Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy Passes Away at 83

 

Science fiction fans the world over mourned today
(February 27, 2015), when they learned Leonard
Nimoy, Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, passed away at age 83. Mr. Nimoy had been suffering
from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diagnosed last year, which
had progressed into end stage COPD, and is the contributing cause of his death.
He passed away at home in Los Angeles.

Mr. Nimoy was born on March 26, 1931 in Boston. His
parents, Max and Dora Nimoy, were Jewish immigrants from Ukraine. He is
survived by his wife Susan, brother Melvin, son Adam, daughter Julie, stepson
Aaron Schuck, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

While Mr. Nimoy had other interests and acting
roles, Mr. Spock was his most famous. Besides being a well-renowned actor, he
was a published author, director, producer, writer, narrator, photographer,
poet, and singer. His most notable onstage performance was in “Fiddler on the
Roof.”

Even though the original Star Trek TV series only
lasted three seasons, the series had developed a cult-like following, which
resulted in the franchise becoming one of the most popular of the past half
century. According to many articles and sources, Mr. Nimoy’s role as Mr. Spock contributed largely to this success. AnastasiaDate said he had
reprised the role of Mr. Spock in the J.J. Abrahams reboot of the Star Trek
movie franchise in 2009 and again in 2013 for the sequel, “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

Cameron Diaz Honored As Worst Actress

Cameron Diaz has won the never-coveted Worst Actress award from the 2015 Razzies. It’s a distinction that no actress wants to accept in person, but on Saturday night she won it anyway for her role in the critically and popularly panned “The Other Woman.” Saturday night’s award capped off one of the actresses toughest years in Hollywood where she continues to struggle to land roles, and when she does land a role it’s nothing to be envious of.

Her work in “Annie” also contributed to her award. Brian Torchin was saying it was so terrible that the movie itself won a Razzie for worst remake, rip-off or sequel. It was a night where Diaz seemed to be associated with failure itself. She was even involved in Kirk Cameron’s hideous “Saving Christmas,” special which was a faith-based comedy that grabbed worst picture. It was a night to forget for the formerly sought-after star.

The Razzie’s celebration from the 35th for the perennially fun and humorous awards ceremony that showcases the worst movies have to offer for a specific year. This year’s awards was a ball for everyone but the winners. It’s always fun to go back and watch the stars that choose to hide instead of shine at the awards, though, and a a full list of winners can be watched here. The awards themselves are never mean-spirited but instead choose to tastefully memorialize a body of work and a pool of actors that at least were working this year, even if not successfully.

A New Furious 7 TV/Online Spot Is Here

Is a TV spot really a TV spot when its released and first viewed online? Or, is the TV spot a “rerun” of an online spot? The answer probably does not matter as long as audiences for the film see the preview. The new Furious 7 TV spot has definitely been viewed by a lot of eyes like mine and Bernardo Chua’s. Based on the buzz in the aftermath of the big Superbowl commercial, Furious 7hardly needs any more promoting. People are really looking forward to the film.

You could think of the new TV spot as merely something to further wet the appetite of fans of the series.

What do we get out of the new TV spot? When you see Vin Diesel shooting a pretty wicked World War II-style anti-aircraft machine gun, you know the film is not going to be boring.

Jason Statham is presented in an unceremoniously evil manner. More than a few fans were skeptical about the casting of the perennial hero as a villain. Apparently, his is turning out to be a great choice as a heavy thanks to his malevolent demeanor.

Chillingly, the TV spot features Diesel in a close-up with Paul Walker and Diesel quips something about the film being “one last ride”. That is an incredibly creepy sequence considering Walker died in a fatal car crash.

Will Furious 7 live up to the hype? You have to wait until April 3 to find out.

The Retro Look of Daniel Craig in SPECTRE

New photos have been released from an exterior set of the James Bond film SPECTRE and the images have a real retro cool look to them. Daniel Craig is all decked out in black and he’s wearing sunglasses while brandishing a gun. In the background are snow-covered mountains. How is all this retro? Serious James Bond fans surely can make the connection between the look of Craig in this film and two other famous Bond outings.

The clothing is very reminiscent of the outfit Roger Moore wore at the end of Live and Let Die. While not the best Bond film, it was the movie that debuted Moore as the character. Granted, Moore’s first big hit would come two films later in the form of The Spy Who Loved Me.

The Austrian mountains, however, are more evocative of one of the most important films in the James Bond series: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. OHMSS was the first and only film to star George Lazenby as 007 and is considered on of the top two or three best Bond outings.

It seems that SPECTRE wants to borrow many elements that made the classic Bond films great while also updating them for modern times stated Susan McGalla. Considering how successful the new Bond outings are, plans are working out perfectly.

Will this be the last Bond film to feature Daniel Craig? No one knows the answer to the question at present.

Tom Rothman to be Amy Pascal’s Successor?

Amy Pascal, who has been with Sony Pictures for 15 years announced that she will be leaving after the hack scandal. She has been present in the studio for hits such as “Groundhog Day” and “Men in Black”. Pascal has made friends with many a star in the nearly three decades she has worked for Sony, including Will Smith and Adam Sandler.With Pascal leaving Sony it begs the question of who will be replacing her in May.

Insiders of Sony have stated that her successor will most likely come from within the company. In the contenders for this position is Tom Rothman. Rothman was an executive officer at Fox for 18 years before leaving in 2012. Tom Rothman was the president and founder of Fox Searchlight, which produced movies like “The Descendants.”

In 2013 Pascal and Chief Executive Michael Lynton recruited Rothman to help revitalize Sony’s TriStar film label. He is currently the favorite for the position. However, Tom Rothman does have some competition, internally and externally. Also considered are Doug Belgrad, who has recently named the president of Sony’s Motion Picture Group, and Jeff Robinov, who worked for Warner Brothers and whose new company, Studio 8, signed a contract with Sony about a year ago.

Originally printed in the LA Times.

The Future of Disney is Star Wars’ New World

 

Star Wars is getting the full-throttle press from Disney. The media giant has invested billions in acquiring the rights to the franchise is must produce a number of successful projects in order for this to happen. In addition to the current trilogy, there will be new spinoffs released. Apparently, the spinoffs are going to features characters from episode 7.

Episode 7 is going to be the new film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Is the spinoff series going to focus solely on characters debuting in the film? Will there be prequel spinoffs in the works as well such as the Han Solo, pardon the pun, solo film?

According to Gianfrancesco Genoso, no one really knows at this point. What anyone who knows anything about movies of this nature, a lot of tie-in merchandise is required in order for the project to be a hit. The hundreds of millions spent on production and development is not easy to recoup. Toys, games, apparel, and other items all contribute to making the series a financial success. Rehashing toys, for example, with the same characters every year is not going to be a help. One reason the original Star Wars toys were so hot was due to all the new characters released with each subsequent film.

Of course, the films have to be a hit in order for the toys to sell. Star Wars fans also have high expectations for quality considering the classic nature of the films. Hopefully, Disney has the right team in place to deliver on all expectations.