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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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CBS All Access Could Go Beyond Star Trek

Offering original program through streaming service is just beginning, chief says

Although some fans are not liking the idea that they’ll have to pay a separate subscription to see the new Star Trek series in 2017, it appears CBS Corp. is looking to make its CBS All Access platform worth the fee. Right now, the new Trek series under development by Alex Kurtzman is the only exclusive original programming CBS has planned for its streaming service, which costs a little less than $6 a month. But CBS Interactive chief executive Jim Lanzone says there could be more original programming on its way. “Star Trek is the only scripted original that we have announced …
 | Feb-4-2016 | 
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Nichelle Nichols New Spokeswoman For Project Enterprise

Original TMP crew wants to rebuild movie Enterprise model with fan help

There is a lot of Enterprise building (and rebuilding) going on lately for the upcoming 50th anniversary of the franchise. And now Nichelle Nichols is lending her talent and endorsement to one team that wants to rebuild the USS Enterprise from “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” Project Enterprise named the original Uhura actress as its official spokeswoman this week, already adding her in small video snippets around the group’s fundraising website. She not only introduces pieces of the projects but even highlights diff …
 | Feb-4-2016 | 
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Rick Sternbach’s Artistry Boldly Shapes The Final Frontier

Extensive resume includes scientifically credible images of the fantastic

When Rick Sternbach was a kid, he was a fan of the greatest space opera in history. I refer, of course, to the adventures of the American and Russian space agencies, racing to the moon in a dazzling display of technological chutzpah. Young Sternbach loved science fiction and grew up on such fare as “Destination Moon,” “Forbidden Planet” and “2001: A Space Odyssey,” so this was about the most thrilling thing imaginable. That excitement has been a cornerstone of his life ever since. Sternbach was lucky enough to have been a wide-eyed kid in those not-so-long-ago days when s …
 | Nov-10-2015 | 
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Boeing Patents Star Trek-Inspired Force Field

If developed, the defense contractor would use electromagnetic arcs to absorb blast shockwaves

Force fields made popular in science-fiction tales like Star Trek and Star Wars could be closer to reality than many realized. The Boeing Co., known for its aerospace technology for both military and NASA — as well as commercial uses — has filed a patent for a force field, which it says could protect military vehicles and possibly even buildings from explosions and shockwaves. The key to the technology, according to its filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, would be through what it calls an electromagnetic arc generator. When a sensor detects a shockwave-produci …
 | Mar-24-2015 | 
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Music Of Star Trek Goes On Tour In 2016

Concert will tackle 100 cities, as well as most of the movies, TV shows

From Alexander Courage to Jerry Goldsmith, while fans wait for the next Star Trek movie to come out, they’ll have a chance to celebrate the golden anniversary of Gene Roddenberry’s creation next year with a 100-city tour featuring the music of Star Trek. CineConcerts has teamed up with CBS Consumer Products and Paramount Pictures to bring a full orchestra tribute around North America for “Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage.” It will kick off somewhere in Florida next January and continue throughout the United States and Canada through that April, according to the Los Angeles Ti …
 | Mar-7-2015 | 
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Unearthed People Story Gives Rare Glimpse Of Roddenberry Family Life

In Gene’s words: How Rod learned of Star Trek, and his thoughts on women

Gene and Majel Roddenberry worked hard to raise their son in an environment that was as normal as possible — even in the midst of “Star Trek” becoming the cultural phenomenon that many recognize now. So when young Rod Roddenberry was around, Gene and Majel never even mentioned the show. One could say they were even shielding the young boy from what was quickly making his father the most famous name in science-fiction. By 1980, “Star Trek” was at its first peak, and many fans were still talking about “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” from the year before. At the same time, a 6 …
 | Dec-3-2014 | 
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New Book Spotlights ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’

Creature Features Publishing launches behind-the-scenes trade paperback in October

Creature Features Publishing is taking readers on a behind-the-scenes journey through “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”‘ in a new book by Preston Neal Jones. Presented as a candid oral history, “Return to Tomorrow: The Filming of Star Trek: The Motion Picture” arrives in October as a 672-page trade paperback — limited to 1,000 copies — that features interviews with 60 of the film’s cast and creators. During filming of “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” in 1979, Jones was given unparalleled access on set with the intention of creating a cover story for Cinefantastique magazine. …
 | Jul-25-2014 | 
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Councilman: Today Is A Good Day To Resign

Government official quits job, issuing letter in Klingon

Having online translators for Klingon may not have been the best move — at least when it comes to government agencies trying to be serious. After just two years on the Indian Trail city board in North Carolina, David Waddell decided he had enough, and resigned his seat from the government body. But he wasn’t going to go away quietly. Instead, his resignation letter to Mayor Michael Alvarez was not in English. Or Spanish. Or French. Or even something from this planet. It was in Klingon. “Teach (the) city (the) Constitution,” Waddell wrote in Klingon, according to the …
 | Jan-3-2014 | 
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