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DVD Playhouse—November 2011
By Allen Gardner
Tree Of Life (20th Century Fox) Terrence Malick’s latest effort is both the best film of 2011 and the finest work of his (arguably) mixed, but often masterly canon. A series of vignettes, mostly set in 1950s Texas, capture the memory of a man (Sean Penn) in present-day New York who looks back on his life, and his parents’ (Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain) troubled marriage, when word of his younger brother’s suicide reaches him. Almost indescribable beyond that, except to say no other film in history so perfectly evokes the magic and mystery of the human memory, which both crystalizes (and sometimes idealizes) the past. Like Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, this is a challenging, polarizing work that you must let wash over you. If you go along for the ride, you’re in for a unique, rewarding cinematic experience. Also available on Blu-ray disc. »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
On Oct.13, 2011 William Shatner’s documentary ‘The Captains’ had a limited single day, single screening event across Canada in Cineplex theaters. So limited in fact, that even though you could purchase a ticket at the box office, some of the staff at the cinema had no idea it was playing in their own theater. If you happened to follow William Shatner’s twitter, you’d most likely have heard of this special event.
The Star Trek centered film follows Shatner as he interviews fellow Trek actors, reflecting on the life of Trek, from the perspective of the working actor.
For fans of Star Trek, this is a rare look at the life of the actors, who each played captains in different series. Patrick Stewart (Tng), Avery Brooks (DS9), Kate Mulgrew (Voyager), Scott Bakula (Enterprise), and Chris Pine (Star Trek). With guest appearances from Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Frakes, Nana Visitor.
- Albert Art
Well, I had a rare experience while at San Diego Comic-Con this year. I had a chance to share a small room with three captains from Star Trek: William Shatner, Avery Brooks and Scott Bakula. They were there to promote a new documentary that Shatner had put together, where he flies around the world to really get to know the actors who themselves had the honor of sitting in a starship bridge's captain's chair. Shatner, who once wouldn't even acknowledge the existence of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," left no captain unchecked. Not only did he spend quality time with Brooks and Bakula, but he also sat down with Patrick Stewart, Kate Mulgrew and the new Capt. Kirk, Chris Pine. I didn't get a chance to watch "The Captains" when it was first released this past summer. In fact, I had »
The Captains Written and Directed by: William Shatner Starring: William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, Chris Pine The Captains is a documentary made for fans of Star Trek. It features interviews with the actors who starred as starship captains in the Star Trek franchise. What makes this Star Trek documentary unique is that it was written and directed by William Shatner, the second actor to play a starship captain. (Shatner replaced the first actor as captain, Jeffrey Hunter, who starred in only the pilot episode of Star Trek. Hunter has gone on to the final frontier, and so was not contacted for an interview.) Also the interviews were conducted by Shatner, who appears on-screen with his interviewees. On viewing this documentary, it soon becomes apparent that its focus is not on Star Trek, but rather on Shatner himself. I confess. I am a lapsed Trekkie. I »
Genre: Sci-Fi | Documentary
Director: William Shatner
Writer: William Shatner
Following one of the most engaging media personalities of our time, The Captains chronicles Shatner’s quest to answer one burning question: why, in spite of his myriad stage, screen, and television credits, as well as his numerous Emmys and Golden Globe Awards, does one role in his career loom so large that it nearly eclipses all others? To find the answer, Shatner enlists the help of the elite group of actors who have also assumed the mantle of Starship Captain. In the process, coupling their own unique stories with compelling insights, the five Captains give Shatner a better understanding of his own life and solve this “mystery” once and for all.
- Erin Willard
On the big screen, a science fiction story can get by just wowing us with the effects, but on TV the budgets are smaller and we need the characters and their relationships to give us reason to come back week after week. A reliable source of drama is the strong, steadfast dad who has to protect his family from a dangerous world, all while trying to make sure their children grow up well.
Naturally, these dads often bring a bit of sex appeal to the show, too. Here are some of our favorites.
Jim Shannon, Terra Nova
As part of the Tenth Pilgrimage, Jim (Jason O'Mara) has to deal with a world that includes dinosaurs, renegade settlers, beleiving in unconvincing CGI and horny delinquent teenage sons.
- Lyle Masaki
“Shatnerpalooza” sounds like the perfect spectacle for Comic-Con and for actor William Shatner’s larger than life personal brand. But the event was created by premium cable channel Epix to help promote “The Captains,” a feature-length documentary about Star Trek’s lead line officer role that catapulted Shatner and five other actors into Star Trek lore and includes appearance by Patrick Stewart, Kate Mulgrew, Avery Brooks, Scott Bakula and Chris Pine. »
- Dennis Nishi
On Friday, Comic-Con will play host to a Star Trek-themed panel in which former captains William Shatner and Avery Brooks will sit down with moderator Kevin Smith (yes, that Kevin Smith) to talk about Shatner's new upcoming documentary with Epix Pictures, The Captains.
Unlike most Comic-Con panels which are exclusive to those brave enough to stand in line hours in advance, this panel will be streamed live online. Better yet, immediately at the conclusion of the panel, you'll be able to watch The Captains online, in its entirety, for free via EpixHD in the same video window.
I've embedded the video player where this will all happen this Friday, July 22 at 6pm Est/3pm Pst below. Bookmark this page and check back then to watch The Captains panel followed immediately by the film.
The Captains premieres this Friday, July 22nd, on Epix. It's William Shatner's new documentary in which he chats with the Star Trek TV captains (Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, and Scott Bakula) and Chris Pine, Captain Kirk from the latest movie.
Here's the official description:
The Captains, is a feature length documentary that "boldly goes where no man has gone before," giving viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at one of the most durable and profitable franchises in entertainment history, and the men and women who made the Star Trek brand an international phenomenon since 1966. Written and directed by William Shatner, The Captains chronicles Shatner’s quest to explore the impact that Star Trek has had on his life. Why, in spite of his voluminous stage, screen, and television credits, as well as his numerous Emmys and Golden Globe Awards, does one role »
It seems that every day the rest of this week, Comic Con International will reveal the schedule for another day of the event. Sure, this means a lot of waiting for the whole thing to come out, but at least it gives people a chance to plan their sc, hedule day by day. Regardless, Friday looks even bigger than Thursday, with films such as The Amazing Spider-Man, Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengence, The Adventures of Tintin Pacific Rim, and more. That's not even including the TV shows! So hit the jump to check out the TV and Film offerings on Friday of San Diego Comic Con 2011!
10:15-11:15 Star Trek: The Captains— William Shatner is joined by fellow Star Trek captain Avery Brooks to present a preview of the Epix Pictures original documentary produced and directed by Shatner, in which he travels the world to interview »
San Diego Comic-Con has released its full schedule for Friday. We have pulled out all of the movie, TV, and DVD-related activities for both nights below. If you want the full schedule with all the comic-book related activities, you can clickHere
Friday, July 23
10:00-11:00 Lego Star Wars
A behind-the-brick look with the Lego Star Wars team at how the epic Star Wars story comes together with the creativity and imagination of the Lego brand. Additionally, be among the first to hear about a special Lego Star Wars entertainment event, and meet Emmy award-winning writer Michael Price. Also includes Q&A time. Room 7Ab
10:00-11:00 Torchwood: Miracle Day
John Barrowman (Doctor Who) and Eve Myles (Doctor Who) join cast members Mekhi Phifer, Bill Pullman (Independence Day), Alexa Havins (All My Children), and Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), along with writer Jane Espenson (Battlestar Galactica), to discuss the »
Though The Avengers, Batman and Superman are more than likely not going to be swinging into San Diego Comic-Con this year, Spider-Man will be out in force. The schedule for Friday July 22 has been released and the highlights include that Legendary Panel we wrote about a few days ago  (though it's not in Hall H), a panel on Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's The Adventures of Tintin and a Sony Pictures panel that includes Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Total Recall and, yes, Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man. Check out a bunch of the highlights, with commentary, after the jump. (And don't forget about Thursday  where Peter will be on the Masters of the Web panel.) For the full schedule, head over to the official site . Below are just some of the highlights with my comments in block quote. 10:15-11:15 Star Trek: The Captains— William Shatner »
- Germain Lussier
Just when you thought all of your weird William Shatner fantasies had been fulfilled (thanks, Priceline commercials!), the "Star Trek" star is back with his A-game in the trailer for upcoming documentary "The Captains" (via Slashfilm).
The film, which was produced and directed by the octogenarian ladykiller, goes where no where no man has gone before, detailing Shatner's meetings with the actors who have helmed the ship in the TV and movie incarnations of "Star Trek."
"The Captains," which premieres on July 21st on the Epix HD channel, explores Shatner's contributions to the iconic "Star Trek" franchise since his arrival on the Enterprise in 1966 , in addition to interviews with former captains including Patrick Stewart, Kate Mulgrew, Avery Brooks, and Scott Bakula.
Check out the trailer:
- Sarah Crow
William Shatner seems to expand his resume about as many times as he narrowly escaped death on the original Star Trek tv series. TV guest star (Twilight Zone, Outer Limits), TV star (Star Trek, T.J. Hooker, Boston Legal, $#*! My Dad Says), movie star (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II-vi, Star Trek: Generations, Miss Congeniality), as well as writer, director, producer, voice artist, talk show host, author. Now he has added “documentarian” to the list. The Captains is, as you might have guessed, a documentary about the captains of the Star Trek multiverse.
This documentary seems almost like a companion piece to The Biography Channel’s The Captains of the Final Frontier (2010). He must have been familiar with it, given that he has had two series on that channel (Aftermath with William Shatner, Shatner’s Raw Nerve). That documentary was about the Trek franchise and featured interviews with actors, »
- Erin Willard
"...in 'The Captains', William Shatner travels the world to connect with each of the actors who have played 'Captains' over the long life of the 'Star Trek' franchise. Shatner recalls his own experiences in the role that made him a star by interviewing Patrick Stewart, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, Avery Brooks and Chris Pine while interweaving clips from their respective shows and movies..."
"The Captains" will debut July 22, 2011 on Epix and EpixHD.com as the centerpiece of "Shatnerpalooza", a celebration of William Shatner’s film and television work, kicking off a 48-hour marathon that will also include the world television premiere of William Shatner’s "Gonzo Ballet". Also featured will be the complete collection of the six original "Star Trek" features, starring Shatner as 'captain Kirk', plus other »
- Michael Stevens
The first trailer has been released for the upcoming documentary The Captains, which will air exclusively on the Epix channel on July 21. William Shatner wrote, directed and stars in this expose, where he interviews all the other captains from the Star Trek movie and TV universe. Click on the video player below for your first look at this new documentary.
Click to watch The Captains Trailer!
The Captains airs exclusively on the Epix channel July 21.
William Shatner has taken it upon himself to create a documentary about Star Trek, specifically focusing on the many captains that have spearheaded the series over the years. In The Captains, Shatner sits down for interviews with head honchos Patrick Stewart (The Next Generation), Kate Mulgrew (Voyager), Scott Bakula (Enterprise), Avery Brooks (Deep Space Nine) and Chris Pine, who took on the role of Captain Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot. A trailer for Shatner's documentary has been released, and it’s pretty entertaining. The actor’s sensibilities are perfect as the host and star of the film, and the idea of interviewing each of the Star Trek captains is pretty genius. Plus, Shatner being Shatner, his reaction to a fan towards the end of the trailer is definitely a highlight. The Captains will premiere on July 21st on the cable channel Epix HD. Here’s the trailer: Here »
- Adam Chitwood
· From the files of "How did nobody think of this before?": Epix HD will premiere the William Shatner-directed documentary Captains on July 21. The film will follow Shat as he interviews fellow former Star Trek captains Chris Pine, Patrick Stewart, Kate Mulgrew, Avery Brooks and Scott Bakula. Do your best Shatner impression to celebrate, then click through to watch the trailer. Your Friday Buzz Break is here. »
 A few days back we posted a fun photo of William Shatner arm wrestling Chris Pine. As it turns out, that photo is a still from Shatner's upcoming documentary The Captains which will premiere on July 21st 2011 on the Epix HD cable channel. The Captains - an Epix Original Documentary produced and directed by William Shatner. In The Captains, he travels the world to connect with each of the actors who have played Captains over the long life of the Star Trek franchise. Shatner recalls his own experiences in the role that made him a star by interviewing Patrick Stewart, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, Avery Brooks and Chris Pine while interweaving clips from their respective shows and movies. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump.  http://www.slashfilm.com/wp/wp-content/images/ZZ3ED5C273.jpg »
- Peter Sciretta
A few days ago, we showed you a photo of William Shatner arm wrestling with Chris Pine (pictured), who both played Captain James T Kirk in "Star Trek." It turned out that this is all apart of "The Captains" documentary that Shatner is shooting, which features the actor sitting down with all of "Star Trek's" captains, like Patrick Stewart, Kate Mulgrew, Avery Brooks, Scott Bakula and Pine. Today, we have a short trailer for the movie that will premiere at Comic-Con next month and will air online at the Epix website (Friday, July 22nd at 8pm Edt). Immediately after the screening, there will be a questions and answers session hosted by Kevin Smith. Check out the trailer below. Trailer: »
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