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STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Nominated For Academy Award


J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness”, which was released in theaters last May, has been nominated for an Oscar Award for Best Visual Effects.

The team that worked on the VFX for the film include Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton. “Star Trek Into Darkness” will be competing against “Gravity”, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, “Iron Man 3″ and “The Lone Ranger” for the prized gold statue.

The 86th annual Academy Awards ceremony takes place on Sunday, March 2 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif and will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.


See the full list of 2013 Oscars nominees.

WATCH: The Magic of ILM’s Visual Effects In ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

WATCH: Behind The Magic of ILM's Visual Effects Work On 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

Industrial Light and Magic, the company who created the visual effects for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, has released two videos in which they show off some of the work they did to create the world of Nibriu, the “red planet” and the ultra-detailed CGI sets, seen in the film.

The second video includes comments from ILM’s Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett and Animation Supervisor Paul Kavanagh, as they discuss the process that went into the creation of the film’s spectacular visuals.

ILM has recently worked on other blockbusters feature films, including The Avengers, Pacific Rim, and The Lone Ranger.

Watch the videos below.

“Star Trek Into Darkness” contains over 1600 visual effects shots, created by Industrial Light & Magic, Pixomondo, Atomic Fiction and Kelvin Optical Inc. In this reel, we’ll take a look at ILM’s work which encompassed virtually every tool and discipline in our effects arsenal.

The opening sequence sequence of “Star Trek into Darkness” is a great example of the varied visual effects challenges faced by ILM: large digital environments (with plenty of organic elements), creatures and digital doubles, animation, ships and a tremendous amount of simulation work (lava, smoke, water, etc.) Here we explore what it took to create the “Red Planet”, Nibiru for “Into Darkness”.

10 Biggest Star Trek Stories of 2013

10 Biggest Star Trek Stories of 2013

2013 was a big year for the Star Trek franchise, with the release of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness. From the films’ theatrical (and home video) release, to the continued unveiling of TNG and ENT in high-definition on Blu-ray, to a massive Las Vegas Star Trek Convention, and so much more.

Join us as we look back on some of the biggest stories (in no particular order) from the last 365 days, as hand-picked by the staff.

William Shatner Sends Tweet To Space — Gets A Response

Paramount Vice Chairman Comments on J.J. Abrams’ Future with Star Trek

WATCH: Official Trailer for the First Season of ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ on Blu-ray

Shatner Returns As Captain Kirk At The Oscars [VIDEO]

WATCH: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS International Trailer [Major Spoilers]

WATCH: Shatner Battles The Gorn In New ‘Star Trek: The Video Game’ Spot

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Opens Strong Internationally

WATCH: First Episode of ‘Star Trek Continues’

STLV ’13: Terry Farrell & Las Vegas Star Trek Fans Break Guinness World Record

Star Trek Into Darkness Debuts at No. 1 on Blu-ray and DVD

What was your favorite story of 2013? Tell us in the comments below.

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WATCH: Karl Urban Introduces The New Star Trek Pinball Game

WATCH: Karl Urban Introduces The New Star Trek Pinball Game

Karl Urban, who reprised the role as Leonard “Bones” McCoy this summer in Star trek Into Darkness, is featured in a video to promote the new Star Trek pinball game by STERN Pinball, Inc.

The machine features cosmic LED lighting and classic Star Trek musical scores along with an animated battleship, three ramps, three flippers, and resettable memory drop targets.

According to the STERN Pinball’s website, the game is inspired by the Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness and puts players in the chair of Captain Kirk, as he and the crew of the USS Enterprise protect and defend the planets of the Federation against Khan and the USS Vengeance.

Check out the video below.

For more information, visit STERN Pinball.


J.J. Abrams Apologizes for Lens Flare: I Went Too Nuts

J.J. Abrams Apologizes for Lens Flare

During the Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray release party, Crave Online confronted director J.J. Abrams about his often ridiculed use (some would say overuse) of lens flare in Star Trek (2009), Super 8, and Star Trek Into Darkness. While the filming technique has become one of Abrams’ calling cards, his explanation may come as a surprise.

“I know I get a lot of grief for that,” Abrams said. “But I’ll tell you, there are times when I’m working on a shot, I think, ‘Oh this would be really cool… with a lens flare.’ But I know it’s too much, and I apologize. I’m so aware of it now.”

Star Trek Lens Flare

Abrams went on to tell a story of when he showed his wife an early cut of Into Darkness, saying “there was this one scene where she was literally like, ‘I just can’t see what’s going on. I don’t understand what that is.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, I went too nuts on this.’”

“This is how stupid it was,” Abrams said. “But I think admitting you’re an addict is the first step towards recovery.”


Check out the interview below.

via Crave Online

Win a Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray Signed by J.J. Abrams

Win a Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray Signed by J.J. Abrams

To celebrate the home video release of Star Trek Into Darkness, is giving away the Blu-ray DVD combo pack version of the film, SIGNED by director J.J. Abrams.

It’s extremely easy to enter. Here’s how:

1. Follow on Twitter at @treknewsnet before Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm EST.

2. Retweet our tweet: “RT and FOLLOW @TrekNewsnet to win a Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray signed by JJ Abrams!″

A winner will be chosen at random and notified by Monday October 7, 2013.

To enter you must be over 18 years of age and reside in the U.S.

Good luck!

WATCH: Everything Wrong With Star Trek Into Darkness In 7 Minutes Or Less (Viral Video)

WATCH: Everything Wrong With Star Trek Into Darkness In 7 Minutes Or Less (Viral Video)

J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness has been heavily criticized since its theatrical release in May.

While fans, bloggers, and even TNG star LeVar Burton have expressed an unfavorable opinion of the film, the folks over at Cinema Sins may be the most scathing — pointing out 61 things wrong with it.

Check out the video below.

Do you agree? Would you add anything to the list? Let us know in the comments.


via Huffington Post

Star Trek Into Darkness Debuts at No. 1 on Blu-ray and DVD

Star Trek Into Darkness Debuts at No. 1 on Blu-ray and DVD

Star Trek Into Darkness, which was released on September 10th on both Blu-ray and DVD formats, debuted at number one on both national sales charts for the week ending on September 15th.

The sequel to J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot topped Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert, which tracks overall sales of both DVD and Blu-ray discs, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart, along with Home Media Magazine’s weekly rental chart.

Additionally, according to The Hollywood Reporter, 72 percent of the total unit sales were of the high-definition Blu-ray Disc edition, which was packaged with a DVD and digital copy.

RELATED: Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray Review

Did your purchase contribute to the film’s massive sales? Tell us in the comments below.

J.J. Abrams Says Star Trek: The Video Game Was A “Big Disappointment”

J.J. Abrams Says Star Trek: The Video Game Was A "Big Disappointment"

Earlier this week, at the Blu-ray and DVD release party for Paramount Home Entertainment’s Star Trek Into Darkness, director J.J. Abrams spoke to GamerHub TV. Abrams expressed his disappointment with the game.

“The last game, which was obviously a big disappointment to me, was something that we were actually involved in at the very beginning and then we sort of realized that it was not going in a place where we were going to get what we wanted, so we dropped out.” he said.

The game, which was released back in April, continued the storyline from Star Trek (2009) and worked as somewhat of a lead-in for Star Trek Into Darkness.

“To me the video game could have been something that actually really benefitted the series and was an exciting, fun game with great gameplay.

“And instead, it was not, and was something that I think, for me emotionally it hurt, because we were working our asses off making the movie and then this game came out and it got, this isn’t even my opinion, it got universally panned.


“I think that it was something without question that didn’t help the movie and arguably hurt it.” he added.

Anything that is based on something else, it needs to exist on its own terms. And a lot of times these seem to exist as an ancillary product, in which case it will suck,” Abrams explained.

Watch the interview below.

via GamerHub

REVIEW: Star Trek Into Darkness on Blu-ray

REVIEW: Star Trek Into Darkness on Blu-ray

Today, Star Trek Into Darkness officially hits store shelves. Following an early digital release through iTunes, the film will be available as a Blu-ray 3D combo pack, a Blu-ray combo pack, and standard DVD.

This review is specific to the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Download combo pack version that we were provided for review purposes. Additional versions, with varying bonus features, will be available at specific retailers, including Target, Best Buy,, and Walmart.

A little confusing, right?

Star Trek Into Darkness Review

First, let’s take a peek at the official movie description to wet our pallete:

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew

Sounds intriguing, let’s get to the review.

Star Trek Into Darkness Review


The movie itself has been discussed at length ad nauseam and picked apart piece-by-piece in multiple online reviews. So, I’ll keep the review of the film itself to a minimum.

Star Trek Into Darkness Review

Was Star Trek Into Darkness the perfect sci-fi epic, I had hoped for? No. Not even close. However, as a cerebral action movie, it was a fun two-hour thrill ride and far better than it may have been with a different creative team at the helm.

Star Trek Into Darkness Review


I watched the movie on a 50″ Samsung 1080p high-definition plasma TV. I was completely blown away at how beautiful the transfer of this film was. From the rich red of the leaves on the Niburu trees to the deep blacks of space, the movie was visually stunning and an absolute pleasure to watch.

Star Trek Into Darkness Review


In-line with the superb visual presentation, the audio track that was delivered to my 5.1 Onkyo receiver was top notch. Michael Giacchino’s score pounded in my chest as I prepared to be taken on a ride to the 23rd century with some familiar friends — Kirk, Spock, Bones, Uhura and Scotty. The audio quality alone makes this film a great addition to your collection — if for nothing else than to show off your audio equipment to friends and family.


Special Features

Now we get to the real bummer for this release. While the 2-disc set includes a few interesting bonus features — including in-depth looks at the filming and creation of some of the film’s most memorable scenes, I was left hoping for so much more. The most glaring omission is the lack of director commentary. With most Blu-ray releases, it’s almost expected. However, on this version, there’s none to be found. Varying content will be provided on the exclusive Target and Best Buy versions of the film.

Star Trek Into Darkness Review

Ultimately, this release forces the most hardcore Star Trek fans to purchase multiple versions of this film, if they want to see the full gamut of special features. Something about that just doesn’t sit right with me. Although, for those who are looking to pick it up solely for the film itself, Star Trek Into Darkness on Blu-ray is a solid buy.

Star Trek Into Darkness & World War Z To Return To Theaters This Weekend As Double Feature

Star Trek Into Darkness & World War Z To Return To Theaters This Weekend As Double Feature

Paramount Pictures has announced that two of their biggest hits at the box office this summer will be re-released for one week during the Labor Day holiday. J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness along with World War Z will return to select nationwide theaters with showings in 3D and 2D. The showings begin Friday, August 30th and run through Thursday, September 5th.

Participating theaters include AMC Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Marcus Theatres, Regal Cinemas.

Star Trek Into Darkness was originally released to U.S. theaters in May and stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller, Bruce Greenwood and Alice Eve. The film is now available as a digital download on iTunes and is set to be released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 10th.

Star Trek Into Darkness & World War Z

Will you head out to the theater this weekend to see the double feature? Tell us in the comments below.

WATCH: Star Trek Into Darkness Receives Honest Trailers Treatment

WATCH: Star Trek Into Darkness Gets Honest Trailers Treatment

Just in time for the digital release of the film on iTunes, the hilarious folks over at Screen Junkies have unveiled a re-cut version of the Star Trek Into Darkness trailer. The five-minute video calls out many popular criticisms of the film — including the portrayal of the female lead characters, the overuse of lens flare, and the numerous references to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

The trailer features animation from How It Should Have Ended (HISHE).

Check out the video after the jump.



For fans of Star Trek – Star Trek Into Darkness was one of the summer’s biggest let downs. We boldly go and revisit the action-packed tale of lens flare, over-recycled Trek cannon, and frozen torpedo body nonsense.

via Screen Junkies