Benedict Cumberbatch Takes A Shower In Star Trek Into Darkness Deleted Scene

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After the release of Star Trek Into Darkness last weekend, there was some controversy over the (somewhat) gratuitous scene featuring Dr. Carol Marcus (Alice Eve) in her underwear. While the scene was brief, the biggest sin against her character wasn’t the underwear flash, but rather her character being completely underwritten. Over the weekend, screenwriter Damon Lindelof tweeted an apology about the short scene.

While director J.J. Abrams was making the rounds on late night talk shows promoting the Star Trek sequel film, he offered up a chance to even the score, or trade off objectifying scenes. Abrams introduced a deleted scene above from Star Trek Into Darkness on the late night cable talk show Conan that featured a bare-chested John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) menacingly taking a shower on the U.S.S. Enterprise after Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Uhura captured him on the Klingon planet of Kronos.


Star Trek: The Middle School Musical

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There’s nothing cuter than watching a middle school musical version of Star Trek. Rhett & Link created a new YouTube video called “Star Trek: The Middle School Musical” that features middle school students “boldly going where no one has gone before”…with musical numbers. It’s very reminiscent of the type of stage plays the Max Fischer Players would put on in Wes Anderson’s 1998 film Rushmore.

This Star Trek parody is hilarious and charming. It’s great to see kids get into the original Star Trek. The video’s production value is sharp, even though it tries to look cheap and DIY. They even figured out a clever way to “beam” onto planets during the musical.


Paypal Co-Founder Says Movies Like James Cameron’s Avatar Hurt The Tech Industry

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NeytiriCinema can often be a reflection of society. It can inform audiences of the troubles, pitfalls, and social issues in contemporary history in an entertaining and thoughtful way. Cinema can also be a vision of the future. Well-made science fiction movies can offer audiences both conceits. Films like The Matrix and Avatar can serve as warnings to humanity that we may become too dependent on technology, whereas movies like Star Trek can expand the role of technology in society.

Co-founder of PayPal, Facebook early investor, and billionaire Peter Thiel has denounced Hollywood for making movies that subscribe to the idea of technology as evil and dangerous. As reported in THR, Thiel told a sold-out audience at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills that sci-fi movies like The Matrix and Avatar contribute to the high-tech industry’s “deceleration” and make technological innovation seem “destructive and dysfunctional.” He added that it will be a “very good sign” when Hollywood stops making movies about horrifying and alarming new technologies.

Thiel praised Star Trek for the role of technology in its vision of the future, stating that “communicators and tablets used by the characters in that old show about the distant future are already a reality.” But The Matrix didn’t hamper technological innovation, but rather embodies it. The filmmaking technology the Wachowskis used in 1999 to make The Matrix was used in countless films thereafter. Ten years later, James Cameron revolutionized science fiction again with Avatar in 2009. In fact, most of Cameron’s films have pushed technological boundaries forward, especially his films in the last two decades or so.

Where movies like The Matrix or Avatar portray the dangers of unchecked technological innovation, it’s because those issues are complex and do have a negative potential as well as a positive one. Thiel’s comments just seem like a cheap shot.


Peter Weller Defends J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek

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Star Trek Into Darkness has arrived, and J.J. Abrams’ take on Trek continues to be just as divisive as you would expect, with many long-time fans still left fuming, while others ignore the film’s problems thanks to thrilling direction, visuals, and action. No one can seem to agree whether or not Star Trek Into Darkness is a good entry in the Star Trek film series, or if it’s merely a good summer blockbuster.


One of Into Darkness stars Peter Weller, who played Starfleet Admiral Alexander Marcus, recently got dragged into the debate about whether Abrams’ Treks are good or bad things during a discussion with one of his professors. Weller is currently a Ph.D. student in Italian Renaissance Art History and Ancient Roman History at UCLA, and one of his professors in Roman art voiced her disdain for J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek reboot. Weller tells Vulture:

One of my professors, Kathryn McDonnell, a very gifted teacher on Roman art, she said, ‘How could J.J. do this? Vulcan can’t be destroyed.’ She went on this whole diatribe. She said, ‘Listen, I’m a Star Trek fan from the get-go, and you can’t make alternate universes when you’ve already been established for 35 years …’ So I was debating her over coffee. I said, ‘Well, I think it’s more fascinating that J.J. and his writers created a parallel universe.’ J.J.’s conception and the writers’ conception of the 2009 film were fantastic. They do it with sophistication. I find it very touching: That in one universe, this happened; in another universe, this happened. There’s an actual dialogue between the two universes, so it’s not just a gimmick.


Star Trek’s Restored Galileo Shuttle Finds A Home At NASA’s Space Center Houston

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Star Trek has always been at the center of imagination and technology and has always dared us to boldly go where no one has gone before. Now one of the Original Series’ most important props — the Shuttlecraft Galileo — has found a new home, on public display at NASA’s Space Center Houston.

The Galileo has been undergoing restoration for a while now, courtesy of the Galielo Restoration Project. Now Space.com reports that the restored shuttle will eventually migrate to its new home in the Johnson Space Center’s museum and visitor center. Home to both NASA‘ s Mission Control and astronaut corps, the Space Center is a perfect home for an iconic piece of Star Trek history.

The shuttlecraft is one of the most iconic and recognizable relics from the original Star Trek, and it was thought to be lost for almost 20 years. Props restorer Adam Schneider believes that this one piece represents Star Trek’s connection to space exploration and science. He bought the Galileo at auction with his wife Leslie in 2012, and says, “I think a NASA facility is the embodiment of manned space travel. This is the beginning of [Space Center Houston’s] entrée into how fictional visions of space travel led to the actual thing occurring.”


How J.J. Abrams Hid His Star Trek Into Darkness Secrets During Early Screenings

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Now that Star Trek Into Darkness is in out theaters everywhere, let’s take a look at how J.J. Abrams and his team at Bad Robot Productions made the Star Trek sequel…more specifically, how they kept the reveal of the villain a secret for so long. While we knew that British actor Benedict Cumberbatch was playing Star Trek Into Darkness’ villain, it was unclear which villain from the Star Trek mythology that was.

The Khan rumors had been around forever, or at least since the days when Benicio del Toro was rumored for the role, but Abrams and company just kept denying them. So when when Bad Robot invited members of the press to their Santa Monica headquarters to watch some footage from the new Star Trek film, they had prepared a bit of sleight-of-hand. The scene Bad Robot screened for the press was the thrilling space-jump sequence from the film’s second act. While it’s exciting, and reminiscent of the space-dive scene from the first Star Trek reboot film, it was clear that Benedict Cumberbatch’s character was named John Harrison. This was the first time that Bad Robot revealed the character’s name in any promotional materials.