May 12, 2013 |
While the USS Enterprise has yet to conquer foreign galaxies, it is starting to pick up speed overseas. Playing in seven foreign markets this weekend, J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek Into Darkness" collected $31.7 million, according to an estimate from distributor Paramount Pictures. The studio said the sequel performed about 70% better than the original did when it debuted in those same countries four years ago. The movie did well in locations like Germany and Australia but fared best in the United Kingdom, where it grossed $13.3 million.
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.
April 26, 2013 |
Zachary Quinto is going from sci-fi to the stage. Producers announced that Quinto, who stars as Spock in the "Star Trek" reboots, in September will make his Broadway debut in Tennessee Williams ' “The Glass Menagerie.” The actor, who recently starred in “Angels In America” off-Broadway, will play Tom alongside two-time Tony winner Cherry Jones as fading Southern belle Amanda Wingfield. Tony-winner John Tiffany (“Once”) will direct. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage American Repertory Theater's production has seen success at smaller theaters and will transfer to Broadway for a 17-week run with performances starting Sept.
April 15, 2013 |
Movie theater owners will converge in Las Vegas this week for their annual convention, checking out new hybrids of popcorn, the latest iterations of stadium seats and clips from potential summer blockbusters including "Star Trek Into Darkness," "Man of Steel" and "The Lone Ranger. " A few studios, though, will use CinemaCon as a chance to give their year-end films a head start before the crowded holiday season. Twentieth Century Fox will unveil footage from its planned Christmas release "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," one of the longest-in-development movies in recent Hollywood history.
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April 4, 2013 |
Jim Mees, an Emmy-winning set decorator who helped bring alien worlds to life in the long-running "Star Trek" TV series, died Friday at his home in Selinsgrove, Pa., said his partner, Michael Smyth. He was 57 and had pancreatic cancer. Mees, who worked on more than a dozen TV shows in his 30-year career, spent a total of 14 years on "Star Trek" sets, spanning from "The Next Generation" to "Star Trek: Enterprise. " He was known for the futuristic sets he conjured, often from scratch, with elaborate schemes and basic challenges such as a director's edict against showing wheels on props.
April 1, 2013 |
Did Snooki and fiancé Jionni LaValle elope? Nope! The "Jersey Shore" star tweeted a photo of herself in a fluffy wedding dress and enormous tiara hugging her fiancé (prom-style) Monday, which happened to be April Fools' Day. "Jionni and I eloped!!! Here's a pic of the magical day!!" she titled the pic. Her Celebuzz blog blasted email subscribers with the message as well, and commenters went at it , sending in April Fools' props, accusations of Photoshop use, congrats and some messages not appropriate for a family website.
March 27, 2013 |
In attacking the Internal Revenue Service for a training video parodying the TV show “Star Trek,” critics have not very boldly gone where many have gone before -- to a political universe in which government employees are pilloried for practices that are common in the private sector. You probably have heard that the IRS spent $60,000 to produce a video parodying the 1960s space opera, which spawned several spinoffs in movies and on TV. The video features the adventures of the "Starship Enterprise Y,” whose mission is to “seek out new tax forms, to explore strange new regulations, to boldly go where no governmental employee has gone before.” The stand-in for Capt.
March 26, 2013 |
"Star Trek" star William Shatner was not amused by a video parody of the television show that Internal Revenue Service workers produced at public expense. The actor, who appeared in the 1960s series as Captain James T. Kirk, used Twitter to give a thumbs down to the video, which reportedly cost $60,000. "So I watched that IRS video. I am appalled at the utter waste of US tax dollars," Shatner wrote to his more than 1 million Twitter followers. The Internal Revenue Service has apologized for spending taxpayer revenue on the six-minute video, which is attracting wide attention on the Internet.
March 25, 2013 |
The Internal Revenue Service has apologized for spending about $60,000 on a training video that parodied the television show, “Star Trek.” In a six-minute video that is attracting wide attention on the Internet, IRS workers portrayed characters from the popular television series and vowed “to boldly go where no governmental employee has gone before.” Congress was not amused, calling the video a waste of taxpayer money. The IRS has acknowledged it was a mistake for employees to make the video.
March 19, 2013 |
BlackBerry inventor Mike Lazaridis is the latest techie trying to build a real-life medical tricorder, a fictional handheld device on "Star Trek" that enables users to quickly diagnose ailments and take health measurements. Lazaridis, who stepped down as co-CEO of the BlackBerry maker early last year, is starting a $97-million quantum technology fund that wants to commercialize technologies from research labs that he's been funding, according to Bloomberg . Among them is the medical tricorder.