The tagline of 1979’s Alien was “In space no one can hear you scream.” It’s grabby, though not entirely accurate: Film history abounds with instances of galactic hollering, often about things gone awry. To cap a year that added Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar, and, why not, the Force Awakens trailer (call it a placeholder) to the space movie canon, we worked with supercut maestro Jonathan Keogh to stitch together the most memorable examples of malfunctions in the cosmos. READ FULL STORY
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I had a weird Star Trek phase when I was a kid. Not “weird” like “obsessive,” or “weird” like all nerdy phases seemed to be back then. I mean that the way I came to the series was strange, and I’m hard-pressed to geolocate myself in the continuum of Star Trek fans. Trek fandom is literally Generational: The most distinct line in the sand gets drawn between those people who will always roll hard for the original crew and those people who prefer The Next Generation.
The distinctions are vague, but obvious. Kirk and Co. were bold adventurers setting off to cheap Pop Art worldscapes populated by midcentury allegories. Picard and friends were more cerebral but also more whimsical. To a certain extent, those two generations are their respective captains: Brash and bold and cheesy-wonderful Kirk, wry and troubled and dripping-with-gravitas Picard.
You can drill down further. There are people who roll hard for Deep Space Nine, a TV show that doesn’t get the respect it deserves for pioneering long-form sci-fi serialization. I know people who love Voyager, a show that always felt saddled with overriding anxiety-of-influence syndrome—it wanted to be a weirder Deep Space Nine, but kept getting turned into a goofier Next Generation. But Voyager has Kathryn Janeway, and this: READ FULL STORY
Have you ever noticed a subtle light glowing in one of J.J. Abrams’ films? Probably not. I mean, with Captain Kirk in the frame…
But Luke Knezevic has certainly paid attention to Abrams’ penchant for the technique, prompting him to make a comedy short revealing the truth behind the lens flare. Turns out that flash of light is actually an actor.
Meet Lorenzo Flarius, the Human Lens Flare. Abrams “discovered” Flarius after hitting him with his car. Feeling guilty, the director placed the wannabe actor—who essentially has a flashlight for a head—in his films. Like, all of his films. In multiple scenes. Flarius even refers to himself as “the hardest working man in show biz.”
Flarius’ roommate is less impressed by the actor. (“He’s just an overpaid human flashlight!”) Watch the drama ensue below, and find out which Abrams project Flarius will appear in next.
Starz Digital Media announced Thursday the George Takei documentary To Be Takei will debut July 3 on DirecTV and will run exclusively on the platform until Aug. 5. On Aug. 22, To Be Takei will be released theatrically in the United States and Canada and will also be available on all major video on demand outlets on that date.
To Be Takei, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, offers “an entertaining and moving look at the many roles played by eclectic 77-year old actor/activist George Takei,” states a press release. Written and directed by Jennifer M. Kroot (It Came From Kuchar), the documentary will provide viewers with a rarely seen look into the lives of the onetime Star Trek star and Internet personality and his husband/business partner Brad Takei and promises to show “what it truly means ‘To Be Takei.'” The documentary will also features interviews with all surviving main cast members of Star Trek, and will be the first time that all of them have appeared in the same film together since the Star Trek films. READ FULL STORY
Roberto Orci is one of those people who is simultaneously unknown and infamous. Why? Because: Internet. If you don’t know him, you know his work. Alongside longtime collaborator Alex Kurtzman, Orci co-wrote some of the biggest franchises in Hollywood: Their names are on Transformerses and Star Treks and most recently The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Orci and Kurtzman co-created two swell genre shows (Fringe and Sleepy Hollow) and still cash checks on the Hawaii Five-O reboot. (Also, Cowboys & Aliens.) READ FULL STORY
Clearly anxious of falling behind in the hyper-specific Cold War brewing between Abrams-Rebooted Star Franchises, Paramount is moving closer to go-aheading the Star Trek Into Darkness sequel. There’s no title, but everyone’s calling it Star Trek 3, even though technically it’s Star Trek 13, so for now let’s just agree to call it Star Tr3k: Beyond Into Darkness. Previous franchise steersman J.J. Abrams is busy hanging out with Harrison Ford on comfy couches, but according to Mike Fleming at Deadline, Paramount is closing in on a replacement director: Roberto Orci, who co-wrote the first two Star Trek reboots with Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. READ FULL STORY
Everything in Hollywood has a story, but to pop culture nerds, perhaps no story is more interesting than the one surrounding the controversy behind acclaimed writer Harlan Ellison and his popular Star Trek tale, “The City on the Edge of Forever.”
Ellison wrote the original teleplay for the penultimate episode of the first season in early 1966, which he notes, “was changed vastly when the episode aired” on April 6, 1967. “The City on the Edge of Forever” focuses on the USS Enterprise discovering a portal through space and time, which ultimately leads to an accidental altering of history that Kirk and Spock, trapped in the 1930s, must race against time to correct. At its core, however, the episode is a genuine and moving love story between Captain Kirk and social worker Edith Keeler (Joan Collins).
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Opera has always been a reflection of the cultural zeitgeist of Western society. Historical events, popular stories, real people—they’ve all inspired musicalizations which allow patrons to connect directly with cultural moments in artistic ways.
But while opera may have stopped being the most popular art form, it never stopped being a relevant one. Hats off to the contemporary composers who continue to devote themselves to breathing life into the art form (because if they don’t, who will?). Opera is an endangered species, much like pandas or stenographers, and it continues to thrive creatively by reflecting the pop culture moments—movies, novels, reality stars—that you perhaps didn’t expect to be made operatic.
You may not have known that there’s a Brokeback Mountain opera opening January 28 in Madrid. Or that New York City Opera ended its decades-long run with an opera about Anna Nicole Smith. In fact, there are a slew of recent pop culture-inspired operas you might not know about: READ FULL STORY
In this modern age of technology, George Takei definitely knows how to live long and prosper.
The Star Trek actor and social media maven has teamed up with the AARP for a bi-weekly series on YouTube called Takei’s Take, a smart, funny, irreverent look at what is happening in the world of the Internet and technology and how it infiltrates our lives. EW was on location at YouTube Space LA where the series is filmed to talk to George about the show, how Martin Luther King Jr. played a role in getting him to join Twitter, and why human behavior is the root of all our (tech) problems.
Takei was first approached by AARP to create the series because of his already large social media presence, which includes over 930,000 followers on Twitter and over 5 millions likes on his Facebook page. “I love the idea of sharing technology and what’s trending today with the entire demographic.” Takei told EW. “Obviously I’m of the upper baby boom generation, the AARP generation.” It was that generation of 50+ who were the original Star Trek fans and now it’s their children (and in some cases even their children’s children) who Takei wants to reach. “This is something that should be attractive to all generations.” After launching in September, the series already has over 65,000 subscribers on YouTube and just finished filming the first season.
Though he admits he has help and guidance, Takei is proud to be the older face of technology today and go against negative stereotypes, which as an Asian-American Takei says he has had to deal with his entire life. “Society in general needs to be more enlightened not to buy into stereotypes. Some of these advances are being made by senior citizens. Einstein was a senior! He was the pioneer of the future society that we are building.” But Takei is well aware that there are two sides to everything. “There are some youngsters who are absolutely dysfunctional when it comes to technology. But we shouldn’t stereotype all young people.”
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“A Private Little War” was the 19th episode of the second season of Star Trek: The Original Series. Seems the Klingons were providing a primitive tribe with guns and other advanced weaponry in their war with another tribe. Captain Kirk had to decide between honoring the Prime Directive to the letter of the law or helping the overmatched tribe by hooking them up with some firearms, too. It’s all very Cold War-y allegorical and stuff. It’s also the inspiration for the latest piece in artist Juan Ortiz’s effort to create retro sci-fi/pulp movie style poster for every single episode of ST:TOS.
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