I carried two secrets with me as a I grew up.
Secret number one: I was a Star Trek fan, a kid raised by an old-school fan of the original series who made sure to plant me in front of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which arrived at the perfect time to sink its hooks into me. Half of my life was spent devouring the adventures of Captain Jean-Luc Picard (and eventually Captain James T. Kirk and Captain Benjamin Sisko) while the other half was spent pretending to know nothing about Star Trek in public because that was a social death sentence. To admit that you liked Star Trek in the days before “geek culture” went mainstream was an easy way to be branded and ridiculed and thrown under the bus by desperate kids looking for any way to gain leverage in a hierarchy where appearances were everything.
Secret number two: I was attracted to both men and women, another social (and possibly literal) death sentence and a great way to have a target painted on your back in a world where gay marriage was still a pipe dream and “faggot” was the insult of choice.
For too long, my two secret shames weighed on me, dragging me down, triggering anxiety and depression. Years ago, I was finally able to get over myself and talk about my Star Trek fandom in public. In retrospect, it was easy and my reluctance silly. But my bisexuality remained a truth known only to handful of people, an aspect of myself that I was never ready to talk about. That changed last week, and all it took was a little help from my good ol’ friend Star Trek. Read More »
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It’s a good year to be a Star Trek fan. Not only does Star Trek Beyond hit theaters in less than a couple of weeks, but fans are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the creation of the original series all year long. Star Trek will have a huge presence at Comic-Con with plenty of anniversary goodies along with the world premiere of Star Trek Beyond, and now Poster Posse has revealed some outstanding original artwork to help ring in the festivities.
Check out some of our favorite pieces from the Poster Posse Star Trek round-up after the jump. Read More »
In this edition of Theme Park Bits:
- Movie Park Germany is getting a Star Trek ride.
- The Muppets are supposedly getting a new show at Walt Disney World.
- Construction on Universal’s new Fast and Furious ride is ongoing.
- The Florida Tower of Terror gets a special event…
- …while the California version prepared to get re-themed into Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Watch Shanghai Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean stunt show.
- Updates on new attractions coming to Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland.
- And more!
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The sad truth about Star Trek is that it took original creator Gene Roddenberry stepping away for the series to find its second wind. Although he will always rightfully be considered the genius who shepherded the finest science fiction franchise in history into existence, his later vision of what Star Trek was clashed not only with other creatives, but with much of what made the original television series so great in the first place. It’s no accident that he was forced out of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which remains arguably the best of the twelve films made so far.
But those twelve films will soon be thirteen, so it’s no accident that the new book The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek – The First 25 Years is in stores right now (the second volume arrives in August). While I’m anticipation Star Trek Beyond, this book is what is currently grabbing my attention… mainly because it reveals that Gene Roddenberry wrote a Star Trek movie where Captain Kirk fights Jesus Christ.
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Normally we don’t post music videos unless they’re directed by a filmmaker whose work we’ve highlighted before or unless they’re tied directly to the release of a new movie. Today, we have one that fulfills both, and it just so happens to have the added bonus of being shot entirely in IMAX.
Earlier this week, a new Star Trek Beyond trailer debuted featuring the new single “Sledgehammer” from Rihanna, a ballad that felt reminiscent of a classic James Bond theme song. Now that track has gotten its own music video from director Floria Sigismondi, who previously helmed the rock biopic The Runaways as well as an episode of Netflix’s Daredevil series. It’s a wild, trippy music video featuring Rihanna as some kind of space witch, and it has some truly stunning visuals.
Watch the Rihanna Star Trek Beyond music video after the jump. Read More »
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Not only does this year mark the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series, but Paramount Pictures also has Star Trek Beyond hitting theaters next month. It’s still under a month away from release, but if you’re looking to see the movie a little bit early, AMC Theatres literally has just the ticket for you.
The theater chain will be hosting a Star Trek marathon of all three of the films from the rebooted sci-fi franchise, and that includes seeing Star Trek Beyond before nearly everyone else. Find out more about the AMC Theatres Star Trek marathon after the jump. Read More »
The Toy Box is a weekly feature at /Film that will round up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.
As usual, there are some new Star Wars and Star Trek items, a bunch of Funko exclusives coming to Comic-Con this summer, some action figures for A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey, an Evil Dead 2 video game, a special Saga action figure two-pack and much more.
Check out everything in this edition of The Toy Box after the jump.
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Recently, there was a bit of an uproar surrounding a Star Trek fan film, Axanar. The producers behind Axanar raised around a million dollars. Shortly after funding was acquired, this labor of love was hit with a lawsuit by CBS and Paramount. J.J. Abrams and Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin urged Paramount to drop the lawsuit, which they haven’t yet, but Abrams insisted the studio will do so soon.
Now, if you’re a Trek fan and want to make your own fan film but you’re not terribly interested in getting sued, then you should probably read CBS and Paramount’s Star Trek fan film rules.
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Writer and producer Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) is one busy, lucky man. At the moment, he’s working on two notable television projects: Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and CBS’ new Star Trek series. Fuller just revealed a few illuminating details about Star Trek, which will stream next year on CBS All Access.
Below, learn what Fuller has planned for the show.
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