The weekend following Valentine’s Day marked the return of the Grand Slam Sci-Fi Summit in Southern California after an absence from the convention circuit for a few years. The event had been a major affair in the sci-fi world, but especially with Star Trek, for nearly twenty years and had been prominently displayed in the Trekkies documentaries and on various media productions.
Despite attendance dropping due to the growing popularity of the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention and a move to different locations (first starting in Pasadena, then Burbank, next to LAX, and then back to Burbank again), the Grand Slam has had a loyal following and ended up having a more intimate feel than many of the other conventions of similar genres with thousands of attendees.
“Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms. If we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences, to take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there.”
-- Gene Roddenberry
I personally think this war nonsense has gone on long enough; it’s almost as annoying as the Trekkie/Trekker argument. Almost. So, let’s start with the basics shall we?CONTINUE READING >>
During the opening number for the 85th Academy Awards, one James Tiberius Kirk sent a message... from the future. The fate of the Oscars was at stake and host Seth MacFarlane was in dire need of help.
We’re pleased to announce episode 23 of our “Life After Trek” podcast; Huston Huddleston of the Enterprise-D Bridge Restoration Project. Many of you may know of the Kickstarter funded project that met its full funding targets, and then some, last year. We got the chance to meet Huston at the Austin Comic Con last November and were so stoked about the project that we had to get an interview for Life After Trek.
Like so many fan films, Starship Exeter ceased production short of completing its final episode. With its bridge slowly rotting in a Central Texas barn, the Exeter team parted ways when funding ran dry. Now, the bridge is getting new life through a brand new fan series called Starship Ajax in Oklahoma City. In 2010, OKC resident John Hughes found out about the abandoned set and made his way to Austin to retrieve it.
Looks like the folks over at Entertainment Weekly have been privy to another Into Darkness exclusive, or exclusives, as the case may be. In the FEB 15, 2013 print & digital issues, EW is showcasing several new sneak peak images of the upcoming J.J. Abrams sequel.
As refined thespians and Knights of the Realm, Patrick Stewart & Ian McKellen are no strangers to the Broadway stage. This fall Picard & Magneto (or Professor X & Gandalf, if you prefer) are set to co-star in two separate plays. First, they will be reprising their roles in the critically acclaimed Samuel Becket play Waiting for Godot, which originally played in 2009 to sold out audiences at London's West End. Next, they will be in a limited engagement run of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land.
The Master Of Subterfuge Strikes Again. J.J. Abrams "IS" Set To Direct Next Star Wars Film. Ewoks and Jar-Jar Rejoice.
Okay, so this is the second article I've written in so many months about that other "star" franchise. Let me set the record straight, I dig Star Wars too. In fact, I love Empire... both the Queensryche album and the Star Wars movie. So, when the news came through the tubes today that J.J. "will" direct the Episode VII, I got kinda excited. I was hoping for Joss Whedon, but what's a brother gonna do?
Today we'd like to celebrate the birthday of our favorite country doctor, black hat cowboy, and consummate actor DeForest Kelley. De would have been 93 years-young today and the Trek universe hasn't been the same since his untimely passing in 1999. De started his career in Hollywood with a role in the film noir classic Fear in the Night which starred Paul Kelly & Ann Doran. Shortly after that role, De served his country during World War II in the First Motion Picture Unit, making propaganda & training films for the US Armed Forces. During his time with FMPU, De was spotted by a paramount talent scout and the rest, as they say, is history.