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7 Things You Won't Want To Miss At VegasCon

In Sin City? Be sure to make it worthwhile this weekend

There's nothing like celebrating Star Trek than with the annual Creation Entertainment convention in Las Vegas, billed as the official Star Trek convention each year. The 2015 edition, celebrating 49 years of the franchise, has a guest list a mile long — and so much activity you won't even find time to hit the slot machines. So for those who have limited time, or simply want to make sure they have a chance to see the best of VegasCon, here's our list of musts at this year's convention. RESTORING THE ENTERPRISE One of the most exciting things to happen on the ...
 | Aug-7-2015 | 
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Idris Elba Villain 'Interesting, Complex'

Simon Pegg shares a little — very little — about the new bad guy

J.J. Abrams might be out of the director's chair, but his shadow still looms over "Star Trek: Beyond," especially when it comes to secrecy on the set. This time, at least, it seems the cast and crew have learned a lesson about lying about a character to an audience that knows better — no one was fooled that Benedict Cumberbatch was anyone other than Khan. So instead of making up some story about who actor Idris Elba is playing in the next Trek film, co-writer and star Simon Pegg just isn't sharing much at all. "It's a really interesting, complex character," Pegg recently to ...
 | Jul-30-2015 | 
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'Trek 3' Actors Get Huge Payraise, Sign For Fourth

Chris Pine has reportedly doubled the $3 million originally contracted to play in 'Star Trek: Beyond'

Everyone more or less has already reported to work, but now at least two of the stars of "Star Trek 3" are getting bigger paychecks — all because they've decided to return for a fourth film. Skydance Entertainment, the production shingle that has financed the Trek reboot films with Paramount Pictures, just completed what The Hollywood Reporter has called "last-minute" negotiations with the primary actors. Those negotiations have reportedly added between $10 million and $15 million to the budget of what is tentatively being called "Star Trek: Beyond," including $6 millio ...
 | Jun-26-2015 | 
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A Misunderstanding ... And Bad Journalism?

When should reporters ask questions? When something doesn't ring correct

This really was something I went back and forth on addressing. I actually started to write this very column yesterday, but most of the way through felt it was too much "inside baseball" into the world of journalism and really wouldn't be all that interesting to readers. Plus, I really felt the story I was going to talk about would not get any traction anywhere. I mean, sure, maybe one reporter was not able or willing to ask the right questions, or appropriately screen an implausible story from a plausible one. Others — like my good friend Terilynn Shull of the popular G&T Show ...
 | Jun-20-2015 | 
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Sofia Boutella Boards 'Star Trek 3'

'Kingsman: The Secret Service' actress lands key role

Sofia Boutella is joining the cast of "Star Trek 3" for a lead role, according to Deadline. The sequel kicks off production in June with The Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin at the helm. Bryan Burke, David Ellison and J.J. Abrams will produce the film, which is slated to open in theaters July 8, 2016, in time for the franchise's 50th anniversary. Boutella played an assassin in director Matthew Vaughn's “Kingsman: The Secret Service”; she is also set to appear in the upcoming films "Tiger Raid" and "Jet Trash." No details about her "Star Trek 3" part were offered ...
 | Apr-11-2015 | 
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Slick Political Maneuver Ensured Kirk's Fictional Birthplace

News story from 30 years ago talks about how Riverside, Iowa, would become part of Trek history

Both good and bad things have come to the small town of Riverside, Iowa, since the local government there received the blessing of Gene Roddenberry to proclaim itself the fictional birthplace of Capt. James T. Kirk. It has earned the town mention in books and even movies, like the 2009 reboot "Star Trek," but also a little punking, like what William Shatner did for the reality show "Invasion Iowa." But how exactly did Riverside become Kirk's birthplace? Legend credits a councilman, Steve Miller, for pushing the measure forward. But a newly unearthed newspaper story from th ...
 | Mar-24-2015 | 
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Should Star Trek TV Series Take Cues From 'Fargo'?

A Vox columnist has an interesting take on how small-screen Trek could return

There have been plenty of ideas for what a new Star Trek television series should be like, yet CBS Television — which holds the boob tube rights to the franchise — seems no closer than before in returning Trek to television after a 10-year absence. But that hasn't stopped even new suggestions from coming forward, including one new column from Vox contributor Todd VanDerWerff that has been making the rounds online. The concept? Borrow from the success of shows like "American Horror Story," "True Detective" and "Fargo," and make the next Trek television series an anthology se ...
 | Mar-5-2015 | 
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Star Trek Coming To Vancouver For First Time

New movie set to begin filming June 1 in British Columbia

When was the last time a Star Trek film set up shop in Canada? Try never. In fact, when "Star Trek 3" starts filming in studios and locations around Vancouver, British Columbia, in June, it will be just the second time a Trek film has gone international, after "Star Trek: Into Darkness" did some filming in Iceland. It's something that has Vancouver — a city used to high-profile films and television shows calling its streets home — abuzz. Paramount Pictures is taking advantage of tax credits that run at 16 percent on the federal level, to 33 percent at the provincial lev ...
 | Feb-25-2015 | 
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Could Star Trek Return To Universal Orlando?

Rumors have the franchise as a potential successor to Shrek 4-D

Anyone who might have visited Universal Orlando in the 1990s might remember the old Paramount storefront not far from the Earthquake and King Kong rides, where fans could pay $20 and be inserted into the Star Trek universe. You then had a chance to take that adventure home, showing you and your family members donning not only Starfleet uniforms but Vulcan ears as well. That attraction ended many years ago, but Star Trek could be coming back to Universal in a much bigger way. Definitely not as big as Harry Potter, but just as big as the Shrek 4-D attraction at the Florida pa ...
 | Feb-5-2015 | 
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One Fan To Orci: Here's How To Make Star Trek Great Again

It's time to really take the franchise back to its roots

It's exciting to me to see Star Trek become a box office success again, and we have to thank J.J. Abrams and his crew for injecting new life in the franchise. But now J.J. is gone, working on some other obscure science-fiction empire, and Roberto Orci is going to try his hand at directing for the first time. I know there is some concern about allowing a rookie to take over the director's chair, but I'm not worried. I've had a chance to hear firsthand some of the thought process that goes through Orci's mind, and while not everything he touches turns to gold -- you still can ...
 | Dec-3-2014 | 
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