Earlier this week , the fabulous genre website, io9.com, ran an article I wrote regarding how Paramount is missing out on a unique opportunity to develop Star Trek as a blockbuster multi-media property. After reading the article, your jocular webmaster Anthony Pascale, reached out to me and discussed expanding my article (or, as Charles Foster Kane might say, Declaration of Principals) for the Trek Movie audience with some additional and more Trek-specific thoughts to help facilitate a continued debate on the future of the Star Trek universe. As such, I hope you’ll find the revised, expanded, director’s cut version of my article (ne: manifesto) thought-provoking and worthy of further discussion as what I’m sure will be the first of many opinion pieces on how the studio should be treating the franchise as we approach its 50th anniversary in 2016. Now onwards, first star to the right and straight on till morning…
Destination Star Trek 3 in London over the weekend featured a lot of fun cosplayers. Check out photos of some of the best below, along with more shots from around the con.
Tonight’s episode of the animated Fox sitcom The Family Guy once again turned to Star Trek for a cutaway gag, this time Scotty isn’t really sure that he has been "giving her all she’s got."
Microsoft are one of the sponsors of Destination Star Trek happening this weekend in London and to show it wasn’t just putting their name on an event, they taught Cortana (Microsoft’s answer to Siri) to speak Klingon along with responding to some Star Trek phrases. Watch a video demo below.
Last week we reported on how Volkswagen Germany was teasing a Star Trek-themed promotional campaign featuring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. Well today that campaign launched and you can watch the TV commercial, web promos and some behind the scenes videos as well. Check it all out below
Cryptic has just released an extended "producer walkthrough" trailer for their upcoming "Delta Rising" expansion of Star Trek Online. Watch it below.
This weekend Destination Star Star Trek returns to London with a huge line-up of celebs including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy (on screen), a Star Trek TNG reunion panel, Karl Urban and many more. And TrekMovie.com will be there to cover it. See below for a preview.
A group of engineers, IT professionals and educators (who also happen to be Star Trek and sci-fi fans) have come up with a project to send student projects into space on an unmanned orbiter named "Enterprise." Now they have teamed up with the National Space Society with the goal to launch the orbiter by 2019 and you can get your name on board (and even submit a design for the ship). Find out more below.
Gary Kurtz was the producer of the original Star Wars movie and the first sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, and in a new interview he talks about how George Lucas was influenced by Star Trek.
Tonight NBC’s Saturday Night Live kicks off their 40th season. Over the years the show has had some fun with another show that began decades ago on NBC – Star Trek. We have compiled 5 Star Trek sketches from over the years starting with a sketch from the first season in 1976 all the way through to 2009. Watch them below.
Shatner and Nimoy are teaming up again! Volkswagen Germany is teasing a new Star Trek-themed campaign that will feature both Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner. Get more details below. [UPDATED with new video tease from Nimoy]
IDW’s Star Trek Ongoing is back after a longer-than-usual break with the third issue of The Q Gambit! Was the latest excursion into Q’s DS9/nu-verse mash-up worth the wait? Find out below and check out a 7-page preview!
Another example of Star Trek intersecting with politics has cropped up, this time in Brazil. A rather eccentric hopeful in the October elections has been deemed the "Spock Candidate" by the Brazilian media. TrekMovie’s Brazil correspondent talked to the Gravuni to find out more.
The Ferengi never really caught on as a major adversary for the crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation. At last weekend’s Montreal Comic Con, TNG’s Denise Crosby retold the story about how she and others in the cast mocked them from the beginning. Watch it below.
A few days ago we had Douglas Trumbull talking about "saving" Star Trek: The Motion Picture and now in a new interview George Takei is talking about how that first Trek feature was "in trouble from the start." Listen to Takei talk about TMP, failed Paramount salary negotiations and more below.
On September 8, 1966 the first episode of of an ambitious sci-fi show created by Gene Roddenberry aired on NBC – in color! 48 years later, Star Trek is still going strong after hundreds of episodes over five series and twelve feature films (with another on the way). Watch the first commercials and interviews for Star Trek below, plus get info on TrekMovie’s ‘livetweet’ celebration and giveaway set for tonight.
August 19th is the day Eugene Wesley Roddenberry was born. Today would mark his 93rd birthday. Sadly, as we Trek fans well know, he died in October 1991 at the age of 70.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has been going around on the web to raise money for ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease). The rules are simple: donate money to the ALS Association or film yourself dumping a bucket of ice water on your head while challenging your friends to do the same (most people do both). Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos called upon three Star Trek celebs: William Shatner, Patrick Stewart (still waiting on you, captain!), and George Takei. That gave way to more Trek celebs such as Brent Spiner and Gates McFadden. See their amazing reactions below.
Read on to see why anyone can make their own Away Team and keep on Trekkin’!
TrekMovie has yet one more Star Trek Las Vegas Con article with a wrap-up of some more Sunday guests, plus photos of cosplayers and around the con, plus video and report from the Star Trek Wedding and more. Check it all out below.
Although The Great Bird of the Galaxy left us in 1991, his name is going to live on if son Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry has anything to say about it. At the Las Vegas Star Trek convention on Friday Rod Roddenberry announced a new initiative for the fans, plus gave Gene Roddenberry’s grandson his Trek convention debut. More details below
Thursday was opening day for the official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. Heading up the bill was Karl Urban, who talked a bit about the 2016 Star Trek sequel. Also on hand was most of the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a cantankerous Harlan Ellison and more. See below for our Thursday recap with lots of photos.
The big Star Trek convention in Las Vegas kicks off today. Plus there is a Star Trek: Live In Concert screening in Philadelphia tonight. But not everyone can make it to Vegas or Philly so TrekMovie wants all Trekkies to have a fun way to share their love for Trek this weekend, by posting ‘TrekSelfies’ – and you can even win a prize for doing it. More details below.
Nearly 47 years have passed since the first Star Trek comic was published in 1967. Hundreds of comics creators have kept Trekkies entertained with four-color tales published in more than one thousand Star Trek comics. What is it about these comics that keeps us engaged? This August, Sequart Organization will try to answer that question with the release of a collection of essays edited by Joseph F. Berenato that explore Star Trek comics. TrekMovie interviews Joe to learn what motivated him to take on this project and we’ll give you a heads up about what you’ll find in the book.
Last week TrekMovie reported on the new Kickstarter campaign for Free Enterprise: The Television Series a TV prequel to the 1999 Star Trek-themed cult comedy Free Enterprise. Over the weekend the producers showed a new Kickstarter pitch trailer at Comic-Con and that is now online. They have also introduced a new rare ‘Bomber Bill’ figure as one of the back rewards. Watch the pitch and get more details below.
One of the big elements of San Diego Comic-Con is cosplay. TrekMovie has compiled some of the fans who came in Star Trek garb, including an invasion of "Star Trek Bunnies." We also have a look at Firefly’s Nathan Fillion dressed up as Capt. as Kirk. Check out the photos below
A lot of attention is paid to the big cons like this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con, next weekend’s Las Vegas Star Trek Con, Labor Day Weekend’s Dragon Con in Atlanta and others. But there are other ‘unconventional’ ways to experience live Star Trek at events around the country over the coming weeks in Seattle, Indianapolis, San Francisco and Louisville. See below for details.
A couple of weeks ago TrekMovie previewed upcoming non-fiction Star Trek books, and now the list is getting longer with newly announced titles covering the history of the franchise, Trek fashion and even Trek ‘travel books.’ More details below.
San Diego Comic-con kicks off this week. With the next Star Trek movie two years away and still in scripting, we don’t expect to have any formal presentation from Paramount, however there are tons of Star Trek-related panels and booths to check out. TrekMovie has compiled an all-inclusive list of every Trek related item on the agenda for this year’s big con – get it all below.
George Takei was on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher on Friday night and his feud with Star Trek co-star William Shatner came up with Takei taking a few shots at Bill. He also talked about his attempt to get Gene Roddenberry to tackle LGBT issues. Watch the segment below.