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By Aaron Pruner
"Star Trek Into Darkness" hits theaters Friday, making it the 12th film in the "Star Trek" movie franchise. With Benedict Cumberbatch filling the "bad guy" shoes here, it seems only fair that we take a look back and rank all of the Star Trek movie villains that have graced the big screen over the past three decades. You're welcome.
11. The Whale Probe From Space - "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" (1986)
This is probably the weirdest villain on the list because, well, it's a whale-loving space monster looking to reunite with its Humpback brethren by emptying all of Earth's oceans.
10. Sybok - "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" (1989)
The half-brother of Spock, Sybok (Laurence Luckinbill) is pretty much a backwards Vulcan. Emotions are more important than logic to him. Here, he brainwashes everyone so he can get to the middle of space to meet God...who turns »
- MTV Movies Team
-- "Star Trek Into Darkness" is like fan-boy fiction on a $185 million budget. It's reverential, it's faithful, it's steeped in "Trek" mythology.
It's also an excessively derivative what-if rehash of themes and interactions that came before, most of the characters lesser copies and even caricatures of the originals. The scenario's been hijacked and rejiggered from better "Trek" plots of decades ago, the best verbal exchanges lifted nearly verbatim from past adventures.
In short, the new chiefs of Starfleet aren't coming up with much to call their own.
They pile on the spectacle in a way that's never been seen before in "Star Trek," whose old big-screen incarnations were so notoriously underfunded they had to go back and borrow props, miniatures and visual effects from previous installments. The action in "Into Darkness" is top-notch, the visuals grand, though the movie's needless conversion to 3-D muddies the images.
But the heart is, »
Most directors have an identifiable style consistent with their approach and perspective. Each week Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This week, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Terry Gilliam.
No matter his success as director or writer, Terry Gilliam will always be remembered for his contribution to Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Despite his name, Gilliam was the only American member of the posse. Although he wasn’t featured as heavily as the rest of the cast, Gilliam found his niche as the show’s animator. Those silly and very British newspaper/cardboard style animations that gave the show its unique style were created and organized by Gilliam. It’s only fitting then that he used his artistic talents after his time on the TV show to become a full-fledged movie director.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling, whose La-thriller Drive ran rings round the Croisette two years ago, are planning a second pitstop on the Riviera, it has been confirmed. Their latest collaboration, Only God Forgives, which sees Gosling as a taciturn gangster in Bangkok (and Kristin Scott Thomas as his mother) is the most mainstream entry in the eclectic lineup for this year's competition.
Also rolling onto the grid are new films from the Coen brothers, Alexander Payne, Steven Soderbergh and Roman Polanski. Joel and Ethan Coen present Inside Llewyn Davis, set in the folk scene of 1960s New York, while Soderbergh's Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra will also vie for the Palme d'Or. The film, which stars Michael Douglas as the pianist, »
- Catherine Shoard
The previously announced stellar cast surrounding Simon Pegg as the eponymous hero, which includes Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer, Rosamund Pike (An Education) and Stellan Skarsgård (Thor), has now been joined by Toni Collette as Hector’s ex-girlfriend Agnes, and Jean Reno as drug baron Diego. Veronica Ferres (Klimt) also joins the ensemble as clairvoyant Anjali.
Simon Pegg plays Hector, an eccentric yet irresistible London psychiatrist in crisis: he’s going nowhere and his patients are just not getting any happier! Until one day, armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, Hector breaks out of his sheltered vacuum of a life into a global quest to find out if happiness exists: and more importantly, if it exists for Hector. »
- Dan Bullock
Toronto – Toni Collette and Jean Reno have joined the cast of Peter Chelsom's dramedy Hector and the Search for Happiness. They will perform opposite Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike and Christopher Plummer in the film adaptation of the novel by François Lelord now starting production in Vancouver. The film is a German/Canadian co-production produced by Screen Siren Pictures and Egoli Tossell Film, and co-produced by Erfttal Film GmbH, Wild Bunch Germany and Construction Film and Film House Germany and Head Gear Films, the UK film financier. Pegg plays Hector, an eccentric yet irresistible London psychiatrist in crisis. Collette
- Etan Vlessing
Hector and the Search for Happiness is an upcoming romantic comedy which comes from director Peter Chelsom. Today, we’re here to report that Toni Collette and Jean Reno are both set to star in the project that already has quite interesting cast on board, and revolves around a psychiatrist who searches the globe for the definition of happiness. Peter Chelsom will direct the movie from a script he co-wrote with Tinker Lindsay, but I’m sure you already know that the whole thing is actually an adaptation of Francis Lelord‘s novel of the same name. As we said, the film will center on Hector, an eccentric...
- Jeanne Standal
The story takes place years after the failure of Veronica's dad's re-election as town sheriff. Something major brings her back home and back to her calling. [Source: THR]
Toni Collette and Jean Reno are set to star in Peter Chelsom's rom-com "Hector And The Search For Happiness" which has just begun filming. Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgård. Christopher Plummer, Desiree Zurowski and Jakob Davies also star.
Based on the novel by Francis Lelord, the story follows a psychiatrist (Simon Pegg) as he searches the globe for the definition of happiness. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
• The Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has found another star. Will Arnett (Up All Night) has signed onto the film. Megan Fox created quite a stir last month when she signed onto the movie for the role of April O’Neil, the Turtles’ human friend. It has not yet been revealed who Arnett will play, though THR reports that he is not playing Casey Jones, another character from the 1980s comics that will be cast later. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set for a June 6, 2014 release date. [THR]
• Things are coming together for the long-in-development Weinstein Company project Big Eyes. »
- Emily Rome
Today’s latest casting news: Jim Sturgess (Could Atlas) is set to star opposite Kate Beckinsale in the psychological thriller Eliza Graves, directed by Brad Anderson (The Call). Toni Collette (Fright Night) and Jean Reno (Alex Cross) join Hector and the Search for Happiness, a romantic comedy directed by Peter Chelsom. Hit the jump for more on both casting stories. Per Heat Vision, we learned that Jim Sturgess is set to star as a Harvard Medical School grad who becomes obsessed with Kate Beckinsale’s character after taking a job at a mental institution now being run by the patients themselves. The film is loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether and is being directed by Brad Anderson. Sturgess can be seen next in The Best Offer also starring Geoffrey Rush. From Deadline comes the announcement that Jean Reno and »
- Elena Pena
Exclusive: Toni Collette and Jean Reno are set to star in Hector And The Search For Happiness, a romantic comedy feature directed by Peter Chelsom that follows a psychiatrist as he searches the globe for the definition of happiness. The addition of Collette and Reno completes the casting and the film has just commenced principal photography. Collette and Reno join a stellar cast that includes Simon Pegg, who will play Hector, an eccentric London psychiatrist in crisis; Rosamund Pike; Stellan Skarsgård; Christopher Plummer; Desiree Zurowski; and Jakob Davies. Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay wrote the screenplay, adapted from the novel of the same name by Francis Lelord. The film is produced by Judy Tossell for Egoli Tossell Film and Christine Haebler for Screen Siren Pictures. Jens Meurer and Trish Dolman are serving as executive producers. Collette is repped by Wme, Reno by ICM Partners. UTA is representing U.S. rights »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
If you follow esteemed (and occasionally steam-driven) thespian type Simon Pegg on Twitter, you’ll already know that Toni Collette is aboard rom-com Hector And The Search For Happiness. But Deadline’s story at least breaks the news that Jean Reno, Stellan Skarsgård, Desiree Zurowski and Jakob Davies have all joined the cast. The film, which already boasts Pegg, Rosamund Pike and Christopher Plummer, is shooting now in Canada under the direction of Peter Chelsom. Pegg plays the titular Hector, an eccentric London psychiatrist who hits a crisis when he can’t help any of his patients to get any happier and decides to go off on a search for the secret of happiness.Pike will be Hector’s girlfriend, while Plummer is aboard to play a UCLA professor who specialises in Happiness Studies. Not much is known about the other roles, though Davies is apparently playing Hector as a lad. »
Special From Next Avenue
By Leah Rozen
Living well is the best revenge. But having that life portrayed on stage for all to see and reflect upon is almost as good.
Holland Taylor, probably best known to most of America for playing the wise-cracking mother of Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer on the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men" is reliving the exceedingly colorful and eventful life of former Gov. Ann Richards of Texas nightly on stage in New York City.
She’s the star and author of "Ann," a one-woman show that opened on Broadway this month to rave notices for Taylor. I caught up with the play earlier this week, a performance that also happened to be attended by former President Bill Clinton and his wife, »
- Next Avenue
Hot on the heels of Plummer’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar™ for Beginners last year, the octogenarian star of stage and screen delivers his most affecting performance yet. Barrymore was released theatrically by By Experience and Image Entertainment in New York and Los Angeles in November of 2012. The Los Angeles Times then enthused, “Christopher Plummer is a mischievous delight as the great John Barrymore, intent on a stage comeback.” Barrymore was also recently nominated for two Prism Awards including Performance in a Feature Film. The screen version of the William Luce play by the same name, Barrymore had its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. It was adapted by writer-director Érik Canuel from the 1996 Broadway production for which Plummer won a Tony™ Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in 1997. Plummer, 82, has long had a fascination with the title character, and it shows. The Village Voice exclaimed, »
- Josh Abraham
What is integrity? Does it exist solely as the inspiration of virtuous intent or can it also shine through a veil of self-interest?
Or does it truly exist at all?
The Insider, on the surface, doesn't look like a film that could answer those questions, and to a large degree it answers none of them. Instead, it does what great art should do: It poses tough questions, shows us how humans deal with them, and leaves us to wonder, "What would I do?"
The film primarily tells the story of two men. 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) receives a packet of insider info for a story he's doing on the link between cigarettes and house fires. To decrypt the more scientific elements of the story, he tries to enlist the help of Jeffery Weigand (Russell Crowe), a recently-deposed tobacco VP.
But what starts as a simple consultation becomes a »
Ever since Al Jolson told us we “aint heard nothing yet”, musicals have been a staple of Hollywood’s output. Studios know that audiences love to be entertained by song and dance but big star actors have never necessarily known how to pull off a good musical number. There are ways around this, Christopher Plummer had his singing dubbed for “The Sound Of Music “ and Audrey Hepburn was heartbroken to find out her vocals had been replaced in “My Fair Lady”. “Les Miserables” was filmed with all vocals performed live on set and Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway show that they know how to belt out a tune. Meanwhile Russell Crowe , whose musical experience is less classical, comes off not quite so well and looks out of his depth compared to his co-stars but this isn’t the only example of strange casting for musicals though.
The results are often surprising, »
- Jonathan Paxton
Chicago – There are still a stunning number of films from the ’90s and ’00s not on Blu-ray but Bvhe recently corrected one of those oversights by releasing the stellar “The Insider,” one of the best films of arguably the best year for cinema in the last two decades — 1999. In a year that included “Magnolia,” “American Beauty,” “The Matrix,” “Three Kings,” “Fight Club,” “Toy Story 2,” “The Iron Giant.” “All About My Mother,” “Princess Mononoke,” “Election,” “Being John Malkovich,” and many more, “The Insider” went overlooked by too many people and certainly by history. With perfect technical elements, stunning performances, and perfect direction by the great Michael Mann, this is a spectacular film.
The film has actually been digitally restored, not just transferred to the HD form, and it looks great. I forgot how detailed Dante Spinotti’s Oscar-nominated work was here or how tight William Goldenberg’s editing (he »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Anne Hathaway practised her Oscars speech a lot in a bid to more 'likeable'. The 'Les Miserables' actress - who won Best Supporting Actress at the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday (24.02.13) - was reportedly very concerned about the public's perception of her after she was criticised for becoming emotional and rambling while accepting accolades at other award ceremonies including the BAFTAs and Golden Globe Awards earlier this month. A source close to the 30-year-old star told USMagazine.com: 'She was very aware that she had been the butt of everyone's jokes,' explaining that the actress practised her acceptance speech a lot to try to be more likeable. Accepting her award from former Best Supporting Actor winner Christopher Plummer, Anne gushed: »
A tobacco executive (Russell Crowe) has his life turned upside down when he exposes the dirty secrets of cigarette companies to a 60 Minutes producer (Al Pacino) and Mike Wallace (Christopher Plummer). Based on true events.
Directed by Michael Mann
Michael Mann's account of Dr. Jeffrey Wigand's efforts to expose big tobacco earned seven Oscar nominations in 1999, including Best Picture, but didn't win a single one. American Beauty may have been the big winner that year, but The Insider deserves much more credit than it received.
It has been a number of years since I sat down and watched my DVD of The Insider, but after five minutes of popping in the Blu-ray, I remembered why I bought the movie in the first place. This is an outstanding film that hasn't »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
Anne Hathaway's nipples were on display at the Oscars in a Prada dress and Twitter was very excited as the tweets were fast and furious during last night's Oscaes show. See the pic above. As a bonus - the actress also won Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards on Sunday night. The 'Les Miserables' actress immediately kissed her husband Adam Shulman and jumped up to embrace her co-star Hugh Jackman upon scooping the prestigious prize for her role as prostitute Fantine in the big screen adaptation of the popular musical. Accepting the trophy from last year's Best Actor winner Christopher Plummer, she said: ''It came true. Thank you so much for the Academy for this.'' The 30-year-old star, who cut off her long hair and lost 25 pounds in three weeks for the role, was awarded the accolade ahead of fellow nominees Amy Adams for her performance in 'The Master', »
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