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The Movie: Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary
Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime
The Pitch: Galaxy Quest cast members Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Justin Long, Sam Rockwell, Tony Shalhoub, Missi Pyle, Rainn Wilson and Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, along with director Dean Parisot and writer Robert Gordon, share their memories of making the movie in a fantastic ensemble of new interviews. Meanwhile, pop culture favorites such as Wil Wheaton, Brent Spiner, Greg Berlanti, Damon Lindelof and more than a dozen other notable filmmakers, craftspeople and entertainment-industry observers offer keen insight into how the movie, despite not being a box office sensation, has had a lasting impact and a growing fan base that extends around the world.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Back in 1999, just over 20 years ago around Christmas, the freshly formed DreamWorks studio founded by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen was in need of a hit. With the sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest, they hoped they had found it. Unfortunately, the movie that cost an estimated $45 million only raked in $71.5 million at the domestic box office and a less than stellar $19.1 million internationally. It wasn’t a flop, but it was far from the big success they hoped it would be. But as time has proven over and over again, that doesn’t always mean a movie will be forgotten. In fact, since being released in theaters, Galaxy Quest has only grown in popularity, obtaining a different kind of success. And the new documentary Never Surrender charts the film’s path to production and ultimate rise to the status of cult classic. Read More »
The nascent days of the Internet brought with it a recognizable and often critical depiction of fandom in popular culture. The most familiar representation of the modern fan comes courtesy of The Simpsons, with its obese Comic Book Guy character. Arguably, that’s also one of the more insulting depictions of fans, as the otherwise unnamed Comic Book Guy is unnecessarily obsessive, snide, immature, lonely, and virginal. But fandom takes many forms, and one form celebrates its 20th anniversary this month in a surprising package.
Fans are a key part of one of the great modern comedies, Galaxy Quest, a story all about science-fiction culture and those who are most passionate about it. But the fans in Galaxy Quest are treated with a lot more kindness than you might expect.
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Over the years, Star Trek movies have been hit or miss. In fact, the inconsistency in their quality is so significant that Galaxy Quest is largely considered by Trekkies to be one of the best Star Trek movies ever made. After all, it’s a movie following the washed up stars of a Star Trek-style series who get hired to play real heroes, only to disappoint an entire alien race and then save the day by actually becoming the heroes they played on TV. Yeah, Galaxy Quest got complicated fast, and they didn’t even introduce a whole alternate timeline. Watch the Galaxy Quest Honest Trailer for more. Read More »
It’s far too early to begin thinking about this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, but here we are with the first geeky event that will be happening in the midst of the pop culture convention.
San Diego will be the first to debut Galaxy Quest in Concert, a live symphony event where David Newman’s incredible score will be played by the San Diego Symphony orchestra right along with the film starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Daryl Mitchell, and Sam Rockwell. Plus, Newman himself will be conducting the symphony. Get details on Galaxy Quest in Concert below. Read More »
What’s going on with that Galaxy Quest TV show? According to writer Paul Scheer, the television spin-off of the 1999 sci-fi comedy is currently in a “hold pattern” due to some behind-the-scenes shake-ups. But when the series does arrive, it’s going to be “what The Force Awakens is to Star Wars.”
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Every week in /Answers, we answer a new pop culture-related question. In this edition, tying in with the date on the calendar, we’re asking “Who is your favorite movie stoner?”
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, a new IMAX featurette for Avengers: Infinity War shows the difference between the giant screen and your traditional movie theater. Plus, watch as Jim Carrey surprised Jeff Daniels by showing up during his appearance on Conan, and learn some things you might not know about Galaxy Quest. Read More »
Back in August, we learned that actor/writer Paul Scheer had been hired by Amazon to write a TV adaptation of the 1999 sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest, a movie about a group of washed-up actors who used to star on a Star Trek-style sci-fi show who are swept up into a real space adventure. This is great news – Scheer’s comedic sensibilities are a perfect match for that world.
Yesterday, I had a chance to sit down and speak with him about his role in The Disaster Artist. While that full interview will be published closer to that film’s release, he gave me an update on Galaxy Quest that fans will be very excited to hear. He confirmed that the show will continue the story of the characters from the movie, and it’ll include two separate casts whose adventures merge as the season progresses. Read on for everything we know about the Galaxy Quest TV show so far.
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Nearly a year ago, Amazon was working with Paramount Television on making a Galaxy Quest TV series come together with the original cast reprising their roles from the film of the same name. Unfortunately, co-star Alan Rickman passed away after that, and Sam Rockwell indicated that ended up putting a halt on any development for the series. But now the project is in development again and back on track to become a reality.
Amazon and Paramount Television have been working on the Galaxy Quest TV series for months now, and a new report has surfaced revealing Human Giant co-creator and The League co-star and writer Paul Scheer has been hired to write the script, replacing the previous scribe Robert Gordon. So what can we expect from this Galaxy Quest TV series? Read More »
It’s that glorious time of year when we get together with both the family members we love (and some that we could probably do without) to sit down for a tasty meal and hopefully not a big fight. But with an extended weekend upon us, you’ll likely have plenty of spare time while you’re hanging out with family, and you’re just not in the mood to talk anymore. That’s what it’s time to turn to Netflix to fill some time, and thankfully, there’s a wide variety of movies for you to watch with anyone and everyone in your family.
Below check out our Thanksgiving 2016 Netflix suggestions for some movies available right now that will help you pass some time and keep every single member of your family occupied. Read More »