Here’s Why Alice Eve Isn’t in ‘Star Trek Beyond’

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Where’s Dr. Carol Marcus? Alice Eve’s character was introduced in 2013’s “Star Trek Into Darkness,” and seemed poised to return with possibly even more to do than look sexy. But she is not in the new film “Star Trek Beyond.” Why not?

“Star Trek Beyond” co-writer Simon Pegg (Scotty) explained the reasoning to Star Trek Podcast (via JoBlo):

“With this it felt like we would under-serve her if we included her, she might end up feeling like she hadn’t been given the amount of screen-time she deserves, so rather than bring her in and just have her be a supporting role, like, have her not be in this one, and when the time comes [bring her back], the worst thing to do would be to have her in the film and have that character be killed, and that felt like a cynical thing to do. We thought rather than have Carol Marcus not be used to a reasonable capacity, let’s just not include her, have her be alive, in canon, and ready to come back at any time.”

Pegg said they did have a brief explanation of her absence in the film — a draft of the script saying Carol had gone off to start work on Project Genesis — but it didn’t make the final cut of the film.

“Star Trek 4” is already in the works, and it’s possible Dr. Marcus can return for that. Do you hope she does?

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‘Ben-Hur’ Is Ready for the Chariot Race of His Life in This Epic Exclusive Clip

Are you not entertained?

In “Ben-Hur,” out in theaters August 19, Jack Huston attempts to fill the shoes of Charlton Heston as Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. This exclusive clip from Paramount Pictures shows Ben-Hur and Messala preparing for their epic chariot race, as Pilou Asbæk’s Pontius Pilate warms up the blood-thirsty crowd, and Morgan Freeman’s trainer Sheik Ilderim watches and waits.

Pontius Pilate: “People of Jerusalem, friends of Rome. We celebrate the power of man. You will see them race for glory. You will see them fight for honor. You will see them die for you!”

Messala: “You should’ve stayed away.”
Ben-Hur: “You should’e killed me.”
Messala: “I will.”

Game on! This is actually the fourth film adaptation of Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel, “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” starting with two silent films and then, of course, the 1959 classic that won 11 Academy Awards. Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore said (via the New York Times) that this 2016 movie isn’t a remake of the Charlton Heston version, but a new interpretation of the original novel.

“Ben-Hur,” directed by Timur Bekmambetov (“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”), will be released August 19.ben-hurWant more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook.

‘Don’t Think Twice’ Director Calls BS on ‘Suicide Squad’ PG-13 Rating

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Why did “Suicide Squad” get a rating of PG-13 for “sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language,” while “Don’t Think Twice” got a rating of R for “language and some drug use”?

Mike Birbiglia wants to know. You may not know who he is, but he’s the director of the comedy “Don’t Think Twice,” which was released in theaters on July 22, starring Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Chris Gethard, Tami Sagher, and Birbiglia himself.

So far, it has a 100 percent rating from Rotten Tomatoes critics, as opposed to “Suicide Squad,” which currently has a 29 percent rating. Not that the reviews will really affect the box office — “Suicide Squad” is going to clean up — but a PG-13 rating would probably have helped a lesser-known film like “Don’t Think Twice.”

Birbiglia tweeted his thoughts on the ratings disparity:

Suicide Squad has machine gun killings and bombings and got a PG-13 rating. @Dontthinkmovie gets an R because adults smoke pot. Confusing?

— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) August 3, 2016

@birbigs @EW this is so true and generally why I let my kids see R-rated comedies before PG violent gunfests

— Sarah Thyre (@SarahThyre) August 4, 2016

Director Judd Apatow also replied:

Studios own the ratings board. Violence sells so they make pot and sex the scary thing so they seem caring.

— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) August 3, 2016

We have such a strange, warped system. That’s all.

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