Jonathan Frakes On Riker’s Beard And Why Gene Roddenberry Approved Of It

Having a beard has its perks. First, don’t be fooled, women love beards! Secondly, if you’re an actor growing a beard on a TV series, apparently, it’s considered the opposite of “jumping the shark.” Well, at least to Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Jonathan Frakes, growing a beard is the best thing you can do for your TV series.

According to Blastr.com, while promoting the release of the upcoming Blu-ray restoration of Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Two, Frakes, along with LeVar Burton, appeared on Attack of the Show on G4 to discuss all things TNG. Frakes disclosed that the reason he grew a beard was out of laziness and comfort, but the reason he kept the beard on the series was due to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future. “Jonathan, I love the beard. It’ll be nautical. We’ll shape it and, that way, it’ll be decorative,” said Roddenberry. Watch the segment below (the Riker’s beard talk begins around 1:40).


Darth Vader Gets Lit Up In These Star Wars/Tron Mashups

Mash-ups are all the rage. It makes a certain amount of sense. After all, how better for science fiction fans who have a deep devotion to more than one property to express their undying love for multiple franchises. Who says you can’t love both Star Trek and Star Wars equally and purely?

Case in point, take this pair of images, from Café Madruga, that take a few little snippets from George Lucas’ Star Wars saga, and combine it just a dash of neon from the world of Tron.


David Fincher May Be Pushing For The Star Wars: Episode VII Directing Job

The hunt for a director for Star Wars: Episode VII has been heated ever since Disney and Lucasfilm announced that the new film would be released in 2015. We’ve heard a number of top-tier directors say they flat-out don’t want to direct the new Star Wars movie. We’ve also heard a number of rumors and speculation on who exactly will inherit the Star Wars throne, which range from the thoughtful to the absurd. Now a new director has been thrown into the mix, and it’s not clear which category we should put him in.

According to the Playlist, director David Fincher “might be game” to direct Star Wars: Episode VII. But as ridiculous as this may sound, there may be a nugget of truth behind it. Fincher once worked for ILM as a teenager in the early ’80s. He even has an assistant cameraman credit on Return of the Jedi. He also has a pending deal to direct 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for Disney, which has been on hold for the past three months as they assess the situation. From Deadline:

As much as I’ve heard the Vaughn rumor, I’ve also heard Jon Favreau is panting after this job, and even that David Fincher, who apparently worked for Lucas’s ILM in a menial job as a teen, might be game for one of these new films. Unfortunately, we are getting nothing out of Lucas Land on what they call speculation.


New Leaked Images At The Vehicles Of RoboCop

José Padilha and his team certainly seem to have a different mindset than J.J. Abrams when it comes to set securing, considering that almost every facet of RoboCop has already leaked in one form or another. New videos of RoboCop zipping up and down the streets of Toronto have surfaced, revealing how Joel Kinnaman’s stuntman loves to show off for passersby.


Eight Long-Shot Characters Benedict Cumberbatch Could Be Playing In Star Trek Into Darkness

This whole Benedict Cumberbatch/Star Trek Into Darkness thing is wearing me out. As bloggers obsessed with/focused on the science fiction genre, it’s our job to try and figure out things such as “Who the hell is Cumberbatch playing?” But each new bit of info that leaks out seems to strengthen some theories while weakening other possibilities…but never enough to actually make a confident guess. Well, we’ve had enough of figuring the odds on all the usual suspects. Who’s to say Abrams, Kurtzman, and Orci aren’t digging into the deep cuts to pick out their new villain? Keep in mind, we don’t actually know for a fact that Cumberbatch’s character is from the Original Series, only that he’s a canon character…so that could include any of the TV spinoff series as well.

So you can keep your Khans and your Gary Mitchells, and good riddance to them! We’re going straight to the D-list to see who Cumberbatch might really be playing. And if these sound ridiculous, just remember…that’s what they want you to think.


What If Ridley Scott Directed A Star Wars Movie?

Over the last month and a half, the entire Internet has been overrun with news about Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, and the newly announced Star Wars movies. And when it wasn’t speculation about who would be involved, it’s been a barrage of good and bad Star Wars/Disney Internet memes. It’s kind of refreshing to find a Star Wars video that has nothing to do with Disney. Like this video, which posits the idea of Ridley Scott directing a Star Wars movie. The result is an Alien/Star Wars crossover that really makes you wish Star Wars was this dark and haunting.