Star Trek

The 25 Best Time-Travel Movies Ever Made

Twenty-five years ago this week (yes, twenty-five, look it up) Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure made its theatrical debut, telling for all posterity the tale of two California slackers who use a phone booth/time machine to gather historical figures for a class project. It was but one variation on a favorite cinematic device: time travel. It’s been done in comedies and dramas, sci-fi and action movies, on budgets giant and miniscule, in spaceships and in DeLoreans. There are dozens of time travel flicks out there, but these are our… Read More

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A Brief History of Asian Americans on Television

Those who have still not recovered from the tragic loss of Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23 can finally draw their mourning period to a close. Former showrunner Nahnatchka Khan just received a pilot order from ABC, and it’s a far cry from the two-single-gals-in-the-city premise of her last project. An adaptation of Eddie Huang’s memoir Fresh Off the Boat, the would-be series is a family sitcom based on Huang’s experiences as a Taiwanese American growing up in Orlando. Combined with the news that Margaret Cho will co-star in Fox’s upcoming Tina Fey-produced comedy, it’s a promising development for Asian-American representation on television. To put it in perspective, here’s a brief, non-comprehensive history of Asian Americans’ role in the medium, from George Takei to Lucy Liu.  … Read More

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J.J. Abrams Won’t Direct the Next ‘Star Trek’

To the surprise of absolutely no one who follows franchise filmmaking, J.J. Abrams has announced he won’t be directing… Read More

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‘Star Trek’ Writer’s Comments-Section Meltdown Proves Creators Need to Leave Angry Fans Alone

Star Trek: Into Darkness is the second-highest-grossing film in that series to date (behind only the 2009 reboot), and with an 87% aggregate rating at Rotten Tomatoes, one of the best-reviewed. But it was met with far greater ambivalence among the Star Trek fan community, where its half-assed political commentary and lazy shoplifting of Wrath of Khan iconography (not to mention the filmmakers’ weird obsession with keeping that angle under wraps) left a bad taste in the mouths of many Trekkies; in fact, at last month’s Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, a fan poll deemed Into Darkness the worst Star Trek film to date. (And these people saw The Undiscovered Country.) On the fan site Trekmovie.com, Joseph Dickerson wrote an editorial about the current state of the series, titled “Star Trek is broken — here are ideas on how to fix it.” And then screenwriter Roberto Orci, who co-wrote the last two films, showed up in the comments section. You can imagine how well that went. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Awesome Movie-Style Posters For Every Original ‘Star Trek’ Episode

There’s not exactly a shortage of Star Trek fan art out there, but Juan Ortiz came up with a fresh and fascinating angle for his new book Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz (out today from Titan Books). Ortiz, a longtime Trek enthusiast and gifted graphic artist, designed a movie-style poster for every single episode of the original series. Drawing inspiration from pulp book covers, advertisements, comic books, and ‘60s movie posters, the achievement is impressive to Trekkies and ‘60s design fans alike. After the jump, check out just a few of Ortiz’s original posters, along with (exclusive to Flavorwire) his own comments on the episodes and his inspirations for the images. … Read More

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J.J. Abrams Is Veering Dangerously Close to Self-Parody

There was a mystery afoot on the Internet yesterday. Did you hear about it? Were you drawn into it? There was a trailer for a new J.J. Abrams… something. It had no title, only vague imagery and voice-over, and an ending tagline of “Soon he will know.” But it opened with the animation for Bad Robot, the Lost producer and Star Trek director’s production company, so everyone went bananas. “What is J.J. Abrams teasing with Bad Robot’s new mystery trailer?” asked The Verge. “What is J.J. Abrams’ ‘Stranger’ Teaser?” wondered Rolling Stone. Slate’s David Haglund, while granting that it looks “interesting, for now,” asked, “What is it a trailer for? He didn’t say! Could be a movie, could be a TV show — who knows! It is all very mysterious.” And Entertainment Weekly offered up five theories as to what, exactly, we were looking at. But it became clear, in the hours after this giant non-event, that the clip was a teaser for S., a novel by Doug Dorst, “devised” by J.J. Abrams, whatever the hell that means. So here’s the question: why do we care? … Read More

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