Monday, November 19, 2007

This week's column:
Where no Winona has gone before

Is it me, or does the casting of Winona Ryder in the new “Star Trek” movie — in Jane Wyatt’s old role as Spock’s mother — smack of franchise reboot desperation? It’s sort of like when they were trying to come up with an idea for a fourth “Alien” movie and hired … Winona Ryder. All we’re missing is Jennifer Love Hewitt as a Tribble.

Unfortunately, this is all part of a trend. It seems Hollywood has decided that the stars of the shows and movies of the ’60s and ’70s just weren’t good looking enough, and they all need to be redone with more attractive people. (Or, in the case of Gabe Kaplan, with gangsta rapper Ice Cube, who is slated to appear in a “Welcome Back Kotter” movie. I can’t wait to hear him ask Julie if he ever told her about his Uncle Morty who got a cap popped in his tuchus.)

Granted, “Star Trek” did have one of the most generally unattractive casts in the history of television, presumably to make William Shatner look as good as possible. I’m figuring this was in his contract, along with always having his trailer fully stocked with Joan Collins.

For the rest of this week's AT LARGE by Peter Chianca, click here.


Anonymous said...

Great column!

I've been remiss in my commenting (I'm working now) but wanted to send holiday greetings.

Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving - I am so grateful for all of the fabulous people I've met on the Internet!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the chuckles! As a baby boomer, I am getting weary of all the remakes, most of which stink. I am wondering if Hollywood has run out of imagination. At least the remakes are giving us deeper appreciation for the originals!