New clip from the IMAX promo for Star Trek Into Darkness: In the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization, the crew of The Enterprise is called back home to Earth. In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice. 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.
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Zoe Saldana (born June 19, 1978), sometimes stylized Zoë Saldaña, is an American actress. She had her breakthrough role in the 2000 film Center Stage and the 2002 film Crossroads. She later gained prominence for her roles as Anamaria in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Uhura in the 2009 film Star Trek, and a starring role as Neytiri in James Cameron’s megahit Avatar. She has since shared lead roles in the action films The Losers (2010) and Columbiana (2011). She will return for sequels to Star Trek in 2013, and Avatar in 2016 and beyond.
Malcolm McDowell (born 13 June 1943) is an English actor, whose career spans more than four decades. McDowell is known for his early roles in the controversial films if…, O Lucky Man!, A Clockwork Orange, and less favourably, Caligula. Since then, his versatility as an actor has led to varied roles in films and television series of different genres, including Tank Girl, Star Trek Generations, Gangster # 1, the TV serials Our Friends in the North, Entourage, and Heroes, and the 2007 remake of Halloween and its sequel.
McDowell was born Malcolm John Taylor in Horsforth, then in the West Riding of Yorkshire, now a part of the City of Leeds, the son of Edna (née McDowell), and Charles Taylor. His family later moved to Bridlington, since his father was in the Royal Air Force. McDowell trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
McDowell made his screen debut as school rebel Mick Travis in if… (1968) by British director Lindsay Anderson. If… satirises, and is famous for its depiction of a savage insurrection at an English public school, the film is associated with the 1960’s counter-culture movement because it was filmed by a long-standing counter-culture director at the time of the student uprisings in Paris in May 1968. It includes controversial statements, such as: “There’s no such thing as a wrong war. Violence and revolution are the only pure acts”. It features surrealist sequences throughout the film. Upon release in the UK, it received an X certificate. The film stars McDowell in his first appearance as Anderson’s “everyman” character Mick Travis.
The Mick Travis films are three films directed by British film director Lindsay Anderson and written by David Sherwin, featuring McDowell as Mick Travis, in which Travis features not so much as a single character with a character arc, but as an everyman character whose role changes according to the needs of the storyteller.
In if…, his first appearance (and McDowell’s film debut), Travis first appears as a disaffected public school boy boy whose anti-establishment attitude and experiences lead to armed insurrection at a public school. In O Lucky Man!, co-written by Sherwin and McDowell, Travis becomes a picaresque character, often compared to Voltaire’s ingénu character Candide, in a satirical drama that starts with Travis’s first job as a mobile coffee salesman and, after many adventures involving arms-sale scandals, experiments in human-animal genetics by the mad scientist Doctor Millar (played with relish by Graham Crowden), and a sojourn with the musician Alan Price, ends in his rebirth as a film star, thanks to a slap by a film director played in a cameo by Anderson.
In Britannia Hospital, Travis is a reporter attempting to make an investigative documentary about a hospital where Doctor Millar, the mad geneticist from O Lucky Man! is continuing his unspeakable experiments. if…. won the Palme d’Or at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival. McDowell also made the incredible documentary Never Apologize (2007), a film of a one-man-show in which Malcolm McDowell talks about Lindsey Anderson.
His performance in if…. caught the attention of Stanley Kubrick, who cast McDowell as the lead in A Clockwork Orange, adapted from the novel of the same name by Anthony Burgess. He won great acclaim (nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Actor) as Alex, a young hoodlum brainwashed by a dystopian British government of the near future.
He made his Hollywood debut as H. G. Wells in Time After Time (1979). He often portrayed antagonists in the late 1970s and 1980s, including the title character in Caligula (1979). He later remarked upon his career playing film villains: “I suppose I’m primarily known for that but in fact, that would only be half of my career if I was to tot it all up.”
McDowell appeared in the 1982 remake of Cat People. He is also known in Star Trek circles as “the man who killed Captain Kirk” in the 1994 film Star Trek Generations, in which he played the mad scientist Dr. Tolian Soran.
In 1992, he played himself in Robert Altman’s The Player (1992), in which he chastises protagonist Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) for badmouthing him behind his back. He co-starred with actress and artist Lori Petty in the action/science fiction/comedy film Tank Girl (1995).
He gave strong performances in Gangster No. 1 (2000), and I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, (2003) in which he played a straight married man who rapes a young drug dealer to “teach him a lesson”. McDowell appeared as Dr. Sam Loomis in Rob Zombie’s remakes of Halloween and Halloween II (in 2007 and 2009, respectively).
McDowell is set to appear in the upcoming film Silent Hill: Revelation 3D as Leonard Wolf, an insane cult leader. In between all that, he has featured in countless TV series and B-Movies. However, looking at that list you can forget McDowell’s claim that villains only make up half of his career, it may be so, but those villain roles are unforgettable.
Leonard Simon Nimoy (born March 26, 1931) is an American actor, film director, poet, musician and photographer. Nimoy’s most famous role is Spock in the original Star Trek series (1966–1969), and in multiple film, television, and video-game sequels.
Nimoy began his career in his early twenties, teaching acting classes in Hollywood and making minor film and television appearances through the 1950s. In 1953, he served in the United States Army. In 1965, he made his first appearance in the rejected Star Trek pilot, “The Cage”, and would go on to play the character of Mr. Spock until 1969, followed by seven feature films and guest slots in various sequels. His character of Spock had a significant cultural impact and garnered Nimoy three Emmy Award nominations; TV Guide named Spock one of the 50 greatest TV characters. After the original Star Trek series, Nimoy starred in Mission: Impossible for two seasons, hosted the documentary series In Search Of… (TV Series), and narrated Civilization IV, as well as making several well-received stage appearances.
Nimoy’s fame as Spock is such that both his autobiographies, I Am Not Spock (1977) and I Am Spock (1995) detail his existence as being shared between the character and himself. He is the only original cast member to make an appearance in the J. J. Abrams reboot.
William Alan Shatner (born March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor, musician, recording artist, author and film director. He gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon for his portrayal of James T. Kirk, captain of the USS Enterprise, in the science fiction television series Star Trek from 1966 to 1969, Star Trek: The Animated Series from 1973 to 1974, and in seven of the subsequent Star Trek feature films from 1979 to 1994. He has written a series of books chronicling his experiences playing Captain Kirk and being a part of Star Trek, and has co-written several novels set in the Star Trek universe. He has also authored a series of science fiction novels called TekWar that were adapted for television.
Shatner also played the eponymous veteran police sergeant in T. J. Hooker from 1982 to 1986. Afterwards, he hosted the reality-based television series, Rescue 911 from 1989 to 1996, which won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Dramatic Series.
He has since worked as a musician, author, producer, director and celebrity pitchman. From 2004 to 2008 he starred as attorney Denny Crane in the television dramas The Practice and its spin-off Boston Legal for which he won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.