The Late Movies: Star Trek Trailers

Let's have a little fun: let's see how the trailers for the Star Trek movies have changed over the years. To me, we see decreasing emphasis on character and increasing emphasis on action and explosions. There's also as a progressive increase of the cheeky Shatner-style wisecracking, until Shatner stops being in the movies and the franchise becomes (at least for a while) very action-oriented. Anyhoo, BEHOLD:

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

"The human adventure is just beginning." This is the teaser trailer:

And the full theatrical trailer:

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)


Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

"If you do this, you'll never sit in the Captain's chair again." When has that ever stopped anyone in Trek?

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

I distinctly remember watching, and loving, this in the theater. "We're going to attempt...time travel!"

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

"I do not think you realize the gravity of your situation."

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)


Star Trek (VII): Generations (1994)

"I was out saving the galaxy when your grandfather was in diapers."

Star Trek (VIII): First Contact (1996)

"Maximum warp."

Star Trek (IX): Insurrection (1998)

"How many does it take before it becomes wrong?"

Star Trek (X): Nemesis (2002)

"Don't be so vain."

Star Trek (XI) (2009)

"Are you afraid or aren't you?"

So What's Your Favorite?

I'm very partial to Trek IV and V (the earliest ones I saw in the theater), but I dug the most recent reboot (technically XI) quite a bit too. Post your opinions in the comments, and if you like snark (and can handle some weirdness), check out the amazing Red Letter Media reviews of the later films.

Pop Culture
The House From The Money Pit Is For Sale

Looking for star-studded new digs? For a cool $5.9 million, reports, you can own the Long Island country home featured in the 1986 comedy The Money Pit—no renovations required.

For the uninitiated, the film features Tom Hanks and Shelley Long as hapless first-time homeowners who purchase a rundown mansion for cheap. The savings they score end up being paltry compared to the debt they incur while trying to fix up the house.

The Money Pit featured exterior shots of "Northway," an eight-bedroom estate located in the village of Lattingtown in Nassau County, New York. Luckily for potential buyers, its insides are far nicer than the fictional ones portrayed in the movie, thanks in part to extensive renovations performed by the property’s current owners.

Amenities include a giant master suite with a French-style dressing room, eight fireplaces, a "wine wall," and a heated outdoor saltwater pool. Check out some photos below, or view the entire listing here.

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”


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The Dark Knight Is Returning to Theaters, Just Ahead of 10th Anniversary
DC Comics, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
DC Comics, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Believe it or not, July 18 will mark the 10th anniversary of the release of The Dark Knight, the second entry in Christopher Nolan’s game-changing superhero movie trilogy. To mark the occasion, Showcase Cinemas—the movie theater chain behind the Cinema de Lux experience—is bringing the movie back to select theaters on the east coast for limited screenings on February 8 and February 11, /Film reports.

Many people consider The Dark Knight the best film in the Batman franchise (Tim Burton and LEGO-fied movies included). The film currently holds a 94 percent “fresh” rating with both critics and audiences on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the highest-rated movie in the Batman universe.

Much of the film’s acclaim came from Heath Ledger’s brilliant turn as The Joker—a role that won him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar (making him the only actor to win that award posthumously). Even Michael Caine, who plays Bruce Wayne’s ever-dutiful butler and BFF Alfred, admitted that he wasn’t sold on the idea of bringing The Joker back into Batman’s cinematic universe, after the character was so ably played by Jack Nicholson in Burton’s 1989 film, until he found out Ledger would be taking the role.

“You don’t try and top Jack,” was Caine’s original thought. But when Nolan informed the actor that he was casting Ledger, that changed things. “I thought: ‘Now that’s the one guy that could do it!’ My confidence came back,” Caine told Empire Magazine.

To find out if The Dark Knight is playing at a theater near you, visit Showcase Cinemas’s website. If it’s not, don’t despair: With the official anniversary still six months away, other theaters are bound to have the same idea.

[h/t: /Film]


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