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By Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is at the top of the pack for this year’s Saturn Awards Nominations, with the film bringing in 11 nominations.It was a good year for Disney in other ways as well, with Steven Spielberg’s The BFG tying Doctor Strange with 10 nominations and Captain America: Civil War recognized in eight categories. Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them brought in six nominations. ...
For 30 years, Joel Harlow has been one of Hollywood’s premiere makeup artists, and come Oscar night, he’ll contend for his second Academy Award for his work on Star Trek Beyond, which required him to create more than 50 different alien species. A North Dakota native, Harlow took home a gold statuette for J.J. Abrams’s 2009 Star Trek reboot, and also received a nomination for 2013’s The Lone Ranger — one of his 16 collaborations with Johnny Depp. Adding to a résumé full of blockbuster credits, Harlow will next put his talents to use for two upcoming superhero films — this March’s Logan, and next year’s Black Panther — as well as Depp’s fifth go-round as Captain Jack Sparrow in this summer’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
If his recurring role as Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the rebooted Star Trek franchise (whose third installment he co-wrote), and his role as junk dealer Unkar Plutt in Star Wars: The Force Awakens hadn’t made it clear, actor Simon Pegg is a sci-fi geek. And as we can see in a new video clip (watch it above), he was clearly tickled to chat with a real-life astronaut floating in orbit in the International Space Station (ISS) as they spoke.
Star Trek Beyond isn’t considered a comedy — yet thanks to all the witticisms in a script co-written by Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), the latest sequel decidedly funnier than your average endeavor on the Enterprise.
As the Star Trek Beyond reviews continue to pour in (they’re pretty good!), Paramount has already decided to move ahead with a fourth Star Trek movie and even announced a surprising return — Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk, the deceased father of Chris Pine’s James Kirk. In one of his first big screen roles, the future Avenger made a brief appearance in the 2009 Star Trek reboot as the elder Kirk, who sacrificed himself to ensure the safety of his wife and crew. Hemsworth wasn’t the only big name with an under-the-radar appearance in a Star Trek movie.
When Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry assembled the crew of the starship Enterprise in 1966, he wanted to feature a staff that reflected the diversity of his utopian future. In Roddenberry’s vision of the 23rd century, Starfleet officers of all cultures and colors would serve alongside each other without petty conflicts interfering with their five-year missions into deep space. The inclusion of Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) and Sulu (George Takei) on the Enterprise bridge as was a progressive step forward for network television, and Roddenberry upped the ante in Season 2 by adding a new character: Russian officer Pavel Chekov, played by Chicago-born actor Walter Koenig.
Star Trek Beyond warps into theaters this weekend and although Leonard Nimoy’s “Spock Prime” is absent from the screen — the actor died in February 2015 at age 83, about four months before filming began — the film pays tribute to the iconic character as well as the actor. In Beyond, the younger screen Spock, played by Zachary Quinto, must come to terms with the death of his Vulcan mentor. At the end of the credits, the filmmakers dedicate the film to the memory of Nimoy.
Star Trek premiered on TV in 1966, but it wasn’t until 1979 that the first Star Trek movie was released. Since then, fans haven’t had to wait more than seven years between movies — and red carpet events. Star Trek’s popularity has now supported 13 movies over almost 40 years, smoothly transitioning from the original series cast to the Next Generation to the J.J. Abrams reboot stars. Watch the faces and fashions change, and casts occasionally intermingle, at events from the 1970s to the 2010s.
By revealing that Hikaru Sulu is gay, Star Trek Beyond boldly goes where no other installment in the classic sci-fi franchise has gone before. Speaking to Vulture’s E. Alex Chung, the 44-year-old actor disclosed that a scene was shot featuring Sulu and his husband (played by screenwriter Doug Jung) sharing a smooch. In the lengthy interview, Cho also speaks about his fears over reimagining Sulu as gay — not least of which was how such a twist would be taken by the man who originated the character, George Takei. “He’s a gay actor that played a straight part and crafted a straight character,” said Cho.
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The Star Trek Beyond world premiere was a night of firsts. Also for the first time at a world premiere, a ninety-piece orchestra was on hand to provide live accompaniment of the film’s score. Sadly, it was also the first Star Trek premiere since the series was rebooted without co-star Anton Yelchin in attendance.
The Enterprise is going beyond Star Trek Beyond. With the latest big-screen episode in the vaunted 50-year-old franchise still days away, Paramount announced Monday that there would be fourth installment featuring J.J. Abrams’ rebooted cast. Although the studio had moved to lock up stars Chris Pine (Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock) to additional films over a year ago, there had been some question about the future following the troubled production of Beyond.