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It’s long been said that the Star Trek movies work on an unwritten rule that the odd numbered ones wind up being disappointments and the even numbered ones wind up being the ones that are worth watching. If you go down the lineup and check the work on that theory, it seems to hold up. Star Trek: The Motion Picture was widely considered to be a misfire, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was considered to be the rebound that got things right, and then things keep sticking to that pattern all the way up to the tenth movie, Star Trek: Nemesis, which is said to have ended the streak of even numbered movies being good and is essentially the reason the franchise had to go through a reboot. Of course, if you’ve read this column before, you can probably predict that I don’t agree with this assessment. The Wrath of Khan is widely considered to be the best of the Star Trek movies, but to my non-fan eyes it plays as a set-bound bore full of paunchy, over the hill actors who were well past needing to be put out to pasture. Maybe you need an emotional investment in the franchise to really get its appeal. Nemesis, on the other hand, starts really horribly with a cringe-worthy wedding scene full of clunky banter and fake laughter, but as it goes on it develops into becoming an entertaining enough big, dumb action movie. It’s the perfect thing for the […]

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Shatner vs. Gorn

Tonight’s edition of Movie News After Dark is a Friday free-for-all. William Shatner fights Gorn, WonderCon explodes, Ron Burgundy reproduces, we learn lessons of Westeros and I sit the Iron Throne in defiance of the North Korean threat to central Texas.

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One of the most anticipated films of 2013 is Star Trek: Into Darkness, which finally comes out this May. After the trailer dropped late last year, there was plenty of speculation about how it connects to another Star Trek II from more than thirty years ago. Questions were asked – is this about Khan? what exactly is Sherlock doing in this movie? will Kirk and Spock finally make out? and will we ever get to see the green girl’s boobies this time around? It seems fitting to kick off the new year with a look back at Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, especially after all the hubbub it made as part of the beloved Summer of ’82 from last year alone. The older DVD and the more recent Blu-ray release includes director Nicholas Meyer’s commentary, in which he talks about Shatner’s acting, learning to direct, and (spoiler alert!) the death of Spock. And on to the commentary…

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Movies based on true stories are rarely — if even ever — 100% accurate. To make it an engaging story for an audience, obviously some dramatic license must be used. And for the time constraints of a feature, there has to be a good deal of condensing and abridging and in many cases exclusion. For the full accounts of real life, we may have nonfiction books or magazine articles or the Internet, and these more extensive and comprehensive tools are easily accessed after seeing the film in order to get at the greater truth. Movies based on true stories are more like teasers of true stories. And like most advertisements they have to stretch reality to pique our interest. Argo is certainly that kind of teaser. But are people giving Ben Affleck‘s latest too much credit in the accuracy department? I keep reading stuff about how the actor/director aimed for realism (see the post from yesterday about the film’s sound design), which may be the case in terms of tone and technical accomplishments such as period costumes and production design. There is quality to the recreation of time and place, if not all facts. Meanwhile, many critics are calling this film “stranger than fiction,” which is very misleading given just how much fictionalizing went into the script in order for it to have themes and a whole lot of suspense (too much, in my opinion, near the point of feeling like self-parody).

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly collection of links and stories from around the world of movies, television and other mixed mediums. It’s a column that has worked hard this week, and would like to be a bit silly on Friday night. Do enjoy. We begin tonight with an image of William Shatner wearing a Proton Pack. The folks at Topless Robot are holding a caption contest for this one. My entry: “Of course I have a Proton. Pack. I’m William. Shatner.”

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What is Movie News After Dark? Hold on, it needs to finish this level of Angry Birds, then it will be ready. Alright fine, one more level. Seriously, just give it a second. God*^*% stupid pigs! Alright, anyway, time to do the news. Tonight’s top story: former Marvel Studios chairman David Maisel has been hired by Rovio to develop a film about the addicting mobile game Angry Birds. Apparently a game that has been downloaded over 250 million times has some sort of commercial appeal. Personally, I hate this idea. I thought Rovio made a great move partnering up with Fox on Rio and doing cross-promotion. It’s not a cinematic franchise, but I will buy a game with some Samba background music.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly column with a bunch of movie news in it. What, are you new here?

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What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this stuff late at night, what do you expect?

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What if William Shatner had played Dare Devil in a 1970s exploitation flick? What if Alfred Hitchcock had gotten the idea for Halloween and made it with Kim Novak and Robert Mitchum? What if Mickey Rourke played Superman? These are the questions that haunt me in the moments just before I close my eyes to go to bed. Fortunately, someone else out there is even more obsessed with the possible worlds out there where Boris Karloff was Freddy Krueger (and the resulting movie posters).

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William Shatner is planning on saying some shit. This will not be much of a change for him though, as the man can certainly talk. This time however, he will be joining the CBS sitcom based on the popular Twitter account Shit My Dad Says, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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This week Culture Warrior asks, just how ‘new’ is the new Star Trek, anyway?

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It might have been a while since you’ve seen an episode of Star Trek. In fact, you may have never seen one at all. And for those of you who feel out of the loop this week, resident old guy Kevin Carr is here to help you out.

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It may seem inconceivable, but there are a large number of folks in the world who just don’t know anything about Star Trek. I know, I know—tough to believe. But, guess what? I’m one of these people. So for all my fellow Star Trek virgins, I would like to present the top ten things outsiders just don’t understand about Star Trek.

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Perhaps a big budget, CG-injected Star Trek extravaganza isn’t what everyone wants — but it is what we are going to get. That said, it is always fun to watch fandom manifest itself in the form of video mashups.

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I am beginning to get the feeling that most people have lost interest in the movement to save Fanboys. That said, here’s a new trailer. Enjoy.

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A rain drenched city of sin sets the stage for a serial killer with a message and the two cops tasked with stopping him.

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Neil’s weekend project: Identify the most entertaining fake Twitter users and deliver them in list form. Also, create a list of the must-follow real Tweeters for movie fans. Mission accomplished.

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Chris Pine gets buzz for Star Trek

Kevin Smith and J.J. Abrams have both been talking about Star Trek this week. One says Chris Pine is awesome in the flick, the other explains why Shatner is going to be missing.

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This just in! William Shatner may be in Star Trek XI after all!

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The Weinstein Co. provided us with 3 new photos from Fanboys this week, the long anticipated film homage to geeks. It has us wondering, are all of you still excited about this flick?

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