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Peter Fonda, Star of ‘Easy Rider,’ Dies at 79

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Peter Fonda, Star of ‘Easy Rider,’ Dies at 79
Two-time Oscar nominee Peter Fonda, who became a counterculture icon when he co-wrote, produced and starred in seminal 1969 road movie “Easy Rider,” then showed Hollywood he could act about three decades later in “Ulee’s Gold,” died on Friday from lung cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He was 79.

His sister Jane Fonda said in a statement, “I am very sad. He was my sweet-hearted baby brother. The talker of the family. I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing.”

His wife Parky released a statement on behalf of the family, saying “In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts…And, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life.
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Finessing the Daring ‘If Memory Serves’ Callback to the Original

‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Finessing the Daring ‘If Memory Serves’ Callback to the Original
Season 2 of “Star Trek: Discovery” ambitiously played with the franchise’s multiverse through a series of dramatic interactions between the crews of the Discovery and Enterprise as they solved the mystery of The Red Angel threat from the future. And the centerpiece was the re-appearance of Anson Mount as original Enterprise captain Christopher Pike and Ethan Peck as a troubled young Spock dealing with his Vulcan/human identity crisis.

The highlight, though, was the surprising callback to the original series pilot, “The Cage,” in the form of a recap to the opening of the episode “If Memory Serves,” a semi-sequel in which they returned to Talos IV to heal fugitive Spock from his memory block. However, utilizing footage from the original series (Tos) provided additional editorial and visual effects challenges.

After editor Scott Gamzon cut the episode, he was approached by executive producer-director Olatunde Osunsanmi about utilizing Tos footage for
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Blows Our Minds By Putting the Past Front and Center

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Blows Our Minds By Putting the Past Front and Center
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 2 Episode 8, “If Memory Serves.”]

The latest episode of “Star Trek: Discovery” begins with a choice that for “Trek” fans might be considered mindblowing: a “previously on ‘Star Trek'” sequence using footage that is 55 years old, and featuring long-deceased people playing roles now ceded to new actors.

Yes, to set up the events leading up to “If Memory Serves,” “Discovery” chose to use a minute of clips from “Star Trek: The Original Series” featuring Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike and Leonard Nimoy as Lieutenant Spock, during their first encounter with the mind-bending aliens of Talos IV. The sequence then leads into the episode proper, with these same characters now played by Anson Mount and Ethan Peck as they re-encounter these strange and mysterious beings — as well as the human-looking Vina, with whom Pike made a connection during his first trip to that planet.

Within official “Trek” canon,
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Captain Pike Is Great, but ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Can’t Forget About Michael

Not since the days of Kirk, Picard and Janeway has Star Trek delivered a starship captain as fully formed and engaging as Star Trek: Discovery’s Captain Christopher Pike. But for the series’ so-far exceptional sophomore season, Pike’s introduction points to the possibility of being both gift and curse. Though two other iterations of Pike have previously been brought to life — first by the late Jeffrey Hunter on the small screen in “The Cage” pilot, then by the great Bruce Greenwood in J.J. Abrams’ first Trek movies — neither hold a tricorder to what the charismatic and instantly …
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: Season 2, With Pike and Spock, Boldly Charts a New Course

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: Season 2, With Pike and Spock, Boldly Charts a New Course
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 2, Episode 1, “Brother.”]

The Season 2 premiere of “Star Trek: Discovery” definitely feels like the beginning of something. “Brother,” launching Thursday on CBS All Access, is all about establishing a new status quo, a new chain of command, and most importantly a new mission focused on exploration over conflict. Where that mission will take this ambitious yet flawed series, however, is as yet a mystery.

Picking up moments after Season 1 ended, Captain Pike (Anson Mount) of the U.S.S. Enterprise (you may have heard of it) comes on board Discovery with news from Starfleet — the Enterprise has been disabled by massive systems failure, so he’s taking command of the good ship Discovery to investigate some odd signals that “have the Federation’s hackles up.” That quest leads the Discovery to a rescue mission on a crumbling asteroid, but no real answers as yet to what those signals might be,
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Star Trek: Discovery’s Anson Mount Explains The Difference Between Pike And Kirk

Star Trek: Discovery is adding a few faces from the past for its upcoming second season. The headline-grabber is that Ethan Peck’s stepping into Leonard Nimoy’s (and Zachary Quinto’s) shoes to play Spock, but let’s not forget that Inhumans star Anson Mount is also joining the cast as Captain Christopher Pike, one of the few characters with as long a history in this franchise as the Vulcan.

Like Spock, Pike first appeared in The Original Series’ pilot episode “The Cage,” as played by Jeffrey Hunter, in which he was depicted as the captain of the Enterprise. Later episodes of the show established that he was the commander of the ship prior to James T. Kirk. As Discovery is set a decade before Tos, it gives it the perfect opportunity to explore what Pike was really like as a captain and how he differs from his more famous successor.
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Meet Captain Pike In New Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Promo

The U.S.S. Discovery will be getting a new captain in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. Following the shocking twist about Captain Lorca at the end of the last run – spoilers: he turned out to be an evil Mirrorverse doppelganger – a popular figure from Trek history is now taking over the reins of the ship.

If you’ve been keeping up, you’ll know that we’re talking about Christopher Pike, the previous captain of the Enterprise before James T. Kirk. Inhumans star Anson Mount is joining the cast to fill the role and will be the fourth actor to play the part after Jeffrey Hunter in The Original Series pilot “The Cage,” Sean Kenney in subsequent episodes and Bruce Greenwood in the Kelvin timeline movies.

Now, to get us ready to meet the latest version of Pike, CBS has released a new promo which sees Mount
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The True Story of Jesse James

Nicholas Ray’s CinemaScope detour into outlaw Americana is yet another sincere artistic effort muffled by studio interference. Ray sought to examine a legend in terms of folklore and celebrity. Fox just wanted a cheap remake of its 1939 hit and undermined the director all the way. It’s a potentially great film marred by clumsy reshoots and re-edits.

The True Story of Jesse James

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Twilight Time

1957 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 92 min. / Street Date November 20, 2018 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Hope Lange, Agnes Moorehead, Alan Hale Jr., Alan Baxter, John Carradine, Rachel Stephens, Barney Phillips, Biff Elliot, Frank Overton, Barry Atwater, Marian Seldes, Chubby Johnson, Frank Gorshin, Carl Thayler, John Doucette, Ken Clark, Anthony Ray, Gene Roth, Sumner Williams, Carleton Young.

Cinematography: Joe MacDonald

Original Music: Leigh Harline

Written by Walter Newman, based on an earlier screenplay by Nunnally Johnson

Produced by Herbert B. Swope Jr.
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Ten of the Strangest Disney Live-Action Films You Probably Forgot About

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Disney has a long and varied history of live-action films. This is a look at some of the most bizarre you would not have expected to have been produced by the Walt Disney Company.

When you think of Disney movies, what comes to mind are beloved tales meant to entertain both adults and children. They can be epic fairytales brought to life, artistic animated films full of beloved characters, or fun-loving adventure films. In the live-action realm, Disney has made a habit of adapting real-life stories from American history to the big screen, or else making films which feature animals, wacky professors, or flying nannies.

The films this article covers are not like this at all. They are Disney live-action movies, but they defy our expectations of what a Disney live-action movie should be. Some of them are ambitious, pushing outside the envelope, and should be applauded. Others are hairbrained
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Trailer: Energizing Starfleet Fanbase For Second Season’s Mission

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Trailer: Energizing Starfleet Fanbase For Second Season’s Mission
Midway through the just-released trailer for Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery there’s a moment when the grim-faced Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) informs Capt. Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) that the future of the universe is in peril.

Underwhelmed, Pike replies with a nonchalant smirk. “Mr. Tyler,” Pike says, “we are always in a fight for the future.”

Pike meant Starfleet but his appraisal applies just as much to big-budget television enterprises such as Star Trek: Discovery, which launches its sophomore season January 17 on CBS All Access. Star Trek: Discovery is the flagship brand for the subscription streaming site and while it performed admirably in its inaugural season (with favorable reviews and subscription spikes) there was also major upheaval among the creative team that raised questions about its future as an ongoing mission.

The new trailer shows the 14-episode Season 2 won’t be skimping much on special effects or a sense of scale.
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Allegiance: George Takei Shares His WWII Internment Tale

Michael Ahr Dec 1, 2018

George Takei reflects on his experience with the musical Allegiance, which returns to Fathom Events along with a behind-the-scenes feature.

Allegiance is becoming an annual event. For the past two years on December 7, Pearl Harbor Day, Fathom Events has presented to theaters around the country the filmed version of the Broadway musical which tells the story of one family’s extraordinary journey during a shameful chapter of American World War II history when it imprisoned its own innocent citizens. George Takei, known by most of his fans as Lieutenant Sulu of Star Trek, joined us to talk about his role in the play, his personal experience as a child in the Japanese-American internment camps, and the exciting news that this year’s theater event includes a behind-the-scenes making-of documentary called Allegiance to Broadway.

Allegiance had a respectable run of just under 150 performances on Broadway from October of
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The Last Hurrah

In the last decade of his career, John Ford produced and directed this ode to crony politics, with Spencer Tracy as an old-fashioned mayor who uses underhanded ploys to do right by his constituents. Tracy is backed by a veritable army of supporting actors, neatly orchestrated in Frank Nugent’s screenplay. We’re talking scores of John Ford stock company players; it’s like old home week, with Ford in firm control.

The Last Hurrah

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Twilight Time

1958 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 121 min. / Street Date September 18, 2018 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Jeffrey Hunter, Dianne Foster, Basil Rathbone, Pat O’Brien, Donald Crisp, James Gleason, Edward Brophy, John Carradine, Willis Bouchey, Basil Ruysdael, Ricardo Cortez, Wallace Ford, Frank McHugh, Carleton Young, Frank Albertson, Anna Lee, Ken Curtis, Jane Darwell, O.Z. Whitehead, Charles B. Fitzsimons, Arthur Walsh, Bob Sweeney, William Leslie, Danny Borzage, Richard Deacon, James Flavin,
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Fan Expo 2018: What fans can expect from Star Trek: Discovery Season 2

Last year, Star Trek returned to television for the first time in 12 years with Star Trek: Discovery, another prequel in the franchise that is set 10 years before Star Trek: The Original Series. The first season of Discovery held a lot of surprises for fans in an action packed and intriguing introductory season with a memorable cast of characters. Now the second season is ready to bring in more familiar elements of Star Trek lore, such as Captain Christopher Pike, the Enterprise’s first captain, and the franchise favourite Spock.

At the Fan Expo convention, the select members of the show’s main cast got together at a panel to look back on season one and what is in store for the second season, Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham), Doug Jones (Saru), Anthony Rapp (Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Sylvia Tilly), Shazad Latif (Voq) and Anson Mount (Captain Pike) were in attendence and
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Will Introduce Spock in Season 2

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Will Introduce Spock in Season 2
Star Trek: Discovery” will bring some of the franchise’s signature characters aboard for season two.

“I can tell you that yes, you will be seeing Spock this season,” executive producer Alex Kurtzman said Friday during a Hall H panel for the show Friday.

Season one of the CBS All Access sci-fi drama ended with Discovery, the titular starship, encountering the USS Enterprise. Anson Mount, who in season two plays Capt. Christopher Pike — the character originated by Jeffrey Hunter in the original series — also revealed that another classic “Star Trek” character will be appearing on “Discovery.”

“We’re going to get to meet the original Number One,” Mount said. The character of Number One was played by Majel Barrett in the “The Cage,” the original pilot for the classic NBCStar Trek” series. That pilot never aired, but footage from it was used in a later “Star Trek” episode “The Menagerie.
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Mai Tai Sing Dies: Chinese American Actress & Forbidden City Performer Was 94

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Chinese American actress Mai Tai Sing died on July 11. Sing appeared in numerous films and TV series and was a performer at San Francisco’s legendary Forbidden City nightclub. She was 94.

Sing died in Hawaii after battling heart disease according to the Los Angeles Times. Born Mae Tsang in Oakland on Dec. 22, 1923, Sing’s entertainment career started when she, without any experience in dance, became a chorus girl in Forbidden CIty’s all-Chinese shows in the ’40s.

She rose up in the ranks and became the dance partner of Wilbur Tai Sing. They toured the country and eventually married and had two daughters, but divorced in 1954.

She started to appear in TV and film in the ’50s when Asian Americans were barely seen on the screen. She appeared in episodes of Hong Kong and The New Adventures of China Smith. She went on to appear in Hawaii Five-o in 1975 and
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No Down Payment

The blacklist strikes back as both writer Ben Maddow and director Martin Ritt examine the booming ’50s phenomenon of The Suburbs. No money up front will get you into an ‘estate’ of your dreams, provided you’re white. Possibly a little too direct in its messaging of sickness in the American dream, much of what we see in the ticky-tacky subdivision of Sunrise Hills will ring true to those of us who lived it.

No Down Payment

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Twilight Time

1957 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 101 min. / Street Date April 17, 2018 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: Joanne Woodward, Sheree North, Tony Randall, Jeffrey Hunter, Cameron Mitchell, Patricia Owens, Barbara Rush, Pat Hingle, Robert H. Harris, Aki Aleong, Charles Herbert, Mimi Gibson.

Cinematography: Joseph Lashelle

Film Editor: Lois R. Loeffler

Original Music: Leigh Harline

Written by Philip Yordan, front for Ben Maddow; from the book by John McPartland

Produced by Jerry Wald
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Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Teaser: New Uniforms, Aliens… and Spock?

Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Teaser: New Uniforms, Aliens… and Spock?
Star Trek: Discovery is giving us a blast from the past next season… and we want to (boldly) go to there.

The freshman voyage of CBS All Access’ sci-fi series ended with the Discovery coming face-to-face with the iconic USS Enterprise, and a new behind-the-scenes teaser for Season 2 — which you can watch above — promises to deliver on that cliffhanger. Sadly, the teaser offers no new footage, but it is chock full of Easter eggs for Trek fans to crack open, so let’s go through it with a fine-toothed comb:

0:08: We hear Sonequa Martin-Green’s Burnham say, “Every moment is a test,
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Inhumans’ Anson Mount cast as Captain Pike in Star Trek: Discovery season 2

After introducing the U.S.S. Enterprise in the closing moments of the season one finale, Star Trek: Discovery has now found its Captain Christopher Pike in Hell on Wheels and Inhumans star Anson Mount.

For those unfamiliar with Trek lore, Captain Pike was the captain of the Enterprise prior to James T. Kirk, and appeared in the pilot episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, portrayed by Jeffrey Hunter. Bruce Greenwood took on the role for 2009’s Star Trek relaunch and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.

During Pike’s time as Captain of the Enterprise, Mr. Spock served as his First Officer, although the show’s producers have played down speculation that they are looking to cast Spock for the upcoming second season. Still, given that both his father Sarek, mother Amanda and half sister Michael Burnham all feature in the series, it certainly wouldn’t be a
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Casts Captain Pike For Season 2, but Spock Needs to Be Next

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Casts Captain Pike For Season 2, but Spock Needs to Be Next
It’s official: Season 2 of “Star Trek: Discovery” will feature the captain of the Enterprise — no, not Kirk, but the one before him. Anson Mount (“Hell on Wheels,” “Marvel’s Inhumans”) is joining the cast of the CBS All Access series as Captain Christopher Pike. It’s more than just casting news — it’s news that has us dying to find out what’s going on with that half-Vulcan who’s also on board the Enterprise at this time.

[Editor’s note: Spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 1 follow.]

Pike’s casting is news we’ve been expecting since the Season 1 finale of “Discovery,” which featured the good ship Discovery encountering the Starfleet flagship and teased Pike’s presence. Executive producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts have been clear since the end of the season about having to handle “Discovery’s” temporal placement, as the show exists within a period of “Star Trek” history that now overlaps with established continuity.
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Inhumans Star Anson Mount Will Play Captain Pike in Star Trek: Discovery

Anson Mount, who is best known for his roles in Marvel's Inhumans series and AMC's Hell On Wheels, has been cast as Captain Christopher Pike in Star Trek: Discovery. Mount is a solid actor, unfortunately, Inhumans wasn't very good. This should be a great role for him to take on, though.

Mount will be the fourth actor to take on the role of Pike in the Star Trek franchise. The character preceded James T. Kirk as the captain of the Enterprise. He was previously played by Jeffrey Hunter in the original Star Trek: The Original Series pilot. Sean Kenney ended up playing the more iconic version of the character when he was older and confined to a brainwave-operated wheelchair. Then there's Bruce Greenwood, who played the character in J.J. Abrams' films.

The first season of Discovery came to an end with the Discovery ship receiving an emergency
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