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When Piano Met Khan For ‘Into Darkness’

Hear Michael Giacchino’s theme on the ivories

An Austrian piano player has put the theme song to “Star Trek: Into Darkness” on the keyboard, creating an arrangement of the song that even composer Michael Giacchino would be proud of.He goes by the name “Unlimited Piano,” and doesn’t share his name of face. But he does show us how he creates the music from various camera angles, including one that gives us his perspective of the black and white.Check out the video to hear him bring Kirk back to life, while reminding us that Khan was indeed here, courtesy of …
 | Apr-7-2016 | 
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Abrams, Lindelof Express ‘Into Darkness’ Regrets

Handling of Khan as film’s villain draws scrutiny

With “Star Trek: Into Darkness” receiving a disappointing reception among some fans, director J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Damon Lindelof are admitting that their film’s use of Khan as the surprise villain had some missteps. “Into Darkness” enjoyed box office success when it was released in 2013 and raked in more than $467 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing entry in the franchise. The film follows the crew of the USS Enterprise as they confront an act of terrorism against Starfleet and face a notorious and deadly villain from Earth’s past, Khan Noonien Singh (Be …
 | Dec-2-2015 | 
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Star Trek May Not Be Ready For 50th Anniversary

Can the franchise live up to James Bond, Doctor Who?

The Brits have proven that when it comes to anniversaries, they know how to celebrate it. When James Bond turned 50 in 2012, the writing team of Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan knew how to celebrate Ian Fleming’s creation with “Skyfall.” This past year, “Doctor Who” did the same, bringing all 13 Doctors together to make sure that “Gallifrey falls no more.” But what about Star Trek? It will turn 50 in 2016 — now just two years away. And although Paramount Pictures is planning to release the third film in the rebooted universe at the time, one longtime writer and …
 | Jan-13-2014 | 
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‘Into Darkness’ Finishes In Box Office’s Top 10

‘Iron Man 3’ slides into top spot in movie theaters

It looks like 2013 is going to end the same way the summer did — with “Iron Man 3” powering itself past the latest Star Trek film. The final numbers are out on the box office this year, and “Star Trek: Into Darkness” will take its $228.8 million domestic haul into 10th place, according to Box Office Mojo. It finished well behind the $409 million domestic haul of a “The Avengers”-fueled “Iron Man 3,” and behind a number of other genre films including “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Oz: The Great and Powerful.” “I …
 | Jan-1-2014 | 
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So Is Star Trek Back On TV, Or What? Roberto Orci kinda says yes, or did he? It all comes down to what appears to be an off-camera conversation one entertainment reporter had with current film Star Trek scribe Roberto Orci.Orci didn’t exactly say that Star Trek was coming back to television. But his cryptic “Watch this space” to reporter Joe Michalczuk indicates that either Orci knows something that no one else does, or that director J.J. Abrams is now out of the loop since taking over the Star Wars franchise. (That’s because Abrams just re-affirmed recently that there was nothing on the table in terms of a Star Trek televisions series.)So what’s …
 | Oct-15-2013 | 
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Find Out How Khan Almost Wasn’t Khan

EXCLUSIVE: Roberto Orci provides new secrets behind ‘Into Darkness’

It may have been a little after the 30th anniversary of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” but there remains a contingent of Star Trek fans who remain unhappy about the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch resurrected Khan Noonien Singh in “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” However, there was a long period of time when Khan almost didn’t make it into the picture at all. That and more have been revealed by one of the film’s writers, Roberto Orci, during an exclusive interview he conducted with the Mission Log podcast. “Khan was i …
 | Sep-11-2013 | 
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Orci: No Such Thing As Coincidence On Star Trek Writer shares insight with Twitter during ‘Into Darkness’ remote screening This story contains spoilers for “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”It would be great to believe that every word, every action that appears in a movie like “Star Trek: Into Darkness” is carefully prepared with an eye on the future.While there are some who might not believe that after seeing the latest Star Trek film, one of its writers says it’s not very wise to assume.”No such thing as a coincidence,” writer Roberto Orci told fans Thursday night during a rather impromptu “Into Darkness” Tweetalong that took place to celebrate the digital release of the film on Apple’s …
 | Aug-23-2013 | 
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Some Trekkies Will Never Like Abrams’ Trek

Simon Pegg: Certain fans say they ‘don’t want to watch anything anymore’

Simon Pegg has a message to some fans who he says will never like the new J.J. Abrams version of Star Trek, no matter what’s done: Well, we can’t say it here, but let’s just say one of the words starts with an “F.” Pegg, who plays Montgomery Scott in “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” told the Huffington Post that he hears people who rail against “Star Trek: Into Darkness” as well as the 2009 USS Enterprise outing, and he’s simply tired of hearing it. “It absolutely isn’t the worst Star Trek movie ever,” Pegg said. “It’s asinine, you know? It’s ridiculous. And frustrating as well …
 | Aug-23-2013 | 
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China, Paramount Fight Over ‘Into Darkness’ Profits

Studio refuses to pay additional 2 percent ‘luxury tax’

For the first time, a Star Trek film made it to where only Nixon could go before: China. But the drawback about all the money “Star Trek: Into Darkness” made there? Paramount Pictures has yet to see a single dime. That’s because American filmmakers are battling the country over a 2 percent tax being imposed by the China Film Group — one that studios like Paramount say violates the World Trade Organization rules. Paramount is owed about $30 million for “Into Darkness” as well as “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “Jack Reacher,” according to a report by The Guardian. Th …
 | Jul-31-2013 | 
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Paramount Television Gets President … Is Star Trek Next?

Amy Powell has significant experience with digital media

Paramount Pictures has taken yet another major step to re-establishing Paramount Television after naming Amy Powell — the company’s head of digital entertainment — the new president of the division. Powell will continue in her previous role as well, and suggests that Paramount might focus more on alternative platforms like the Internet and streaming services such as Netflix. But it also creates more suggestion that Paramount might be interested in bringing Star Trek back to television, and not waiting for its sister company CBS Television to do it. “Amy has proven herself t …
 | Jul-24-2013 | 
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