Here We Go Again: Is Netflix Really In Talks To Bring Us More Star Trek?

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TrekIn the aftermath of last weekend’s Phoenix Comicon, there’s been a rumor going around that Netflix has approached CBS Broadcasting, Inc. about producing a Netflix Original Star Trek series, and that they are now “in talks” to make it happen. But before anyone gets too excited (too late, I’m sure), the dude who was the original cited source for that rumor has stepped forward to say, “Hold your horses.”

The story can originally be traced back to a posting by a Google Plus page called “Starfleet Intelligence”, and claims that Star Trek author/producer Larry Nemecek broke the news about the proposed Netflix Trek project at the Phoenix Comicon. The deal would purportedly have Netflix handling all aspects of producing the show, with CBS getting royalties for every viewing over the new Trek’s episodes.

Just one problem: Nemecek says that’s not what he said. Over on his blog, Nemecek relays the limited information he does have, which was then apparently blown far out of proportion. Here’s Nemecek:


Star Trek Stabilized Flings Actors Across The Final Frontier

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It’s one of the most important skills required of any Star Trek actor. And I don’t mean pretending there’s actually somebody on the viewscreen, or figuring how how to give your uniform the proper, dignified tug whenever it starts to creep up on you. No, I’m talking about the ability to fling yourself about like a crazy person whenever the ship is “hit” in combat. After all, they’re making this show on a budget; they aren’t going to mount the whole thing on a gimbal just because you’re too embarrassed to fall backwards over the tactical station. And it’ll look great in the final cut! So long as nobody ever gets the bright idea to stabilize the images…


Marina Sirtis Talks About A Possible New Star Trek Franchise

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Star Trek, the original series, wrapped up in 1969, and that show that only ran for three years continues to shape the face of popular culture. While there are movies currently in the works, there hasn’t been a television presence since Enterprise wrapped up in 2005. Though there are no concrete plans for a new series, according to Star Trek: The Next Generation star Marina Sirtis, there have been rumblings of a possible new franchise sometime in the future. And in the unlikely event that TNG should ever be rebooted, she as a definite opinion on who should play her Counselor Deanna Troi character.

Over the weekend, a local radio station interviewer caught up with Sirtis at the Dallas Comic Convention, and asked her if she knew anything about potential new small screen Trek adventures. Here’s the interview…

In the above video she says actors are always the last to know, but that doesn’t seem like the whole truth, since she seems to know way more than we do. That isn’t surprising considering that we don’t know very much at all.


Roberto Orci Is Directing Star Trek 3

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orciEver since J.J. Abrams announced that he was taking the helm of Star Wars: Episode VII, the Wheel o’ Rumors has been spinning contiuously when it came to who would now direct the inevitable Star Trek 3. Maybe it would be G.I. Joe: Retaliation’s Jon Chu. Or maybe Attack the Block’s Joe Cornish? Say, maybe Brad Bird (The Incredibles) would fit the bill. Well, it turns out it’s none of them, and in fact it’s somebody we hadn’t even considered a serious contender until recently: frequent J.J. Abrams collaborator and nu-Trek co-screenwriter Roberto Orci. And Star Trek 3 will be his directorial debut, no less.

Variety reports that Paramount and Skydance Productions have slated Orci to direct Star Trek 3, which he was already co-writing with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay (the latter two are also writing a Flash Gordon reboot). But not, it’s worth noting, with longtime writing partner Alex Kurtzman. Orci and Kurtzman, who had been working together since the syndicated days of Hercules and Xena, had risen to be one of the most successful partnerships in Hollywood, in terms of quantity if not quality. The pair helped launch not only the revived Star Trek franchise, but also the current incarnations of the Transformers and Spider-Man series as well. Kurtzman and Orci announced last month that they were amicably breaking up the band to work on separate projects.


Help Fund The Hollywood Science Fiction Museum

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hollywood sci-fi museumHere in the United States, we have plenty of art museums, science museums, and historical museums. We also have a bunch of downright bizarre museums, including the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum, the National Museum of Funeral History, and one that’s in my neighborhood: the Museum of Bad Art. We even have a UFO museum and a Creation Museum, brought to us by Ken Ham. With funding, one can build a museum featuring just about anything, and if someone builds it, people will come — especially to the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum.

The project has been initiated by the non-profit group New Starship, which aims to reconstruct sets from Star Trek and is currently working on restoring the Star Trek: Enterprise bridge.


What Does Commander William Riker Google? Everything.

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rikerFew TV characters come across as more confident as Commander William T. Riker, the Star Trek: The Next Generation character that Jonathan Frakes made famous. Perhaps it’s something hiding in his signature beard. In any case, we now know some of the things that must have been floating around in his mind for all those years, thanks to a clever (and fake) Twitter account that offers insight into the things that Riker is searching for on Google. And yeah, some of it is total filth.

The plainly titled RikerGoogling has been active since February, but has seen a mere 96 tweets come through. This leads us to believe that either Riker already knows pretty much everything else, or he’s just going to Wikipedia for what he doesn’t. Unless there are RikerYahooing or RikerBinging accounts that I’m unfamiliar with.