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Review: 'Star Trek' Is A Blockbuster That Deserves The Hype

5/1/2009 2:24pm EDT
Star Trek XI
When the new "Star Trek" was announced, directed by J.J. Abrams and starring a hot young cast, it was playfully referred to as "Star Trek 90210" and many fans were skeptical of its worth. Reboots of popular series are often very disappointing, and it was especially dangerous with such a diehard fanbase ready to tear apart each and every detail. The Original Series started the Trek world, and it was known to be hilarious, cheesy, and the best sci-fi they had at the time. The Next Generation was sleek and more serious, but personally I always preferred the original cast; especially their movi...
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Not Your Father's 'Star Trek': A New Trek For A New Generation

4/24/2009 10:05am EDT
Star Trek
Two weeks ago, Trekkies in Austin were treated to the thrill of a lifetime when, during a screening of The Wrath of Khan at the Alamo Theater, Leonard Nimoy walked onstage and offered to show them the brand-new upcoming Star Trek in its entirety. The reviews that came from this advance preview were, well, explosive, leaving Twitter a melted puddle of geek fangasm, and the rest of the internet collectively quivering in anticipation. Now, early reviews are starting to come in from various publications, including the UK's Daily Mail, which said "[Star Trek] is not only by far the best of the 1...
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Lauren Conrad Gets Animated In 'Family Guy'

4/23/2009 10:15am EDT
Lauren Conrad
Lauren Conrad joins good company like Drew Barrymore and the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation as one of the celebrity guest stars of Family Guy. Like the TNG cast, she plays herself. Get ready to see Seth MacFarlane's artistic take on the star of The Hills.

"That's actually the most exciting part is to see what you look like animated," Conrad said. "I think that I was basically just a blonde character though in this episode. I mean, I feel like unless you have a really prominent feature on your face, you kind of just look like a cartoon character, so I thought it was fun."

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Celebrity Birthdays, March 29

3/29/2009 3:00am EDT
Elle Macpherson
Happy Birthday to tennis superstar Jennifer Capriati (1976), "Xena: Warrior Princess" star Lucy Lawless (1968), Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson (1964), "Star Trek: TNG" actress Marina Sirtis (1960), Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell (1959), "Harold & Maude" star Bud Cort (1948), "Monty Python" actor Eric Idle (1943), legendary baseball pitcher Cy Young (1867; d. 1955).

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Celebrity Birthdays, March 2

3/2/2009 3:00am EST
Ben Roethlisberger
Happy Birthday to "A.J. Soprano" Robert Iler (1985), Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (1982), Lady in the Water star Bryce Dallas Howard (1981), actress Heather McComb (1977), Coldplay singer Chris Martin (1977), new James Bond actor Daniel Craig (1968), rocker Jon Bon Jovi (1962), SNL alum Laraine Newman (1952), singer Karen Carpenter (1950; d. 1983), Star Trek doctor Gates McFadden (1949), singer Eddie Money (1949), Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher (1948), Velvet Underground singer Lou Reed (1942), authors John Irving (1942) and Tom Wolfe (1931), former Soviet Union presid...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 23

2/23/2009 3:00am EST
Dakota Fanning
Happy Birthday to "War of the Worlds" star Dakota Fanning (1994), British singer/keyboardist Howard Jones (1955), "Home Improvement" mom Patricia Richardson (1951), musician Johnny Winter (1944), prolific actor Peter Fonda (1939), "Star Trek: TNG" actress Majel Barrett (1932), silver screen director Victor Fleming (1883; d. 1949), and "Messiah" composer George Frideric Handel (1685; d. 1759).

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Celebrity Birthdays, February 16

2/16/2009 3:00am EST
Ice-T
Happy Birthday to Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins (1972), Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo (1963), Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor (1961), "Law & Order SVU" actor Ice-T (1958), soul singer James Ingram (1957), "Star Trek TNG" actor LeVar Burton (1957), "Greatest American Hero" actor William Katt (1951), The Empire Strikes Back's Boba Fett, Jeremy Bullock (1945), singer turned Congressman Sonny Bono (1935; d. 1998), Andrews Sisters lead Patty Andrews (1918), TV's "Ward Cleaver" Hugh Beaumont (1909; d. 1982), and ventriloquist Edgar Bergen (1903; d. 1978).

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Celebrity Birthdays, February 2

2/2/2009 3:00am EST
Farrah Fawcett
Happy Birthday to "8 Simple Rules" actor Martin Spanjers (1987), Columbian booty-shaker Shakira (1977), singer Eva Cassidy (1963; d. 1996), former supermodel Christie Brinkley (1954), "Star Trek TNG" actor Brent Spiner (1949), "Charlie's Angel" Farrah Fawcett (1947), British singer/songwriter Graham Nash (1942), Smothers Brother Tom Smothers (1937), Jazz saxophonist Stan Getz (1927; d. 1991), "The Lucy Show" actor Gale Gordon (1906; d. 1995), "Atlas Shrugged" author Ayn Rand (1905; d. 1982), and Irish writer James Joyce (1882; d. 1941).

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Celebrity Birthdays, December 9

12/9/2008 3:00am EST
Felicity Huffman
Happy Birthday to Green Day drummer Tre Cool (1972), Wallflower Jakob Dylan (1969), WWE wrestler/Olympian Kurt Angle (1968), violinist Joshua Bell (1967), Desperate Housewife Felicity Huffman (1962), entertainer Donny Osmond (1957), "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" actor John Malkovich (1953), "Star Trek TNG"'s 'Lt. Commander Worf' actor Michael Dorn (1952), singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading (1950), nine-time NFL Pro-Bowler Dick Butkus (1942), "Stargate SG-1" actor Beau Bridges (1941), English actress Judi Dench (1934), talk show host Morton Downey, Jr. (1933; d. 2001), screenwriter/...
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Interview: Sprague Grayden Talks of New '24' Role And More

11/18/2008 10:12am EST
Sprague Grayden
Sprague Grayden is a pleasure to talk to about almost anything and everything, which it seems we did. She talked to us about her new role on Fox's "24" as well as previous shows like "Jericho," "Sons of Anarchy" and "Six Feet Under." We also discussed her love of sci-fi and Pez.

We should get this out of the way, since it is probably the first question everyone asks. Your first name is your mom's maiden name, correct? It's very cool.

Yes. Thanks!

So if you have a child, will you maybe name him/her Grayden?

Grayden is a pretty cool first name for a child but I'm going to ...
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A Salute To The Head Explosion

9/23/2008 11:40am EDT
Deadly Friend
When it comes to body parts that can explode, your head is ripe for the picking. Not only is it large and filled with goo, it perches atop of your shoulders begging for something to come along and smash it. Movie makers have known this fact for a long time. Nothing quite gets an audience going like a well placed exploding head. David Cronenberg's Scanners probably has the most oft-referenced scene, as it's one of the few mainstream horror films to give us a detailed and goopy exploding melon. Belloq's fate in Raiders of the Lost Ark even goes to show that Oscar winning directors aren't abov...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 19

8/19/2008 3:00am EDT
Erika Christensen
Happy Birthday to Australian actress Tammin Sursock and singer Missy Higgins (1983), "The Upside of Anger" actress Erika Christensen (1982), "House" actress Jennifer Morrison (1979), Relient K drummer Dave Douglas (1979), actress Tracie Thoms (1975), British actor Callum Blue (1973), rapper Nate Dogg (1969), "Friends" star Matthew Perry (1969), country star Lee Ann Womack (1966), "The Closer" star Kyra Sedgwick (1965), Europe singer Joey Tempest (1963), "Full House" actor John Stamos (1963), actor Adam Arkin (1956), "The O.C." actor Peter Gallagher (1955), "Star Trek TNG" actor Jonathan Fra...
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Five Most Underrated & Overrated TV Shows At Comic-Con

8/8/2008 10:31am EDT
Heroes
Two weeks ago, nerds, geeks, and those "just going to San Diego for the weekend to check out the beaches" poured into Comic-Con 2008 in all their "Babylon 5"-clad glory.

Comic-Con is an ever-evolving beast. It started as a few dozen collectors meeting in a basement in San Diego to trade and discuss comics. Now it is an event so massive it shuts down an entire city for the weekend.

Comic-Con also holds a tremendous amount of power nowadays. Nervous directors unveil scenes from their latest superhero big-screen opus to the attendees, well-aware that a lukewarm response could spe...
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'Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!' & Other Memorable TV Quotes

7/14/2008 8:45am EDT
Diff
When the television became available in the early 20th century, who would have ever thought it could became such a vital part of pop culture and media coverage? These days the "Boob Tube" still holds power over even the most casual of viewers with its advertising campaigns and storytelling prime time shows.

The television is used to entertain as well as inform, and over the years thousands of shows were created to catch the attention of the public. Only so many shows are able to grab the love and approval of audiences, and even less than that stay memorable after years pass on. Here a...
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Unimaginable Strength, Unbelievable Speed & Uncomfortable Spandex

7/1/2008 6:00pm EDT
Superhero Movie
Stripping the spandex trade down to its skivvies, Superhero Movie exposes the hilarity of the comic book genre when an Extended Version of the film arrives on DVD on July 8th from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company.

Following the uproarious misadventures of a high school student after he's been bitten by a mutated dragonfly, Superhero Movie spoofs, satirizes and skewers the conventions of fanboy cinema, taking time along the way to poke fun at some of the juggernauts of the genre - from the X-Men and Batman to Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four.

Masters of comedy Craig M...
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'Firefly,' 'Blade Runner' Top Sci Fi 'Visions For Tomorrow' Poll

6/17/2008 11:40am EDT
Firefly
SCI FI's Visions For Tomorrow conducted a "Top Things To Read, Watch, And Do To Save The World" online poll to discover which works of science fiction film, television, and literature resonate most with people and the courses of action they inspire. Visions for Tomorrow is a public affairs initiative utilizing the power of science fiction to positively impact the future.

As evidenced by the nearly 20,000 who cast their vote, science fiction's influence on popular culture is undeniable. Crowning the lists are: Blade Runner, the film depicting a dystopian Los Angeles in the year 2019; Ge...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 30

5/30/2008 3:00am EDT
Cee-Lo
Happy Birthday to Venezuelan singer Devendra Banhart (1981), hip-hop artist Cee-Lo Green (1974), Pavement singer Stephen Malkmus (1966), Audioslave/Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello (1964), country singer Wynonna Judd (1964), "Star Trek TNG" & "DS9" actor Colm Meaney (1953), actor Stephen Tobolowsky (1951), Welsh film actor Hugh Griffith (1912; d. 1980), clarinetist/bandleader Benny Goodman (1909; d. 1986), and voice actor Mel Blanc (1908; d. 1989).

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Leave Them Hanging: Favorite TV Cliffhangers

4/2/2008 2:00pm EDT
Lost
Television is a medium that thrives on manipulating audiences into tuning in, and no narrative device is more effective at accomplishing that task than the cliffhanger. With the end of the 2007-08 season rapidly approaching and new cliffhangers waiting in the wings, we have decided to celebrate our favorites from years past.

5) The Simpsons: "Who Shot Mr. Burns?"

The Cliffhanger: It didn't provoke quite the fervor of the "Dallas" storyline that it parodied, but this two-part episode did warrant a special "America's Most Wanted" and was discussed often during the summer of 19...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 29

3/29/2008 3:00am EDT
Elle Macpherson
Happy Birthday to tennis superstar Jennifer Capriati (1976), "Xena: Warrior Princess" star Lucy Lawless (1968), Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson (1964), "Star Trek: TNG" actress Marina Sirtis (1960), Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell (1959), "Harold & Maude" star Bud Cort (1948), "Monty Python" actor Eric Idle (1943), legendary baseball pitcher Cy Young (1867; d. 1955), and 10th President of the United States John Tyler (1790; d. 1862).

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Girl Power! TV's Top Buttkicking Gals

3/28/2008 3:00pm EDT
Alais
You know them, you love them...and you certainly wouldn't want to piss them off. So who are they? They are the uber tough heroines who prove time and again that one doesn't need a y chromosome to kill bad guys, protect loved ones and ultimately save the day. Each one of them fights for a different reason, a different cause. Each has her own style, strengths, and battles. They do all share a common trait, however - they can all take on pretty much any man, woman, robot or monster that comes their way. Here is Starpulse's tribute to "Television's Top Buttkicking Gals."

Buffy Summer...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 2

3/2/2008 3:00am EST
Bryce Dallas Howard
Happy Birthday to "A.J. Soprano" Robert Iler (1985), Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (1982), Lady in the Water star Bryce Dallas Howard (1981), actress Heather McComb (1977), Coldplay singer Chris Martin (1977), new James Bond actor Daniel Craig (1968), rocker Jon Bon Jovi (1962), SNL alum Laraine Newman (1952), singer Karen Carpenter (1950; d. 1983), Star Trek doctor Gates McFadden (1949), singer Eddie Money (1949), Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher (1948), Velvet Underground singer Lou Reed (1942), authors John Irving (1942) and Tom Wolfe (1931), former Soviet Union presid...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 23

2/23/2008 3:00am EST
Dakota Fanning
Happy Birthday to "War of the Worlds" star Dakota Fanning (1994), British singer/keyboardist Howard Jones (1955), "Home Improvement" mom Patricia Richardson (1951), musician Johnny Winter (1944), prolific actor Peter Fonda (1939), "Star Trek: TNG" actress Majel Barrett (1932), silver screen director Victor Fleming (1883; d. 1949), and "Messiah" composer George Frideric Handel (1685; d. 1759).

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In The End: Best Series Finales

2/20/2008 1:15pm EST
Star Trek The Next Generation
The series finale. There is nothing quite like it in television. Many shows aren't given the luxury of a proper final episode, instead they are canceled prematurely and often without advanced notice. Often times those series exit after airing just a normal episode, or even worse - a cliffhanger. Then there is another group, and it consists of popular and long running series' that either go out on their own terms or are given warning of their impending doom.

We are not going to concern ourselves with the first group; after all it is hard to criticize the creative decisions of writ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 16

2/16/2008 3:00am EST
Ice-T
Happy Birthday to NFL players Ashley Lelie (1980) and Ahman Green (1977), Foo Fighter Taylor Hawkins (1972), Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis (1972), Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo (1963), Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor (1961), vocal tennis star John McEnroe (1959), "Law & Order SVU" actor Ice-T (1958), soul singer James Ingram (1957), "Star Trek TNG" actor LeVar Burton (1957), "Greatest American Hero" actor William Katt (1951), Star Wars' 'Boba Fett' portrayer Jeremy Bullock (1945), singer turned Congressman Sonny Bono (1935; d. 1998), Andrews Sisters lead Patty Andrews (191...
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Best Of The Furry & Fuzzy: Top Supporting Animal Characters On TV

2/14/2008 12:00pm EST
Spot from Star Trek TNG
Expressive, talented and (relatively) well-behaved animals have held an important place in American television since its inception. Most of the time, these animals make guest or recurring appearances, although there have been a few shows that focused on a non-human main character.

Shows that instantly come to mind in the latter category include old favorites like "Lassie" and "Mr. Ed." This particular list will not include the title characters from those two shows, nor will it include any other animals/shows where the "star" of the series was not human.

No, instead we have d...
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The Top Ten TV And Movie Robots Of All Time

2/14/2008 11:01am EST
Fembot from Austin Powers
Artificial Intelligence is a clear description of robots replicating human nature with self-containing thoughts. Over the years we have been mesmerized by the lore of robots, and directors in television and film have given us many more reasons to like them. Let’s count down some of the top robots of all time:

10. Fembot: The mechanical woman-like androids sent to kill international spy Austin Powers in his movies "International Man of Mystery" and "The Spy Who Shagged Me" are seductive machines that can turn a crowd of rowdy bachelors upside down with their tight curves, skimpy clothi...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 2

2/2/2008 3:00am EST
Farrah Fawcett
Happy Birthday to "8 Simple Rules" actor Martin Spanjers (1987), Columbian booty-shaker Shakira (1977), singer Eva Cassidy (1963; d. 1996), former supermodel Christie Brinkley (1954), "Star Trek TNG" actor Brent Spiner (1949), "Charlie's Angel" Farrah Fawcett (1947), British singer/songwriter Graham Nash (1942), Smothers Brother Tom Smothers (1937), Jazz saxophonist Stan Getz (1927; d. 1991), "The Lucy Show" actor Gale Gordon (1906; d. 1995), "Atlas Shrugged" author Ayn Rand (1905; d. 1982), and Irish writer James Joyce (1882; d. 1941).
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The Ultimate TV Lineup: 'Star Trek,' 'Cheers,' 'Buffy' & Much More

1/29/2008 2:58pm EST
Get Smart
Imagine this: through some temporal anomaly, rift in the space time continuum, or other such unique phenomenon, we are transported to an alternate reality. This new world is strikingly similar to our own, with one major exception. The television industry.

In this time-compressed universe, every show in the history of television is currently in production. All original actors/writers/producers are alive. Each show is exactly as it was in its prime, although the number of episodes in each show's original run is irrelevant.

In this brave new world, where every series is in ex...
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TV's 10 Most Unrealistic Couples

1/22/2008 10:14am EST
CSI
Reality is not always a factor when it comes to TV relationships. Actually, it usually isn't. Often, two characters that would never come together in real life are forced into a relationship for any number of reasons. It's not really a problem for most TV viewers because they understand that entertainment value will always trump reality.

That being said, there are some on-screen relationships that make perfect sense. Then there are the head scratchers. Below is a sampling of the latter. Please note, just because these relationships are unrealistic doesn't necessarily mean they ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 9

12/9/2007 3:00am EST
Felicity Huffman
Happy Birthday to Green Day drummer Tre Cool (1972), Wallflower Jakob Dylan (1969), WWE wrestler/Olympian Kurt Angle (1968), violinist Joshua Bell (1967), Desperate Housewife Felicity Huffman (1962), entertainer Donny Osmond (1957), "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" actor John Malkovich (1953), "Star Trek TNG"'s 'Lt. Commander Worf' actor Michael Dorn (1952), singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading (1950), nine-time NFL Pro-Bowler Dick Butkus (1942), "Stargate SG-1" actor Beau Bridges (1941), English actress Judi Dench (1934), talk show host Morton Downey, Jr. (1933; d. 2001), screenwriter/...
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