September 23, 2013 |
It looks like the newest "Star Trek" movie is living long and prospering. "Star Trek Into Darkness," J.J. Abrams' latest contribution to the venerable franchise, is the bestselling DVD and Blu-ray title and a top rental. The film that made more than $466 million worldwide in theaters was also the top video-on-demand title. With the fall TV season about to get into full swing, DVD sets of popular series are also populating the bestseller list. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Ahead of its seventh-season premiere Thursday on CBS, the sixth season of "The Big Bang Theory" was the second-biggest seller. "Now You See Me," Summit Entertainment's film about investigators pursuing a team of illusionist bank robbers, came in at No. 3. Besides "The Big Bang Theory," other TV shows with seasons debuting in the Top 10 were "Homeland's" second season, "Supernatural's" eighth and "Castle's" fifth. Here are the top titles for the week that ended Sept.
May 8, 2009 |
Ever wonder what happens to the World's Greatest Athlete after he wins the Olympic decathlon gold medal? Dan O'Brien, 1996 Olympic champion, has moved on to eclipsing new heights in . . . hopscotch. This week, O'Brien set the world hopscotch record, according to Guinness World Records, by completing a game in 1:21.63 at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Which answers the question: Do they keep speed records for games of hopscotch? Less clear: Why?
April 2, 2012 |
Did you hear it? Cheers of elation that turned to "aw, man!" when people realized that there was no "Meh" button coming to Facebook, new"Star Trek" movie starring George Takei or GPS-enabled sippy cup for your kid. April Fool's gags, sure. But not bad ideas, really. Takei's post got 80,544 likes, hundreds of reposts and blog entries with old-school Trekkies practically drooling with excitement. He wrote: "The studio has acknowledged the fan enthusiasm for this concept ever since I appeared in command of the vessel in 'The Undiscovered Country.' J.J. Abrams will d irect, with Robert Orci again writing the screenplay.
October 27, 1994
In the news: Comic Argus Hamilton, on Time magazine's story about public schools: "The cover shows a kid raising his hand in class. That's not how it is today. Shouldn't he be raising both hands?" Comedy writer Bob Mills, on President Clinton's conduct in the Middle East: "He embarrassed Egyptian President Mubarak when he kept asking if he could meet Omar Sharif.
July 2, 1989 |
QUESTION: I am on a limited budget and I am interested in building one of those do-it-yourself insulated foam block/concrete houses. How energy-efficient are they and are they easy and inexpensive to build? ANSWER: The new types of foam block/concrete houses are extremely energy-efficient, especially for air conditioning. They are very well-insulated with minimal air leakage and look like any conventionally-built house. The first manufacturers were located in California.
November 11, 1994 |
After all these years, Leonard Nimoy is unsure why "Star Trek" still enthralls. "I've tried to come at that question many times," says the man who was Spock. "There are a lot of factors: hope for the future, mankind survives, the teamwork of the characters, the avoidance of pandering and talking down to the audience, the scientific credibility. It all adds up to an interesting theatrical experience."
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May 4, 2012
George Murdock Character actor often played the 'heavy' George Murdock, 81, a veteran character actor who had a recurring role as Lt. Scanlon on the television sitcom "Barney Miller" and played God in the 1989 film "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier," died Monday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, said his close friend and fellow actor Jennifer Rhodes. He had cancer. Murdock's craggy facial features and booming bass voice helped him land a steady stream of "heavy" parts in theater, film and television productions.
May 9, 2013 |
Every filmmaker in Hollywood worth his final cut has a signature visual flourish that functions something like a filmic fingerprint. For Martin Scorsese, it's the long, uninterrupted tracking shot. For John Woo, the balletic deployment of two-handed gun violence. Wes Anderson never met a painterly tableau he didn't like. And Steven Spielberg favors the slow zoom in just about every one of his movies. J.J. Abrams , meanwhile, tends toward a cinematographic trope that looks, at first glance, like a screw-up -- lens flare -- i.e. intentionally flooding the camera frame with light to deliberately wash out or obscure the imagery on-screen.
December 11, 1998 |
Paramount Pictures, whose ninth installment of the long-running and highly lucrative "Star Trek" movie series lands in theaters today, has the secret to sequel success: Make 'em at a price. While their box-office grosses and special effects may be dwarfed by such high-octane contemporary blockbusters as "Independence Day" and "Men in Black," the "Star Trek" movies cost about half as much to make and continue to be extraordinarily profitable for Paramount. The studio, owned by Viacom Inc.
February 24, 2012 |
Move over, Spruce Goose. Here comes YouTube. Internet video site YouTube and marketing agency Earthbound Media Group have agreed to be the first tenants at the Hercules Campus, an office park being created by Los Angeles developer Wayne Ratkovich from buildings in Playa Vista that were once the hub of aerospace giant Hughes Aircraft Co. YouTube will take over a 41,000-square-foot warehouse and office. Earthbound Media will move its headquarters from Orange County to a 15,000-square-foot building where technicians assembled the cockpit for the legendary Hughes H-4 Hercules seaplane, commonly known as the Spruce Goose.