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Welcome back for Day 6 of Daily Dead’s fourth annual Holiday Gift Guide, readers! Once again, our goal is to help you navigate through the horrors of the 2016 shopping season with our tips on unique gift ideas, and we’ll hopefully help you save a few bucks over the next few weeks, too. For today’s offerings, we’re taking a look at some fun ideas from Diamond Select Toys, Dark Bunny Tees, artist Chad Savage, the soundtrack for Bob Clark’s Black Christmas, a Zombie Science Kit for kids (includes fart putty!), and so much more.
This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by several amazing companies, including Mondo, Anchor Bay Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Magnolia Home Entertainment, who have all donated an assortment of goodies to help you get into the spirit of the season. Daily Dead also recently teamed up with Texas-based artist Dustin Pace of »
- Heather Wixson
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for film fans, with some of the best films of the year in theaters and lots of elaborate and thoroughly-researched books to read. This rundown has real variety, with new and recent texts covering cinema history, TV greats, and, of course, Star Wars. Note that one of this year’s finest books, The Oliver Stone Experience (Abrams Books), was covered by The Film Stage in September via an interview with author Matt Zoller Seitz. Make sure to check out Experience, and see below for another fine selection from the prolific Seitz.
- Christopher Schobert
CBS’ decision to make the upcoming Star Trek Discovery series available online only has fans in an uproar. Unfortunately, it’s not the only questionable decision made by those now in charge of the franchise. Are these the signs that Star Trek is on its final legs?
One of the reasons that Gene Roddenberry’s original Star Trek television series is revered is because of its optimism. It gave humanity a bright future to look towards, and told its tale in a way that made many of our biggest 20th century problems seem conquerable. But while the intent of Roddenberry’s vision was always to expand the potential of humanity, that message has not always been easy to deliver. After all, it costs money to create the vision and effort to bring it home. Star Trek has long struggled with this issue. It’s utopian outlook dampened by the practical limitations of commercialism. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.
Star Trek: Discovery is starting to fill its decks.
CBS Access is now confirming Michelle Yeoh will join the show, which has also cast two more actors to star in the eagerly anticipated series. One of the new characters will be the decades-old franchise’s first to be originally conceived and announced as gay.
Second, Anthony Rapp will star as “Lt. Stamets,” an “astromycologist, »
- Aurelie Corinthios
Of all the youth subcultures New Romantic is the most arbitrary. It began in the London night club Blitz in 1979. It was a predominantly gay club that played a mixture of electronic pop and disco. The attitude of the patrons was that unlike punk it was important that you did 'something'. Such as write poems, write songs or (because of the proximity of the pre-eminent Fashion College; St Martin's) design clothes. At some point in the year the theatrical costumier (who supplied all the theatres in London) Charles Fox had the crashdown sale of it's long history. Consequently that week Blitz patrons came dressed in a mix of retro styles that spanned a thousand years. Chain mail, doublet and hose, ruffs and uniforms loyal to every flag. In one night New Romantic was born.
Blitz had been Billys, it became Satellites and I believe by the late '80s was called Shroom. »
- Millree Hughes
Steal your style from Dr. Seuss? You’ll land in court, you thieving goose! The owner of children’s author Dr.Seuss’ copyrights has filed an infringement lawsuit against a company over a yet-to-be-published Dr. Seuss/”Star Trek” mashup book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go!” According to the suit, the book “purports to be an amalgamation of the Dr. Seuss works and certain characters, imagery, and other elements from ‘Star Trek,’ the well-known science fiction entertainment franchise created by Gene Roddenberry.” Also Read: Donald Trump Gets the Dr Seuss Treatment on Twitter in Poetic Rhymes The suit alleges »
- Tim Kenneally
The CW’s drama series Arrow is expanding its universe, adding Continuum alumna Lexa Doig in the recurring role of Talia al Ghul. Talia is the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) and the half-sister of Nyssa (Katrina Law). Worldly and cultured, Talia is an elite warrior who doesn’t pick sides but rather creates her own. She’s slated for a multi-episode arc. Doig is known for playing the title role in Gene Roddenberry’s TV series Andromeda and as Sonya Valentine in Continu… »
Cinematic Universes are all the rage these days, as you know. Multi-tiered franchises that feature shared worlds but that are able to tell unique stories within those worlds are what every studio seems to be dying for. There are now Cinematic Universe concepts for Marvel, DC, X-Men, Star Wars, Universal Monsters, Transformers, and more on the way. But what about Star Trek? One of the writers from Star Trek Beyond thinks that if any property lends itself to a more multi-faceted shared universe approach it's the one created by Gene Roddenberry back in back in 1966.
One of the issues that hardcore fans have had with the newly-rebooted Star Trek films is that they don't "feel" Star Trek-y enough. It's true, of course, that the J.J. Abrams-led relaunch of the film series has been more action-oriented, more blockbuster-y, and less of the kind of cerebral science fiction that longtime fans are used to. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
After the pleasant fluff of its kick-off installment and the frog march of unpleasantness that was Into Darkness, the rebooted Star Trek film series finally hits a fun median between big-budget bombast and classic Trek bigheartedness with Star Trek Beyond. Does the franchise’s full descent into action, with only the barest lip service paid to big ideas, cause Gene Roddenberry’s ashes to spin in their space capsule? Probably, but in the barren desert of summer 2016 blockbusters, »
- The Film Stage
Now that we’re bidding farewell to Halloween, there aren’t a ton of genre-related home entertainment releases coming our way. But as the saying goes—quality over quantity—which means that while November 1st isn’t necessarily a busy day, it still has several stellar horror and sci-fi offerings for us fans to get excited about.
The latest from indie filmmaker Mickey Keating, Carnage Park, comes home on both Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday courtesy of Scream Factory and IFC Midnight, and Star Trek Beyond will be coming out on 3D and 4K Blu-ray releases. For all you Walking Dead fans out there, the sublime season 6 limited edition box set arrives on November 1st from Anchor Bay Entertainment.
Other notable home entertainment releases for this week include Last Girl Standing, Daylight’s End, Dam Sharks, and Happy Birthday.
It’s 1978 and »
- Heather Wixson
Juliette Harrisson Nov 8, 2016
We salute some of the finest guest stars of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Some episodes of television are elevated by the performance of the regular actors, and with a star of the calibre of Patrick Stewart, Star Trek: The Next Generation is not short of such episodes. Equally important, however, are the performances of guest actors brought in for a one-off appearance who elevate any scenes in which they take part and work with the regular actors to create something really memorable. This list celebrates some of those performances.
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N.B. This list is celebrating guest performers who came in for one, or at most two, guest performances as a specific character »
Star Trek Beyond is the third installment in the modern reboot-ish series that stars Chris Pine, the late Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and Idris Elba. It's a thrilling deep space adventure co-written by Pegg to capture the episodic fun of the original Star Trek television series.
Paramount Home Entertainment is releasing Star Trek Beyond on Blu-ray and DVD on November 1st, and we have teamed up with the studio to offer three lucky readers each a copy of the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo pack in this contest.
You can enter for a chance to win by simply filling out and submitting the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.
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The companies have hired David Mahmoudieh, whose TV credits include “Rain” and “Boone,” to adapt the script. Producers are Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth for Roddenberry Entertainment and David A. Stern (“The Last Tycoon”) and D. Matt Geller, an exec producer on Atom Egoyan’s “Remember,” Morning) for Sleeping Giant Films. Scott Paskoff will serve as co-producer.
“Worth,” published by Arcana Studios, was written by Aubrey Sitterson and illustrated by Chris Moreno. The story focuses on Grant Worth, a legend in Detroit due to his power to control machines who finds himself facing difficulties in dealing with the new age of computers and microprocessors.
Roth, the president of development for Roddenberry Entertainment, said, “Graphic novels that have successfully made the leap to the big screen have been those with sympathetic characters and strong stories, »
- Dave McNary
Halfway through the first five-year mission, Captain James T. Kirk has grown complacent, even bored. The thrill of discovery and adventure seems to have worn thin and he’s restless, ready for a change. Still in his thirties, young by 23rd century standards, he seems to be having a midlife crisis ahead of schedule. At much the same time, Spock yearns to join the remaining Vulcans in order to perpetuate the species, concluding this is his destiny.
Life has a funny way of upending plans and so we find the crew of U.S.S. Enterprise, Kelvin division, at the outset of Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond. The film was well-received by fans who felt the previous film, Star Trek Into Darkness, was as a betrayal and disaster. Unfortunately, an inept marketing campaign from Paramount Pictures meant along with a robust summer of competition meant the new film underperformed at the box office. »
- Robert Greenberger
With Star Trek Beyond set to hit Blu-ray and DVD this coming week in the States (and on November 21st in the UK), Paramount Pictures has released a sneak peek at the bloopers and outtakes gag reel from the special features; watch it here…
See Also: Kirk is feeling a little lonely in deleted scene from Star Trek Beyond
See Also: Star Trek Beyond Blu-ray cover art and special features announced
“Star Trek Beyond,” the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise) at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew. In “Beyond,” the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test. »
- Gary Collinson
The third chapter in Paramount’s rebooted take on the iconic Gene Roddenberry series, Star Trek Beyond, finds the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise well into their five-year mission of exploration through the final frontier. Immediately, director Justin Lin makes it clear that it’s time to reap what J.J. Abrams, through the last two Treks, has sown, kicking off with a series of scenes that find the whole crew firing on all cylinders, working together seamlessly, a diverse, inclusive family more than a workplace.
It’s the start of what’s really a rather great film, and with Beyond arriving on store shelves next month (November 1st, to be exact), we want to help you re-visit it by giving away a copy of the Blu-Ray. To be in with a chance of winning, simply subscribe to our new push notification system (please note, this is only available »
- Mark Cassidy
Editor’s Note: After a two-week vacation break, we are back with an expanded selection to catch up on what we missed! Enjoy below.
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
13th (Ava DuVernay)
Humanity gave birth to inequality. The American experience is rooted in institutionalized racial inequity. Our forefathers came to this nation either by choice or by force. Once here, this distinction coalesced into a convoluted caste system driven by notions of survival and supremacy, »
- The Film Stage
Star Trek @ 50. Why hasn’t more of a fuss been made? That’s been on many Trekkie thoughts over the course of this year. Sure, Star Trek Beyond hit cinemas and Star Trek: Discovery is about to start filming, but celebrations of the landmark birthday for, arguably, the most iconic television series in history have been surprisingly scant. Hailing Destination: Star Trek Europe, which lowered its shields for the third time since 2012 for a massive, three-day celebration of all things Star Trek at the National Exhibition Centre outside Birmingham – and I was lucky enough to snaffle a press pass & beam my way onto the bridge.
Sadly, I wasn’t quite lucky enough to be there from the press-exclusive outset due to the pesky job I have to maintain, but I did have a few Section 31 agents on the ground who I »
- Tony Black
George Takei was famously not a fan of the decision to make Sulu gay in Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond -- and having now seen the film, he can confirm that his opinion remains the same. "They talked about Sulu becoming gay, but it was such a tentative thing," Takei told Digital Spy of the scene where Sulu is revealed to have a male partner and child. "Shakespeare said it: Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. "Sulu comes back, picks up the little girl and hugs her, and then puts his arm around a guy and they walk off… not even a kiss. Just hugging the baby and arm around the guy... and it's over." Back in July, Takei told The Hollywood Reporter that changing Sulu's sexuality for the third film in the rebooted film series was a betrayal of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's original vision for the character, »
- Chris Eggertsen
In an interview with the Radio Times, Star Trek Original Series actor George Takei has criticised the new Jj Abrams-produced films for lacking “that Gene Roddenberry element” of making the stories reflections of present-day issues.
“With Gene Roddenberry’s shows you can see beyond the surface action-adventure, the surface humour and entertainment,” Takei reminisced. “You were able to also guess at ‘Oh, that’s what they’re talking about: it’s the Cold War or it’s climate change’. Star Trek IV [The Voyage Home] was not just about our flashing back in time to San Francisco in the 20th century, it was about the key role that whales play in our environmental chain.”
Takei has been increasingly vocal against the New Trek films, »
- Oli Davis
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