Dec. 06, 2013 | 6:01 p.m.
Screenwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay have been hired to join Roberto Orci in penning the next installment in the “Star Trek” film franchise. The as-yet-untitled sequel has no release date, and no director set, though rumors have suggested the job could go to Joe Cornish (“Attack the Block”). By this point, Orci is a “Trek” veteran, having written the scripts (with Alex Kurtzman and then Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof) for the previous two movies in Paramount’s rebooted series that were directed by J.J. Abrams, 2009’s “Star Trek” and this past summer’s “Star Trek Into Darkness.” The recent movie prospered at the box office, earning more than $444 million worldwide after opening to mostly positive reviews in May, though many fans groused about the veil of secrecy that surrounded the villain who was played by Benedict Cumberbatch, a character first […]
Nov. 28, 2013 | 12:19 p.m.
You don’t have to take your broom to Diagon Alley, cross the Bifrost, traverse the Misty Mountains or steal a vortex manipulator to find the perfect gift for the Trekkie, Whovian or Westerosi-wannabe in your life. We’ve done the looking for you in our annual Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or another gamer, a comics enthusiast or film buff, we’ve got you covered. Click through the gallery above for a peek at our selections. Items are listed below, sorted by cost. Happy shopping, and happy holidays! Under $25 Millenium Falcon guitar pick, $2.49: Here’s a song for you: The Millenium Falcon, it’s a smugglers’ ship. It can make the Kessel Run in “less than 12 parsecs.” Han Solo and Lando Calrissian use it, but neither has it as pick to strum and make rebel music. […]
Oct. 02, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
Illustrator and “Star Trek” mega-fan Juan Ortiz is taking his love of the Gene Roddenberry series to new frontiers. The artist has created a retro-style poster for each of the 79 episodes and first pilot of “Star Trek: The Original Series,” collected in “Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz” from Titan. Ortiz has been revealing four posters per month since August last year, and Hero Complex readers get a first look at two of October’s posters. Ortiz created images for Episode 6, “Mudd’s Women,” and Episode 76, “The Cloud Minders.” “Mudd’s Women,” written by Stephen Kandel based on a story by Gene Roddenberry, aired in 1966. The episode introduced con man Harcourt Fenton Mudd, who is trafficking in mail-order brides. Ortiz’s poster features stockinged legs, red high heels and a lipstick kiss mark. “The Cloud Minders,” written by Margaret […]
Sept. 01, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.
Artist, illustrator and avid “Star Trek” enthusiast Juan Ortiz has channeled his love for Gene Roddenberry’s brainchild in a unique, inspiring way, creating beautiful retro-inspired images for each of the 79 episodes from the 1960s series and the original pilot. A new book, “Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz” (Titan), out Tuesday, collects his work. Hero Complex readers can check out a selection of his handiwork in the gallery above. We also asked him to describe the images and to share his thoughts on the selection of episodes that inspired him — his comments follow. “The Mark of Gideon”: “It was an interesting episode, but I was left confounded at the end. The overpopulation could have been solved by removing a part of the population to an off-world colony.” “Wink of an Eye”: “The shadowy figure is actually a […]
Aug. 19, 2013 | 1:45 p.m.
In time for its 10th anniversary, “Star Trek: Enterprise” Season 2 is coming to Blu-ray this week. The prequel series is set on board the Enterprise NX-01, 100 years before “Star Trek: The Original Series,” when interstellar travel was still in its infancy. The show ran for four seasons, from 2001 to 2005. Captained by Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula), the Enterprise NX-01 was Earth’s first Warp-5-capable starship, crewed by science officer T’Pol (Jolene Blalock), chief engineer “Trip” Tucker (Connor Trinneer), tactical officer Malcolm Reed (Dominic Keating), communications officer Hoshi Sato (Linda Park), helmsman Travis Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery) and chief medical officer Dr. Phlox (John Billingsly). The six-disc Blu-ray set, out tomorrow from CBS and Paramount, offers several bonus features including a new cast reunion feature, “In Conversation: The First Crew,” in which co-creator Brannon Braga, cast members and guest stars […]
July 11, 2013 | 12:54 p.m.
“Star Trek Into Darkness” is arriving on Blu-ray and DVD in September, with a digital release in August, Paramount announced Thursday. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and more reprised their roles for the sequel to 2009’s “Star Trek” reboot. “Into Darkness” pitted Capt. James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock against the upper echelons of Starfleet itself, as well as against Benedict Cumberbatch’s Khan. “‘Star Trek’ works in subtle ways,” Cumberbatch told Hero Complex earlier this year. “There’re such condensed, incredibly beautifully drawn characters that are very now even though it’s a future-scape with loads of rich imaginative detail for fans to obsess over. The actual core content of the story is universal in time and place.” PHOTOS: Benedict Cumberbatch enjoys being the bad guy Directed by J.J. Abrams, the movie prospered at the box office, earning more than $444 […]
July 09, 2013 | 2:27 p.m.
The documentary “Trek Nation” chronicles Rod Roddenberry’s personal journey to explore the importance of the legendary sci-fi franchise dreamed up by his father Gene. The film comes to DVD on Tuesday, and among the bonus materials included in the release is an interview with “Star Wars” creator George Lucas talking about the important role “Star Trek” played in paving the way for his own space opera. “‘Star Trek’ softened up the entertainment arena so that ‘Star Wars’ could come along and stand on its shoulders,” Lucas said in an interview — Hero Complex readers can check out a clip from the conversation above. A number of other genre luminaries, Stan Lee and J.J. Abrams among them, speak on camera about the legacy of “Star Trek” on the double disc DVD, which also includes home movies from the Roddenberry estate and […]
May 23, 2013 | 11:02 a.m.
Director J.J. Abrams, in an appearance last night on the TBS talk show “Conan,” shared a very brief deleted scene from his sci-fi blockbuster “Star Trek Into Darkness,” showing actor Benedict Cumberbatch showering. Abrams played the clip after the conversation with host Conan O’Brien turned to the charges of sexism that have erupted over a scene that did make the final cut of the film — in which Chris Pine’s Kirk ogles Alice Eve’s Dr. Carol Marcus in her underwear. (“Some people felt like it was exploiting her. While she is lovely, I can see their point,” Abrams conceded.) Though the shower footage has the Internet all aflutter, it’s not necessarily the best example of the dynamic performance Cumberbatch delivers in the film as the villain (can we finally name him now?) whose identity was kept secret for so long. […]
May 18, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
Settle in and make yourselves comfortable. Benedict Cumberbatch is taking off his tie. Only a few minutes into an interview about his villainous turn in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” the English actor was all apologies for the distraction. But a painful pinched nerve required some tending to before he walked the red carpet at the New York premiere of J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated sequel. A pinched nerve in the left shoulder? Perhaps Cumberbatch has been spending too much time in the company of angry Vulcans of late? “Ah, I see what you did there,” Cumberbatch said with a laugh. “Those who pay attention to these things will notice that’s the one that Zach grabs in the film.” Zach, of course, is Zachary Quinto, who, in reprising his role as Mr. Spock for “Into Darkness,” spends considerable time pursuing, punching and, […]
May 17, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
With 2009’s “Star Trek,” filmmaker J.J. Abrams breathed new life into one of science fiction’s most venerable franchises. His sleek cinematic reboot re-introduced moviegoers to brash but loyal Capt. James T. Kirk and his level-headed foil Spock, played with a winning hint of modern bromance by Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. Now, Abrams has returned to the USS Enterprise with “Star Trek Into Darkness,” which beams into theaters on a course toward what’s expected to be a roughly $100-million opening. The Times’ Betsy Sharkey raved in her review that the film, “bursting at the seams with enemies, wears its politics, its mettle, its moxie and its heart on its ginormous 3-D sleeve.” She went on to describe the movie as the best release of the summer movie season so far. Late last month, before Abrams embarked on a whirlwind publicity […]