When the California Supreme Court made the historic decision to strike down a ban on same-sex marriage earlier this year, Star Trek actor George Takei and his partner, Brad Altman, were some of the first in line for a license. This Sunday, September 14, the pair made it official in a Los Angeles ceremony that included nearly 200 of their friends.
Space. The reimagined frontier.
Star Trek, the 1960s TV series that literally launched a thousand ships, will return for a new syndicated run with a computer-assisted face-lift. When the show airs in syndication beginning September 16, it will feature computer-generated effects and a new version of the theme song.
In celebration of the show's 40th Anniversary, all 79 episodes from the original series are being digitally remastered, and key special effects are being redone. The Enterprise spaceship is being enhanced, planets in the background will now appear more realistic, and the floating Starbases the Enterpise docks with will teem with CG inhabitants.
"The exterior of the ship now has depth and detail, and it will fly more dynamically," Michael Okuda, a longtime Trek scenic-art supervisor, told TV Guide. "We're taking great pains to respect the integrity and style of the original. Our goal is to always ask ourselves ...Read more
Star Trek has a habit of turning ordinary
people into trivia-spouting bickerers, but now four
whole towns are getting into a nerd feud. The Scottish
towns of Aberdeen, Linlithgow, Elgin, and Edinburgh are
all claiming to be the birthplace of Montgomery
"Scotty" Scott, the fictional chief engineer of
the starship Enterprise on the original
Star Trek series. The Canadian actor
James Doohan, who played Scotty, recently
Trekkies in all four of the burgs attest to having proof to back up their claim. In one episode, Scotty describes himself to be an "Aberdeen pub crawler," but in an interview in the '70s, Doohan said Scotty was from Elgin, near Aberdeen. Each of the four towns has plans to erect a memorial for Scotty.
Whatever the outcome, this just proves there is no better way to honor someone's memory than with a fight.Read more
San Diego, CA--When word got out that Paramount Pictures would be working on a new Star Trek movie detailing how James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock met at the Starfleet Academy, questions began pouring in at warp speed.
Who would be directing the film? (Answer: J.J. Abrams (Lost, Mission Impossible III)). Which characters will be featured in the movie? (Answer: At least Kirk and Spock, more to be determined later.)
But one of the biggest questions that has remained unanswered--as details of the film are under lock and key--is, "Who will play Kirk and that pointy-eared fellow?"
Today, that question was partially answered at Comic-Con in San Diego. As the final portion of the Paramount Pictures presentation, J.J. Abrams held court with details about the upcoming film, and introduced the actor who will be playing the young Vulcan--Zachary Quinto.
Quinto is best known as Sylar, the ...Read more
Quick! Think of your favorite TV show. Chances are, your memory turns to a favorite character, a favorite episode, or a favorite line. But when it comes to defining the overall feel of the show, the show's opening title sequence probably comes to mind.
A title sequence isn't just the name of a show spelled in a cool font, slapped over a few choice scenes from last season, and then sewn together with a snappy theme song. In under 90 seconds, a title sequence can tell you what a show is about, and what it wants to be. It can evoke terror, bring a smile, tell a story, ask a question -- and convince you that what you're about to watch is special. TV.com reviewed the best of the best title sequences throughout TV history (and there are quite a few excellent ones out there). These made ...
The remains of actor James Doohan, who played the starship Enterprise's chief engineer Scotty on Star Trek, will be blasted into space next month, the company organizing the flight said Friday.
The Canadian-born actor who inspired the catch phrase "Beam me up, Scotty"--even though it was never actually uttered on the television show--died two years ago at the age of 85.
Houston-based commercial company Space Services Inc. said some of Doohan's remains were packed into a rocket at Las Cruces, New Mexico, Friday, ahead of the flight scheduled for April 28.
The company originally had planned to blast Doohan's remains into space two years ago. But the flight was delayed by tests, then by a misfire during a practice launch last year.
Space Services spokeswoman Susan Schonfeld said Doohan's ashes will be sent up along with the remains of some 200 other people, including astronaut ...Read more