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It's Official: Tom Cruise Will Be Back For 'Mission: Impossible 5'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2013 6:17 PM
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Tom Cruise, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
While the varying results of "Rock Of Ages," "Jack Reacher" and "Oblivion" may suggest that Tom Cruise isn't always a guaranteed box office draw, at least within the franchise of "Mission: Impossible" he's unstoppable. "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" was the highest grossing of the bunch, reaching nearly $700 million worldwide, almost $150 million more than the next most successful effort, "Mission: Impossible II." Naturally, Paramount didn't waste any time in putting a sequel into development, and while that was over a year ago, the project is now beginning to come back to life.

Watch: Spend 7-Minutes Behind-The-Scenes With 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 6, 2013 12:01 PM
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Star Trek Into Darkness, JJ Abrams
Last week we asked about how you readers felt about movie trailers and whether or not they spoiled anything. One aspect we forgot to bring up was the existence of the EPK-style behind-the-scenes looks at movies that have arrived at a higher frequency during these past few years. Case in point, a seven-minute peek behind-the-scenes of the secretive “Star Trek Into Darkness” has landed online.

Simon Kinberg Says 'Star Wars 7' Will Be Character Driven; J.J. Abrams & Simon Pegg Discuss Passion For 'Star Wars'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 6, 2013 11:45 AM
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As franchises seem to multiply by the month -- blanket properties splitting off with even a reboot of "The Crow" jammed in there -- the same faces are likely to be at the helm: Kevin Feige with the second and third waves of Marvel films, J.J. Abrams fretting over how to helm both “Star Trek 3” and “Star Wars: Episode VII,” and now “X-Men: Days of Future Past” writer Simon Kinberg, who recently discussed his thoughts on his new role in the 'Star Wars' universe.

Guess Again? J.J. Abrams Now Suggests 'Star Wars' May Force Him To Drop 'Star Trek 3'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 3, 2013 6:44 PM
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Star Trek Into Darkness, JJ Abrams
Traversing fanboy culture can be treacherous. Say the wrong the thing (or anything really) and it can be taken under a microscope of scrutiny, speculation and potentially ill will. Worry and concern are always something that trouble the culture when something leans in the wrong direction, and studios have generally come around to being wise to this, often offering the safe answer when the reality is up in the air. When it was announced that relentless multitasking filmmaker J.J. Abrams had ultimately decided to direct Disney's "Star Wars: Episode VII," fans rejoiced (though maybe some will rejoice less if they feel the same way our reviewer did about "Star Trek: Into Darkness"), although much of the audience -- including the "Star Trek" creative team writer/producers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof -- all wondered aloud what this meant for their franchise.

Praise Rolls In As New Reviews Arrive For 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Plus First Footage Of Klingons Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2013 9:23 AM
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Star Trek: Into Darkness
These days, it's all about the international dollars, so it's no surprise that some of this year's biggest blockbusters are getting a headstart overseas. "Iron Man 3" bowed a week before we get it on Friday, while "Star Trek Into Darkness" is also getting a jump abroad before the rest of us see it. While some early reviews from Australia dropped in about a week ago, 'Darkness' has now screened for folks in UK and a fresh batch of takes have arrived. The verdict? It's a rip-roaring blockbuster, that while not perfect (a common complaint is that characterization gets left behind as the adventure amps up) will be well worth your dollars. Here's what folks had to say:

J.J. Abrams Says John Williams Likely To Return To Score 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2013 4:21 PM
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The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or something like that. With Kathleen Kennedy hinting at a slightly more open book once "Star Wars: Episode VII" starts moving in earnest, so far most of the rumors about the new sequels have been centered on the old cast likely to return. And it seems in another department, Disney is sticking with the familiar rather than trying to shake up a formula that works.

New Pics & Clip From 'Star Trek Into Darkness'; Chris Pine Says The Movie Has Parallels To Real Life Terrorism

  • By Kieran McMahon
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  • April 29, 2013 1:44 PM
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Star Trek Into Darkness, Cumberbatch
Having raised the temperature a few degrees with a tease of a nefarious Benedict Cumberbatch and some pretty thrilling trailers, details are starting emerge about what to expect from the long under-wraps storyline of J.J. Abrams' hotly anticipated space epic “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” and a new clip that just premiered is almost exclusively centered around Cumberbatch's mysterious villain John Harrison.

Kathleen Kennedy Says 'Star Wars: Episode VII' May Loosen Up On Secrecy Once Production Starts

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 29, 2013 9:05 AM
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Patton Oswalt may have captured the hearts of many a “Star Wars” fan with his dream outline for the series' onslaught of new entries -- starting in 2015 with “Star Wars: Episode VII” -- but Kathleen Kennedy likely chuckled and kept to her airtight plan. The Lucasfilm President has been endlessly prepping the much-anticipated sequels, and as the films finally start to become a reality, she's offered up some info on how we'll be hearing about them in the future.

J.J. Abrams Says Directing 'Star Trek 3' Still A Possibility & More From His Playboy Interview

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 25, 2013 5:27 PM
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Star Trek Into Darkness, JJ Abrams
In the latest issue of Playboy Magazine, which people still totally buy for the articles, there's a lengthy interview with J.J. Abrams, cinematic wizard behind "Mission: Impossible III," "Super 8" and the "Star Trek" reboot. Abrams' second foray into the "Star Trek" cosmos, "Star Trek Into Darkness," opens on May 17th , while Abrams' next gig is even more daunting – directing the still-currently-subtitle-less "Star Wars: Episode VII" for Disney. The interview is full of juicy information – about 'Trek,' 'Wars,' the possibility of future Abrams sequels ("Cloverfield II" anyone?) – so much so that we just had to make a little crib sheet for the ten things we learned from the interview. Read on and prosper.

Mike Nichols Eyes Directing J.J. Abrams Produced Drama 'One Last Thing Before I Go'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 24, 2013 3:30 PM
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Accomplished director Mike Nichols navigated the transition from comic to director flawlessly, but his films afterward still display a deft handling of light-hearted moments and resonant themes. A viewing of “Primary Colors” or “Charlie Wilson's War” will confirm this, but luckily it seems we won't have to wait much longer for a new example to surface.

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