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WATCH: Smithsonian Channel’s ‘The Real Story of Star Trek’

WATCH: Smithsonian Channel's 'The Real Story of Star Trek'

Last month, the fifth season of Smithsonian Channel’s documentary TV series, The Real Story premiered with an episode exploring of the Star Trek film and TV franchise.

The episode looks at the life of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and the scientific advances and inventions that were inspired by the series. Featuring interviews with Leonard Nimoy, Roddenberry’s son, Rod, and original members of the Star Trek fan club, the entire episode is available to stream for free on Smithsonian Channel’s official YouTube channel and for download on iTunes.

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Meet Star Trek’s producers, the first Trekkies, and Mr. Spock himself to discover the true story of Star Trek’s history and how its vision of the future has influenced today’s technology.

William Shatner Says He Has No Ego, Talks Tensions with Former Co-Stars [VIDEO]

William Shatner Says He Has No Ego, Talks Tensions with Former Co-Stars

While attending last weekend’s Destination Star Trek London event as one of the headlining guests, William Shatner sat down with Stephen Sackur of BBC’s HardTalk. During the interview, Shatner discussed a variety of topics related to his time on Star Trek.

Shatner discussed reported tensions between himself and former co-stars George Takei and Nichelle Nichols and their feelings that he had a “big ego,” saying:

That isn’t so. That is their interpretation years later. Nichelle and George were people that came in for a day maybe, in a week or ten days of shooting. They were not there very often. After the show was over and Star Trek became popular they would go to conventions like this and suddenly realize “I should have had my own show,” then they began to write in books about my ego. I don’t have an ego.

Shatner went on to say:

The thing I’m most proud of is my professionalism and my ability to work with people. I never had, in three years of association with them, I never had a bad word with any of them. Especially George and Walter.

He went on to say that some of his co-stars ill-feelings toward him weren’t expressed until years later, when he was writing a book.

During the 24-minute piece, Shatner also discusses the legacy of Star Trek, breaking down social barriers through science-fiction, competition with Leonard Nimoy, his approach to acting, and more.

Watch the full interview below.

WATCH: Kate Mulgrew’s Entire Q&A Panel from Fan Expo Canada

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Kate Mulgrew, who is currently working on Syfy’s Warehouse 13 and is known to Star Trek fans as Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager, appeared on stage last weekend as part of Fan Expo Canada 2012 in Toronto. While on stage Mulgrew discussed her time on Voyager, spending time with patrick Stewart, along with some of her current projects.

Watch the video below.

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WATCH: New Teaser Trailer for Larry Nemecek’s “Con of Wrath”

WATCH: New Teaser Trailer for Larry Nemecek's "Con of Wrath"

Larry Nemecek, who’s upcoming documentary “The Con of Wrath” examines meltdown to miracle saga of 1982′s “Ultimate Fantasy” event, has released a new teaser trailer for the film.

The teaser features just a few of the names Nemecek has interviewed about the event — including TOS star Walter Koenig, Star Trek film writer/producer Have Bennett, Star Trek producer Eric Stillwell and James Doohan’s widow, Wende Doohan.

For those interested in helping the project take flight, Nemecek has set up a donor section over at the official “Con of Wrath” website.

Watch the video below.

WATCH: William Shatner & Wil Wheaton Narrate Mars Rover Video for NASA

WATCH: William Shatner & Wil Wheaton Narrate Mars Rover Video

William Shatner and Wil Wheaton have both submitted their narration for a new NASA video which explains the descent and landing sequence of a new Mars rover, named “Curiosity.”

Curiosity is a one-ton nuclear-powered rover which is set to land on the surface of the red planet, next Thursday, August 5th at approximately 7 p.m. ET.

Watch both videos and let us know who you think does a better job in the poll below.

William Shatner narrates “Curiosity’s Grand Entrance”:

Wil Wheaton narrates “Curiosity’s Grand Entrance”:

WATCH: Tom Hardy’s Star Trek: Nemesis Screen Test with Patrick Stewart

WATCH: Tom Hardy's Star Trek: Nemesis Screen Test with Patrick Stewart

Actor Tom Hardy may now be best known for his portrayal of the evil mastermind Bane in the Christopher Nolan’s latest Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. However, Star Trek fans will remember Hardy for his role as Jean-Luc Picard’s clone, from ten years prior, as Shinzon in 2002′s Star Trek: Nemesis.

Watch Hardy and Patrick Stewart in some of the initial screen tests compared to the actual film footage for Nemesis below.

via Star Trek Update

William Shatner’s “Get A Life!” Premiers Saturday on EPIX + Watch the Opening Scene

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William Shatner’s latest project, a documentary film called Get A Life! premiers on the EPIX channel and the EpixHD.com website this Saturday, July 28th at 8pm ET.

As we’ve previously reported, the documentary examines Star Trek‘s cultural impact along with some of it’s — at times — obsessive fans. Filmed primarily at the 2011 Las Vegas Star Trek convention, the film features interviews with convention goers and delves deeply into the fandom that surrounds the franchise.

On Saturday, the video will be available on the EPIX website at http://www.epixhd.com/william-shatners-get-a-life/.

Official description:

Based on Shatner’s hugely popular book (in response to his now infamous skit on SNL), this film examines the mystery, longevity and the cultural phenomena of Star Trek and its long-obsessed fans known as “Trekkers.” On the surface, the film is an exploration of strangers who have for years attended conventions which looked foolish and almost laughable to some – but Shatner discovers the many secrets and hidden motives behind these individuals’ compulsion to attend these events. The end result is a film that reveals a fun and touching side of the fanfare surrounding Star Trek, and examines the thrill of what’s happening at these fantasy conventions and the enduring popularity of the film and TV series as Shatner further embraces his role as Captain James T. Kirk and his own impact.

Watch the opening scene below.

WATCH: Wil Wheaton Reads “Where No One Has Gone Before”

WATCH: Wil Wheaton Read "Where No One Has Gone Before"

On Monday night, Star Trek: The Next Generation star, Wil Wheaton, who for those not already in-the-know, played Wesley Crusher, hosted a Google+ Hangout. During the Hangout, Wheaton read the “Where No One Has Gone Before” chapter from his book, Memories of The Future, Vol. 1.

Also, in celebration of the two TNG episodes being shown in theaters, Wheaton released the chapters for “Where No One Has Gone Before” and “Datalore” available for free on his website.

Watch the entire 30-minute video below.

You can follow Wheaton on Twitter at @wilw and on Google+.

The complete Memories of the Future, Vol. 1 ebook is available in the Amazon Kindle Store for $4.99.

WATCH: Brent Spiner’s “Fresh Hell” Season 2 Finale

WATCH: Brent Spiner's "Fresh Hell" Season 2 Finale

In the second season finale of Brent Spiner’s web series, Fresh Hell, Brent realizes his selfish ways and searches for Dakota, who is about to leave town.

A third season of the series has already been confirmed.

Official description:

After walking out of The Jolinda show, Brent searches for his friends – Larry is afraid that someone is going to die, and all the story lines are brought together in a completely satisfying way!

For more episodes, visit the official Fresh Hell website.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Confirms: The Original Enterprise is the Best Starship [Video]

Neil deGrasse Tyson Confirms: The Enterprise is the Best

Last week, during San Diego Comic-Con, world renowned astrophysicist, author of The Pluto Files and star of History Channel’s The Universe, Neil deGrasse Tyson was asked to break a deadlock in the annual “Starship Smackdown” panel.

Discussing the pros and cons of the Star Wars‘ X-Wing Fighter and Millennium Falcon, Battlestar Galactica‘s Colonial Viper and Firefly’s Serenity, the panel included Free Enterprise producer Robert Meyer Burnett, Thor and X-Men: First Class cowriter Ashley Edward Miller, Geek Magazine’s editor Jeff Bond, Legend of the Seeker producer Kay Reindl, Star Wars: The Clone Wars writer Steve Melching and artist Chris Gossett.

When the decision came to a impasse, moderator Mark A. Altman asked for the audience’s help. Enter Dr. Tyson.

Proclaiming that the original Enterprise is “the most astonishing, awesome, beautiful, seductive” spaceship, Tyson was engulfed in cheers by the San Diego audience.

Watch the video below.

Do you agree with his opinion? Let us know in the comments below.

WATCH: TNG Remastered Season 2 Trailer + Blu-ray Cover Art

WATCH: TNG Remastered Season 2 Trailer + Blu-ray Cover Art

With the remastered release of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 1 hitting store shelves in just two weeks and a special theater event next Monday, the folks over at TrekCore have posted the preview trailer for season 2.

Aside from the 22 second season episodes, the release will also feature a roundtable discussion featuring the entire TNG cast, including Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden and Wil Wheaton.

A release date for the release has yet to be confirmed.

The first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation remastered for release in high-definition on Blu-ray is now available for pre-order through Amazon.

Cover art:

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 2 Cover Art

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 2 Cover Art

Watch the trailer below.

Update: CBS has requested that this video be removed.

Damon Lindelof Talks Sequel Title, Says Urban Went “Off the Reservation” with Recent Comments

Damon Lindelof Talks Star Trek Sequel Title

With the Star Trek sequel due in theaters next May, one of the many hot topics with fans has been the discussion of the film’s title and possibly dropping the words “Star Trek” from the title — Similarly to how “Batman” was eliminated from the title of The Dark Knight.

Recently, Star Trek Co-producer Damon Lindelof shared the struggles of naming the film, telling MTV that “There have been more conversations about what we’re going to call it than went into actually shooting at this point.”

Lindelof’s co-writers and Director J.J. Abrams have kept a running email chain of every title suggestion, including many joke title, like “Star Trek: Transformers 4,” which Lindelof liked “because it’s technically available.” However, since there’s already “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” “Star Trek II” will not work and numbers in the title are not an option.

Lindelof would like to stay away from titles with a colon as well, “There’s no word that comes after the colon after ‘Star Trek’ that’s cool,” he stated. “Not that ‘Star Trek: Insurrection’ or ‘First Contact’ aren’t good titles, it’s just that everything that people are turned off about when it comes to ‘Trek’ is represented by the colon.” He also admits that coming up with a sequel title without a colon is a challenging task.

To kindle the fire of fans’ curiosity even more, the mystery around Benedict Cumberbatch’s character also remains unsolved. He may be playing the telekinetic Gary Mitchell, as a recent interview with Karl Urban suggests. Lindelof has promised a surprise revelation via YouTube and has not revealed whether Urban’s statement is a slip of the tongue.

“I don’t begrudge Karl or anything that he said because this is his story too, but I will not confirm or deny anything that he said,” Lindelof commented. “This is the thing about keeping secrets, which is sooner or later, it’s going to come out because somebody said something and hopefully that doesn’t happen on camera or formally in an interview,” he continued.

Of course, no “leaks” about the title have come out because the team is still struggling to choose one. Fans and filmmakers alike remain safely in the dark and hope that, with the rejection of conventional titling techniques, this sequel may go where no one has gone before.

“I think Karl is off the reservation, as they say in the CIA. I love him, and he is a genius, and I heard ‘Dredd’ paid huge,” Lindelof said. “This is the thing about keeping secrets, which is sooner or later, it’s going to come out because somebody said something and hopefully that doesn’t happen on camera or formally in an interview. I don’t begrudge Karl or anything that he said because this is his story too, but I will not confirm or deny anything that he said.”

Watch the video below.