Daily Archives: November 11, 2008

First Look at Star Trek’s Enterprise

JJ Abrams wasn’t a huge fan of the original Star Trek TV series as a kid,  but he does have one unabashed gee-whiz Star Trek memory: watching the first feature film (1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture) and marveling over the big reveal of the Enterprise during a long sequence in which James T. Kirk takes a slow-boat tour around the iconic starship. “The coolest thing about it—maybe the coolest thing in the movie—was when you flew around the ship, you could see all the different panels that made up the ship,” says the director of the forthcoming Trek reboot, slated for a May 8, 2009 release. “It was the first time I had ever seen that level of attention, that love of detail, given to the tangible, practical reality of the ship.”

Here, in this first look at Abrams’ take on the Enterprise, you not only see his vision of the ship, but his attempt to evoke that sequence from the first film that so captured his imagination. If you’re thinking, “Wow! It looks the way the Enterprise has always looked”—well look at the big Spock brain on you! Abrams wanted to take the original TV series Enterprise and the movie franchise Enterprise and fuse them together into a new yet familiar Enterprise. His ambition was a ship that felt very realistic, that could “stand up” to today’s f/x standards—and beyond. “If you’re going to do Star Trek there are many things you cannot change. The Enterprise is a visual touchstone for so many people. So if you’re going to do the Enterprise, it better look like the Enterprise, because otherwise, what are you doing?”

Fans and other interested parties will get more looks at the new Enterprise when the first trailer arrives this Friday, attached to Quantum of Solace. (From Entertainment Weekly)




Neil Gaiman’s Absolute Death And Possible Movie

Supposedly the only things certain in life are death and taxes — but Death sometimes has plans of her own. You know the plans to release a Death anthology next year? The so-called “Complete Death”? That’s just been revised, according to Neil Gaiman.

“This is news,” said Gaiman. “This is breaking news.”

During a Sunday appearance at the 92nd Street Y in New York to celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Sandman,” Gaiman let slip that as of a day or two ago, “The Complete Death” was canceled… to make way for an “Absolute Death.”

Gaiman said that the change came about because of fans grumbling they didn’t have enough Death as it was, and “it seems to be what people want,” he said. The change will add a few months to the publication schedule, so instead of a March release date, the new book probably won’t be out until later in 2009. (The next “Absolute Sandman” is due November 5).

As for the movie version of “Death,” it looks like the whole Warner Bros.-New Line-Warner Independent shuffling has sorted itself out, with New Line coming back to swoop it up.

“New Line is very much interested in making it,” Gaiman said, “once the dust settles. That will probably happen, unless it doesn’t.”

The good news is Gaiman already has a script “and a lot of [other] stuff” ready to go, once the green light happens.

“The delight in doing ‘Death: The High Cost of Living’ is that it’s already a movie-shaped story,” he told us backstage. “And it’s not even the fact that it’s Death from the Sandman comics. It’s just this lovely little story about a boy who’s depressed and a girl who says she’s Death, and the day they spend together.”

If “Death” works out, could other movies of the “Endless” be in order?

“Too hypothetical,” he smiled. “Beyond ‘Death,’ it’s all about time, and it’s all about desire, and it’s all about how many stories I get to write before I get hit by a bus. If I die by getting hit by a bus. It’s entirely possible I may just spontaneously combust.” (From the MTV Splash Page)


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Target Digital Camera Gift Card

Make your thoughtless gift card a little more useful with the new Target Digital Camera Gift Card (You choose the gift amount from $50-$1000). This gift giving hybrid features a 1.2 megapixel sensor and has enough room for 50 pictures. The gift card camera also comes with a USB cord and a coupon for 40 free prints at Target.



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Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M

To celebrate the winning of its 16th Formula 1 constructor’s championship last week, Ferrari has unleashed the new Scuderia Spider 16M ($TBA). The fastest open-top Ferrari ever, the Scuderia Spider 16M has a 510 hp 4.3L V8 (0-60 in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 195 mph) that’s partnered with a smooth 6-speed F1 paddle shift gearbox. Inside, there’s a roll-bar with a carbon-fiber outer shell and new audio system that integrates a custom Ferrari 16GB iPod Touch.





Looking for some new media center-style software for your PC, Mac, or Linux box? Then head over and sign up for Boxee (Free). This awesome open-platform media center offers access to all your media stored on a shared or network-enabled drive, along with built-in access to videos from Hulu, Comedy Central, CBS, CNN, YouTube, Revision3, and more. Perhaps the best part about Boxee is it  works with the Apple TV, giving the increasingly-unused set-top box a new lease on life. (From Uncrate.com)



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New Springsteen Tune Getting NFL Premiere

A new Bruce Springsteen song, “Workin’ on a Dream,” will premiere Nov. 16 on NBC’s Sunday Night Football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins. The track will be set to a package of highlights during the halftime segment.

“Workin’ on a Dream” will appear on Springsteen’s next album, which will be released in late January via Columbia, according to Backstreets.com. The song was first played acoustically by Springsteen during a Barack Obama rally in Columbus, Ohio.

No other information about the project has been released. It will be the follow-up to 2007’s “Magic,” which has sold 1.03 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (From Billboard.com)



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Cartonlandia by Ana Serrano



Ana Serrano’s startlingly intricate and vibrant sculptures are nothing short of amazing. The detail and energy, plus the large scale make these piles-of-buildings cardboard sculptures endlessly fascinating.  You can read her interview and see more of her work HERE.


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The Obama’s Make A Tuna Sandwich

Hmmn…I don’t add mustard to mine…


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