Remembering Leonard Nimoy looks at the full life and private struggle of a beloved actor


The love for Leonard Nimoy lives long and prospers, but does the world really need two Nimoy documentaries, one from each of his biological children?

Logically speaking, yes it does.

“Our films are very different,” said Julie Nimoy, referring to her new documentary, Remembering Leonard Nimoy, and For the Love of Spock, the 2016 crowd-funded documentary by her brother Adam. 

The latter film focused on the sometimes-fraught relationship between Adam Nimoy and his father, Leonard, who played the iconic Star Trek vulcan Mr. Spock on TV and films for almost 50 years. It was also an examination of how Nimoy built the character of this seemingly emotionless and exasperatingly logical starship science officer. Read more…

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Sony Adds Full Frame and Anamorphic Support to CineAlta

Sony’s next-gen CineAlta will have a full frame 36 x 24mm sensor.

Over the weekend at Cine Gear Expo, Sony hinted at its next-generation CineAlta camera that’s scheduled to come out in early 2018. According to the release, the camera will have a newly-developed full frame 36 x 24mm sensor that will be aspect ratio-agnostic to include full frame, Super 35 4:3 anamorphic, and 4K spherical 3-perf 17:9.

While there isn’t too much information on price point, lens mount or ergonomics available yet, the camera is said to fit into Sony’s existing CineAlta lineup rather than replace the F65/F55/F5. What we do know is that the camera is expected to produce outstanding image quality with its new image sensor, while maintaining Sony’s 16bit RAW/X-OCN and XAVC workflows. It will also be compatible with current and upcoming hardware accessories like we see with ARRI camera updates.

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First Full Trailer for Alien Invasion Thriller ‘Revolt’ Featuring Lee Pace

Revolt Trailer

«Must have some weakness, something we can use against them.» A full-length trailer has been unveiled for an indie sci-fi project titled Revolt, from director Joe Miale making his feature debut. The film stars Lee Pace as a US soldier in Africa attempting to fight back against a brutal alien invasion. This kind of seems a bit like a mash-up between District 9 and Transformers, with robot-like alien creatures taking over. Also with Bérénice Marlohe (who was also in the sci-fi Kill Switch, as well as Skyfall and Song to Song), plus Amy Louise Wilson, Alan Santini, and Tom Fairfoot. This has some solid VFX work and it seems like it could be a fun under-the-radar sci-fi film, I just hope it’s better than it looks. This trailer is worth a watch. ›››

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Cooke Covers Full Frame with the S7 Line

Cooke’s reputation for quality now extends to full frame sensors.

Cooke S4 and S5 glass has lensed some of the most prestigious cinematography of recent decades, and with the new S7s that quality now extends to full frame sensors. As sensors get larger, there are of course great benefits, like higher resolutions and better low-light sensitivity. However, the limited option for true cinema quality glass once you get above the Super 35mm sensor size is a major drawback. With the release of the S7 lens series, Cooke is now offering a full set of cinema primes designed to deliver the «Cooke Look» on image circles up to 46.31mm, which should cover the RED Vista Vision format, in either the Epic body or the Panavision DXL.

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Full ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ Trailer Introduces a New Canon Story, Improved Gameplay

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Trailer

When Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought the sci-fi saga back in a big way, Star Wars invaded every type of media you could think of, from comics to TV shows to video games. The latter resulted in the revival of one of the most popular video game franchises to take place in a galaxy far, far away: Star Wars Battlefront.

Though Star Wars Battlefront was a big bestseller before The Force Awakens hit theaters, the game ended up disappointing even some hardcore Star Wars fans by not having a campaign mode (creating fast boredom) and having some clunky gameplay, both as a soldier on the ground and as a pilot in space. Thankfully, it sounds like all those problems will be resolved when Star Wars Battlefront II arrives later this year.

Watch the full Star Wars Battlefront 2 trailer and get details on the video game sequel below.

A teaser trailer for Star Wars Battlefront II leaked a few days before it was meant to debut at Star Wars Celebration, where a much longer, more revealing trailer (watch above) revealed plenty of new details on the game. The panel from the convention also provided us with even more information, especially on the anticipated single player campaign mode. So let’s start with that part of the game.


Star Wars Battlefront II Campaign Mode

Easily the most exciting aspect of Star Wars Battlefront II is the new single player campaign. Rather than having a story that follows someone on the Rebel Alliance, as many Star Wars video games have done before, we’ll be following a female special forces Imperial soldier named Iden Versio (played by Janina Gavankar), the leader of an elite group known as Inferno Squad. If that sounds familiar, it’s because they’re also getting their own Star Wars book this summer.

Iden Versio has been raised on Imperial beliefs and propaganda for her entire life, growing up on a new planet created specifically for the game called Vardos. It’s an Imperial haven that is the perfect breeding ground to brainwash new recruits into joining the Empire and fighting for the cause. The Inferno Squad can do anything and everything, but they find themselves at a loss when the second Death Star is destroyed as seen in Return of the Jedi.

The campaign will follow Iden (who has a flying droid sidekick) and her squad as they try to avenge the Emperor and maintain control of the galaxy during the 30 year period that exists between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Here’s how the campaign is officially described on the Star Wars Battlefront II website:

Forge a new path as Iden Versio, commander of Inferno Squad—an Imperial special forces unit equally lethal on the ground and in space. Encounter many of Star Wars ‘ greatest characters in a story of revenge, betrayal, and redemption that spans 30 years.

Though Iden Versio will be the main character of the campaign, you’ll still get a chance to play as Star Wars icons like Luke Skywalker, as well as one of the awesome new additions to the game, Kylo Ren.


New and Improved Multiplayer Battles

Along with the new campaign mode, the coolest thing about Star Wars Battlefront II is that it spans all eras of Star Wars. Players will be able to take part in massive 40-player fights in locations all across the Star Wars galaxy. That means there will be characters, vehicles and locations from the prequels, the original trilogy and the ongoing sequel trilogy. Though there will be some pieces of the Clone Wars included, there was no word on whether any characters or vehicles from Star Wars Rebels would make it into Star Wars Battlefront II, at least not yet.

There will be new vehicles in space and on land (for example, you’ll get to ride a tauntaun this time), though you’ll have to unlock them for use by achieving various gameplay goals in a given round as opposed to just stumbling upon a power up in the level like the current game. DICE enlisted the developer Criterion, who worked on the Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission to help create ships and vehicles that control well in combat, something that was a little difficult to master in the first Star Wars Battlefront.

As for the soldiers themselves, players will be able to upgrade and customize their troopers with new weapons, abilities and other customized details. There will also be classes introduced to the multiplayer mode this time, likely unlocking more weapons and abilities as you continue to play.

Furthermore, the major Star Wars heroes and villains who will be playable (and not just used a power-ups during battle anymore) can also be customized and upgraded. Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, Rey, Yoda and Darth Maul are just some of the Star Wars icons confirmed to be included in the game, and you’ll be able to give them distinct abilities to make them even more powerful. And don’t worry, because soldiers will have their own upgrades available that allow them to stand a chance facing the heroes, unlike the first game where they were extremely difficult to kill.


All of these details regarding Star Wars Battlefront II have the makings of a sequel that improves upon all of the shortcomings of the original game. It would appear that EA listened to everything fans said they wanted from a new Star Wars Battlefront game and added them to Battlefront II. We’ll find out when the game hits PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One on November 17.

Thanks to io9 and Polygon for providing us with specifics on the game from the Star Wars Celebration panel that took place this past weekend.

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Life is the Dream in the Full Bad Batch Movie Trailer

Check out the full Bad Batch movie trailer. What do you think of the look of the Bad Batch movie?

Check out the full Bad Batch movie trailer for a look at the new feature from Ana Lily Amirpour

NEON has just released the full The Bad Batch movie trailer and, in the player at the bottom of this page, you can take a look at writer and director Ana Lily Amirpour‘s follow-up to her critically-acclaimed debut feature, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Produced by Annapurna Pictures and VICE Media, The Bad Batch movie hits in theaters June 23.

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The Bad Batch movie cast includes Suki Waterhouse (Love, Rosie, The Divergent Series: Insurgent), Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Aquaman), Giovanni Ribisi (Ted, Sneaky Pete), and Keanu Reeves (John Wick, Knock, Knock).

The Bad Batch follows Arlen (Waterhouse) as she is unceremoniously dumped in a Texas wasteland fenced off from civilized society. While trying to orient her unforgiving environment, she is captured by a savage band of cannibals and quickly realizes she’ll have to fight her way through her new reality. As Arlen adjusts to life in ‘the bad batch’ she discovers that being good or bad mostly depends on who you’re standing next to.

As she did with A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Ana Lily Amirpour serves as writer, director and producer on The Bad Batch.

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The Bad Batch is produced by Annapurna’s Megan Ellison alongside VICE’s Danny Gabai and Sina Sayyah. Executive producers include Annapurna’s Sammy Scher and VICE’s Shane Smith and Eddy Moretti.

What do you think of full The Bad Batch movie trailer? Are you planning to check this one out on the big screen? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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‘Jungle Cruise’ is Full Steam Ahead With Dwayne Johnson

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Years ago, the Jungle Cruise movie was a Tim Allen and Tom Hanks project. A lot has changed since then, but Disney’s big screen adaptation of its beloved theme park ride is finally looking to leave port. As previously reported, the film will star Dwayne Johnson, who has somehow found time in his increasingly busy schedule to officially sign on the dotted line and confirm his involvement.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Johnson will squeeze the film in next year, with production  currently set to begin in the spring of 2018. There’s no release date set yet, but with that schedule, it’s easy to imagine Disney positioning Jungle Cruise as a summer 2019 tentpole, perhaps as a replacement for the somewhat exhausted Pirates of the Caribbean series.

Johnson and Disney make for one heck of a pair: neither of them every stop to catch their breath. While Disney juggles Star Wars and Marvel and Pixar and countless remakes of their animated classics, Johnson has Baywatch out this summer and Jumanji out later this year. He’s set to film Rampage in a few months before taking on the China-set action film Skyscraper. And then he’ll steer the Jungle Cruise movie.

For those unfamiliar with the attraction, Jungle Cruise is one of Disneyland’s original rides and it remains popular to this day. Guests crowd into a boat and journey past a series of scenes featuring audi0-animatronic animals, some threatening and some benign. Meanwhile, the skipper (played by an enthusiastic cast member) provides a deliberately hokey spiel full of puns and dad jokes. It’s old-fashioned, but it’s still popular for a reason. It’s a delight.

It’s easy to imagine Johnson knocking the role of “Jungle Cruise skipper” out of the park and we’ve been told that the screenplay for the film is infused with humor. Surely Disney realizes that there’s a lot of money to made from the world’s most charming man dropping cornball jokes and narrowly avoiding death by sudden hippopotamus! Expect the final film (which is reportedly set in the 1920s) to be full of action and adventure, but it wouldn’t be the Jungle Cruise without a lot of comedy.

Jungle Cruise represents Disney’s latest attempt to build a movie franchise out of its theme park properties. It worked like gangbusters for Pirates of the Caribbean, but it didn’t take off with Tomorrowland and The Haunted Mansion.. It remains to be seen if they can make this one work, but locking in someone as charming as Johnson feels like the right first step.

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Brad Pitt Goes to War in Full Trailer for David Michôd’s ‘War Machine’

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«We can’t help them and kill them at the same time.» Netflix has launched a new full-length trailer for the film War Machine, the latest from talented Australian filmmaker David Michod (Animal Kingdom, The Rover). We featured a teaser trailer for this right around the Oscars, but this full trailer dives fully into this drama (which has nothing to do with Marvel or Iron Man). Brad Pitt plays a four star general who must deal with the repercussions of a challenging war in the Middle East. Described as a «pitch-black war story for our times», this seems like a brutally honest look at America’s modern wars. The full cast includes Tilda Swinton, Sir Ben Kingsley, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Will Poulter, Keith Stanfield, Emory Cohen, John Magaro, RJ Cyler, Scoot McNairy and Meg Tilly. This looks pretty damn good. ›››

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Giant Robots, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose: A ‘Power Rangers’ Spoiler Review

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(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Dean Israelite’s Power Rangers.)

When we revisited the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers last week, I thought we would be engaging in an act of pop culture masochism. Instead, I was weirdly won over by the whole endeavor. For all of its crass cheapness and cobbled-together storylines, the original Power Rangers series still displays an undeniable, sugar-sweet charm. It’s a hard thing to hate.

So perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising that director Dean Israelite‘s big screen adaptation of the long-running series is surprisingly good and surprisingly thoughtful and surprisingly weird. Surprise is the key word here, clearly. It’s not just surprising that a $ 100 million Power Rangers movie is watchable, it’s surprising that it has so much oddball personality. It’s a movie about inclusivity and giant robots punching monsters. It’s a movie about outcast teens coming together and a scenery devouring villain who serial kills people for their fillings. It’s the start of a big-budget movie franchise that also has a vital subplot about teen sexting.

Power Rangers is too weird to ignore and too nice to disregard. Let’s talk about it. Spoilers ahead.

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This is a Weird Movie

Power Rangers opens 65 million years ago with a life-and-death battle between the Power Rangers and the mutinous Green Ranger, a brawl that concludes with the heroes summoning a meteorite that presumably wipes out the dinosaurs. It then immediately cuts to a joke about a guy accidentally jerking off a cow.

This clash is indicative of the film at its best and its worst. Here’s a movie that’s entirely unafraid to let its geek flag fly, to showcase color-coded teenage superheroes battling monsters in robotic vehicles shaped like prehistoric beasts…but it also wants to be Edgy and Gritty and Not Just For Kids. At their best, these clashing tones are charming. At their worst, it feels akin to Michael Bay’s Transformers movies, as if everyone is embarrassed by the source material and want to cover it all up with crass jokes and all kinds of seriousness. The movie is big-hearted and in love with Power Rangers iconography, but it’s also not above masturbation jokes (yes, there are more than one) here and there.

Thankfully, this weird collision works in the film’s favor more often than it doesn’t. The attention to a more grounded reality allows the fantastical elements of the film to feel, well, fantastical. Is it necessary to open a Power Rangers movie with 30 minutes of teenagers being morose and poking around their small town? Probably not, but it does sell just how completely and totally weird it is for those same kids to suddenly find themselves in a secret spaceship and talking with a robot and his giant floating head of a boss who wants everyone to become superheroes.

Similarly, the grim lighting and frequently melancholy atmosphere lend the goofier scenes a bizarre life. When Rita Repulsa ties up the Rangers on the side of a boat for an interrogation, it’s literally a scene out of a Saturday morning cartoon (they might as well be in railroad tracks). In the same scene, Elizabeth Banks‘ villainous performance, all showboating and vamping, offers a truly strange counterpoint to the rangers themselves, who are playing things completely straight. These flavors shouldn’t work together, but…they do?

It’s hard to tell how much of this tonal clash was an accident, brought on by too many cooks somehow creating a tasty dish, and how much of it is Israelite actually getting away with murder by making a genuinely odd movie within a major franchise. Honestly, that’s the kind of question only a sequel could answer.

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Teenagers With Attitude

Power Rangers makes many changes to the series’ established lore, but one of the most noteworthy involves the five central kids themselves. Gone are the squeaky clean do-gooders who seemingly spend all of their free time exercising, teaching classes at the community center, and collecting petitions to save the environment. In their place are outcasts and punks. The friendly neighborhood juice bar is gone. These kids meet in Saturday detention. While there is a school bully in a minor supporting role, Bulk and Skull would feel redundant here – our heroes already have a sharper edge than most high school troublemakers.

This is perhaps the most modern update to Power Rangers. Rather than treat the heroes as upstanding citizens that young viewers should aspire to be, the film lets them be flawed, troubled kids who are still figuring out their own personal problems when great power and great responsibility are thrust upon them. It’s the old Marvel Comics model, the one that still applies to Spider-Man all the time – you come home from a night of saving the world and still have a mountain of your personal baggage to sort through.

For the most part, this works. While thinly written, all five kids make for appealing screen presences. Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, R.J. Cyler, Ludi Lin, and Becky G end up developing a fine rapport and their burgeoning friendship (sold around a pivotal campfire scene) feels genuine. Of the bunch, Montgomery gets the most to do and he’s another perfectly acceptable White Male Hollywood Guy. It’s Cyler, as the nerdy, “on the spectrum” Billy who gets to act as the movie’s heart.

Power Rangers isn’t shy about its diverse cast and it shouldn’t be. The original show was built around a group split between men and women, with multiple ethnicities represented, and the new film unapologetically follows suit. In an age where artistic representation is more important than ever, it is refreshing for the film to continue to series’ legacy of making sure every kid in the audience has someone on screen to whom they can directly relate.

Less successful is the film’s much-publicized “gay character.” While the film offers lip service to Becky G’s Trini being queer, the film takes the easy way out and skips over this revelation as fast as it can, never daring to say the dreaded “G” or “L” words. It’s a classic case of a major movie trying to have its progressive cake and eat it, too. Here’s the new rule, Hollywood: you are only allowed to publicly pat yourself on the back for including an LGBTQ character if you actually embrace what that means and not half-ass it. If trashy Alabama drive-ins are going to boycott your movies over weak showings, you might as well go all-out and let Trini showcase an actual interest in girls beyond another character casually outing her and no one ever mentioning it again.

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Adults With Mortgages

While the central kids are played by fresh-faced youngsters, the Power Rangers cast is rounded out with more seasoned actors picking up some work. To their credit, these performances mostly work. Bryan Cranston (a Power Rangers veteran himself) offers a new take on Zordon that’s a far cry from wise, kind floating head in a tube seen in earlier incarnations. He’s surly, impatient, aware of the dangers facing Earth and not at all trusting of the new team under his command. To his credit, Cranston doesn’t phone in this gig and he invests his performance with the frustration you’d expect from a warrior who is now forced to live out his days as giant exposition-shouting face on the wall. As Alpha 5, Bill Hader does what Bill Hader does: he livens up the joint and gives Cranston’s straightforward performance an amusing foil.

However, those two are in a different movie than Elizabeth Banks, whose Rita is one of the strangest movie villains to come around in some time. The original Green Ranger (a hammer to the original canon if there ever was one) has no motivation beyond just being evil for the sake of being evil. On the page, it probably looks abhorrent – in a movie that tries to sand off the cartoonish edges, Banks might as well be animated. She’s only missing a mustache to twirl.

And yet, Banks deserves a lot of credit. She’s clearly having a great time and rather than even attempt to give this cypher of a villain some kind of human edge, she plays up that one-dimensionality and makes it into a grand art. Because Power Rangers is a weird movie, Banks is able to skulk around dark alleys ripping the teeth out of homeless people while also robbing jewelry stories and eating the merchandise while also building a giant monster and commanding it to destroy a Krispy Kreme store because it’s built on top of the crystal that supplies all life on Earth. There isn’t much of a character here, but there sure is a lot to do, and Banks ensures that all of that to-do is amusing. While the Rangers themselves have that 21st century update, Banks’ Rita looks and acts like she walked out of the early ’90s. Like so much of this movie, it has no right to work as well as it does.

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