Galaxy Quest Documentary

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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 »

Tim Allen recently made the news, arguably not for the best reasons. Allen, one of a number of 90s-era comedy stars with conservative leanings, was on ABC’s talk show The View ostensibly to talk about the upcoming season of his sitcom Last Man Standing. But he quickly veered into complaining that he can’t say certain things…things like the “n” word. Though it’s not the first time Allen has groused about living in a culture that may push back against him using, you know, the cruelest possible racial epithet, it’s a stark reminder that there was a time when he all but dominated a subset of popular culture.

Some of Tim Allen’s biggest projects are celebrating anniversaries this year. We’re now just a month removed from the 25th anniversary of The Santa Clause, the wildly successful Disney comedy in which Allen played a grouchy businessman at a toy company who literally transforms into Santa Claus after he inadvertently kills the big guy. (In case you forgot, yes, the hero of the film kills Santa Claus is the setup.) Last month also marked the 20th anniversary of Toy Story 2, in which Allen reprised his voice role as the heroic if arrogant Buzz Lightyear. And this month marks the 20th anniversary of Galaxy Quest, in which Allen played a William Shatner-like has-been whose work on a Star Trek-style science-fiction TV show leads to him and his fellow cast members working with real extraterrestrials to withstand a vicious alien threat. 

After that, Tim Allen’s career moved down steadily. The release of Galaxy Quest was the peak of his all-encompassing fame, which is now a hazy memory. 

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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, watch a fanmade trailer imagining a Pokémon movie as part of Adi Shankar‘s gritty Bootleg Universe. Plus, follow Toy Story franchise stars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as they explore the Disney theme park expansion Toy Story Land, and see if comedian Tig Notaro can figure out who Melissa Joan Hart is in the latest edition of Under a Rock. Read More »

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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, watch recording sessions with the cast of Toy Story 4, including Keanu Reeves as Duke Caboom. Plus, see Tom Hanks and Tim Allen chum around with each other after being friends for nearly 25 years, and see how Tom Hanks ruins the publicity talking points given to him by The Walt Disney Company for Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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Not too long ago, we got our first look at Toy Story 4, which included a glimpse at some new toys coming to the franchise. The first teaser trailer introduced us to Forky, a craft-like “toy” made out of a spork, pipe cleaner and googly eyes. Then a second teaser introduced us to some carnival stuffed animals voiced by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. But those aren’t the only new characters we’ll be seeing in Toy Story 4.

On Thanksgiving, a new episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon had Toy Story franchise voice actor Tim Allen on as a guest, and discussion inevitably turned to Toy Story 4. While Allen wasn’t really able to reveal anything about the story, which is largely shrouded in mystery, he did reveal one interesting tidbit that we didn’t know about before: Keanu Reeves will be voicing a new toy. Read More »

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Get your tissues ready, Toy Story 4 is on its way. After Toy Story 3 closed out a pitch-perfect trilogy in 2010, it was hard to imagine that the story of Woody, Buzz, and co., could continue in any fashion without running out of creative and emotional steam. But Pixar has a whole new story to tell us in the Toy Story 4 teaser trailer, which introduces us to a new “toy” who isn’t really a toy.

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Toy Story and tearjerker go together like peanut butter and jelly, but it seemed impossible for Toy Story 4 to pass the emotional heights of Toy Story 3Toy Story 3 is perfect and cathartic, and yet longtime franchise star Tim Allen promises that you will ugly cry again once you see Toy Story 4. We’ll see, partner.

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Home Improvement Reboot

Later this month, we’ll see Roseanne return to ABC with a series revival that brings back the entire cast from the original sitcom. This opens the door for the network to possibly revisit some of their other beloved shows from the 1990s, and one of them might be Home Improvement.

Led and inspired by comedian Tim Allen, Home Improvement aired from 1991 to 1999. The series followed Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, the host of a hardware and fix-it-all TV show and the patriarch of a family with three sons (Zachery Ty Brian, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Taran Noah Smith) and an extremely patient wife (Patricia Richardson). Are they all ready to come back for a Home Improvement reboot? Tim Allen says the possibility “has been floated.” Find out more below. Read More »

The Santa Clause Honest Trailer

It’s the holiday season, which means all those Christmas movies that we avoid watching the rest of the year suddenly make it onto TV and into our DVD players and streaming devices again. One of the movies that people can’t seem to get enough of this time of year is The Santa Clause.

Tim Allen was at the height of his popularity when the first film in what surprisingly and unnecessarily became a trilogy arrived in 1994. So of course he had to star in a holiday movie where he brought his sarcastic personality to the North Pole and shook things up a bit. Now Honest Trailers has tackled what kids of the 1990s consider to be a holiday classic, and you just might see the movie in a different light after this. Read More »

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