Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Theme Park Bits:
- Hostel director Eli Roth lends his talents to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights.
- Visitors to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will get a Zootopia exclusive.
- Disneyland is getting a villain and ghost-themed Halloween parade.
- The dance troupe Jabbawockeez returns to Halloween Horror Nights.
- California Adventure’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is getting a temporary seasonal re-do.
- Legendary Imagineer Tony Baxter shares an early design for a Mary Poppins ride.
- A look at new decorations popping up for Halloween Horror Nights.
- Early footage of the under-construction Star Trek: Operation Enterprise.
- Check out the full map for Universal Studios Florida’s Halloween Horror Nights.
- Go behind-the-scenes of the latest Frozen stage show.
- And more!
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The Toy Box is a recurring feature at /Film that rounds up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.
This edition of The Toy Box has some new Disney Store exclusive figures from the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a nice little vehicle set for fans of Supernatural, an outstanding figure of the War Doctor from Doctor Who and more.
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When it comes to talking about Star Trek: Discovery, showrunner Bryan Fuller has a unique habit of saying whole lot while revealing very little. Other producers, writers, and directors should take note: this is how you work people into an excited froth without spoiling your show. Today’s deluge of Discovery-related business is full of intriguing morsels, promising suggestions, and even a nugget or two of potential controversy for a certain corner of Trek fandom. Let’s start with the biggest news: the name of the show’s lead character.
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Even though VHS tapes have long been dead, there are plenty of people who miss the unique cover art that used to come with them. There was something special about the VHS covers that we would see lined up on the shelves of our local video stores, and it’s just not the same with all the glossy, Photoshopped covers we see on most Blu-ray and DVD releases today.
Thankfully, another artist named Steelberg has decided to make even more modern VHS covers for movies released in the past couple years, and they’ll make you wish you could stumble upon these movies, take them home, forget to rewind them and pay a late fee. After the jump, you’ll find modern movie VHS covers for Stranger Things, Ready Player One, Creed, It Follows, The Final Girls, Pacific Rim and more. Read More »
The key to loving Star Trek it to accept that roughly 30-40% of the entire franchise is, quite simply, not good. You roll with the weak seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation to get to the good stuff. You endure season three of the original series because season one was so good. You grit your teeth through the bad movies because Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is a legit masterpiece. Heck, this is probably the healthy approach to all fandoms. It allows you to really appreciate the good stuff.
When Star Trek convention-goers gathered in 2013 to rank the films from best to worst, Star Trek Into Darkness rightfully ranked in the bottom spot…and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier rightfully fell right under it. The fifth Star Trek movie starring the original crew, directed by William Shatner himself, is a bad movie, a cringeworthy exercise in how to sabotage everything that makes the original series dynamic work. And now, Shatner has apologized for it. Sort of. Kind of. Not really.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
UPDATE: Enterainment Weekly’s James Hibberd is now reporting that the lead in question here is not the captain (at least not when the series begins), making this the first Star Trek series where the lead character of the show isn’t in command of the ship. Rather, the show will be told from the point-of-view of a subordinate, which is a very intriguing notion.
More details about the series are arriving as you read this, so look for those in a separate post from our own Fred Topel. The original article follows.
The temperament of any given Star Trek series is often defined by whoever is sitting in the captain’s chair. James T. Kirk led an adventurous, two-fisted crew through smart, pulpy adventures. The methodical Jean-Luc Picard was all about negotiation, diplomacy, and thoughtful solutions to tricky problems. Benjamin Sisko liked to bend the rules to force solutions, feelings be damned. So the casting of the captain for showrunner Bryan Fuller‘s upcoming Star Trek Discovery is a big deal. The nature of this character, and who is playing the part, may say a great deal about the show itself.
We still don’t know who will be sitting in the big chair, but an old rumor that rules out 49% of the Earth’s population has been all-but-confirmed: the captain of the U.S.S. Discovery will be a woman.
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Even though having big screen battles is all the rage lately, from Batman vs Superman to Captain America vs Iron Man, this year has seen two of the biggest blockbuster battles. Plus, we still have Godzilla vs King Kong coming in a few years. However, even though there are plenty of franchise crossovers happening, it’s pretty much a 110% guarantee that we’ll never see Star Wars vs Star Trek in movie theaters. But we can imagine what it would be like thanks to this cleverly edited new fan trailer where the two popular sci-fi franchises collide in the most epic way possible.
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Comic-Con 2016 offered our first serious look at Star Trek Discovery, the upcoming television show coming to the CBS All Access in 2017. In addition to the title reveal, a brief “first look” video also premiered, showcasing some very rough test footage showing the U.S.S. Discovery in action. Trek fans have been divided over the design, which looks more rigid than the sleek and sexy U.S.S. Enterprise, but we may have been missing the forest for the trees as we’ve been debating starship design aesthetics. According to series producer and showrunner Bryan Fuller, the ship features an important clue concerning exactly when in the Trek timeline the series is set.
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The original Star Trek series crew and the characters from the Abramsverse (i.e., the Kelvin timeline) will collide in a new two-part comic book storyline. This was one of the moire interesting comic book stories we missed during San Diego Comic-Con International 2016. Learn about the Star Trek crossover storyline, after the jump.
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Even though he wasn’t born until four years after the series ended its original run in 1969, director Justin Lin grew up watching episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series. Reruns would come on at 11pm on Channel 13 in Los Angeles, and from 10 years old until he was 18 years old, he and his family would watch Star Trek after they closed their fish and chips shop and had dinner. So it should come as no surprise that Justin Lin attributes his connection to Star Trek to the connection his family had with the show.
More specifically, the filmmaker believes his father lived vicariously through Star Trek because of the sacrifices he made for that family. Lin explained that his father was a pilot back in Taiwan among plenty other things, but when he decided to give his family a shot at a better life in the United States, he didn’t get a chance to do some of the things he wanted to do back home. As Lin tells Deadline, “He latched on to Trek because of the sense of exploration and discovery, and hope.” Therefore, there was only one way that Justin Lin felt he could honor his father in Star Trek Beyond, and while it’s an obvious tribute, you probably didn’t even notice.
Find out about the Star Trek Beyond tribute to Justin Lin’s father after the jump, but beware of some spoilers. Read More »