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Interview: Director Brad Bird On His $200 Million Live Action Debut 'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 19, 2011 5:00 PM
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Judging by the box office numbers, chances are if you lived somewhere with an IMAX theater, you saw "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol," the fourth and arguably the best (at least since Brian De Palma's) film in the long-running, Tom Cruise-led franchise. And the biggest reason why this movie feels so fresh and new and fizzy is that it's the live action debut of director Brad Bird, who had previously given us genuine animated masterpieces in "The Iron Giant" and (for Pixar) "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille."

Khan Or No Khan, Benicio Del Toro Won't Be In 'Star Trek' Sequel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 5, 2011 6:46 PM
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Benicio Del Toro's always seemed a little uneasy with the idea of stardom. He's been working in the big leagues, on-and-off, since "Licence To Kill" in 1989, and took a big leap up with his near-incomprehensible performance in "The Usual Suspects," but every time he steps towards the A-list, he seems to take two steps back.

'Robocop' And 'Naked Lunch' Star Peter Weller Latest Addition To J.J. Abrams' 'Star Trek' Sequel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 5, 2011 7:07 AM
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Is J.J. Abrams pulling a Christopher Nolan? The latter director has become known in recent years for putting faded 1980s icons in his films, from Rutger Hauer in "Batman Begins" and Eric Roberts in "The Dark Knight" to Tom Berenger in "Inception" and Matthew Modine in the upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises." Hell, he even gave David Bowie a part in "The Prestige." But now it looks like Abrams, arguably his biggest competition in terms of the new guard of super-directors, is getting in on the act.

Benicio del Toro Will Play Khan In 'Star Trek 2,' Oh Wait, No He Won't

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 3, 2011 12:01 PM
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When news broke a few weeks ago that Benicio del Toro was being courted by J.J. Abrams for the role as the Big Bad villain in their hotly anticipated "Star Trek" sequel, we guessed there was a fairly big chance that del Toro could play fan favorite 'Trek' villain Khan. That's not exactly a stretch, given comments by screenwriter Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman made it sound like they were looking into the "Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan" story as possible fodder for the sequel and the fact that del Toro and original Khan Ricardo Montalban share the same vague ethnic background (Montalban is Mexican, del Toro is Puerto Rican). In short succession it was confirmed yesterday that del Toro would play Khan...then just as quickly denied (by J.J. Abrams himself).

'Star Trek' Sequel Will Be In 3D, Opens May 17, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 23, 2011 6:23 PM
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Now those lens flares are gonna be in your face.

Michael Giacchino Will Return To Score 'Star Trek 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 23, 2011 5:23 PM
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Just as his hero Steven Spielberg has John Williams, writer/producer/director J.J. Abrams has stayed true to composer Michael Giacchino. The man has tuned up every one of Abrams' films to date, in addition to working on shows he's produced like "Lost" and "Alias," and once again, they will put their talents together on another project.

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