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The first leg of the USS Enterprise’s five year mission takes them into uncharted territory. There the Enterprise is nearly destroyed and strands Kirk and his crew on a remote planet with no means of communication. Kirk must then work with the elements to reunite his crew and get back to Earth.
Star Trek Beyond is an American science fiction film directed by Justin Lin from a screenplay by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, based on the series of the same name created by Gene Roddenberry. It is the thirteenth film in the Star Trek film franchise and the third installment in the reboot series after Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).
Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto reprise their roles as Captain James T. Kirk and Commander Spock, with Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, and Anton Yelchin reprising their roles from the previous films, and Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella joining them. Principal photography began on June 25, 2015, in Vancouver with the film scheduled for a July 22, 2016, release.
J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Trek” sequel finally has a title. The latest installment in the ongoing adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise has been christened “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
The follow-up to the 2009 reboot will once again star Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Mr. Spock and Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, with Abrams returning as director. Benedict Cumberbatch, who is best known for his work on the BBC mystery series “Sherlock,” will play the villain.
Set in the 23rd century, Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise are sent to the Klingon homeworld seeking former Starfleet member-turned-terrorist John Harrison. After the release of Star Trek, Abrams, Burk, Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci agreed to produce its sequel. Filming began in January 2012. Into Darkness’s visual effects were primarily created by Industrial Light & Magic.
The film was converted to 3D in post-production. Star Trek Into Darkness premiered at Event Cinemas in Sydney, Australia, on April 23, 2013, and was released on May 9 in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Europe and Peru, with other countries following. The film was released on May 16 in the United States and Canada, opening at IMAX cinemas a day earlier.
Into Darkness was a financial success and garnered positive reviews, but was received more controversially and critically among Star Trek fans. Its gross earnings of over $467 million worldwide made it the highest-grossing entry in the Star Trek franchise. A sequel, Star Trek Beyond, is scheduled to be released on July 22, 2016.
Zoe Saldana’s no stranger to action films with roles in Avatar and Losers under her belt, but with Colombiana – the action thriller from producer Luc Besson – she takes on the lead character in a film that rests squarely on her shoulders. Saldana plays Cataleya, a female assassin who’s seeking revenge for the murder of her family, and in a press conference in LA to discuss her starring role, Saldana explained the appeal of taking on another physically demanding project. Saldana also talked about her research process and her favorite weapon in the film.
Did you have a lot of offers for tough action heroines after doing Avatar?
Zoe Saldana: “Actually, [there were], but this one came in the Luc Besson package. If there’s anything that I’ve always said about myself is that that to me it’s much more important for me to get to work with filmmakers that I’ve grown up loving and admiring. Luc Besson is definitely one of the names that was in my bucket list, especially for the iconic femme fatale characters that he’s created because they’re strong on the exterior but they’re so fragile and broken on the inside. I just thought that was such a beautiful comparison of someone that lives in complete turmoil and conflict. There were offers, but Luc Besson took priority.”
What was your favorite weapon and how long did it take you to learn it?
Zoe Saldana: “I’m a 45 myself – 22 is too wimpy for me. I like the 9. It’s something that I can maneuver and because I have very small wrists, it’s a weight that I can sustain and the impact won’t hurt me in my joints.”
Born: Zoë Yadira Saldaña Nazario
Date of Birth: 19 June 1978
Birth Place: Passaic, New Jersey, USA
Height: 5′ 6½” (1,69 m)
Spending part of her childhood in the Dominican Republic, Zoe Saldana recalls watching the show VIAJE A LAS ESTRELLAS with her mother and great-grandmother. Devoted fans of the series, her relatives were not only emotionally involved with the characters, but immersed in all the stories. Little did they realize that the 10 year-old girl sitting next to them on the couch would one day get her chance to actually portray the most important woman on the show in a big screen adaptation of the series.
If the name VIJAE A LAS ESTRELLAS doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps the English version strikes a more familiar tone, STAR TREK. “My mom was a huge Trekkie,” Saldana now admits. “Needless to say, she was very happy when I got this part.” And not just any part. Saldana is portraying Lt. Nyota Uhura, the lead communications officer of the ship who is an expert in linguistics. As the USS Enterprise travels to different galaxies, she is the mediator between the commanders of two different ships from two different planets. If she gets the communication wrong, she can actually start a war.
Star Trek, directed by JJ Abrams, is the latest incarnation birthed out of the landmark 1966 television series; however unlike the ten other films or five television adaptations, this version takes audiences back to the beginning. We witness the formation of the now infamous team of Captain Kirk, Sulu, Chekhov, Spock and Uhura; how these young Star Fleet cadets morphed into their leadership roles aboard the USS Enterprise.
When the show first premiered, it was revolutionary in that it not only promoted international peace and harmony but also featured prominent minority representation from Asian and African American actors. Nichelle Nichols, who originally portrayed Uhura, became a stalwart symbol for not only her race and gender but her fashion sense as well.
For those people who’ve never seen “Star Trek”, introduce your character Uhura, who is she and why is she on this ship?
Zoe Saldana: Well, she’s a very important tool on the ship. She’s a translator. They’re traveling to all different kinds of galaxies and planets. So she’s an expert in linguistics. She’s able to translate and be sort of like the operator or the mediator between two commanders of two different ships from two different planets trying to meet in common so they can have safe passages. That’s a very important thing. If she gets it wrong, she can actually start a war between two nations or something. And she’s very stoic. She’s very strong. And loves what she does. And sort of takes herself a little too seriously sometimes.
You think in the future that society would be a little more progressive and that there would be a lot more women on board or in positions of power. Was that something interesting to you or questioning? How far have we progressed in how many hundreds of years?
No, there were many women. I didn’t look at that issue though because for some reason I automatically assumed that in the future these things would not be an issue. Maybe there were just more men per capita then women, and that’s why they were there in the flight school. I don’t know.
What about the mythology of “Star Trek?
In a lot of instances it really was pertaining to social and political themes of its time without coming out and saying we’re talking about this or that. They could use outer space metaphors, to make it easier for people to transition into it.
I think it was sort of like a poetic justice at that time. For these dreamers, which is what I believe that Gene Roddenberry was, he had this vision of what he wanted to see, as an artist, as an audience member. And he never backed down. I guess when he kept getting turned down and they said, “The only way we would do this is if it was many years into the future and in space,” he was like, OK, fine. So if that’s what I have to do in order for me to show the kind of world that I would like us to be in, then I’ll do that. And I thought it was so compassionate and so beautiful and so ahead of its time.
Were you happy to immerse yourself in the culture of “Star Trek” after you got this part? What was that process like? Was there a Star Trek Bible?
No. It was extensive conversations with JJ. And he had some advisors on the set that were `Star Trek’ advisors. I wanted to see as little as possible of the series. I was afraid of entering into a crack of mimicking the actors that were portraying these characters as opposed to just studying the characters. And as actors we’re mimics by nature. So I definitely took my time with that.
After speaking to JJ and speaking to Nichelle Nichols and how they just basically said, these are the elements that we would like her to have. Under these guidelines, you can take and make Uhura however way, shape or form you want her. So I was able to kind of recreate her and picture her in school and picture her as a young person. I was always following the guidelines of the fact that she was very elegant and very sexy at times. But also it was because she was very strong and she was able to command herself in that presence and still hold court. With those guidelines, I was able to have that as a base and then just make her this and make her that. And it was a lot of fun.
Were you a Trekie?
My mom is. My great-grandmother was a diehard Trekie. But I guess I knew more about it in Spanish. When I was living in the Caribbean, it was called differently; it was like, `Vijae a las Estrellas’. And sometimes when they do the subtitling it’s so much more dramatic. But my mom was a huge Trekie and she was very happy when I did it. And then when I did `The Terminal’, Mr. Spielberg sort of gave me the Trekie documentaries for me to watch and told me what episodes to see, so that I could just have a taste of what it’s like to be a Trekie. That was my introduction into `Star Trek’. But I became a fan of the fans.
After months of hopeful speculation, J.J. Abrams has officially signed on to direct Star Trek 2, which is a sequel to 2009’s galactic hit that starred Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto.
While many assumed he would make the follow-up to his 2009 hit, he would never give a date for the project, or actually say for sure that he would be the one directing. In July, reports elsewhere surfaced that Abrams was “moving towards a commitment” to direct the sequel but his delay had pushed a nervous Paramount Pictures to give Star Trek 2 late June 2012 release date to a G.I. Joe sequel.
According to Vulture, part of the hold-up has been that Alex Kurtzman, who wrote Abrams’ first Star Trek with Roberto Orci, has been busy editing and posting Welcome to People, his directing debut at DreamWorks Pictures. We’re told that now that Kurtzman is finished with those duties, he is back in his office and the team is ready to work. Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are writing the script.
Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto and the rest of the main cast are all set to return. The sequel was originally set to come out June 2012, but the film wanted to give the writers enough time to finalize the script. No production date has been set.
Cataleya, a young woman who has grown up to be an assassin after witnessing the murder of her parents as a child. Turning herself into a professional killer and working for her uncle, she remains focused on her ultimate goal: to hunt down and get revenge on the mobster responsible for her parents’ deaths.
Colombiana is an American action film, co-written and produced by Luc Besson and directed by Olivier Megaton. The film stars Zoe Saldana in the lead role with supporting roles performed by Michael Vartan, Cliff Curtis, Lennie James, Callum Blue, and Jordi Mollà.
In 1992, Bogota, Colombia, Fabio Restrepo (Jesse Borrego), has key information about drug lord Don Luis Sandoval (Beto Benites). However, Don Luis fears that Fabio will be pulling a hit on them, so he sends his henchman Marco (Jordi Mollà) to kill him. Fabio gives his nine-year-old daughter Cataleya (Amandla Stenberg) the information Don Luis wants and tells her it’s her “passport”; he also gives her the address of her Uncle Emilio (Cliff Curtis), a criminal in Chicago, who will take care of her if she finds herself alone.
The last thing he gives her is something that will keep her safe: his mom’s necklace, the cataleya orchid. Fabio tells her to sit at the kitchen table and not move no matter what. After saying their goodbyes, Fabio and his wife Alicia (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) leave to battle Marco and his men but both of them are gunned down as Cataleya listens from the kitchen. Marco tries to manipulate her into giving the information.
When he asks what she wants, she stabs him in the hand with a kitchen knife, saying “To kill Don Luis”, and escapes. She safely makes it to the U.S. Embassy and gives the Embassy the information in exchange for a passport and passage to the United States. She escapes to the airport, where she makes it to the US and takes a bus to Chicago. Once she finds Emilio, Cataleya asks him to train her as an assassin.
Fifteen years later, a 24-year-old Cataleya (Zoe Saldana) has become an accomplished assassin. Her uncle serves as her broker, providing her with contracts. She is assigned to kill the notorious gangster Genarro Rizzo (Affif Ben Badra), who is currently in police custody. Implementing an elaborate plan, she gets herself arrested while dressed in a disguise. She manages to escape from her cell with tools she hid in her disguise, travel through the ventilation system, successfully kill Rizzo, and return to her cell. The next morning she is released.
Directed by: Olivier Megaton
Starring: Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan, Cliff Curtis, Lennie James, Callum Blue, Jordi Mollà, Amandla Stenberg, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Beto Benites, Ofelia Medina
Screenplay by: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Production Design by: Patrick Durand
Cinematography by: Romain Lacourbas
Film Editing by: Camille Delamarre
Costume Design by: Olivier Bériot
Set Decoration by: Philippe Cord’homme, Ryan Martin Dwyer
Art Direction by: Gilles Boillot, Franckie Diago, Carlos Lagunas, Pascal Leguellec, Fanny Stauff
Music by: Nathaniel Méchaly, Craig Walker
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, intense sequences of action, sexuality and brief strong language.
Studio: Sony Pictures
Release Date: August 31, 2011
An explosive action tale of betrayal and revenge, The Losers centers around the members of an elite Special Forces unit sent to the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. But the team—Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar—soon find that they have become the target of a deadly double cross, instigated from the inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max.
Making good use of the fact that they are now presumed dead, the group goes deep undercover in a dangerous plot to clear their names and even the score with Max. They are joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda, who is more than capable of scoring a few points of her own.
Working together, when they’re not arguing amongst themselves, they have to stay one step ahead of the globetrotting Max—a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war for his own benefit. If they can take down Max and save the world at the same time, it’ll be a win-win for the team now known as The Losers.
Director: Sylvain White
Cast: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoë Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Oscar Jaenada, Jason Patric
Screenplay: Peter Berg, James Vanderbilt
Release Date: Friday April 23, 2010 (Theatrical)
Release Date: Tuesday July 20, 2010 (DVD)
She’s ditched Jake Sully, after going through all that they did together. Sigh. Avatar’s Zoe Saldana is engaged to Keith Britton her non-Na’avi boyfriend of TEN years. Yes, ten. That’s a lifetime in Hollywood years. A source reveals, “They’ve been together forever. They’re a great couple.”
Don’t expect her to be shouting the news from rooftops, though. She’s always kept her relationship with the actor/CEO of My Fashion Database completely on the down-low. Which she plans to translate into a no-stress wedding, much like Carrie Underwood. Another source commented, “She doesn’t even introduce him as her fiancé. She will just say, ‘This is Keith.’ She likes to keep her personal life to herself and wants people to focus on her as an actress. She hasn’t stopped working to plan anything.”
Congratulations, you two! Apart from all the true love-soulmate stuff, here’s something that should keep the motor running. Saldana loves her some sexy time, telling Essence, “Love it, love it, love it — can’t live without it! I love sex.”
If you missed taking a return trip to Pandora, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has you covered. James Cameron has said the Wall Street Journal the company will launch its mega-blockbuster, Avatar, Blu-ray and DVD on 22 April. Just in time for the globular masses celebrate Earth Day.
For those of you looking for all the bells and whistles, you’ll have to wait a little longer. Cameron told the newspaper: “It is our plan from now, and it will be almost bare bones. And then we will value and DVD 3-D Blu-ray in November I believe that somewhere. “A Fox spokesman confirmed that the 3-D version is still in the conceptual stage and no not provide a statement of November.
The Oscar-nominated director also spoke briefly on. Cameron wants to “cheaper and faster” and have used the second installment of “pursuit of the same characters.” He added: “We will expand the universe of quotes, which means the envelope of the creation of history.”
Release Date Post Earth Day is not just a joke. The filmmaker wants to throw a green light on the film with good reason. “We will not leave our children a world that is a sustainable world at the rate we’re going,” he said. “It will take a restart fundamental way we see our relationship with the natural world and the other and with business and economy… that unlimited growth is not a good thing.”
Related Link: Avatar Movie Full Production Notes