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Shatner Envisions Musical Star Trek Celebration

Actor seeks to launch production that honors franchise’s 50th anniversary

Star Trek’s 50th anniversary could be a toe-tapping, musical extravaganza if actor William Shatner has his way. Shatner, who stepped into the role of Capt. Kirk in 1966, is hoping to organize a music-themed show to honor the franchise’s anniversary in 2016. “I’m attempting to sell a 50th anniversary show, but so far I’ve had very little luck,” Shatner said. “Maybe because Paramount’s going to do their own, but I don’t know how they can do their own without me. I’ve never been contacted. “I’ve been actively trying to do a 50th anniversary show. … We had a big company say: …
 | Nov-11-2015 | 
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Is CBS Trying To Make Star Trek ‘Cool’?

Network should excite fans, embrace what made the franchise great

To boldly go where no one has gone before … At least, one would hope so. Most of the world has heard the news: Star Trek, after a 10-year hiatus, is returning to television in the early months of 2017, or at least partly. CBS Television Studios says it will launch a new Star Trek television series in January 2017. The new series will begin with the first episode being broadcast on CBS and all later episodes broadcast exclusively on CBS All Access, the network’s digital-subscription and live-streaming service. So, basically CBS wants us to shell out $6 per month to wa …
 | Nov-9-2015 | 
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Howard A. Anderson Jr. Dies At 95

Visual effects artist worked on the original ‘Star Trek’ series

Howard A. Anderson Jr., who served as a visual effects artist on the original “Star Trek” series, has died. He was 95. Anderson died Sept. 27 of cardiac dysrhythmia in Ventura, California. An Oscar-nominated visual effects artist for his work on the 1967 war film “Tobruk,” Anderson teamed with his brother, Darrell A. Anderson, to run The Howard Anderson Co., an influential special effects business in the 1960s that worked on such Desilu Productions series as “I Love Lucy” and “Star Trek.” In 1964, Anderson signed aboard Gene Roddenberry’s “Star Trek,” contributing exteri …
 | Nov-2-2015 | 
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Star Trek Tractor Beam Closer To Reality

High-amplitude sound waves made to pull, push, spin objects

The world is one step closer to having a real life “tractor beam.” Or perhaps it should be renamed “tractor wave,” as scientists have created a sonic tractor beam that can pull, push and spin objects that levitate in thin air. The researchers, from the universities of Bristol and Sussex in England, described their work in a study published in the journal Nature Communications. “It was an incredible experience the first time we saw the object held in place by the tractor beam,” said lead researcher Asier Marzo. “All my hard work has paid off; it’s brilliant.” The “trac …
 | Oct-29-2015 | 
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Bruce Hyde Dies At 74

Actor made his ‘Star Trek’ debut in the 1966 episode ‘The Naked Time’

Bruce Hyde, who played Lt. Kevin Riley in the original “Star Trek” series, has died. He was 74. Hyde died Oct. 13 in hospice near St. Cloud, Minnesota, after battling throat cancer. “He lived such a full life,” said his wife, Susan Saetre, in an interview with CNN. “He made a difference for everybody.” Born in Dallas in 1941, Hyde started acting in the 1960s while studying English at Northwestern University, and he earned small parts in television shows like “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “Dr. Kildare” and “That Girl.” He also worked on stage, including performing in the “C …
 | Oct-19-2015 | 
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‘Star Trek’ Found New Clarity With Remastered Episodes

Team brought updated effects, details to life for CBS Home Entertainment

We grew up watching and loving the original “Star Trek.” So when Dave Rossi asked us if we would help out with CBS’s remastering of the classic show in high definition, we were thrilled. Of course we were skeptical about the project, but Rossi and the folks at CBS Home Entertainment soon convinced us that they’d give our favorite show the respect it deserves The idea was to use HD to bring out the beautiful detail and incredibly rich colors that were always present in the original film, but had been lost in the murkiness of standard-definition video. One problem: CBS kn …
 | Oct-12-2015 | 
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Memo Offers Unique Twist To ‘Number One’ Role

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry’s character from ‘The Cage’ received alternate pitch

Most fans know the story of Star Trek’s beginnings, of how the original second-in-command of the Enterprise was a woman named “Number One,” and how the character was dropped from the cast at the network’s insistence. But until recently, we didn’t know that Number One nearly had a second chance at life in the original series, but in a very different form. Star Trek’s first pilot episode, titled “The Cage,” was rejected by NBC in early 1965. After that near-death experience, Roddenberry somehow persuaded the network to give him a second chance, and he was allowed to produce a se …
 | Aug-25-2015 | 
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Shatner To Host First Official Star Trek Cruise

Six-day voyage to honor the franchise’s 50th anniversary set for January 2017

William Shatner is charting a course aboard the first officially licensed Star Trek cruise, which will honor the franchise’s 50th anniversary. Hosted aboard the Norwegian Pearl, Star Trek: The Cruise departs from Miami for a six-day voyage on Jan. 9, 2017; it’s scheduled to visit Nassau, Cozumel and the private island Great Stirrup Cay. “When I was told that this was the first authorized Star Trek cruise and part of the 50th anniversary celebration, I just knew that my participation would be something that our fans would enjoy,” said Shatner, who played Capt. James T. Kirk. …
 | Aug-13-2015 | 
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Reflecting On Roddenberry’s Vision With ‘The Meaning Of Star Trek’

REVIEW: A look back at Thomas Richards’ 1997 book, which gives an insightful view of the franchise

“There is nothing like Star Trek.” Thus began Thomas Richards’ 1997 book “The Meaning of Star Trek.” Undoubtedly one of the most celebrated and long-lasting science-fiction franchises in the history of television — 2016 marks its 50th anniversary — “Star Trek: The Original Series” and its various spinoffs have enjoyed enormous successes over the last 50 years. “Of all the universes of science-fiction, the Star Trek universe is the most varied and extensive, and by all accounts the series is the most popular science-fiction franchise ever,” Richards writes. But why? What …
 | Aug-12-2015 | 
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General Order 24: What Was Starfleet Thinking?

Command served as the iron fist in a velvet glove

One of the more interesting — and seldom mentioned — aspects of the Star Trek universe is General Order 24, the code name the Federation has for annihilating all life on a planet. Huh? The Federation as shown in Star Trek is one of peace and harmony, an organization trying to unite the galaxy. Yet in at least two separate episodes of the original series, this order is mentioned — and indeed seems to have been close to being carried out. Yup, in “A Taste of Armageddon,” Kirk and crew encounter a planetary system that has been at war for hundreds of years, yet the violence …
 | Jul-13-2015 | 
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