Crime and Punishment
Who hasn’t, probably while peeing into a cup or being poked for a blood sample, wished that the medical industry would go ahead and invent the tricorder from Star Trek already?
Don’t get carried so away with your wishful thinking that you write a check, though. The New York Post reports that federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have bagged one Howard Leventhal, who allegedly claimed he’d invented a similarly all-knowing diagnostic device that he dubbed the “McCoy.”
Red Carpet Real Estate
It’s no Enterprise-D, but Patrick Stewart’s new digs in Park Slope are definitely swanky. The Captain was rumored by Brownstoner to have moved to the neighborhood back in August, but the website stayed traditionally tight-lipped on further details. Now Curbed has unearthed the actual sale and the address, revealing that Mr. Stewart paid $2.5 million for a three-bedroom condo at 288 Seventh Street.
Disney is already running Variety “For Your Consideration” ads supporting Up for Best Picture, reports Christopher Rosen. But, he contends, another hit is being unfairly neglected: Star Trek.
“Under no metric should Up be considered any more viable than Star Trek as a Best Picture nominee,” Rosen writes. There’s the critical approval it Read More
Normally you have to be some kind of big shot—or perhaps familiar in the art of bit torrent downloading, which we are not—to get an Academy Awards screener. But today, everyone has the opportunity to go to their local Best Buy or Blockbuster (these places still exist!) and pick up a copy of not one, Read More
Unless the idea of watching people get murdered at an alarming rate appeals to you—no, we will not be seeing Halloween 2 or Final Destination: 3-D—the summer movie season is officially kaput. Where has the time gone? At least with the book closed we can now look back fondly on the joys Hollywood Read More
Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zack Galifianakis just got a whole lot more famous. The troika of funnymen scored big over the weekend as their Vegas romp, The Hangover, cashed in $43.2 million at the box office, finishing just about $1 million behind Pixar’s Up for second place. The news wasn’t as good Read More
Insert aviation-related pun here. Pixar’s Up flew to the top of the box office this weekend, as the animated film brought in an estimated $68.2 million to pace the competition. Not only is that more than last summer’s sensation, Wall*E, grossed during its initial frame, it also marks the third biggest opening in Read More
Maybe having the geeks inherit the earth wasn’t such a good idea after all. Never before have we seen such a fringe demographic wield so much influence on filmmakers, despite not really possessing that much tangible power at all. This year, from Zack Snyder’s Watchmen to J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek, director after Read More
Tom Hanks soared at the box office this weekend as Angels & Demons held off a furious push from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek to land in first place with an estimated $48 million in grosses. While that represents a significant step down from The Da Vinci Code—that film opened almost three years ago Read More