Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

Some very sad news today, as Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy passed away at the age of 83. He had been in weak health for some time, due to the after effects of longtime smoking, even though he'd quit over 30 years ago. Obviously, he's immortalized as the iconic Spock, the half-Vulcan he played on the original Star Trek television series from 1966-69, and then again in six of the Trek movies from 1979-1991, followed by appearances in the last two films from the current rebooted franchise. After Star Trek, he starred in two seasons of Mission: Impossible, hosted the documentary series In Search Of..., and even directed some movies, including Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and 1987's smash hit Three Men and a Baby. He had been given casting approval for whoever was to take over the role of Spock for the 2009 reboot, and became friends with Zachary Quinto in the last few years, but for most Trek fans, he could never truly be replaced, and he'll live on forever as the character in the hearts of millions.

Spock's death scene in 1982's Wrath of Khan:

TEASER: "Love and Mercy"

The teaser for this Brian Wilson biopic makes you want to see it because of the music alone (how could it not?), but luckily the film is actually supposed to be quite good. It premiered at Toronto last year to rave reviews for Paul Dano's performance (surprisingly enough) as the tortured Beach Boy, who's also played by John Cusack in his later years. I know those two don't look anything alike, but I guess we just have to suspend disbelief on that one. It comes out June 5th.

Blu-Ray Pick of the Week: "Whiplash" (2014)

This week's blu-ray choice is a newly minted Oscar winner, having just won Supporting Actor, Editing and Sound Mixing at the Academy Awards on Sunday. I actually wasn't the biggest fan of this movie, even though Simmons is great and it gets your heart pounding like crazy, which is an achievement for a film about jazz music, right? But many who did see it really loved it, which is how such a tiny film won 3 Oscars in the first place. As far as general audiences go however, hardly anyone saw this movie in theaters, so now might be the time to check it out- it's quite an adrenaline rush.