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SPACE: THE FINAL FRONTIER. THESE ARE THE VOYAGES OF THE STAR SHIP ENTERPRISE. ITS FIVE-YEAR MISSION: TO EXPLORE STRANGE NEW WORLDS; TO SEEK OUT NEW LIFE AND NEW CIVILIZATIONS; TO BOLDLY GO WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE.

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After 5 television series – The Original Series (1966 – 1969), The next Generation (1987 – 1994), Deep Space Nine (1993 – 1999), Voyager (1995 – 2001) and Enterprise (2001 – 2005), and no less then 10 feature films – The Motion Picture, The Wrath of Khan, The Search for Spock, The Voyage Home, The Final Frontier, The Undiscovered Country, Generations, First Contact, Insurrection and Nemesis, we will finally be able to return to the fantastic science fiction world of Star Trek this spring, with the release of the 11th motion picture, simply named Star Trek. When you think you have seen it all, Star Trek will, all in tradition of many other sequel films at this moment, bring us back all the way before the beginning.

In the 23rd Century, Earth is a member of the United Federation of Planets, a peaceful alliance of democratic worlds that runs a Starfleet of space vessels to patrol the final frontier of space. Young cadet James T. Kirk enrolls at Starfleet Academy, unknowingly starting a dangerous and exciting career that will bring him in deep space, and eventually will lead to meeting that person from a complete unknown civilization that will become his soul mate: Spock. Together they will embark in a battle against the Romulans from the future who are interfering with history and time.

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Star Trek is in no way a remake of any of the previously released films. Star Trek: The Motion Picture starts where the series left off. And Captain James T. Kirk is promoted to Admiral and Chief of Starfleet Operations. The 2009 movie Star Trek goes way back in history. It even goes further back than the first aired television episode The Man Trap. How ever, this doesn’t mean we won’t see original characters back in this 11th episode of the Star Trek movie series. Thanks to the ingenious time paradox story, we will be encountering the original Spock, played by Leonard Nimoy who was responsible for giving life to the very first Spock back in 1966, and Captain Pike, played by Bruce Greenwood, who was the very first commander of the Star Ship Enterprise.

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Full synopsis of this latest Star Trek adventure is still an unexplored area, but if we can believe the history of the legendary series and films, and the released trailer, it promises to be a new fantastic adventure for the real ‘Trekkie’, a new vision of the greatest space adventure of all time.  Star Trek introduces the original characters of James Kirk, Spock, Doctor McCoy, Scotty, Uhura and Hikaru Sulu. Directed by J. J. Abrams, and starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Eric Bana and Leonard Nimoy, will open in theaters in May 2009.

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Jan 21

2012

ON DECEMBER 21 2012 THE MESOAMERICAN LONG COUNT CALENDAR, NOTABLY USED BY THE MAYAN CIVILIZATION, WILL COMPLETE ITS 13THB’AK’TUN CYCLE SINCE THE CALENDAR’S MYTHICAL STARTING POINT SOMEWHERE AROUND 3114 BC. AND EVEN THOUGH THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS PERIOD-ENDING TO THE PRE-COLOMBIAN THEMSELVES IS UNCLEAR, MANY BELIEVE THE DATE IS A TURNING POINT OF SORTS. AFTER ALL, THE DATE WAS CARVED IN THE WALLS OF THE TEMPLE OF INSCRIPTIONS IN PALENQUE, WHERE IT FUNCTIONS AS A BASE DATE, FROM WHICH MANY OTHER DATES ARE CALCULATED.

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Many esoteric sources interpret the completion of the thirteenth b’ak’tun cycle in the Long Count of the Maya calendar to mean there will be a major change in world order. Those with New Age believes, 2012 is also the year of spiritual transformation and apocalypse. There is disagreement among believers whether 2012 will see an end of civilization, or humanity will be elevated to a higher level. We like to believe one could happen parallel to the other. This last theory is a of course a guaranteed ingredient for a blockbuster disaster movie, which, if everything should happen as we are supposed to believe it will, will be the disaster movie to end all disaster movies.

2012.It will be a year like many others. The European Football Championship will be played in Poland and Ukraine, while at the same time the world is eagerly turning their eyes towards London, where only one month later the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as Games of the XXX Olympiad, ill kick off. Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee and several countries will have presidential elections. The annular solar eclipse will run a path of totality through the Pacific Ocean from Northern China to California and we will be able to witness the second and last solar transit of Venus of the century. 2012 is also the year in which 433 Eros, the second largest near Earth asteroid will pass Earth at the distance of only 26,778,019km.

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Beautiful_2012.5In 2009 an increased amount of solar storms are the first sign that something is about to change in the near future (which is a good thing since the lack of solar storms at this very moment is a major concern for real time NASA). From here on, many mysterious events will take place, leading us slowly but surely towards the year of disaster: 2012. When people live their lives, unaware of the major disaster that is going to hit them, the leaders of the world are secretly planning their escape: they, along with the select wealthy elite from across the globe, will board specially built ships that can weather nature’s wrath. Everyone else will be left to perish and the people from the ships will be left to rebuild civilization and repopulate the planet, as if it was a modern day version of the Old Testament’s Arc of Noah.

Beautiful_2012.6Beautiful_2012.8Regardless of the predictable story and happy end – which by itself is surprising taking into account the vast majority of earth’s population is about to be wiped out – the film 2012 promises to entertain us with spectacular special effects. Whether the film is an answer or valid addition to the discussion about what really might be happening in 2012 remains to be seen. But does it really matter? Because by the time we might be able to make a comparison, there might be nothing left to compare to.

2012, directed by Roland Emmerich and starring John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oliver Platt, Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson among others, will premier on July 10, 2009. –B-

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Apr 20

Forbidden Kingdom

It seems that age has had no ill effect on the success of THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li. Their $70 million film beat expectations and the competition in its opening weekend, earning $20.9 million according to studio estimates. This is the biggest opening ever for a martial arts movie in the U.S.

This is the biggest opening for a Jackie Chan film outside of his RUSH HOUR series and the biggest for Jet Li since LETHAL WEAPON 4. Jet Li’s FEARLESS was the last major martial arts movie released and it grossed $10.6 million in its opening weekend.

FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, a rated-R romantic comedy from SUPERBAD producer Judd Apatow came in a close second with $17.3 million.

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Mar 23

The Happening is a 2008 American film written, co-produced and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. It stars Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel. The Happening will be released on Friday, June 13, 2008.

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