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Whoopi Goldberg Making First Ever Trek Con Appearance

Oscar-winning actress heads to Las Vegas for Creation Entertainment event

What does it take to get Whoopi Goldberg to a Star Trek convention? How about a chance to celebrate the 50th anniversary in Las Vegas? That was enough for the comedian and actress, who has signed up for her first-ever convention at Creation Entertainment’s Las Vegas Convention beginning Aug. 3. “Whoopi is beloved by Star Trek fans for her recurring role as Guinan in ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation” and two Star Trek feature films,” according to a bio published by Creation. “Appearing at her very first Star Trek convention, audiences worldwide have made Ms. Goldberg one of t …
 | Mar-8-2016 | 
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Join 1701News In Welcoming Michael, Denise Okuda

The Okuda Corner blog finds a new home right here

There are plenty of places to get Star Trek news and information, and we hope 1701News is at least somewhere on your daily online travel list. Since our founding as a co-venture with Roddenberry Entertainment a couple of years ago, the overall dream has been to make 1701News the destination for Star Trek fans. We’ve been doing that by providing news we hope you find interesting, columnists that entertain as well as inform and taking a journalistic approach through our decades of experience not necessarily common elsewhere on the Web. So on behalf of our partners at R …
 | Jul-31-2015 | 
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Trek Community Celebrates Supreme Court Marriage Decision

Twitter came alive this week not just for ‘Star Trek 3,’ but for gay marriage too

Not wanting to be upstaged by the first week of filming of “Star Trek 3,” the U.S. Supreme Court decided to dominate the news cycle this past week with a couple of key rulings.While one was huge for the Obama administration and his legacy piece, the Affordable Care Act, the other had an impact on many other Americans.In a split 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court said states not allowing same-sex marriage was a violation of the 14th Amendment.It was a widely expected win, but still didn’t mute the jubilation celebrated by many in the LGBT community, and its supporters. That incl …
 | Jun-27-2015 | 
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25 Years Later: Bombshells From ‘Best Of Both Worlds’

How one line, ‘To be continued,’ changed ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ forever

It’s hard to imagine now, but despite the introduction of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in 1987, the 1980s still belonged to Capt. Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the crew of the original USS Enterprise. Few took the show seriously, and it even spilled over into the conventions. “The fans were split on the acceptance of the show,” said Ronald D. Moore, one of TNG’s writers who would go on to redevelop “Battlestar Galactica” for Syfy. “You would go to conventions and there would be bumper stickers and T-shirts that basically said, ‘I’m a real Trekker. Forget the bald guy.’ Stuff l …
 | Jun-21-2015 | 
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Spiner Selling Malibu Beach Home

Live near Hollywood history for just $10.9 million

Fresh off a big movie year with “Independence Day: Resurgence,” Brent Spiner is ready to part ways with a home he owns on a Hollywood-famous beach. Spiner has put a “for sale” sign in front of his three-bedroom, five-bathroom abode near Point Dume Beach in Malibu, California. All it will cost you is $10.9 million. The Spanish-style home sits on a one-acre lot in the resort area, according to The Hollywood Reporter, surrounded by trees of all kinds. It’s a little more than 5,000 square feet, and includes an upstairs office that could be converted into a fourth bedroom …
 | Jul-18-2016 | 
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Newest Producer Of Trek TV: J.J. Abrams?

UPDATE: CBS tells Spiner that Abrams is not attached

CBS has been collecting a lot of big names for its new Star Trek series on CBS All Access. You know, Nicholas Meyer. Rod Roddenberry. Bryan Fuller. But has the series added the biggest name yet? You know, J.J. Abrams? There’s been no announcement at all, but one former actor in the Trek television franchise believes it’s true, dropping it as a quick aside during a recent interview. “You know, I’m looking at the people they’ve lined up working on it, and J.J. just came aboard as a producer,” former “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star Brent Spiner told Collider. “And yo …
 | Apr-19-2016 | 
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Houston Tourism Group Sues Space City Comic Con

Claims ‘Space City’ is trademarked, and convention can’t use it

Houston has been known as “Space City” thanks to its association with NASA for decades. But if you’re an organization looking to promote tourism in the area — you can’t use “Space City” unless you get permission first. That’s what the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau has claimed in a new lawsuit against the up-and-coming Space City Comic Con, asserting that the tourism group owns the trademark to “Space City.” That particular convention has only existed since 2012, growing from a gathering that started in a hotel lobby, to the NRG Center — the 1.4 million-squa …
 | Mar-8-2016 | 
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Minnesota Brothers Sing Star Trek Musical To Life

Cole and Grant Remmen were inspired by ‘Into Darkness’ to take Trek to stage

Who says you can’t be working on a Ph.D. and writing a Star Trek musical at the same time? Well, that’s probably not anyone we might know, but it is indeed true for brothers Cole and Grant Remmen, who are bringing their musical “Boldly Go” to the California Institute of Technology stage this coming weekend. With nearly 20 original songs, including “Klingons are Misunderstood” and “Take Us Out,” the Remmen brothers have planned a brief run of what they describe as a parody that satirizes both Star Trek and science-fiction in general, as well as musical theater. “It’s a show …
 | Feb-21-2016 | 
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7 Cameos We’d Like To See In ‘Star Trek 3’

William Shatner? Patrick Stewart? Connor Trinneer? Who should stop by the new movie?

The last two Star Trek films were given a direct sendoff by the mere presence of Leonard Nimoy, who played the character of Mr. Spock for nearly 50 years. But with his sad passing earlier this year — and reports that he was not going to pop up in this film anyway — fans are still hankering for a chance to see a familiar face from the past grace “Star Trek 3,” especially as it’s released in time for the 50th anniversary of the Trek franchise. So who should it be? Someone from the original series? Maybe someone from one of the spinoffs? Possibly a face from a fan series? Here …
 | Jun-20-2015 | 
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Burton In Hot Water Over Comments On Actor’s Death TNG actor later apologized for joking about Philip Seymour Hoffman Just before the kick off of the National Football League’s Super Bowl, movie fans were hit with the news that Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman had died at the age of 46 from an apparent drug overdose.Hoffman, who most recently appeared in the Hunger Games film trilogy, was found in the bathroom of his apartment by a friend, leaving behind three children.Condolences and grief poured in from celebrities and fans alike. But not everyone was in mourning … like “Star Trek: The Next Generation’s” LeVar Burton.Burton, who played Geordi La Forge in the series as w …
 | Feb-4-2014 | 
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