Star Trek Into Darkness will be released in U.S. theaters Thursday, and its positive reviews raise the question: Will there be a Star Trek 3? A 2016 release date may already be in mind to coincide with Star Trek’s 50th anniversary.

star trek 3 small kirk spockInternational moviegoers have already been raving about director J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, and with the film hitting U.S. IMAX theaters today, all fans are going to start wondering if there will be a Star Trek 3. The real question is whether director J.J. Abrams will be involved in a third film. He’s taken the jump from Star Trek to taking over as director for the first film in the new Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: Episode VII, which is set to hit theaters in 2015.

Disney recently purchased the Star Wars franchise from George Lucas for $4.05 billion, and they quickly hired Abrams to direct their first film, in hopes that he can revitalize the Star Wars franchise like he has for Star Trek. A wise move on Disney’s part, but how does this affect our chances of seeing Star Trek 3?

Not a whole lot. While J.J. Abrams has been crucial to the success of Star Trek and its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness is tracking to have a $100+ million opening weekend at the box office. It appears as though moviegoers are already looking for something new to watch, after Iron Man 3 gobbled up its massive box office numbers in its first two weekends, then slowly started to fizzle out.

This puts Star Trek’s sequel in a great position to fill the void. Star Trek Into Darkness has pulled in $31 million at foreign box offices so far, and it looks to make nearly triple that this weekend at the U.S. box office.

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With the release of the sequel, it appears as though audiences continue to enjoy the new Star Trek franchise that Abrams has created. While the films are costly to produce, mostly due to the massive amount of VFX shots which are essential to create the universe it takes place in, the actors involved aren’t exactly costly – yet.

What this means is that the studio can keep costs low with Star Trek 3, and possibly even lower if they hire a new director to replace J.J. Abrams – who is probably getting fairly pricey now that he’s Star Wars’ new wonder boy.

Paramount is most likely looking at a summer 2016 release date for Star Trek 3, as it will coincide with the original Star Trek’s 50th anniversary. Star Trek Into Darkness co-screenwriter Damon Lindelof explained to Trek Movie that he doesn’t see J.J. Abrams directing the next Star Trek film without “cloning himself.” J.J. Abrams told Yahoo! Movies that his involvement with Star Trek 3 isn’t on his mind right now, as Star Wars: Episode VII is his next project.

star trek 3 small j jWhen discussing Star Wars recently, Abrams said that he felt like he was being passed the ball for the franchise, we’re curious if he feels the same way about possibly handing off the ball to another director for Star Trek 3.

He says, “I never see myself doing anything more than what’s in front of me. What the approach is going to be remains to be discussed, because it’s in process, so it’s a weird thing to be talking about. If I’m charging down the court dribbling the ball, it’s hard to comment on the layup that’s about to take place. I feel like the ball is just getting passed to me now.”

Co-screenwriter Damon Lindelof did say that there may already be a storyline in mind for the third film which can be seen in Star Trek Into Darkness, saying “You can never see enough Klingons, and I think in this film we’ve given the audience a little taste, but there’s also a promise that there’s a larger conflict on the horizon, and that would be fun to see.”

So it seems there may already be something in the works in terms of a screenplay, and Lindelof seems interested in taking a look at Klingons and the larger conflict which is seen in Star Trek Into Darkness. We have a feeling that we will be seeing Star Trek 3 in the next 2-3 years, but director J.J. Abrams may just have his hands too full with Star Wars to fly this threequel into the timeslot that Paramount is looking for.

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Quiz: How well do you remember the 2007 Oscars?

3:32 pm EST, January 18, 2017

As the 89th Academy Awards approach, we take a trip back to 2007 to see how memorable the ceremony really was 10 years ago.

Ah, the Oscars. What a night. Glitz and glamour, lots of rich and beautiful people crying and thanking each other. What’s not to like?

Related: 2016 Oscars: Leo finally wins, Mad Max: Fury Road cleans up

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As the 89th Academy Awards approach, we take a trip back to 2007 to see how memorable the ceremony really was 10 years ago.

Ah, the Oscars. What a night. Glitz and glamour, lots of rich and beautiful people crying and thanking each other. What’s not to like?

Related: 2016 Oscars: Leo finally wins, Mad Max: Fury Road cleans up

In 10 years, will we look back at the 2017 Oscars and remember every detail of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling awkwardly accepting award after award for La La Land while the other nominees politely clap and try not to grit their teeth? Or will the event fade into distant memory?

Maybe we can get an answer to that question by dialling back the clock to 2007 and see just how clearly we remember the 79th Academy Awards.

How did you do? Tell us how well you remember the 79th Academy Awards in the comments!

The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be unveiled Tuesday, January 24.

You may know that one of those dogs-are-so-great-and-warm-our-hearts movies, A Dog’s Purpose, is hitting theaters very soon. Unfortunately, it’s now embroiled in controversy.

TMZ has released a video from the film’s Canadian set depicting a German Shepherd being forced into a fast-moving stream of water. As you can tell, the dog clearly does not want to go in it.

The most upsetting part of the video comes at the very end when we see the dog finally in the fake river but having trouble staying above water. The crew calls cut to rescue him/her.

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You may know that one of those dogs-are-so-great-and-warm-our-hearts movies, A Dog’s Purpose, is hitting theaters very soon. Unfortunately, it’s now embroiled in controversy.

TMZ has released a video from the film’s Canadian set depicting a German Shepherd being forced into a fast-moving stream of water. As you can tell, the dog clearly does not want to go in it.

The most upsetting part of the video comes at the very end when we see the dog finally in the fake river but having trouble staying above water. The crew calls cut to rescue him/her.

“Sources connected to production tell us eight outboard motors were used to churn the water and recreate a rushing river,” says TMZ. “The dog eventually got in the water — or was forced in — but was quickly submerged.”

At 1:28 in the below trailer you can see a scene that looks similar to what was being filmed in TMZ’s video:

Universal and their partners at Amblin told TMZ in a statement, “Fostering a safe environment and ensuring the ethical treatment of our animal actors was of the utmost importance to those involved in making this film and we will look into the circumstances surrounding this video.”

A Dog’s Purpose stars Dennis Quaid and Britt Robertson. It opens next Friday, January 27.

Update: Josh Gad, who voices a dog in the movie, issued the following statement on Instagram. He speaks highly of the film but says he finds the leaked video “disturbing.”

“While I do not know all of the details and cannot speak to the level of care and caution that went into this moment (as I was never on set for the marking of this film), I am shaken and sad to see any animal put in a situation against its will.”

Since apparently some of you did not see the statement I issued last night, here it is again.

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We’re suddenly way less interested in seeing this.

Moviegoers may be getting the Spidey we’ve all been hoping for! A new report reveals that Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie, set to hit theaters in 2018, will focus on the Miles Morales Spidey.

Update (January 18, 2017): Sony Animation confirmed on Wednesday, January 18 that their animated Spider-Man movie will star Miles Morales!

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Moviegoers may be getting the Spidey we’ve all been hoping for! A new report reveals that Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie, set to hit theaters in 2018, will focus on the Miles Morales Spidey.

Update (January 18, 2017): Sony Animation confirmed on Wednesday, January 18 that their animated Spider-Man movie will star Miles Morales!

Original story (May 2016): Heroic Hollywood, who has a good record of breaking superhero news, is the source behind the exciting development. As was previously announced, the animated Spider-Man movie will be produced by LEGO Movie helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The duo are also set to direct the Star Wars Han Solo spinoff for Lucasfilm.

Who is Miles Morales? As we wrote in a lengthy tell-all about the character last year:

Miles Morales is the current Spider-Man in Marvel’s Ultimate Comics series. Introduced in 2011, Miles is a black-hispanic young man who, like Peter Parker, is a talented scientist and self-proclaimed nerd. However, unlike his predecessor, Morales steps into the superhero’s shoes at the surprisingly young age of 13.

Raised in Brooklyn, Miles was born into a family plagued by criminal activity. Before settling down with his wife Rio, Miles’s father Jefferson used to be crime partners with his brother Aaron (Miles’s uncle). However, where Jefferson tried to shrink away from the lifestyle, Aaron continues to embrace it — assuming the role of classic Marvel villain the Prowler. After pulling off a heist on Oscorp, Aaron unknowingly takes a genetically modified spider home with him. It is at Aaron’s house that Miles is bit by the spider and starts the transformation into Spider-Man.

Where Peter Parker relished the opportunity to become spidey, Miles is reluctant to enter the world of vigilantism. What’s more, his family’s criminal history causes him to question whether or not he can ever be a hero, or if evil is hardwired into him.

Oh, and one other cool thing about him: The guy is immortal, unlike the Peter Parker version of Spider-Man.

Related: Who is Miles Morales? We explain everything

The rumor mill was alive with chatter about the MCU’s Spidey being the Miles Morales version last year, but obviously those reports never panned out. The Peter Parker version of Spider-Man was introduced in Captain America: Civil War, played by Tom Holland. He’s getting his own spinoff film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, next year.

Telling the Miles Morales story on screen may be just the thing the animated Spider-Man movie needs in order for it to draw people into the theaters in December 2018. We’ve had enough Peter Parker stories!

2018 will be a great year for super hero diversity: Marvel’s Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman will be released a few months earlier.