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Captain Kirk Wake-Up Call for Discovery Space Shuttle Crew

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 8th 2011 9:05AM
Captain KirkNow here's some news to make the inner Trekkie in all of us feel all tingly and excited.

The space shuttle Discovery embarked on its final flight yesterday after 27 years in service. And what better way for the crew to start the day than by being woken up by a message from Captain Kirk?

A specially recorded message from James T. Kirk himself, William Shatner, replaced the music traditionally played to wake up the shuttle's crew on their last day at the International Space Station.

To the backing of that theme tune (all together now), the message began: "Space ... the final frontier ..."

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Harlan Ellison bests CBS Paramount over 42 year-old Star Trek episode

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 24th 2009 10:02AM
city_on_the_edge_of_forever_STYou have to admire the tenacity of writer Harlan Ellison. He filed a lawsuit against CBS Paramount accusing the company of not paying him for all the ancillary income the company earned from the episode of Star Trek he wrote in 1967, "City on the Edge of Forever." Yesterday, Ellison announced on his web site that he had settled with CBS Paramount and he was very, very pleased. He didn't reveal how much money he made, but he probably did quite well.

After all, CBS Paramount has done very, very well with that original Star Trek episode. It's regarded as -- and is -- the all-time best show in the entire original ST canon. Ironically, Ellison never liked what Roddenberry and company had done with his script.

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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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Seven greatest hand cannons in TV history

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 4th 2009 3:10PM
Remote Control GunThere are a lot of really horrible things that have put America on the map: Jerry Springer, our ability to infuse anything edible with cheese, the fact that we're probably working on infusing something inedible with cheese.

Guns, however, shouldn't be one of them. The Second Amendment stands as one of many great testaments to the idea of freedom that our forefathers envisioned for their people. They felt a government should trust their people with great responsibility if they truly believed in the concept of freedom and democracy.

Sure, if they came to the present and saw that we primarily use that responsibility for hunting moose from helicopters and negotiating with the Domino's guy they might take it right back, but the idea is what's important.

So to celebrate one of America's latest of many birthday to come because fireworks are technically illegal in my neck of the woods, here are your TV's seven greatest guns.

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GoAnimate brings Star Trek characters to fan animations

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jun 7th 2009 1:42PM
Three new classic Star Trek charcters are joining GoAnimate's line-up.With J.J. Abrams' Star Trek topping the box office charts, fans can now shape their Trekker energies into fresh, free cartoons with new characters added to the GoAnimate.com line-up.

The do-it-yourself cartoon site wrapped a licensing agreement with Paramount and CBS early in 2009, allowing fans to use stylized versions of classic Trek characters, sets and props in original short animations. Setting up an account is free - unless you count the time you're going to burn making your cartoon.

In addition to Kirk, Spock and other familar faces, the site just upped the supporting player factor with usable avatars of the Gorn, alien female Mara, Klingons and Nurse Chapel.

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Should Shatner be in the next Star Trek movie?

by Bob Sassone, posted May 26th 2009 8:18AM
ShatnerSo William Shatner says he hasn't seen the new Star Trek movie yet. But he says that he knows it has gotten some great reviews and he's really looking forward to seeing it. He also says he'd delighted to be in the next movie.

So what do you think? Is having Shatner in the next movie a great way to please old Trek fans or do you think having yet another character from the original series would be pushing it, considering they already had Leonard Nimoy in the first one (which is pretty much how I'm leaning)?

Should Shatner be in the next Trek movie?
Yes! He's Captain Kirk for crying out loud!570 (37.3%)
No way. It would be contrived and lame705 (46.2%)
Yes, but only if he plays Denny Crane252 (16.5%)

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Here's video of the new Captain Kirk on CHiPs in 1980 (he was born in 1980)

by Bob Sassone, posted May 11th 2009 4:23PM
New Star Trek star Chris Pine is the son of Robert Pine, who played Sgt. Getraer on the NBC show CHiPs. The young Kirk was on Jimmy Kimmel Live the other night and they showed a clip of his very first acting appearance, on a 1980 episode of the highway cop show. Look close or you'll miss him.

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New Star Trek kicks the ass of every other Star Trek

by Danny Gallagher, posted May 8th 2009 10:02AM
The cast of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek

I'm not the kind of person who normally resorts to pumping something full of hype, but if you are reading this and haven't seen the new big-screen adaptation of Star Trek, you need to be tied to something heavy so that "certain" people can know your whereabouts at all times.

J.J. Abrams' new vision of TV's original Star Trek has everything you expect from a summer movie flick that costs $150 million to make and $8.25 a ticket: laughs, big explosions, smokin' hot alien babes who spend the majority of their screen time in skimpy underwear.

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Capt. Kirk's chair coming soon to a Trekkie's living room near you

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 20th 2009 8:11AM
A replica of Capt. Kirk's chair from the set of Star TrekYou cannot call yourself a true Trekkie without owning one of the following: an unopened Barbie Star Trek doll, a commemorative Shatner vs. Takei "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots" play set and a willingness to take the life of a combative Star Wars nerd in the show's defense.

Now you can add a fourth requirement to that list: a replica of the Captain's chair.

Trekkies across the country are building replicas of the Captain's chair that Kirk's alien babe loving butt sat in oh so many years ago. And they aren't hiding them in their parents' basements or backyard sheds from the prying, judgmental eyes of others. They are coming out of the closet and into their living rooms with them in a proud, defiant stance of their love.

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Prime Minister Shatner?

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 26th 2009 9:09AM
William ShatnerIn what may be the biggest foray of an entertainer into politics since Governor Schwarzenegger and President Reagan, William Shatner is eyeing the office of Canada's Prime Minister. The odds are that this idea he put forth in a letter will never gestate into truth, but wouldn't it be cool if it did? Canada would be led by Captain Kirk. Talk about major bragging rights. I know I'd be jealous.

I love that he declined the role of Governor General in Canada because he feels he'd be a better Prime Minister. It's typical Shatner to only want the top spot. That's what made him such an iconic starship captain.

Seriously, it's not a bad idea. Boston Legal is done. Chris Pine is taking over the role that made him famous. Priceline.com can only film so many commercials. The man has a lot of spare time on his hands. I say go for it.

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Shatner vs. Takei! - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 22nd 2008 5:44PM
William ShatnerHave you been keeping track of The Shatner Project? It's a series of videos that Boston Legal star William Shatner has been doing with his daughter Liz. In one he talked about not being in the new Star Trek flick, and in the latest he goes off on being hated by former costar George Takei.

I'm not an expert on psychology, but when the guy uses words to describe Takei such as "sad," "a poor man," that he has a "sickness" and a "psychosis," and that he should "shut up," I'm going to assume that they're not on each other's AIM buddy list.

Takei has had a problem with Shatner since the early Trek days (something to do with Shatner's ego and wanting close-ups and not giving other stars more screen time), and most recently Takei didn't invite Shatner to his wedding to Brad (even though he did invite Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, and Walter Koenig). Shatner feels sorry for the decades-long feud and doesn't understand it, but he's really snarky about it.

There should be a Celebrity Deathmatch between these two, or at the very least get them in the same house on a celebrity Big Brother.

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Dammit, Jim! It's a catch-phrase! - VIDEO

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 16th 2008 2:23PM
Star Trek - Kirk, Bones and SpockHaving grown up in a Star Trek household from way back, I'm fairly familiar with a lot of the catch phrases from the original series, which ran from 1966 to 1969. Here are six that still make their way into conversation around here:

1. "Beam me up, Scotty." Gracing bumper stickers and coffee mugs everywhere, and often followed by "There's no intelligent life down here," this is likely the most recognizable phrase from the series. Here's the thing, though. According to Wikipedia, the exact phrase was never actually spoken in any Star Trek television episode or film. Capt. Kirk comes closest to saying the phrase in the episode, "The Gamesters of Triskelion" ("Scotty, beam us up"); in the animated episodes "The Lorelei Signal" and "The Infinite Vulcan" ("Beam us up, Scotty"); in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home ("Scotty, beam me up"); and in Star Trek Generations ("Beam them out of there, Scotty.")

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Tom Cruise visits Trek set

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 23rd 2008 4:39PM
Tom CruiseDon't you just love the web? News traveling so fast, ideas extrapolated and speculated upon based on the simplest of facts. That said, here's a sweet little tidbit that I found amusing. Tom Cruise was spotted on the Los Angeles set of the new Star Trek feature film. He reportedly was visiting writer/director JJ Abrams. The two men, you'll recall, collaborated on Mission Impossible 3.

This exclusive, courtesy of JFXOnline, revealed that Tom stuck around the set for a couple of hours. Prior to this sighting, there had also been talk last fall that Abrams had wanted to enlist the superstar to make a brief cameo appearance in the revamped Star Trek opus, telling the story of how creator Gene Roddenberry's original characters came to be. How Captain Kirk made it out of the Star Fleet Academy (in The Wrath of Khan he said he cheated on his Kobyashi Maru simulation test), as well as the first time Kirk met the half-Vulcan, half-human Mr. Spock.

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CBS adds TV classics to web line up

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 21st 2008 6:01PM
Captain KirkRecently, TV Squad reported that NBC has added all kinds of classic TV shows to their online outlets. Now comes the announcement that CBS is also bringing a variety of well-loved TV dramas to the web. CBS Interactive is raiding the CBS Library, which is "one of the largest television programming libraries in the entertainment business," to present TV series online across the CBS Audience Network.

Like the NBC fodder, the CBS offering is gangbusters: full-length episodes of classic Star Trek, Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone, MacGyver, Hawaii Five-O and Melrose Place. CBS plans to add more programs and clips in the coming months, including sports and other kinds of entertainment.

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Boston Legal: Mad About You

by Paul Goebel, posted Jan 16th 2008 1:20PM

William Shatner(S04E11) "Denny Crane. Denny Crane. Denny Crane. Denny Crane." - Taken from the legal briefs of Denny Crane

Is it 1989 or was that Bess Armstrong I saw in the opening scene? All jokes aside, William Shatner, once again, makes me jealous of his life by squeezing the butt that I have longed for ever since I saw The Four Seasons. I was very excited when Denny insisted on trying the case by himself. I have long wondered if he still has what it takes to keep his perfect record and this is where my question gets answered.

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