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Massive ‘Twin Peaks’ Cast Includes 18 Trek Actors

Names include John Billingsley, Ashley Judd for Showtime revival

How many actors does it take to bring “Twin Peaks” back to television? For director David Lynch, it’s 217 — including himself. Showtime, the network that has revived the 1990s cult classic, announced its cast Monday, listing all of the more than 200 people who will appear on screen. The list, led by Kyle MacLachlan and David Duchovny, also includes 18 actors who have Star Trek connections. Madchen Amick The 45-year-old played Anya in the 1989 “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode “The Dauphin.” In fact, it would be after Trek that she would appear in “Twin Peaks” …
 | Apr-25-2016 | 
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Sorry, Canada … No More Star Trek

Netflix pulls plug on viewing in countries where it’s not licensed

Star Trek fans in the United States love Netflix, because just about anything and everything Star Trek can be found there. So much, people in other countries would like the same access — especially since their Netflix might have good selection, but no Star Trek. That’s what happened in Canada, where Netflix has no sign of Star Trek anywhere. So residents there used technology originally designed to create remote offices for companies to make Netflix think they were accessing the service in the United States, and allowing Kirk, Picard, Sisko, and even Janeway and Archer into th …
 | Apr-19-2016 | 
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Is Star Trek: The Experience Finally Returning To Vegas?

Robin Leach – yes, that Robin Leach – says it’s a serious rumor

For many years, Robin Leach wished viewers of his “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” to have “champagne wishes and caviar dreams.” But now he has a message for Trekkies everywhere wanting to venture to Las Vegas — Star Trek: The Experience is returning. Leach, now a columnist for the Las Vegas Sun, reported Thursday that after an eight-year absence, The Experience is being resurrected. This year. In Las Vegas. Without providing any other details, Leach said The Experience is expected to reopen at Linq Promenade. That Vegas attraction opened in March 2014 at Las Veg …
 | Apr-1-2016 | 
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Pocket Books Removes DRM Protection From Trek Novels

More than 700 books are now restriction-free, some selling for $1

Beginning right now, Star Trek fans can read one of more than 700 different books published in the universe of their favorite show, and then do the unthinkable: Read it on any device they want. Peter David’s “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Siege” on the iPad? Check. “Star Trek: Distant Early Warning” in the Starfleet Corps of Engineers series from Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore on the Kindle? Check. Mel Gilden’s “Star Trek: The Starship Trap” on your laptop’s PDF reader? Check, check, and check. Pocket Books and CBS Consumer Products is now offering many ebooks in its libra …
 | Mar-30-2016 | 
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‘Animated Series’ Among Holiday Blu-ray Trek Offerings

Paramount/CBS also will offer 4K versions of reboot films

It’s already been transferred to high-definition, so why not release “Star Trek: The Animated Series” on Blu-ray, right? CBS agrees, and will do just that for Christmas, marking the first time the 22 episodes will be available in such an HD format. The series, which ran between 1973 and 1974, will join films like “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” on Blu-ray as well as both the 2009 “Star Trek” and 2013’s “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” Of course, for those films, being on Blue-ray is not new. However, The Digital Bits …
 | Mar-21-2016 | 
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Adam Nimoy Will Travel To Vulcan … Canada

Six years after his father, the younger Nimoy will check out Vul-Con

Vulcan without a Nimoy isn’t really Vulcan, right? That goes for Vulcan, Alberta, as well. Six years after his father, Leonard Nimoy, made the trek to Canada, Adam Nimoy will do the same when he visits Vul-Con July 9 — just in time for the 50th anniversary of the franchise. Nimoy will join other Star Trek names at the convention, including Robert Beltran from “Star Trek: Voyager,” Sally Kellerman from the original “Star Trek” series, and Robin Curtis from “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.” Nimoy will honor his father by installing …
 | Mar-19-2016 | 
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Not Much Has Changed At Conventions … Except Names

San Francisco reporter looks back at 1976 convention featuring William Shatner

Quark sometimes wandered his bar on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” talking about how the more things change, the more they stay the same. And that’s apparently true with Star Trek conventions. Peter Hartlaub, a pop culture critic with the San Francisco Chronicle, dug into the archives of the paper to jump back 40 years to see what conventions were like in the Bay area. The most surprising about that convention in 1976? It shares the same headliner of this week’s convention, one William Shatner. This weekend is the Silicon Valley Comic Con at the San Jose Convention …
 | Mar-18-2016 | 
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‘Voyager’ Guest, ‘L.A. Law’ Star Larry Drake Dies

Appeared as Chellick in the 2000 episode ‘Critical Care’

Larry Drake, who took home two Emmys for his groundbreaking work in the popular NBC series “L.A. Law,” has died. He was 66. Drake was reportedly found in his Los Angeles home by a friend Thursday. No cause of death was provided. Drake played Benny Stulwicz, a mentally disabled office clerk, who seemed to be the only sane voice on a floor full of egos in the drama series that ran between 1986 and 1994. Although he would go primarily into voice acting once “L.A. Law” went off the air, Drake would make a number of guest appearances in shows, including “Firefly” on Fox, “St …
 | Mar-18-2016 | 
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Angela Bassett In TV Trek? Not So Fast

Actress shoots down weak rumors she’ll star in CBS All Access series

Fans were hoping they might be able to draft Emmy-nominated actress Angela Bassett into the new Star Trek series. But in reality, even if Bassett wanted to do it, she’s just too busy. “That’s thrilling, that is very nice,” Bassett recently told E! Online. “But how am I going to do that and ‘American Horror’? How is that going to work?” Bassett is referring to “American Horror Story,” which she’s already earned two Emmy nominations in 2014 and 2015. She also appeared in the most recent season of the series, “American Horror Story: Hotel,” and is expected to return for a four …
 | Mar-7-2016 | 
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Emmy-Winning VFX Artist Gary Hutzel Dies

Work was featured in ‘The Next Generation,’ ‘Deep Space Nine’

Gary Hutzel, the award-winning visual effects artist for shows like “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” has died. He was 60. “We are reeling in shock at the sudden death of our friend and colleague, Gary Hutzel,” Michael and Denise Okuda, fellow visual effects artists, announced on Facebook Thursday. “His creativity, dedication and unfailing good humor helped make him a major contributor to the worlds of Star Trek: TNG and DS9, as well as ‘Battlestar Galactica’ and numerous other projects that were fortunate to benefit from his genius.” Hutzel …
 | Mar-3-2016 | 
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