If you cornered me in a dark alley and forced me to name the five greatest characters in all of fiction, I can’t say who would fill out the complete list. However, I can see with utmost confidence that one of them would Spock, the Vulcan science officer so memorably played by Leonard Nimoy in the original Star Trek series and eight subsequent movies. I’ve already gone on the record about what Star Trek and the character of Spock mean to me, but I know I’m not alone. For a character who lived a life intentionally free of emotion, he sure had a way of cutting straight to your heart.
Nimoy died last year, but his son Adam Nimoy is paying tribute to his legacy (and honoring the 50th anniversary of Star Trek in general) with the new documentary For the Love of Spock, which is set to open soon after making the festival rounds over the past year. You probably don’t have to be a Trek fan to get a little misty-eyed at the new trailer.
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It’s a good year to be a Star Trek fan…and if you’re not a Star Trek fan, it’s good year to start. It seems like everyone is celebrating the franchise’s 50th anniversary in style: Star Trek Beyond is in theaters this weekend, Bryan Fuller is busy developing a new TV show for an early 2017 bow, and anyone with a drop of creative juice in their system is paying tribute to the greatest science series of all time.
The latest piece of cool Star Trek news involves the Hero Complex Gallery, who have unveiled their contribution to the new Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 Years exhibition. With art celebrating the original series, several of the films, and even the original Star Trek pilot “The Cage,” there’s a little something for Trek fans of all tastes.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
This weekend marks the debut of Star Trek Beyond, and by all accounts it’s quite good. So good, in fact, that Paramount is already moving full speed ahead on a sequel. But there’s a bittersweetness underlying all the warm buzz and giddy celebration — Star Trek Beyond is one of the last-ever completed roles of actor Anton Yelchin, who recently passed away at the age of 27. So how will the franchise deal with Yelchin’s character Chekov going forward?
Producer J.J. Abrams said the filmmakers are still weighing their options, pointing out it’s still “too early” to announce a decision. But the one thing they definitely won’t do, he revealed, is recast the role of Ensign Pavel Chekov with a new actor. Read More »
Star Trek Beyond opens in just a few days and a new TV spot has spoiled one of the film’s biggest twists. In other words, you probably shouldn’t watch that new TV spot. I highly recommend not watching that new TV spot. And now Simon Pegg, the co-writer of the film and the man wearing chief engineer Montgomery Scott’s red uniform, has made it clear that you shouldn’t watch this new TV spot. This may have the opposite effect and entice you into actually watching this new TV spot, but hey, at least we’re trying here. At the very least, now you know exactly what you’re getting into here rather than blindly stumbling into a 30 second advertisement that blatantly gives away a third act reveal.
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Paramount Pictures has again teamed up with Los Angeles-based art gallery Gallery 1988 to create a series of collectible posters for their latest film, Star Trek Beyond. The six Star Trek Beyond collector’s posters, created by Jeffrey Everett and Matt Taylor, will be given away this weekend as opening weekend giveaways at Star Trek Beyond 3D screenings in participating locations. Hit the jump to check out a first look at these exclusive Star Trek Beyond collector’s posters and find out which theaters you can see the movie at for a chance to take one of these home.
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The early buzz is strong for Star Trek Beyond. Oddly, the film may not screen in certain territories for critics, but considering the first wave of reviews are almost as positive as they were for J.J. Abrams‘ 2009 reboot, maybe that’ll change. Inheriting the director’s chair from Abrams is Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6), and another trailer has been released for Lin’s sequel.
Below, watch the final Star Trek Beyond trailer.
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Posted on Monday, July 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
In the U.S., Star Trek fans interested in Bryan Fuller‘s new series will have no choice but to subscribe to CBS All Access. It’s a major play to get TV viewers to sign up for CBS’ new streaming service, and a very smart one — Trek lovers are a devoted bunch, and if checking out a promising-new Trek series means paying for yet another service, you can bet a great many of them will grit their teeth and fork over the $5.99 per month.
But what about geeks outside the U.S.? How will they get to watch the new Trek when CBS All Access is only available in the States? Well, if you’ve got a Netflix account, you’re probably covered. The company has just scooped up exclusive rights to the new Star Trek show, as well as all the old Star Trek shows. Read More »
In just a couple days, fans will get to see Star Trek Beyond in theaters. Some will be lucky enough to attend the premiere at Comic-Con on Wednesday night while others can see it if they’re able to check out the Star Trek marathon at AMC Theatres that same day. Otherwise, Thursday night will bring the first nationwide screenings of the movie so we can all see if the early buzz on the sequel is right on the money.
In the meantime, a new Star Trek Beyond TV spot has arrived and it reveals an interesting detail about the villain played by Idris Elba. However, if you’re looking to go into the sequel knowing as little as possible, this could be considered a spoiler, so we’ve saved this reveal for after the jump. Read More »
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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.
Disney has a new batch of Sketchbook Ornaments for movies like The Lion King and Alice in Wonderland while LEGO has unveiled their official Adventure Time set. Nintendo has a new mini classic edition of their original system coming with 30 games pre-loaded on it and Nickelodeon has a new subscription box that will be debuting at Comic-Con. There are also new figures for Predator, Frozen, Star Wars Rebels and much more.
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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 »