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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Why Star Trek Is Better Than Star Wars

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Why Star Trek Is Better Than Star Wars

In a recent interview with Business Insider, world-renowned astrophysicist, Star Talk Radio host and admitted Trekkie, Neil deGrasse Tyson discussed the age-old battle of Star Trek versus Star Wars.

“I never got into Star Wars,” Tyson said. “Maybe because they made no attempt to portray real physics. At all.”

He does appreciate one aspect of George Lucas’ creation, saying “I like the double star sunset scene (on Tatooine). Most stars you see in the night sky are double and triple stars, so that’s a very common thing we would expect in the universe.”

Check out the clip below to watch Tyson talk Star Wars, Star Trek and who his favorite captain is — Kirk or Picard.

via Business Insider

WATCH: President Obama Talks “Jedi Mind-Melds”

WATCH: President Obama Talks "Jedi Mind-Melds"

While speaking to the press on Friday, United States President Barack Obama confused two of the largest sci-fi franchises by combining Star Trek and Star Wars references.

“I know that this has been some of the conventional wisdom that’s been floating around Washington that somehow, even though most people agree that I’m being reasonable, that most people agree I’m presenting a fair deal, the fact that they don’t take it means that I should somehow, you know, do a Jedi mind-meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right,” Obama said.

Later that day, the official White House Twitter account tweeted the following:

Leonard Nimoy responded to the situation by tweeting:

Check out the video below.

RELATED: Star Trek vs. Star Wars [INFOGRAPHIC]

Star Trek vs. Star Wars [INFOGRAPHIC]

Star Trek vs. Star Wars [INFOGRAPHIC]

The war wages on. The battle between two of sci-fi’s most iconic franchises, Star Trek and Star Wars, is a battle that has been discussed by fans for over 30 years. The recent news of J.J. Abrams accepting the director’s job on the next Star Wars film, only fanned the flames.

Today’s infographic pits the two franchises against each other once again — with criteria including number of films, box office gross, number of Academy, Grammy and Emmy Awards, video games, books, toys, and social media followers.

Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Star Trek vs. Star Wars Infographic

via Hark

William Shatner Says J.J. Abrams Is Being A Pig [VIDEO]

William Shatner Says J.J. Abrams Is Being A Pig

William Shatner is a man who has never been shy about expressing his opinion of Star Trek Into Darkness (and future Star Wars: Episode VII) director J.J. Abrams. During a recent press junket to promote Escape From Planet Earth, the original Captain Kirk had a few words for Abrams.

During the interview, Shatner discussed Abrams along with his thoughts regarding the possible homogenization of the science-fiction film genre.

He’s being a pig. He’s collecting the two franchises and holding them close to his vest.

Shatner went on to credit Abrams as a great director, but said a meeting between the two of them may have to take place soon to discuss J.J.’s Star Wars directing job, along with a possible part for Shatner in the film.

He’s probably the most talented director of that ilk, but he’s gone too far this time. I think of him as a buddy of mine. I’ve taken him out for sushi. I think it’s time for J.J. and I to have another sushi [dinner] and let me put him straight about two of the largest franchises and not employing me in either of them, I think is just foolhardy.

Watch the video below.

Following Star Wars: Episode VII news, the web went crazy with Star Trek/Star Wars mashup photos. One of which, casts Shatner as Darth Tiberius — a personal favorite of ours.

William Shatner as Darth Tiberius

William Shatner as Darth Tiberius

Escape From Planet Earth opens in theaters this Friday, February 15th.

via Joel Amos of Movie Fanatic

Paramount Vice Chairman Comments on J.J. Abrams’ Future with Star Trek

Paramount Vice Chairman Comments on J.J. Abrams' Future with Star Trek

Following last week’s news of J.J. Abrams new gig as the Star Wars Episode VIII director, fans and industry insiders alike were left asking “What does this mean for the future of Star Trek?”.

According to Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore, who spoke to LA Times’ Hero Complex on Friday, Abrams will continue with Star Trek in some capacity, alongside his Star Wars directing duties.

J.J. will continue to develop projects for us including a new ‘Mission: Impossible,’ and he is committed to produce another ‘Star Trek,’

While it’s still unclear — or undecided — whether Abrams will direct the next Star Trek film, he will be involved as a producer, if not also as its director.

Abrams’ next film Star Trek Into Darkness, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller, Bruce Greenwood and Alice Eve, hits theaters on May 17, 2013.

via Hero Complex

J.J. Abrams To Direct “Star Wars Episode VII”

J.J. Abrams Set To Direct "Star Wars Episode VII"

It’s all but official. After months of speculation, Variety, along with several other sources, is reporting that J.J. Abrams will indeed take the helm of the Star Wars franchise.

Following a $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm Limited by Disney last fall, we reported that Abrams, along with The Incredibles’ Brad Bird and Raiders Of The Lost Ark‘s Steven Spielberg, were in the running to direct Star Wars Episode VII. Last December, Abrams himself put some of the speculation to rest, when he told Empire that his loyalty to Star Trek would keep him from directing the next Star Wars film.

“I declined any involvement very early on. I’d rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them.” he said then.

The Variety story reports that Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy continued to court Abrams for the job, until he ultimately accepted the challenge.

J.J. Abrams with the cast of Star Trek (2009)

J.J. Abrams with the cast of Star Trek (2009)

Where does this leave the Star Trek franchise following the release of Into Darkness on May 17th? Only time will tell and we’ll be sure to report on any future developments.

via Variety

J.J. Abrams Says Loyalty to Star Trek Will Keep Him From Directing Star Wars Episode VII

J.J. Abrams Says Loyalty to Star Trek Will Keep Him From Directing Star Wars Episode VII

As we reported back in November, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS director J.J. Abrams was one of the names being considered to helm the next Star Wars film, tentatively scheduled for release in 2014.

Recently, while speaking to Empire Magazine, Abrams discussed his love of the Star Wars franchise, but said he would not direct Star Wars Episode VII, due to his loyalty to Star Trek.

I guess the franchises could go up against each other, but I’m not thinking that far ahead! I’m a huge fan of Star Wars, Empire and Jedi, and the idea of the world continuing is exciting and will be amazing. Kathy Kennedy is a friend and there are no smarter producers. It’s in great hands.

Abrams went on to talk about the early discussions he had with Lucasfilm and his ultimate decision to stick with Star Trek.

(T)here were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan, I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things. I declined any involvement very early on. I’d rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them.

J.J. Abrams Could Direct Star Wars: Episode VII

J.J. Abrams to Possibly Direct Star Wars: Episode VII

Following last week’s surprising merger of Lucasfilm and Disney, it has already been announced that three new Star Wars films are already planned.

With Star Wars: Episode VII scheduled to begin filming sometime in 2014 and a release set for the following year, the search for a director has become a top priority for the Disney team. The official Star Wars website has already reported that award-winning writer Michael Arndt has been tapped to write the screenplay.

As pre-production of Star Wars: Episode VII begins, Lucasfilm has confirmed that award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay for the new Star Wars film. As revealed in the ongoing video series posted here on StarWars.com, Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas have begun story conferences with Arndt.

According to Vulture, some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Star Trek‘s J.J. Abrams, The Incredibles‘ Brad Bird and Raiders Of The Lost Ark‘s Steven Spielberg will (or possibly have already) receive a 40-something page treatment of the film to gauge their interest in taking on the directing duties for the film.

UPDATE:

Hollywood Life recently discussed the possibility of directing the next Star Wars film with J.J. Abrams during an interview. While Abrams plays down the possibility, he doesn’t entirely rule it out.

Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time. I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!

We’ll have more on this story as it develops.

George Takei Weighs in on Star Trek vs. Star Wars, Says Fans Should Unite Against Common Enemy [Video]

Following William Shatner’s Youtube video in which he discussed Star Trek vs. Star Wars, Carrie Fisher’s response video and a second by Shatner, now George Takei has weighed in with his opinion on this “hot button” topic.

“Each is wonderful in it’s own special way,” Takei said.

His stance is that both fan bases should unite against a common enemy. An enemy without space battles, not set in the future or a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

“What’s needed now more than ever is ‘Star Peace,’ for there is an ominous mutual threat to all science fiction. It’s called Twilight.”

“It is really, really bad.”

“I’ve written to some friends, hoping they could help us rid the world of this vampire menace, Buffy… Blade…. it’s up to you now.” he said.

William Shatner Fires Back at Carrie Fisher [Video]

William Shatner jokingly fired back at Carrie Fisher’s video comments directed at him, his weight and her stance on Star Trek versus Star Wars.

In a video released by Shatner, entitled “Dearest Carrie…”, the 80 year old Shatner took exception to Fisher’s comments about his weight.

“What is she, 39? I’m a lot older than that. Wait until you’re my age Carrie Fisher. See how much weight you gain.” Shatner joked.

Shatner also commented on Star Wars special effects. Saying “You guys did have the best special effects.”

“I envy the [Star Wars] special effects,” Shatner said. “You guys forgot about story. Story and characters and plot development,” he added while showing images of Jar Jar Binks and Ewoks.

Next up was the topic of Shatner’s weight.

“As for you in a bikini and me in my original costume, I don’t know whether we’re ready for you in a bikini. My costume was made of stretch material. So there wouldn’t be any difficulty giving it a little push here and there,”

“You in a bikini needs a lot more than push and pull. It’s needs a lot of ‘uplift’.” he joked.

WATCH: Carrie Fisher Responds to William Shatner’s “Star Wars vs. Star Trek” Video

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Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher fired back at William Shatner in a video posted on her Youtube channel on Friday. Responding to Shatner’s “Star Trek vs. Star Wars” video posted back in September, Fisher gave her own thoughts of which franchise is better.

“They’re not in the same league. Fisher said. “I mean they have the word ‘Star’ in the title and there’s a space travel, right? Where did they go to Klingon?” she asked.

“Maybe it’s just their effects. They’re not called special effects.”

“I heard that [Dick] Cheney likes Star Trek.”

Fisher went on to discuss William Shatner selling his kidney stone back in 2006, which sold for $25,000 (Fisher claims $75,000).

“My space buns were so much better than Nimoy’s ears” she said.

“George [Lucas] allowed Bill one day to be in the Darth Vader costume and do the breathing and everything. I’ve never seen anyone so excited. He couldn’t do it.”

Fisher closed by saying “If you see Bill Shatner, call him Han Solo.”

Watch the video below.

William Shatner Says “Star Wars Was Derivative of Star Trek” [Video]

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William Shatner Talks Star Wars vs Star Trek

William Shatner chimed in on the ever-popular discussion of which is better, Star Wars or Star Trek, in a video posted to his Youtube channel earlier today.

Star Trek had relationships, conflict among the relationships, stories that involved humanity and philosophical questions.” said Shatner. “Star Wars was special effects. It was ILM at it’s best. First of all, Star Wars is derivative of Star Trek, by what 10, 15, 20 years, something like that?” he added.

Shatner went on to discuss the special effects used in the Star Wars films, the original Star Trek films and JJ Abrams’ 2009 reboot.

Discussing the females in both franchises, Shatner said “Princess Leia, as beautiful as she was and as wonderful an actress as she [Carrie Fisher] is can’t compare to the marvelous heroines we had on Star Trek.”

“I’m not saying that’s just the only thing that makes Star Trek better than Star Wars. I’m saying the stories were better.” Shatner said.

“That would be the perfect union of Star Wars and Star Trek.” Shatner joked about a relationship between Captain Kirk and Princess Leia.

The complete Star Wars saga is set to be re-released tomorrow on Blu-Ray.

Watch the video embedded below.