July 2, 2013 |
Sorry, William Shatner. The International Astronomical Union decided not to name either of Pluto's two smallest moons after Mr. Spock's home planet of Vulcan, despite an online campaign that garnered global support for the “Star Trek” star's suggestion. Vulcan was the top vote-getter during a “Pluto Rocks” contest to come up with official names for the moons previously known as P4 and P5. According to results released by election organizer Mark Showalter , a planetary astronomer with the SETI Institute, Vulcan blew away the competition with 174,062 votes from people all over the world.
June 26, 2013 |
For sheer summer escape, it's hard to beat a good zombie flick. Good, bad, always ugly, the undead are a highly amusing genre as a whole. "Zombieland" from 2009, with Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone riding shotgun and Woody Harrelson wielding one, remains my favorite. "Warm Bodies," a clever hipster twist on the old trope starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer out earlier this year, comes close. But for now, consider indulging in the campy, eco-eccentric fun of Brad Pitt's battle with the undead, their teeth-chattering and bad hygiene giving "World War Z" its bite.
June 21, 2013 |
Walk around the original Legoland in the tiny Danish town of Billund, and it is easy to believe one is in a child's idea of heaven. Miniature replicas of Copenhagen's waterfront and the Millennium Falcon, Han Solo's spaceship in "Star Wars," compete with all manner of rides to keep Lego's target group, boys ages 5 to 9, happy. This Legoland draws about 1.5 million visitors a year, all attracted by the seemingly simple idea of interlocking tiny plastic bricks. Little wonder that the family-owned company is the world's most profitable toy maker and the second-largest by sales.
June 18, 2013 |
Already the entertainment industry's biggest licensor, the Walt Disney Co. is looking to "Star Wars" to lift it to new galactic heights when it releases three new movies over the next few years. "It's already an extraordinarily robust franchise without all that new content,” said Bob Chapek, president of Disney's consumer products unit. “Imagine what's going to happen when we have this succession of new movies.” The next "Star Wars" installment, directed by J.J. Abrams, will be released in 2015.
June 17, 2013 |
This had to have been a first: A winner of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award -- an elite group whose ranks include cinema luminaries such as Orson Welles, Elizabeth Taylor, John Ford, Meryl Streep, Henry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck, Fred Astaire, Steven Spielberg and Mel Brooks -- walking on stage to accept a Daytime Emmy Award. But there was George Lucas -- the creator of the "Star Wars" franchise, producer of the Indiana Jones franchise and Oscar-nominated writer-director of "American Graffiti" -- humbly standing Sunday evening before an audience of soap opera stars, game show producers and talk show hosts.
June 17, 2013 |
"Dr. Oz," Ellen DeGeneres, "Days of Our Lives" and George Lucas were among the winners at the Daytime Emmy Awards, held Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. CBS won the most awards of any network, with eight, while "The Bold and the Beautiful" was the most recognized series, with four awards including one for its leading lady, Heather Tom. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" was named outstanding entertainment talk show for the third time, while "Dr. Oz" was the winner in the informative talk show category.
May 28, 2013 |
Apparently the market force was not with them: A pair of Levi's jeans worn by Mark Hamill in the 1977 sci-fi film "Star Wars" failed to meet the reserve price in an online auction that ended last week. Nate D. Sanders , the auction house that put the trousers from Tatooine up for bid, had hoped they would fetch somewhere between $70,000 and $100,000. According to the lot detail page for the Jedi jeans, which had a minimum starting bid of $2,500, 13 bids were placed before the 5 p.m. PDT deadline on May 21 and no final bid amount is listed.
May 27, 2013 |
Bob Hope led the pack of popular performers who entertained the troops during World War II. John Wayne and other actors fought the war in feature films, and other Hollywood favorites tirelessly toured the country on war bond drives. In fact, beloved actress Carole Lombard died in early 1942 in a plane crash returning from a war bond drive. But there were numerous established stars, directors, producers and workers in other branches of the film industry who put their careers on hold to serve the country during WWII.
May 20, 2013 |
A pair of pants worn by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the 1977 movie "Star Wars" are up for bid through Nate D. Sanders Auctions, which expects them to fetch somewhere between $70,000 and $100,000. The auction house's description reads, in part: "Hamill donned these iconic pants as the Jedi Knight of all Jedi Knights, wearing the costume pants throughout much of the film. Sand-colored 'cotton drill' Levi's pants are purposely distressed to display wear, with dirt to back right pocket and in spots to front of pant legs.
May 16, 2013 |
Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel has been all over the revival of the "Star Wars" franchise in the past month. First he cornered Harrison Ford, making the actor who played Han Solo confront his old pal Chewbacca over past grievances and transgressions involving the Wookie and Princess Leia. Wednesday night Kimmel asked director J.J. Abrams, on the show to promote his "Star Trek Into Darkness," about the course he might take with the next "Star Wars" movie, which he's also set to helm.