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Burton’s Reading Rainbow Breaks Kickstarter Record & Drops Prices On Star Trek Rewards + LeVar Returning For Community S6? June 30, 2014

by TrekMovie.com Staff , Filed under: Celebrity,Trek Franchise , comments closed

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Today there is an update on the previously reported Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign from Star Trek TNG star LeVar Burton. The campaign has now broken a Kickstarter record. There are only 2 days left so you still have a chance to help (and they have lowered pricing on some get some Star Trek event rewards too). Plus is Burton hinting he wants to return for the just announced Community Season 6?

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REMEMBER ME (2 of 3): Mission Log Explores Star Trek Philosophy Under the Roddenberry Name June 29, 2014

by Jared Whitley , Filed under: Trek Franchise , comments closed

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In Part Two of our three part series, Remember Me, TrekMovie takes another look back at Star Trek nostalgia. The Mission Log podcast, which you can now find on TrekMovie.com, has taken on the immense challenge of picking apart Star Trek one episode at a time. What does this perspective teach us about Trek’s past, present, and future? What makes Trek good, how do different incarnations of Trek appeal to different kinds of fans, and how might a look at Trek’s past help us figure out what’s coming next? Hit the jump for Part Two.
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Watch: Trailer For ‘To Be Takei’ Doc – Featuring Cho, Nimoy, Nichols, Koenig, & Shatner June 28, 2014

by TrekMovie.com Staff , Filed under: Celebrity,TOS,Trek Franchise , comments closed

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The documentary “To Be Takei” about Star Trek star George Takei comes out in August and features interviews with the new Sulu John Cho along with George’s original Trek co-stars Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, and even William Shatner. Watch the brand new trailer below, plus the latest episode of George’s webseries "Takei’s Take" where he talks Trek and social media.

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REMEMBER ME (1 of 3): Why Star Trek Nostalgia Rules the Internet – With Exclusive Comments From JD Payne

by Jared Whitley , Filed under: Trek Franchise , comments closed

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Today we start our look at a look back: Star Trek nostalgia in all its forms. Why is it that nostalgia for all things Trek (even for those who weren’t alive during Trek’s original run) has become a common thread in online forums? And how has the fandom changed since the 1960′s? In Part One of the three part series Remember Me, Trekmovie’s Jared Whitley sat down with J.D. Payne (co-writer of the 2016 Star Trek movie), Mission Log Podcast’s John Champion, SF Debri’s Chuck Sonnenberg, and more to discuss how the changing TV landscape and our ever increasing connectivity with other fans has changed the way we watch new TV and discuss classic shows. Hit the jump for Part One.

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Does Hollywood Care About The Fans? June 25, 2014

by Brian Drew , Filed under: CBS/Paramount,ST: Into Darkness Sequel,Star Trek Into Darkness,Trek Franchise , comments closed

A new article from Forbes is sparking some debate on how much Hollywood studios value franchise fans, including Star Trek fans. The article even caught the interest of Star Trek writer/producer (and soon to be director) Roberto Orci, who was mentioned in it. More below.

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CelebWatch: Mulgrew Wins Award + Sir Pat Meets Yoda + Quinto On ‘Girls’ + Takei Masters Parade + more June 21, 2014

by TrekMovie.com Staff , Filed under: Celebrity,Trek Franchise , comments closed

This week has Star Trek celebrity news with Mulgrew winning an award, Quinto hanging with ‘Girls,’ Sir Pat hanging with Yoda, Saldana going green, Takei as Grand marshal and Pegg seeking happiness. Get all the latest below.

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EXCLUSIVE: New Cast Photos from Star Trek Continues Episode 3 “Fairest of Them All” + Free TrekMovie Las Vegas Screening and Q&A June 4, 2014

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Conventions/Events/Attractions,Fan Productions,Star Trek Continues,TrekMovie.com , comments closed

UPDATE: We’ve got another new photo of Chris Doohan as Scotty! Check it out.

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TrekMovie is excited to bring you the title of the upcoming Star Trek Continues episode, “Fairest of Them All” and exclusive shots of the cast in Mirror Universe uniform. The new episode, written by James Kerwin & Vic Mignogna and directed by James Kerwin, will take place in the mirror universe. The story picks up where The Original Series episode “Mirror, Mirror” left off and tells the story of what happened to the mirror landing party after returning to the I.S.S. Enterprise. The episode is set to release June 15 at Supanova in Sydney, Australia, and will be available on Vimeo and YouTube the same day worldwide. Also lookout for a behind the scenes documentary dedicated to the making of “Fairest of Them All”.

We are also thrilled to announce a TrekMovie.com special event. Kicking off the big Creation convention in Las Vegas, this July 31st (Thursday night — Friday morning) TrekMovie.com presents a FREE midnight screening of “Fairest of Them All” with a Q&A session with cast and crew after the show, including Vic Mignogna (Kirk), Chris Doohan (Scotty), Asia DeMarcos (Marlena), Kipleigh Brown (Smith), plus James Kerwin and several members of the crew, and a special appearance by Michael Dorn! Hit the jump for details!

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Geek Nation Tours Expanding LA2Vegas Tour with “Valley of Fire” Day Trip to Kirk’s Death Site May 15, 2014

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Conventions/Events/Attractions , comments closed

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Geek Nation Tours has been delighting traveling nerds on their Trek-themed tour from Hollywood, through a plethora of Trek filming locations in the California desert, and culminating in Las Vegas just in time for the annual Creation Convention held every August. Larry “Dr. Trek” Nemecek, the noted Star Trek guru, consultant, interviewer, producer and author of the Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion and Star Trek: Stellar Cartography, will be there as always to guide fans through the tour and impart his encyclopedic knowledge of all things Trek (both in front of and behind the scenes). This year, Vegas-bound fans unable to join in on the full tour can get a taste of the adventure by booking a one-day tour to the site of Captain James T. Kirk’s heroic death on Veridian III (Star Trek Generations), which is located in the majestic Valley of Fire State Park 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The trip is taking bookings now but is selling out fast with only 7 of the 12 seats still up for grabs.
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Happy Birthday. Surely, the best of times. March 26, 2014

by Brian Drew , Filed under: Celebrity,Nimoy,Shatner,This Week In Trek,TOS,Trek Franchise , comments closed

It is the beginning of spring here in the Western Hemisphere, which means it’s time to celebrate the birthdays of Trek royalty.

Today is the 83rd birthday of Spock Prime himself, Leonard Nimoy. Mr. Nimoy, who recently disclosed that he has a smoking-related illness called COPD isn’t letting anything slow him down. It was announced recently that he will be hosting two special “space-themed” performances by the Boston Pops in May, featuring music from many science fiction classics, including, of course, Star Trek. More information, including ticket prices, can be found at The Boston Pops website.

Mr. Nimoy took to Twitter to mark the day and to thank everyone for their good wishes:

He also received a message from an old friend of his:

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Star Trek’s heart is in television, says Ron D. Moore February 5, 2014

by Matt Wright , Filed under: Trek Franchise,Trek on TV , comments closed

The web site Digital Spy recently caught up with Ron D. Moore to interview him about his new SyFy Channel show Helix, they couldn’t help but talk a little Trek with him.

I think its home and its heart is really in television. That’s really what Star Trek is – the core concept is really a TV show.

I think the features are good and I really admire what JJ Abrams has done with the last two films – I think it’s great – but the heart and soul of that franchise demands a return to television.

The kinds of stories that you’ll tell in the features space are not the kinds of stories that made that show so popular. The features all have to be action-oriented.

The TV shows were morality plays, they were more thematic, they were examining society in different ways. Sometimes the stakes were just one crew member’s life, sometimes the stakes were just one alien world or the Enterprise.

On bringing Trek back to TV:

The TV show is really what Star Trek is to me. I think the features are great, but I think it has to return to TV if it’s going to remain an ongoing franchise.

On being the one to re-launch Trek on TV:

I’d love to do Star Trek again, in all honesty, but I also don’t have a great new Star Trek idea. I’m not saying I know exactly how to do a new [Star Trek] TV show – I don’t. Maybe I shouldn’t do it until I have that great epiphany!

–Source: Digital Spy

Trek connections in Super Bowl ads February 3, 2014

by Matt Wright , Filed under: Trek Franchise,Viral Video/Mashup/Images , comments closed

While we don’t have much new on the Star Trek front as far as new movies or TV series, Trek stars and alumni were represented in this year’s Super Bowl commercials.

The most obviously Trek influenced commercial was the Comcast XFINITY commercial titled “Bold Explorers.” It highlights Comcast’s upcoming next generation X1 platform technologies. Zachary Quinto as Spock and Anton Yelchin as Chekov beam in to see all the advanced tech details.

The other Trek connected commercial was the teaser for the re-launch of Carl Sagan’s beloved edutainment series Cosmos on Fox. Trek alumni Brannon Braga along with Seth MacFarlane are producers, with astrophysicist, and pretty cool guy who makes science fun and interesting, Neil deGrasse Tyson as host.

Were there more Trek connections in the Super Bowl adverts?   If so let us know in the comments.

Trek alumni January passings and remembering DeForest Kelley February 1, 2014

by Matt Wright , Filed under: Celebrity,Trek Franchise , comments closed

January wasn’t a great month for Trek alumni, we’ve had a number of people associated with Trek, especially the original Trek series, pass on recently. We also want to remember DeForest Kelley who was born in January, some rare very old photos of a young DeForest Kelly recently turned up online.

 

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New Year news tidbits January 8, 2014

by Matt Wright , Filed under: Celebrity,Fan Productions,Fandom,Merchandise,Viral Video/Mashup/Images , comments closed

A Trek fan turns her basement into a TOS recreation. A new fan film production appears Star Trek: Axanar about the missions of Captain Garth (later in life “Garth of Izar”).  TV vet actor Joseph Ruskin passes on, and see the new TOS Ortiz prints for January.

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Unearthed 1973 interview with Gene Roddenberry December 18, 2013

by Matt Wright , Filed under: Interview,Trek Franchise , comments closed

A new radio interview with Gene Roddenberry has surfaced on YouTube.

Texas Radio Hall of Famer Scott Arthur was cleaning out some boxes of old interviews from his illustrious career when he came across this lost interview he did with Gene Roddenberry from 1973. Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek spent almost a half hour talking with Arthur about Star Trek, pushing boundaries and the future of humanity.

Listen below:

Rest in Peace, Tom Deishley December 12, 2013

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Celebrity,Conventions/Events/Attractions , comments closed

It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of Thomas Deishley, known to Trek fans as General Motog from Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas. Deishley was found dead in his home in Las Vegas from an apparent gun shot wound. He was found during a welfare check after friends reported that they had not been able to get a hold of him for several days. Police say there was evidence of a break-in. Friend of Deishley and Star Trek: The Experience historian Vernon Wilmer recently posted a video tribute to Tom. Click more to see it, but have your tissues ready.
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Turkey-Day Tidbits November 28, 2013

by Matt Wright , Filed under: Celebrity,Fandom,Humor,Viral Video/Mashup/Images , comments closed

New Takei cologne “Eau My”

George Takei has joined the long list of celebs who have released their own fragrance.

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The name of the cologne is of course a take on his catchphrase  “oh myyyyy”

It is described thusly:

Set Phasers to Stunning. George Takei’s Eau My is a clean, refreshing fragrance for Men and Women. Subtle and charming, with top notes of mandarin zest, Italian bergamot and fresh ozone transitioning to night-blooming jasmine, white freesia petals and grated ginger. Sensual woods, crystalized amber, soft skin musk, and vetiver will delight you when dry.

It will be released December 15th, it is available for pre-order at Amazon.

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Trekland: On Speaker CD Vol. 2 Now Available October 25, 2013

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Memorabilia,Merchandise,Trek Franchise , comments closed

Trekland’s Larry Nemecek (aka Dr. Star Trek) has just released his second CD in the On Speaker series in which Nemecek has digitally preserved hours and hours of anecdotes and stories from Trek legends such as Michael Piller, Mark “Sarek” Lenard, Bob Justman, and more. All of the content is never-before-released material that has been sitting on cassette tapes in a box in some forgotten corner for decades. In the newly released VOL. 2: “ ‘All Good Things…’: Words and Deeds”, you’ll hear stories from Ron D. Moore, Brannon Braga, and others in their own voices in Spring 1994. Hit the jump for more and info on how to snag yourself this little piece of Star Trek history.
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Bryan Fuller on pitching a Star Trek TV show October 2, 2013

by Matt Wright , Filed under: Interview,Trek Franchise,Trek on TV , comments closed

Trek alum Bryan Fuller was out doing press interviews for the second season of his show Hannibal when his love for Star Trek came up with Crave Online. Fuller worked on the writing staff of Deep Space Nine and Voyager before creating critically acclaimed shows such as Dead Like Me and Pushing Daises. Click on for more.

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EDITORIAL: You Just Can’t Bring Star Trek Back To The Small Screen (But How You Would If You Could) September 19, 2013

by Jared Whitley , Filed under: Editorial,Trek Franchise,Trek on TV , comments closed

In The Icarus Factor, Riker is offered his own ship and we meet his father for the first (and only) time. But the episode is better remembered for the subplot, where Worf is in a particularly grouchy mood. He yells “Enough!” at Wesley and “Be gone!” to Data, who – with his trademark gentleness – describes the Klingon as “out of sorts.” Worf’s friends determine that the only solution to his foul spirits is to hit him repeatedly with pain sticks:

I have been reminded of this episode as I’ve followed the recent furor over Star Trek Into Darkness. Just as Worf wasn’t really mad at his crewmates, I believe that much of the anger toward STID has nothing to do with the film: fans are angry because they have to wait four years to see a new movie when what they really want is new episodes every week.
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Las Vegas Convention Panel: Star Trek and the Military September 18, 2013

by Nancy Garrett , Filed under: Conventions/Events/Attractions,Fandom,Trek Franchise , comments closed

Imagine this scenario: A massive ship rests in its dock as the crew prepares for departure. Orders are given and acknowledged. A course is laid. Whistles echo through the decks. Dock lines fall to the side, and the ship clears the last mooring. What happens next? Is this a warship cutting through ocean waves headed for the Mediterranean? Or is this a starship disappearing in a warp speed flash of light headed for strange new worlds? Their missions may be entirely different but similarities between today’s military and Star Trek’s Starfleet remain evident. On the program of Creation Entertainment’s Star Trek Convention Las Vegas last month, a panel of veterans presented and discussed military aspects of Star Trek and similarities between Starfleet and the armed forces.

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