J.J. Abrams cast a meaty hook into the Web waters on Aug. 19, a teaser for a new entertainment project that we may or may not know anything about. The mystery box angler loves using this kind of bait: “Stranger” is reminiscent of his puzzling promo stuff for Super-8 or the crypto-content that the Lost brain trust used to feed fans during hiatus. (Remember “The Last Supper” ads prior to season 6?) Decoding this kind of stuff isn’t for everyone. And for some, it annoys as much as it amuses. Regardless: We’re biting. Because we are easily amused, and because we ran out of Breaking Bad analysis to read, and because no one knows how to bait a hook quite like J.J. Abrams. We love how he turns marketing hype into storytelling fun. What’s “Stranger” about? Five theories — none of which involve Star Wars Episode VII (we assume it’s still wayyy too early for that). READ FULL STORY
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On Sunday, Aug. 11, Breaking Bad was an hourlong exercise in sustained tension, culminating in a main-character face-off that’s been building for pretty much the entire run of the show. Fortunately for our collective heart rate, there was also a nice moment of levity, provided by Jesse’s perpetua-stoned best pals Badger and Skinny Pete. The two pals had a Clerks-worthy conversation/analysis about Star Trek which led into Badger’s full-fledged pitch for his own Star Trek teleplay. READ FULL STORY
Artist Juan Ortiz is unveiling the August entries in his ongoing series of retro posters for original-series Star Trek episodes, and EW can exclusively share two of them with you. “Journey to Babel” featured the first appearance of Spock’s dad Sarek, who took the phrase “emotionally-distant father” to whole new levels. That episode was a deep-dive into Federation diplomacy, with the Enterprise hosting various ambassadors on a murder-filled space cruise. And then there’s “Plato’s Stepchildren,” an episode which featured one of the series’ more outré concepts (aliens modeling themselves after Ancient Greek culture) and the historic first-ever interracial kiss in scripted television, between Kirk and Uhura.
Scroll down and check out the posters below. The prints are for sale at Quantum Mechanix. Or, if you’re feeling fashion-forward, you can purchase the images in t-shirt form at WeLoveFine starting on Monday, August 5th.
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“The Devil in the Dark” was the 25th episode of the first season of Star Trek: The Original Series. It did not pit the U.S.S. Enterprise against Satan during a blackout on Halloween. (Because that’s exactly what you were thinking, right?) No, the devil here is the metaphorical representation of the misunderstood Other, which, in this case, is a seemingly psycho mole-like creature of sentient asbestos or rock or whatever that looks like something your cat would throw up if your cat had the stomach the size of a dumpster and only ate refried beans, and a lot of them. Sounds ludicrous — except it isn’t. “The Devil in the Dark” is top-shelf Trek and (according to reports) William Shatner’s favorite episode ever. Also: “Dammit, Jim! I’m a doctor, not a bricklayer!” “The Devil in the Dark” is among this month’s batch of prints by artist Juan Ortiz as he continues his ongoing project to create movie posters in a retro pulp style for every single episode of ST:TOS. The July collection also includes “The Lights of Zetar,” the 18th episode of season three, in which the alien consciousness of an alien race creates stormy psychic havoc aboard the Enterprise: READ FULL STORY
Star Trek Into Darkness introduced a new generation of moviegoers to Khan Noonien Singh (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), one of sci-fi’s greatest villains. (Assuming they hadn’t met him before in his last incarnation. They probably did. It isn’t like Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan is some obscure Solaris-esque cult classic.) Now, as the J.J. Abrams-helmed flick tries to boldly go where the franchise has never gone before (a second consecutive $200 million domestic gross; the first $400 million worldwide gross ever), a different part of multimedia Star Trek entertainment machine is commemorating/merchandising Captain Kirk’s initial tussle with the genetically augmented super-human. Yep: The Star Trek retro poster campaign is finally giving fans “Space Seed,” the 22nd episode of the mothership’s first season, with Ricardo Montalban as Khan. The artist — as always — is Juan Ortiz. Here it is again in high res. READ FULL STORY
If you’re a Cumberbitch, I won’t mince words: Go below the jump, my friends.
If you had to look up the (made-up) word “Cumberbitch,” I’ll provide some context: Star Trek Into Darkness maestros J. J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof have been taking some heat for a scene in their new movie, which features a gratuitous shot of star Alice Eve in her underwear. (Gratuitous female nudity in an action movie? Well, I never!)
But as Abrams pointed out on Conan last night, the scene in question came after an earlier shot of gratuitous Chris Pine shirtlessness — meaning that if anything, he and the Enterprise crew are equal-opportunity objectifiers. Abrams subsequently revealed something that may have made Tumblr explode: Star Trek villain Benedict Cumberbatch also had a shirtless scene that ended up being cut from the movie. And then the director showed a snippet of the scene in question — which finds Cumberbatch glowering in a “shower of evil.”
Everyone has ideas for the new Star Wars movies! So, when J.J. Abrams stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel thought it might fun to ask the audience for some suggestions for the new sequels.
The first two guys are in costume and both feel strongly that, “Leia and Chewie need to do it!” The second, who we’ll assume works for Kimmel, really deserves our respect. Talking to J.J. Abrams is a nice perk of the job, but not many guys would go so far as wearing Leia’s gold bikini on national TV.
The third “audience member” is Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian in the original trilogy. He suggests, “Two hours of Lando and beautiful ladies making love, sweet love, in the galaxy.”
We’ll let you be surprised by the last guy. Fair warning though, he has a rather crude drawing of Leia and Chewie. Watch the video below:
Star Trek fans everywhere have been watching, sharing and re-watching The Challenge, a sly Audi ad that, as a comedy vehicle, comfortably seats a pair of mismatched Spocks: Leonard Nimoy, the television and sci-fi icon, and his on-screen heir, Zachary Quinto, who wears the ears in Star Trek Into Darkness.
They are trash-talking frenemies in the mini-movie, but Trek producer Bryan Burke says that in grand Spock tradition there’s a vast emotion hidden behind that frosty artifice.”Their relationship is not a working relationship at all,” Burke said. “They’re family.”
As Hollywood relationships go, the bond between Nimoy and Quinto is an anomaly. Not only does it bridge a vast generation gap (Nimoy is 82, Quinto is 35), it defies the Hollywood undertows of rivalry and status anxiety, which have made actors in similar situation behave like Betta fish when paired up.
”We spend a lot of time together, we keep in touch,” Quinto said in February just a few days after he filmed the Audi ad. “He’s a great friend. I value his presence in my life far beyond the experience we had making the first Star Trek movie and I’m grateful that it brought us together but now the friendship is a thing — it’s own thing. I love Leonard a lot.” READ FULL STORY
attentIon, gheetlhS! bolDly SIbI’ bing HoSDo’Hey pagh SearchH QuQ pa’ pong tlhIngan chel qutluch patlh Sovmo’ mughwI’ tool.
Translation: Attention, geeks! Bing has boldly gone where no search engine has gone before by adding Klingon to its official translator tool.
The addition comes in honor of Star Trek Into Darkness, which hits theaters this week. Phrases can be rendered either phonetically with Latin letters or in the Klingon’s own alphabet, a.k.a. the Klingon Language Institute’s pIqaD. The translator also makes it easy to morph any webpage into a Klingon-friendly site; here’s how EW.com would look if it were staffed solely by the residents of Qo’noS. And starting tomorrow, Bing’s homepage will house a bevy of Star Trek-related goodies as well — including interactive images and videos. READ FULL STORY
(Let’s hope he didn’t drive there.)
While gallivanting around Europe to promote Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams apparently stopped by one of Britain’s most famous fictional estates: Downton Abbey, home of enough ominous musical cues and mysteries to be, well, a J.J. Abrams creation. Here’s the man himself, mixing something in the kitchen under the watchful eye of Mrs. Hughes (a.k.a. actress Phyllis Logan):
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