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Trek to the Past – Star Trek: Tos Season Three in Review

  • Nerdly
Star Trek is probably the most successful science fiction franchise of all time spanning six decades of science fiction storytelling. In this series, I will be looking at the highlights of all the past episodes from each season of all five TV shows that went before leading up to the new series Star Trek: Discovery that will be airing in the fall of 2017.

Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 3

Development

As Season 2 was airing the last few episodes of the season, NBC had decided to not to renew the Star Trek for a third year due to low ratings, but a group of fans decided to start a letter-writing campaign to get the show renewed for a third season. NBC had thousands of letters coming through the post, so much so that they announced they had, finally, renewed the series for a third season.

Many changes were made during the
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New to Streaming: ’13th,’ ‘Knight of Cups,’ ‘Cosmos,’ ‘Timecrimes,’ ‘Under the Shadow,’ and More

Editor’s Note: After a two-week vacation break, we are back with an expanded selection to catch up on what we missed! Enjoy below.

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

13th (Ava DuVernay)

Humanity gave birth to inequality. The American experience is rooted in institutionalized racial inequity. Our forefathers came to this nation either by choice or by force. Once here, this distinction coalesced into a convoluted caste system driven by notions of survival and supremacy,
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7 Reasons Why Christopher Nolan Should Direct the Next Star Trek Film

  • Cinelinx
With the rebooted Star Trek series receiving diminishing returns with each new entry and Star Trek Beyond underperforming, the future of the franchise is not certain. Maybe a new director is needed to take the series in a different direction. Cinelinx looks at seven reasons why Christopher Nolan would be the right man to save the struggling franchise.

Although Star Trek Beyond squeaked into a distant second place this past weekend, (Behind the latest Jason Bourne film) with an estimated $24 million--taking in over $105 million in two weeks--it’s had a nearly 60% decline this weekend. That’s a significant drop compared to the last two Trek films, both of which saw their domestic totals reach over $146 million by the end of their second weekends. With a total budget of $185 million Star Trek Beyond needs to make $370 million overall, which seems unlikely at this point. If this film does lose money for the studio,
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Autumn 2015 set to be biggest ever at UK cinemas, “season taster” trailer released

The Film Distributors Association has today announced that it expects Autumn 2015 to be the biggest of all-time in the UK, with a record-breaking number of cinema visits predicted.

With film’s such as Spectre and Star Wars: The Force Awakens leading the charge at this autumn’s box office in the UK, over 100 other feature films are set to be released to UK audiences between the two juggarnaut blockbusters. With that in mind, the Fda anticipates a modern-times record of 50 million cinema visits will be made between October – December, compared to the average 43 million which has attended over the last five years.

See Also: Read our review of Spectre here

And to celebrate such a wealth of talent and product, a special showcase trailer has been released (see below), voiced by Sir John Hurt (Alien), that includes clips from 55 of the films set for release.

As well as the big two,
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My Love/Hate Affair With ‘Star Trek’

Star Trek – and we’re talking the original 1966-69 series here – was a lousy TV show. I was 11 years old when the series debuted on NBC and I thought it was a lousy show then.

That’s why I couldn’t stand the Trekkies even back before there was a name for them. My first run-in with a pre-Trekkie Trekkie was Vincent DePalma. In seventh grade, Vincent had his mother make a sparkly Star Fleet emblem for a corduroy pullover to make it look like the uniform blouses on the show. He wore it to school which I thought was him begging to get his ass beat. He’d built a full-sized replica of the helm/navigation console from the Enterprise bridge in his basement. His father worked for Bell Telephone and had gotten him banks of light-up buttons that really worked. His dream was to eventually recreate the entire bridge in his basement.
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Full WonderCon 2013 Schedule Released

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A few of us here from GeekTyrant will be hitting up WonderCon 2013, which takes place from Friday, March 29th to Sunday, March 31th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. We went for the first time last year, and we had a great time, so we're all excited to be going back for more geek goodness!

WonderCon has released the full three-day schedule! There's a ton of great stuff to check out this year! Enough cool stuff to keep you more than busy! Check out the schedule and start planning out your trip! If you're going and you see us around make sure to say hi! We can talk about geek stuff! See ya there!

March 29 • Friday

12:30Pm – 1:30Pm

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Host Richard Hatch (Capt. Apollo, Tom Zarek), Kevin Grazier (science advisor, Battlestar, Caprica, Defiance),Michael Taylor (writer/producer, Battlestar, Defiance, Caprica
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Rest in Peace: Stuart Freeborn

Another film legend has passed on, and though his name may not jump out at you, his contributions to the world of special effects will long be remembered and revered. It's with a heavy heart we report that Stuart Freeborn is no longer with us.

The Associated Press is reporting that Freeborn, a pioneering movie makeup artist behind creatures such as Yoda and Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, has died. He was 98. Within the horror genre Stuart served as chief makeup artist on 1976's The Omen, and he also contributed his genius to 2001: A Space Odyssey, See No Evil, the TV horror film Spectre, the Superman film franchise, and even the hilarious Haunted Honeymoon from 1986.

"He brought with him not only decades of experience, but boundless creative energy," said Star Wars' George Lucas. "His artistry and craftsmanship will live on forever in the characters he created. His
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James Bond Retrospective: For Your Eyes Only (1981)

To mark the 50th Anniversary of one of the most successful movie franchises of all time and with filming almost complete on James Bond’s 23rd official outing in Skyfall due for release later this year, I have been tasked with taking a retrospective look at the films that turned author Ian Fleming’s creation into one of the most recognised and iconic characters in film history.

Following on from Bond’s previous mission into outer space for Moonraker, which although it was a huge success at the box office provided some of the worst excesses of the series so far preferring a more humorous approach over the serious spy thrills of the early days in the character’s long history. The film had also proved to be a costly exercise requiring co-financing from the French wing of United Artists to cover the budget. Series producer Albert R. Broccoli wisely
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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,’ ‘Young Adult,’ & ‘New Year’s Eve’ Alternatives

  • The Film Stage
Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Young Adult, & New Year’s Eve.

This week a subtle spy faces off against a mean girl and a cavalcade of celebs in theaters nationwide. Want more thrilling espionage tales, badass black comedies and schmaltzy star-studded stories? We’ve got you covered with some stellar selects that are Now Streaming.

Based on John le Carré’s espionage novel, Ttss centers on stoic MI6 agent George Smiley (Gary Oldman), who is in the midst of a mole hunt. Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch and John Hurt co-star. Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) directs.

Like your thrillers with British accents? Sure you do!

Sherlock (2010) Ttss co-star Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this extraordinary BBC sleuth series as a sociopathic Sherlock,
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Bullets and bats: when Hammer Films met 007

“My name is Bond - James Bond". That classic introduction to the cinema’s greatest secret agent is as famous as “I am Dracula, I bid you welcome.” When the box office success of Dr No (1962) turned the unknown Sean Connery into a movie legend, Hammer was never far away from the franchise. With their own films running parallel to the Bond series, Hammer and Eon Productions often made use of the same talent.

Dr No also marked the debuts of Bernard Lee (the first of 11 films as M) and Lois Maxwell (the first of 14 as Miss Moneypenny). Lee had a brief turn as Tarmut in Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973) and despite never starring in a Hammer horror, Maxwell turned up in their early fifties thrillers Lady in the Fog (1953) and Mantrap (1954).

As doomed double-agent Professor Dent, Anthony Dawson is best known as the vile Marquis in Curse
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Horror at the Oscars Part III

Tremors? Nightbreed? Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat? 976-evil? Are all on the list this year. And though there were not huge horror wins in sound editing through screenplays, the Technical Awards never cease to bring out the horror veterans. Notably Tim Drnec who contributed to such VHS classics as Alien Seed, Destroyer, and Prison won for his work on “Spydercam 3D volumetric suspended cable camera technologies.” An award also shared with Ben Britten Smith and Matt Davis who both also worked on Constantine.

But among all the winners, the Academy also honored some great loses in 2010. And though they mentioned some of our heroes, Dennis Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and Dino de Laurentiis (King Kong), they did not mention Zelda Rubinstein or Corey Haim. But we will in this last section and the others lost to us last year.

So farewell fight fans and remember,
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Top 10 Secret Organisations On Film!

In the imminent release of the Philip K Dick adaptation The Adjustment Bureau, politician Matt Damon finds his affections for Emily Blunt’s ballerina disrupted by mysterious and ruthless figures the Agents of Fate, who attempt everything within their power to keep Damon and Blunt apart. So, it seems like an apt moment to take a look at ten other shadowy organisations within recent Hollywood paranoid history.

As is the nature with exposing these secret organisations there may be a few spoilers…

10. Quantum in Quantum of Solace

Judi Dench’s M puts it the best in Marc Forster’s Bond movie played at double speed when she wonders;

‘When someone says “We’ve got people everywhere”, you expect it to be hyperbole! Lots of people say that. Florists use that expression. It doesn’t mean that they’ve got somebody working for them inside the bloody room!’

Yes, Quantum, a
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Review: 'Strange New World'

  • Comicmix
Gene Roddenberry spent the 1970s attempting to create new series and while many got as far the pilot film, none ever went to series. By the end of the decade he was frustrated and gave up, tying himself to Star Trek, riding that cash cow to the end of his life.

His first attempt was 1973’s Genesis II, a take on post-apocalyptic life on Earth, starring Alex Cord as Dylan Hunt (a name that got recycled). The CBS movie of the week looked good and almost made the schedule when the network opted instead for Planet of the Apes. Roddenberry continued to rework the notion, revising it into Planet Earth, and switching from CBS and Cord to ABC and then rising action star John Saxon. After that aired and failed, Roddenberry wisely walked away from the idea in favor of Questor and Spectre.

Others, though, didn’t give up and
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Actor Robert Culp Dies

Robert Culp was a popular leading actor best known for his work in television. He starred as Kelly Robinson in the popular espionage series I Spy with Bill Cosby from 1965 to 1968, earning three Emmy Award nominations for his acting on the series and one for scripting an episode. He later starred as government agent Bill Maxwell in the super-hero adventure series The Greatest American Hero with William Katt from 1981 to 1983.

Culp was born in Oakland, California, on August 16, 1930, and began his career on stage in New York City in the early 1950s. He was soon appearing frequently on television, and starred as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman in the western series Trackdown from 1957 to 1959. He was also seen in episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Chevy Mystery Show, the 1960 Shirley Temple’s Storybook production of The House of the Seven Gables, several episodes of the science fiction anthology The Outer Limits
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DVD Playhouse--November 2009

DVD Playhouse—November 2009

By

Allen Gardner

Watchmen—The Ultimate Cut (Warner Bros.) Director Zack Snyder’s film of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ landmark graphic novel is as worthy an adaptation of a great book that has ever been filmed. In an alternative version of the year 1985, Richard Nixon is serving his third term as President and super heroes have been outlawed by a congressional act, in spite of the fact that two of the most high-profile “masks,” Dr. Manhattan (Billy Cruddup) and The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) helped the U.S. win the Vietnam War. When The Comedian is found murdered, many former heroes become concerned that a conspiracy is afoot to assassinate retired costumed crime fighters. Former masks Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson), Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman) and still-operating Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley, in an Oscar-worthy turn) launch an investigation of their own, all while the Pentagon’s “Doomsday
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