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Chris Pine to star in buddy comedy 'This Means War.' Let's give him a hand!

kirk-handsAs EW reported last night, Star Trek‘s Captain Kirk, Chris Pine, is in early negotiations to fill in for Bradley Cooper in the spy buddy comedy This Means War. Holy final frontier, does this news make me happy! Because, as we saw in that whole vaccine scene in Star Trek, the dude is funny. And it’s rare that we get funny and incredibly gorgeous in one nice little package in Hollywood. (Yes, Paul Rudd, you still belong to that club.) Honestly, I see Pine’s comedy career as a natural progression. Now, if he’d record a spoken-word cover of “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds,” I’d be even happier.

Who else wants to give Pine a hand for tackling a starring role in a comedy? And who knew he looked so much like Lee DeWyze in high school? (Random Internet surfing alert!)

Zoe Saldana: Does she win back her fashion all star title?

Zoe-SaldanaI’ve got to hand it to Zoe Saldana: The girl is clearly making up for her Oscar dress debacle with a parade of smart choices on the red carpet recently, including this edgy suede Balmain number she wore to last night’s premiere of The Losers (left).

Taking a step back, Saldana has experienced an interesting trajectory in the world of red carpet fashion. Last spring she came up from what seemed like out of nowhere to wow us with consistently beautiful pieces while promoting Star Trek. Thanks to that summer blockbuster, her name got more bold-faced by the second and pretty soon she was appearing on red carpets left and right, showing off her style acumen. READ FULL STORY

Leonard Nimoy might go where plenty of men have gone before: into retirement.

star-trek-spockI’m gonna say it: Khhhhhhaaaaaaannnnnnnnnn! Who else could we possibly blame for Leonard Nimoy’s recent admission that he plans to retire?

That’s right: The man formerly known as Spock intends to step down from his acting career after finishing his arc as Dr. William Bell on Fringe. That means no more Bell, and no more Spock — even when it comes to Star Trek‘s 2012 sequel. Says Nimoy to the Toronto Sun: “I want to get off the stage. Also, I don’t think it would be fair to [Star Trek‘s 2009 Spock] Zachary Quinto…He’s a terrific actor, he looks the part, and it’s time to give him some space.” (Ha. Space. Was the pun intended? I’d like think so.)

And get this: He might even retire from sci-fi conventions. Gah! I don’t know, PopWatchers. I loved Zachary Quinto in last year’s film, but are we ready for Leonard Nimoy to disappear from our lives like a red shirt? Do you think he’ll at least perform a follow-up to “Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” for us?

Either way, live long and prosper, my friend. Because I’m sure you haven’t heard that enough.

'Big Bang Theory' recap: Evil Wil Wheaton returns

Big-Bang-Theory-WheadonImage Credit: Monty Brinton/CBSWhen Wil Wheaton first appeared on The Big Bang Theory last fall as an odiously underhanded version of himself, I predicted the former Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation would return to the show as Sheldon Cooper’s official Worst Enemy. I had no idea, however, that Evil Wil Wheaton would be this evil, widening his path of destruction to include not just Sheldon, but Penny and Leonard’s fragile romance as well.

Yes, it’s official: Penny and Leonard’s season-long courtship is seriously on the rocks. After Penny managed to pull off an unambiguous, post-coital reference to The Empire Strikes Back (just in time for its 30th anniversary, too!), Leonard was moved to attempt an unambiguous, post-coital declaration of love for her, i.e. “I love you.” Penny’s response: “Oh. Thank you.” Not good. READ FULL STORY

Jackie Earle Haley describes first nerdgasm (and Freddy Krueger's makeup as a 'total b---')

Jackie-Earle-HaleyImage Credit: James De Leon/PR PhotosJackie Earle Haley is just starting to embrace his inner geek. At San Francisco’s WonderCon over the weekend — where he promoted the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street — he gave an endearing video interview to Collider (watch it after the jump). The highlights:

• It wasn’t until he starred as Rorschach in Watchmen that he discovered comic books. It’s literature. There’s writing in the drawings, you know what I mean, that’s not words,” he said. “The layers in there is just phenomenal. It’s mind-boggling.” It wasn’t until he saw J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek that he knew what it meant to be a geek. “Dude, I had a nerdgasm watching Star Trek. It’s like I really started to get what this whole geeky thing was, man. At the end of that thing, there was such a wonderful reverence to my childhood but yet, these guys completely owned it in today and what they made. It was awesome.” He wanted to get the dolls (to go along with his Watchmen collection).
• Given an opportunity to back track on a statement in which he referred to the makeup process he endured to play the new Freddy Krueger as “a total b—-,” he did not. “The makeup was a total b—-. But that didn’t mean that I didn’t want to be there,” he said. In the end, he found a way to channel the agitation of 3.5 hours in the makeup chair, contact lenses that he couldn’t see out of, and knife fingers and fake fingertips that made it impossible for him to put anything in his pockets into his performance. “All of that was incredibly motivating to hand off to Freddy between action and cut,” he said. “‘Cause it was really kind of otherworldly. Like, who glues s— all to their face and just leaves it there? You don’t do that.” If the movie does well when it opens April 30, he expects to put himself through it again.
• Speaking about his Fox show Human Target — and its ’80s “action movie of the week” popcorn vibe — his face lit up so much that it’ll make you want to tune in if you haven’t. He said the season 1 finale is his favorite episode, and he’s yet to hear about a season 2.

What was the “Aha!” moment that made you realize you were a geek?


MTV Movie Awards: Betty White a potential nominee

white-corddry_320.jpg Image Credit: Sam Emerson; Rob McEwan MTV is gearing up for its annual Movie Awards (June 6) by having fans help determine the nominees through online voting in 13 categories through April 9. You’ve got your insane number of potential nominations for the Twilight cast and Channing Tatum. (I would be okay with him and Amanda Seyfried taking Best Kiss for Dear John — IF Zoe Saldana and Zachary Quinto don’t win it. Their Star Trek kiss is simply hotter on a level that’s deeper than any other choice.) But you’ve also got the chance for two Betty White nods. She’s among the featured picks for Best WTF Moment (for groping Sandra Bullock in The Proposal) and Best Comedic Performance (for her role as Ryan Reynolds’ grandmother). I think there are bigger WTF moments, so I say we focus our voting efforts in the latter category. Think about the funny video bit MTV could do with her and her fellow nominees — which will, no doubt, include Hot Tub Time Machine‘s Rob Corddry and multiple gents from The Hangover.

P.S. Because I saw It’s Complicated and can tell you that no one else in that theater was close to the MTV Movie Awards demo, allow me to also advocate for John Krasinski in that category. As the future son-in-law of Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin’s characters who discovers their affair, he steals that film.

'Big Bang Theory' recap: Sheldon wins award, loses pants

Jim-Parsons-pantsImage Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBSOn the one hand, it is fairly obvious that last night’s episode of The Big Bang Theory will be on Jim Parsons’ shortlist to send out for Emmy consideration, as well it should be. He fainted! He sang! He stripped! He ran the gamut of human emotions from joy to panic to abruptly intoxicated! I mean, just look at that photo — that is just empirically funny.

On the other hand, on a whole this episode just didn’t quite come together the way it should’ve for me. Granted, as Sheldon-centric Big Bangs go, it wasn’t nearly as insufferable as “The Einstein Approximation” (i.e. Sheldon got stumped) or “The Bozeman Reaction” (i.e. Sheldon got robbed). And it did provide one of my all-time favorite Leonard/Sheldon exchanges:

Sheldon: I recently had a dream that I was a giant, but everything around me was to scale, so it all looked normal.
Leonard: How did you know if you were a giant if everything was to scale?
Sheldon: I was wearing size 1,000,000 pants. READ FULL STORY

'Big Bang Theory' recap: Stan Lee meets everyone, but only likes Leonard and Howard. Excelsior!

big-bang-theoryImage Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBSOK, Big Bang theorists, I’ve been waiting pretty much the entire season to trot out this (quasi-)mathematical joke in one of my recaps of The Big Bang Theory, and finally the writers have provided an episode filled with all the right elements to make it worthy of said joke’s (questionable) distinction. [Rolls up sleeves] So here goes (seriously) nothin': If there was ever a secret formula for a first-rate episode of The Big Bang Theory, it could easily look something like this:

(T-shirt  +  speaker)  x  (Comic book store  +  Stuart)  x  Stan Lee
Sheldon in a plaid suit

Okay, the math doesn’t really compute at all, and I am most certainly teetering precariously into Epic Start Of Recap Fail territory here, but I think y’all gather my point, right? Comic book legend Stan Lee’s visit with the boys and girl of Big Bang was one tightly constructed, laugh-packed, firing-on-all-cylinders episode, easily one of my favorites of the season. There were actually so many things to love about it, that I couldn’t fit them all in the preceding totally ingenious example of mathemati… oh hang it all, let’s just get to all my favorite parts, shall we? READ FULL STORY

What are your favorite TV episode titles?

“The Conscience of the King.” “Who Mourns for Adonais? ” “The Omega Glory.” “Bread and Circuses.” “The Gamesters of Triskelion.” Are these Led Zeppelin songs? Chapter headings for a Russian war epic? One-act plays your high school drama teacher loved? Nope: they’re just a few of the incredible episode titles from the original run of Star Trek. Earlier this month, Mack Elder, a Trek megafan with a Trek villain name, set a world record by naming all 79 titles of the original series, in order, in just under 100 seconds. The video of his feat is fun to watch. (Much like the series itself, he begins to stumble right around season 3.) And it got me thinking about the curious art of naming TV episodes.

Until the advent of the internet, I imagine most viewers probably weren’t even aware that episodes had titles. As a result, there’s a long tradition of episode titles that are little more than explicit plot descriptions. This is especially true of Friends, which made a joke out of titling every episode with the purely functional identifier, “The One with…” (sometimes amended to, “The One where…”, as in, “The One Where No One’s Ready.”)

If I had to arbitrarily point to the tipping point when everything changed and episode titles entered the cultural lexicon, it would have to be with “The Constant,” the Desmond-centric fourth season episode of Lost. Everyone I knew loved that episode, but I always remember the particular way they expressed that love: not saying, “Man, that last episode of Lost was awesome!” but rather “Man, ‘The Constant’ was awesome!” The rise of iTunes and Hulu helped spread the titles to enter the cultural mainstream, and now, following Lost‘s example, lots of shows even release the title early as a tease for fans. READ FULL STORY

'Big Bang Theory' recap: Sheldon and Leonard get robbed, and Sheldon moves away to...Montana?!

First things first: My apologies for missing my Big Bang Theory recap last week, fellow Big Bang Theorists. You can blame the amoebae that have taken up residence in my tummy and fell me but good last Monday night. (I’ll spare y’all any further description other than to relay that, stemming from my best guess for the complicated scientific names for the little buggers based on what my doctor told me, my boyfriend has decided to call the amoebae Butch and Nana. Sheldon would so not approve.) I was especially bummed that I didn’t get to commiserate with you about last week’s Big Bang, too, since a night out as Raj’s wingman brought out a delightfully unexpected flirtatious side of Sheldon Cooper — even if Sheldon himself was completely unaware that he was, in fact, flirting with a co-ed with a rather improbable fetish for super-hero merch. (As opposed to Sheldon’s completely probable fetish for super-hero merch.)

Last night’s episode continued the writers’ fearless trek into the hidden corners of Sheldon’s labyrinthine psyche, although this week’s discoveries weren’t really all that surprising: Sheldon and Leonard got robbed, and Sheldon completely flipped out. That was pretty much the entire episode, too — Sheldon’s reaction to getting robbed, and everyone else’s reactions to Sheldon getting robbed, even though Leonard’s stuff got robbed, too. Heck, Penny couldn’t even muster more than a sympathy glass of wine for her boyfriend’s plight; she saved her real aw-poor-Pooh-bear pity for Sheldon. READ FULL STORY

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