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Star Trek: The Next Generation

Patrick Stewart Talks About 'Hamlet,' 'Macbeth' and His IT Guy... Wil Wheaton

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 20th 2010 2:02PM
Sir Patrick StewartMost people know the recently-knighted Patrick Stewart from his movie and TV roles, many of which are of the sci fi / fantasy variety. Of course, there's Jean-Luc Picard of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation,' but there's also Charles Xavier in the 'X-Men' series and the voice of Avery Bullock on 'American Dad.'

But back in his native England, Sir Patrick is just as well known for his Shakespearean work, both on-stage and on the screen. Some of that work will be on display on April 28, when he reprises the role of Claudius (he first played the role on TV 30 years ago) in PBS's production of 'Hamlet' on 'Great Performances.' As Nick mentioned yesterday, the production, with David Tennant in the title role, mixes the classic dialogue with modern dress and settings to give the play a more contemporary feel.

Stewart will also perform in the title role of 'Macbeth' for a similarly-staged production airing on PBS later this year. I sat down with Sir Patrick in January, when he presented at the TCAs; we spoke about the two productions, what his classic training brought to his 'Star Trek' role, his guest turn on 'Extras' and how his first ever IT guy was none other than Wil Wheaton.

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Items From 'Star Trek: The Experience' Go on Sale This Weekend

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 9th 2010 2:01PM
This exit sign from Quark's is just one of the items for sale at Popworx this Saturday.If you're a fan of 'Star Trek' in any of its incarnations and truly loved 'Star Trek: The Experience' at the Las Vegas Hilton, then you want to make that city your destination this Saturday.

Popworx, the auction house that specializes in sales of television and movie assets, is having a sale at their warehouse (66 Spectrum Boulevard, Las Vegas) of various props and settings from the former resort hotel attraction. It was built during the era when Las Vegas thought it was going to be a family-friendly destination (what many call "The Bad Years").

The sale will be focusing on the larger items from 'ST:TE,' including wall panels, furniture from Quark's Bar, Starfleet costumes, and seats from the Klingon Encounter ride. Also on sale will be transporter room and hallway pieces from the Enterprise D replica that was part of the attraction.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everything is cash and carry (so, rent that moving van now) and no credit cards will be accepted.

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Religious 'Star Trek' Badly Goes Where No 'Star Trek' Has Gone Before

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 19th 2010 7:02PM
All amateur 'Star Trek' videos and movies possess a certain visceral tone that can make even the most nerve damaged human being cringe in pain. This one, however, might just kill them.

The not-at-all terrible people from the "Everything is Terrible" blog uncovered a video from some unidentified church group (can't say I blame them) who produced an absolutely awful Christian-themed 'Star Trek' parody that attempts to teach their flock the morals dangers of producing their own badly acted 'Star Trek' tribute.

It's so bad that it's either making Jesus laugh or God cry in that order. Jesus just always struck me as a bigger Trekkie than God.

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Ion-Beam Me Up, Scotty! Enterprise Model Made in Ion Micrograph

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 18th 2010 7:15PM
A one-billionth scale model of the Starship Enterprise done with a focused-ion-beamNo, you aren't looking at the world's most accurate model of the U.S.S. Enterprise done in dust bunnies. It's actually much smaller than that.

You are looking at a one-billionth scale model of the Enterprise (the one from 'Star Trek: The Next Generation,' not the original 'Star Trek') made from "30 kV Ga+ focused-ion- beam CVD using phenanthrene gas."

The model won the 2003 "Best Ion Micrograph" award at The 47th International Conference on Electron, Ion and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication. And if you think that's enthralling, you should see the models they put together for their 'after dark' show. Let's just say you should bring your wide angle lens for your electron microscope.

[via Discover Magazine]

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Remake of Gene Roddenberry's The Questor Tapes in the works

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 24th 2010 11:30AM
Gene RoddenberryStar Trek creator Gene Roddenberry is still having his concepts used for television series. In this case it's not so much a creation as a remake. Imagine Entertainment is working with his son Rod Roddenberry to make The Questor Tapes, a series he created in 1974 which made it to the television pilot phase.

The series is about an android named Questor that is created with incomplete memory tapes. It then searches the world for its creator and purpose. A lot of the concept went into the Star Trek: the Next Generation character of Data. Maybe they could get Brent Spiner to play Questor, or would that be typecasting? I recall reading ages ago that Roddenberry originally wanted Leonard Nimoy to play Questor.

Tim Minear, who was behind The X-Files and much Joss Whedon stuff, is being pursued to produce the series. What do you think? Is it another Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda? Who should play Questor?

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You too can be wet and nerdy with Star Trek wetsuits

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 5th 2010 4:33PM
Star Trek wetsuitYou thought the waffles weren't enough? Now it's possible for deep sea divers to get their geek on with these Star Trek wetsuits available at Roddenberry.com. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was pretty good as the whole "selling out" thing upon the success of the series, so it's likely he would have approved of these items. Possibly he would have even incorporated them into the show.

If you see anyone wearing these wetsuits, then you can at least conclude that they're fairly wealthy nerds given the $470 price tag. If they have the guts to wear them in the first place then they're doing so well that they don't care what other people think. No doubt if this product is successful, wetsuit versions for Star Trek: The Next Generation will be released at some point in the future.

The red one should come with a warning label. "If you wear this suit, there is a higher chance of getting eaten by a shark, drowning or accidental harpooning."

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What happens when you combine Star Trek and Mad Men?

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 31st 2009 4:06PM
Mad Men/Star Trek
Some of these "let's combine one show with another show" ideas never quite come together because the cast of one show doesn't necessarily fit into the cast of the other show, but this pic that puts the cast of Mad Men into Star Trek: TNG uniforms is pretty funny and clever. Pete Campbell makes a great Wesley Crusher (at least I think he's supposed to be Wesley - if not, he should be).

[via Pop Candy]

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Who knew that Klingons celebrate Christmas?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 26th 2009 9:02AM
Apparently, someone has gone to the trouble to cram Star Trek into the holiday season because why should Star Wars fans be the only ones who have to suffer?

Christmas may have come and gone as fast as Santa on his dilythium crystal powered reindeer, but that doesn't mean you still can't enjoy the unintentional hilarity of A Klingon Christmas Carol. The sci-fi io9 found a clip of the show from a morning show interview they did on Fox 9 in St. Paul. Here's a bit of a spoiler: it's hard to tell that Scrooge has been rehabilitated in the end since all Klingon-speak sounds like an anvil has been stapled to their tongue.

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That's Sir Patrick Stewart to you, Star Trek fans

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Dec 21st 2009 9:00AM
Patrick Stewart can now count his knightship.You know him as Captain Jean-Luc Picard or Professor Charles Xavier, but once Queen Elizabeth II is done with him, the bald leading man extraordinaire will arise Sir Patrick Stewart, Knight of the Realm.

Now 69 years old, Stewart is known around the world for his lead roles in major sci-fi franchises like Star Trek and X-Men. But he was well-known to U.K. theatergoers for years as a 16-year member of the Royal Shakespeare Company where he specialized in playing kings and soldiers with his baritone pipes.

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Roddenberry on list of TV Hall of Fame inductees

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 10th 2009 6:38PM
This might sound more overdue than According to Jim's cancellation, but one of TV's greatest creators is getting the Hall of Fame treatment.

Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry will join the ranks of the Television Academy's Hall of Fame next year at a special induction ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Other inductees include Candice Bergen, production and art director Charles Lisanby, announcer Don Pardo, Tom and Dick Smothers and game show producer Bob Stewart. Is there anyone that they left off the list?

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Get down to the bumping bass of 'SuvwI'pu' qan tu'lu'be'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 19th 2009 9:32PM
If you thought the phlegm filled syllables of the Klingon language couldn't make ordinary human music sound as sweet as the innocent cheeps of a nest of newborn birds, then you'd be right.

Klenginem, a member of the Klingon tribe (I don't know what the politically correct term for Klingon is these days, Romulan-Americans?), has turned Eminem's self-serving ditty "Without Me" into a self-serving Klingon ditty.

Don't try and sing along if you aren't fluent in the words of the warrior, or it will turn your esophagus inside out.



[via Neatorama]

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George W. Bush canceled Reading Rainbow

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Aug 29th 2009 2:30PM
LeVar Burton, host of 'Reading Rainbow' Did you watch Reading Rainbow yesterday? If you missed it, that's too bad, because PBS' third-longest running show (behind only Sesame Street and Mr. Roger's Neighborhood) ended its 26 year run on Friday.

According to NPR, the children's program is being cut from the PBS stable of educational programming because of ... wait for it ... the Bush administration.

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Set phasers to 'intoxicating' with new Star Trek cologne

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 5th 2009 9:02AM
Red Shirt Cologne from Genki WearThe merchandise opportunities for classic shows like Star Trek has been outlandish, to say the very least.

You can show your financial love for Star Trek by buying Star Trek toys, Star Trek apparel, Star Trek cell phones, Star Trek Pez dispensers, Star Trek burial coffins, Star Trek living room furniture
and even Star Trek erotic theme art. Don't click that last link if you're at work, school or don't really want to know what James Doohan would look like spread eagle on a Tribble skin rug.

Now the folks at Genki Wear, a geek themed jewelry manufacturer, have helped the Enterprise explore a strange new world of merchandising and seek out new lifeline accounts and financial liquidations with a line of Star Trek-inspired cologne and perfumes.

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Another Star Trek actor joins TNT's Leverage

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 26th 2009 2:07PM
jeri ryan in leverage tntBeing a nerd, I'm very familiar with Jeri Ryan's career. She helped make Star Trek: Voyager watchable for a while as a self-aware Borg and recently starred in CBS' Shark alongside James Woods. But it was her work on the David Kelley shows Boston Public and Boston Legal that has me thinking she'll be a good fit for Leverage.

The actress handled Kelley's sharp dialogue like a pro, and I'm guessing she'll bring the same confidence to her role as a "smart-ass, street-wise con woman" on the second season of Leverage. Ryan has signed on for a recurring role on the TNT heist drama. Her character will be a friend of Sophie's (Gina Bellman), Leverage's sexy grifter with a bag full of tricks and foreign accents.

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Star Trek merchandising gone wild

by Brad Trechak, posted Jun 9th 2009 5:40PM
Star Trek casketOkay, I understand the mock phasers and the shirts and the action figures. But when someone releases a Star Trek casket and/or urn for when you die, I have to scratch my head a little.

Admittedly, I've heard of Star Trek weddings and even known people who have attended them. I guess since Star Trek fans are getting up there in age, caskets and urns are the next step. Hell, they probably still run Star Trek-themed weddings at Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas.

The truth is that most of the original cast is getting up there in age. I cannot help but wonder if someone is going to buy one of them a casket or urn from Eternal Image.

Besides all that, the real Star Trek fans would want a Klingon funeral. That's where they scream on top of the recently deceased body then let anybody else dispose of it however they wish.

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