Advertising trade paper ADWEEK is trying
to handle 'viral marketing' and 'social media' the same way as it always handled TV commercials and magazine ads. So, it noted that one of the most successful 'social branding' promotions of the last six months was for Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart on Broadway
.Note: While McKellan was much more active on Facebook recently, Stewart has had many more MetaFilter FPPs (in fact, Ian's only post here was about him officiating at Stewart's wedding).
Patrick Stewart On Mooing Like a British Cow.
Also explains regional differences for NPR's How To Do Everything podcast.
Patrick Stewart is getting married. Ian McKellan will officiate
. [more inside]
What is perhaps the best license ever applied to a pinball machine? Probably Star Trek: The Next Generation
, which is surprisingly like playing an episode. Williams also released a special ROM of funny quotes from cast members
that people can install into their machines. [more inside]
Christopher Lee reads the original poem The Nightmare Before Christmas
[11m], Tim Burton's storybook which inspired the Henry Selick's stop-motion film. [more inside]
a short film starring Patrick Stewart as a lecherous poet (nsfw). [more inside]
"They're not out to make a quick buck, they're looking to protect the integrity of the franchise and its mythology."
1998's Star Trek Insurrection
went through a number of different plots before becoming the film we ultimately saw. Starting out as Star Trek: Stardust
, the first take on the idea involved Captain Picard going all Heart of Darkness
on a former friend from his Starfleet Academy days in a bid to find the Fountain of Youth. That treatment evolved into a remarkably Avatar
ish story called simply Star Trek IX
in which Picard must go upriver to kill a malfunctioning Data as part of a Federation/Romulan alliance to displace strange alien natives from a planet teeming with a valuable and rare ore (spoiler: Picard actually kills Data in this treatment, and Tom Hanks was supposed to have a major role somewhere).
Let the late Michael Piller
guide you through the writing of Insurrection
in his unpublished book Fade In: The Making of Star Trek: Insurrection
(his "last great gift to the fans and to aspiring writers everywhere") in which he presents his original story treatments, story notes from his bosses at Paramount, surprisingly reasonable Trekker-type reactions from actors Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner, and much more. First made freely available by TrekCore.com
, Piller's family has since asked that it be removed, but you'll still find the file roaming the Internet if you boldly go looking for it
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The Plague Dogs
(can also be watched instantly on Netflix
) is a gory animated feature adapted from Richard Adams' novel about two escapees from an animal research lab. It was released in 1982 but effectively vanished because of its spotty video release history
and its mature content
. Enjoy the trailer
. [more inside]
Patrick Stewart has been knighted.
One can only hope that he had tea with the Queen.
The Blog of Captain Jean-Luc Picard
The Diary of a Harassed Starfleet Officer in the 24th Century of the Star Trek of Life. Read the trials of tribulations of the most pompous Captain in the Fleet. Including Borg Recruitment
, Worf being stalked
, and Equal Pay for Holograms
. Written as dryly as Patrick Stewart acts.