Thursday, March 5, 2015

Leonard Nimoy's lasting legacy: "Remember!"

American actor, film director, poet, singer-songwriter and photographer Leonard Nimoy was beloved by many for his role as Spock, the Vulcan and Starfleet science officer on the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Many believe Spock was the moral compass that steered the starship, first under the command of Capt. Christopher Pike in the original Star Trek pilot The Cage in 1965 and then, of course, serving with Capt. James T. Kirk, portrayed by Nimoy's good friend William Shatner, from 1966 to 1969 on TV, followed by six feature films that featured the 1960s cast.

Last week, as we all know, the world lost perhaps the most influential "alien" in pop culture. Nimoy succumbed to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) at the age of 83.

To honour his legacy, we're looking back at two of the most humorous commercials we could find in which he parodied aspects of his character.

In the first clip, which coincided with J.J. Abrams franchise reboot in 2009, Nimoy prepares to take to the stage at a convention and can't seem to form his his famous Vulcan hand gesture, which accompanies his signature line, "Live long and prosper," so he's advised to take the pain medication Aleve.

In the second clip, Nimoy and actor Zachary Quinto, who assumed the mantle of the green-blooded Vulcan in the rebooted film franchise, get together in The Challenge, an Audi campaign commercial just two short years ago. The older, wiser Nimoy and the younger actor play a round of golf and go on a "friendly" lunch outing. Their chemistry together, both in and out of character, was truly outstanding.

While Shatner could not attend the funeral of his dear friend in person as Nimoy was laid to rest last Sunday, his dedication stands the test of time, from the end of Star Trek The Wrath of Khan to when he first learned the news of Nimoy's real-life passing, "Of my friend, I can only say this: Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… human."

 Leonard Simon Nimoy – R.I.P.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The CSA fan favourite award goes to...

From left: Anna Silk, Zoie Palmer, Rachel Skarsten and Kris Holden-Reid
After following Anna Silk and her hit show Lost Girl since its very beginning, we here at Heebonics want to wish her and the entire cast a heartfelt congratulations for being recognized as a fan favourite by Canadian viewers.

In a special category containing three new Canadian Screen Awards that were handed out during the 2015 gala in Toronto on March 1, a fan favourite award was bestowed on Silk, the show's lead actress and protagonist.

While the show is presently on hiatus having completed the first half of its final season, it is scheduled to return this fall with a satisfying and epic conclusion that will not disappoint its multi-faceted audience.

We'll be watching. How about you?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Iconic Israeli snack may curb peanut allergies

According to a paper published Feb. 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at King's College London found that keeping U.K. babies thought to be prone to hereditary peanut allergies away from the otherwise healthy nut may in fact be more likely to develop the allergy by not being exposed to the legume when compared to Israeli infants who are fed the popular peanut-flavoured snack Bamba.

We found these two articles from Size Doesn't Matter and ynet to be particularly informative about the study's results.

Take a look.

UberX app now serving Tel Aviv

Uber has received a lot of publicity in the last 18 months or so for significantly disrupting the way we think about grabbing a ride around the cities we live in or the cities we travel to.

The for-hire-vehicle service, which started in Paris in 2008, has benefited city-dwellers with a lower-cost alternative to traditional taxis and has unnerved mainstream industry operators.

Known as the black cab alternative, Uber has just released its UberX app in Tel Aviv.

There are in fact four categories of Uber. UberX is the least expensive in the line of services as drivers use their own everyday vehicles to accommodate a maximum of four travellers. UberXL offers up to six seats in a private SUV or minivan, while UberPlus is for groups of five to seven, and Uber Black Car functions as its executive service.

Those who call on UberX to get around Israel's hippest city will be charged just a small fee for gas.

Have you used Uber where you live? Share with us your experiences using the service.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

To every generation a new parody

We are coming around to that time again, when holiday storytelling combines with Top 40 chart-topping hits from today's most popular music artists.

From generations to congregations and all manner of Jewish organizations in between, some of the parodies are quite impressive.

While we are still two weeks away from Purim, Shushan Funk, a riff on Bruno Mars' and Mark Ronson's groovin' Uptown Funk single, will have you bopping along in your seat.

Check it out!

Star Trek's original Capt. Kirk to land in Haven

After the November announcement that one our most blogged-about celebrities, William Shatner, will be joining Haven for a much-anticipated four-episode arc, here's hoping that we're getting closer to the TV series' return and the second half of its final season.

For those unfamiliar with the supernatural series, it's loosely based on the Stephen King novel The Colorado Kid. Strange events occur in a fictional seaside town in Maine where former FBI agent Audrey Parker, local detective Nathan Wuornos and smuggler Duke Crocker – portrayed, respectively, by Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour – struggle to protect the town from, and help its residents with, their supernatural afflictions, known as "troubles."

As the series progressed over the course of 4-1/2 seasons, Audrey has learned more about the mysteries of both Haven and her connection to the small, "troubled" town.

While it's still unknown what his exact role will be, Shatner's character will reportedly be pivotal as the series races to its conclusion, forever impacting the fate of the town of Haven and its people.

After the successful run Haven has had and the loyal fan-base it has amassed, when Stephen King approached networks with the idea for Under the Dome, CBS jumped at the chance to air it in the summer of 2013. Here's a look at how King and Haven have continued to keep viewers hooked since it began.

Haven  airs on Syfy in the United States and on Showcase in Canada. Return air dates have yet to be announced.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Zach Braff stirs the pot on Twitter

Former Scrubs actor turned director and producer Zach Braff took flak from many on Twitter after singer, songwriter and fashion designer Pharrell took to the Grammy stage last Sunday.

In Braff's opinion, Pharrell's bellboy-like attire seemed eerily similar to that of Braff's animated alter ego of a flying monkey in Oz The Great and Powerful, which hit theatres in 2013.

While some of Braff's fans attempted to defend the actor's tweet, in the wake of Charlie Hebdo and increased scrutiny on free speech, the Twittersphere erupted over the glib comment, which was taken as both an intentional and unintentional racist remark.

Looking at Pharrell's performance garb, would you have commented any differently?