Netflix gets Lost In Space

Let me get this out of the way first: The only reason I care about Lost In Space is that without Lost, there would have been no Star Trek.

In the mid-60s, NBC was primarily interested in Gene Roddenberry’s idea of a space adventure show because CBS had a hit with Irwin Allen’s campy space opera.

Netflix, the current king of streaming, has just announced it is bringing back Lost In Space. The new version is said to be “epic” and “grounded,” which I assume means it won’t be the kiddie show the original 60s drama became.

Even in my childhood eyes at the time, Lost In Space was just too dumb for me, whereas Trek opened my mind to new ideas and sparked a lifelong love of science fiction. But with Trek returning as a series streaming on CBS All Access, and Lost In Space being revived on Netflix, these two iconic shows could be going head to head once again.

Trek was always the more serious-minded effort, where Lost was known for its campiness. Will fans of the old show miss “Danger, Will Robinson!” too much to enjoy a more serious reboot?

Get the details of the new Lost In Space from Deadline Hollywood.

Paris

Hundreds dead in multiple attacks across Paris.

I’m so weary of the world, and no, nonstop holiday music isn’t going to help.

That stupid Starbucks holiday coffee cup doesn’t seem so important now, does it?

Kurt Vonnegut on Veteran’s Day

Kurt Vonnegut on Veteran’s Day vs Armistice Day:

BreakfastOfChampions(Vonnegut)will come to a time in my backwards trip when November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.

Armistice Day has become Veterans’ Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans’ Day is not.

So I will throw Veterans’ Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I don’t want to throw away any sacred things.

What else is sacred? Oh, Romeo and Juliet, for instance.

And all music is.

Kurt Vonnegut
Breakfast of Champions (1973)

WATCH: Music scientifically verified to appeal to cats. No, really.

The world can be a pretty crappy place. But at least there’s this: Music engineered and scientifically verified to appeal to cats.

The cellist behind this has a Kickstarter campaign, and proceeds will go to animal shelters. So it’s for a good cause, too.

Are people really grousing about Starbucks holiday cups?

Really? Are people really grousing about Starbucks holiday coffee cups?

Yes, apparently so.

Joshua Feuerstein, a former pastor who calls himself a “social media personality” (there’s a clue right there), posted a video on Facebook last week, accusing Starbucks of taking “Christ and Christmas off of their brand new cups.”

That’s just not true, because the original design of the cups had NO religious iconography in the first place, so Starbucks hasn’t removed anything “Christian” from the cups. Also, Starbucks sells a “Christmas blend,” and it’s called “CHRISTMAS blend” for cryin’ out loud. So it doesn’t look like Starbucks has “removed Christ” at all. He’s right there, in the name of one of Starbucks’ seasonal blends (see below).

I suspect Feuerstein is deliberately scamming people. I think he’s just trying to build a brand for his social media, increase his hits and followers, and maybe even raise some cash from gullible people.

StarbucksChristmasBlend

There’s “Christ,” right there in the name of the blend.

WATCH: The first TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is here… and it’s awesome

Each new tease of the upcoming Star Wars movie is better than the one before, and now, we’re getting a look at the first TV spot for the film. While it’s shorter than the trailers, it’s got even more new footage we haven’t seen before.

Check it out:

WATCH: Star Wars new international trailer with extra footage

Each new Star Wars trailer comes laden with greater hope that JJ Abrams is doing it right, and may even erase the stigma of the prequel trilogy.

The newest trailer is international, not meant for domestic audiences, which is aggravating because it’s filled with tons of new footage and ACTUAL BITS OF DIALOGUE. I guess studio chiefs believe Americans aren’t into such things as stuff not blowing up.

I’m embedding the new international trailer here in hopes it doesn’t get taken down. If it does, you can read more about the new trailer here: New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ International Trailer With Tons Of New Footage