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Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci Split

Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci Split

After nearly ten years, the writing/producer team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are going their separate ways — related to big screen projects.

In addition Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness, the duo has worked on Mission Impossible III, People Like Us and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

With more than a dozen projects currently in development, their production company “will most likely be reconfigured to accommodate their separation in the feature arena”, according to Variety.

In addition to writing it with Patrick McKay and John D. Payne, Orci is said to have his sights set on directing the next Star Trek film.

Kurtzman will be working on projects outside of Star Trek, including the Spider-Man spinoff film Venom and a deal with Universal to oversee monster movie franchises, including The Mummy and Van Helsing.


HEARTMOM

via Variety

Oh My! Happy Birthday, George Takei

Oh My! Happy Birthday, George Takei

Happy 77th birthday to Star Trek‘s original Hikaru Sulu, George Hosato Takei, who was born on April 20th in 1937 in Los Angeles.

As an actor, politician, activist, and writer, Takei has had a career many would hope for but few achieve. He and his family were sent to relocation centers during World War II when he was only 5-years old. Certainly an austere beginning but one that led him to study architecture at UC Berkeley, to be followed by a B.A. in theater at UCLA and and then a Masters Degree in theater by 1964.

One of the few Asian-American faces to grace television in the 1950′s and 1960′s, George was fortunate to be a part of “the Golden Age” of television. On the big screen he was seen alongside Cary Grant, Alec Guinness, Star Trek‘s first captain, Jeffrey Hunter, James Caan and John Wayne in the 1968 classic, The Green Berets.

Of course, we all know of his casting in Star Trek giving Mr. Sulu performances of depth and imbibing a likability into the role. We also know even though we saw the helmsmen and future captain return throughout the decades, that would hardly be enough to sustain a career.

Takei as Sulu in the Original Series episode "The Naked Time"

Takei as Sulu in the Original Series episode "The Naked Time"

The tri-lingual Takei, (English, Japanese and Spanish,) almost became a Los Angeles City Councilman in 1972 and was appointed by L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley to sit on the board of directors of the Southern California Rapid Transit district.

Voice over work and TV guest appearances has kept him in the public spotlight as well as his relationship with The Howard Stern Show and his now famous “Oh my” catch phrase.

Takei on stage with John Cho and Garrett Wang at the 2011 Las Vegas Star Trek Convention

Takei on stage with John Cho and Garrett Wang at the 2011 Las Vegas Star Trek Convention

His work for gay rights has been going on for decades as his public fame allows him to be heard, seen and quoted by international media. In 2008, Takei and long time partner Brad Altman, married at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles – Takei is one of its founders.

In 2012, we saw George get “fired” on The Celebrity Apprentice. Quite frankly, he has created a legacy far superior to “The Donald.” Takei starred in Allegiance, a musical based on Takei’s experience and research into the Japanese American internment during World War II.

Arsenio Hall, Lou Ferigno and Takei on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice"

Arsenio Hall, Lou Ferigno and Takei on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice"

Recently, we saw George promote his new documentary, To Be Takei, at the Sundance Film Festival and release his own unisex fragrance which bears his signature phrase, “Eau My.”

So happy birthday, George! Something tells me you’ll make it a good one.

Takei brokers for Star Peace between William Shatner and Star Wars’ Carrie Fisher

Takei shows off his happy dance

To keep up with George, you can follow him on Twitter at @GeorgeTakei.

Photo: TrekNews.net

Nimoy To Receive Governors’ Award

Nimoy To Receive Governors' Award

Boston-native and Star Trek’s original Spock, Leonard Nimoy is set to be honored by the Boston chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a Governors’ Award at the Boston/New England Emmy Awards ceremony on June 7.

Nimoy, who recently celebrated his 83rd birthday, grew up in Boston’s West End where he performed on stage from the age of eight through his teens.

The Governors’ Award is given in recognition of achievements by individuals, organizations, or companies which do not fall within the structure of the Chapter’s regular area awards.

via Press Release

Star Trek: TNG Season 6 Blu-ray Details & Release Date

Star Trek: TNG Season 6 Blu-ray Details & Release Date

Paramount and CBS Home Entertainment have announced the official release date along with a disc-by-disc breakdown of the upcoming sixth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation on Blu-ray.

According to a press release, the sixth season of TNG will hit store shelves on June 3rd. As we’ve previously reported, the release will feature a newly remastered 1080p video presentation DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround audio and a variety of deleted scenes, and a selection of retrospective bonus material.

Scroll down for a disc-by-disc breakdown.


Disc One:

Episodes

Time’s Arrow, Part II
Realm of Fear
Man of the People
Relics
Schisms

Special Features

Archival Mission Log: Mission Overview Year Six (SD)
Audio Commentary with Ronald D. Moore and Mike & Denise Okuda on “Relics” – NEW!
Deleted Scenes (HD): “Time’s Arrow, Part II” and “Relics”
Episodic Promos
Promo #1 (SD)
Promo #2 (SD)
Promo #3 (SD)
Promo #4 (SD)
Promo #5 (SD)

Disc Two:

Episodes

True Q
Rascals
A Fistful of Datas
The Quality of Life

Special Features

Archival Mission Log: Bold New Directions (SD)
Archival Mission Log: Departmental Briefing Year Six: Production (SD)
Archival Mission Log: Departmental Briefing Profile: Dan Curry (SD)
Deleted Scene (HD) – NEW!: “True Q”
Episodic Promos
Promo #1 (SD)
Promo #2 (SD)
Promo #3 (SD)
Promo #4 (SD)

Disc Three:

Episodes

Chain of Command, Part I
Chain of Command, Part II
Ship in a Bottle
Aquiel
Face of the Enemy

Special Features

Archival Mission Log: Special Crew Profile: Lt. Cmdr. Data (SD)
Deleted Scenes (HD) – NEW!: “Ship in a Bottle”, “Face of the Enemy”
Episodic Promos
Promo #1 (SD)
Promo #2 (SD)
Promo #3 (SD)
Promo #4 (SD)
Promo #5 (SD)

Disc Four:

Episodes

Tapestry
Birthright, Part I
Birthright, Part II
Starship Mine
Lessons

Special Features

Archival Mission Log: Select Historical Data (SD)
Audio Commentary with Ronald D. Moore and Mike & Denise Okuda on “Tapestry” – NEW!
Deleted Scenes (HD) – NEW!: “Tapestry”, “Birthright, Part II”
Episodic Promos
Promo #1 (SD)
Promo #2 (SD)
Promo #3 (SD)
Promo #4 (SD)
Promo #5 (SD)

Disc Five:

Episodes

The Chase
Frame of Mind
Suspicions
Rightful Heir
Second Chances

Special Features

Archival Mission Log: Inside Starfleet Archives: Sets and Props (SD)
Audio Commentary with James L. Conway and Jonathan West on “Frame of Mind” – NEW!
Deleted Scenes (HD) – NEW!: “The Chase”, “Rightful Heir”

Episodic Promos
Promo #1 (SD)
Promo #2 (SD)
Promo #3 (SD)
Promo #4 (SD)
Promo #5 (SD)

Disc Six:

Episodes

Timescape
Descent, Part I

Special Features

Beyond the Five Year Mission – The Evolution of Star Trek: The Next Generation (HD) – NEW!
Part 1: The Lithosphere
Part 2: The Biosphere
Part 3: The Noosphere
Gag Reel (HD) – NEW!
Episodic Promos
Promo #1 (SD)
Promo #2 (SD)

In addition to the release of complete sixth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a standalone Blu-ray release of “Chain of Command” will be released on June 3rd, as well.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6 on Blu-ray is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Happy First Contact Day!

Happy First Contact Day!

From all of us here at TrekNews.net, we’d like to wish you a happy First Contact Day.

Today, we honor the future flight of Dr. Zefram Cochrane, who in the Star Trek universe, will brake the warp barrier on April 5, 2063. That achievement will prompt the Vulcans to make first contact with the human race.

Just 49 years to go!

Below is a clip from Star Trek: First Contact, where Dr. Cochrane makes the fateful flight.


CLIPPY

Yesterday, William Shatner tweeted a photo of his “first contact” with Star Wars’ Carrie Fisher.

Photos: Paramount Pictures and Twitter

WATCH: Louis C.K. Plays A Klingon In Deleted ‘SNL’ Sketch

WATCH: Louis C.K. Plays A Klingon In Deleted 'SNL' Sketch

In a sketch that wasn’t aired on last weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live, comedian Louis C.K. plays a villainous Klingon character, with a taste for posters of shirtless human men.

While the Star Trek parody sketch was dropped from the broadcast, NBC has made it available through Hulu. Check it out below.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably be left wondering; “What the heck is up with those hands?”.

Hat tip to David Ivy of Trekcast, for bringing this to our attention.

Peter Weller, More Guests Added To Las Vegas Star Trek Convention

Peter Weller, More Guests Added To Las Vegas Star Trek Convention

Peter Weller, best known for his role as the original Robocop and who played Admiral Marcus in 2013′s Star Trek Into Darkness, has been added to the loaded celebrity line-up for the annual Las Vegas Star Trek Convention.

In addition to Weller, Mark Allen Shepherd, Sherry Jackson and Lee Arenberg join already announced guests, including Avery Brooks, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, Colm Meaney, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Chase Masterson, John de Lancie, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonis, Suzie Plakston, Tim Russ, Anthony Montgomery, Max Grodenchik, Aron Eisenberg, John Billingsly, Tony Todd, Robert O’Reilly, JG Hertzler, Robert Duncan McNeill, David Warner, Ethan Phillips, Cirroc Lofton, Denise Crosby, Catherine Hicks, Paul Lynch, Don Stark, Sally Kellerman, Ronald B. Moore, Jim Metzler, Eric Pierpoint and Grace Lee Whitney.

The Las Vegas Star Trek Convention takes place July 31 – August 3 at the Las Vegas Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

To purchase tickets, visit Creation Entertainment.

William Shatner’s One-Man Show Coming To Theaters

William Shatner's One-Man Show Coming To Theaters

This April, fans of William Shatner will have the opportunity to see his one-man show “Shatner’s World,” which toured live in recent years, in select US theaters.

The special engagement, which will be shown in more than 630 theaters on Thursday, April 24th and will feature Shatner on-stage as he walks through the story of his life and career.

“I’ve done this one-man show on Broadway and in many cities across the United States,” said Shatner. “At the curtain call, the audiences’ reaction, their love and appreciation, moved me to tears. This show has been one of the highlights of my life.”

“William Shatner takes fans on a unique and exciting journey where they’ll see the human side of his larger-than-life persona,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of Fathom Events. “This Hollywood icon truly offers us an intimate glimpse into the man behind the icon in ‘Shatner’s World’.”

In addition to the two-hour show, fans will also be shown an exclusive welcome from Shatner.

To purchase tickets, visit Fathom Events.

via Broadway World

Qapla’! Klingon Warnog Beer Coming Later This Year

Klingon Warnog Beer Coming Later This Year

On Monday, CBS Consumer Products and Federation of Beer announced the introduction of the Klingon Warnog. Brewed by Tin Man Brewing Company of Evansville, Indiana, the Star Trek-themed beer blends rye malt with a traditional clove character.

Warnog’s aroma is predominantly mild banana and clove produced by the German wheat yeast, supported by subtle sweet malt character from the use of Munich malt. The flavor draws heavily from the blending of the rye malt and traditional clove character, creating a very rich and unique flavor. The inclusion of wheat and caramel malts help to round out the mouthfeel of this beer, making this Dunkelweizen hearty enough to be called a Klingon Warnog.

The beer is set to be previewed at the Las Vegas Nightclub & Bar Show later this month and will be rolled out to distributors in the US and Canada later this year.


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Klingon Warnog

Klingon Warnog

Stay tuned to TrekNews.net for details.

via THR

Leonard Nimoy to Host “Out of This World” With the Boston Pops

Leonard Nimoy to Host "Out of This World" With the Boston Pops

Star Trek’s original Spock, Leonard Nimoy is set to host two special space-themed performances with the Boston Pops.

The “Out of This World” engagements will take place May 23 and 24 Symphony Hall in downtown Boston. According to a press release, they will be “led by guest conductor Sarah Hicks – in her Boston Pops spring season debut – features music inspired by outer space, with onstage commentary from the celebrated actor.”

Highlights are set to include Holst’s The Planets–which will be performed alongside a NASA film, the theme from Star Trek, the Also Sprach Zarathustra theme popularized in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams’s intergalactic music from Star Wars, E.T., and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.


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For ticket information, visit Boston Symphony Orchestra.

William Shatner To Star In New DIY Network Home-Renovation Series ‘The Shatner Project’

William Shatner To Star In New DIY Network Home-Renovation Series 'The Shatner Project'

Star Trek’s original Captain Kirk, William Shatner is set to star in a new home-renovation show, The Shatner Project.

Produced by Scott Sternberg Productions, The Shatner Project, will be a five (possibly six)-episode series on the DIY Network.

Each episode of the series will follow Shatner and his wife, as they “gut their 1970s-style California home, including the kitchen, living room and dining room. The couple also will renovate the front patio area in order to create the perfect place for big family parties, as well as remodel Shatner’s favorite hangout spot, the media room.”

“I am embracing change,” said Shatner. “Our home will be unfamiliar territory for a while but I am excited by all of it.”

The Shatner Project is slated to debut on the DIY Network in October.

via Variety

“There Are Four Lights!” WATCH: Star Trek: TNG “Chain of Command” Standalone Blu-ray Trailer

"There Are Four Lights!" WATCH: Star Trek: TNG "Chain of Command" Standalone Blu-ray Trailer

In addition to the release of complete sixth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation on Blu-ray, Paramount and CBS Home Entertainment have unveiled a trailer for the standalone Blu-ray of the two-part episode “Chain of Command.”

The release will feature a newly remastered 1080p video presentation and DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround audio.

As one of TNG’s most memorable episodes, “Chain of Command” will be edited together as a feature-length presentation, as has been done with previous standalone releases.

“Chain of Command” on Blu-ray is expected to be released on June 17.

Check out the trailer and cover art below.

Star Trek: TNG "Chain of Command" Blu-ray cover art