Video game culture is vast and multifaceted—people from all walks of life now play and make video games, resulting in a medium that’s more diverse and interesting than ever before. Like music, “video games” are too broad a subject to be defined by a single aesthetic or lifestyle, which makes delving into gaming subcultures rewarding. This has been of great interest to filmmakers as of late, leading to a sort of boom in video game documentaries—and starting right now, you can see a bunch of them for free.
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At first mention, today’s pop-culture connoisseurs might not recognize the name Susan Oliver, the Peyton Place actress who was a guest-star staple on popular primetime television in the 1960s and ’70s. But if you’re an old-school Star Trek fan, you most definitely remember her work from the show’s first — ultimately rejected — pilot episode, in which she played the original Green Girl, the seductive emerald-skinned Orion who was the rhythmic, writhing incarnation of Capt. Pike’s deepest fantasy. (See video below.) She made quite an impression on Pike and millions of adolescent boys who watched the series, which later incorporated her performance into the show’s end credits after it was recycled into a subsequent episode. In fact, when J.J. Abrams rebooted the franchise in 2009, Chris Pine’s Kirk had a one-nighter with a similarly sexy Orion, a nostalgic nod to Oliver’s original character.
But there was much more to Oliver than her brief fling with Star Trek, and an independent filmmaker is raising money on Kickstarter to complete a documentary about her life — titled, of course, The Green Girl. READ FULL STORY
Next month, Kristin Bauer van Straten, better known as True Blood‘s Pam, will leave for Kenya, where she’ll spend four weeks filming a documentary about the effort to stop elephant ivory and rhino horn poaching — a cause dear to her South African husband’s family. His grandfather was a professor of physiology who helped treat, relocate, and save wildlife. Just as the experts need help to keep elephants and rhinos from going extinct, Bauer van Straten needs help to fund her film project.
With 19 days left on her Kickstarter campaign, she’s reached roughly two-thirds of her $30,000 goal. She expects the documentary, Out for Africa, to cost triple that. As incentives for pledges, she’s recruited her True Blood castmates to sign items ranging from the common (magazine covers and comic books) to the rare (Joe Manganiello’s modesty sock, which secured a donation of at least $1,000, and Anna Paquin’s signed “super snatch patch,” which has yet to go up for grabs). Forthcoming items include a signed Sookie bra, an Authority necklace, and the Walmart sweatshirt Bauer van Straten wore to EW’s Women Who Kick Ass Comic-Con panel. Members of the cast and crew are also offering their time, whether it be a 30-minute phone call or a dinner. We caught up with Bauer van Straten last week. READ FULL STORY
Why even write a PopWatch Planner this week? Of course, it’s all Olympics all the time. Check out the first week of the games with three of the biggest sports kicking into high gear: Swimming, Gymnastics, and Track & Field are all getting their moments in primetime. That said, from some big exits on So You Think You Can Dance to a major sci-fi remake to a unique documentary and an incredible art exhibit, believe it or not, there is more to life than the Olympics this week. Check out the picks below and have a great week!
SUNDAY, JULY 29
Olympics Primetime: Women’s Gymnastics Day 1, NBC 7 p.m.
The women’s gymnastics team takes the floor for the first time in Day 1 of the team competition. Spoilers already abound online, so we’ll stay quiet here, but it’s sure to be nerve-wracking watching the high-flying techniques of U.S. gymnasts Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and the rest of the team taking on the competition for the first time in London. READ FULL STORY
Though Katy Perry has previously discussed her divorce from comedian Russell Brand, the “Firework” singer explained to Jay Leno last night why she’s not shying away from it in her upcoming concert film, Katy Perry: Part of Me.
A purple-haired Perry told Leno that she wanted to give fans an honest look at life on the road in her movie — even if it meant documenting her personal turmoil. Brand announced he was filing for divorce from Perry, who was on a world tour for much of 2011, last December. “It wasn’t always exciting to watch those unflattering scenes where I’m crying and having an intense moment,” Perry said. “But I think that people will relate to the movie even more seeing me at my lowest point and now at my highest point.”
Watch a clip below.
There’s a video of the Brothers Bluth trading quips while shaving, and you thought we wouldn’t write a post about it? Come on!
Will Arnett and Jason Bateman have teamed up to produce Mansome, the latest documentary from Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock. (Guess Tony Hale was busy?) According to its official synopsis, the doc — which premieres tomorrow at the Tribeca Film Festival — examines questions of masculinity “in the age of manscaping, metrosexuals, and grooming products galore.” The film also includes candid interviews with funnymen like Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis — as well as moments like the following clip, first posted by E! Online, in which Arnett and Bateman couple razor blades with razor-sharp barbs. Check it out below. READ FULL STORY
James Cameron is best known as the director of the two most financially successful movies of the modern era, which I believe were titled The Boat That Couldn’t Stop Sinking and Blue People: Origins. But this whole “filmmaking” thing is just a day job, paying the bills for his true passion: Conquering the ocean. Cameron is an Explorer-In-Residence for National Geographic, and in that role, he’s about to set off on a magical journey to the deepest point in the ocean — a place that was only visited once before, 50 years ago, by Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh. Cameron make the journey alone, in a bespoke submersible called the Deepsea Challenger. In a new video released by National Geographic, Cameron notes that he’s a little worried about the journey. “Worrying’s good when you’re an explorer,” he says. Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY
He wore glasses, a green turtleneck, and most damningly, Walkman headphones so he could listen to the Cubs’ historic pennant-clinching game on the radio. We would later find out that he was a computer consultant who still lived with his parents, but he looked like a little kid, which is what Fox announcer Steve Lyons initially thought he was. Steve Bartman, the 26-year-old Chicago Cubs fan who reached onto the field for what seemed like a meaningless foul ball in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the 2003 National League playoffs, fit a profile. Even his name — Bartman — seemed to contribute to making him a villain, the scapegoat who cost the cursed Cubs a chance for their first World Series title since 1908. READ FULL STORY
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