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Like the unexpected and slightly clumsy offspring of some strange tryst between Gene Roddenberry and Pedro Almodóvar, director (and co-writer) Jack Plotnick's “Space Station 76” is a period-perfect pastiche of Carter-era pop culture futurism. Extensive 21st-century CGI is used to recreate the retro-style graphics of the past's miniature, models and matte shots, but the goings on inside the title spacecraft combine the space opera and soap opera of an earlier era. The film's look and feel are far more purposeful and propulsive than the story and script, but even so, “Space Station 76” has more than a few laughs. »
- James Rocchi
At birth every child is bestowed with a mighty super power – the ability to wonder. To goggle in awe at the wide world before them. But wonder is an ability that dissipates with time, weakened by the Kryptonite grind of maturity, wasting through lack of use. Rather than relying upon YouTube clips, Instagram and annual jaunts abroad to sustain us, London’s Science Museum is offering an exciting 3D IMAX experience seemingly tailor-made to exercise our awe: Mysteries of the Unseen World.
With celebrated time-lapse cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg as our expert guide and the inimitable Forest Whitaker our narrator, this transportive educational exploration becomes a roller coaster ride. Dynamic filmmaking partners with cutting edge science to take us into alternate dimensions of time and scale Gene Roddenberry would applaud. And every last astonishing spectacle takes place right here on earth. The air we breath, the sound we make, the mini »
- Emily Breen
Go behind-the-scenes of Star Trek Into Darkness and learn more about the Klingon weaponry in our exclusive featurette for Star Trek: The Compendium, which debuts in a four-disc Blu-ray set today, September 9. Take a look at some of the massive gun and knife props that were used on director J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness, including Klingon weapons that were inspired by designs from the original Star Trek TV series.
Director J.J. Abrams' global sensations Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness set a course for the ultimate home entertainment package in Star Trek: The Compendium, arriving September 9, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The set includes four Blu-ray Discs with both films in sparkling high definition and the IMAX version of Star Trek Into Darkness, Digital HD copies of both films, plus previously released bonus material, including the Star Trek Into Darkness director's commentary. Star Trek »
To help ease the long wait until Star Trek 3 hits theaters in a few years, Paramount Home Media Distribution is releasing the Star Trek: The Compendium on Blu-ray. This four-disc set features both of director J.J. Abrams' features Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness in one set, along with never-before-seen special features including a gag reel and featurettes.
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A classic Star Trek character returns in this week's look-back at a must-watch Tng season three episode...
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In a startling moment of originality, the Enterprise is once again acting as the glorified taxi for a Federation Ambassador and hosting their negotiations. But this time, it's not boring. This time, they're transporting Ambassador Sarek!
Although his entourage seem over-protective of Sarek, insisting that he's excused from all non-essential functions, Sarek himself seems surprisingly energetic. Nonetheless, Picard lets him off the Mozart concert he had planned, and also tells Worf not to bother setting up the Tri-Dimensional Guess Who? Tournament (probably).
When checking out the conference room, Sarek gets uncharacteristically agitated at the unpreparedness of it. Geordi and Wesley don't help the situation by complaining about the smell of the slime the Legaran delegation live in and talking about Wesley's upcoming hot date with Ensign Suzanne Dumont. »
If ever you should rewatch the entire run of the original Star Trek series, you may notice a few things: 1) William Shatner is often a far more subtle actor than most people give him credit for (sometimes); 2) Uhura is seven shades of awesome (usually); and 3) you’ll be wanting to fast-forward through a lot of scenes – and we mean a lot of scenes (always).
Often, what makes a scene cringeworthy in Classic Trek has a lot to do with the time period in which the show was made. For a show that has credited with promoting tolerance, peace, and good will towards all for decades, it can be a very racist, sexist, and downright bad show at times, and it’s those moments that we’ll be focusing on in this article. These are the scenes that make fans cringe, make non-fans scratch their heads, and make just about everybody ask that eternal question, »
- Tony Whitt
Star Trek is about the human experience in as much as it is about different alien species interacting with humanity. It isn’t the technology, the alien planets or the starships that make Star Trek an enduring television experience; it’s those characters who allow us to explore the various facets of life through their eyes. Sadly, that sometimes includes those diversely different moments of hardship or other painful episodes in their lives that represent various types of the saddest things that can happen to people. Though their suffering may be tragic to witness, at the worst of times, the best in people can be witnessed as they endure these hardships, making Star Trek a true human drama.
Listed below is a handpicked sampling of some of the most truly heartbreaking moments from across the entire Trek spectrum that shows these characters at their worst moments but highlights the best of their respective natures. »
- John K Kirk
Everybody wants to live in the future. Even as humanity guzzles the last of its oil and helium supplies and wrings the planet like a sponge rather than face the ignominy of solar panels on the roof, we like to imagine that human tenacity will overcome the problems we face and catapult us into an idyllic future filled with robot butlers and cool laser weapons with which to destroy the robot butlers when they turn on their human masters. We may even get our long-awaited flying cars, which would obviously be totally safe and awesome – not like the driverless cars we actually have, which you’d clearly have to be crazy to trust.
Of all the utopian societies you might want to live in, Star Trek has always presented a particularly tempting vision of the future. Whether you want to park yourself by the replicator and eat your way »
- Chris Allcock
Harry: ‘But what does a Ministry of Magic do?’
Hagrid: ‘Well, their main job is to keep it from the Muggles that there’s still witches an’ wizards up an’ down the country.’
Hagrid: ‘Why? Blimey, Harry, everyone’d be wantin’ magic solutions to their problems. Nah, we’re best left alone.’
- From Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone, to the American market)
The magical world envisioned by author J.K. Rowling has caught the imagination of the Muggle (non-wizard) world. In her seven books on Harry Potter and his friends, we learn that there is a wonderful world where wizards and witches are taught the wonders of magic at a boarding school called Hogwarts. Some students come from wizarding families, some come from Muggle families, and some are half-and-half. There are fantastic creatures, some we know from classic mythology, others from the mind of Rowling herself. »
- Harry Thomas
As Paramount Pictures prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry’s seminal sci-fi franchise Star Trek in 2016 with the release of the third movie in the rebooted series, Zachary Quinto (Spock) has spoken about the threequel during an appearance at the Television Critics Press Tour to promote his new reality series The Chair…
“I think the five-year mission will be a part of this next film in some way,” said Quinto (via IGN). “We’re coming up on the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic sci-fi series in entertainment history, so it’s inherently an ongoing story. But I do think that we’ll feel some sense of evolution in these characters that’s been building through the first few films.”
Quinto then went on to offer some praise to Roberto Orci, screenwriter on the first two movies and potential director of the third: “[Orci] is definitely »
- Gary Collinson
While promoting his upcoming El Rey Network series Matador, which debuts on July 15, Roberto Orci offered new details about Star Trek 3. Back in May, we reported that the Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness writer-producer had been set to make his directorial debut on Star Trek 3, but the filmmaker revealed in a new interview with Collider that he hasn't officially signed on yet.
When asked if he is already feeling the pressure as the franchise's new director, Roberto Orci had this to say.
"Well, I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch. The studio has yet to even read the script. I'm in the middle of writing it, with the talented team of [John D.] Payne and [Patrick] McKay. They are true Star Trek fans, as well. So, I can't even think anything about the future until I give them a script and they greenlight it. Until that happens, »
Hieroglyph - we hardly knew ye.
The broadcaster cited "creative reasons" for the pre-premiere cancellation, though perhaps Fox was cleaning house following the surprise exit of entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly?
Brown and his co-stars can at least take some solace in the fact that they're far from the first cast and crew to have a show commissioned and then canned in quick succession...
Gregory House kills Sherlock Holmes
Ironically, it was the unexpected success of House - in which Laurie played the Holmes-inspired title character - that scuppered the project. »
While Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams explores a galaxy far, far away with Disney's Star Wars: Episode VII, Paramount Pictures announced last month that Roberto Orci will make his feature directorial debut with Star Trek 3, after co-writing the first two movies with Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. Roberto Orci recently appeared on the podcast, where he revealed several new intriguing details about the Star Trek 3 story.
Some fans have complained that both Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness were set too much on Earth. According to Roberto Orci, that will change with Star Trek 3, which brings these iconic characters closer to how they were portrayed in Gene Roddenberry's original Star Trek TV series.
"In [Into Darkness] they set out finally where the original series started. The first two films - especially the 2009 [Star Trek] - was an origin story. It was about them coming together. »
For those not ‘in the know’, there has been a lot of talk this year about the creation of a brand new Star Trek TV show, one based around the continuing missions of everyone’s favourite Klingon, Mr. Worf.
The idea has been floating around at Paramount for a couple of years now, but renewed interest in the proposed series last year marked the first time that most of us took it seriously as a prospect.
As it turns out, a brand new show starring the eponymous ‘Son of Mogh’ is actually more than simply the pipe dream of Trek fans unhappy with the rebooted film series, quite a bit more, in fact.
Star Trek: Captain Worf, as the show is tentatively titled (but would almost certainly not be called if greenlit), has a lot of Trek fans excited, and with good reason; the series’ launch would mark »
- Chris Quicksilver
The Television Academy announced Friday that it has tapped former Tribune Entertainment CEO and prexy Dick Askin to be its chairman of the Council of Past Presidents and Past Chairs.
Askin formerly served as chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Science. He is the principal in Askin & Co., an entertainment advisory firm specializing in television programming, marketing and distribution rights management.
In addition to expanding traditional TV, Askin was integral in widening the eligibility for Emmy qualification to include broadband content. He brought the Intl. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences under the Academy’s jurisdiction and put more emphasis on runaway production while also seeing the organization’s membership increase by 20%.
Askin also assisted in expanding the stage space in Hollywood and »
- Jordyn Holman
You know what’s the secret behind Star Trek’s longevity? It’s not the actual stories themselves, but the stories that could have been.
With Star Trek, a writer doesn’t have to struggle to come up with a new story because of the wealth of possibilities that every iteration of Gene Roddenberry’s creation offered. Star Trek survives because of the fluidity and varieties – infinite diversity in infinite combinations, if you fancy a bit of Vulcan logic. Dropped plotlines abound endlessly, just waiting for some devoted fan of a writer to pick them up and spin them into some great tale that revisits favourite characters or exciting theme that fans really want to see again.
Here are a few that might be interesting to see re-examined…
10. An Entire Premise Scrapped – “Assignment: Earth”
It’s well known that this episode was actually the pilot to a prospective series that never materialized. »
- John K Kirk
Star Trek: Into Darkness is the second movie in the J.J. Abrams rebooted version of the Gene Roddenberry sci-fi series and it was our privilege to go along to the Saturday evening performance of Star Trek: Live in Concert. What made the performance ever greater was the event took place at the world famous Royal Albert Hall in London, and was performed by the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra. The group were formed in 1999 by conductor Ludwig Wicki who took control of his musicians performing the score written by Michael Giacchino. The Orchestra have worked previously on the likes of Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and the James Bond film series.
Giacchino was obviously extremely honoured to have his work played at this fantastic venue and filmed everyone saying hello to his kids back in the states (you can see it in the video below).
The film score »
- David Sztypuljak
Roberto Orci is one of those people who is simultaneously unknown and infamous. Why? Because: Internet. If you don’t know him, you know his work. Alongside longtime collaborator Alex Kurtzman, Orci co-wrote some of the biggest franchises in Hollywood: Their names are on Transformerses and Star Treks and most recently The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Orci and Kurtzman co-created two swell genre shows (Fringe and Sleepy Hollow) and still cash checks on the Hawaii Five-o reboot. (Also, Cowboys & Aliens.)
Orci has always been a key figure in Paramount’s rebooted Star Trek series. Although the films’ creative team included Kurtzman, »
- Darren Franich
Variety was one of the first sources to break the news Tuesday night. Abrams will still have a hand with the production but only as a producer as he is currently directing the new yet-to-be titled Star Wars: Episode VII.
Orci does bring to the table a list of successful films (financially) as part of the writing team for The Amazing Spider Man and some of the Transformers films along with his writing partner Alex Krutzman.
As news first broke on various online sources, long-time Star Trek fans have been posting mixed feelings regarding the selection given Orci's supposed controversial reputation as a conspiracy theorist. This was played out heavily regarding the plot line to Star Trek: Into Darkness which many long time fans consider »
- email@example.com (Jonathan M Cook)
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, writing team behind Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness have called it quits when it comes to their writing partnership. Kurtzman is off to take care of a solo Venom film for Sony and Roberto Orci really, really, really would like to direct Star Trek 3.
Skydance Productions, the company behind the Star Trek films, just needs to convince Paramount that Orci knows his stuff from writing/producing major franchises like Amazing Spider-Man, Star Trek and Transformers.
Apparently that has happened and Orci and Paramount are in talks for Orci to take over in earnest. Star Trek has an anniversary coming up, so they gotta get this film shooting.
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