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Sir Patrick Stewart has made a career of playing sharp, smart men who issue orders, inspire masses and sometimes save the universe.
His latest character, Walter Blunt of Starz’s new comedy Blunt Talk, is… something entirely different.
A British war vet with a nightly show on an American cable news channel, Walter wants to exude the gravitas of a trusted anchor but frequently finds himself too drunk to stand, too high to focus and occasionally — as is the case in Saturday’s series premiere (9/8c) — pursued by the police while nuzzling a transsexual hooker’s chest.
Video Patrick Stewart Is a Boorish, »
Star Trek 10 was supposed to lead into a further Next Generation crew movie, had all gone to plan. It didn't. So what happened?
1996's Star Trek: First Contact took $150 million worldwide, on a budget of $46 million. 1998's Star Trek: Insurrection managed to swallow a budget of $70 million and only return $118 worldwide, but after the critical feedback about that film, surely a darker action film along the same lines as First Contact would jump the box office back up? That appeared to be the thought pattern at Paramount, as it greenlit a further adventure for the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast. Star Trek: Nemesis was born.
The film, released in December 2002 in the Us, would go on to take $67m at the global box office, off the back of a $60m budget. It'd sell 1.3m DVDs in its first week in America, and in the scheme of things, was a financial disappointment. »
Following its unveiling at the San Diego Comic-Con where William Shatner read excerpts from the book, Titan has announced that Family Guy and Futurama writer David Goodman’s The Autobiography of James T. Kirk is set for release this September.
Chronicling the greatest Starfleet captain’s life (2233–2393) in his own words, from his youth spent on Tarsus IV, his time in the Starfleet Academy, through to his meteoric rise through the ranks of Starfleet, and his illustrious career at the helm of the Enterprise, This in-‐world memoir uncovers Captain Kirk in a way Star Trek Tm fans have never seen before…
With excerpts taken from his personal correspondence and captain’s logs, alongside a unique colour illustrations insert of the captain with his many memorable colleagues and friends, The Autobiography of James T. Kirk is a captivating piece of Star Trek history.
The Autobiography of James T. Kirk is »
- Gary Collinson
Part of the reason people love Star Trek is because it gives viewers hope for a better tomorrow. One where humanity has finally shed all the petty biases and prejudices* that hold us back, and then it reaches for the stars to teach others about tolerance. Hell, part of the Trek vs. Wars argument usually involves Trekkies saying it’s the superior series because it deals with hard science and socio-political issues. *Or at least society gives the appearance of utopia. Plenty of Trek episodes have dealt with the darker side of cultural bias bubbling just under the surface. Which is why the Internet finds itself scratching its head when Captain Kirk made a bold statement. Star Trek wasn't political. I'm not political; I can't even vote in the Us. So to put a geocentric label on interstellar characters is silly — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) July 23, 2015 This is confusing because science-fiction and politics are inextricably linked, »
- Donna Dickens
With the word Boss inscribed across his chest (the Hugo half being hidden by his suit jacket), William Shatner lived up to that title—as well as the rank of Captain—as he read excerpts from the upcoming book, The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, which will be hitting shelves on Sept. 8, the anniversary of Star Trek’s premiere. Shatner got huge laughs reading, and especially riffing off, the material. He also spoke with the book’s author, David A. Goodman, a writer on Family Guy, Star Trek: Enterprise, and Futurama, for which he penned the Trek homage, “Where No Fan Has Gone Before.” Learn how Shatner coined several new sexual euphemisms and much more below.
The post William Shatner Reads from Captain Kirk’s Memoirs and Things Get Sexy at Comic-Con appeared first on Collider. »
- Anna Kaufman
Villordsutch reviews Star Trek: New Visions – “1971/4860.2″…
Captain Kirk sets off alone on a mission that will carry him 200 years into his past… but he won’t be alone for long—Gary Seven returns!
In this issue of New Visions John Byrne returns to material which as I child I can clearly recall not overly enjoying. The episode in question was, “Assignment: Earth” and I remember not being a fan due to the feeling – even at the small age – that this wasn’t my usual Star Trek and everybody seemed to be playing second fiddle to the man in the suit. It was only years later did I discover that Assignment: Earth was an attempted spin off/pilot from Gene Roddenberry and it all became clear to me why I didn’t like it – I was being sold another product in my show. Now when I read that Mr. Byrne »
While we often lament some of the films that end up stuck in development Hell, never to become realized on the big screen, there are some films we should all be glad never came to fruition.
Sometimes they don’t get it! We all know that the film industry is a business and they want to make money, but Hollywood doesn’t always realize that the best way to do that is to make a good film. Sometimes, Hollywood’s habit of taking a known property and stretching them out to absurd proportions proves that they just don’t get the point. Fortunately, there are times when someone recognizes a bad idea and puts on the brakes. Below is a list of 14 films where someone was smart enough to notice that they were making a pile of trash and threw in the towel.
Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian
Due to the success of Beetlejuice, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Like their forerunners, the two latest Star Trek films, in their semi-rebooted, alternative universe, are replete with famous faces from outside the franchise, surprising cameos and multiple little touches that raise a smile.
With the third film in the rebooted series coming next year, the 50th anniversary of the debut of Star Trek on TV in 1966, let's take a look at a few of the geeky nods in Jj's Trek films.
1. Star Trek Nemesis left a lot of dangling threads, on purpose, as a story treatment for a direct sequel was already being worked on. Unfortunately due to some less than stellar decisions by executives, the release date of the film was repositioned and the decision was made to »
Trek production company now separate from Upn, CBSThe board of directors for Viacom Inc. has voted to split the company into two separate entities. The move separates Paramount studios, which has created the Star Trek movies and television shows, from Upn, the network that recently cancelled "Star Trek: Enterprise," and CBS, according to CNN.com.In March, Viacom announced it was considering such a move to free the more profitable cable networks and filmed entertainment businesses from the less profitable broadcast networks. On June 14, the board finalized the decision, naming Sumner Redstone the chairman of the two entities.The first company, which will include the cable networks, the Paramount production and home video units, will retain the name Viacom Inc. and be headed by Co-Chief Operating »
“Don’t screw this up.”
As I mentioned in last week’s column (Oh Boy), Scott Bakula also starred as Captain Jonathan Archer on Enterprise, which ran on the Upn network from September 2001 to May 2005, a total of four years. That’s one more year than Tos’s run, but three years shorter than its successful progenitors, Next Gen, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager.
Upn claimed that poor ratings caused Enterprise’s downfall; according to Wikipedia, it never rose above the Top 100 rank in the Neilson ratings system, debuting at #115, and continuing to sink until its final season, where it landed at #148. It’s generally perceived as a failure, and has been blamed for the lack of any Star Trek on either television or movie screens until J.J. Abrams’s 2009 film reboot of the franchise.
- Mindy Newell
Since Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979, the Star Trek cinematic outings have proved to be a smorgasbord of references and famous actors (or those who would go on to be), and often had complex behind the scenes events that stopped some rather, ahem, fascinating moments making it to the final version. We found lots of nerdy spots in the first six films here.
This time out we look at the films featuring the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation and choose 47 factoids. Granted, there's a lot more than that of interest, but we've tried for ones that you might not be aware of.
Oh, and there are some major spoilers...
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
1. The first of the Next Generation films was something of a rush job as principal photography »
Let’s get the obvious question out of the way: why in the world is Criterion Cast posting a review of Star Trek: The Motion Picture? The film was released in the late Seventies, no new version has been recently issued on either Blu-ray or in a new theatrical run, and while it’s not completely out of the realm of possibility for this site to take a look at mainstream big budget productions aimed at the mass audience, it’s also pretty obvious that St:tmp isn’t the sort of movie that fits all that comfortably alongside the foreign, independent and alternative cinematic expressions that typically draw our critical attention.
The reason I’m posting this review here is that I agreed to participate in the 2015 White Elephant Blogathon, a project organized by Philip Tatler in which he solicits nominations from a couple dozen movie bloggers for offbeat films »
- David Blakeslee
George Miller is riding a wave of adulation right now thanks to the critical and commercial success of Mad Max: Fury Road, but eight years ago the filmmaker came this close to making a superhero movie that would've resulted in an entirely different DC Cinematic Universe.
Back in summer 2007 a script titled Justice League Mortal, by Michele and Kieran Mulroney, impressed Warner Bros bosses and the studio quickly enlisted Miller to make it a reality for a summer 2009 release. However, the movie - which was due to shoot in Australia - was plagued by behind-the-scenes issues that eventually led to the plug being pulled.
— Digital Spy Film (@digitalspyfilm) May 27, 2015
An incoming writer's strike meant the script couldn't be finished, Christopher Nolan objected to a different cinematic »
There are plenty of interesting directions a return to the Babylon 5 universe could take. Here are a few suggestions...
I read somewhere that J.M. Straczynski writes every day. That’s not surprising given his extensive body of work for television, motion pictures, novels and comics. He is best known for Babylon 5, of course. I remember what a lot of people used to say about Babylon 5, “How much can happen on a space station?” Well, a lot actually! And after five seasons of the original series, a bunch of made-for-tv movies and a couple of spin-offs, there are still plenty of stories left to tell.
That is why I was excited recently to read that Joe (apparently, he thinks you’re cool if you just call him Joe) was going back to work on Babylon 5. My excitement soon turned to dread when I found out that »
The folks at The Webster University Film Series are going all-out to celebrate the career of the late Leonard Nimoy. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the first six Star Trek movies on the big screen this weekend as well as a documentary about the Star Trek phenomenon. The Nimoy Tribute starts this Thursday. All films are shown at Winifred Moore Auditorium – 470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63119
Here’s the line-up:
Trek Nation – Thursday, May 21 at 7:30pm
(directed by Scott Colthorp, 2010, USA, 88 min.)
Twenty -years after Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s death, his son Eugene “Rod” Rodenberry examines the cultural and philosophical impact of the visionary science fiction franchise. Eugene was just 17 years old when his influential father passed away. At the time he couldn’t quite grasp the influence that the imaginative, unapologetically optimistic series had on generations of fans. As Eugene matured, however, his »
- Tom Stockman
This month sees the ten year anniversary of Star Trek: Enterprise’s final episode being broadcast, something which marked the end of an era for one of the most prolific science fiction sagas. Between this and The Next Generation’s pilot Encounter At Farpoint, over 600 episodes from four series were produced and shown over a continuous period of 18 years. From 1987 to 2005, Star Trek dominated the science fiction landscape, with audiences lapping up episode after episode, until viewing figures declined as many began to feel that perhaps you can have too much of a good thing.
But now with a decade’s break and only two feature films produced in that time, there are those who are ready for it to return to the small screen. Not only has enough time passed, but a number of ideas that already been pitched, with names such as Bryan Singer attached. Considering that »
- Ian Coomber
It's Wesley Crusher's last appearance as a regular crew member! Join us to wave him off in this week's Star Trek: Tng look-back...
This review contains spoilers.
4.9 Final Mission
As he prepares to leave for one of his many important mediation meetings, Picard summons Wesley to the bridge. He immediately begins to chastise Wesley for taking ten minutes to arrive (what was he supposed to do, site to site transport!?) Wesley begins to apologise, before Picard reveals that they won't accept that kind of behaviour at… Starfleet Academy. You know, the school Wesley got rejected from twice.
That's right, the day is here: Wesley's finally going to stop being an unpaid intern and become an unpaid (presumably) crew member. As his final mission, he is to accompany Picard to boldly go and resolve a mining dispute. The fun never stops on the Enterprise. Nor, indeed, does it start.
The Enterprise »
This week on ABC’s Castle, the arrival of a hot-shot supercop from Hong Kong amped up Beckett’s insecurities about what she has accomplished and where she’s heading in her career. In the end, was Kate truly feeling less great?
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I know the premise of this episode, on paper and as teased by David Amann, had some on edge, worried that it’d weaken Beckett. That it’d knock her down a peg in the name of building up this peer, Chief Inspector Zhang (played by Enterprise‘s Linda Park).
And yeah, »
This revolutionary show pushed the boundaries in terms of storyline and effects, inspiring generations and spawning numerous spinoffs
It’s easy to take Star Trek for granted, to forget just how groundbreaking it was. The recent, impossible to ignore outpouring of respect and affection for the passing of Leonard Nimoy showed not only how much his character Spock meant to people, but also how important the show was – and still is. The programmes it competed with at the time are almost forgotten (anyone remember Gomer Pyle and Hondo?) while Star Trek went on to inspire an entire generation of scientists, teachers and explorers.
Nimoy’s exceptional performance was just part of the considerable charm of the original series. Spock was one of an unbeatable trio of leads, completed by Captain James T Kirk and Dr “Bones” McCoy. Kirk … all staccato ... speech patterns … and, ahem, enthusiastic emoting, needed Spock’s brains »
- Phelim O'Neill
Park also exhibits a fancy bit of footwork, as well.
In “Hong Kong Hustle,” airing March 16, Castle and Beckett team up with a competitive, high-powered Hong Kong detective who has information about a murder victim. But as Beckett digs deeper into the case, she realizes neither her Hong Kong colleague nor the victim may be quite who they seem.
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