Give The Trekker In Your Life A Limited-Edition Copy Of Star Trek: The Motion Picture’s Soundtrack

There are a lot of things to love about Star Trek over the years and in its various incarnations. And sure, there are a lot of truly awful Trek moments too. Probably no single Trek episode or film better embodies that duality than Star Trek: The Motion Picture. It’s ambitious and visually stunning, but it’s also got the pacing of a turtle trying to climb uphill on an ice sheet. Thankfully, it also features a gorgeous score composed and conducted by the late Jerry Goldsmith. Now La-La Land Records is releasing a limited-edition three-disc set of Goldsmith’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture soundtrack. It’s a limited run of 10,000, so you’d best jump on it if you want a copy.


Doctor Who’s Matt Smith Talks About Daleks, Farscape’s Ben Browder, And The Future Of The Doctor

This week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly is something of a milestone: it features current Doctor Matt Smith and a feature article entitled “Inside the Cult of Doctor Who.” For a show that used to used to be relegated to late-night broadcasts on PBS here in the States, Doctor Who has come a long way, baby. While you’ll have to buy the issue to get the full coverage, EW has posted some overflow from their Matt Smith interview on their website. In it, Smith chats about the new season, reveals his favorite Who monster, and has kind words for guest star Ben Browder from Farscape.

Warning: Minor spoilers for the next season ahead.

The show’s recent popularity here in the States isn’t lost on the cast, and that’s partly because they’re doing more filming here in America this season. Smith reveals that they filmed in New York for the episode that sees the departure – however that may be – of Amy Pond and Rory. While the specifics will remain unspoiled, EW‘s Clark Collis mentions that the episode features Smith’s favorite Who monster: the Weeping Angels.


Dean Devlin Returned His Paycheck After Writing An Unsatisfactory Independence Day Sequel

As unlikely as it may seem, there’s an increasingly good chance that we’ll see an Independence Day sequel at some point, despite the fact that it’s been 16 years since the original hit theaters. Dean Devlin was talking about the possibility earlier this month, telling The Hollywood Reporter that he was working on the project with Roland Emmerich for the first time in 11 years. A new interview, however, reveals that we almost got an Independence Day sequel years ago…but Devlin decided it wasn’t up to snuff.

Devlin, who co-wrote the original film with Emmerich, revealed the fate of the canceled script in an interview with Collider:

Many years ago, I was actually hired to write the sequel to Independence Day. And I wrote a sequel. And they paid me a boatload of money to go write this thing. And after I wrote it, I read it and I gave them back the money and I said, ‘Look, this is an okay movie I just wrote. But it’s not worthy of the sequel to Independence Day.’ And I literally gave back the money. And afterwards I said, ‘You know what? I’m not even going to try anymore.’ And it was only about a year-and-a-half ago that Roland called me up and said, ‘We should try again.’


AMC Gets In On The Sci-Fi Act With Area 51

AMC already has zombies, unscrupulous 1960s advertising executives, a high school teacher turned meth kingpin, and rain-dampened Seattle cops (okay, less of that since The Killing just got the ax). Now it appears that the network (remember when they used to show classic movies?) will take a stab at science fiction, and is developing Area 51, based on the bestseller by Annie Jacobsen.

Ominous warning sign outside of Area 51


Get Free Star Trek On Your Xbox 360 This Weekend

It’s no secret that we here at GFR are of the opinion that most problems in life can be solved through the addition of More Shatner. If you’re feeling low on Shatner of late and own an Xbox 360, the folks from the Epix network have just the solution. Beginning tomorrow and running through Sunday, Epix and Xbox (say, that almost rhymes) are teaming up for Shatnerific: A Celebration of Star Trek Fandom.

What all is included in this Shatnerific celebration? Well, it’s timed to help promote the new Epix documentary, William Shatner’s Get a Life! (which we mentioned in our “This Week in Science Fiction” column, which you really ought to be reading each Monday). If you have an Xbox Live subscription, you’ll be able to watch Get a Life! as well as the earlier Epix documentary, The Captains. While The Captains focuses on, well, Trek‘s captains throughout the various series and movies. Get a Life!, on the other hand, turns its lens on the fans.


The Watch Review: Only Ayoade Has The Power To Escape This Black Hole

In The Watch aliens decide to invade the small town of Glennview and our last line of defense is four idiots who’ve decided to form their own neighborhood watch. Or at least that’s what the movie’s about, eventually. First though there’s a lot of just sitting around while Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill try way too hard to be funny and fall completely flat. The fourth member of their group, played by The IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade, is left sitting back and observing as his castmates spout an endless amount of nonsense. For him, it must have been like spending a day at the zoo watching monkeys throw shit at each other. All you can really do in that situation is try not to get hit.

Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, Richard Ayoade, and Vince Vaughn in The Watch.