Sorry, Netflix & CBS Not in Talks To Produce New Show June 10, 2014by Brian Drew , Filed under: CBS/Paramount,Rumor,Trek on TV , comments closed
A new story is making the rounds claiming that, while at Phoenix Comicon this past weekend, author Larry Nemecek (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, Star Trek Stellar Cartography) revealed that Netflix and CBS are “in talks” regarding a new Star Trek series. The story made a big splash, since it’s not so crazy to think that Netflix, who has hit it big with recent original shows Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, would look to Star Trek, one of its top performers in streaming TV, for a new series. In a blog post on his web site, Nemecek refutes the story:
…this non-bylined writer known only as “Starfleet Intelligence” is too wrapped up in tossing around jazzy phrases of TheBizSpeak in this post, and has the situation blown up way too big —though it makes a nice screaming headline…it’s in Netflix’s interest to be casting about for new shows—including those from known franchises. I understand Star Trek is one of them—especially as Trek’s 737 hours of “reruns” performs as a top draw ON Netflix. As I understand it, there have been overtures. But none taken. So far.
You can read the entire post here.
EDITORIAL: Star Trek V at 25 June 9, 2014by Steve Vivona , Filed under: Editorial,Feature Films (TMP-NEM),TrekMovie.com , comments closed
Let’s get something straight right off the bat: Star Trek V is a hot mess. Released 25 years ago today, my anticipation for it could not have been greater. By 1989, I was fully immersed in Trekdom, consuming all there was to consume: comics, novels, cards, making-of books, and of course, the actual movies and TV episodes. (more…)Games,Star Trek Online , comments closed
Star Trek Online has launched its second annual Risa event, allowing players to partake in various summertime activities. This year’s event features new assignments and rewards, and those who complete the event reputation project earn access to a new high-tier ship. The event is available June 5-July 17.
Our Exclusive Interview With a Tiny Trekkie + The Most Adorable Star Trek Reviews You’ll See Today June 6, 2014by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Review,TOS,Trek for Kids,Trek on TV,Viral Video/Mashup/Images,Web , comments closed
Meet Sarai Duenas, arguably the cutest Star Trek reviewer on YouTube today. She was introduced to the world of Star Trek by her father, Abe, who has encouraged her love for Kirk, Spock, and Uhura. Wanting to share his daughter’s enthusiasm for Trek with the world, Abe began filming Sarai as she recapped her favorite TOS episodes and posting them to YouTube. These videos. Are. Adorable. But, we wanted to know more. Who is Sarai Duenas, and what does she want to be when she grows up? Answers to these questions and more in our exclusive interview with the tiny trekkie girl.
EXCLUSIVE: New Cast Photos from Star Trek Continues Episode 3 “Fairest of Them All” + Free TrekMovie Las Vegas Screening and Q&A June 4, 2014by 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.
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!
The Search for Spock at 30: A Retrospective June 1, 2014by Steve Vivona , Filed under: Feature Films (TMP-NEM) , comments closed
Today marks the 30th Anniversary of the theatrical release of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, the highly anticipated follow-up to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The film, which marked Leonard Nimoy’s feature film directorial debut, was a critical and financial success and pushed the Star Trek format in new directions, ultimately being the middle film in what is sometimes referred to as “The Genesis Trilogy”, which culminated in the release of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in 1986. TrekMovie is marking the anniversary with a retrospective from guest author Steve Vivona, who tells us why he loves this film, and gives a sense of what it was like to be a sci-fi and Star Trek fan in the early 80′s.
LeVar Burton’s Reaction as Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Surpasses Goal of $1 Million in Less Than a Half a Day May 29, 2014by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Celebrity,Web , comments closed
Just 11 hours after its launch, LeVar Burton’s new Kickstarter campaign to bring back the hit children’s show Reading Rainbow (1983-2006) surpassed its goal of $1 Million. And, this was before LeVar had a chance to advertise the cause during today’s Reddit AMA. At the time of writing, the campaign is only a day old and reached nearly $2 Million in donations. The crowdfunded campaign is raising money to “bring Reading Rainbow’s unlimited library of interactive books and video field trips to kids everywhere” and to help classrooms in need. Perhaps LeVar underestimated the impact that the show had on the Millennial generation during their childhood. See his reaction when the campaign officially went over their goal.
Immediately after the Kickstarter campaign surpassed its $1 Million goal, the team posted this video of LeVar Burton’s reaction to the outpouring of support.Electronics/Gadgets,Science/Technology,Web , comments closed
XPRIZE, in partnership with CBS, has launched Tricorder Federation, a new promotional website for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition, which will award $10M to the team that successfully creates a real life Tricorder that can make reliable health diagnoses anywhere, anytime. The new site’s app invites fans to upload a picture of themselves decked out in Trek uniform and will then create a poster comparing real life ailments to fictional Trek universe ones. The platform seeks not only to raise awareness for the XPRIZE competition itself but also for illnesses around the world that could one day be conquered by improvements in medical technology, like those advances envisioned in Star Trek.
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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.
BREAKING: Variety is reporting that Roberto Orci, co-screenwriter and producer of the previous two Star Trek films, has been tapped to direct the third film in the rebooted franchise.
When approached by Variety to confirm, Paramount, Skydance Productions, and Orci’s representatives had no comment.
Orci, who will be making his directorial debut, is collaborating with newcomers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay on the screenplay. He had been lobbying to land the directing assignment, and needed to convince Paramount and it’s producing partner, Skydance Productions, that he could handle the demands of directing a major Hollywood blockbuster.
No details about the film are known, but the entire cast is expected to return. J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burke will produce along with Skydance’s David Ellison.Fan Productions , comments closed
With the world of video exploding, it’s exciting to see that the audio drama format is still alive and well. After a nearly three year hiatus, the cast and crew of the USS Montana have returned for an entirely new episode, Cathedral in the Void, available from the Continuing Mission Website.
During it’s initial “season” of six episodes released between the winter of 2007 and the fall of 2009, the series amassed a listenership of tens of thousands, garnering critical acclaim and reviewed on CNN. We had even named it, “Audio Drama of the Year,” in 2008.
Series producer Sebastian Prooth is proud of the series use of a ship and storyline set outside of the established series canon, but still able to weave it into the same universe. The story follows the adventures of a Federation crew plucked out of the 23rd century (from around the time of the events in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn) and re-emerging in the 24th, just prior to the beginning of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
“The benefits of working in an audio format is that we’ve been able to utilize technology to bring together talented actors from around the world without having to physically bring them together,” said Prooth.
The bulk of the original audio was completed back in 2011, with only a few characters’ dialogue remaining. Finally, it was an offer by Canadian fan and audio engineer, Matheiu Blondin, to help assemble the episode that restarted the momentum. That addition to the team, in tandem with Prooth’s desire to rejuvenate the series for an audience of today. This new episode summons up the creations of HP Lovecraft, the father of modern horror, who consigned his unspeakable creations to the farthest reaches of the final frontier. Most call them aliens. Some know them as the Elder Gods. In the time before time, they ruled the Earth. Now, the only thing that can stop their return is Captain Edwards and the crew of the USS Montana.
The episode is well paced and is immersive as an audio experience, and easy to listen to (many effect-laden audio dramas become cluttered, which isn’t the case with Cathedral. The actor’s performances are solid and not over the top. The cast is headlined by Captain Paul Edwards (Scott Martineck), Commander Darius Locke (Stephen Perkins), Lt. Commander Jack McGuire (Patrick McCray), and Lt. Commander Thomas Plummer (Nathan Wolfenbarger).
This new episode is in part an experiment to see if there’s still an audience for Star Trek in an audio drama format. They have already been drafting ideas for future episodes, but before they proceed they want to see what number of listens this episode receives.
Personally I’m a big fan of listening to audio format fiction, as I use them to pass the time on the daily work commute. Full format audio plays however have become too rare, with World War Z having been an interesting hybrid between a full cast and straight audiobook. It’s refreshing to see something in the tradition of the classic Orson Wells broadcast of the War of the Worlds being created anew today.
Roberto Orci in talks to direct “Star Trek 3″ May 9, 2014by Brian Drew , Filed under: Orci/Kurtzman,ST: Into Darkness Sequel , comments closed
Deadline Hollywood‘s Mike Fleming is reporting that Roberto Orci, co-screenwriter and producer of the previous two Trek films, has emerged as the frontrunner to direct the third feature and is currently in talks with Paramount and their producing partner, Skydance Productions.
According to Fleming, Orci has mounted “an aggressive lobbying campaign” to land the job, and should he get it,
…this would amount to another first-time director taking on a massive project, which has been hit (Snow White And The Huntsman) and miss (Transcendence, John Carter, 47 Ronin). Orci could be an exception on the positive side of the ledger because he has been involved for so long as writer and producer in shaping such big scale films as the Star Trek films as well as theTransformers and Amazing Spider-Man movies. I’m told that Paramount’s partner, Skydance Productions, has been in Orci’s corner, but Paramount needed convincing. Now it all could happen at warp speed.
Source: Deadline Hollywood
The pace certainly appears to be picking up. We’ll bring you more information as we get it.
Star Trek: Enterprise Season 4 Blu-ray review April 28, 2014by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,ENT , comments closed
So we’ve finally come to Season 4 of Enterprise, often considered the best of the series. It is a bittersweet ending, going out on a high note, but it’s sad to think that this is the last TV series of the entire franchise, canceled after only four seasons. What we have in this final season is generally very good, we are treated to excellent multi-part story arcs about the Eugenics Wars, Vulcans, Andorians, Orions, and Klingons (oh my!) plus the mirror universe is revisited one last time. Read on for the review of the excellent Season 4 Blu-ray set.Orci/Kurtzman,ST: Into Darkness Sequel , comments closed
Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the screenwriting and producing duo who have worked on some of Hollywood’s biggest franchises(Mission:Impossible, Transformers, Star Trek, the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2) have decided to end their feature film partnership so they can both pursue directing careers. Their company, K/O Paper Products, will not dissolve, however. The two are will continue to collaborate on various television projects, both current and upcoming.
Kurtzman is already set to direct “Venom”, a spinoff of the Spider-Man franchise. Orci’s directorial ambitions will be of great interest to Trek fans.
Orci is currently laser focused on the upcoming “Star Trek 3.” He’s already been tapped to pen the picture along with Patrick McKay and John D. Payne, and he’s lobbying heavily to direct the production. The film’s co-producers, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and David Ellison’s Skydance, appear to be in favor of Orci helming the film, but people familiar with the situation say that Paramount is being cautious. If Orci lands the assignment, “Star Trek 3” would mark his directorial debut.
TrekMovie will bring you more information as we get it.
These Are The Voyages Season 2 released April 18, 2014by Brian Drew , Filed under: Books,History,TOS , comments closed
The eagerly awaited second volume of author Marc Cushman’s exhaustive examination of the production of The Original Series, These Are The Voyages, was released this past Wednesday, and we have a closer look.
The first volume, which covered the history of the series from its earliest stages to the end of season one, was lauded by critics, fans, and cast members for it’s incredible attention to detail. Leonard Nimoy himself called the book’s level of research “astounding…an incredible job”.
The second volume, which covers the entirety of season two and features a forward by Walter Koenig, promises to be even more expansive than the first. According to the promotional materials the second book will cover a variety of interesting topics:
- Learn why Leonard Nimoy almost didn’t return for Season Two.
- Explore why Lucille Ball, whose Desilu Studios had gambled big on financing Star Trek, would lose her studio in trying to keep Star Trek on the air.
- Discover the real reason Gene Coon suddenly quit as series producer in the middle of Season Two.
- Learn which stories by renowned science fiction masters never made it to the screen and why.
- Find out which episodes almost didn’t make it in front of the camera.
- Read the memos from Roddenberry and his staff, and NBC, concerning all 26 episodes from Season Two.
- Witness the continuing deception by the network over the show’s ratings, and how the fans took on a corporate giant to save their favorite series.
Disruptor Beam, a Boston-based game developer, has announced the development of Star Trek Timelines, a multiplayer strategy RPG set in the Prime Universe that will cover every era of the franchise’s history, from the Enterprise-era through the TNG-era.
The developer, who released Game of Thrones Ascent last year, is designing the game in a way that makes “mixing and matching” crews from different eras a possibility.
Bye Bye Robot releases new TNG movie posters April 4, 2014by Brian Drew , Filed under: Art,Merchandise , comments closed
Bye Bye Robot, an independent art publisher who has been publishing licensed Star Trek-related artwork since 2011, is releasing 4 new posters inspired by the 4 TNG feature films.
The prints, created by artist Matt Ferguson, are designed to be reminiscent of old movie-house posters from the past. All the posters contain a stylistic similarity.
Enterprise Season 4 Blu-ray full details April 1, 2014by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,ENT , comments closed
Star Trek Enterprise Season 4 is due out at the end of this month, April 29th (to be exact). With that time fast approaching CBS has now officially sent out finalized details of the Blu-ray discs of this highly anticipated season, widely considered the best season of the series.
We have new excellent sounding documentaries. “In Conversation: Writing Star Trek Enterprise,” an exclusive, 90-minute writing staff reunion special, which includes Brannon Braga, Mike Sussman, André Bormanis, David Goodman, Chris Black, Phyllis Strong, and Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. As with the previous seasons there is also a new four-part documentary “Before Her Time: Decommissioning Enterprise,” which charts the last season of Enterprise. Plus there are new episode commentaries too. Read on for the full details from the press release.
Fan Films: “Prelude to Axanar” is poised to begin production March 27, 2014by Bill Watters , Filed under: Fan Productions , comments closed
What do Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica, Teen Wolf, Supernatural), JG Herztler (DS9, Voyager, Enterprise), and Gary Graham (Alien Nation, Voyager, Enterprise) have in common? Their Star Trek: Prelude to Axanar project, which has now blown past the $50,000 mark on Kickstarter.
The latest entrant into the flourishing Star Trek fan film space, Prelude is being filmed in early May in Los Angeles as a short film which will lead into their full length Star Trek: Axanar feature film slated to begin production later this year. Prelude takes place some 13 years before TOS and explores the story leading up to the Battle of Axanar. The Klingon Empire and Federation find themselves engaged in a pitched battle over the planet Axanar, leading both to the bring of all out war.
Happy Birthday. Surely, the best of times. March 26, 2014by 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:
Living long and prospering. Great family and friends and 100′s of honorary grandchildren. Many. Many thanks. LN
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) March 26, 2014
He also received a message from an old friend of his:
Happy Birthday to my dear friend @TheRealNimoy
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 26, 2014