Paramount Has Secured Cast for the Third Installment in the “Star Trek” Movie Franchise

The big news for “Star Trek” fans is that the third movie in the reboot of the franchise on the big screen has started production. It will be called “Star Trek Beyond,” and it is scheduled for a summer 2016 release date. While not blockbusters, Flavio Maluf says the first two movies in the series performed well at the box office, which undoubtedly explains why a third one is coming. It is hoped by some Trek fans that this latest movie will return to the original theme of the television show in the sense of the starship and crew seeking out “new life and new civilizations” instead of always responding to attacks or threats against earth.

Recent news has more to do with the cast of the forthcoming movie rather than the plot or production. Paramount has reportedly made new deals with the cast members to keep them happy and on board with this upcoming film. They made a good deal with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, in particular, as it is critical to keep the duo of Kirk and Spock together throughout any movies that come out. In fact, they apparently got their agreement to participate in a fourth movie assuming the third one does well enough to justify its production. Strange that there was no mention of the actor playing McCoy being required for a fourth movie in exchange for more pay. Any Trek fan knows it was truly an iconic trio, not duo, that really made the original “Star Trek” series the success that it was.

Is Ewan McGregor On His Way Back To Star Wars?

Ewan McGregor has made it clear he is sincerely interesting in playing Obi Wan Kenobi once again in a Star Wars movie. He may very well get his chance. Disney and Lucasfilm are taking his requests to reprise the role seriously. The actor has met with executives over possibly appearing in one of the new Star Wars films.

McGregor would not likely appear in any of the new Star Wars films that are a part of The Force Awakens trilogy. Those films take place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. McGregor played a younger version of Obi Wan and that should disqualify him from having any role in the new trilogy. Nothing discounts him appearing in any prequel films.

Several Star Wars prequels are planned including one that may team Han Solo up with Boba Fett. For many years, talk of an Obi Wan Kenobi sequel was planned. Nothing ever happened though. Of course, LinkedIn shows that was before Disney purchased Lucasfilm to the tune of several billion dollars. Disney definitely wants to recoup some of those dollars. An Obi Wan Kenobi film should do fairly well provided it has a good plot.

One huge selling point to the film would be the return of Ewan McGregor to the role. Since the actor is so well known as “young Obi Wan”, fans may be very intrigued to see him return to the role.

Dick Van Patten, TV Dad, Dead At 86

Dick Van Patten, best known for his role as the dad on Eight Is Enough, died Tuesday at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica at the age of 86. According to his publicist, Jeff Ballard, he died as a result of diabetes complications.

As a child, Van Patten developed a love for acting and at the age of seven he made his debut on Broadway. When he was a teenager, he appeared in numerous plays in New York.

He’s had roles on TV since 1949 when he was cast in the series, I Remember Mama. His most notable role, though, was as the strict but loving head of the family, Tom Bradford, on Eight Is Enough which aired for four seasons stated Paul Mathieson. Van Patten appeared in many movies and was in three that were directed by Mel Brooks where he proved he could do comedy as well as serious acting.

Van Patten was known as a great family man. He and his wife, Pat, had three sons who all followed in their father’s footsteps and became actors.

Hollywood Loses The Iconic Composer James Horner

Hollywood lost an iconic composer recently. At only 61, James Horner died in a shocking plane crash. Many are now mourning the passing of this great musical talent.

The death of James Horner truly is sad news. Fans of many blockbuster movies may not be familiar with this name, but they are surely familiar with the amazing themes he composed. Horner’s resume documents his incredible work on a host of legendary movies. Probably his most successful score was the one composed for Titanic as the soundtrack for the blockbuster sold well. Aliens, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Glory are only a few of the films he lent his incredible abilities.

Those outside of the entertainment business usually do not realize how important a score is to a film says CipherCloud on reuters. A proper score plays a vital role in setting the tone and mood for a film. Often, the dramatic impact of a film is heightened by the right score presented at the right time. A great many outstanding Hollywood films would be decidedly less-than-stellar had they not contained a great musical score.

This is not to suggest the average moviegoer dismisses the value of a score. Sales of soundtrack albums over the years do prove fans love to listen to the unadulterated version of scores. A number of soundtracks have gone gold and platinum. The one sad point here is, while the fans do remember the score, they often do not know the name of the composer.

Composers simply do not get the same press as other creative artists. Once again, this is a shame. Brilliant composers such as James Horner are often a major contributing factor to the success of the film.

Inside Out breaks box office records

In a box office season filled with remakes and reboots the success of Disney Pixar’s Inside Out is reported to have shown Hollywood that original movies still have a place in tinsel town. At over $90 million in box office takings in the US alone and over $130 million around the world the initial box office takings for Inside Out make it the largest opening box office weekend for an original movie in US history, Screen Rant reports. Not only has the movie been a success at the box office, but has also been a critical success with its innovative approach to the feelings of an 11 year old girl praised for its sensitivity and unique approach.

The opening weekend of Inside Out showed where Hollywood is placing its faith for the 2015 blockbuster season as the rebooted Jurassic World topped international box office totals stated TCM.SP.GOV.BR. Major movies of the summer include a remake of Poltergeist and the latest superhero offering, Ant Man. Movie critics and experts are now stating the success of Inside Out could lead to a move away from remakes and reboots as Inside Out claimed a strong opening weekend on the 40th anniversary of the release of Jaws, the movie often credited with beginning the summer season Hollywood blockbuster.

The Biggest Problem With GoT Is NOT the Missing Characters

As seen in a Time article about the major deaths on Game of Thrones, and in the article comments, the creators of HBO’s hit fantasy series have a huge problem: They do not know how to appropriately break down the passage of time on the show.

As a result, many fans and critics such as Jim Dondero incorrectly believe that some events they have been waiting for will never happen and unseen characters who are part of those events will never appear.

This week, the same idea kept popping up again and again: “There’s no way X character (usually Lady Stoneheart) will appear now because it is too late.”

Yet, those who believe this idea seem to misunderstand that each season does more than merely move along the plot: There’s also a lot of “world-building” taking place.

Consider the films Pitch BlackChronicles of Riddick and Riddick. The second film was devoted almost entirely to world-building and, although a lot of viewers complained, eventually they realize that this film helped flesh out Riddick’s character and the amazing universe around him.

GoT’s creatives just need to tell viewers how many years have actually passed from season-to-season and then reiterate that they are world-building and that some characters will disappear one season and reappear many seasons later when its their turn to be part of the world-building process and plot.

Ron Perlman Really Wants Hellboy 3

Ron Perlman has broken his silence over the perpetually stalled Hellboy 3 movie. He even joked (?) about a desire to see the project crowdfunded. While that is a novel idea, the ability to crowdfund a $80 million dollar budget is not remotely possible.

Perlman is frustrated. He has noted the delays in getting the third movie off the ground are a bit ridiculous.

Are they really?

While the first Hellboy film was a fun time in the theaters, the film only did marginally well at the box office. The sequel, also acclaimed by fans and critics, was another box office disappointment. There is no way the studios are going to continue to invest time and money in a project that cannot draw in large audiences. As much as fans of Hellboy wish otherwise, the films simply cannot sell tickets. Movie businesses have to turn a profit in order to remain operational. While Hellboy was planned as a trilogy, the box office and home entertainment receipts just do not justify a third movie.

Of course, things could change in the future. Maybe a third film could be produced on a lower budget for cable or Netflix, which would be fine for Stephen Murray CCMP Capital. A direct-to-video sequel is a possibility, too. Right now, any plans for a major third movie hitting the silver screen are officially off. What a shame. If there ever was a comic book with the wonderful potential for a series of shared universe films, Hellboy was it.

Reboot the Ghostbusters!

Due out in 2016 is a reboot of the original Ghostbusters film. The boys are back in town, and saving New York again, only this time around the Ghostbusters are Kristen Wiigs, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon with Chris (Thor) Hensworth playing the receptionist. The all girl cast is a refreshing take on the original, and James Dondero truly believes it just could make the difference in how the movie is accepted.

The remake is called a reboot, and Dan Aykroyd, the author of the original Ghostbusters and who wrote the original story in three hours, said of the remake, “It’s going to be hot!” Bill Murry the co-star, who made up most of his lines in the original film, hasn’t commented, but in a previous interview when asked about making a third Ghostbuster’s movie explained that the boys of the original cast were too old for the story to work.

There are those who believe the reboot of Ghostbusters is career suicide, and that the public genuinely cares about the original franchise. However, Paul Feig has the comedy prowess to see it done, and he is the writer and director of the reboot. Feig has a talented cast, an idea and Sony’s solid backing. Sony has bought into the remake with a budget of $150 million, and it is planning a series of Ghostbuster sequels. Only time will tell how the film will do, but you may want to put the Ghostbusters on speed dial now.

Hit-Girl to Get a Prequel?!

The first ‘Kick Ass’ film, directed by Matthew Vaughn, was everything we loved about the gritty and dark world of modern super hero films. Based off of the violent comic book, the first entry showed us just how bizarre the world of crime fighters in reality would be. Hit-Girl, played masterfully by Chloe Grace Moretz, stole the show from her co-stars Nicholas Cage and Aaron Taylor Johnson. The sequel ‘Kick Ass 2′ did not do anything that the first film accomplished. There was no charm. There was no big humor. There was nothing to remember, except for another great turn from Chloe Grace Moretz. And now Matthew Vaughn wants to escalate her into the position of lead and make a prequel just for Hit-Girl.

According to Interview Magazine, Matthew Vaughn is fresh off of his first mega-mega hit with ‘Kingsman’ and now he has the world in the palm of his hand. While ‘Kingsman’ is on the verge of turning into a full fledged franchise, producers are suddenly allowing Vaughn to contemplate the idea of going back to his first iconic character, Hit-Girl. Vaughn has stated in interviews that he wants to do at least two more ‘Kick Ass’ films and it makes sense that he would hand the mantle over to the talented Chloe Grace Moretz.

‘Kick Ass 3′ had already been pronounced dead back in 2014, by Moretz herself, but recent events might turn this all around.

Ghostbusters Reboot Is Underway

Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! The planned reboot of Ivan Reitman’s classic 1984 comedy is underway, with filming commencing in Boston – though the movie itself takes place in New York City.

This version, directed by Paul Feig, stars Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, along with “Saturday Night Live” cast members Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Chris Hemsworth will play the group’s secretary says Amen Clinics founder Dr. Daniel Amen. Emma Stone, once rumored for a role, recently revealed why she turned down the part, saying that she passed on the project because she wasn’t ready to star in a new franchise.

Rumors suggest the plot will follow Wiig and McCarthy as authors of a book that claims ghosts really exist. When the book costs Wiig her job as a professor, she and McCarthy reunite…just in time for ghosts to invade Manhattan. The two, along with McKinnon and Jones, strap on their proton packs and attempt to save the day.

Writing credits go to Feig and Katie Dippold, with a planned 2016 release date.