Apple cofounder and CEO Steve Jobs — except for the fake that they’re about the same person. The twist, supposedly, for this new Jobs biopic, which is directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin, is that the whole film is set at and around three different Apple product launches. (Kutcher’s version featured a more traditional biopic structure).
The best argument for Tomorrowland is its release date; a week after Mad Max: Fury Road, about a world destroyed by an oil war, and a week before San Andreas, in which an apocalyptic earthquake destroys half of North America. Less a blockbuster action film than a stern but well-intentioned lecture accompanied by an elaborate audiovisual presentation, Tomorrowland argues that rampant cynicism is actively poisoning our future. People become so convinced by movies like Mad Max and San Andreas that the world is doomed that they start to believe it really is. So they give up, and dystopia becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Matthew McConaughey went from the affable guy in modest action films and mainstream rom-coms to serious actor with roles in projects like Mud, True Detective and Dallas Buyers Club — the latter of which earned him the Oscar for Best Actor. McConaughey is currently kind of a big deal, and when you're kind of a big deal, studios like Marvel and Warner Bros. want you for their superhero films. The actor says that's certainly the case, although he hasn't signed on for anything just yet.
Dwayne Johnson is a mega star, whose charisma alone can elevate an otherwise mediocre action film (his bulk and toughness don’t hurt, either). The wrestler-turned-actor is currently promoting San Andreas, which looks to be another so-so movie that will draw and entertain audiences based on his star power alone. While doing press for that film, Johnson gave a couple of quick updates on a franchise we’re all a bit more interested in: Fast and Furious.
In one weekend, Pitch Perfect 2 has handily outgrossed the entire run of its predecessor, proving that you should never underestimate a sleeper hit that steadily grows an army of dedicated followers through the power of Blu-ray and DVD. Right below it, Mad Max: Fury Road opened to respectable numbers that will look disastrous to anyone who doesn’t pay attention to the details. Let’s dive in.