According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary (PULL-mun-ary) disease, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. “Progressive” means the disease gets worse over time.
COPD can cause coughing that produces large amounts of mucus (a slimy substance), wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms.
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD. Most people who have COPD smoke or used to smoke. Long-term exposure to other lung irritants—such as air pollution, chemical fumes, or dust—also may contribute to COPD.
On what would have been his 94th birthday, we here at TrekNews.net would like to acknowledge DeForest Kelley. His iconic portrayal of Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in Star Trek, made him household name and propelled the Georgia-native from a supporting character in the first season of the series to the main cast in the following seasons and feature films.
Born Jackson DeForest Kelley on January 20, 1920, his acting career began in 1947, with the low-budget feature film Fear in the Night. Kelley’s career would go on to span five decades, as he would have roles in films such as Variety Girl, Taxi (1953), The View from Pompey’s Head, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Warlock, and in television with The Lone Ranger, Science Fiction Theatre, Gunsmoke, Rawhide, The Fugitive, and Bonanza.
In 1964, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry offered the role of Spock to Kelley, which he refused. Of course, Kelley later accept the role of the cantankerous Dr. “Bones” McCoy, on the show. Opposite William Shatner as Captain Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Spock, he and his castmates would create one of televisions most-memorable on-screen trios.
He would play the character of “Bones” in all three seasons of TOS, in Star Trek: The Animated Series, and in six feature films.
Nimoy, Shatner, and Kelley in 1979 pose for a Star Trek: The Motion Picture publicity shot
Kelley appeared as the 137-year-old Admiral Leonard McCoy, Starfleet Surgeon General Emeritus, in a cameo role, in the first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Encounter at Farpoint” in 1987.
Kelley as the 137-year-old bones in TNG, opposite Brent Spiner as Data
In 1998, he lent his voice to the children’s series The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars, as the satellite, Viking 1.
Sadly, Kelley would succumb stomach cancer in June of 1999. He was 79.
While gone, DeForest Kelley’s contributions to the Star Trek universe will never be forgotten. Karl Urban, a self-professed Star Trek fan, paid tribute to Kelley with his portrayal of the character, in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness.
DeForest Kelley talks about his favorite fan letter, from the film Trekkies, in the video below.
De Kelley. A friend so much loved, so greatly missed and too soon gone. RIP
Creation Entertainment has announced the addition of five Star Trek: The Next Generation cast members to the 2014 Las Vegas Star Trek Convention. Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, LeVar Burton, and Gate McFadden have been added to the four-day event.
Previously announced guests include 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, and Grace Lee Whitney.
This year’s convention takes place July 31 – August 3 at the Las Vegas Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
Today we are happy to announce the addition of the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation is boarding the convention and will be on hand to speak, meet fans, sign autographs and do photo ops. We’re up to 32 guest celebrities now and we’re just getting started: make your plans to be with us for four full days and nights of live STAR TREK entertainment, including the appearances of our new TNG celebrities!
Launched in the U.S. at last year’s Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection is a subscription-based series of die-cast models and accompanying magazines. The series is slated to span the entire Star Trek universe. Produced by Eaglemoss Collections and designed by Adam Lebowitz, each model is based on the original studio models and claim to be “faithful in every detail”. The collection is currently available in the US, the UK, Canada, Ireland, and Japan.
Each twenty-page magazine features articles about the design, filming, and on-screen appearances of the original studio model. It will also include detailed information about the ship’s crew, weapons, and technology. Eaglemoss offers a free digital version of each magazine to subscribers. Each model and magazine is fully licensed and approved by CBS Studios.
Following an introductory offer of the Enterprise D for $4.95, the subscription will cost you $39.90 per month — which includes two models and two magazines ($19.95 each).
To entice subscribers, Eaglemoss offers five gifts, each of which becomes available as your subscription continues. The gifts include digital editions of each magazine, a magazine binder, an Enterprise dedication plaque, the alternate universe Enterprise D from “All Good Things”, and an oversized Borg Cube.
Thus far, ten ships have been made available to subscribers and individually through local comic shops. Those include:
1. USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D
2. USS Enterprise NCC 1701
3. Klingon Bird of Prey
4. Enterprise NX-01
5. Romulan Warbird
6. USS Voyager NCC-74656
7. Klingon K’Tinga-Class Battlecruiser
8. USS Excelsior NCC-2000
9. USS Defiant NX-74205
10. Borg Sphere
Scroll down for a closer look at the USS Enterprise D, Klingon Bird of Prey, and USS Voyager.
Star Trek Starships Collection Magazine
From Eaglemoss Collections:
The collection features ships from all five STAR TREK television series. Every major Federation vessel will be reproduced from Kirk’s Enterprise to the U.S.S. Defiant and fan favourites such as the Akira class. All the most exciting alien vessels will be featured too, including Klingon, Romulan and Borg ships.
The third season of Star Trek: Enterprise on Blu-ray hits store shelves today. Largely because of the overarching Xindi story-arc, the third season is arguabley the best of the entire series. Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating, Anthony Montgomery, and Linda Park all return for the season, which originally aired in 2003 and 2004.
Along with a transition from primarily self-contained episodes, to a more episodic format and darker theme, season three sees the name of the show changed from simply “Enterprise” to “Star Trek: Enterprise”. To compliment the updated title, fans will notice a change in the show’s main title theme, “Faith of the Heart”.
Season three introduces the Xindi, an alliance of six alien species determined to annihilate humanity. Throughout the season, we see Captain Archer and the crew of the NX-01 travel through the Delphic Expanse to the Xindi home world in hopes of preventing another attack against planet Earth.
The six-disc set comes in slip cover packaging, contains all 24 season three episodes and is presented with 1080p high-definition picture in its original 1.78:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio. Much like the previous two seasons, the episodes have never looked better.
In addition to the episodes, the set also includes two never-before-seen special features that are exclusive to the release; a new three-part 90-minute retrospective documentary “In A Time of War” and a new featurette “Temporal Cold War: Declassified.” Both feature the show’s creators, cast and production team in newly recorded interviews as they detail and discuss the development, design, and reception of the show’s third season.
The Blu-ray includes additional standard-definition bonus material, seen previously on the 2005 DVD release, entitled “Archival Mission Logs”. Those features include a profile piece on Connor Trinneer, a collection of season 3 moments, “A Day in the Life of a Director” with Roxann Dawson, “Behind the Camera” with Marvin Rush, plus deleted scenes, outtakes, and a photo gallery.
While every episode of Enterprise is available in HD as part of both Netflix and Hulu Plus streaming subscriptions, fans of the series will want to add the third season Blu-ray set to their collection, for the very best audio and video experience along with the collection bonus features.
Text Commentary by Mike & Denise Okuda on “The Xindi” (2005)
Archival Mission Logs:
The Xindi Saga Begins (SD)
Enterprise Moments: Season Three (SD)
Episode Commentary by David Livingston and David A. Goodman on “Impulse” – NEW!
Text Commentary by Mike & Denise Okuda on “Impulse” (2005)
Episode Commentary by Mike Sussman and Tim Gaskill on “Twilight” (2008)
Episode Commentary by David A. Goodman and Chris Black on “North Star” – NEW!
Episode Commentary by Mike DeMeritt on “North Star” (2005)
Episode Commentary by Manny Coto and Connor Trinneer on “Similitude” – NEW!
Episode Commentary by Manny Coto on “Similitude” (2005)
Deleted Scenes from “Similitude” (SD)
Deleted Scene from “Chosen Realm” (SD)
Episode Commentary by David A. Goodman, Chris Black and Connor Trinneer on “The Forgotten” – NEW!
Deleted Scenes from “E2” (SD)
Episode Commentary by Chris Black and André Bormanis on “Countdown” – NEW!
Text Commentary by Mike & Denise Okuda on “Countdown” (2005)
In A Time Of War: (HD) – NEW!
Part One: Call To Arms
Part Two: Front Lines
Part Three: Final Conflict
Temporal Cold War: Declassified (HD) – NEW!
Archival Mission Logs:
Enterprise Profile: Connor Trinneer (SD)
A Day In The Life Of A Director: Roxann Dawson (SD)
Behind The Camera: Marvin Rush (SD)
Enterprise Secrets (SD)
Photo Gallery (SD)
NX-01 File 07 (SD)
NX-01 File 08 (SD)
NX-01 File 09 (SD)
Star Trek: Enterprise – The Complete Third Season on Blu-ray is now available on Amazon and other retailers.
A new independent Star Trek film project is currently in production. Starring Voyager‘s John Savage as Captain Rudy Ransom, Gary Lockwood reprising his TOS role as Gary Mitchell, and Blanca Blanco as Lt. Cmdr. T’Lexa, Star Trek Equinox: The Night of Time, is written by Camren T. Burton and John Savage.
The filmmakers plan to present the film to CBS in the next year, as a pilot for a potential television series.
Also attached to the project is veteran special effects makeup artist, film and model maker, VFX artist Steve Neill.
Additionally, TMZ is reporting that former WWE wrestler and announcer Matt Striker has just signed on to play the part of a Rumulan Commander.
More details and an insider look at the project below.
John Savage and Gary Lockwood on the set of ‘Star Trek: Equinox – The Night of Time’ (credit: Facebook)
Blanca Blanco as T’Lexa (credit: Facebook)
The IMDB synopsis of the film reads:
Fifteen years after the destruction of the USS Equinox (approximate star date 2393) Captain Rudy Ransom, who was beamed from his doomed ship by the Krotownans, is held prisoner in the Delta quadrant for crimes against the race including trespassing in Krowtownan space and the deaths of Krowtown Crew members. Captain Ransom has very few choices but one chance to return to the Alpha Quadrant some 30.000 light years away.
Steve Neill recently posted the following behind-the-scenes looks at the production on Youtube.
Stay tuned to TrekNews.net for more news and further details on Star Trek Equinox: The Night of Time.
Leonard Nimoy, actor, director and photographer, recently sat down with musician , producer and admitted fan, Pharrell Williams on ARTST TLK to discuss the creation of his iconic Spock character, the Vulcan salute, and the controversy behind some of his photography projects, and more.
“I had mixed feelings about it” Nimoy said about being presented with the role of Spock. “I was excited about some steady work, because I hadn’t had some steady work in a long time. I was a freelance actor. On the other hand, I was concerned about what the make-up was going to look like.”
“The fact that Shatner was overt, was broad, and theatrical, made it more interesting for me to be able to lay back and comment on what was happening, rather than act out on what was happening. So, it took a little while, but I found a way.” he said of his on-screen dynamic with William Shatner.
On the topic of the Vulcan salute and it’s Orthodox origins, Nimoy said “I didn’t think of it in religious terms, but I was looking for some magic.”
Check out the entire interview in the video below.
Today, Star Trek Into Darkness officially hits store shelves. Following an early digital release through iTunes, the film will be available as a Blu-ray 3D combo pack, a Blu-ray combo pack, and standard DVD.
This review is specific to the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Download combo pack version that we were provided for review purposes. Additional versions, with varying bonus features, will be available at specific retailers, including Target, Best Buy, Amazon.com, and Walmart.
A little confusing, right?
First, let’s take a peek at the official movie description to wet our pallete:
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew
Sounds intriguing, let’s get to the review.
The movie itself has been discussed at length ad nauseam and picked apart piece-by-piece in multiple online reviews. So, I’ll keep the review of the film itself to a minimum.
Was Star Trek Into Darkness the perfect sci-fi epic, I had hoped for? No. Not even close. However, as a cerebral action movie, it was a fun two-hour thrill ride and far better than it may have been with a different creative team at the helm.
I watched the movie on a 50″ Samsung 1080p high-definition plasma TV. I was completely blown away at how beautiful the transfer of this film was. From the rich red of the leaves on the Niburu trees to the deep blacks of space, the movie was visually stunning and an absolute pleasure to watch.
In-line with the superb visual presentation, the audio track that was delivered to my 5.1 Onkyo receiver was top notch. Michael Giacchino’s score pounded in my chest as I prepared to be taken on a ride to the 23rd century with some familiar friends — Kirk, Spock, Bones, Uhura and Scotty. The audio quality alone makes this film a great addition to your collection — if for nothing else than to show off your audio equipment to friends and family.
Now we get to the real bummer for this release. While the 2-disc set includes a few interesting bonus features — including in-depth looks at the filming and creation of some of the film’s most memorable scenes, I was left hoping for so much more. The most glaring omission is the lack of director commentary. With most Blu-ray releases, it’s almost expected. However, on this version, there’s none to be found. Varying content will be provided on the exclusive Target and Best Buy versions of the film.
Ultimately, this release forces the most hardcore Star Trek fans to purchase multiple versions of this film, if they want to see the full gamut of special features. Something about that just doesn’t sit right with me. Although, for those who are looking to pick it up solely for the film itself, Star Trek Into Darkness on Blu-ray is a solid buy.
Today we celebrate the 47th anniversary of Star Trek, as the series’ first episode, “The Man Trap” aired on September 8, 1966.
Gene Roddenberry’s “wagon train to the stars” made virtually unknown actors at the time, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei and Walter Koenig, into household names across the United States and around the world.
In the years since the first episode aired, we’ve seen the franchise evolve and effect the lives of so many. Star Trek has changed the way many of us create, use and interact with technology. It has spurred exploration on land, in our oceans and towards the final frontier of space. The franchise has changed the way many of us interact with other races and those with beliefs different than our own. Star Trek has shown us that while mankind may not be perfect, we can–and should–strive to be better than we were yesterday.
Below is a brief summary of some of the most important moments in the history of Star Trek, throughout the last 47 years. We welcome you to leave your own Star Trek memories in the comments section below.
September 8, 1966: The first episode of Star Trek, “The Man Trap” premiered on NBC.
June 3, 1969: The final original episode of Star Trek airs on NBC. The show was cancelled because of low ratings.
January 1972: The first Star Trek convention is held in New York City.
September 8, 1973: Star Trek: The Animated Series premiers.
May 15, 1975: Star Trek wins an Emmy Award for The Animated Seres.
1976: After a fan-driven letter writing campaign, President Gerald Ford names the first space shuttle Enterprise.
December 7, 1979: Star Trek: The Motion Picture premiers.
June 4, 1982: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is released.
June 1, 1984: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is released.
November 26, 1986: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is released.
September 28, 1987: Star Trek: The Next Generation debuts in syndication. The show would continue for seven seasons.
June 9, 1989: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is released.
October 24, 1991: Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry dies at the age of 70.
December 6, 1991: Star Trek: VI: The Undiscovered Country is released. This would be the final film to feature the entire original starring cast.
January 1993: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine debuts.
May 23, 1994: After seven seasons, the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, airs.
November 18, 1994: Star Trek: Generations is released.
January 16, 1995: Star Trek: Voyager debuts on the UPN television network.
November 22, 1996: Star Trek: First Contact is released.
January 1998: Star Trek: The Experience opens in Las Vegas.
December 11, 1998: Star Trek: Insurrection is released.
June 11, 1999: DeForest Kelley dies at the age of 79.
June 1999: After seven seasons, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine airs it’s final episode, “What We Leave Behind.”
May 23, 2001: The final episode of Star Trek: Voyager airs on UPN.
September 26, 2001: Star Trek: Enterprise debuts on UPN.
December 13, 2002: Star Trek: Nemesis is released to theaters.
May 13, 2005: UPN cancels Star Trek: Enterprise after four seasons.
July 20, 2005: James Doohan dies at the age of 85.
September 2008: Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas closes.
May 8, 2009: J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek is released in theaters.
May 16, 2013: J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness is released in theaters.
Watch Gene Roddenberry’s message to Star Trek fans below.
For the twelve years, fans have traveled to Sin City for what has become the largest Star Trek convention in the world. Creation’s Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas has become a showcase for creativity and ingenuity. Aside from the celebrity panels and vendors’ room swag, fans push their artistic abilities and imaginations to new levels with their cosplay creations.
This year, a multitude of alien races and characters from every series of Star Trek were represented — including Xindi, Vulcans, Trills, Borg, Frengi, Klingons, and of course, a few Orion Slave Girls.
Check out some of the amazingly creative costumes from this year’s convention below.
On Saturday, at Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, 1,085 fans gathered in the DeForest Kelley Theater inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel to break the Guinness Book of World Records for most people in one place in Star Trek costumes. Among the fans, who broke the previous record of 1,063 set last year at the Star Trek London event, was none other than Deep Space Nine star Terry Farrell. Farrell — a surprise last-minute entrant — entered the room to massive applause as she was announced by Creation co-owner Gary Berman as number 1,085.
Farrell, wearing a red TOS dress from Roddenberry Entertainment, got up on stage and told the costumed fans “You’re so f—ing cool!”. She went on to tell them that if she’s invited back next year, she’ll be sure to make her own costume.
Congratulations to everyone who attended the Las Vegas convention — especially the costumed fans who helped make history.