Feb. 16, 2011 | 4:26 p.m.
The Egyptian Theatre will present all six “Star Trek” films that feature both William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy — a string of Starfleet films that spanned a dozen years — and three of them will be presented in 70 mm. Our very own Geoff Boucher will be on hand for the finale of the four-day event to handle the stage interview with Nicholas Meyer after the screening of “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.” Here’s the information directly from the upcoming American Cinematheque release (UPDATE: The press release below misstated the wording of one film, we corrected it): Thursday, March 24 – 7:30 PM STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, 1979, Paramount, 132 min. Director Robert Wise, ably assisted by Harold Michelson’s (“Dick Tracy”) otherworldly production design, Jerry Goldsmith’s stirring score and a special effects team including Douglas Trumbull, John Dykstra and Ramon Sanchez, delivers […]
Jan. 20, 2011 | 3:10 p.m.
Jay West drops by the Hero Complex with a guest essay on the legacy of “Star Trek: The Motion Picture“ With a new “Star Trek” film ramping up it’s a good time to reflect on the history of a film franchise that dates back to the Carter administration but has a complicated legacy. Below, you’ll find a rarely seen, 10-minute featurette on the making of the first movie, “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” which beamed down into theaters on Dec. 7, 1979. The featurette has never been released in any home-video format, amazingly, but it provides a unique and engaging behind-the-scenes look at the making of this inaugural “Star Trek” movie — showcasing some of the movie’s models (with especially interesting footage regarding the classic dry dock sequence) and sets. There are also glimpses of the main cast preparing for scenes, alien crew members donning their […]
Oct. 22, 2010 | 11:41 a.m.
“Star Trek” icon Leonard Nimoy has undergone “emergency surgery for a minor, benign, abdominal condition” and was forced to cancel a scheduled appearance at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, according to Michael Field, marketing director at the Cal State Long Beach venue. Field added that the 79-year-old actor and filmmaker is “recovering beautifully.” The event, with tickets at $65, was billed an intimate evening of reflection on the role of Spock and “Star Trek,” one of the most enduring creations in contemporary sci-fi. “We are working to reschedule the performance,” Field said in statement. “Ticket holders will be informed as soon as details are confirmed. Updates will be posted on the Leonard Nimoy page at www.CarpenterArts.org. [The star’s wife] Susan Bay Nimoy extends her thanks to everyone for their get-well wishes.” Here’s footage of Nimoy at last year’s Hero Complex Film Festival… — Geoff […]
June 24, 2010 | 1:50 p.m.
The 2010 Hero Complex Film Festival brought three amazing guests up close and personal with their fans. We had Ridley Scott, the director of “Alien“ and “Blade Runner.” There was Christopher Nolan, the director of “The Dark Knight“ and the most gifted filmmaker under 40. And then there was a true icon of television and sci-fi, the witty and wise Leonard Nimoy… — Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Leonard Nimoy’s farewell: “Live long and prosper, my friends” Ridley Scott wants to make two “Alien” prequels Ridley Scott: “Blade Runner” echoes in “a very special way” Christopher Nolan has a dim view of 3-D Hero Complex Film Festival covered far and wide Nimoy riffs on Shatner, “Star Wars” and … Jimi Hendrix? Leonard Nimoy: “Trek” fans can be scary Shatner: My whole career has been a close call Leonard Nimoy’s camera, in […]
June 15, 2010 | 1:06 a.m.
The Hero Complex Film Festival was a big deal for us, of course, but we were pleasantly surprised by the wide coverage of the event across the rest of the Web. Check out the links after the jump… Ain’t It Cool News: Leonard Nimoy screens Star Trek IV, talks about all things Trek and Quint was there! ScreenRant: Chris Nolan Speaks at the Hero Complex Film Festival SlashFilm: Christopher Nolan Not a Fan of 3D, Will Probably Release a 3D Film Anyway The Escapist: Dark Knight Director Doesn’t Like 3D FlickSided: Alien Prequels Will Reveal The Identity of the Space Jockey ScreenRant: Ridley Scott Talks ‘Alien’ Prequel Details Movieline: Ridley Scott Describes Alien Prequels He’ll Probably Never Make The HD Room: Ridley Scott Says Alien Prequel Script is Complete Filmonic: Christopher Nolan is […]
June 14, 2010 | 10:39 p.m.
HERO COMPLEX FILM FESTIVAL We’re still basking in the glow of the Hero Complex Film Festival this weekend — we had sold-out crowds all three nights and amazing energy in the room with special guests Leonard Nimoy, Ridley Scott and Christopher Nolan. Nimoy’s Friday night appearance was especially warm and even bittersweet — the 79-year-old sci-fi icon has just announced his retirement from acting and he plans to devote most of his time to family, photography and art collecting. Here’s a bit of video to give you a sense of the evening. The conversation with Nimoy went well past an hour — I’ll be putting more video up later. — Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED The story behind this 1952 newspaper photo of Nimoy Nimoy riffs on Shatner, “Star Wars” and … Jimi Hendrix? Leonard Nimoy: ‘Trek’ fans can be scary Shatner: My whole career […]
June 12, 2010 | 7:15 p.m.
I’m not sure who had more fun Friday night, Leonard Nimoy or the sold-out audience that came to see him at the first night of the inaugural Hero Complex Film Festival. Early on, I knew we were going to have a good ride when the Starfleet icon sent the audience into delirious laughter with his overwrought impression of William Shatner delivering the eulogy for Spock at the end of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” “Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was most… human.” Absolutely priceless. The conversation that followed was lively and unpredictable (who expected to hear about Nimoy’s chance meeting with rock demi-god Jimi Hendrix in Cleveland four decades ago?) and bittersweet. The dynamic 79-year-old has just announced his retirement from acting and, after a few “Trek”-related appearances later this year, he is stepping away from the public […]
June 11, 2010 | 5:09 p.m.
Friday night there’s only one logical place to be — at the Mann Chinese 6 Theatre in Hollywood where this blog boldly goes into a new frontier with the opening night of the first-ever Hero Complex Film Festival. The guests over the weekend are amazing — Ridley Scott and Christopher Nolan — but we’re honored to start the new tradition with one of the few truly enduring icons of contemporary sci-fi: actor and director Leonard Nimoy. The screening of “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home“ begins at 7 p.m. and then at 9 I’ll interview Nimoy, the film’s director and star, about his long and illustrious career and his just-announced retirement from acting. The 79-year-old walks away on top; his compelling work on the television series “Fringe“ and his linchpin role in the J.J. Abrams film “Star Trek” are a strong finish to a Hollywood career that began in 1951. […]
May 03, 2010 | 4:24 p.m.
“Blade Runner,” perhaps the greatest science-fiction film ever made. “The Dark Knight,” the pinnacle of superhero cinema and a billion-dollar success. “Star Trek,” the most enduring and successful science-fiction brand name in history. “Alien,” the deep-space masterpiece that changed horror films forever. Three days of sublime films are presented, with their iconic creators on stage talking about the past, present and future of their heroic franchises. Leonard Nimoy, Ridley Scott and Christopher Nolan June 11, 12, 13 Mann’s Chinese, Hollywood BUY TICKETS Clicking on Green Links will take you to a third-party e-commerce site. These sites are not operated by the Los Angeles Times. The Times Editorial staff is not involved in any way with Green Links or with these third-party sites.
May 01, 2010 | 12:15 a.m.
Mark your calendars: The first-ever Hero Complex Film Festival will take flight June 11-13 at the Mann Chinese 6 in Hollywood with five amazing films and on-stage appearances by three signature filmmakers. On Friday, it’s “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home,” followed by a Q&A session with the movie’s star and director, television and film icon Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy has just announced his retirement from acting; for “Trek” fans, this year is the final farewell to the original Mr. Spock, and the Hero Complex Film Festival will be part of that long goodbye. On Saturday, director Christopher Nolan goes back to Gotham with “The Dark Knight,” the billion-dollar smash hit that many fans consider to be the zenith of superhero cinema. The Batman film is the second half of a Nolan double-feature — the gripping thriller “Insomnia” opens the program, and the filmmaker will appear on stage […]