A lot of times you hear about stars getting cast in major blockbuster franchises who actually weren't fans of that franchise before signing on. Even director J.J. Abrams has said repeatedly that he wasn't a fan of Star Trek before helming his 2009 reboot. But this is not the case with Alice Eve, who plays Dr. Carol Marcus in Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness (out May 17). When she was a little kid, her grandfather introduced her to The Original Series and she's remained a fan ever since.
"I liked Shatner, of course," Eve says at a press event for her new Tribeca Film Festival indie Some Velvet Morning. "But there's such an approachability to [Star Trek creator] Gene Roddenberry's genius. He hardly gets any credit, but he invented everything we use now. The communicators from The Original Series are basically just cell phones. Samsung won the lawsuit Apple filed against them [claiming Samsung's tablets infringed on the iPad's copyright] by showing that Star Trek had featured tablet computers years and years before the iPad. To say that you’re not a fan of Star Trek, is to say that you’re not a fan of everything that services you in our society. Which you may not be, but in that case, good luck to you."
With that level of fandom, it was no trouble picking Eve's brain for her favorite Trek episode, and she offered up her fave without hesitation: "Charlie X" from The Original Series. "It’s one of the earliest episodes from Season 1," Eve says. "I love Charlie [played by Robert Walker, Jr.] and the way he's a little kid in a teenager's body, acting out tantrums. And that moment when Shatner leans in to give Charlie some advice, because Charlie’s in love with Yeoman Rand and he thinks he’s never going to get her, it’s so great. Shatner says, 'Be gentle and go slow.' Have there ever been better words of advice given to a young man in love?"
Eve's fandom is primarily limited to The Original Series, and she doesn't claim to be as familiar with its spinoffs, or even its previous movie incarnations. "I can’t say that I know the lexicon as intimately as a lot of people, so I may be unworthy of being called a Trekkie," says Eve. "That would be doing a disservice to the people who really are Trekkies. But what drew me to Star Trek originally is how intelligently thought out a universe it is, and that's also why I'm so happy to be a part of this film."
She shouldn't be so hard on herself. Anyone who's this enthusiastic about Trek deserves at the very least to be an "honorary Trekkie."
Check back soon for more from Eve on her daring new film, Some Velvet Morning.
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Each year, the night before the Academy Awards, the world of independent cinema gathers in New York City to honor the best of the best from outside the studio system. Ranging from no-budget, down and dirty indies to Sundance breakouts to talent-filled productions that wooed the studios enough to find major distribution, the Independent Spirit Awards bestow their honors to an entirely separate list of nominees.
Saturday night, show host Andy Samberg and a slew of famous faces handed out the awards. Here's a full rundown of the nominees and winners (marked in bold as they're announced!):
Best FeatureBeasts of the Southern WildBernieKeep the Lights OnMoonrise KingdomSilver Linings Playbook
Best DirectorBenh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern WildIra Sachs, Keep the Lights OnJulia Loktev, The Loneliest PlanetWes Anderson, Moonrise KingdomDavid O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Best ActorJack Black, BernieBradley Cooper, Silver Linings PlaybookJohn Hawkes, The SessionsThure Lindhardt, Keep the Lights OnMatthew McConaughey, Killer JoeWendell Pierce, Four
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Best ActressLinda Cardellini, ReturnEmayatzy Corinealdi, Middle of NowhereJennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings PlaybookQuvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern WildMary Elizabeth Winstead, Smashed
Best Supporting ActorMatthew McConaughey, Magic MikeDavid Oyelowo, Middle of NowhereMichael Peña, End of Watch Sam Rockwell, Seven PsychopathsBruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom
Best Supporting ActressRosemarie DeWitt, Your Sister's SisterAnn Dowd, ComplianceHelen Hunt, The SessionsBrit Marling, Sound of My VoiceLorraine Toussaint, Middle of Nowhere
Best ScreenplayIra Sachs, Keep the Lights OnWes Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise KingdomZoe Kazan, Ruby SparksMartin McDonagh, Seven PsychopathsDavid O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Best First FeatureFill the VoidGimme the LootThe Perks of Being a WallflowerSafety Not GuaranteedSound of My Voice
Best First ScreenplayRashida Jones and Will McCormack, Celeste and Jesse ForeverRama Burshtein, Fill the VoidJonathan Lisecki, GaybyChristopher Ford, Robot and FrankDerek Connolly, Safety Not Guaranteed
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Best DocumentaryThe Central Park FiveHow to Survive a PlagueThe Invisible WarMarina Abramovic: The Artist is PresentThe Waiting Room
Best Foreign FilmAmourOnce Upon a Time in AnatoliaRust and BoneSisterWar Witch
Best CinematographyBen Richardson, Beasts of the Southern WildRoman Vasyanov, End of WatchLol Crawley, HereRobert Yeoman, Moonrise KingdomYoni Brook, Valley of Saints
John Cassavetes AwardBreakfast With CurtisThe Color WheelMiddle of NowhereMosquita y MariStarlet
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