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Will CBS Continue Axanar Lawsuit On Its Own?

Paramount might be willing to settle, but Star Trek has two owners

CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures first went their separate ways at the end of 2005 — and they might be doing it again. Although "Star Trek: Beyond" producer J.J. Abrams insists the copyright infringement lawsuit the studios filed against an "independent" fan-film was "going away," it seems Abrams was really only able to speak on behalf of one of the plaintiffs. The other, CBS, is far from ready to settle. And a countersuit filed by Axanar Productions and its princip ...
 | May-26-2016 | 
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Watch This Family Watch 'Beyond' Trailer

It's no Red Wedding, but strong reactions from both young and (not so) old

A search on YouTube for the new "Star Trek: Beyond" trailer will bring up a lot of copies of the new trailer released last weekend by Paramount Pictures. But it also includes a number of "reaction" videos — you know, essentially where we are asked to watch someone else as they watch the trailer. It's almost like turning on "NCIS" with the hopes that they will turn on "Downton Abbey," just so we can get caught up.Of all the different reaction videos, however, one that stuck out to us the most was from a fan named Marc Thompson, who decided to watch the ...
 | May-26-2016 | 
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Quinto Ensures Nimoy's Spirit Thrives In 'Beyond'

Still not clear, however, if film will acknowledge actor's passing

Zachary Quinto knew the moment he signed up to play Spock in the rebooted Star Trek film franchise, he'd have big shoes to fill. But it didn't become fully apparent to him until he met the man who made Spock, well, Spock for nearly 50 years: Leonard Nimoy. More than a year after his passing, Quinto says he still misses the actor who quickly became a friend. And even started adopting some of Nimoy's on-set practices — like never conducting interviews while in the Spock character. "I would say my connection to the character is deeper now because of our relationship," Quinto t ...
 | May-25-2016 | 
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Axanar Countersues Paramount, CBS In Copyright Case

PLUS: Fan-film once again questions who actually owns copyrights to Star Trek

If Paramount and CBS are indeed in the process of settling its copyright infringement lawsuit against an "independent" fan-film, it will now have to settle two. That's because the attorney representing Axanar Productions and its principal, Alec Peters, have filed a countersuit against Paramount Pictures and CBS Corp., claiming that not only has the fan-film not violated any of the Star Trek copyrights, but that the studios should be barred from suing Axanar over it again in the future. "Plaintiffs have not and will not suffer any market harm as a result of the creation and ...
 | May-24-2016 | 
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Fan-Film Producers Finally Speak Out On Axanar Lawsuit

Tommy Kraft, James Cawley, Christian Gossett among those sharing tough love

Shocking observers, fans — and according to at least four different sources, the studios themselves — "Star Trek: Beyond" producer J.J. Abrams publicly inserted himself into a copyright infringement lawsuit Friday night declaring his support for the fan-film being sued. However, in an effort to defend fan-films, Abrams might have actually riled up many of those very fan-film communities not attached to "Star Trek: Axanar." "There was a fan movie, 'Axanar,' that was getting made ...
 | May-22-2016 | 
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Be Careful What You Wish For ...

Settlement talks always are good, but what does it mean?

When I stepped out of my semi-retirement from news reporting at the beginning of the year, believe it or not, it had nothing to do with the fan-film "Star Trek: Axanar." If anyone looked at how many fan-film stories on this site, or even our sister site Airlock Alpha, you likely would never see my name. That's because outside of making some friends through the fan-film community, I myself was never much of a consumer of fan-films, or even really fan-fiction. Not that I didn't support them, but I also don't read comic boo ...
 | May-21-2016 | 
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Trek Film Producer Expands To Vancouver

Skydance site could be future home of 'Star Trek 4'

Skydance Media is committing to British Columbia after revealing it's opening a production office just outside of Vancouver. The company founded by David Ellison six years ago, has helped produce 2013's "Star Trek: Into Darkness" and the upcoming "Star Trek: Beyond." Skydance will take over the former printing press building of the Pacific Newspaper Group, according to The Georgia Straight. Pacific Newspaper is owned by Toronto-based Postmedia Network Canada Corp., which publishes The Vancouver Sun. In fact, the Sun was printed at the 170,000-square-foo ...
 | May-20-2016 | 
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Abrams Recruited Justin Lin To 'Rescue' Trek

PLUS: Simon Pegg says new trailer will show 'Beyond's' Star Trek heart

This story may contain spoilers for "Star Trek: Beyond. Paramount Pictures desperately wanted a film in theaters in time to celebrate Star Trek's golden anniversary. But after rejecting a script — and ultimately the director — of what had been tentatively called "Star Trek 3," the studio had to find a way to pull it together, with producer J.J. Abrams hand-picking Justin Lin to do the job. Although Lin has acknowledged his work on "Beyond" as a "rescue mission ...
 | May-19-2016 | 
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Is Star Trek Online Planning An AbramsVerse Crossover?

A new uniform, claimed leaked screencaps from game, say yes

Star Trek Online may be preparing to do something not even the CBS or Paramount side of Star Trek have done before — cross universe streams. Eliot Lefebve at Massively Overpowered has pointed out a non-player character who has popped up in the online game. And while he's not key to anything going on in the story, one thing that caught Lefebve's eye is not what he says (or lacks saying), but instead what he's wearing. "The tunic is not a single piece, but rather a black undershirt with a colored overshirt," Lefebve said. ...
 | May-18-2016 | 
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Canada Celebrates Trek's 50th With Coins, Stamps

Star Trek is building a bigger connection with the country than ever before

Did you know that Capt. Kirk is Canadian? OK, that's a bit of a stretch. But William Shatner, who played Capt. Kirk in the original "Star Trek," is most definitely Canadian, hailing from Montreal. Long before he commanded a Federation starship, Shatner was performing at the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, and appearing on the Canadian "Howdy Doody" show as Ranger Bob. With that connection, Canada is clearly excited to celebrate its connection to Star Trek during the show's 50th Anniversary with a series of coins, stamps and special exhibits. Shatner was ju ...
 | May-17-2016 | 
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