William Shatner

25 Quotes from ‘Star Trek’ Space Philosopher Captain Kirk

There are two types of people in this world — those who love William Shatner as the “Priceline Negotiator,” and those who love him as space philosopher and Adonis Captain James Tiberius Kirk. We tend to side with the latter. No one pauses during a speech like old Jim, commanding his fleet with the wisdom of an ancient sage (when he wasn’t busy wooing space’s female population). Today is Shatner’s 84th birthday, so join us in remembering these philosophical musings from one of pop culture’s greatest characters. … Read More

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It’s Nobody’s Business Why William Shatner Missed Leonard Nimoy’s Funeral

Leonard Nimoy’s death prompted an almost universally positive outpouring of remembrances in the media Friday, but the backlash against his Star Trek costar William Shatner sounded a more sour note. This weekend, Shatner came to social media to express his sorrow over the loss of his costar and friend, and lamented his inability to attend Nimoy’s funeral due to a charitable commitment in Florida. For this, he was rewarded with a “Captain Jerk” headline by the tabloids. … Read More

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10 Hilarious Anti-Drug Films You Can Watch Right Now

This week, the fine folks over at Open Culture stumbled upon a truly wonderful bit of forgotten early ‘70s ephemera: Curious Alice, an Alice in Wonderland-style animated short that’s clearly intended to scare kids away from drugs, but instead makes them look sort of awesome. Making an actual anti-drug movie is a tricky business; there are so many ways to screw it up and get the mission backwards that about the only safe bet is to just scare people. So let’s take a look at Curious Alice, and nine other anti-drug movies that you can watch and laugh at, right… Read More

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10 of the Oddest Thanksgiving Cooking Tutorials on YouTube

As far as holidays go, Thanksgiving seems to have become a magnet for bizarre traditions and experimental twists. Brined, deep-fried, soaked in booze, and stuffed with virtually anything that can conceivably fit inside of its hollowed-out body cavity, the classic turkey has undergone all sorts of gluttonous culinary torture in recent years — all in the name of loosened belts and severe food comas. So, it’s the perfect time of year to surprise those insufferable relatives of yours by doing something new. In case you’re looking for last minute inspiration, we’ve rounded up some Thanksgiving cooking tutorials that leave us feeling like maybe our family traditions aren’t so odd after all. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we wished we could see the looks on a bunch of Rhode Islanders’ faces when they found out their 1979 Who concert tickets were redeemable for a 2013 show. We wanted this Irish Olympic commentator to narrate everything, forever. We wondered if this Korean song is the new… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we checked out a new image promoting The Dark Knight Rises on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. We listened to a Norwegian space disco remix of Roxy Music’s “Love Is the Drug.” We learned that it’s easy to scare Great Danes. We tried to imagine the… Read More

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David Attenborough's Spoken Word Version of "Wonderful World"

As a commenter on MetaFilter points out, if you’ve ever wondered what William Shatner would sound like performing one of his spoken word albums as a member of the British aristocracy, then now’s your chance. But while entertaining, the vocals aren’t the real reason you need to watch this fantastic clip, which UK ad agency RKCR/Y&R created to pay homage to Sir David Attenborough’s final appearance on the BBC. Rather, it’s the breathtaking wildlife footage pulled from the filmmaker’s vast collection, made even more poignant when paired with Louis Armstrong’s timeless lyrics. Check it out now for some instant warm fuzzies, and for more Attenborough, be sure to mark your calendars for March 12. That’s when his latest project, Frozen Planet — a seven-part series which focuses on the effects of climate change — will make its US debut on the Discovery Channel. … Read More

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Marcel the Shell and Other Unlikely Media Empires

Last week we found out that not only is Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp’s wonderful viral video “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” being turned into a children’s book, it’s also being developed into a full-blown TV show. Though we love Marcel (and Jenny and Dean, for that matter), and are nothing but happy about this turn of events, we have to admit that we think it’s pretty wild that their homemade video has turned almost overnight into a burgeoning media empire. The news got us to thinking about other unlikely media empires that have cropped up in recent years, a phenomenon that will probably start happening more and more. Click through to see our list of unlikely media empires, and let us know which ones we’ve missed in the comments. … Read More

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Dramatic Celebrity Readings of Wholly Un-Dramatic Texts

There’s a healthy tradition of celebrities doing dramatic readings of pop songs — see Jude Law and Christopher Walken’s rival renditions of “Poker Face,” James Earl Jones covering “Baby,” and William Shatner’s version of “Umbrella” — and those are all well and good, but there’s a slightly different trend we’ve been loving: the dramatic reading of the instructional, declamatory or fictional text. After all, from figuring out how to change a tire to parsing political speeches, everything sounds better when declaimed in Seriou Actor Voice. Click through to see a few of our favorites, and let us know if we’ve missed any of yours in the comments! … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The 19 new films contending for the Palme d’or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival have been announced, and they include Pedro Almodóvar’s La Piel Que Habito, Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. [via ArtsBeat]

2. Bruce Campbell has confirmed that the long-rumored Evil Dead reboot will… Read More

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