Aug 03 2016

Here are 2 scans from the tribute articles in next month’s issue of Total Film magazine.

Aug 02 2016

August 02, 2016Author: Jasper1 Comment

The parents of actor Anton Yelchin will file a wrongful death lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler on Tuesday, their attorney announced.

The “Star Trek” actor was killed June 19 when his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backwards down the driveway at his Studio City home and pinned him against a brick pillar. He was 27 years old.

Yelchin’s vehicle was under recall, after Fiat Chrysler and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received numerous complaints about confusion caused by the gear shifter. Some drivers have exited the vehicle believing the vehicle was in park when in fact it was in neutral, leading to “rollaway” crashes. The NHTSA is aware of nearly 700 complaints about the issue, including 266 accidents, of which 68 involved injuries. Yelchin’s crash is still being investigated, but is believed to be the only fatality related to the issue.

Yelchin’s parents, Viktor and Irina Yelchin, will file suit against Fiat Chrysler as well as retail chain AutoNation and ZF North America, which manufactured the gear shifter. Yelchin’s attorney, Gary Dordick, is expected to announce the lawsuit at a press conference on Tuesday morning.

Source: Variety

Jul 30 2016

July 30, 2016Author: JasperComments Off on Magazine Scans Update

I have updated the gallery with a few scans of some tribute articles from 3 magazines. Thanks to my friend, Dianne, for some of these!

Jul 26 2016

July 26, 2016Author: Jasper4 Comments

One of Anton’s final projects, Porto, is set to contend in this year’s San Sebastian Film Festival New Directors competition. Here is the synopsis of the film:

Jake and Mati are two outsiders in Porto who once experienced a brief connection. A mystery remains about the moments they shared, and in searching through memories, they relive the depths of a night uninhibited by the consequences of time.

The 64th San Sebastian Film Festival will run from September 16th to 24th. You can read the full details of the 2016 lineup at Variety.

Jul 21 2016

“There’s something missing. There’s someone missing. Anton should be here.” So said JJ Abrams tonight before the world premiere of Star Trek Beyond at San Diego’s Embarcadero Marina Park Amphitheater about the late Anton Yelchin. The actor, who plays Pavel Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek franchise died June 19 in an automobile accident at his Los Angeles home.

“There’s something missing. There’s someone missing. Anton should be here.” So said JJ Abrams tonight before the world premiere of Star Trek Beyond at San Diego’s Embarcadero Marina Park Amphitheater about the late Anton Yelchin. The actor, who plays Pavel Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek franchise died June 19 in an automobile accident at his Los Angeles home.

Yelchin had played Chekov since 2009’s Abrams-helmed Star Trek that rebooted the franchise with new actors in the roles created for the 1960s original series. Tonight’s tribute came just hours after Abrams, who also directed 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness and now executive produces the series, confirmed that the role of Chekov won’t be recast with a new actor. “I would say there’s no replacing him,” Abrams said in an interview with the Toronto Sun. “There’s no recasting. I can’t possibly imagine that, and I think Anton deserves better.”

Source: Deadline

Jul 17 2016

Anton’s parents expressed their gratitude to Anton’s supporters through a touching ad in The Hollywood Reporter.

Update: Thanks to my friend, Dianne at Chris Evans Online, here’s the ad in high-quality:

Jul 15 2016

With the imminent release of Star Trek Beyond – the third of the J.J. Abrams-era of Trek films – a fourth is already, “100% yes,” says producer Abrams.

But what happens to the character of Ensign Pavel Chekov, following the freakish auto mishap that killed 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin a month ago?

In an exclusive interview with Postmedia Network, Abrams said the filmmakers have begun talks on dealing with his loss in the script. But one thing that is certain is that Chekov will not be recast.

“I would say there’s no replacing him. There’s no recasting. I can’t possibly imagine that, and I think Anton deserves better,” Abrams said.

In Star Trek Beyond, directed by Justin Lin, Yelchin’s character gets his most screen time thus far, as an encounter with a malevolent alien swarm forces the Enterprise crew to abandon ship and survive on a planet in small teams – Chekov and Captain Kirk (Christopher Pine) among them.

We have testimonials to Yelchin from Pine and other Star Trek cast that are to come.

Meanwhile, Abrams says, “We knew going into this movie it would be a bit of a heartbreak just because of Leonard (Nimoy, the original Spock, who died as Star Trek beyond was in pre-production, and whose death is noted in the plot). We had no idea just how devastating events would become.”

Is the character of Chekov himself going to be killed off? “I have thought about it, we’re working on it, and it’s too early to talk about it,” he said.

Source: Toronto Sun