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Could Trek’s Parents Get Back Together?

Serious speculation on re-merging Viacom, CBS under Les Moonves

Divorces aren’t always forever. But if CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures parent Viacom Inc., do indeed decide to get back together, it won’t be out of love … but instead, necessity. With family members and company executives battling over control of the majority shares in both companies owned by 93-year-old Sumner Redstone, some serious talk has started that might aim the two separate companies toward undoing the 2006 split, and re-merging Viacom and CBS. That would have a tremendous impact on a good portion of Hollywood — especially as a combined CBS/Viacom would clearly …
 | Jun-1-2016 | 
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Axanar Crash: Judge Denies Motion To Dismiss

PLUS: Language Creation Society’s Klingon language brief rejected

Lawyers from both sides of a copyright infringement case against an “independent” Star Trek fan-film met in court for the first time Monday. And afterward, one of the defendants in that case was optimistic — even announcing plans to restart production of “Star Trek: Axanar” next year. But Tuesday, Judge R. Gary Klausner dropped a huge hammer on “Axanar,” denying completely the fan-film’s motion to dismiss. Which means the suit filed by CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures against Axanar Productions and its principal, Alec Peters, will move forward at full force. “We should be h …
 | May-10-2016 | 
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Did Alexander Courage Steal ‘Star Trek’ Theme?

Nicholas Meyer says maybe, Richard Arnold says no

The last several weeks have been busy for Nicholas Meyer. The two-time Star Trek movie director first joined the writing staff of the new Star Trek series for CBS All Access. He sold his Palisades-based home for $5.4 million. And he accused the late composer Alexander Courage of possibly lifting his famous “Star Trek” theme fanfare from a 1951 movie. “There can be no doubt that much original music has been composed for the series and its various spinoffs and feature …
 | Apr-17-2016 | 
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Mignogna: ‘Continues’ Fan Series Leads By Example

Latest crowdfunding campaign will produce three episodes, and a lot of joy

As CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures move forward on a copyright infringement lawsuit against one fan-film production, other amateur Star Trek producers are keeping one eye toward the courtroom, and another on their latest project. And that’s no different for “Star Trek Continues” executive producer and star Vic Mignogna. When we say “amateur,” of course, we don’t mean anything about the people involved or the …
 | Mar-11-2016 | 
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Sorry, No Major Bombshells From Lost Roddenberry Disks

EXCLUSIVE: Recovered data will be included in family’s 50th anniversary ‘366 Project’ vault

Hard to believe it’s been nearly 25 years since the world said good-bye to Gene Roddenberry, yet he still finds a way back in the news time and time again. Most recently in January after it was revealed that data from some 200 5.25-inch floppy disks had been recovered. DriveSavers Data Recovery earned a mention on media outlets ranging from Star Trek sites to the trade publications to even mainstream news, earning kudos for unlocking the disks created through an ol …
 | Feb-25-2016 | 
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‘Axanar’ Misses Mark As Professional Film

Indie film producer, director Jody Wheeler takes hard look at lawsuit-plagued production

Independent filmmakers, like me, have a tough job. Without the deep pockets of a studio, we’re forced to be creative when we compete with the “big boys.” Our key weapon, the singular advantage we have in creating a memorable work that will impress audiences and engage imaginations, is to put the most money (and there’s never enough of it) on the screen as we can. The smarter decisions we make, the more creative we get with utilizing limited resources, the better we differentiate our needs vs. our wants, the more money we’ll have to put invest in the meaningful tools that mak …
 | Feb-9-2016 | 
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DeForest Kelley’s Personal Life Spotlighted In Memoir

‘Fan Who Knew Him Best’ reflects on a Star Trek legend

It’s hard to be in a hospital room with a loved one. Final moments are labors of love built upon the foundations of devotion. One never resents or regrets this time because of all the love and good times shared with that person, and it’s an honor to share that remaining time with this special person. In the personal memoir “DeForest Kelley: Up Close and Personal: A Harvest of Memories from the Fan Who Knew Him Best,” Kristine Smith was in that room with Star Trek legend DeForest Kelley, and in a way that could never be forgotten by her … or us. This is a personal me …
 | Jan-31-2016 | 
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Star Trek History Revealed In ‘366 Project’

Roddenberry Entertainment to release never-before-seen memorabilia in 2016

Roddenberry Entertainment is releasing parts of its archives containing never-before-seen Star Trek memorabilia throughout 2016 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the sci-fi franchise. Titled “The 366 Project,” the initiative will feature one piece of Trek history — rare photos, memos, script pages, documents — posted to Roddenberry Entertainment’s Facebook page each day beginning Jan. 1. In total, 366 pieces will be highlighted, including three bonus items shown below. “We’re really excited to an …
 | Dec-23-2015 | 
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Partners In Space: Gene Roddenberry And … Paul McCartney?

New book shares this tidbit and others from the 50 years of Star Trek

There was once a time when Star Trek almost had a chance to meet the Beatles. Well, kind of. It wasn’t really Star Trek, more like Gene Roddenberry. And it wasn’t really the Beatles. More like Paul McCartney. But the two had hoped to make music together in a way Roddenberry knew best — creating a story set in space. But then that pesky Star Trek franchise got in the way again. “I have no idea whatever happened to that,” Roddenberry’s assistant at the time, Susan Sackett, said. “It’s probably stuck in a file, like the end of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.'” Sackett and oth …
 | Jun-28-2016 | 
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Exploring Bryan Fuller’s Trek Resume, Part 2

Not exactly memorable for the writer, but not bad either

Can you really judge a man based on what he did in the past? Well, in Hollywood, you can do almost anything. And in the case of Bryan Fuller, the new showrunner for the upcoming sixth Star Trek series, we have a vast resume of past Trek work to look at.In fact, we’ve already looked at his first seven Trek episodes where he was a primary writer here, and now we’ll t …
 | Feb-14-2016 | 
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