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May 21, 2013 | By John Horn
It's one of the strangest scenes in “Star Trek Into Darkness”: With no explanation or motivation, USS Enterprise visitor Carol (Alice Eve) strips down to her blue underwear, whereupon James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) sneaks a peek. Now, Damon Lindelof, who co-wrote the film's screenplay, is apologizing for the gratuitous sequence - sort of. In an email interview with MTV, Lindelof was asked why the “Men in Black III” actress was obligated to show off her ripped body. “Why is Alice Eve in her underwear, gratuitously and unnecessarily, without any real effort made as to why in God's name she would undress in that circumstance?
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
On Thursday NBC announced it was giving series orders to five pilots, including new shows from industry heavyweights J.J. Abrams, Jason Katims and James Burrows.  In “The Family Guide,” J.K. Simmons stars as a blind dad going through a divorce from his eccentric wife, Parker Posey. A la “The Wonder Years,” Jason Bateman provides voice-over as the grown version of their son, and he's also attached as an executive producer. In “Sean Saves the World,” Sean Hayes will play a perfectionist and divorced gay father whose 14-year-old daughter moves in with him full time, throwing his life into upheaval.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2006 | From the Associated Press
"Mission: Impossible III" director J.J. Abrams is going from Cruise control to warp speed. A couple of weeks before the arrival of Tom Cruise and "M:I:III," Abrams has committed to produce the 11th "Star Trek" feature film and there are plans for him to direct as well, Paramount Pictures announced Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2013
Ricky Gervais wants you to learn guitar. But he's not going to teach you. You are! The comic behind the BBC version of "The Office" - which in turn inspired NBC's American adaptation that ended its run this season - is back as David Brent, the bumbling manager from the fictional Wernham Hogg paper company. "I'm not going to teach you," Brent says in the video, which is part of the upcoming YouTube Comedy Week. "What? You're going to teach you. " PHOTOS: Packing up 'The Office' for good As "Office" fans know, Brent was a frustrated musician who would sometimes inflict, er, play songs for his bored or uncomfortable coworkers.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Fox released three trailers to preview its new drama series for 2013-14. They are "Almost Human," "Sleepy Hollow" and "Rake. " In an attempt to restore ratings that fell by 20% last season, the network announced shows that were heavy on established talent. "Almost Human" comes courtesy of TV heavyweight J.J. Abrams ("Fringe," "Lost" and the "Mission: Impossible" franchise) and stars Karl Urban ("Star Trek"), Michael Ealy ("Sleeper Cell") and Lili Taylor ("Six Feet Under"). PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Set 35 years in the future, "Almost Human" takes place in a world where police work with human-like androids to fight crime.
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: The 23rd annual “Beat the Odds” awards dinner, benefiting the Children's Defense Fund-California and honoring five outstanding students who overcame near-overwhelming personal obstacles to achieve academic success. The scene: The star-studded A-list affair at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday included numerous long time CDF supporters, plus newcomers to the cause, such as Matt Damon, who said he and his wife, Luciana Barroso, were there for the first time at the invitation of friends and looking forward to the program.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
“Star Trek Into Darkness” grossed $13.5 million during its first day in U.S. theaters Thursday, putting it on track to approach $100 million at the domestic box office by the end of this weekend, according to studio estimates. The take includes $3.5 million from Thursday midnight screenings and late-night IMAX shows on Wednesday. The movie, budgeted at an estimated $190 million, opened on 3,762 screens, 336 of them IMAX 3D. Paramount Pictures expects "Into Darkness" to surpass J.J. Abrams' 2009 "Star Trek" reboot, particularly overseas, where the film franchise, which now totals 12 entries, has languished over the years.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
It wouldn't be quite accurate to say that J.J. Abrams' 2009 "Star Trek" reboot boldly went where no man had gone before. After all, such familiar faces such as Capt. Kirk, Mr. Spock and Uhura were along for the ride (though played by new actors), as was the venerable starship Enterprise (itself sporting a makeover). But thanks to some shrewd time-travel shenanigans, Abrams managed to branch off his own "Star Trek" timeline, allowing his version to draw on the franchise's mythos without having to carry all its baggage.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2006 | Meg James and Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writers
When ABC announced Tuesday that its fall slate would include three series created by star television writer-producer J.J. Abrams, Hollywood insiders suspected that there was a bit more behind Abrams' trifecta than the success of his hit show "Lost." For weeks, Abrams' representatives have been floating a proposal to ABC's corporate parent, Walt Disney Co., and to several other entertainment companies that have expressed a keen interest in being in the J.J. Abrams business. Even before Abrams' film directorial debut, "Mission: Impossible 3," opened in theaters May 5, his agent and lawyers had been offering studios the chance to bankroll a new "creative collective" -- a major stand-alone label that would employ many co-creators, story editors, staff writers and producers with whom Abrams has worked for many years.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Trekkies looking to translate the famous Klingon battle cry Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam ! -- or any other phrase from the fictional alien race's language -- will soon have a new tool at their disposal.  Starting on Tuesday, Bing, Microsoft Corp. 's Internet search engine, will include Klingon in its web-based translation service. The move is part of a broad marketing partnership between the Redmond, Wash., software giant and Paramount Pictures, which will release the upcoming "Star Trek Into Darkness.
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