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Moffat teases The Snowmen

In a new BBC interview released today, Steven Moffat gives an idea of what we can expect from the Christmas special and promises anoth Read more …

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The Case For… The Doctor’s Daughter

Guest contributor Patrick Kavanagh-Sproull makes the case for the Series 4 episode.

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NASA Moving Forward On Moonbase Plans

NASA is moving forward with plans to establish a base on the far side of the moon. The idea, which would expand human spaceflight beyond Low Earth orbit for the first time since Apollo 17 in late 1972, is to use libration points, also known as Lagrange points, to “park” a spacecraft at a fixed […]


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Pegg: More Paul?

In a recent interview to promote the DVD and Blu-ray release of Paul, Simon Pegg discussed the possibility of a sequel to the sci-fi comedy.

Pegg and Nick Frost have already been mulling over the idea of a sequel and what it would take to make that sequel. “The reason I would make a sequel to Paul,” said Pegg, “and I’m sure Greg (Mottola) would probably agree, is because, ultimately, I don’t do my job for anybody but myself.”

The experience of making Paul was something that was very enjoyable for Pegg and he would like to revisit the experience. “The product of what I do is important, but the of making Paul was so much fun,” said Pegg. “I got to work with some amazing people, in an amazing place, and we had an amazing three months. It was life-changing, and I’d love to do that again. If we could think of a story that was absolutely justifiable, that was worth doing, I would do it again, but for that reason, so I could have that experience again and enjoy working with people, the camaraderie and the friendship.

“People often forget that there is a process that exists in film-making. It’s not just the product, there is the process of making a film, which is incredibly enjoyable. The product is the result of that, which everybody sees, but it’s not always why you do it. There is also the product of that, which is fame, which is really why you don’t do it. The chance to work with those people again would be wonderful.”

A story idea for a sequel to Paul has already crossed the minds of Pegg and Frost, but to pull it off, it would mean they would require a bigger budget for the sequel. “Nick and I have this idea that we had out on the way to Area 51 that was really funny,” said Pegg. “It was like oh, this could be great. It would cost an absolute fucking fortune. If it involved more than one Paul, it would mean that we’d have to have twice that budget again. The idea was it was called Pauls. Again, it was like From Dusk Til Shaun, that title is so good we have to make that film.”

Last week, Paul was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK and will appear on American store shelves  on August 9th.

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New Super 8 Clip

With the release of Super 8 due next month, new clips of the J.J. Abrams’ movie have been emerging, giving movie fans an idea of what is in store for them.

The latest clip shows a train barreling down the railroad tracks towards a pick-up truck which is in its path.

A group of kids are filming at the train station with a Super 8 camera and are witness to the horrific accident. And that is *before* the train’s live cargo emerges to wreck havoc on the small Ohio town.

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Other trailers can be seen here.

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Yelchin: Ready For Trek Sequel

While making the rounds to promote The Beaver, Anton Yelchin spoke briefly about Star Trek 2 and reprising the character of Chekov.

Yelchin, like the other Star Trek 2 actors, has no idea when actual filming begins. “It should be at some point,” he said. “At some point, we will make it.”

But Yelchin is ready to go when the call comes. “I haven’t read the script,” he said, “but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what it is. It will be a lot of fun to play the character again, do all the research again and do all the homework. Also, it’s a great group of people. It’s one thing when you’re going back to a movie and you’re like, ‘Oh, God, I’ve got to work with these people again.’ But, it’s such a great group. I enjoyed working with them all so much that I look forward to seeing them all again and working with them.”

Slipping back into the character of Chekov after several years isn’t as easy as one might think; given the familiarity Yelchin has with the character after playing him in Star Trek XI. “In a way, it will be difficult…to make sure it’s the same person. That was almost four years ago, so it will definitely be challenging to try to capture the same thing.”

In Yelchin’s most recent film, The Beaver, which opens tomorrow, Yelchin plays Porter Black, the oldest son of a depressed man, Walter Black (Mel Gibson), who adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communicating.

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Not Even Jonathan Frakes Can Save Star Trek

Actor/director shares how CBS rejected a television revival idea
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Abrams To Pen Novel

The ever-busy J.J. Abrams is adding another project to his lengthy list with the news that he will be collaborating on a new novel.

Abrams and novelist Doug Dorst (Alive in Necropolis) will work together on the new novel, set for release next year.

The idea for the novel, which will be published by Little, Brown and Company under the Mulholland Books imprint, came from Abrams, according to a press release.

“Doug and J.J.’s story will explode the bonds of the novel in ways no book has ever done,” said Little, Brown publisher Michael Pietsch. “It is a privilege to work with this wildly creative team of writers and thinkers.”

More details on the project will be released as they emerge.

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Nimoy: Trek Movie Hits And Misses

Leonard Nimoy shared his thoughts regarding the first six Star Trek movies; what worked, what didn’t and what he wishes had happened in the final original series movie.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture wasn’t very well-received by fans, but was successful enough to warrant a second film. “The feeling was, after that first movie, there was something to be done with Star Trek,” said Nimoy, “that the first movie hadn’t done what was available to be done, that there was still an audience, still an interest, but that it didn’t satisfy the audience in terms of content.”

In Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, Nimoy had a specific reason for going along with Spock’s death. “…When they came to me with the idea of doing that second film, I thought they were just trying to squeeze one more movie out of the franchise,” he said. “I thought that it would be the end of Star Trek and that’s why I accepted the idea of Spock dying at the end of Star Trek II.

But Spock’s fate wasn’t necessarily final, as Nimoy found out when filming the scene. “When we came up with the idea of doing a mind meld on Dr. McCoy, on DeForest Kelley, I was asked if I could say something in that mind meld that would give us a hook for the future, in case there was a possibility of continuing,” said Nimoy. “And I came up with the word ‘Remember,’ which I thought was broad enough and interesting enough that we might be able to use it as our hook in the future.”

One film was a bit of a disappointment to Nimoy, who had hoped for more revelations regarding a familiar Star Trek foe. In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Nimoy wanted to know more about the Klingons and what made them tick. “…What I was hoping for was that once inside the Klingon Empire we would find out something about the Klingons that would surprise us all,” he said. “Why are they so angry? Why are they so hostile? Why are so warring? Why are they so bent on conflict and paranoia and suspicion? What’s going on in their minds? What’s inside that Empire that we don’t know that would surprise us? We never quite got to that. We never quite did. We did do an interesting story about the political faction within the Klingon’s structure, but we didn’t quite get to that amazing revelation about what the Klingons were really all about.”

The movies weren’t the end of Star Trek for Nimoy, who appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation. “I went to the producers at Next Generation with the idea that we could do a crossover, that I could do an appearance on The Next Generation that would, in a sense, be a connection to the Star Trek films that we were making,” said Nimoy. “They wrote a script which I thought served that purpose. I went and gladly did it. And yes, it was my idea. I went to them with the idea, and we did it.”