19 items from 2014
Since Roberto Orci stepped away from the director's chair for Star Trek 3, we've heard a rumor that Edgar Wright was wanted for the job. Then Star Trek: First Contact director Jonathan Frakes threw his name into the hat hoping to get the job. Now we have a list of five directors that are currently in the running to take on the challenge. Those directors include: Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), Justin Lin (Fast & Furious), and Duncan Jones (Moon, Warcraft).
Out of this current list, which comes from Deadline, my favorite choice is Duncan Jones. I think he's the most talented of the bunch, and could really bring something new, fun, and unique to the franchise that none of those other directors could bring. My second choice would be Wyatt, because he did do a great job »
- Joey Paur
The departure of Roberto Orci as director of the as-yet-untitled third film in Jj Abram's rebooted Star Trek continuity has cast a little doubt on the future of a franchise that has already spent a lot of time on unsure footing. Although Star Trek's new cast is undeniably packed with talent and the look of the films has been both technically and aesthetically stunning, the stories have arguably failed to capture the same newly-invigorated feeling. Both movies have been watchable blockbusters by current standards, but for all their budget and star power, neither has arguably been close to reaching the iconic heights of Star Trek at its best.
Admittedly, that may be a biased assessment. If you grew up with the original series, or Star Trek: The Next Generation, »
Less than one week after Roberto Orci backed away from directing Star Trek 3, Paramount is still searching for a replacement, and at least one filmmaker is campaigning for the job. Jonathan Frakes, best known to Trekkies as Commander Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation, revealed that he is aggressively pursuing the project. Aside from playing Riker, Jonathan Frakes is also an accomplished director, helming the features Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection and episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager.
There is even a movement on Twitter to bring him on board, with the hashtag #BringInRiker. While he admitted that it's a "longshot" that he gets the job, the filmmaker revealed in an interview with Komo News that he has reached out to producer J.J. Abrams, while his agent has gotten in touch with Paramount Pictures. Here's what »
Now that Robert Orci has officially bowed out of directing Star Trek 3, there is a great deal of speculation in the air regarding who will be directing instead. Though Edgar Wright has been said to be on the shortlist of directors, Twitter has been campaigning hard with the hashtag #BringInRiker in efforts to get Star Trek alum Jonathan Frakes in the Star Trek 3 director.s chair. Turns out, Frakes thinks this idea is kind of awesome. Jonathan Frakes, who fans might know a bit better as Commander William T. Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation, is pretty excited about the prospect of potentially getting to direct Star Trek 3. This wouldn.t be Frakes. first foray into a directorial role for a Star Trek film. He.s already directed Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection. Frakes is certainly not beating around the bush when it comes to his »
We recently reported that Star Trek franchise screenwriter Roberto Orci is no longer set to direct Star Trek 3. The studio apparently has a short list of directors they would like to see direct the movie, and it was revealed that Edgar Wright is one of them.
As soon as word got out that Star Trek 3 didn't have a director a hashtage started trending on Twitter — #BringInRiker. They are campaigning to get Paramount Pictures to enlist the former Star Trek: The Next Generation First Officer and veteran Star Trek director Jonathan Frakes for the job.
After several days of this, Frakes responded and said he would love to do it. In a radio interview with Komo News, Franks let fans know that he's "all over it." Here's a breakdown of what Franks said:
"Hashtag, BringInRiker!" he yells to me from his cell phone. "I'm all over it. I'm all over it. »
- Joey Paur
File this one under "Long Shot," but there's currently a groundswell movement to get Jonathan Frakes into the director's chair for Star Trek 3. Frakes is mostly known for his role on the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation, where he played Commander William Riker.
How far has this little movement gone? Well, Frakes revealed to Komo News Radio that he has contacted J.J. Abrams himself, while his agent has gone to Paramount to try and make a deal. Oh, and there's also a hashtag (of course): #BringInRiker
"I'm all over it. I'm all over it," Frakes told Charlie Harger. "I would love that job. I say, unabashedly, I'd be great at it and would love to do it." He did, after all, direct the beloved Star Trek: First Contact in 1996. But then again, Frakes also directed 1998's Star Trek: Insurrection, which is something that could likely work »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Having directed one of the best films of pre-reboot era "Star Trek" with "Star Trek: First Contact," filmmaker and former "Star Trek: The Next Generation" actor Jonathan Frakes has indicated he's keen on sitting in the director's chair on the third film in the rebooted franchise.
In the wake of Roberto Orci's departure from the big chair, Frakes appeared in a radio interview with Komo News this week and said he contacted Paramount to express his interest and is waiting on their response:
"I'm all over it. I would love that job. I'm trying to keep the lid on how excited I am about the possibility, knowing it's such a long shot. But there's nothing I would like better."
Frakes certainly has experience with the franchise, having also helmed "Star Trek: Insurrection" and numerous episodes of the spin-off shows including 'Next Generation,' 'Voyager,' and 'Deep Space Nine'. »
- Garth Franklin
With Roberto Orci vacating the director’s chair on Star Trek 3, a #BringRikerIn fan campaign launched, urging Paramount Pictures to hire Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection) to helm the third instalment of the rebooted series.
“Hashtag, BringInRiker! I’m all over it. I’m all over it,” Frakes tells Komo News Radio. “I would love that job. I say, unabashedly, I’d be great at it and would love to do it. I’m trying to keep the lid on how excited I am about the possibility, knowing it’s such a long shot. But there’s nothing I would like better.”
Would you like to see Frakes directing Star Trek 3? »
- Gary Collinson
Well, it's a long shot, but following the departure of Roberto Orci from the director's chair of the next Star Trek movie (appreciating he was never confirmed as director), Jonathan Frakes has expressed his keenness to take on the job.
Frakes, who of course played Commander Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation has directed two Trek movies to date. Those would be Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection. And in a chat with Komonews, he confirmed that "I would love that job".
In an enthusiastic radio interview, Frakes added that "I say, unabashedly, I'd be great at it and would love to do it!".
Frakes has made contact with Jj Abrams, who is producing the movie, and his agent has been in touch with Paramount. »
On Friday night it was announced that Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer Roberto Orci has vacated the director’s chair on Star Trek 3, leaving Paramount Pictures with the task of securing a replacement in time to meet the studio’s planned 2016 release date.
While names such as Edgar Wright, Rupert Wyatt and Joe Cornish have been mentioned as possibilities to succeed Orci, a fan campaign has launched via Twitter urging Paramount to #BringInRiker and hire Jonathan Frakes to direct the threequel.
As well as portraying Captain Picard’s Number One William T. Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation and the subsequent movie spin-offs, Frakes directed numerous episodes of The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, along with the feature films Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection.
If you’d like to see Frakes in the director’s chair for Star Trek 3, »
- Gary Collinson
Jail Caesar is an innovative prison drama with a historical twist about to get a wide release after winning acclaim at festivals worldwide. Telling the story of Julius Caesar’s early life it differs from other period pieces in that the period is totally fragmented – writer/director Paul Schoolman set out to film the script in a modern day prison, featuring inmates as supporting actors. He ended up realizing his dream over thirty-odd years, eventually shooting inside institutions at varied locations such as South Africa, Canada and Cardiff. The production also managed to attract no less a talent than Derek Jacobi in a key role, as well as Alice Krige, who co-produced and helped develop the prisoners’ acting talents. Well-known for her movie roles like the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact, she recently received the award for Best Supporting Actress at the Madrid International Film Festival, one of »
- Steve Palace
With Hollywood bruised from a generally lacklustre summer, audiences may be looking for something a little more outside the box. When it comes to category-defying films Jail Caesar has the potential to plug that gap and have an elephant stand on the plug for good measure. Also known as Stringcaesar (due to the overarching theme of string theory) it started life as a play about the early life of the controversial Roman ruler and features Derek Jacobi and Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact, Thor: The Dark World). But what gives the project its edge is the setting – Ancient Rome has been transposed to the prison system and many of the actors are inmates. Shot on the hoof by writer/director Paul Schoolman at institutions in South Africa, Canada and Cardiff, the project has the energy of interactive theatre and the look of a Dogme Collective entry.
The tangled plot »
- Steve Palace
Making a movie that revolves around time travel instantly creates paradoxes and often plot holes, but managed intelligently, the onscreen logic can make for fun and dangerous storytelling. This is a list is of the highest grossing movies and franchises that use time travel as a main story element (an example of a movie with time travel not as a main story element is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which would have been #4 had it qualified).
I've cheated a bit by grouping franchises together, allowing me to write about more movies. Out of the 18 movies on the list I’ve seen 17, which might mean I really like movies with time travel. All numbers are worldwide box office grosses adjusted for inflation. Box office revenue numbers are from Box Office Mojo and The Numbers. Bits of trivia are from IMDb and Wikipedia. Inflation data comes via the Us Department of Labor. »
- Free Reyes
After a run of must-watch episodes, Tng's third season reaches one that's best skipped...
This review contains spoilers.
3.11 The Hunted
The Enterprise arrives at Angosia III, a happy planet of perfectly normal people who aren't hiding any dark secrets. The Angosians are appealing to join the Federation, and Picard is mere seconds away from getting out his rubber stamp when there's a prison break on one of their penal colony moons.
The Enterprise attempts to subdue the escapee in his stolen ship, but he gives them the runaround. Eventually, they transport him onto the Enterprise and although he managed to beat up Chief O'Brien and two security nobodies, Worf and Riker are able to subdue him. (Yep, that's right. Worf actually won a fight!)
The man, Roga Danar (that's pronounced "Roh-gah", not "Roger"), is placed in the brig to await extradition to the surface. The case seems closed, until Troi goes to visit him. »
Drew McWeeny has been covering "Marvel's Agents of Shield" for us all season, and like usual he had a thoughtful take on last night's episode. But given both how pivotal and unusual "Turn, Turn, Turn" was, I figured I would check in as well with a review — featuring spoilers for both this episode and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" — coming up just as soon as I have thoughts on Chachi... As Drew talks about often in his reviews, what Marvel is trying to do with this show in having it interact directly with the movies is pretty much unprecedented. The Picard/Data "Star Trek" films came out when other spin-offs were still on TV, but while there may have been some small bits of crossover (the Defiant from "Deep Space 9" getting damaged by the Borg in "Star Trek: First Contact"), it was never to the extent we got with the »
- Alan Sepinwall
In life first impressions count, and in television that’s doubly important. If the opening falls flat, if the pilot episode fails to set the right tone for the show, if the story doesn’t have that immediate spark to hook in the audience, chances are we won’t come back for more.
But it’s really all down to characters to make that initial impact with the audience. They need to be people we can engage with, whether it’s because we relate to them, because they make us hang on their every words or simply because we want to be like them. Some of the greatest TV characters have been successful because they entered our screens with such an impact we kept coming back for more.
In this article I look at some of the most epic character introductions in TV history. The characters that made us »
- Baz Greenland
Lowbrow comedy titan Seth MacFarlane executive producing a reboot of Carl Sagan’s iconic science series “Cosmos” sounds like a bad joke right out of, well, “Family Guy,” but somehow the improbable gambit works. Fox’s bold move to reserve 13 weeks of prime Sunday-night real estate for the kind of docu fare usually associated with PBS — however lavishly produced it may be — speaks volumes about both MacFarlane’s sway and the current “We’ll try anything!” state of the major networks. Whether or not a contemporary “Cosmos” clicks with viewers, it’s an undeniably welcome experiment and refreshing change of pace in the typically disreputable arena of unscripted TV.
Presumably, the biggest challenge here is convincing audiences “Cosmos” isn’t just an eat-your-vegetables proposition, despite an upfront sales pitch promising “the exploration of the universe as revealed by science.” Emphasizing MacFarlane’s involvement could just as easily swing expectations too far in the opposite direction, »
- Geoff Berkshire
A number of the Star Trek alumni are in attendance but the highlights are William Shatner and Karl Urban who are the headline guests. William Shatner is also scheduled to moderate a Next Generation cast reunion.
The Next Generation cast have spent most of the last two years having reunions at various events across the globe, mainly thanks to the 25th Anniversary of the show (they should really start calling them a Tng gathering); it will be interesting to see William Shatner interact with the cast even if Patrick Stewart is not on the bill.
At the press conference this morning, the jet lagged stars were wheeled out to answer some questions. Apart from them all being very happy to be in Germany, »
- Amarpal Biring
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, while it’s still in theaters
After the Dark (formerly The Philosophers: a thrilling combination of drama, near-science-fiction, suspense, coming-of-age agita, and intellectual exploration of ideas — pity it derails itself [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] A Field in England: Ben Wheatley’s head-scratcher about a band of English Civil War soldiers is an arty muddle [at Amazon Instant Video]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
The Crash Reel: dazzling documentary portrait of a charismatic young man pushing himself to his limits, and challenging us to consider our own [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Gravity: stunningly accomplished space survival adventure: heartstopping and heartbreaking; the best film of 2013; just don’t call it science fiction [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to stream
- MaryAnn Johanson
19 items from 2014
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