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'Star Trek: Discovery' Adds Major Classic Character: Sarek

BREAKING: CBS All Access casts veteran actor James Frain for role

We have had a lot of characters announced for the new CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery that are quite new to us. But now it's time for someone much more familiar. You know, like Spock's father - Sarek. CBS announced Wednesday it had cast James Frain for the iconic role that was originated by Mark Lenard in the original series, and continued by Ben Cross in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek in 2009. Frain is a familiar face for any viewer who likes high-quality television. He had a seven-episode stint just last year on Orphan Black as Ferdinand Chevalier, and earlier Th ...
 | Jan-18-2017 | 
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'Beyond' Escapes With $59.6 Million Opening Weekend

UPDATE: International markets add another $30 million

So it wasn't the biggest opening weekend of all time for Star Trek, or even the second biggest. But Paramount Pictures is not disappointed with how "Star Trek: Beyond" opened this weekend in North America, earning $59.6 million, and putting it in line with the high end of projections from analysts. "Beyond" easily beat out its competition for opening weekend. "Ice Age: Collision Course" earned just $21 million, enough for fifth place. The horror film "Lights Out" earned $21.6 million, tying "Ghostbusters" in its second week for third place. Universal Pictures' "The Secret ...
 | Jul-24-2016 | 
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'Beyond' Should Rank Third Among Trek Openings

However, it looks to top 'The Motion Picture' with largest worldwide gross

"Star Trek: Beyond" is set to premiere this Friday, and while its opening might be smaller than the other two films in J.J. Abrams' universe, it's still expected to hit No. 1 for the weekend. "Beyond" is expected to debut with $50 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter, in the lower range of the $48 million to $60 million opening predicted by Deadline.com earlier this month. However, if reviews of the film continue to trend high — aggregator ...
 | Jul-21-2016 | 
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Paramount Resurrects Rejected Script For 'Star Trek 4'

Maybe the studio is now OK with being a little too 'Star Trek-y'?

If you were a little surprised that J.J. Abrams revealed the script for "Star Trek 4" already is written, you wouldn't be alone. Especially since "Star Trek: Beyond" — which debuts this weekend — had a script in the works almost up until it was time to go in front of the cameras. But there's a reason why Abrams and his team were able to plan ahead, however. Because "Star Trek 4" was supposed to be "Star Trek 3." Paramount officially announced the next film Monday through ...
 | Jul-19-2016 | 
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Abrams: Takei's Sulu Reaction 'Preposterous'

Gene Roddenberry welcomed 'inclusivity,' producer says

A lot of people were surprised by George Takei's reaction that the character he originated in the original "Star Trek" would be outed as gay in the upcoming "Star Trek: Beyond." One person who really scratched his head over the reaction was none other than producer J.J. Abrams, who completely disagreed with the 79-year-old actor on how Trek creator Gene Roddenberry would receive news of having an original character come out of the closet. "I have nothing but respect for the man," Abr ...
 | Jul-18-2016 | 
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Bezos Primes For 'Beyond' Cameo

Amazon CEO fulfilled dream to appear in Trek movie

The current slate of Star Trek movies might take place outside of the franchise's "prime" universe. But it doesn't mean someone known for creating what many enjoy today as Amazon Prime from participating in those films. Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of the online retail company Amazon, took a step onto the Enterprise, playing an alien in next week's "Star Trek: Beyond." Both producer J.J. Abrams and director Justin Lin confirmed Bezos' involvement to the Associated Press on Friday while the two were promoting the film. "He was awesome," Lin said. "It was like ...
 | Jul-17-2016 | 
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'Beyond' Reviews Mostly Positive ... So Far

After weeks of waiting, critics are finally voicing their opinion

In just a week, many parts of the world will finally have a chance to see "Star Trek: Beyond" for the first time. But as what's typically done, those who review movies get to see it first. And so far, at least according to Rotten Tomatoes, critics are pretty happy with what Justin Lin, Simon Pegg and Doug Jung have put together. "The young crew of the Starship Enterprise enters uncharted space to rescue a missing ship," ...
 | Jul-16-2016 | 
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Chekov Won't Be Recast After Yelchin Death

Abrams still considering how to handle character in future films

One of the biggest questions since last month's tragic death of 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin has finally been answered. At least partially. J.J. Abrams, who directed Yelchin as Pavel Chekov in the first two Star Trek movies in the reboot era and continues to serve as a producer in the franchise, told the Toronto Sun that he will not cast someone else to play the iconic role. "I would say there's no replacing him," Abrams said. "There's no recasting. I can't possibly imagine that, and I think Anton deserves better." Yelchin died June 19 after his Jeep Grand Cher ...
 | Jul-15-2016 | 
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Pegg Explains Nuanced Changes In AbramsVerse

2009 reboot basically wipes slate clean for revised canon

Simon Pegg might be known for his comedy and his acting, but he is indeed a serious writer. And when he was tasked with developing what would become "Star Trek: Beyond," it was a job he took quite seriously. It's not just finding the right story, and knowing the characters. But Pegg had to understand the new universe J.J. Abrams created with the 2009 "Star Trek" film, and how that played into the rest of Trek canon. And how even if Hikaru Sulu wasn't gay in what is now known as the "prime universe," how he could indeed have his sexuality adjusted in "Beyond." "With the Kelv ...
 | Jul-12-2016 | 
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Director: Axanar Makes It Impossible To Disagree

Bad decisions, blind loyalty, fear run fan-film, Christian Gossett reveals

Before there was a fancy warehouse studio constructed in the heart of the Los Angeles film community, Alec Peters had his sights set on something smaller. And yeah, it was probably a little too small. Peters — who along with his "independent" fan-film company Axanar Productions, are defendants in a copyright infringement suit from the studios that own Star Trek — had wanted to shoot his "Prelude to Axanar" short in a small city called Victorville, about 90 minutes northeast of Los Angeles. Peters had found an old linen warehouse here he felt would be perfect to film the short ...
 | Jul-7-2016 | 
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