We love Eric Bana. The Australian actor has played three major roles this summer, in three different genres -- the villainous Romulan Nero in Star Trek, Leslie Mann's straying husband in Funny People and the titular time traveler in The Time Traveler's Wife -- which leads us to believe that there's nothing the man can't do. Who else could have played Hector, Henry Tudor and Bruce Banner?! While his schedule certainly wouldn't have allowed it, we wish Bana had appeared in more of this summer's movies, since so many of them were miscast or just plain disappointing. Perhaps if he were really a time traveler, he would be able to go back and join the casts of the following films, thereby making them a whole lot better than they came out.
While the late, great Michael Jackson is most famous for his music, the man loved to make movies about himself and his songs, and as a megastar he had his pick of some of the most respected directors of our time. Granted, not all of the films were very good, and most were simply long-form music videos, but all were jam-packed full of enough ideas to make a feature-length movie out of. In honor of the man, what say we get today's hottest directors to remake his films? (We'll leave the challenge of recasting the Jackson role to more talented casting directors than ourselves.)
As J.J. Abrams' re-imagined Star Trek warps into theatres, there's been a lot of discussion of past Trek movies, and... let's face it: most of them suck. Even the old stand-by rule, "even-numbered Trek movies kick ass," had to get tossed after the tenth movie, Nemesis, disappointed. Or did it? Because in between the crummy Insurrection and the lame Nemesis, an unofficial (but excellent) tenth Trek movie came out, which would bump Nemesis to the more logical 11-spot. That movie? Galaxy Quest. With an all-star cast and a hilarious, Trek-based storyline, it truly deserves the title of Best Star Trek Movie Ever. And since it's about to get re-issued in a Deluxe Edition DVD, we thought we'd explain just what makes it such a great Trek film.
While there may not be a wealth of movie news out there today (I'm about to march down to the Variety offices and let them know that they're not on vacation yet, thankyouverymuch), there are certainly a buttload of new posters and trailers up all over the internet. The coolest of which, in my opinion, is the exclusive over at Ain't It Cool News of an extra snippet of the newest Star Trek trailer, featuring Leonard Nimoy. That's all I'll tell you -- I'd advise you to go check it out yourself.
For months, there was virtual silence about J.J. Abram's new take on Star Trek. Details of the plot and images of the cast were kept tightly under wraps. Now, some six months before the movie bows in May 2009, you can hardly go a day without stumbling across some new Trek tidbit. Whether it's a new trailer featuring Leonard Nimoy or a new movie poster, news is coming fast and furious. Just yesterday, IDW Publishing announced it would be publishing a four-issue prequel comic book miniseries leading up to the new movie. As if that's not enough grist for the fannish mill, there are also new still shots from the scene in the trailer where young Kirk comes face to face with... Well, it's kind of hard to explain. Click on through only if you want to get a gander at what happens.
In an effort to spread the love and not alienate any one online entertainment news site (except maybe us), Paramount Pictures has released a crop of photos from J. J. Abrams' Star Trek set, dropping "exclusive" shots (one each) all across the Internet. MTV.com posted the one they got -- which I consider the best of the lot, a pretty righteous shot of the Enterprise bridge, with Kirk, McCoy, Spock, and a little bit of Sulu -- plus thumbnails and links to all the other ones around the 'net. They also spoke with co-producer Damon Lindelof, who dropped a bunch of hints on what the photo means, etc. Some of the juicier tidbits lie ahead, if you're avoiding anything spoilery...
Good news, all you beat reporters out there -- J. J. Abrams is going to adapt a newspaper article for the big screen. Granted, it's not your run-of-the-mill town council meeting report. It's a feature article that ran in last Thursday's New York Times, about a Manhattan apartment that was designed to be a scavenger hunt, with hidden clues and puzzles scattered throughout.
Brett Ratner must really hate me. Of the top three simple pleasures I enjoy in everyday life -- food, wine and movies -- the man has to take some kind of sick pleasure in ruining at least one of them every few months. As I haven't seen him at any L.A. restaurants in a while, I suppose I wasn't that surprised to read that he's setting out to ruin yet another movie franchise that I love. I reported last week that the man who in slaughtered the third X-Men movie had just signed on to helm the 4th Beverly Hills Cop film, which will once more star Eddie Murphy. That alone was enough to put a damper on my day, but now he's revealed the icing on the cake: He's aiming to gear the film toward a PG audience.
J.J. Abrams and his cohorts from Bad Robot Productions were in New York this week to ostensibly promote their new Fox series Fringe, but we couldn't resist trying to squeeze a few dilithium crystals of scoop from them about their Star Trek film when we met them at the premiere party for the show.
TWoP: What was it like to be on the set when William Shatner showed up for his top-secret surprise cameo?