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Good boy

I don’t remember the first time I saw the actor Tom Hardy on the big screen.

After consulting imdb.com, I’m tempted to say it was for supporting roles in either Star Trek: Nemesis or Marie Antoinette. But after Inception, I knew his name.

And after This Means War, the action rom-com with Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine, I liked him.

tomhardydogBut after seeing the pics of Tom with his dog at the London premiere of his new film Legend, our relationship is taking a turn for the serious.

He brought this dog to the red carpet.

I think I’m in love.

You shall be avenged

I am spreading a rumor today because I want it to be true.

Let’s make it so.

Galaxy QuestGalaxy Quest, one of my all-time favorite movies — a most excellent spoof of Star Trek (which was excellent in its own right) — is being ‘shopped around’ by Paramount TV.

There was so much to love about this movie…much of it evident in the photo.

Tim Allen. Sigourney Weaver. The great god Alan Rickman. Sam Rockwell. Tony Shalhoub. Even my friend Missi Pyle (not pictured) as an amazing alien.

I am doubtful a television version would include many (any?) of these fine folks, but the conceit of this sci-fi send-up is still fabulous enough to make it appointment TV.

Let’s make this happen, people who make it happen.

Never give up. Never surrender.

By Grabthar’s hammer

As I’ve mentioned here before, I’m a Star Trek fan.  But not so big that I would attend the annual Creation Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas (or even notice an article about it until months later).

But notice it today I did.

Trekkers at the convention attempted to rank all the movies in the franchise from best to worst.  It’s no surprise that Star Trek II Wrath of Khan topped the list, and even less that the most recent Star Trek Into Darkness landed at the bottom.  After all, these are the most rabid fans.

And the movie these Trekkers placed in the #7 slot?

Galaxy Quest

Galaxy Quest, a hilarious 1999 send-up of the series and its fan base.

During the convention, Quest held the #1 and #2 spots early in the voting before slipping to the halfway mark to split the other 12 Star Trek movies.

Makes me like these geeks even more!

Make it so

I am in Kentucky this week to celebrate the holiday, visiting with my brothers and sister and their families.

I am staying at my oldest brother’s house.  When I a little kid, I wanted to be like Kent…so I copied him when it suited me.

A prime example?

He loved Star Trek, so I loved Star Trek…still do.  Even boycotted Star Wars when it was released way back when ’cause he did.

Wonder if he will find this as amusing as I do?

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oiSn2JuDQSc&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DoiSn2JuDQSc#t=119

Kirk, out.

If you’re a frequent reader of the Sticky Egg — and if you are, thanks for that — you know from time to time I celebrate bizarre holidays on the calendar.

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. National Cheese Doodle Day. National Iced Tea Day.

I’ve always known I had company in the celebrations — hence the term ‘national’ — but I also have an unlikely partner in their promotion:

william shatnerWilliam Shatner

Yep. Captain James T. Kirk himself has taken to Twitter to give advance notification of these holidays…usually on the day before.

Just yesterday, in fact, he told folks in his Twitter feed —

“Tomorrow’s 2fer may be confusing. Tomorrow is National Fluffernutter Day & National Pierogi Day! If you have questions Google or Bing it!”

No worries, Captain.  Let me break it down for everyone:

fluffernutterLunch

 

pierogiDinner

 

 

Engage!

Resistance is futile

Today is Star Trek‘s 46th birthday.

Google made them this way cool doodle.

I didn’t get them anything.

But to be fair, they didn’t post their birthday on Facebook…so I’m just now hearing about it.

I do wish them many warm regards.  They are younger than I thought. I hope they don’t take offense at that comment.  It just seems like they were always on the air when I was a kid.

I started watching Trek at first because my brother did.  I thought he was cool. I wanted to be cool.  So I watched.  Then it was about the series…so much so that when Star Wars came around, I boycotted it on principle.

We’re talking serious Trekker.

When I worked at Hallmark Cards, I developed a line of Star Trek cards.  I even did a focus group on Deep Space Nine — got a bunch of guys from IT to help me flesh out the offering.

Good times.

Happy Birthday Star Trek!  Live long and prosper.

Chris crossed

While catching up on my late night programming this morning, I saw that actor Chris Evans the guy in the Star Trek remake — was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

I could watch that.

But when I did, it wasn’t Captain Kirk at all.  It was Captain America from the new Avengers movie.

I had my superheroes — and my Chrises — all mixed up.

Chris Evans

Chris Pine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In my defense, the two do look a lot a like.  They’re even the same age (well, Chris Pine is one year older).  And they’ve both been seen on the big screen in a series of lighthearted romantic comedies before they buffed up for their bigger-than-life, save-the-planet roles.

Chris Evans was in The Nanny Diaries with his current Avengers co-star Scarlett Johansson (shown at left), and in What’s Your Number? with funny lady Anna Faris.

In his early days, Chris Pine romanced Anne Hathaway in Princess Diaries 2 and Lindsay Lohan in Just My Luck.

There’s a title for ya.

But seriously — would you have known the difference if I hadn’t given you a primer?  I mean, would you?  Really?

(Say no.  I need reassurance that my synapses are firing correctly.)

Geek alert

Have you heard?

An aircraft carrier-sized asteroid is coming within 200,000 miles of Earth next week.  That’s closer than the moon.  But not close enough to hit us or change the tides or make our skin hang funny.

Or so they say.

Is this really an asteroid?  Or is that story merely a cover?  Could we be in danger of attack by an alien life form?

It’s happened before. On film.

If you know anything about Star Trek — and I do — that chunk of rock bears a striking resemble to the probe sent to Earth in 1986 to communicate with humpback whales in…

Anyone?

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

That is correct.

Perhaps this asteroid that scientists are so ready to dismiss is really an example of life imitating art.

Well…it could happen. (If you hear whale song, make a run for it!)

Lip service

At first, I attributed the phenomenon to DVR-itis.

I was out Thursday night, and Friday was playing catchup on the NBC comedy lineup.  Even fast-forwarding through the commercials, it seemed like promos for The Voice were on every break.  So I started paying closer attention…

They were on every break.

And pretty much the same one, too…where Adam Levine says “I have to work with you,” and Christina Aguilera throws her arms up in the air and dances around in her big Star Trek captain’s chair.

By the time I finished 30 Rock, it wasn’t a promo anymore — it was torture.  I was ready to talk…about anything.

[A 30 Rock writer even tweeted an apology for The Voice promo overload, but quickly deleted it.  Job security, much?]

Now I read that Saturday Night Live* is being delayed tonight for a full two minutes to give the audience “an early look” at the new singing competition.  Granted, SNL is a rerun this week, but…

COME ON!

There is a fine line between promotion and saturation, and NBC — you crossed it last Tuesday!  I know you guys are excited to have anything new to crow about, but leave the audience wanting more, ya know?

At the rate you’re going, the audience is just gonna leave.

What’s left of ’em.

NBC delayed Tonight Show with Jay Leno Thursday by an astounding 12 minutes to promote The Voice.  While in theory this practice is beyond egregious, I feel in this extremely rare case, NBC did viewers a favor. 

Pause…a lot

Happy…International…TALKLike…William Shatner…DAY!

What’s that, you say?

You…didn’tKNOW?

Yep.  This is the third annual event, celebrated on the anniversary of the big guy’s birth.  It even has its own Facebook page.

There you can read the history behind the holiday.  How two guys had the same idea at roughly the same time and posted similar pages.  Then, before intergalactic war broke out, they realized there wasn’t any stealing going on — great minds just Kirk alike!

And so now, we pause — and I mean pause a lot — as we commemorate the great Captain James T. Kirk and his staggering use of inflection.

As the holiday’s creators put it…

“So come one, come all, andpause… in… strange … placeswhenyou…… speak… EVERY… March 22nd. Be instructed… by LaMarche’s videos… REVEL… in Doug Van………….Horn’s vision! And TALK….. likewilliamshatner.”

Like they said.