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The other night I was watching a show on PBS on the pioneers of television and discovered that, while Proust may have his madeleines, I have "The Honeymooners". When I hear its theme music I'm instantly thrown back to being a little girl in our old apartment and watching it with my dad - it was his favorite show. I even had a strange dream about it once where I went through the door in the apartment and found myself in an ornately decorated living room. Upon awakening it struck me that while other busdrivers could support a family on a busdrivers' salary, in the Kramden household there was only Ralph and Alice so where did their money go?
They're doing it again! Someone has decided to make a third version of Dune with Peter Berg directing (read about it here). Is Hollywood incapable of making anything that's original these days? While we're on the subject of originality every time I read an interview about the new Star Trek movie the actor repeats the partyline that the film will be true to the original series' spirit. Yeah right and I have a Grand Canal on Mars to sell you. Speaking of Star Trek, I found a site for Star Trek Insirational Posters. For example: "Expendibility - Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Ensign Ricky are beaming down to the planet. Guess who's not coming back." LOL
Sort of speaking of "Star Trek" - did you know that Joel Gretsch who plays Tom Baldwin in "The 4400" is married to Melanie Shatner? I wonder what it's like to have Captain Kirk as your father-in-law? The other night Agent Baldwin was tied up with those plastic handcuff strips. If he'd see this he wouldn't have had to rely on help to get free *g*
First I'm told that tonight's ep of "Heroes" is terrific so be sure to watch it if you're a fan (read about it here).
Here are some pics of what J. Michael Straczynski is up to with the new direct-to-DVD "Babylon 5" movie called "Voices in the Dark" which covers the same 72 hour period of time as Sheridan travels on board a Presidential Cruiser en route to Babylon 5 from Minbar for a celebration marking the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Interstellar Alliance. One part of the story follows Sheridan as he picks up an unexpected visitor on the edge of Centauri space, Prince Regent Dius Vintari, and a warning about what will come afterward delivered by the techno-mage, Galen. The other part of the story is set aboard Babylon 5, as Colonel Lochley summons a priest from Earth space to deal with a problem that may have dark supernatural overtones. The two parts of the greater story intersect at certain key plot and thematic points, so that they overlap and complement each other while telling separate, but simultaneous, stories. Sounds interesting.
For any TOS Trekkie here is an interview with science-fiction author Norman Spinrad called "The Doomsday Machine Reloaded". ETA here is a vid of the new SPFX.
My guys may have gotten old but they haven't lost their sense of humor as you can see from George Takei's response to Tim Hardaway. Also the latest news is that J.J. Addams (co-creator of "Lost") will helm Star Trek XI, the one set at Starfleet Academy with younger versions of the original crew - sounds awful but who knows?
BTW anyone in England have any old tennis balls? They can be put to good use (see here).
Speaking of TOS, I've been seeing pics of the new re-vamped SPFX versions of it here, here and here. I haven't watched the episodes in years as I've seen them so many times that I know them by heart however I may now decide one day to get the re-vamped versions when they eventually come out on DVD (of course after they've been out for awhile and have become cheaper *g*).
Last night I caught on the news a segment about a bear eating fermented apples and becoming drunk poor thing. I read somewhere that a surprising number of animals do become intoxicated on fermented fruit when it's available. AA for elephants anyone?
The other day there was this quote in the lj'verse about how many are more comfortable with men holding guns than hands let alone having sex or getting married. If the conservatives proposed an amendment codifying marriage (heterosexual of course) according to biblical teachings it might go something like this:
LOL. Read more here. Of course the South has the highest divorce rate in the country so I don't think this would get too far even if someone were to take this seriously and attempt it.
Today is the 40th anniversary of the premiere of "Star Trek " (TOS). The first episode aired was "Man Trap" and with that showing an awful lot of viewers were trapped, hopelessly hooked. "Star Trek" helped me survive the dark years of my adolescence - it gave me hope that there would be a bright future where humanity wouldn't blow itself up and eventually get its act together and journey to the stars boldly going where no Earth human has gone before. I never cared much for any of the subsequent spin-offs but TOS will forever have a place in my heart.
For more on the revised versions go here.
More news on the release of the TOS eps with the new special effects here.
There's a new TV series in the making called The Sarah Connor Chronicles dealing with John and Sarah Connor between T2 and T3. Odds are that Linda Hamilton won't be playing Sarah :( and as with all news coming out of Hollywood don't believe it until you actually see it.
According to this, Matt Damon is in the running to play Captain Kirk in the new Star Trek project. Now the last I heard this was to be set in the time when Kirk was attending Star Fleet Academy. William Shatner was 35 when the Classic Trek began. Matt Damon is 36 so how can he play a cadet when he's already older than the original? Unless of course they've scraped the Academy idea. As for Spock he may be played by ....Ben Affleck!?! Having been observing the shenanigans of Hollywood for decades I'll believe in this movie when I actually see it.
J. Michael Straczynski once wrote a treatment for a "re-boot" of the original series meaning it would be a variation of the original series with new actors (and maybe Scotty would be played by a woman) plus an arc (which sounds suspiciously as an expansion of "The Chase" from TNG). Read it here.
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