November 15, 2013 |
The temps were low, but hopes were high as aspiring actors from all over the country lined up outside Park West on Thursday for an open casting call for “Star Wars: Episode VII.” The line started at the Park West doors and went on for blocks, winding through the Lincoln Park neighborhood. It's estimated that more than1,000 showed up, all with the hope that they would be chosen for the roles of “Thomas” or “Rachel” in the highly anticipated sequel. Candidates were sorted through by casting associate Maryellen Aviano, who has worked on films including “Man of...
August 14, 2013 |
For many sci-fi geeks, the name of Gene Roddenberry will always be synonymous with Star Trek and visions of the future. When the creator of the classic science fiction series passed away, his son took it upon himself to carry on his father's legacy. But it wasn't a mantle that he would readily assume. And as he explained to me in the following interview, it would take almost a decade for Rod Roddenberry to discover how important his father's creation would be to scores of "Trekkies.
May 27, 2013 |
“Star Trek: Into Darkness” bothered me in a number of ways. A warning: if you haven't seen the movie, spoilers lie ahead. If you read on, get ready for a nerded-out rant, the likes of which you've never before seen (unless you read anything else I write about movies). Movie-going in general This is more of a general complaint about the movie-going experience. With the advent of unbelievable home theater systems wouldn't you think that theaters would be attempting to make the movie-going experience more pleasurable and not make us all sit there getting...
May 14, 2013 |
***1/2 (out of four) And down goes “Iron Man 3.” Touching on similar themes with far greater depth and maturity, “Star Trek Into Darkness” sets the bar for the summer blockbuster movie season. Yes, action and character development can coexist. Yes, expensive movies can embrace moral complexity. Hell yeah, a villain can be both cool and scary. He's John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch, pure dynamite), a Starfleet officer who goes rogue, unleashing terror on 23rd century London and a major threat to Capt.
May 13, 2013 |
Capt. Kirk and his first officer, Spock, probably wouldn't belt out Bon Jovi's “Livin' on a Prayer” aboard the starship Enterprise. Yet Zachary Quinto, who returns as Spock in the exciting sci-fi/action sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness,” names that song as the hypothetical theme to Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock's relationship. It feels appropriate - if you ignore the track's romantic implications - for the film opening in IMAX May 15. The iconic characters strengthen and challenge their bond while discovering that they're only, say,...
April 17, 2013 |
If you're a Star Trek: The Next Generation fan in Chicago, I would hope that you've been able to check out one of the previous screenings that Fathom Events have been putting on in the area. As CBS Home Entertainment has been issuing the re-mastered seasons of the show, Fathom shows select episodes from each season on a limited number of movie theaters. I've attended screenings of episodes from Seasons One and Two - which were fun - but now they're up to Season Three and will be screening a remastered version of...