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“Star Trek Into Darkness” reveals intriguing new images

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If the “Star Trek Into Darkness” Super Bowl TV spot wasn’t enough to satisfy your need for the new J.J. Abrams film, then these new images should scratch that itch. Entertainment Weekly has debuted four new photos that show off the upcoming movie.

In the first, we see a slightly older and slightly more Nimoy-ish Zachary Quinto as Spock. He stands alongside Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk, and they seem put off by something in the distance. Could that thing they’re so uncertain of be Benedict Cumberbatch’s John Harrison, who is revealed alongside a bunch of red shirts in the next image (below)? He is described by co-writer Alex Kurtzman as a “member of Starfleet who turns on Starfleet,” so he could ingratiate himself with the crew before he turns all-out terrorist on them.

The third image shows Kirk in a dangerous situation has he tries to hold himself away from flames in what looks like the Enterprise. The last photo shows Zoe Saldana as Uhura, who she promises will kick “more ass” this time around. It’s interesting to see that she’s wearing a new red suit. Does that mean anything significant?

“Star Trek Into Darkness” is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, John Cho and Bruce Greenwood. Newcomers Alice Eve and Benedict Cumberbatch have been added in undisclosed roles. The film is slated to hit theaters on May 17 in IMAX and 3D. It’s been revealed that over 40 minutes of “Star Trek Into Darkness” will be shown in IMAX. Here’s the official synopsis:

In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes “Star Trek Into Darkness.” When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bourne Movies

Catch The Bourne Ultimatum this month on IFC.

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You know his name, as the Super Bowl teaser for the upcoming summer blockbuster Jason Bourne reminded us. In this era of franchise films, that seems to be more than enough to get another entry in the now 15-year-old series greenlit. And gosh darn it if we aren’t into it. Before you catch The Bourne Ultimatum on IFC, here are some surprising facts about the Bourne movies that you may not know. And unlike Jason Bourne, try not to forget them.


10. Matt Damon was a long shot to play Jason Bourne.

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Coming off of Good Will Hunting and The Legend of Bagger Vance, early ’00s Matt Damon didn’t exactly scream “ripped killing machine.” In fact, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and even Sylvester Stallone were all offered the part before it fell into the hands of the Boston boy made good. It was his enthusiasm for director Doug Liman’s more frenetic vision that ultimately helped land him the part.


9. Love interest Marie was almost played by Sarah Polley.

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Damon wasn’t the only casting surprise. Franka Potente, of Run Lola Run fame, wasn’t the filmmaker’s first choice for the role or Marie in The Bourne Identity. In fact, Liman wanted his Go star Sarah Polley for the part, but she turned it down in favor of making indie movies back in Canada. A quick rewrite changed the character from American Marie Purcell to European Marie Helena Kreutz, and the rest is movie history.


8. Director Doug Liman was obsessed with the Bourne books.

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Liman had long been a fan of the Bourne book series. When Warner Bros.’ rights to the books lapsed in the late ’90s, Liman flew himself to author Robert Ludlum’s Montana home, mere days after earning his pilot’s license. The author was so impressed with his passion for the material, he sold the rights on the spot.


7. Liman’s father actually worked for the NSA.

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Part of Liman’s fasciation with the Bourne series was that his own father played the same spy craft games portrayed in the books while working for the NSA. In fact, many of the Treadstone details were taken from his father’s own exploits, and Chris Cooper’s character, Alex Conklin, was based on Oliver Stone, whom Arthur Liman famously cross examined as chief counsel of the Iran-Contra hearings.


6. Tony Gilroy threw the novel’s story out while writing The Bourne Identity.

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Despite being based on a hit book, screenwriter Tony Gilroy, coming off of The Devil’s Advocate, had no idea how to adapt it into a movie. He said the book was more concerned with people “running to airports” than character, and would need a complete rewrite. Director Doug Liman agreed, and Gilroy claims to have condensed the original novel into the first five minutes. Getting that out of the way, he then wrote his own story, based on a man who wakes up one day not remembering anything but how to kill.


5. Damon walked like a boxer to get into character.

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Damon had never played a character like Bourne before, and was searching for a way to capture his physicality. Doug Liman told him to walk like a boxer to give Jason Bourne an edge. Damon took that to heart, training for six months in boxing, marital arts and firearms.


4. Damon broke an actor’s nose.

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Damon’s training for the films is legendary, but mistakes still happen. While filming a scene for The Bourne Ultimatum, Damon hit actor Tim Griffin so hard, he shattered his nose. Apparently, the space the scene was filmed in was smaller than originally intended, throwing Damon off just enough to exert a real beat down.


3. James Bond visited The Bourne Legacy set.

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Eon Productions

Actor Daniel Craig stopped by the set of The Bourne Legacy to visit his wife, actress Rachel Weisz, who was starring in the movie. While having James Bond on a Bourne set must have been exciting, The Bourne Legacy was the only Bourne movie to not actually feature Jason Bourne, meaning our bets on who would kick whose ass would have to wait for another day.


2. The Bourne Identity was nearly a bomb (in the box office sense).

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Universal Pictures

As reshoots began to pile up, and an all-out war between the studio and director Doug Liman spilled into the press, expectations were that The Bourne Identity was going to flop. Matt Damon told GQ that, “the word on Bourne was that it was supposed to be a turkey…It’s very rare that a movie comes out a year late, has four rounds of reshoots, and it’s good.”


1. Matt Damon wasn’t the first actor to play Bourne.

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Warner Brothers Television

Aired on ABC in 1988, the TV movie adaptation of The Bourne Identity, while not exactly critically acclaimed, was a more faithful version of Ludlum’s book. Richard Chamberlain, of The Thorn Birds fame, played a much less ass-kicking spy, while “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith played love interest Marie. If you like your Bourne movies heavy with poorly lit ’80s melodrama, this might just be the adaptation for you. Otherwise, you should catch The Bourne Ultimatum when it airs this month on IFC.

First image of Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in “The Fifth Estate” debuts

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The film image of Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in the previously-untitled film “The Fifth Estate” has hit the web, and Cumberbatch actually does a great impression of the WikiLeaks co-founder.

The above photo comes courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, who confirm that principal photography has started on the film. Bill Condon directs it off of a script by Josh Singer, who adapted the story from Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s book “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange and the World’s Most Dangeous Website” and David Leigh and Luke Harding’s book “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy.”

Cumberbatch can be seen standing next to actor Daniel Bruhl, who plays Domscheit-Berg in the film. As can be assumed by the fact “The Fifth Estate” is based on Domscheit-Berg’s book, the movie is going to be told through his character’s eyes. It will be about the creation of WikiLeaks.

Also starring in the film are Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Carice van Houten, Alicia Vikander, Dan Stevens and Peter Capaldi. It’s being made by DreamWorks and Participant Media and has no expected release date thus far.

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“Star Trek Into Darkness” debuts a whole bunch of new images

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Paramount Pictures has debuted 11 new pictures from “Star Trek Into Darkness,” and they all tease the same sort of danger that we’ve seen in the trailers for this film. There are enough images of guns being drawn and Benedict Cumberbatch looking like a fantastic villain to promise us that “Star Trek Into Darkness” will be a fitting sequel to J.J. Abrams’ first venture into the “Star Trek” universe.

You can see all of the high-res images over at ComingSoon.net. What we don’t see much of in these images are shots of Kirk and Spock together. Instead, Spock is often seen fighting his own battles while Kirk is with the new characters being played by Cumberbatch and Alice Eve. That’s not to say the former rivals won’t get some screentime together, though.

“Kirk really earns his leadership. Spock really earns an understanding of friendship,” Zachary Quinto told Extra of his relationship with Chris Pine’s character in this movie.

“Star Trek Into Darkness” is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, John Cho and Bruce Greenwood. Newcomers Alice Eve and Benedict Cumberbatch have been added in undisclosed roles. The film is slated to hit theaters on May 17 in IMAX and 3D. It’s been revealed that over 40 minutes of “Star Trek Into Darkness” will be shown in IMAX.

What are you most looking forward to about “Star Trek Into Darkness”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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