The city so nice…

Did a young J.J. Abrams contribute (in a small way) to John Carpenter’s classic future-sploitation flick Escape from New York? If yesterday’s “Fresh Air” interview with him is to be believed, then the answer is “yes.”

New York

(Abrams talks about Escape around 29 minutes, 50 seconds into the interview.)


Science doesn’t matter too much in a fun flick like J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek. But that doesn’t mean a “Science of Trek article” can’t be fun, too.

Here’s some real science: NASA’s Dawn space probe is approaching our solar system’s second largest asteroid.

If you’re like me and spent time in the 1970s watching the Wide World of Sports on TV, you probably remember Evel Knievel, stuntman supreme. published a nice excerpt from a recently published book about the man.

A little vintage SNL for you: Siskel and Ebert vs. Chevy Chase. (via David Cornelius)

Comic book writer Peter David reviewed the troubled Spider-Man broadway play in December.

James Rocchi wrote a very good piece about the under-appreciated Way of the Gun.

I’ll wrap up today with a question that I recently asked on Twitter: Does the War Room really look like the one in Dr. Strangelove, or do all movies with War Room scenes just homage Strangelove?


2 Comments on “The city so nice…”

  1. That’s a very cool story about John Carpenter.

  2. Chance says:

    I thought so, too. I’m a little surprised the nerd press hasn’t picked up on it.

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