*Seriously, though…the discussion at the watercooler is about whether this cover could cost him the game. that sub-headline could upset/surprise a lot of people. jus’ sayin’….
STAR TREK is director JJ Abrams’ latest attempt to tackle an iconic TV and film franchise, and although MI:3 delivered as a throwaway popcorn flick, STAR TREK is Abrams’ crowning achievement. Left for dead after the 2002 misfire STAR TREK: NEMESIS, the franchise has been given a much needed reboot, as the latest installment focuses on James T. Kirk’s (Chris Pine) and Spock’s (Zachary Quinto) first journey on the U.S.S. Enterprise. Eric Bana is the Romulan Nero, the villain who years ago destroyed the U.S.S. Kelvin, a starship captained by Kirk’s dad, George Kirk. Blessed with a sharp intellect and reckless bravado, Kirk grows up in the shadow of his late father, eventually deciding to join Starfleet Academy at the behest of Captain Christopher Pike (Greenwood). Thanks to a slightly confusing time/space continuum subplot, STAR TREK is able to expand its storied universe, most notably with a romance between Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and Spock. Although it does have its share of action, eye-popping special effects, and witty one-liners, the movie’s most compelling moments lie the hard earned camaraderie and innate conflicts between Spock and Kirk. And although Quinto does a first rate job as Spock (Leonard Nimoy also appears as the elder Spock) the film entirely belongs to relative newcomer Chris Pine, who effectively captures Kirk’s charismatic power over women (he beds a green lady in the beginning!), his stubbornness, and his adventuresome spirit (Pine even does a slight Shatner impersonation towards the end of the picture). STAR TREK has always been a multicultural universe whose universal themes elevated it beyond just pure science fiction, and kudos go to Abrams for continuing Gene Rodenberry’s vision by giving breadth and depth to Bones McCoy (Karl Urban), the scene stealing Scotty (Simon Pegg), Sulu (John Cho), and Chekov (Anton Yelchin). Space may be the final frontier, but this is not the last voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise, as STAR TREK even gives STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN a run for its money.
By advancing into the Top 3 on “American Idol,” Adam Lambert is another step closer to his goal of winning the competition. And in singing Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” Lambert showed that his theatrical voice is also suited to hard rock, adding yet another genre to the list of “Idol” theme nights he’s mastered. But to Adam, taking on different types of music is just part of his overall approach to performing, as he tells us. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW TO HEAR ADAM LAMBERT)
Ousted CELEBRITY APPRENTICE contestant JESSE JAMES has a new reality show premiering on SPIKE-TV later this month. Called JESSE JAMES IS A DEAD MAN, the show will feature the former biker taking on all manner of “don’t try this at home” life-threatening stunts. At the recent TCA press conference for the show, JAMES talked about some of the challanges we’ll see on screen. Listen in below:
We got a chance this morning to sit down with ousted AMERICAN IDOL contestant ALLISON IRAHETA. She’s upbeat and looking forward to the upcoming finale and tour. She also tells us that her time with A.I. was the greatest learning experience of her life. Listen in below:
In the new musical romance film LOVE N’ DANCING, writer/actor TOM MALLOY plays a deaf West Coast Swing Dance champion looking to get out of his life as a motovational speaker and get his dancing shoes back on. We spoke with MALLOY yesterday and he talked about the importance of casting ‘normal’ looking people to give the film a sense of realism. Listen in below:
LOVE N’ DANCING opens in theaters on 5/8
We caught up with JON FOSTER on the red carpet at the premier of his new film THE INFORMERS. A jaded, cynical look at a group of players in 80’s Los Angeles, the film was written by acclaimed novelist BRET EASTON ELLIS and FOSTER tells us that’s exactly why he wanted to take the job. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW):
Forner O.C. star BEN McKENZIE toplines the new NBC series SOUTHLAND as a rookie cop on the streets of Los Angeles. We spoke with McKENZIE about the show and he tells us that a recent location shoot was the most surreal moments he’s had as an actor. Listen in below:
SOUTHLAND airs tonight on NBC
We had a chance to talk with rocker CHRIS DAUGHTRY backstage after his performance on last night’s AMERICAN IDOL elimination show. DAUGHTRY is stoked that he and his band have a new CD (LEAVE THIS TOWN) dropping in July and couldn’t wait to shamelessly plug talk about it. Listen in below: