Peter Weller Joins Cast Of JJ Abrams’ Star Trek Sequel

It looks like Robocop may be entering the bridge of the starship Enterprise as JJ Abrams has tapped Peter Weller for a role in Star Trek: Next. Details on what the role might be, whether a new character or one from the franchise’s long history, are not being disclosed. Weller joins returning castmates Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, along with Alice Eve.

It’s probably the Robocop aspect coming into play, but does anyone else think Borg when they envision Weller in the Trek universe? The news on what Weller will be doing in the film is vague, but even my limited understanding of the Trek canon precludes me from believing he’ll be a part of the Borg Collective. Some kind of executive in Starfleet, or a multiplanetary corporation would be a better guess.


Lock-Out Trailer: Guy Pearce Gets Punched In Space

Here’s your first ever look at the new french sci-fi thriller Lock-Out. Produced by Luc Besson, the man behind the awesome and underrated Fifth Element it stars Guy Pearce as a man who can only clear his name by rescuing the President’s daughter from an alien prison in space.

The movie, however, looks far more ambitious than that sparse plot description. The trailer contains outer space action on an epic scale, of the kind we haven’t really seen on screen since Serenity. Also, Guy Pearce gets punched in the head. Watch…


Cabin In The Woods Trailer Spoils Joss Whedon’s Story

I read and reviewed the script for Cabin in the Woods so more than anyone, I’m qualified to tell you that the movie’s first ever trailer pretty much spoils the entire film. So if you’re really excited to see this Joss Whedon co-scripted movie, then maybe you want to avoid it entirely.

Except it’s actually a pretty good trailer, if you don’t know they’re ruining the movie by giving away all the surprises. All you should really know about Cabin is this: four teens head out of town to spend the weekend at a cabin in the woods. There they find themselves attacked on all sides but what seems like a series of unending, murderous, horror movie clichés. The truth about what’s happening to them though, is far more horrifying.

Here’s that spoilery trailer…


Stephen Colbert Interviews Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Beauty Of Science Proven

The video below is without a doubt the greatest and most heartfelt love fest for science in recent memory. Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and ambassador of scientific knowledge, shares with Stephen Colbert his enthusiasm for science. Not only that, but he takes the time to explain in simple terms how it is that scientists are so mistrusted. With no shots taken at those who seek to suppress science, Dr. Tyson exposes eloquently the wariness that science faces daily by the world.

This interview, which took place in January of 2010 at Montclair Kimberley Academy with an out of his schtick Colbert, goes beyond being a simple and dry examination of science in the modern world. I’m not ashamed to admit that watching Dr. Tyson’s awe at the beauty of Pi – or how we are part of the universe just as the universe is a part of us – made me get a little choked up.


Hailee Steinfeld May Play Petra Arkanian In Ender’s Game Movie

I’m still not sure if I should be excited about Gavin Hood’s upcoming adaptation of Ender’s Game. There’s a lot to worry about, but with Asa Butterfield being offered the titular role it’s easier to believe the money behind the film knows that getting big names to play the leads is not the most important consideration.

We recently heard that Harrison Ford is a top contender for Graff. Variety reports that True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld is being offered the role of Petra. Considering what a sisterly type of character she is I wonder how much of Valentine, Ender’s actual sister in the book, will be rolled into Petra to keep the film’s length tolerable. She teaches Ender a lot about the Battle School and how the battles work, including how to shoot. It would be easy to roll that in with a sibling style relationship as well.


Advertise Your Inner Geek With Star Trek Jewelry From Amazon

Sure, it’s easy to fly your particular geek flag when you’re wandering the floor at Comic-Con. You can stroll amongst your brethren dressed like Boba Fett, or with a Ghostbusters proton pack strapped to your back, or sporting a “Whedon Is My Master Now” t-shirt. But what is the dedicated Trekker/Trekkie to do out in the real world? How to let your fellow humans know that you grok the works of one Gene Roddenberry? If your job won’t let you show up in full Starfleet uniform, now you can display your Trek devotion is subtle and classy fashion, thanks to a new line of jewelry from Amazon.

Trekmovie.com has the rundown on the line, which was created by jewelry designer Udi Behr in partnership with CBS Consumer Products. The collection runs the full gamut from necklaces to bracelets to rings, with 33 different pieces available. Most of the pieces list for $29 – $39. The jewelry ranges from the reserved to the semi-gaudy, so you’re bound to be able to find a perfect gift for that special someone in your life. Assuming that special someone in your life won’t kick your ass for buying them Star Trek jewelry. (Could be worse; could be Buck Rogers jewelry. Beedy-beedy-beedy.)