JJ Abrams Mourns The Loss Of 'Star Trek' Actor Anton Yelchin: "You Were Brilliant." | Gradient

JJ Abrams mourns the loss of ‘Star Trek’ actor Anton Yelchin: “You were brilliant.”


Anton Yelchin, best known for playing Chekov in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot franchise, has been killed in a tragic car accident outside his home in San Fernando Valley. He was 27 years old.

Yelchin started acting when he was just 9 in his native Russia, getting cast opposite Anthony Hopkins in Hearts in Atlantis and in Steven Spielberg’s Taken series. He also had major roles alongside Emile Hirsch and Justin Timberlake in Alpha Dog and Robert Downey Jr., Ket Dennings and Drake in Charlie Bartlett. 

But his most well-known role was unquestionably his note-perfect casting as Pavel Chekov in Star Trek, a role he reprised in 2013’s Stark Trek: Into Darkness and this year’s Star Trek: Beyond, which is set to release in just a few weeks. Abrams took to Twitter this morning to express his sympathy.

“Anton, you were brilliant. You were kind. You were funny as hell, and supremely talented. And you weren’t here nearly long enough. Miss you… JJ”

Yelchin was an uncommonly good actor whose true talents were overlooked (not enough people saw him in the excellent Charlie Bartlett) but once you observed his magnificently expressive face and knack for subtle comedic timing, you figured he was the sort of actor who’d be popping up in unique, offbeat roles for a long time. His death is a huge and shocking loss.

New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Jason Russell”


Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “ Aharon Rabinowitz”


Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 040


United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?

New Pod Flow: Scribble & Jam, “Artist Matthew Perryman Jones”


Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.

If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.

To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.

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New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Next Steps After the Presidential Election”


Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 039


Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.

This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “Illo


Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy.  During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 038


This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.

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New Pod Flow: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Podcast: Doctor Strange


We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.