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Nathan Fillion Cosplays As Captain Kirk And Chris Hardwick As Marty McFly

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FillionKirkSan Diego’s Comic-Con International 2014 has begun, and it’s the most magical time of the year! Granted, some of that magic involves the inability to find a hotel room, the crushing press of too many people in too small a space, and LINES FOR EVERYTHING. But still, you get to see some pretty awesome stuff, assuming you can get in to see any of the awesome stuff. For those of us not making the pilgrimage this year, we’ll have to rely on the second-hand awesomeness. But thankfully that second-hand awesomeness today involves Nathan Fillion cosplaying as Captain Kirk, so what do we really have to complain about?

THR has put together its annual Comic-Con preview issue, and as part of this year’s line-up, they dressed Fillion up in Kirk’s classic gold Original Series uniform for a snazzy photoshoot. The man could give vintage Shatner a run for his money in the dashing, square-jawed hero department, but his subbing for Starfleet doesn’t mean he’s snubbing the loyal Browncoats who have ensured that Firefly is still a pop-culture phenomenon over 10 years after it went off the air. He told THR:

They have always been there, since the show started. There’s just so many more of them now. They don’t go away. You meet children who are named for characters on the show. Now I know Firefly will never die.

In the video below, you can see Fillion sound off about some of his favorite Comic-Con memories, including just how ridiculously long the line was for the 10th anniversary Firefly panel.

Also climbing aboard the THR cosplay train was Nerdist mogul Chris Hardwick, who decked himself out in denim to portray Back to the Future’s Marty McFly. In addition to his excellent Nerdist Podcast and its associated media empire, he hosts the The Talking Dead on AMC and Comedy Central’s Emmy-nominated @midnight, and he’s typically moderating about 73% of the panels at any given Comic-Con. In fact, the very first Hall H Con panel he hosted was for the movie Paul…which was also the site of a notorious stabbing incident. He recalled:

We were about to go on — me and Sigourney Weaver and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost — and they go, ‘OK, everyone back up to the green room. There was a stabbing.’ And we’re like, ‘What? Did somebody beheaded with a bat’leth or or was it a morning star? Was it a mace?’ ‘No, it was a mechanical pencil.’ Oh, of course.

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And here’s Chris giving his very best Marty McFly impression and remembering the time he sang a classic rock duo with Tom Cruise:

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Comic-Con 2014: 14 Things To Do And See On Wednesday & Thursday

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WedThursComic-Con 2014 is only a week away. Thousands of fans and professionals will descend on San Diego and bury it in a thick coating of nerd several feet deep. There’s really nothing else like it, but the more years pass, the more overwhelming the Con becomes. There’s so much going on, it’s a monumental task just to figure out which of the countless panels and events you want to try and see. Well, we’re here to make your life just a little bit easier. Over the next couple of days, we’ll run down all the panels that should be at the top of your to-do list. Today we’ll start off with the events for Wednesday — “Preview Night” — and Thursday.

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Chris Pratt Tried Out For Both James T. Kirk And Avatar’s Jake Sully

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Star-LordAfter seeing the 20-minute preview of Guardians of the Galaxy recently, I predicted that, between that film and Jurassic World, actor Chris Pratt is about to be a huge star. He was great as lovable doofus Andy Dwyer in NBC’s Parks and Recreation, and he had a nice little supporting appearance in Zero Dark Thirty, but Guardians is his first big leading-man role in a massive film, and it looks like Peter “Star-Lord” Quill is a role Pratt was born to play. But if things had turned out different, somebody else might be playing Star-Lord this August, and Pratt could have been commanding the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Pratt gets the spotlight in the new edition of Entertainment Weekly, and in addition to talking Guardians, he reveals that he tried out not only for the role of James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot, but also for Jake Sully in James Cameron’s Avatar. And since Pratt’s name is neither “Chris Pine” nor “Sam Worthington,” those auditions clearly didn’t go the way he might have hoped. And apparently the Avatar tryout just added insult to injury. Pratt told EW:

They said they want somebody that says ‘that thing,’ that ‘It factor’… I walked into that room knowing I did not have that thing, and i walked out thinking I would never have that thing, probably.

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Star Trek Fans Rejoice, Roberto Orci May Not Direct Star Trek 3

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enterpriseAccording to recent reports when Star Trek 3 drops, supposedly in 2016, they could finally get around to the whole “boldly going where no man has gone before” portion of the story, which is something fans of the original franchise would really like to see from the rebooted series. That’s something to get excited about. One thing that hasn’t exactly ignited a wildfire of enthusiasm, however, is the idea of Robert Orci directing the film. We thought that was set in stone, but according to a recent interview, he has not been officially confirmed as the helmer by Paramount. Stick your head out the window and you can practically hear the collective sigh of relief from fans.

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TV Station Claims Star Trek Is An Important Part Of Community Programming

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star trek tvStar Trek is an important program for many of us, but when we say this, we’re usually talking about the role it plays on a more personal level, for individual fans, or maybe we’re talking about the impact the iconic franchise had on science fiction as an entire genre. One broadcaster, however, is now claiming that Gene Roddenberry’s beloved television series is in fact a vital piece of its “community affairs programming.”

When the Federal Communications Commission—the government agency tasked with overseeing all radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable broadcasts in the United States—allowed KJWP to make the move from Wyoming to Delaware, it was contingent on their offering programs of value to the Wilmington area. This was the culmination of five-year legal battle. The TV station’s attorney says, “It looked to us like there was a dearth of locally based news coverage in Delaware.”

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Star Trek Fan Spends $500,000 Turning His Basement Into The Enterprise

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Star TrekA great many of you out there are rabid Star Trek fans. That’s a well-established fact at this point. And Star Trek fans are widely known to be some of the more passionate, obsessive, and detail oriented of science fiction fans—you all have your own movie, that’s all I’m saying. That’s why the story of Anthony Sforza shouldn’t really surprise anyone. The Long Island, New York resident spent $500,000 and more than 1500 hours turning his basement into a replica of the Starship Enterprise.

The 48-year-old Sforza has been a fanatic for years, collecting Star Trek memorabilia since the 1980s, but it wasn’t until 2010 when he finally made the decision to turn his home into the iconic Federation Starship. But once he started down that road, it was on. Over the next few years he spent all of his free time trying to track down exactly what the series used to create the futuristic spacecraft, modeled on the latest version, the one from the Scott Bakula-fronted Enterprise.

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