Leonard Nimoy Dead at the Age of 83


Leonard Nimoy passed away at his Bel Air home on Friday morning at the age of 83.

His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed that the cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, more commonly known as COPD. Nimoy announced that he had the disease last year and attributed it to years of smoking, even though he’d given it up over 30 years ago.

I’m not much of a eulogist, so I’m going to leave the obits to the professionals. (This one is a good place to start.)  However, I will say this: Leonard Nimoy never really had much success outside the Star Trek franchise. Sure, he appeared in dozens of other films and television shows over the years, and presumably he got paid quite well to do so. But in the end, nobody could ever see him as anybody other than Spock, the logic-loving sidekick of Captain James T. Kirk.

If you ask me, that’s pretty fucking awesome. I’d rather do one thing so well that every single person on the planet knows me for that than do a bunch of things and just be okay.

RIP Mr. Spock. You lived long. We all prospered.

Neill Blomkamp’s New ‘Alien’ Movie Will Pretend ‘Alien 3′ and ‘Alien: Resurrection’ Never Happened

'Cause they kinda sucked

If you’ve been wondering how director Neill Blomkamp is going to approach his new Alien movie in light of the fact that Alien 3 was disappointing and Alien: Resurrection sucked, the answer it pretty simple. His movie is going to be a do-over.

Of course, we don’t know whether that means Blomkamp will go full retcon (a la X-Men: Days of Future Past) or partial retcon (a la J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek) by fiddling with the space-time continuum. He might take the easier approach and simply pretend the third and fourth movies don’t actually exist.

What we do know is that Sigourney Weaver is officially on board to give Ellen Ripley a “proper finish” (emphasis mine). And in a recent interview with Sky News, Blomkamp said he wants his movie—and I quote—“to feel like it’s literally the genetic sibling of Aliens. So it’s Alien, Aliens, and then this movie.”

It really doesn’t get much more clear than that.

Does this mean Blomkampt is going to bring back Hicks and Newt, who were unceremoniously (and unnecessarily) killed off between Aliens and Alien 3? That’s impossible to say. But judging by the concept art Blomkamp himself has published, an example of which you see above, I’d say there’s a distinct possibility.

Stay tuned. This could get interesting.

[via Screen Rant] 

Chris Pratt’s Idea for the ‘Parks and Rec’ Finale Was Morbidly Hilarious

chris pratt idea for parks and recreation finale
Death for everyone!

The series finale of NBC’s Parks and Recreation aired on Tuesday night, bringing the curtain down on one of the best TV comedies of its generation. [Single tear rolls down face.] But this post is not about the final episdoe. I wouldn’t want to ruin it for those who haven’t watched it yet. Instead, this post is about what the finale would have been like if series creator Michael Schur had listened to Chris Pratt.

The entire cast of Parks and Rec sat down with Amy Poehler‘s old pal Seth Myers last night, and, among some other interesting tidbits, we learned that Chris Pratt would have wrapped things up by showing how everybody dies, Six Feet Under style.

It sounds a little morbid, I know, and the studio audience literally gasped when Pratt said Aubrey Plaza‘s April Ludgate would have died of a broken heart. However, that part was just a setup for a brilliant punchline. Watch the clip above to see what that punchline was. There’s just one minor spoiler.

Netflix Announces New ‘Pee-Wee Herman’ Movies Produced by Paul Rubens and Judd Apatow

There have been rumors about a new Pee-Wee Herman movie for years, and back in October Paul Rubens himself told Jimmy Fallon that it was happening. However, that wasn’t official, and you know how these things go. Until studios (i.e. the ones with the money) say movies are happening, they’re not happening.

Today, though, we can finally say that a new Pee-Wee Herman movie is officially happening. Netflix announced that Rubens and Judd Apatow are teaming up to produce a Netflix original called Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday

At this point details about the project—like when it will premier—are scarce. What we do know is that Pee-Wee meets a “mysterious stranger” (Santa?) and takes a (Christmas?) vacation for the first time ever. And we also know the movie is being written by Paul Rust (Arrested Development) and directed by John Lee (Inside Amy Schumer). So there’s a ton of comedy talent involved.

Hopefully this movie won’t suck.


Behold the First Image of Jason Momoa as Aquaman

Back in August, Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder called in to a Detroit morning radio show to defend the honor of Aquaman against his detractors. While refusing to admit the DC hero would actually appear in Batman v Superman, Snyder pointed out that Aquaman is super strong, and his trident could totally cut Superman.

Since then we’ve learned that former Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa will indeed play Aquaman in Batman v Superman. However, the notion that Aquaman could be cool still seemed dubious.

That’s changed now. Late last night, Zack Snyder tweeted out the first image of the underwater sueprhero. And he’s basically a badass Maori warrior with a trident.

Take a look:

As you can see, that’s not you’re grandpa’s Aquaman. Gone is the pale blonde guy in the green and orange getup. He’s been replaced by a heavily tattooed Pacific islander who could easily pass for a New Zealand rugby player. I wouldn’t be surprised if this guy performs a haka dance after vanquishing his enemies.

Does this mean a character like Aquaman will actually work in the hyper-realistic world created by Snyder in Man of Steel? No, it does not. Personally, I still can’t imagine how the other Justice League characters will actually make sense in that world. But at the very least Aquaman won’t be totally lame. So that’s something.

Neill Blomkamp Set to Direct Next Instalment of ‘Alien’ Franchise

a project to be named (and written) later

For months there has been chatter thaDistrict 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp was interested in making the next instalment in the Alien franchise. However, it was never more than speculation—Blomkamp dabbled in a little concept art, Sigourney Weaver said she’d be down, but that was it. 

Then all of a sudden, Blomkamp seemed to make it official yesterday when he posted this on Instagram:

Um… So I think it’s officially my next film. #alien

A photo posted by Brownsnout (@neillblomkamp) on

I say “seemed” to make it official because, obviously, “I think it’s official” is not quite the same thing as “it’s official.” But later in the day, Fox went and made it official official. Blomkamp’s next movie will be Alien 5, or whatever they end up calling it.

At this point, there’s no telling what the movie will actually be about, other than those iconic xenomorph space creatures. Maybe it will involved Weaver’s Ripley character, or maybe it won’t. Maybe it will be another prequel somehow tied to Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus 2, or maybe it won’t. There’s no point speculating.

However, the project came together very quickly, and Fox has put in on the fast track. So we might know details sooner than later. And whatever they end up being, you can expect the film to be good. Blomkamp, whose next sci-fi film—Chapie, starring Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver—comes out March 6, is two for two in the directing department so far.

[via Screenrant]

Cecily Strong Rumored to Join Cast of ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot

Yet another SNL star...

Word on the street is that Paul Feig, writer and director of the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, has created an excellent supporting role with Saturday Night Live star Cecily Strong in mind. If true, it would be a career-making break for Strong. And it would also mean there are three current female SNL cast members (Strong, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones) and one very prominent former cast member (Kristen Wiig) in the new GB cast…plus three-time host Melissa McCarthy.

Honestly, at the rate he’s going, if Paul Feig doesn’t just go ahead and create roles for Aidy BryantVanessa Bayer, and Sasheer Zamata–the three remaining female SNL cast members not currently in the film—feelings are going to get hurt.

According to Film Divider, the role supposedly created for Cecily Strong is “an authority figure who liaises with [the] heroines, privately backing their activities and acknowledging their legitimacy, but publicly denouncing the group to the media in order to avoid panic amongst the wider populous.” So you know, the mayor or something. It doesn’t really matter. The main point here is that it’s a good role, and that there has never been a better time to be a woman on Saturday Night Live.