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An attempted interview via video link with 'Star Trek' legend Shatner went terribly wrong.
A ‘Good Morning Britain’ interview with Star Trek legend William Shatner descended into farce this week, as the actor mocked the presenters’ questions and left viewers confused.
The 85 year old actor, who played Captain Kirk in the much-beloved franchise which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, appeared on ‘Good Morning Britain’ on Friday (October 7th) via video link – but production errors and a seeming lack of preparation left presenter Ben Shepherd visibly flustered and Shatner getting their names wrong and deriding their line of questioning.
William Shatner made a rather awkward appearance on 'Good Morning Britain'
Continue reading: William Shatner In Incredibly Awkward 'Good Morning Britain' Interview
Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and Spock (Leonard Nimoy) - "I like to say I am a hobbyist . . As a senior citizen, I can't think of a better way to leave this planet!" - United States - Tuesday 30th April 2013
Piece of sci-fi memorabilia achieves a sky-high price
A prop gun, made for Star Trek's Captain Kirk to use during a pilot episode of Star Trek has sold at auction for $231,000 (£151,000). It was estimated to sell for about $50,000, but achieved more than four times that including commission.
The gun was made for Captain Kirk, played by William Shatner in the legendary Sci-fi series. Built from wood and finished with blue metallic paint, it was commissioned by Reuben Klamer at the request of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Many gun props were used in the duration of Star Trek, but considering the design changed to the more familiar pistol phaser, this rifle design has become very rare, hence the lofty sale price. It was sold in its original, custom-made case and was accompanied by a signed letter from Mr Roddenberry to Mr Klamer, dated March 16, 1966. Anyone else think that The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper bought this piece of geek memorabilia?
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Continue reading: Star Trek 'Phaser' Stuns With $231,000 Auction Sale
Tina Fey will not helm the Oscars in 2014, despite overwhelming public support.
The comedienne told Letterman that she had a 'sweatpants mandatory Oscars party' but admitted that while she enjoyed watching it, she wasn't willing to host the show at any point despite having hosted the Golden Globes ceremony earlier this year with her 'Mean Girls' and 'Baby Mama' co-star Amy Poehler. 'I'll tell you what - for a woman, just the amount of dresses that you would have to try on. It's a dealbreaker. I'm out', she told Letterman, reiterating what she first told Huffington Post in an interview after the ceremony.
Asked how she felt about William Shatner's comment that she and Amy should 'host everything', she told the publication 'It's an honor to be 'Shatnered' before explaining, 'I just feel like that gig is so hard. Especially for, like, a woman - the amount of months that would be spent trying on dresses alone ... no way.' Even after she was asked if there was any possibility at all, she was quick to disappoint her interviewer. 'I wish I could tell you there was', she said.
Seth MacFarlane opened this year's Academy Awards with a skit with William Shatner
Seth Macfarlane opened this year's Academy Awards with a pretty bizarre skit that featured James T. Kirk himself William Shatner telling the Family Guy man that he was the worst host in Oscars history (He'd come back in time, you see). "This is Captain James T Kirk. Will you respond? I'm here to stop you from doing what you're about to do. The show's a disaster. I've come back in time from the twenty-third century to stop you from ruining the Academy Awards. Your jokes are tasteless and inappropriate and everyone ends up hating you," said the Canadian screen legend.
Shatner told Macfarlane he had sung an offensive song that displeased many of Hollywood's female stars, before playing 'the tape' from the Oscars telecast. "We haven't seen Jennifer Lawrence's boobs..Helen Hunt we saw them in The Sessions and Scarlett Johansson we saw them on our phones," sang the writer and comedian. "The point is, keep it classy," advised Shatner, before MacFarlane introduced Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt on-stage for a music and dance number. "Are you sure you want to be the first Oscars host ever to get a bad review?" said Shatner, "You're disrespectful to many of the evening's nominees."
'Ted' star Macfarlane was a surprise choice to host this year's ceremony and has plenty to live up to, given Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's performance at the recent Golden Globes.
Continue reading: Oscars 2013: Seth MacFarlane's 'Boob Song' Kicks Off Academy Awards
William Shatner's new iPhone app Shatoetry, by Blindlight, was catapulted to the top of the entertainment app list on Apple's App Store after just one day of release. It allows users to choose from hundreds of words to arrange sentences, which the former Star Trek captain will then recite in his trademark style.
Currently touring the US with his critically acclaimed one-man show, Shatner managed to sit down with the Vancouver Sun to discuss how he'd like to expand app, explaining, "Words to music. We have in mind holiday things. We have in mind events in your life, words so that you can use them as well. We will increase this if people love it and tell other people that they love it." Sounds fun, though will Shatner tap into the hugely lucrative Star Trek market? "Well, yes. I don't think we'll leave (that) opportunity unexplored, but I wanted to be very careful about how we introduce it so it is not something that is derogatory or stupid. I want to make sure that it's used in the way it's meant to be used, which is for your entertainment," he said. At 81-years-old, Shatner is showing no signs of slowing up and is always on-hand to take advantage of modern day technology, explaining, "I'm doing podcasts. I'm certainly doing everything else; Facebook, Twitter and all that kind of thing. I'm taking advantage of communicating with the people out there as much as possible, and this app is one of those ways."
Shatoetry costs $2.99 at the Apple App Store.
Continue reading: William Shatner Voice App Becomes No.1 On App Store Chart
Is the thought of sharpening your elbows to grab the last palette of over-priced face paint at the local supermarket is simply too much to handle? Do you need a DVD to put on REALLY LOUDLY so that you simply don’t hear the hordes of trick or treaters knocking on your door? Here’s our top five scary movies to put on this evening.
1. The Exorcist (1973). Yeah, we know, it’s an obvious one… but that’s because it’s a classic! Even now, in 2012, with all of the advances in film technologies, CGI, etc, The Exorcist remains of of the most terrifying horror movies of all time. Even the less obvious moments, when young Regan says to the astronaut (who is a guest in her parents’ house) “you’re gonna die up there,” are spine-chilling. And talking of spines, we’re not entirely sure how Linda Blair (who plays Regan) actually managed to survive those terrifying convulsion scenes. Even if you’ve seen it before, it’s worth visiting again – you’ll always spot something you missed the first ten times…
Continue reading: No Trick, Just Treats: Your Top 5 Horror Films For Halloween 2012
William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, Avery Brooks, Scott Bakula, British, Patrick Stewart and Destination Star Trek London Friday 19th October 2012 William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, Avery Brooks and Scott Bakula pose for photographers, without British actor Patrick Stewart after he refused to take part in a photocall for 'Destination Star Trek London' at the ExCel centre
The hugely successful Star Trek franchise has been part of that transition. The franchise was last represented by a squadron of mediocre TV spinoffs (though a new Trek film is on the way) and has been eclipsed in popularity by Star Wars, so it's hard to remember that the original Star Trek TV series was a significant cultural force. At its best, it was also very good sci fi.
Continue reading: Star Trek: Season One Review
But the original Trek also drew heavily on Cold War-era sci-fi series like The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone -- groundbreaking and experimental in their ideas, but with a traditional moral and dramatic approach. Their serious tone fit the fifties, that uneasy, schizoid time of cultural confidence, space exploration, and looming nuclear Armageddon. Star Trek's cautious presentation probably helped viewers to swallow its innovations, from flip-phone communicators and automatic doors to alien characters like Leonard Nimoy's Spock. The idea of a character motivated by "logic" instead of emotion is pretty silly (they're not opposites), but it was perfect for the liberationist sixties -- and it was a powerful gimmick that generated years' worth of story ideas. (In one of season three's last episodes, "All Our Yesterdays," Spock goes back in time, loses his civilized veneer, and develops a primordial passion for Mariette Hartley.)
Continue reading: Star Trek: Season Three Review
R.J. (Bruce Willis) is a smooth-talking raccoon who lands in hot water when he tries to steal food from a hibernating bear (Nick Nolte). To spare his life, R.J. now has one week to recover a red wagon full of junk food or meet a grizzly fate. Lo and behold, the quick-thinking con artist crashes into a family of foraging beasts as they arise from their winter slumber. Led by neurotic turtle Verne (voiced by neurotic Garry Shandling), the animals invade the pop-up planned community that surfaced while they slept and begin to rummage for sweet treats.
Continue reading: Over The Hedge Review
You will not find a worse movie in Walt Disney's animated canon than The Wild. At the very least, the hyperactive abomination helps us understand why the once-mighty studio shelled out $7.4 billion to acquire Pixar Animation Studios earlier this year. Pixar is a proven hit factory, an imagination emporium responsible for the lucrative Toy Story adventures and the Oscar-winning superhero smash The Incredibles. If The Wild represents all that remains in Disney's think tank, it's now painfully clear that the Mouse House needs Pixar like a table needs legs.
Wild is a high-impact cartoon, the kind that catapults its characters head first into rocks, trees, and other animal's rear ends every time we expect a joke but are met with silence. Like its immediate predecessor, Chicken Little, this meaningless cartoon assumes kids will roar their approval so long as things move extremely fast, crash with teeth-shattering force, and pass gas. Parents lose twice - they must pay hard-earned cash to enter and then endure 90 minutes of noise.
Continue reading: The Wild Review
Added to the mix is Persis Khambatta, a model-turned-actress who can't even act as well the veterans of the TV show, playing a bald female alien (a femalien). Finally, a third of the movie is wasted on special effects which do not compare favorably with other sci-fi movies (though see below for more on this). Draped over this mess is one of the best musical scores ever wasted on a movie, the work of Jerry Goldsmith (note that the main theme was salvaged and used for the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV show). All told, the movie is one of the few imitators of 2001: A Space Odyssey that achieves the same feeling of mystery and danger. Partly this is due to Goldsmith's excellent score; partly it is because the slow pacing and dark, gloomy sets succeed in conveying the slowness and suspense of space travel, as well as its emptiness.
Continue reading: Star Trek: The Motion Picture Review
Five years ago, Miss Congeniality gift-wrapped a Christmas hit for Warner Bros. as it delivered Sandra Bullock a much-needed meaty role. The actress was suffering a string of mediocre underperformers at the time, from the melodramatic rehab stint 28 Days to the forgettable Forces of Nature.
It's not surprising to see Bullock revisit frumpy FBI field agent Gracie Hart, though it is surprising it took her this long. Hart remains the ideal fit for Bullock's blend of cover-girl beauty and tomboy charms. Like Hart, Bullock frequently puts up a tough veneer that hides a vulnerable core that's worth exploring.
Armed & Fabulous begins three weeks after Hart was named runner-up at the Miss United States pageant, an event she infiltrated to flush out a criminal mastermind. Her stint on the beauty contest's sta
Solution: The Enterprise crew takes a trip back through time (in the stolen Klingon bird-of-prey from Star Trek III) to the 1980s (conveniently coinciding with the production time fram of the film) in order to snag a couple of whales and repopulate the future.
Continue reading: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Review
Meanwhile... our favorite cranky doctor, "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley), is being driven mad by some force beyond his control -- somehow imagining that he is becoming Spock, or falling under the Vulcan influence.
Continue reading: Star Trek III: The Search For Spock Review
Generations (having dispensed with the numbering of the sequels) is a fair enough film. It's massively contrived to be sure -- the Kirk-era cast and Picard-era cast were meant to be some 80 years apart -- but considering the difficulty of trying to combine two crews in one movie, Shatner & Stewart turned in a fair enough endeavor.
Continue reading: Star Trek: Generations Review
Miss Congeniality starts out with Gracie as a New Jersey kid kicking ass on the playground and getting the obligatory "ugly duckling" bit when she slugs a guy to protect a potential boyfriend -- only to be shunned because she was too tomboyish. Of course, the ugly duckling grows up to be an adult tomboy (though a dead sexy one at that). The portrayal is stereotypical: frumpy hair, two dates to her name, a punching bag, and a penchant for pints of Ben and Jerry's. To her credit, Sandra Bullock pulls off the deal pretty well, but how she can live with herself after playing such an odious role is beyond me. (She gets paid a lot of money, that's how. -Ed.)
Continue reading: Miss Congeniality Review
What makes it so bad? Could it be a scene with Spock in jet boots (no, those aren't ski boots!), racing to save Captain Kirk as he plummets to his death from El Capitan. A now gray-haired Uhura, doing a dance in the sand with palm fronds against the moons of an alien planet (meant as a distraction, it certainly works). Or is it the atrocious effects, the product of a limited budget and too many miniatures?
Continue reading: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Review
Inspired by classic literature like Moby Dick, Paradise Lost, and King Lear -- along with classic navy films -- Nicholas Meyer's major directorial debut is indeed the best of the series and it's a classic sci-fi flick on its own, outside the Trek mythology altogether.
Continue reading: Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan Review
Paramount eventually noticed the pattern. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, the sixth mission of the starship Enterprise, was largely the work of director/screenwriter Nicholas Meyer, who wrote Khan, and executive producer Leonard Nimoy (who played Spock, of course), director of Star Trek IV. The sixth movie generally reflects Meyer's and Nimoy's concern for integrity.
Continue reading: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Review
That's right, I'm talking about Showtime, starring the aforementioned serious actor, Robert De Niro, as tough guy cop Mitch Preston, who crosses the line with the press and gets too rough. With lawsuits looming, Mitch's police department is railroaded into letting a TV network turn his police beat into a reality-based buddy cop show. Adding insult to injury, he's been assigned a fame-hungry, lame duck partner, to play the "funny minority type" (Eddie Murphy).
Continue reading: Showtime Review
American Psycho (based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel) was a satire of 1980s yuppie materialism, represented by Patrick Bateman (a brilliant Christian Bale) who kills prostitutes and homeless men to establish his social power but also kills a co-worker so he can have the best-looking business card in the office. Director Mary Harron also showed, as Ellis keenly did, that being a greedy overachiever makes you just like everybody else. Stripped of basic emotions and possessed by his possessions and status, a man doesn't really exist.
Continue reading: American Psycho II: All American Girl Review
I've always kind of suspected Bill Murray was a cartoon on the inside, and "Osmosis Jones" is mighty entertaining proof.
A wildly clever and consistently funny kiddie-fare gross-out comedy (snot jokes galore), "Jones" may be live-action on the outside -- Murray plays Frank, a zoo janitor who gets sick from eating an soft-boiled egg after dropping it in a monkey cage (eww!). But the bulk of the story takes place inside his body, a weird animated world where Chris Rock provides the voice of an impudent white blood cell determined to defeat the virus so he can get himself reinstated to that microscopic police department that is the immune system.
A quintessential Bill Murray performance drives about a third of the plot, following a slovenly, flatulent, fast-food addicted dad whose 10-year-old daughter (great newcomer Elena Franklin) is trying in vain to drag him toward a healthier lifestyle. Directed by the Farrelly Brothers (of "There's Something About Mary" fame), there are plenty of lowbrow laughs -- and even some sincere emotions -- to be had in these scenes. However, it's the seamlessly integrated battle for control of Frank's Looney Tunes innards that makes "Osmosis Jones" such a gas. (Ooh! Call the pun police!)
Continue reading: Osmosis Jones Review
If the whole crew that made "Miss Congeniality" -- writer, director, stars, everybody -- were to get together for another movie, one with a less idiotic plot than a tomboy FBI agent going undercover at a beauty pageant, I'd be gung ho to see it.
The level of talent and the amount of good humor that goes to waste in this gimmicky, so-stupid-it-stops-being-funny star vehicle is phenomenal.
Sandra Bullock is said star, and her screwball (bordering on Lucille Ball) performance as a clodhopping, quarrelsome, graceless lout of a foible-prone FBI agent would be comic gold if the boat anchor of a story weren't dragging it down.
Continue reading: Miss Congeniality Review
Can somebody please stop Ben Stiller?
Since becoming a box-office draw with "There's Something About Mary," the guy has been a horrendous ham, devouring scenery with an eye-bugging, eyebrow-stitching schtick so stale and predictable that his last dozen movies have all included the same gag: slow-motion scenes of Stiller madly mugging while dancing, or running, or playing the titular game of schoolyard pain and humiliation in "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story."
The only variation in his on-screen persona is that sometimes he's an irritatingly neurotic, hapless chump ("Along Came Polly," "Envy," "Meet the Parents") and other times he's an irritatingly arrogant, mock-sexy-pouting, self-obsessed moron ("Starsky & Hutch," "Zoolander").
Continue reading: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Review
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