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Bring on another eventful year with 2016.
Is it just us, or has 2015 gone by really quickly? Either way, the year is coming to a close and it's been pretty eventful to say the least. Here's a break down on just a few of the things that have happened this year in the world of film, music and entertainment.
Eddie Redmayne wins big with 'The Theory Of Everything'
January: The biggest event of the beginning of the year was, of course, the Golden Globes; an event that this year saw success for 'Boyhood' and Eddie Redmayne following his part in 'The Theory Of Everything'. Julianne Moore won Best Actress for 'Still Alice'. The rest of the month was a bit of a low; record producer Suge Knight was arrested following a hit and run incident (and later jailed), Nick Cannon filed for divorce from Mariah Carey, and Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unresponsive in her bathtub.
There's a lot more to Leonard Nimoy than Spock.
He may have become best known as 'Star Trek's' Spock, but Leonard Nimoy, who has revealed he is suffering from chronic lung disease has had a long and varied career. From directing to writing and some even stranger things inbetween, there's a lot more to know about Leonard Nimoy than simply his 'Star Trek' alter-ego.
Leonard Nimoy is suffering from lung disease.
1. He’s an accomplished photographer
Nimoy first became interested in photography in his youth, and then went on to study it at UCLA, after his initial run as Spock. Nimoy’s work has been widely exhibited all over the world and in 2007 he released the book ‘The Full Body Project’, a collection of photographs of naked plus size women.
2. After 'Star Trek' he opened a pet store
After 'Star Trek' and 'Mission Impossible', Nimoy fulfilled a life long dream of opening a pet store. 'Leonard Nimoy’s Pet Pad' in the San Fernando Valley, focused mainly on exotic animals and stocked chipmunks, monkey, crocodiles and boa constrictors, to name a few. When asked why he opened a pet shop Nimoy said in a 1969 article "Well, l've aIways had a thing for animals and I once worked in one to support myself between roles. And I like the kind of people that shop in pet stores.”
3. He also has a pilot’s license.
Yes the real life Spock has a licence to fly private planes and once owned his own plane that he used for ‘short trips’.
Leonard Nimoy urges fans to quit smoking after revealing he is suffering from a severe lung disease, "Smokers, please understand. If you quit after you're diagnosed with lung damage it's too late."
Leonard Nimoy, who gained worldwide fame as 'Spock' in the original 'Star Trek' television series is not well.
The 82 year-old actor is suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (lungs), a result of a lifetime of smoking.
Nimoy took to twitter to announce the news and also urged fans to stop the addictive habit before it is too late.
Continue reading: Leonard Nimoy, AKA 'Spock', Suffering From Chronic Lung Disease
The book-selling giant take another step towards literary domination
What’s that? A giant global corporation has ignored the creative integrity of the people it profits from in order to maximize gross income, potentially alienating future authors and jeopardizing their commerce? That’s right, Amazon is all-aboard the fan fiction train, next stop: avoiding tax on the profit it makes from it!
This means a fan of a book, like Twilight for instance, could write a story with Bella, Edward and Jacob, and sell it back to readers via the Kindle store. That is, if Stephenie Meyer signs up to it, which, considering the size of the brand, she probably won’t. It also means the latent homoerotic relationship between Star Trek’s Kirk and Spock, exhibited so often by completely normal fan fiction writers, can now be a nice little earner for them. Nice that.
It’s surprising just how many authors are signing up to let their work be taken by a fan and moulded into something else. Amazon reckon the "Kindle Worlds" project is a good thing for writers, as it is "an entirely new way to monetise their valuable franchises [and] it allows them to extend their worlds with new stories and characters and more deeply engage with existing fans".
Continue reading: Amazon Thinks Profits And Sanctions Fan Fiction Marketplace
The first and the latest in a line of Spocks faced off in an Audi ad.
Audi’s newest ad pits Spock against Spock as Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto face off in a race to the golf club. Ok, so that sounds considerably less epic than it could have been with two Spocks in the picture, but the ad isn’t half bad. It opens with Quinto and Nimoy playing online chess. When Quinto loses, he challenges his predecessor to a race - a race to the golf club, of course, in typical rich guy fashion. Naturally, while the young’un cruises along in his shiny new Audi, the original Spock struggles to ever get his old beater started. Engine troubles, exhaust troubles, even his stereo cuts out at one point – Nimoy barely makes it to the swanky golf club in one piece and when he does, Quinto is already there waiting for him, all smug and confident.
The veteran has the last laugh though, as in a nod to the beloved series, he neutralizes Quinto right at the finish line, using the infamous Vulcan nerve punch. The whole thing is full of Star Trek-related quips and there’s even a nod to The Hobbit in there – it’s basically a nerd’s dream ad. It’s quite funny too. If you don’t mind your entertainment trying to pitch you some products that is.
Continue reading: Spock Vs Spock: Car Commercial Pits Leonard Nimoy Against Zachary Quinto
But the original Trek also drew heavily on Cold War-era sci-fi series like The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone -- groundbreaking and experimental in their ideas, but with a traditional moral and dramatic approach. Their serious tone fit the fifties, that uneasy, schizoid time of cultural confidence, space exploration, and looming nuclear Armageddon. Star Trek's cautious presentation probably helped viewers to swallow its innovations, from flip-phone communicators and automatic doors to alien characters like Leonard Nimoy's Spock. The idea of a character motivated by "logic" instead of emotion is pretty silly (they're not opposites), but it was perfect for the liberationist sixties -- and it was a powerful gimmick that generated years' worth of story ideas. (In one of season three's last episodes, "All Our Yesterdays," Spock goes back in time, loses his civilized veneer, and develops a primordial passion for Mariette Hartley.)
Continue reading: Star Trek: Season Three Review
Continuing on its recent arc of solid storylines in its animation and quality visuals, Atlantis is successful in both being a wide-eyed roller-coaster ride for kids and is interesting enough to keep adults from passing out from boredom. The film follows the adventures of Milo Thatch (Michael J. Fox), a bookworm/boiler room attendant/linguistics expert who probably hasn't had a date in years. Milo's grandfather was an explorer looking for Atlantis who knew where to discover the location of the lost city -- in a hidden journal. With the help of eccentric billionaire Preston Whitmore (John Mahoney), the lost journal is recovered, providing new clues to Atlantis's whereabouts. Milo then joins a group of rag-tag explorers -- including a 200-person Navy, enough surplus to take over a small county, and no cute sidekicks -- in the search for the city of Atlantis.
Continue reading: Atlantis: The Lost Empire Review
Even among different denominations of Jewish religion, Hasidism stands alone, a religion of minorities among minorities. The invaluable quality of this film is that it neither critiques nor praises the Hasidic religion. For a subject matter as extreme and uncompromising as the religion itself, A Life Apart is wonderfully even-handed. Throughout the film, which starts and concludes with an exuberant wedding ceremony underlying the significance of ritual for the Hasidic community, we dig into the mystic philosophy behind the Hasidic refusal to participate in the contemporary world.
Continue reading: A Life Apart: Hasidism In America Review
Disney animated features have never been known for their originality, but their creators almost always craft delightful entertoonment from threadbare grab bags of clichés and contrived plot devices.
This year's regularly scheduled summer cartoon release is a perfect example of this principle. "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" is a grand-scale archeological adventure that, if it were live-action, would be the kind of campy, glossy, bottom-rung syndicated stuff you find padding the prime-time schedules of the UPN and WB networks.
It's populated with an unlikely racial balance of stock characters -- a muscle-man African-American doctor (voice of Phil Morris), a sassy teenage Latina tomboy mechanic (Jacqueline Obradors) -- most of whom are mercenaries ("adventure capitalists," one proffers) on a quest for the legendary ancient city in the title. The catalyst for the endeavor is, of course, an eccentric millionaire (voiced by John Mahoney) who funds the expedition.
Continue reading: Atlantis: The Lost Empire Review
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