Anton Yelchin

‘STAR TREK’ Actor Anton Yelchin Passes Away at 27

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Sad news to report as Anton Yelchin has passed away at the young age of 27. TMZ reports that the actor was found pinned between his car and a brick mailbox at his home around 1am earlier today after failing to show for a rehearsal hours before. No foul play is suspected.

Yelchin is perhaps best known for his role as Chekov in the new Star Trek films which began in 2009 but the actor had been working steadily since the age of 9, appearing most recently in the thriller Green Room earlier this year. His other credits include 2009’s Terminator: Salvation and 2011’s indie hit Like Crazy which took top honors at that year’s Sundance Film Festival. He completed roles in five movies before his death, including next month’s Star Trek Beyond.

My heartfelt condolences go out to Mr. Yelchin’s family and friends.

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Movie Review: FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)

Starring: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Imogen Poots, Toni Collette, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Written by: Marti Noxon

Directed by: Craig Gillespe

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Taking place in a small Nevada town just outside of Las Vegas, Fright Night stars Anton Yelchin as Charley Brewster, a high school kid who has gone from a total dweeb to one of the cool kids thanks to a growth spurt and a less blotchy complexion. He’s even picked up a smoking hot girlfriend named Amy (Imogen Poots), who is not only gorgeous and nice, but wants to be the one to take his virginity. But even though he’s left behind his past as a nerd, his best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) refuses to be shunned aside. After being blackmailed, Charley agrees to meet with Ed to investigate the disappearance of their mutual friend Adam (Will Denton), who is the latest kid to go missing over the past few weeks. That’s when Ed drops a major bombshell: Charley’s new next door neighbor Jerry (Colin Farrell) is a vampire. Like most sane people, Charley brushes it off but when Ed disappears things start to get real and it turns out that Ed wasn’t lying: the Ed Hardy-looking douchebag with a seedy grin really is a vampire. And now it’s up to Charley to save Amy as well as his mother (Toni Collette) from becoming Jerry’s next meal.

Fright Night is a fun take on the vampire genre, more comedy than horror but still able to mix the two into something entertaining thanks to a good snarky script by Marti Noxon and a cast that in theory should be “above” this kind of material.

[Finish the review over at Man, I Love Films]

Grade: B-

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