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If you're seeking a metaphor for acting, you couldn't do much better than the body-jumping premise of Quantum Leap. In the 21 years since that series went off the air, its star, Scott Bakula, has leaped into a striking array of characters, with an initial emphasis on more sci-fi (Star Trek: Enterprise) eventually offset by a turn toward naturalistic dramedy (Men of a Certain Age). But playing a cop on a network procedural? Inexplicably, that seemingly inevitable move had proven a leap too far.
This oversight has finally been rectified with Bakula's role as the lead in NCIS: New Orleans, premiering on CBS Sept. 23 in the coveted Tuesday time slot immediately following the franchise's flagship series...
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- Chris Willman
A classic Star Trek character returns in this week's look-back at a must-watch Tng season three episode...
This review contains spoilers.
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. »
Poznan, Poland—John Ottman is a traditionalist. The composer for such films as “XMen— Days of Future Past,” “Superman Returns,” “The Usual Suspects,” “X2: XMen United,” and “Apt Pupil,” writes scores in the style of his musical heroes, John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith. Here at the Transatlantyk Festival in Poznan, he talked to attendees about the emotional points film music should hit and lamented the lack of finesse in so many of today’s scores. Ottman is unique among composers in that he serves not only as the scorer for Bryan Singer’s films, he also edits them, which severely limits the amount of time he has to score. He recently emerged out of a three-year work jag that included working on “Jack the Giant Slayer,” “X-Men—Days of Future Past.” My colleague Kris Tapley interviewed Ottman about “Days of Future Past,” in May so I decided to do »
- Melinda Newman
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
This week's Star Trek: Tng look-back comes to a trite, predictable episode that you're best off skipping...
This review contains spoilers.
3.20 Tin Man
The Enterprise's mission is interrupted by the arrival of the USS Hood, which gives them a new assignment: take Tam Elbrun – a Betazoid emissary with hyper-acute telepathic abilities – into Romulan-claimed space so that he can make contact with an space-based entity known as the "Tin Man". I'll warn you, this sounds much more exciting than it turns out to be.
Elbrun associated with a famously botched first contact mission, which makes the crew uneasy. Especially Riker, whose friends died in the incident. It also transpires that Elbrun was one of Troi's patients when she was studying psychiatry, so remember: everything that happens from this point on is partially her fault.
The plan is for Elbrun to use his mind-powers to coax the Tin Man away from the star it's orbiting, »
James' Tng look-backs land on a hugely entertaining episode that's almost wall-to-wall Patrick Stewart...
This review contains spoilers.
3.19 Captain's Holiday
The Enterprise is returning from a two-week diplomacy mission where Picard mediated a trade contract between two stubborn parties, proving that if he had been around during the start of The Phantom Menace, there would be no blockade and thus no Empire (Take That, Skywalker! Checkmate!) Unfortunately, he's become irritable and grumpy, two qualities we would seldom associate with the French.
Recognising his stress, the senior staff conspires to send him on a vacation. He resists, but eventually the combined badgering of Troi, Riker and Crusher suddenly changes his mind (to be fair, you'd leave too if you have to face that.)
At Riker's insistence, Picard visits the nearby pleasure planet Risa, planning to read some dull books and work on his v-neck tan. No sooner has he beamed »
We are a couple of weeks away from the release of Sex Tape and we now have a new clip courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, which sees Cameron Diaz (Bad Teacher) give Jason Segal (How I Met Your Mother) the good news that the kids are away and they have the house to themselves.
When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first got together, their romantic connection was intense – but ten years and two kids later, the flame of their love needs a spark. To kick things up a notch, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea – until they discover that their most private video is no longer private. With their reputations on the line, they know they’re just one click away from being laid bare to the world… »
- Luke Owen
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. »
This story has taken a new twist. Read what’s going on here For the love of God. This isn’t something from our weekly Ultimate Recast Reboot on the podcast. This is a legit story. Predator Is being rebooted. So, pick your jaw up off the desk…or floor and let’s see what’s going on with one of cinemas greatest monsters. Now before you explode into a million pieces, just hold this thought for a minute. Shane Black (who ironically played Hawkins in the original movie) is writing a treatment for the movie and then Fred Dekker (Monster Squad, Robocop 3) will take over for the script. Dekker hasn’t written anything since a few episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise back in 2002 and while Shane Black has quite a decent filmography behind him (Iron Man 3 being the most recent) I have very little faith in this. Yeah, yeah I hear ya! »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Sony Pictures has released a new featurette for Sex Tape, the upcoming comedy from director Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Bad Teacher), which stars Cameron Diaz (Bad Teacher, The Counselor) and Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, How I Met Your Mother); check it out below…
When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first got together, their romantic connection was intense – but ten years and two kids later, the flame of their love needs a spark. To kick things up a notch, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea – until they discover that their most private video is no longer private. With their reputations on the line, they know they’re just one click away from being laid bare to the world… but as »
- Luke Owen
The years 2008 and 2009 really weren’t that long ago. So it seems a bit odd to reflect on Breaking Bad—it just wrapped its final season in September and is an Emmys hopeful this year—or Lady Gaga when they are still relevant today. “Remember when” just doesn’t carry as much meaning here as it does with the earlier episodes in VH1′s I Love the 2000s series.
That being said, the show’s brilliant talking heads brought the last two installments in the series to life. (I certainly wasn’t sorry I spent my Saturday night watching them, »
- C. Molly Smith
A new red band trailer for Columbia Pictures’ big comedy Sex Tape starring Cameron Diaz (The Mask) and Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) has been released to further whet the appetite before its July release date.
In the film, when Jay (Segel) and Annie (Diaz) first got together, their romantic connection was intense – but ten years and two kids later, the flame of their love needs a spark. To kick things up a notch, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea – until they discover that their most private video is no longer private. With their reputations on the line, they know they’re just one click away from being laid bare to the world… but as their race to reclaim their video leads to a night they’ll never forget, »
- Scott Davis
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
There was no way in the world "Star Trek" writer Brannon Braga would dare pick sides in the eternal nerd debate of who was the better "Trek" captain between James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard ... oh wait, Yes He Did!!! Our photog caught up with Braga in New York City on Wednesday night and popped the question, 'cause let's face it ... dude's qualified. Braga's written for the TV shows ... "Next Generation," "Voyager," "Enterprise" ... and »
- TMZ Staff
While Daniel Dae Kim has made a pretty great career out of small screen work, boasting credits that include roles on Lost, Angel, ER, Star Trek: Enterprise and much more recently, a starring role in Hawaii Five-0, we do see him on the big screen from time to time. And that's the case for his next role, as the actor has landed a part in the Divergent sequel Insurgent. Variety posted the casting news, stating that Daniel Dae Kim will play Jack Kang in Insurgent. Those who are familiar with the books know that Kang is a Candor representative. Daniel Dae Kim's casting is great news for Insurgent's expanding cast. As mentioned, he has a great list of credits on the small screen, and within those credits, demonstrated range, whether he's playing the collected but sinister Gavin Park in Angel, the kind and intelligent Jin Kwon in Lost or »
LeVar Burton, the former lieutenant commander of the Starship Enterprise, has been making headlines lately for attempting to revamp his beloved PBS series "Reading Rainbow." He recently started a Kickstarter campaign for the revival, one that proved so popular that it brought Burton to tears (yes, seriously). And if you want to know what the intro to the new "Reading Rainbow" could look like, well, take a look at this Funny or Die clip (via Gawker).
In the spoof, set to the original theme song by Steve Horelick, Dennis Neil Kleinman and Janet Weir, Burton starts to imagine the truly limitless powers associated with a life full of reading. And things turn dark and scary and profoundly hysterical. This is also the first Funny or Die video that could have plausibly been scripted by original "Watchmen" writer Alan Moore.
Just watch it. And have your giddy sense of nostalgia curdle before your eyes. »
- Drew Taylor
Sony Pictures has released a new UK trailer for Sex Tape, the upcoming comedy from director Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Bad Teacher), which stars Cameron Diaz (Bad Teacher, The Counselor) and Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, How I Met Your Mother); check it out below…
When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first got together, their romantic connection was intense – but ten years and two kids later, the flame of their love needs a spark. To kick things up a notch, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea – until they discover that their most private video is no longer private. With their reputations on the line, they know they’re just one click away from being laid bare to the world… but »
- Gary Collinson
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
In A Million Ways to Die in the West, Seth MacFarlane (Albert) tells the tale and plays the lead in the story of a soft man in hard times who is trying to figure out how to escape this godforsaken frontier that seems to be trying to kill him and everyone else in it. He's a sheep farmer with a fickle girlfriend Louise (Amanda Seyfried) leaves him when he backs out of a gun fight, Alex feels like a chump. But when a mysterious and beautiful gunslinger named Anna (Charlize Theron) rides into town, she helps Albert begin to find his courage and they start to fall un unexpected love. When Anna's husband, Clinch Leatherwood (Liam Neeson) a notorious outlaw arrives seeking revenge on the man whom he thinks has made a dishonest woman of Anna. Reluctantly Albert must now put his newfound courage to the test in a one man left standing gunfight. »
- Fernando Esquivel
Writer/Producer/Director/Actor Seth MacFarlane’s latest venture is A Million Ways to Die in the West, a comedy Western that tells the tale of Albert Stark (MacFarlane), a sheep farmer who is trying to figure out how to survive the very harsh frontier life of the 1880s. When the mysterious and beautiful gunslinger Anna (Charlize Theron) rides into town, she helps Albert find his courage and shows him that he deserves to have someone appreciate him for who he is. The film also stars Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris and Liam Neeson. During a conference at the film’s press day, Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron talked about shooting on location in New Mexico in weather conditions that rival those in Biblical times, the biggest challenge of the post-production process, how the film tribute sequences came about, deciding on who would get cameos, how »
- Christina Radish
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