The recent trailer for Justin Lin's "Star Trek Beyond" boasted a whole lot of new scenes from the film which suggested a much larger scale than the previous teaser. It also included a shot of a massive space station, a design quite different to previous Trek films, which has led fans to wonder what its purpose in the film is.
Speaking with IGN, the film's co-writer Simon Pegg was asked about the base and its role in the film. He says it's the Starbase Yorktown which sits on the very edge of Federation space. The new film kicks off with the USS Enterprise docking with this base during its legendary five-year mission:
It's a kind of diplomatic hub. It's where all the most recent Federation inductees can come and mingle with each other and learn about each other. It's a kind of lovely. It's basically a place where they can go, where they can better understand what being part of the Federation means. It's an important kind of tactical establishment for the Federation. It's been built locally, so it's very interesting to look at, but it's where the Enterprise docks up. [This is] the first time in like 10 months [that the Enterprise has] had kind of proper contact with other people, and that's where the story begins."
The station itself is akin to a small Dyson sphere with its own gravity and curved interior. "Star Trek Beyond" is slated to open in cinemas on July 22nd.
The upcoming sixth season of Showtime's "Homeland" is returning to the United States after spending much of the last two years abroad.
Kicking off the show's Emmy campaign on Wednesday at a For Your Consideration panel, showrunner Alex Gansa revealed to Variety that not only will the new season be set in New York, but will be set during a very specific period:
"The entire season will take place between election day and inauguration day. It's an interesting time; a transition and transfer of power is happening. In that 72 days, we're hopefully going to tell an interesting story. Whether the president is male or female, it's going to be a very interesting character."
With the New York setting, the executive producer says they've no plans to do another storyline about another terrorist attack in the city where 9/11 happened.
Of course the other big question is Rupert Friend's Peter Quinn, a character whose fate was left up in the air at the end of last season. Gansa says: "Rupert will be back, but not the same. How we're dramatizing Peter Quinn is still undecided at this moment."
"Homeland" returns this Fall.
After many months without much news, Ubisoft's anticipated Fall video game release "Ghost Recon Wildlands" has resurfaced today with a new trailer and new details on the versions that will be available.
Set in an open-world, the game can be played in both single-player or up to four-player co-op and has you setting out to cripple the Santa Blanca cartel's operation and the cruelty of the ruthless leader El Sueno. Players will have 'total freedom of choice' to complete missions and the game world will reacts to their actions.
The game will be available in a 'Deluxe Edition' which contains the Standard Edition and the digital deluxe Pack, while the physical release also including an in-game map of Bolivia and the original soundtrack of the game. Then there's the 'Gold Edition' which is the 'Deluxe Edition' along with the Season Pass. Finally there's the Calavera Collector's Case which is the 'Gold Edition' with a fully functional audio headset replica, a Santa Blanca Cartel Skull, a Bolivian carrying pouch and several postcards.
"Ghost Recon: Wildlands" will be made available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with a release date likely to be announced at E3 next month.
Disney Pictures has acquired film rights to Tony Cliff's graphic novel series "Delilah Dirk And The Turkish Lieutenant".
The action adventure tale is set in the early 19th century and follows a female Indiana Jones-type who is trained in 47 sword-fighting techniques.
Escaping a Turkish prison, and in doing so befriending a mild-mannered officer named Selim who becomes her sidekick, she battles pirates and gets around on her flying boat while seeking adventures around the globe.
The plan is to develop a live-action film with producers Roy Lee, Mark Mower and Justin Giritkian. Writers are currently being sought.
Taking almost as long between films as Terrence Malick, fashion designer turned filmmaker Tom Ford's second directorial feature has finally secured a release date - seven years after his debut film "A Single Man" opened in 2009.
The new movie, "Nocturnal Animals," will be released by Focus Features in an exclusive engagement on November 18th, widen out on November 23rd and then go fully wide on December 9th.
Based on Austin Wright's novel "Tony and Susan," the story focuses on an art gallery owner (Amy Adams) who is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.
Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Ellie Bamber and Laura Linney also star. Focus Features scored the worldwide rights to the film at Cannes in a whopping $20 million deal.
Amazon has announced the lineup for its next pilot season with only two hourlong dramas making the cut, the rest being children's series.
The first is "The Interestings," an adaptation of Meg Wolitzer's bestselling novel. Lauren Ambrose leads the cast while Mike Newell directed the pilot about a group of artistic teenagers who meet at summer camp in 1974. As they transition into adulthood, their friendships are tested by tragedy, success, failure and secrecy. David Krumholtz, Jessica Pare, Matt Barr and Gabriel Ebert also star.
The other is "The Last Tycoon" from "Shattered Glass" writer/director Billy Ray. An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's last work, Kelsey Grammer, Matt Bomer and Lily Collins star in the Depression-era story of a Hollywood Golden Boy who battles his mentor and boss for the soul of their studio.
Both will be available in 4K Ultra HD and HDR and will debut on June 17th on Amazon Video in the U.S., UK, Germany, Austria and Japan. Amazon's development process gives all customers an opportunity to stream and review pilots in order to help choose the next Amazon Original Series that are then available to Prime Members.
The most notable of the kids show pilots is "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters," a new live-action show from Sid & Marty Krofft based on the classic 1970s Saturday morning series. Others are animated shows like "Little Big Awesome," "Morris and the Cow," "Toasty Tales," "The Curious Kitty and Friends" and "Jazz Duck".
Showtime has debuted the new trailer for its highly-anticipated comedy series "Roadies," the first original series from creator, executive producer, writer and director Cameron Crowe. Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall and Keisha Castle-Hughes lead the one-hour music series which will premiere June 26th on air, on demand and online. "Roadies" is currently in production on ten episodes in Los Angeles.
Following the series premiere this past Sunday on AMC, the network has released the full episode online with a commentary track by directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg regarding the episode and adapting the comic for television. The episode can be seen by clicking here, but is geolocked to United States online users only.
Hulu and ITV are teaming on a straight-to-series order for drama series "Harlots". Set in the world of the 18th century London sex trade, the ongoing eight-part series will air on ITV Encore in the U.K. and stream exclusively in the U.S. on Hulu.
Samantha Morton,, Lesley Manville and Jessica Brown Findlay will lead the cast with Morton playing a woman struggling to reconcile her roles as mother and brothel owner. When her business comes under attack from a rival madam (Manville), she will fight back even if it means putting her family at risk. [Source: Variety
Franka Potente ("The Bridge," "The Bourne Identity") has booked a recurring role on the second season of Syfy's space opera "Dark Matter". The show follows six people who wake up on a derelict spaceship with no memories of who they are or how they got onboard.
Potente will play the calculated and determined Commander Shaddick, Chief Inspector of the Galactic Authority Serious Crimes Division. She is determined to prove the crew of the Raza were involved in the destruction of Iriden 3. [Source: Deadline]
"The IT Crowd" funnyman Chris O'Dowd and acclaimed Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi have joined the cast of the sci-fi thriller "God Particle" which J.J. Abrams is producing for his Bad Robot Productions label.
David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Daniel Bruhl and Elizabeth Debicki have already signed on to play crew members aboard a space station who find themselves alone after a scientific experiment causes Earth to disappear. Zhang will play one of the crew members.
When a space shuttle appears, the crew must determine if those aboard are friend or foe. Julius Onah is directing the movie. The film will shortly begin production ahead of a February 24th 2017 release.
Broad Green Pictures has announced the cast of its comedy "Step Sisters," the Charles Stone-directed project which begins shooting next week in Atlanta.
Formerly titled "Ain't No Half Steppin'," the ensemble includes Megalyn Echikunwoke, Eden Sher, Lyndon Smith, Gage Golightly, Nia Jervier, Alessandra Torresani, Marque Richardson, Naturi Naughton and Matt McGorry.
Written by Chuck Hayward, the story centers on an ambitious black sorority girl (Echikunwoke) who, in order to get admitted to the law school of her dreams, agrees to cross cultural lines and teach the exclusive art of black Greek stepping to a band of party-obsessed white sorority girls whose charter is about to be revoked.
Matt Alvarez, Lena Waithe and Benjamin Cory Jones will produce with a 2017 release planned.
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the fifth and final one announced today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on The CW.
The little network that could has grown formidable thanks to its policy of rewarding loyalty and sticking with shows to give them a chance. As a result its line-up has been so strong that almost all of it was renewed for this year. In fact it's such a stacked schedule now it means there's five shows being held until mid-season (rather than the usual two or three) just to fit it all.
There's three new additions, along with the inclusion of "Supergirl" which is transferring over from CBS and will likely mean more crossovers with the three other Berlanti-produced DC shows on the network. The schedule has also been juggled about so there'll be a DC show every night at 8pm from Monday to Thursday.
(Time Travel-Mystery, 9pm Wednesdays)
Detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) has always hated her father, NYPD Officer Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith) who left her and her mother, Julie (Devin Kelley) behind when he went on an undercover sting operation and got himself killed in 1996 when she was just eight years old. Twenty years on, a voice suddenly crackles through her father's old ham radio – it's Frank, somehow transmitting over the airwaves and through the decades. Raimy shakes Frank to the core when she warns him about his death. Armed with that knowledge, he survives but changes history with tragic consequences. Can the pair of them rewrite the story of their lives without risking everyone they love? Mekhi Phifer, Anthony Ruivivar, Daniel Bonjour and Lenny Jacobson also star while eremy Carver ("Supernatural") and Dan Lin ("The LEGO Movie") executive produce.
(Romance Drama, 9pm Tuesdays)
Evie Callahan (Tori Anderson), a risk-averse quality-control assessor, appreciates order but this has stalled her life. Then she meets charming, free-spirited Xavier Holliday (Joshua Sasse), and the attraction is immediate and electric. He encourages her to seize the day because he believes humankind has a mere eight months and twelve days until a runaway asteroid smacks us all into stardust and has a bucket list of things to do before that. With the help of her friends – Hank (Jonathan Langdon), a diehard conspiracy theorist, and Kareema (Sarayu Blue), a droll nihilist – she must decide whether he is certifiable and whether that even matters. Corinne Brinkerhoff and Ben Silverman ("Jane The Virgin") along with Maggie Friedman ("Witches of East End") are executive producers.
(High School Dramedy, Mid-Season)
A subversive take on the "Archie" comics. As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom - and nothing feels the same. Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) has realised that he wants to pursue a career in music and not follow in his dad's footsteps-despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale's young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel). His friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) is fractured, the girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is anxious to see her crush after being away all summer, and new student Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) arrives in town from New York and there's an undeniable spark between her and Archie. Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows. Also onboard are Ashleigh Murray, Madchen Amick, Marisol Nichols, and Madelaine Petsch. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa ("Supergirl,") and Greg Berlanti ("The Flash") are executive producers.
The nightly The CW schedule will be as follows:
9pm: "Jane the Virgin"
8pm: "The Flash"
9pm: "No Tomorrow"
8pm: "DC's Legends of Tomorrow"
8pm: "The Vampire Diaries"
9pm: "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"
"The 100," "iZombie," "The Originals," "Reign," "Riverdale"
"America's Next Top Model," "Beauty and the Beast," "Containment"
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