Star Trek Beyond Set Visit

Last Summer, I visited the set of Star Trek Beyond in Vancouver, Canada. Find out what I learned on set, including how over 50 new alien species were created for this film in honor of Trek’s 50th anniversary, how director Justin Lin has put an end to JJ Abrams’ “camera hand jobs” (yes, you just read that right) and much much more.

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A few months ago, Alan Rickman passed away at the age of 69 and film fans the world over mourned the death of one of our finest actors. And today serves as another crushing reminder that we’re never going to see another performance from Rickman, since it has been revealed that his death led the cancellation of a planned sequel to the 199 comedy/science fiction classic Galaxy Quest. In a new interview, original cast member Sam Rockwell revealed that Galaxy Quest 2 almost happened, but Rickman’s death and other factors caused the whole thing to come undone.

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We never gave Alan Rickman enough credit.

When he passed away yesterday at the age of 69, you could feel the tremors throughout all of film fandom. Wave upon wave of memories emerged: nuanced characters, brilliant performances, and an incalculable number of quotable lines. Rickman’s unique presence and one-of-a-kind voice imprinted itself on countless movies. Like so many great actors, especially those so skilled at providing their skills just off-center from the movie stars at the center of their films, we took him for granted.

With the passing of Alan Rickman, we have lost a quiet titan. However, the beauty of cinema is that he can live on forever in his work. His performances will never fade away. We will never stop watching him. Future generations will always discover him. Rickman, a master of raw humanism, chilling viciousness, and droll comedy alike, will be remembered.

So let’s start now.

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Galaxy Quest TV series

A sequel to Galaxy Quest, the 1999 film comedy that satirized Star Trek and its fandom, has been in development for a while, but things have changed for Galaxy Quest in the past few months. Rather than a film sequel, producers have been working on a deal for a Galaxy Quest TV series, and now the show has a deal with Amazon. Read More »

‘Galaxy Quest’ TV Show in the Works

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The NSEA Protector will fly again. Paramount Television is making plans for a Galaxy Quest TV show, based on the 1999 sci-fi comedy about a group of actors on a Star Trek-esque series who are whisked away on a real space adventure. Get all the details on the Galaxy Quest TV show after the jump.  Read More »

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Galaxy Quest fans have been insisting for years that they’ll never give up, never surrender their hopes for a sequel. And while aren’t currently any plans in place for a cinematic follow-up, the property has indeed been resurrected in comic book form.

IDW has just released the first issue of Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues, written by Erik Burnham and illustrated by Nacho Arranz. See a Galaxy Quest comic book preview after the jump.  Read More »

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Mention a Galaxy Quest sequel and the Internet sets on fire. Earlier this month, a few quotes from the cast of the cult 1999 comedy got people very excited for a possible follow-up to the film. Alas, there’s no actual movement on a film sequel. There is, however, a Galaxy Quest sequel coming to your local comic shop. A second one in fact. You can see a glimpse at the cover above, but the full thing and more info about the latest Galaxy Quest sequel comic are below. Read More »

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1999 was an amazing year of movies. One of the best ever. Being John Malkovich, The Matrix, Fight Club, Magnolia, Eyes Wide Shut, American Beauty, the list goes on and on. A film that also belongs on that list, but is rarely mentioned in the same space, is Galaxy Quest. The smart, hilarious send-up of geek culture with a sci-fi twist was a modest hit, grossing $91 million worldwide, but continues to be popular because it struck a cultural chord and was so ahead of its time.

The idea of a Galaxy Quest sequel has been batted around for years. In a recent oral history of the film done by MTV, several members of the cast jumped on board. Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rockwell, Justin Long – along with director Dean Parisot, producer Mark Johnson and writer Robert Gordon all talked about it. They would do a Galaxy Quest sequel in a heartbeat. Read their quotes below. Read More »

GeekBomb: Movies About Fanboys

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary added the word “fanboy” last year, and they list its first usage as 1919. Sadly, they don’t provide any examples for that usage. Curly Lambeau founded the Green Bay Packers that year in Wisconsin, but I don’t think he had throngs of fanboys around him just yet. For the record, Merriam-Webster defines a fanboy as, “A boy who is an enthusiastic devotee (as of comics or movies).” Interesting that they don’t include the term fangirl, which I hear all the time. Can’t a girl be just as enthusiastic as a boy, Merriam-Webster?

Although fanboys really came into common usage when it applied to comic book fans, since the 90s it’s come to cover enthusiasts of movies, video games, TV shows, music, and anything else people seem to line up for. It’s also grown out of its original usage as a derogatory word used to conjure up images of people like the Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons, and has become the marketing demographic that every company covets.

Given the rise of the power and size (no pun intended) of fans, it’s only normal that film cameras would start turning the other direction to document the phenomenon of fandom. First you have films that generate fans, then fans start making their own films, inspired by their fandom, then films that are made about the fans, and finally fictionalized movies depicting fans of fictional shows. It’s come full circle, and in today’s GeekBomb we explore the world of films about fans.

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