Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
Whovians rejoice: A BBC theme park is coming to the U.K. Attractions based on Doctor Who, Top Gear, and Sherlock are thought likely, though they haven’t yet been confirmed. A Doctor Who ride is not as novel an idea as you might think — Disney considered bringing the sci-fi property to Tomorrowland back in the ’80s.
Since the new park is backed by Paramount Pictures, it’s also expected to feature various Paramount franchises — possibly including Star Trek and Transformers. More on the planned BBC theme park after the jump. Read More »
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Just in time to really get cord-cutters excited after this week’s news of HBO’s plan to offer internet-only subscriptions, CBS is launching its own all-access digital service. In fact, the project is called CBS All Access, and it launches today at CBS.com and via iOS and Android apps. Pricing info and more details are below.
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William Shatner has been very vocal about not being invited to be part of the new Star Trek films. Originally Shatner was written into the script for JJ Abrams’ Star Trek, but they decided not to film the cameo role. Well it now looks like Shatner might have his chance to return to the big screen as Captain James T Kirk in Roberto Orci’s Star Trek 3. Read more about the William Shatner Star Trek 3 role, after the jump.
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Paramount Home Video recently released Star Trek: The Compendium which collects JJ Abrams‘ Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, alongside a collection of new extra features. One of the extras is the Star Trek Into The Darkness blooper reel, which is now available to watch online. Watch the hilarious six-minute Star Trek Into The Darkness blooper reel now embedded after the jump.
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Boom Studios has announced a Star Trek Planet of the Apes crossover at 2014 Comic Con. The comic book crossover will pair the original U.S.S. Enterprise crew with Taylor, Nova and the cast from the original Planet of the Apes film. As for the plot, here is a quick tease:
“With the Klingons secretly backing a renegade gorilla general in a coup for control of Ape City, Captain Kirk finds himself in the uncomfortable position of having to help out Dr. Zaius’ orangutans”
Read the full press release after the jump and check out the full cover for the Star Trek Planet of the Apes crossover comic book.
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Long before Rian Johnson was directing Star Wars movies, the writer/director was a frequent guest on the /Filmcast. Johnson, who directed Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper and Breaking Bad, has appeared on the show numerous times to discuss a broad range of topics, and to make fun of host David Chen.
One of those topics, oddly enough, was a film that not only resembled Star Wars, it was by a Star Wars director. Back in May 2009, Johnson appeared on the /Filmcast to review J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek. To say a lot has changed since that happened would be an understatement, the most significant being Johnson will follow Abrams to a galaxy far, far, away. Still, the audio gives a great idea of Johnson’s insight, talent, and knowledge of the sci-fi genre. As if Looper didn’t do that a few years later. Read More »
When the USS Enterprise was hit with an enemy attack, it would rock the entire starship, throwing crew members over equipment and to the floor. Most people know the effect on the old Star Trek television series didn’t have the budget to put the set on a shaker, and the old school movie magic effect was created simply by shaking the camera and have the actors throw themselves around the set as if the room was in sudden movement. Of course, the internet is having fun with this, creating a new reddit subreddit called r/StarTrekStabilized where they put the old television footage through image stabilization software to show you the funny truth behind the filming. Hit the jump to see more Star Trek motion stabilized gif images.
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Sci-Fi enthusiast Huston Huddleston happened to fine the Star Trek: The Next Generation Captain’s Bridge in the trash and rescued the touring sets which had been left outside for over 5 years. Both sets were recreated by Paramount in 1998. Huddleston took to Kickstarter and Indiegogo in 2012 and raised money to restore the Enterprise-D Bridge, which has since been on the road to over 22 conventions. Huddleston now has a much bigger dream, to open the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum in 2015 on Hollywood Blvd.
The nonprofit educational museum will teach Science Fiction in Film, TV, Art and Literature and Real Space and Science through Sci-Fi. The museum will feature Huston’s finds, along with many other legendary celluloid artifacts along with the first of it’s kind interactive elements to teach anyone about science and space. The project is already backed by Paramount, Google, Bentley Systems, Entertainment Earth and the writers of Star Trek, Battlestar Galatica and more.
Of course, Huddleston has huge dreams which are not achievable at this time, so his new Kickstarter is to acquire the funds to develop a smaller Hollywood Science Fiction Museum which he believes would open in 2015. The concept art above featuring a giant Millennium Falcon and Enterprise-D is for the bigger museum project, which Huddleston is planning for 2018. The details and concept art for this museum should excite any sci-fi fan, but I’m a bit skeptical that it will happen. Even a 2018 opening date for a smaller museum seems a bit ambitious to me. Construction takes time and land in Los Angeles isn’t cheap — but I’d love to see it happen (I’m just not sure I’d invest my own money to make it happen). After the jump you can watch the kickstrter video, see more awesome concept art and read the official press release.
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