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Stargate Universe is a bizarrely controversial show, and if you need proof, just take a look at my initial review of the show. Somewhere in the realm of “mildly positive, but hopeful,” the review doesn’t exactly oversell the show, but there are few comments that aren’t from “Stargate Purisits” taking shots at the changes in format and tone. Not that there aren’t plenty of reasons to avoid the show without Stargate baggage, but Sci-Fi is a genre of fans who throw themselves into things, and are often rather easy to annoy.
While some of my initial concerns were dealt with as the show continued, there are many ways in which this incarnation of Stargate still hasn’t, in my estimation, gotten out of its own way. I am the wrong guy to try to sell cheap, simplistic melodrama to, especially when it is slapped into a show »
- Marc Eastman
Okay, so we’re a bit behind. Tuesday saw the release of the complete first season of Stargate Universe; while that set wasn’t available for us to review, Fox graciously provided me with a copy of 1.0, the first-half set released on February 9. If you’re like me and haven’t started on this third series in the franchise yet, allow me to shed a little light on at least half of the situation.
Stargate has taken Star Trek‘s place as the mainstream science fiction franchise on television. First there was Sg-1 for a decade, then five years of Atlantis, and now we have Universe. It’s the “dark and brooding” member of the family, which either makes it cool or very uncool, depending on who you talk to.
The show centers around a multinational exploration team who find themselves stuck on an Ancient ship called the Destiny, »
- Brittany Frederick
Lost in space, low on supplies and morale, ready for in-fighting to do them all in at any moment, the reluctant crew of the Defiant searches for a way home and a means to survive the far reaches of space. This is the overarching story of Stargate Universe. A different direction for the Stargate franchise, it’s the characters (and thusly, the performances) that bring this series to life. More after the jump:
Stargate Universe primer:
A coalition of science and military forces must find a way to not only co-exist, but survive, when they find themselves transported to an aged spacecraft (the Destiny) on the outer edges of space. This is what happens when you dial an extra chevron at a Stargate. Because of the distance separating Destiny and Earth, the crew uses communication stones that shift a person’s consciousness across the vast reaches of space. This gives »
DVD Playhouse—August 2010
Black Orpheus (Criterion) Winner of the 1959 Best Foreign Film Oscar and that same year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes, Black Orpheus is a modern-day update of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice reset in 20th century Brazil during Carnival in Rio. Director Marcel Camus offers up a visual feast with some of the decade’s most ravishing color cinematography. A classic. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Archival interviews with Camus and actress Marpessa Dawn; Interviews with Brazilian cinema scholar Robert Stam, jazz historian Gary Giddins, and Brazilian author Ruy Castro; Documentary on the film; Trailer. Full screen. Dolby 1.0 mono.
The Last Song (Touchstone) Sentimental adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ (by Sparks and Jeff Van Wie) sentimental novel about a father and daughter attempting to repair their damaged relationship. Greg Kinnear, as the dad in question, comes off best, while tween sensation Miley Cyrus »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Stargate Universe, the latest installment series in the Stargate saga, has concluded its first season, and now you can buy the first season on DVD and Blu-ray. In celebration of this, JustPressPlay is giving away Stargate Universe: Season 1.5 on Blu-ray. What do you have to do to win? It's easy.
To win just do two things:
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@JustPressPlay I want to win Stargate Universe: Season 1.5 on Blu-ray. http://bit.ly/bZPZYt
Contest ends August 24th, 2010.
Now for an official summary:
The latest hit series from the creators of “Stargate Sg-1” makes a date with destiny when “Sgu 1.5” debuts on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 27 from MGM Home Entertainment. Featuring the final 10 episodes of season one, the story continues to follow a group of soldiers, »
- Lex Walker
With the biggest, greatest, most over the top action film of all time coming out on 19th August in the form of The Expendables (our review here), HeyUGuys is bringing you the ultimate run down of the kill count that these historic action actors have each tallied up.
From throat rips to decapitations, martial art assassins to robotic killers and Yippee Ki-Yay’s to Asta La Vista’s, they have dealt death in every way possible with every weapon imaginable.
Each death reaches the same conclusion but each actor carries it off in their own unique style, often adding a personal touch. Be it an Arnie verbal send off like “Stick Around” after being stuck with a huge knife against a post or adding some humour by playing games with the baddies like John McClane in Die Hard ” Now I have a machine gun, Ho Ho Ho”. A memorable death »
- Gary Phillips
On July 27, the first season of Syfy's newest Stargate spin-off, Stargate Sgu Universe, will conclude its first season on Blu-ray and DVD with the release of season 1.5.
We have teamed up with Fox to offer five lucky readers the chance to take home Stargate Sgu Universe Season 1.5 on Blu-ray Disc from this contest. For a chance to win one of these new Stargate sets, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. You can optionally increase the odds of winning by returning any or every day the contest is running to enter again - up to once per day. Good luck!
The electrifying series starring Robert Carlyle returns, presenting a whole new set of challenges for the civilians and military personnel stranded in deep space aboard an aging spaceship. As Dr. Rush (Carlyle) races against time to locate a tracking devise hidden somewhere on the Destiny, he also »
While this news from “Stargate: Universe” producer Joseph Mallozzi about an impending “Universe”/”Atlantis” cross-over will make some fans of the show happy (and infuriate others, no doubt), I fall somewhere in the middle. Here’s the deal: I’ve seen all those cross-overs by the “Stargate: SG1″ cast in “Universe”, and each and every time, even though I kind of like seeing Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping, and Richard Dean Anderson still hanging out in the “Stargate” universe, it always feels … incongruous. I have my reasons, I assure you. It’s because “Universe” has such a different rhythm and tone than the rest of the “Stargate” universe, but in particular “SG1″, that it always feels like the producers are trying to, for some reason, blend, say, the old “Battlestar Galactica” with the new version. It just feels wrong. But maybe that’s just me. According to producer Mallozzi, you can »
Looks like it’s men-in-uniform week. Because sometimes what a guy is wearing is just as much a turn-on as what he isn’t wearing. So here’s Richard Dean Anderson as Colonel Jack O’Neill, team leader of SG1. All that gear just means there’s more stuff to take off, increasing the fun. I’m posting a picture like this one every weekday, of a man who is attractive and desirable, because I like to look, dammit -- and because the female gaze doesn’t have to be such serious business. (If you have a suggestion for someone we should female-gaze at, feel free to email me with a name or a link to a particular photo.) »
- MaryAnn Johanson
We are going to award one of you this new DVD, MacGyver: The TV Movies, as randomly chosen in this giveaway. Fill out the entry form below for a chance to win. The odds of being selected a winner can be increased each and every day you return to enter again for as long as the giveaway is running.
MacGyver - The Lost Treasure of Atlantis: MacGyver is called on by his former archaeology professor to help verify the legend of the lost city of Atlantis and to recover its treasure. MacGyver - Trail to Doomsday: While investigating the death of his best friend, MacGyver uncovers a shocking conspiracy to hold the world hostage to terrorism. »
This weekend marks the opening of the highly anticipated film "The A-Team", the action film based on the wildly popular 80's television show. On a personal note I've been dying to see this film ever since the first trailer came out.
One of the ripest picking grounds for TV shows to be adapted into movies seems to be the 1980's, and "The A-Team" is just the lastest... but it certainly isn't going to be the last.
Right now there are a handful shows from the 80's being developed for the big screen, and right now I thought I'd run down 4 high profile ones that you may not have known were coming to an AMC near you in the foreseeable future! »
Lets just get this out of the way, Richard Dean Anderson is great. Before my little trip into Universe, I didn’t have a lot of experience with Stargate and I only knew Richard from his fun filled MacGyver days. I love him. He’s got that gravitas thing and in accompaniment, a light and funny approach. Please Stargate guys, find a way to get him on the Destiny forever. Omg a cliffhanger! Awesome. But let me be a good recapper and start at the beginning. Rush has the most vivid dream in history. But it’s pretty obvious it is neither a dream or something originally in his own head as he sees the reflection of another person in a car window. That is really a hi rez dream. I’m jealous. Resolution like that would have made my dreams of Marina Sirtis way more fun. It’s not »
Saddled with plot holes, tonal and practical inconsistencies, shallow characters and an uneven, intermittently funny script, “MacGruber” is not a good film. But it does feature a surprisingly nuanced love interest (Kristen Wiig) and an aging, slightly plump Val Kilmer as super-villain, Dieter Von Cunth — yes, Cunth — which almost make up for the film’s myriad shortcomings.
Will Forte is the legendary MacGruber, a retired special forces guru decorated with 16 Purple Hearts, 7 Presidential Medals of Bravery and 3 Congressional Medals of Honor. And he’s the only soldier ever to achieve the ranks of Green Beret, Navy Seal and Army Ranger. After years in self-imposed exile after the murder of his wife (Maya Rudolph) by Cunth, MacGruber is provoked by his former superior into taking on one last mission — get revenge on Cunth and stop him from detonating a stolen nuclear warhead in Washington, D.C.
The most immediately apparent inconsistency »
- Eric M. Armstrong
As the first big comedy of the summer, did MacGruber tickle Ron's funny bone?
There's the best of the best. The Green Berets, the Airborne Rangers, the Navy Seals? They're nothing compared to the greatest secret agent/problem solver/mankiller in history, MacGruber (Will Forte). He's got a combat record the likes of which the military has never seen, he's been a member of all of the above elite special forces units, and he's also got a heroic mullet worn in a completely non-ironic manner.
MacGruber has been gone a long time. For ten years, in fact, he's been living in a monastery in Mexico, while the world has believed him to be dead. He was attacked at his wedding by his arch nemesis, Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer). Except there's no proof Von Cunth did it, and in the ten years MacGruber has been living underground, Von Cunth has »
For McGyver fans unfamiliar with Richman, his previous work has been on the Nicolas Cage bomb Bangkok Dangerous and the comedy dud Swing Vote starring Kevin Costner. Richman has also done uncredited work on Rush Hour 3 and wrote a draft of Beverly Hills Cop 4.
The MacGyver TV series ran for seven seasons on ABC, from 1985-1992, with Richard Dean Anderson playing the part of a secret agent who relied on his scientific knowledge and ability to solve desperate situations with common, household items rather than use a gun. No word on whether Anderson will play title role or when production will begin on the project.
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- Ryan Gowland
Now that the comedy caper MacGruber has opened (to mixed reviews) it would appear that New Line has decided to de-mothball the film’s 80s television show inspiration MacGyver - and bring it to the big screen (with a contemporary spin).
For those who weren’t around in the 80s, MacGyver starred Stargate’s Richard Dean Anderson (to me he’ll always be MacGyver) as the titular secret agent who used his quick wits and anything within arms reach to get him out of danger. If he was locked in a room, surrounded by bad guys with nothing but a toothpick, a sausage, and a piece of string…
Continue reading MacGyver Film Recruits a Writer
- Niall Browne
Saturday Night Live’s MacGyver parody MacGruber has opened in the Us this weekend (to abysmal box office receipts), and that has given New Line the opportunity to announce that their long-gestating big screen adaptation of the classic 80s television serieshas finally found a writer in Jason Richman, whose previous films include Rush Hour 3, Bad Company and the frankly terrible Nicolas Cage flick
(Source: THR) »
MacGruber squares off against Shrek Forever After this weekend at the box office, but its star and director aren’t intimidated by a franchise that’s made more than $2.2 billion in ticket sales, worldwide. MacGruber’s star Will Forte joked, “We will take those f—ers down!” Director Jorma Taccone quickly added with heavy sarcasm, “Our movie is probably gonna do better than Shrek. Right? Let’s be honest.” More on that, in a bit.
Collider caught up with Forte, Taccone and screenwriter John Solomon at the film’s press day. Hit the jump for the roundtable’s full audio, along with highlights and plenty of spoilers, including Forte’s desire to do a nude scene with celery, who stole that used vegetable afterward and the gracious gesture by MacGyver star Richard Dean Anderson.
MacGruber aims to honor, more than mock 80’s action movies. The filmmaker’s conceit is to »
- Ron Messer
By Jeff Sneider
New Line has hired "Swing Vote" co-writer Jason Richman to write the script for "MacGyver," a big-screen adaptation of the popular adventure series that starred Richard Dean Anderson, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
From 1985-1992, the ABC series followed a crafty secret agent who used clever, science-inspired tricks to escape danger in the nick of time. The inherent problem with a "MacGyver" movie is that the audience knows th »
- Jeff Sneider
On the day that parody movie, MacGruber is released in Us cinemas, news has been released over on THR that Jason Richman, the man whose previous form includes Bad Company, the movie which took the bizarre step of teaming Sir Anthony Hopkins with Chris Rock, and Bangkok Dangerous, has been approached to write the script.
MacGuyver is familiar to many as the Richard Dean Anderson TV series which captivated Patty and Selma among others, and whose main pop culture legacy was to put the titular character in a warehouse from which he would emerge in a full size Tank comprised of broken wooden crates and duct tape.
Having its well worn parody MacGruber out in the cinemas now will surely affect the reception for this big screen adaptation of the TV series, and like Joe Carnahan’s The A-Team there’s a heavy dose of nostalgia mixed in, and it »
- Jon Lyus
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