Star Trek Into Darkness, Jay Carney Says There Are No Scandals, Disney Says Merida Had No Makeover
5/17/2013 3:00:00 PM
What a bad week for the Obama administration……unless you ask Jay Carney.
The second J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie opens this weekend. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS starts off with Kirk violating the Prime Directive in order to save Spock from dying in an active volcano, but it quickly moves on to a hunt for a rogue Star Fleet agent who attacks Star Fleet from within.
The villain in this one is Benedict Cumberbatch, from the BBC series "Sherlock". For months there'd been speculation that he's playing Khan, but all Paramount would admit is that he's an "intergalactic terrorist" named John Harrison.
After attacking Earth, the terrorist retreats to a Klingon planet and the Enterprise has to risk violating Klingon space to hunt him down.
"Robocop's" Peter Weller plays the Star Fleet Admiral who sends Kirk after him.
The returning cast is Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, John Cho as Sulu, Anton Yelchin as Chekov, and Bruce Greenwood as Admiral Christopher Pike.
Alice Eve shows off a nice bit of skin as Kirk's love interest, Dr. Carol Marcus. Carol was the woman who secretly gave birth to Kirk's son in the original timeline.
Here are the Top Surprises in "Star Trek Into Darkness".
Shannen Doherty plays a crewmember whose face gets misaligned by a transporter mishap.
Blue shirts are assigned to medical staff, yellow shirts to officers, and "Affliction" shirts to morons.
Spock debuts a new hand gesture after the Enterprise gets cut off on the Freeway.
The numbers meant nothing, the smoke monster was just some guy in black with hipster facial hair and . . . what? Wrong J.J. Abrams story?
Spock's advanced reasoning skills fail him for the first time ever, when he's asked to explain why Ke$ha is famous.
The Enterprise stops for fuel in the most desolate, terrifying landscape in the galaxy: Detroit.
The crew gets beamed to the most lifeless location in the universe: the Clintons' bedroom.
Kirk gets depressed when it's revealed that he'll one day leave the Enterprise and begin hawking cheap hotel rooms.
The crew travels to a parallel universe where Leno is actually really funny.
So about this whole Merida flap….Disney claims it never meant to change the look of Merida from "Brave" when it made her one of its Princesses.
Yes, they spruced her up, but they say it was only for this special occasion.
Disney released a statement saying, quote, "We routinely use different art styles with our characters and this rendition of Merida in her party dress was a special one-time effort to commemorate her coronation.
"Merida exemplifies what it means to be a Disney Princess through being brave, passionate and confident and she remains the same strong and determined Merida from the movie whose inner qualities have inspired moms and daughters around the world."
They also say that the tarted-up redesign of Merida that's been circulating all week was never actually posted on any official Disney websites.