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China Set To Debut 'Beyond' On Sept. 2

Now that could be a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary

Although it's really no surprise, "Star Trek: Beyond" has made it past the censors in China and is now set for a Sept. 2 premiere. That news from The Hollywood Reporter effectively finishes the international release list for "Beyond," and it's a big one, because some observers believe the film could top $100 million in that country alone. The last two Star Trek movies also played in China for the first time, and really without any major Chinese partners. The 2009 "Star Trek" earned just $9 million in China, while 2013's "Star Trek: Into Darkness" racked up $57 millio ...
 | Jul-19-2016 | 
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'Beyond' Attracts A Much Different Competitor

'Secret Life of Pets' a surprise competitor going into weekend

Paramount Pictures was looking at a busy week of competition on July 22 for "Star Trek: Beyond," primarily from the animated feature "Ice Age: Collision Course" and a second week of the "Ghostbusters" reboot. But it looks like a rather big box office surprise might be the real competition for "Beyond" if it doesn't have a strong opening weekend. "The Secret Life of Pets" from Universal Pictures posted a second solid weekend, losing just half of its massive opening the weekend before, to hold on to the top spot at the box office. Its $50.6 million second week bested "Ghostbu ...
 | Jul-18-2016 | 
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Abrams: Takei's Sulu Reaction 'Preposterous'

Gene Roddenberry welcomed 'inclusivity,' producer says

A lot of people were surprised by George Takei's reaction that the character he originated in the original "Star Trek" would be outed as gay in the upcoming "Star Trek: Beyond." One person who really scratched his head over the reaction was none other than producer J.J. Abrams, who completely disagreed with the 79-year-old actor on how Trek creator Gene Roddenberry would receive news of having an original character come out of the closet. "I have nothing but respect for the man," Abr ...
 | Jul-18-2016 | 
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Bezos Primes For 'Beyond' Cameo

Amazon CEO fulfilled dream to appear in Trek movie

The current slate of Star Trek movies might take place outside of the franchise's "prime" universe. But it doesn't mean someone known for creating what many enjoy today as Amazon Prime from participating in those films. Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of the online retail company Amazon, took a step onto the Enterprise, playing an alien in next week's "Star Trek: Beyond." Both producer J.J. Abrams and director Justin Lin confirmed Bezos' involvement to the Associated Press on Friday while the two were promoting the film. "He was awesome," Lin said. "It was like ...
 | Jul-17-2016 | 
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'Beyond' Reviews Mostly Positive ... So Far

After weeks of waiting, critics are finally voicing their opinion

In just a week, many parts of the world will finally have a chance to see "Star Trek: Beyond" for the first time. But as what's typically done, those who review movies get to see it first. And so far, at least according to Rotten Tomatoes, critics are pretty happy with what Justin Lin, Simon Pegg and Doug Jung have put together. "The young crew of the Starship Enterprise enters uncharted space to rescue a missing ship," ...
 | Jul-16-2016 | 
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Chekov Won't Be Recast After Yelchin Death

Abrams still considering how to handle character in future films

One of the biggest questions since last month's tragic death of 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin has finally been answered. At least partially. J.J. Abrams, who directed Yelchin as Pavel Chekov in the first two Star Trek movies in the reboot era and continues to serve as a producer in the franchise, told the Toronto Sun that he will not cast someone else to play the iconic role. "I would say there's no replacing him," Abrams said. "There's no recasting. I can't possibly imagine that, and I think Anton deserves better." Yelchin died June 19 after his Jeep Grand Cher ...
 | Jul-15-2016 | 
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Should Security Concern 'Beyond' At Comic-Con?

PLUS: Paramount not offering film to critics in advance screenings?

It wasn't easy to get in. A security checkpoint just to get on the lot, and then another checkpoint inside to check for weapons. After a panel discussion, people were brought into a stage room where smartphones were collected and stored in foam cases with magnetized pin locks and security guards on ladders watching the crowd with night-vision binoculars. No that, wasn't a gathering of all the world leaders into one place. It was just a chance to fans to screen a few minutes of unfinished footage from "Star Trek: Beyond" at the Paramount Pictures lot in May. The fear ...
 | Jul-14-2016 | 
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Roddenberry Would Approve Of Gay Sulu, Son Says

PLUS: One reporter shares how news helped him come out

He may not be "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry, but son Rod Roddenberry probably knew him best. And days after a minor controversy erupted over the "outing" of John Cho's Hikaru Sulu in the upcoming "Star Trek: Beyond," the younger Roddenberry said including a gay character in Star Trek is something his father would've been behind. "I think he would be 100 percent in favor of a gay character in Star Trek," Roddenberry told the Associated Press. "There's so much going on in the world today. I think he would love any sort of social issue being brought into Star Trek." ...
 | Jul-13-2016 | 
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Pegg Explains Nuanced Changes In AbramsVerse

2009 reboot basically wipes slate clean for revised canon

Simon Pegg might be known for his comedy and his acting, but he is indeed a serious writer. And when he was tasked with developing what would become "Star Trek: Beyond," it was a job he took quite seriously. It's not just finding the right story, and knowing the characters. But Pegg had to understand the new universe J.J. Abrams created with the 2009 "Star Trek" film, and how that played into the rest of Trek canon. And how even if Hikaru Sulu wasn't gay in what is now known as the "prime universe," how he could indeed have his sexuality adjusted in "Beyond." "With the Kelv ...
 | Jul-12-2016 | 
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Korean Trailer Gives First Look Of Sulu's Family

First gay spouse is actually a cameo by co-writer Doug Jung

South Koreans are getting some of their final looks at "Star Trek: Beyond" before the film debuts there Aug. 25. But they're getting the first look at what has become a somewhat minor Trek controversy over Hikaru Sulu's family. The trailer, which reportedly debuted this past week in the Asian country, shows a quick scene of people running to shelters, according to TrekCore. That scene reportedly takes place on the Yorktown station (named after what the USS Enterprise was originally going to be called), and wouldn't have gained ...
 | Jul-11-2016 | 
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