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Chris Pine Says a Brainy 'Star Trek' Movie Wouldn't Work in Today's Hollywood

Captain Kirk himself says the marketplace demands explosions, not philosophizing

Back in 1965, NBC told Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry his science-fiction TV show was “too cerebral” for television audiences to enjoy. And it looks like in 2016, our current incarnation of the heroic Captain Kirk agrees with that assessment. While making the interview rounds for Star Trek Beyond, Chris Pine said, “…you can’t make Star Trek cerebral in 2016. It just wouldn’t work in today’s marketplace.”

To be fair, these comments can be read as a defense against the perception that Star Trek Beyond is valuing fast-and-furious action over philosophical rumination. Pine went on to say that the recent Star Trek films have attempted to “hide” complex themes inside of bigger, louder narratives but that right now, doing anything more interesting or thoughtful is “tricky.”

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Since the J.J. Abrams 2009 reboot of Star Trek, fans have debated what the thematic focus of this beloved sci-fi franchise ought to be. Should Star Trek be a quirky meditative exploration of how humanity might function in a distant future? Or, should it be a series of palatable and fun action-adventure stories which just happen to be set in space? With the new film coming on July 22nd, one thing is certain; Star Trek fans will always find some reason to be in pain. Because, maybe the debate about Star Trek’s essence is the thing that truly makes Star Trek, Star Trek. As Captain Kirk said in 1989’s universally panned Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, “I don’t want my pain taken away! I need my pain!”

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Forgotten Star Wars TV script may explain a shocking Rey-Palpatine connection

Back when Lucas was making a crime-centered 'Star Wars' TV show, Palpatine's origin was connected 

Is Rey really Emperor Palpatine’s granddaughter? And, assuming Dark Side clones are out of the picture, and Rey is Palpatine’s biological granddaughter, who in this ridonkulous hypothetical scenario was Rey’s biological grandmother? A new fan theory suggests an old George Lucas plotline might have the answer and that connection could be revealed in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. But, this is probably one theory we should hope doesn’t come true. Here’s what’s going on.

'Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker' leak reveals why Leia never became a Jedi

And it's totally heartbreaking.

While fans are busy speculating about Emperor Palpatine, what the late Carrie Fisher’s Leia Organa will be up to in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has remained a relative mystery. However, a massive new leak may reveal Leia’s plot in Episode IX and explain why she never followed in her brother’s footsteps to become a Jedi.

Here's when you can buy 'Joker' tickets, which is really, really soon

Director Todd Phillips just spilled when you can nab tickets for Joaquin Phoenix's villainous transformation.

Want to put a smile on your face? Tickets for Joker, Todd Phillips’ grounded take on the Batman villain played by Joaquin Phoenix, will go on sale very, very soon. How soon? Put it this way: You could buy something on Amazon Prime and it could still arrive after you’ve bought your ticket.

'Star Wars 9' first scene flashback leaks suggest heavy de-aging CGI

Two classic characters might be digitally de-aged for a nostalgic scene. But does this make sense?

After the tragic and sudden death of Carrie Fisher, Lucasfilm has repeatedly said that a digital version of the the late actress would not be used for Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker. Now, a new rumor suggests the film will use digitally de-aged versions of very familiar characters, but not in a way anyone thought. The leak/rumor sounds amazing, but does it make sense?

'Rise of Skywalker' leak could confirm a canonical time travel twist

Is the "World Between Worlds" from 'Rebels' making its big screen debut?

The final lightsaber duel between Rey and Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is going to be a big deal. Daisy Ridley has said it will be amazing, and the fight is seemingly important enough to be pretty much the only thing that is happening on the newest poster for the movie. But what will the fight actually be like? How will it be different? New rumors and leaks suggest that Rey and Kylo won’t just be battling across the stars, but maybe, across time itself.