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J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek did the impossible. It took a franchise whose fans personify extreme geek obsession and updated it with big budget effects and smart, youthful castings. It managed to bring a new audience the franchise, making Trek cool, but had enough reverence of the classic series to keep the majority of the Trekkies (or their more extreme version Trekkers) happy.
After the gambit of time travel, allowing for Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto to share the screen as the same character, paid off massively, everyone, fan or no, was eager to see what the sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, would bring. The film has proved to be a resounding success, playing with audiences expectations and allowing a fine balance of action and brains. Lens flare makes a return, but certainly not to the level before and in this sci-fi future (rather than the nostalgic eighties of Super 8) it feels right at home. »
- Alex Leadbeater
Spoiler warning: Now that Star Trek Into Darkness has arrived in theaters, it’s fair game for the discussion of spoilers. I plan on revealing several key secrets that take place during Into Darkness, so if you don’t want to be spoiled in advance, look away.
There, that’s settled.
Much was made by the filmmakers responsible for 2009’s Star Trek movie, especially its director J.J. Abrams. He made it no secret that he wasn’t a fan of the Trek franchise, and that one of his intents was to make a movie that opened up the door for a wider audience. That was ultimately the primary purpose of J.J.’s Star Trek, and I’m certain that it was the main goal of his follow-up film, Star Trek Into Darkness.
Then why must he and his writers pander to classic Star Trek mythology, to the detriment of their original work, »
- Patrick Sauriol
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Running Time: 2 hrs 12 mins
Release Date: May 16, 2013
Plot: After the Federation is attacked by one man (Cumberbatch), the crew of the Enterprise set out on a manhunt, which could lead to all out war.
Who’S It For? I think action fans will be happier than science fiction or Star Trek fans. It’s a big, fun ride.
Expectations: I loved Star Trek (2009), and all I kept doing was trying to avoid news of this film. That was very difficult since Abrams wanted secrecy, and that meant movie nerds were all the more determined to spread any news via Twitter that they could find. Luckily, I was able to go in fresh.
- Jeff Bayer
Last night, Jimmy Kimmel Live dropped a bombshell on Trekkies and lightsaber warriors alike. As J.J. Abrams took Star Wars plot suggestions from the audience, none other than Captain Kirk and Lando popped up to offer their own self-aggrandizing story lines. "You know, all this Han Solo, Lando thing ... Captain Kirk!" exclaimed William Shatner. "No rules, no skirts, you know. Road trip of a lifetime!" Billy Dee Williams proposed "Nothing but Lando" ... and an orgy in space. While Shatner couldn't concede to that, he did present his drawing of Princess Leia and Chewbacca in the throes of love. Plus: Nick Offerman's reprisal of his original birthday song for Megan Mullally left Usher momentarily speechless until he uttered, "Interesting." Also, (hip hop hooray!) Treach and the Roots performed "O.P.P" amid Naughty by Nature's ongoing tour; and Ed Helms announced Bradley Cooper's death (by hair spray) in »
- Caroline Shin
"Star Trek Into Darkness" blasts into theaters (and, uh, darkness) this week and for most fans, it's a pretty damn exciting moment — all their favorite sci-fi heroes, finally back on the big screen, ready to save the future. Yee-hah.
But for some people, this whole "Star Trek" thing is still a bit of a mystery. So if you're one of those uninitiated that is curious about "Star Trek Into Darkness" but is intimidated by all the decades worth of baggage that comes along with the franchise, don't worry, because we're here to demystify "Star Trek" so you can go to the theater without a care in the world and see for yourself what the fuss is about.
It's a little something we like to call the Idiot's Guide to "Star Trek Into Darkness." Not that you're an idiot, of course. You're reading NextMovie.com, so that alone makes you elite. »
- Scott Harris
Feature James Clayton 10 May 2013 - 06:04
The arrival of Star Trek Into Darkness has James looking back at the original series, and the moments that could appear in future movies...
I really like Star Trek. I was not raised on Roddenberry, but over recent years I've been increasing my familiarity with certain parts of the Trek canon, and I get a massive kick out of it.
There's a lot of unexplored territory for me to trek through, but I'm excited about boldly going where many a man, woman and Romulan has gone before. All these assorted TV series, film spin-offs, books and suchlike are all out there waiting for me to eventually absorb them. Right now though, we've got the second blockbuster in the Jj Abrams reboot cycle, Star Trek Into Darkness, in cinemas and that's presently arousing both my Vulcan-like objective curiosity and fanboyish enthusiasm.
I enjoyed its 2009 predecessor, »
"Star Trek Into Darkness'" Spock portrayer Zachary Quinto faces off against original Spock, Leonard Nimoy, in a new Audi commercial chock full of "Star Trek" references. After Quinto loses to Nimoy in a virtual game of Tri-Dimensional Chest (a board game familiar to most Trekkies), Quinto issues a new challenge: Last Spock to their California country club buys lunch. Also read: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Beams Up One-Day-Earlier Debut While Quinto's brand new Audi S7 gives him the edge over Nimoy's inferior Mercedes (according to Audi, at least), Nimoy proves slow and steady -- »
- Greg Gilman
When Leonard Nimoy raised his hand, parted his fingers and uttered the words "live long and prosper" in Star Trek's 1967 episode 'Amok Time', few could have predicted that the Vulcan salute would go on to become one of sci-fi's most iconic images.
The gesture requires a bit of dexterity - something even William Shatner struggles with - but that hasn't stopped a host of famous faces from replicating Spock's greeting.
> 'Star Trek Into Darkness' cast gather at London premiere
> Digital Spy's 'Star Trek Into Darkness' review
Photo gallery - Celebrities do the Vulcan salute:
Star Trek Into Darkness opens in UK cinemas on May »
Chicago – It makes sense that Paramount would time releases of classic “Star Trek” televisions episodes in HD to coincide with the release of their sure-blockbuster “Star Trek Into Darkness” and so recent weeks have seen sets for “Star Trek: Enterprise: Season One,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season Three,” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds.” All three are worth a pick-up for Trekkies and are more than mere cash-ins. They’d be strong releases without the J.J. Abrams’ film on which to piggy back.
Star Trek: Enterprise: Season One was released on Blu-ray on March 26, 2013
Photo credit: Paramount
“Star Trek: Enterprise: Season One”
The first season of “Star Trek: Enterprise” to be available on Blu-ray comes home in a nicely packaged release, highlighted by an informative and engaging documentary on the history of the show, “To Boldly Go — Launching Enterprise »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
There's no party. There's no big reunion of the casts. There's no huge cake in the shape of the U.S.S. Enterprise. There isn't even a day marked on NBC's calendar. Sept. 8 of every year is celebrated by Trekkies everywhere as "Star Trek Day," marking the anniversary of when "The Man Trap" first aired on NBC, marking the beginning of iconic history. And Sept. 8, 2001, has special meaning ... because it marks the 35th anniversary of "Star Trek." Just five years ago, a young United Paramount Network marked this occasion with a huge gala, reuniting everyone from the original "Star Trek," as well as the casts from "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager." Everyone was there ... William Shatner, the now late DeForest Kelley, Jonathan Frakes, »
The clip, presented below, sees the actor (who starred in the original Star Trek between 1967 and 1969) recreate an oft-mocked encounter from the classic episode “Arena”, in which the intrepid Kirk does battle with an enraged Gorn while stranded on a desert planet for the amusement of a race of higher beings. The fight is well-remembered for the lethargy of its action and the Gorn’s memorable gargling and has become something of an Internet phenomenon for Trekkies and non-fans alike. You can watch the original video below the new advertisement.
Priceless. Oh, and for reference:
The more I watch that, the more two things make me laugh - the crash zoom at the start (which also makes an appearance »
- Paul McNamee
Star Trek – and we’re talking the original 1966-69 series here – was a lousy TV show. I was 11 years old when the series debuted on NBC and I thought it was a lousy show then.
That’s why I couldn’t stand the Trekkies even back before there was a name for them. My first run-in with a pre-Trekkie Trekkie was Vincent DePalma. In seventh grade, Vincent had his mother make a sparkly Star Fleet emblem for a corduroy pullover to make it look like the uniform blouses on the show. He wore it to school which I thought was him begging to get his ass beat. He’d built a full-sized replica of the helm/navigation console from the Enterprise bridge in his basement. His father worked for Bell Telephone and had gotten him banks of light-up buttons that really worked. His dream was to eventually recreate the entire bridge in his basement. »
- Bill Mesce
Welcome to our Oscar liveblog. This was updated live as the results came in.
Earlier we watched the stars on the red carpet. White and beige have dominated this year, with Best Actress nominee Jessica Chastain looking stunning in a stylish nude gown but Jennifer Hudson made a dramatic impression in shimmering dark blue. Quvenzhané Wallis is also bold in blue with a dress by Armani and one of her trademark toy animal bags.
The awards ceremony was presented by Seth MacFarlane and there was an unexpected apperance by William Shatner which outed all the Trekkies in the audience. Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum performed an impressive dance routine, and were followed by Daniel Radcliffe dancing with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, all before the awards themselves began.
Best Picture went to Argo. In a surprise move that perhaps suited the theme of the film, it was presented via a live link from the White. »
- Jennie Kermode
This is more for fun than anything else. It's not a groundbreaking scoop, or an important bit of movie information. Its simply one well-known celebrity being honest and open about the franchise he helped create, and the man who now holds the future of that franchise in his hands.
William Shatner, who originated the role of James T. Kirk in 1966's Star Trek television series has made it no secret that he resents director J.J. Abrams for leaving him off screen when the director relaunched the franchise with 2009's Star Trek. The actor was not asked to return in Star Trek Into Darkness either. Now, J.J. Abrams is going to be the man behind the only other major sci-fi franchise that matters, directing Star Wars: Episode VII as part of a new trilogy.
"He's being a pig. »
Here is the latest celeb gossip about the following topic from one of the freelance news writers at Green Celebrity Network. It looks like the "Star Trek" and "The Big Bang Theory" stars have finally aligned. Actor William Shatner and actress Kaley Cuoco are teaming up to promote Priceline in funny new commercials. Both stars are famous in their own right for appealing to nerds and geeks. The series "Star Trek" has produced a global fan following of cult classic movie and TV show fans who call themselves "Trekkies". Cuoco stars on "The Big Bang Theory", a comedy television series that focuses on the lives of theoretical physicists and engineers. Both funny star celebs seem to really like each other, perhaps because they are both pet friendly. Keep reading »
- Kelly Green
They share the face and the brandy-hued baritone, but you could never mistake Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch for the prickly savant of the BBC’s Baker Street — not only is the actor relentlessly polite he’s also never clubbed a cadaver in the name of scientific inquiry. The sleuth may have shined through for a moment last summer though when Cumberbatch showed a Holmesian impatience for unanswered questions and state secrets. “It’s achingly irritating,” Cumberbatch said when asked about the secrecy surrounding his role in this May’s Star Trek Into Darkness. “Believe me, I’d rather talk about »
- Geoff Boucher
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