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More 'Star Trek' movies not guaranteed, warns star

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 26, 2017 5:57 am

Despite the upcomng return of the franchise to the small screen with the eagerly awaited series 'Discovery', last year's relative failure of the 'Star Trek' sequel 'Beyond' has put a dampner on future sequels, with star Zachary Quinto warning that more sequels "aren't guaranteed".

 

 

Speaking to the Today Show, the Spock actor conceded that while a script was being written for another sequel (said to feature the return of James T. Kirk's father George Kirk), whether it actually gets filmed is another question entirely. "I know that they are working on a script for another one and we'll see how that all plays out, but the nice thing about that experience is that the time in between those big tentpole films allows us to go off and cultivate a lot of different creative experiences for ourselves... I'm hopeful that we'll do another one, but there's no guarantee." Despite reasonably good reviews, 'Star Trek: Beyond' failed to set the box office alight, posting a disappointing $334 million box office worldwide, a big step down from the $467 million gross of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' three years earlier.

 

Quinto's statement echos similar comments made in the last few weeks by fellow star Chris Pine who confessed that he was "literally one of the last people to find out" when a new Trek film was happening, although he was quick to confirm that he will be "back as many times as they ask me."

Jeff Goldblum joins 'Jurassic World 2' cast

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 26, 2017 2:36 am

"Ooh aah, that's how it always starts. Then later there's running... and screaming!" It's been 20 years since he last played the part in 'The Lost Workd: Jurassic Park', but legendary character actor Jeff Goldblum has signed on to reprise the role of Dr. Ian Malcolm for the currently filming 'Jurassic World 2'.

 

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According to Slash Film, Goldblum will join 'Jurassic World' returning cast members for the sequel, which is set to hit cinemas next year. producer Frank Marshall told the outlet that he's "excited to have him back. The world has changed a lot since Ian Malcolm went to Jurassic Park and we need his point of view now more than ever. He told us about chaos theory, he was right."

 

The as-yet untitled 'Jurassic World' sequel is set to hit cinemas worldwide from 22 June 2018.

Director hoping for 'Guardians of the Galaxy' 4K Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 26, 2017 12:31 am

With all of the major Hollywood studios committing to the burgeoning 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format with the exception of Disney, their ownership of the 'Star Wars' and Marvel franchises, not to mention the collection of animated classics leaves a huge hole in the format's catalogue. But Marvel director James Gunn is hoping he can convince Disney to join the format in time for the release of the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' sequel on home video.

 

On the red carpet for the 'Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2' premiere, Gunn told BBC journalist Lizo Mzimba that a Dolby Vision enabled 4K release is on the cards, if he can first get the studio to agree to join the format.

 

 

'Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2' is scheduled to hit home sometime in the third quarter of the year.

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'Avatar' 2 - 5 have new release dates, if you still care

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 24, 2017 12:58 am

The long running saga of when the next 'Avatar' films might finally be released has taken a new turn, as 20th Century Fox issue new release dates starting from 2020.

 

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According to Deadline Hollywood, and later confirmed by the official Avatar Facebook page, James Cameron and co. are targeting Dec. 18, 2020 for 'Avatar 2', followed by the third installment on Dec. 17, 2021. Then there'll be a three year gap for 'Avatar 3' on Dec. 20, 2024 and then another year for the Dec. 19, 2025 finale 'Avatar 5'. I'm sure you're all chomping at the bit for that.

 

 

So yeah, look forward to seeing the end of the series in 8 and a half years. I'll be 40 then. But I guess Cameron will be 70.

The 'X-Files' to re-open as Fox orders 10 new episodes

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 21, 2017 12:14 am

While last year's six episode event series revival of 'The X-Files' didn't necessarily satisfy the expectations of all fans, there's no doubt it was a very great thing to see Mulder and Scully back together again. And now fans will get to go around again in an expanded 10 episode event series, which is set to go into production mid in a matter of months.

 

According to Variety, the Fox Network has ordered a further 10 episodes to follow on from last year's event series conclusion 'My Struggle Part II' cliffhanger. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny have both signed on to reprise their iconic roles, who've been lauded as "brilliant" by the President of Fox Broadcasting David Madden, who "can't wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of 'The X-Files."

 

 

While no firm date has been supplied for the new series, the network have given a 2017-18 television season date for the premiere.

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Rock, Vin Diesel sign for 2 more 'Fast & Furious' films

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 20, 2017 6:38 am

The stunning initial success of 'Fate of the Furious' has apparently helped to settle the long-standing feud between stars Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Vin Diesel which spilled out onto social media last year.

 

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According to TMZ, both stars have now signed up for two more 'Fast and Furious' outings, burying the hatchet which saw Johnson lambast his co-star and 'Fate of the Furious' producer Vin Diesel as a "Candy-ass", to which Diesel rather ominously stated that he "protected Dwayne more than he'll ever know". TMZ's unnamed sources say the stars have met privately a number of times and agreed to put the animosity behind them.

 

This will be music to Universal Studios ears considering that in less than a week, the latest entry in the series 'The Fate of the Furious' has grossed over half a billion at the worldwide box office, exceeding even the loftiest of expectations. The series has earnt the studio nearly $4.5b in revenue since 2001.

Disney want Will Smith for the Genie in 'Aladdin' remake

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 20, 2017 1:39 am

Disney scored big again with the live action remake of 'Beauty and the Beast', which is well on the way to earning $1.1 Billion at the worldwide box office, so it makes total sense that they'd be doubling down on more features in the near future. But this latest casting news for 'Aladdin' is having many, (myself included) scratching their heads.

 

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According to Deadline Hollywood, Disney have offered the voice role of the Genie in the live action remake of the 1992 animated hit 'Aladdin' to Will Smith, which is to be directed by Guy Ritchie. Filming is set to begin mid this year, for a release in 2019. The lead characters Aladdin and Jasmine are yet to be cast, but the studio is looking to unknown actors.

 

Disney are aggressively moving to convert their much loved back catalogue of animated hits to the big screen, with a number of films in active development, such as 'The Lion King, 'The Little Mermaid', 'Dumbo', 'Mulan' and 'Cruella'.

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'Guardians of the Galaxy 3' is a go for James Gunn

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 18, 2017 4:58 am

The eagerly anticipated 'Guardians of the Galaxy' sequel hasn't yet hit screens, but it looks like Marvel and Disney are happy with the results and have re-hired James Gunn to write and director a third outing for the franchise.

 

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Pre-empting the inevitable stream of questions for the upcoming press tour, James Gunn has announced via his social media feeds that he "can't fricking wait to get started" on the third entry in the series, which he will return to write and direct. While it's early days for the production (plus we've not seen the second film yet), Gunn says that Vol. 3 will "will conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond".

 

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3' will release after the third 'Avengers' sequel, which is due to hit screens in April 2018. Meanwhile, 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' will be released worldwide in 2D, 3D and IMAX theaters from next week.

Live action 'Beauty and the Beast' crosses $1B worldwide

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 18, 2017 1:14 am

There was never any doubt that Disney's live action remake of the 1991 animated classic 'Beauty and the Beast' wasn't going to be huge success, but the speed in which its crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide has shocked even optomistic industry expectations.

 

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Starring 'Harry Potter' actress Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans and Josh Gad, the live action version of the film has now earned $1043 million worldwide, catapulting it to the 22nd highest grossing film after just 3 weeks. Disney have had great success turning their animated films into live action hits, which is why they've aggressively moved to convert its back catalogue to the screen, with a number of films in active development, such as 'The Lion King, 'The Little Mermaid', 'Dumbo', 'Mulan', 'Aladdin' and 'Cruella'.

 

The company's next live action film 'The Lion King' is set to feature the voices of Donald Glover as Simba and

James Earl Jones as Mufasa, and is expected to hit screens in 2019.

'Star Wars: Rebels' unveils final season trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 16, 2017 1:22 am

'Star Wars' fans looking to get their next fix following the reveal of 'The Last Jedi' teaser trailer can look no further than the newly released trailer for the fourth season of the animated hit 'Rebels', which Director Dave Filoni has revealed will be the show's last.

 

 

Over the last three seasons, the show has gone to critical and fan acclaim, bringing back beloved heroes and villains such as Darth Vader, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul, and has ascended it's animated origins and taken on some dark themes. The final season is promising to end the series with a bang, and hints at some wider ramifications for the film series. During a panel at 'Star Wars' Celebration, Filoni says that "Star Wars Rebels will be the complete journey that it was meant to be from the very beginning. We all felt that the time was right and that the characters were at a point where their story, and their destinies, should finally be revealed. We deeply appreciate all our fans who have journeyed with the Ghost crew, and I promise season four will be like no other."

 

'Star Wars: Rebels' returns to screens in September.

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