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Finally ... 'Beyond' Rights The Ship

TrekZone's Matthew Miller reviews latest Star Trek movie

This review contains some spoilers for "Star Trek: Beyond." It was originally published on TrekZone.org. I can safely say that J.J. Abrams stepping down from the hands-on approach was the best decision made. He's a Star Wars kind of guy and we needed a movie that appeases both the Trekkies and the casual moviegoers, and Simon Pegg delivered that in spades here. For the first time since 2009, I'm able to accept the Kelvin Timeline — yes it's different and weird and unique, but Simon and fellow writer Do ...
 | Jul-21-2016 | 
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Sorry, George, But You're Wrong

If Sulu is straight, then Gene Roddenberry forgot to tell the rest of us

If you told me just 24 hours ago I would be writing a commentary right now disagreeing with George Takei, I would probably laugh you out of the room. Because I love George. Love him to death. Whenever I asked him to come on my old podcast "Alpha Waves Radio," he was there. Every single time. And he's a wonderful man, married to an equally wonderful man, Brad Altman. This morning, however, two communities I'm a part of finally merged. And I was ecstatic. "Star Trek: Beyond" was finally g ...
 | Jul-8-2016 | 
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Oh My: Now Even Mr. Sulu Is Gay

John Cho's character will come out in 'Star Trek: Beyond'

Apparently, gay people exist in the Star Trek future after all. And it doesn't have to be the Mirror Universe, or a Trill, or whatever other way the franchise has sidestepped it over the years. John Cho, who plays Hikaru Sulu in the latest films, says his character will be coming out of the closet in "Star Trek: Beyond." "I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out of it," Cho told the Herald Sun during the Australian premiere of "Beyond" overnight Thursday. It's the kind of way he hopes "we are going as a species, to not politicize one's personal ori ...
 | Jul-7-2016 | 
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TMNT Struggles, Adds Pressure To 'Beyond'

Can the Enterprise rescue Paramount from a disastrous year?

Paramount Pictures focused more on quality rather than quantity for the summer blockbuster season. But it might have settled more for just lower quantity. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" struggled at the North American box office over the weekend, barely beating out "X-Men: Apocalypse" on its second week, and delivering some serious bad news to the executive offices of Viacom chair Philippe Dauman. The sequel from producer Michael Bay earned just $35.3 million domestically on its opening weekend, and $69.3 million worldwide. It slipped past "Apocalypse," whi ...
 | Jun-6-2016 | 
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Lin: 'Beyond' Will Acknowledge Nimoy's Death

PLUS: Director says he took on a 'rescue mission' of 50th anniversary film

Leonard Nimoy pulled himself out of a semi-retirement to portray Spock for the first time in nearly two decades when he appeared in 2009's "Star Trek," and again four years later in "Star Trek: Into Darkness." So it's only fitting that Nimoy's passing last year finds its way into "Star Trek: Beyond," and director Justin Lin says he couldn't move forward without it. "It's something you'll see in the film," Lin told Film Journal International, according to TrekCore. "It obviously affected everybody because he's been a big part of our lives. There's an attempt to acknow ...
 | Apr-11-2016 | 
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'Star Trek: Beyond' Plot: 7 Key Dilemmas To Resurrect

Franchise's longevity offers considerable inspiration

Star Trek’s longevity is a major part of its modern success. But there is so much fodder for new imaginative plot lines in the collective assemblage of original television shows, films, books and other media out there that it can’t be ignored. More than likely, there will be some resurrection of some of this material in the new iteration of films from Justin Lin, Doug Jung and Simon Pegg. Hell, there were even rumors at San Diego Comic-Con that William Shatner might suit up to show up in the film. So, now that the title for "Star Trek: Beyond" has been released, you just h ...
 | Jul-15-2015 | 
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Will 50th Anniversary Return Shatner To Trek?

Simon Pegg won't rule it out, especially if it works storywise

It seems like Simon Pegg has moved from a member of Star Trek's ensemble film cast to its unofficial spokesman. Pegg, who plays Scotty in the film series, and is now earning credit as a co-writer for "Star Trek 3's" script, has been making the media rounds for his new romantic comedy, "Man Up." But, of course, reporters can't help but ask about what Pegg in the past has called "Star Trek: Beyond," and whether we might see a face from the past in the film franchise now that Leonard Nimoy has died. If that were to happen, it would be hard to go bigger than William Shatner — t ...
 | May-28-2015 | 
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Idris Elba Up For 'Star Trek 3' Role

PLUS: Simon Pegg promises to wrap script in June

"Star Trek 3" may have found its villain. “Beasts of No Nation” star Idris Elba is in early talks to appear in the sequel, according to Variety. Rumors point to a possible Klingon role for Elba since the notorious Federation antagonists could play a larger part in the film. However, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions had no comment. Elba's acting credits also include “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “The Jungle Book,” “A Hundred Streets” and “Bastille Day.” "Star Trek 3” will kick off production in June with The Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin at the helm. Br ...
 | Mar-25-2015 | 
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Simon Pegg To Co-Write 'Star Trek 3'

Actor joins Doug Jung to replace previous scripting team

Simon Pegg will co-write "Star Trek 3," according to Deadline. Having played engineering officer Scotty in J.J. Abrams' last two Star Trek films, Pegg will now take on the added duty of scripting the third film with Doug Jung, who created the TNT series "Dark Blue." Pegg and Jung replace writers Roberto Orci, Patrick McKay and John D. Payne, whose concept for the sequel was shelved by Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions in favor of a new direction. "Star Trek 3” is in pre-production with David Ellison, Orci and Abrams set to produce. It's slated to open in theate ...
 | Jan-22-2015 | 
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Nimoy Bowed Out Of 'Beyond' Before Death

Deteriorating health already had forced Spock Prime from returning

"Star Trek: Beyond" took extra care to address the death of not only Leonard Nimoy, but the character he played for nearly 50 years. But even if the actor had not died last year after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, he still would not have taken part in "Beyond." Adam Nimoy shared the news this past week with Yahoo Entertainment reporter Marcus Errico while promoting his new documentary "For the Love of Spock." "I talked with dad extensively about it," Adam Nimoy said. "He was very happy to be a part of this reincarnation of Star Trek, to be partic ...
 | Jul-25-2016 | 
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