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Star Trek concert to embark on world tour

April 10th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
Star Trek
Director J.J. Abrams' Star Trek films will be brought to concert halls around the world with a new tour which pairs the movies with a live orchestra playing the score.

Fans of the sci-fi franchise will be able to experience the blockbuster films in an entirely different way when Star Trek: Live in Concert hits music venues around the globe.

Composer Michael Giacchino's scores from 2009's Star Trek and 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness will be played on a big screen while an orchestra accompanies the films with live music.

The tour will kick off in Lucerne, Switzerland on 24 May (14), and wi...
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Chris Pine pleads guilty to drink-driving charges

March 17th, 2014 4:10am EDT
Chris Pine
Chris Pine has pleaded guilty to a charge of drink-driving in New Zealand.

Earlier this month (Mar14), the Star Trek actor was driving home from a wrap party for his film Z for Zachariah in Canterbury when his car was pulled over by local Methven police at a routine drink-drive checkpoint.

After failing subsequent sobriety tests, he was arrested and was charged with driving with excessive blood alcohol.

On Monday (17Mar14), Pine appeared at a hearing at the Ashburton District court, where police told officials tests revealed the 33 year old's blood alcohol level at 0.11 per cent, which i...
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New Zealand bar owners surprised by Chris Pine's DUI arrest

March 13th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
Chris Pine
The owners of the New Zealand bar where Chris Pine had been celebrating before his DUI bust earlier this month (Mar14) have expressed their surprise at the star's arrest, because it wasn't a "wild party".

The Star Trek actor was pulled over by police on 1 March (14) after leaving a wrap party at The Blue Pub in Canterbury for his film Z for Zachariah.

He failed a field sobriety test and was subsequently charged with driving with excessive blood alcohol, but venue bosses insist no one at the bash seemed that intoxicated.

A statement issued to Eonline.com reads: "We were thrilled that the ...
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Chris Pine facing drink-driving charge in New Zealand

March 12th, 2014 4:10am EDT
Chris Pine
Chris Pine has been arrested on suspicion of driving while drunk in New Zealand.

The Star Trek actor's car was pulled over by cops on 1 March (14) after he reportedly left a wrap party for his film Z for Zachariah in Canterbury.

Pine, 33, allegedly failed subsequent sobriety tests and was charged with driving with excessive blood alcohol. He is due in court on Monday (17Mar14).

A statement from Canterbury Police reads, "A 33-year old American national was stopped during a routine drink-drive operation near Methven, Mid-Canterbury, early on Saturday morning, March 1.

"He has been charged...
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Former Emmys boss Henry 'Hank' Rieger dies at 95

March 9th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
Star Trek
The first elected president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Hank Rieger, has died.

The former Emmy Awards boss passed away from natural causes at a nursing home in Oceanside, California on Wednesday (05Mar14). He was 95.

Born Henry Rieger, he served as a publicist for U.S. TV network NBC from 1965, working on shows such as Star Trek, western series Bonanza and sketch comedy show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.

He was voted as the head of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1977 and served two terms as president.
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George Takei blasts Arizona lawmakers for passing anti-gay bill

February 24th, 2014 8:30pm EST
George Takei
Star Trek icon George Takei has taken aim at legislators in his husband's home state of Arizona after they passed a new law effectively allowing discrimination against members of the gay community.

The controversial bill, which was approved by state politicians on Thursday (20Feb14), gives business owners permission to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people based on their religious beliefs, and the law has infuriated equal rights campaigner Takei.

In an open letter posted online and addressed to Arizona lawmakers, the openly-gay 76 year old rages, "Congratu...
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Actress Rachel Nichols engaged

January 2nd, 2014 3:10am EST
Rachel Nichols
Actress Rachel Nichols has joined the ranks of those planning a wedding in 2014 after accepting boyfriend Michael Kershaw's proposal over the weekend (28-29Dec13).

The Star Trek star announced the happy news via Instagram.com on Monday (30Dec13).

Posing with her new fiance and showing off an engagement ring, Nichols wrote, "ENGAGEMENT DRINKS: Thanks for all the well-wishes!"

She later took to Twitter and added, "Thanks for all of the kind words about our engagement... 2013 is my favorite year although I don't doubt there are even better years to come."

Nichols was previously married to ...
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The Best And Worst Resurrections Of TV Characters

December 18th, 2013 11:07am EST
Family Guy
Brian from Family Guy was resurrected via some time-traveling tomfoolery Sunday night, making him the latest TV character to be brought back from the dead. We can't say we were surprised by his return, considering Family Guy might as well be called "The Stewie and Brian Show" these days. However, it did get us thinking about some of the best and worst resurrections of TV characters…

Worst: Stewie, Family Guy. Let's stick with Family Guy for our first choice. Yes, it was necessary for Stewie to come back to life due to his popularity on the show. However, when Stewie "died" in a computer pr...
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Kristen Bell uses A Whole New World to learn lines

December 15th, 2013 9:20pm EST
Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell's favorite Disney song is 'A Whole New World'.
The 'Frozen' star loves the Oscar winning classic ballad from 'Aladdin' and frequently sings her own versions to help her remember her lines on TV show 'House of Lies'.
When asked to pick a Disney karaoke song, she replied: "'A Whole New World'. Don Cheadle and I sang it on set almost every week, but we'd add different words, and use the dialogue we were given. It's a very popular song on the 'House of Lies' set."
Kristen - who recently married Dax Shepard, with whom she has eight-month-old daughter Lincoln - also talked about her...
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J.J. Abrams: 'We should have revealed Cumberbatch was Khan in Star Trek sequel'

December 3rd, 2013 3:20am EST
Star Trek
Moviemaker J.J. Abrams regrets shrouding the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch's villain in his Star Trek sequel in secrecy, insisting he should have been upfront with fans of the sci-fi franchise.

In a new interview with MTV, the director confirms he instructed cast and crew to deny reports suggesting the Brit was portraying Khan in the film, Star Trek: Into Darkness, only to reveal the stories were correct when the film hit cinemas earlier this year (13).

Abrams says, "The truth is I think it probably would have been smarter just to say upfront, 'This is who it is'. It was only trying to...
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Zachary Quinto: 'I would quit Hollywood for theatre career'

September 27th, 2013 3:12am EDT
Zachary Quinto
Zachary Quinto is considering turning his back on Hollywood to live out his theatre dreams, insisting he is happiest onstage.

The actor made a name for himself in hit U.S. TV shows including 24, Heroes, and Six Feet Under before he was cast as Spock in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot, but he has always longed to be a Broadway performer.

Quinto is now making his debut on the Great White Way in a revival of Tennessee Williams' classic play The Glass Menagerie and admits he would give up film if he could work solely onstage.

He tells the Associated Press, "It (Hollywood) was always a means to...
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Pharrell Williams emotional after Leonard Nimoy meeting

September 25th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Leonard Nimoy
Pharrell Williams was left feeling emotional after meeting Leonard Nimoy for the first time as the Star Trek legend has been his inspiration throughout his entire career.

The rapper/producer is a lifelong fan of the sci-fi franchise and even named his first record label Star Trak Entertainment after the series, while his 2001 N.E.R.D. album In Search Of... was also a nod to the programme.

The hip-hop star has long admired Nimoy, who played Spock in the original Star Trek series, and admits it was a dream come true to finally meet his hero.

He tells actress Queen Latifah on her U.S. talk ...
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William Shatner's flying phobia led to space snub

September 20th, 2013 3:12am EDT
William Shatner
Star Trek legend William Shatner has snubbed the chance to go into space for real - because he's scared of flying.

The actor, who played Captain James Kirk in the hit sci-fi series, was invited by Sir Richard Branson to be one of the lucky few to become the first space tourists aboard his Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip.

However, the British tycoon reveals Shatner has no ambitions to boldly go where no man has gone before, because he hates being up in the air.

Branson says, "He actually said he's frightened of airline travel - which is slightly disillusioning. Captain Kirk is scared of flyin...
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J.J. Abrams Stepping Down As Director Of Next Star Trek Movie

September 12th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
J.J. Abrams
J.J. Abrams is stepping down as director of the next Star Trek movie, but insists he will stay onboard as producer.

The sci-fi mastermind was behind the 2009 reboot, starring Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana and Zachary Quinto, as well as its 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.

Abrams has now announced his decision to hand over the reins, but promises fans he will remain involved in the franchise.

He tells Collider.com, "It's a little bittersweet. But I will say that I'm going to be producing the movie. Whomever it is that directs the film will be someone we all know is going to keep the cast an...
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Check Out 'Star Trek: The Original Series - Origins' On Blu-ray Sept. 10

September 8th, 2013 6:19am EDT
Star Trek Origins
"Star Trek: The Original Series – Origins" showcases the origins episodes of the most significant characters from the cult 1960s series.

Introduced by Rod Roddenberry, son of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry, and starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig and Ricardo Montalban, this value-priced release is an ideal collection for both brand new and lifelong fans of the timeless series.

Episodes featured:

-The Cage – This original pilot episode of the epic series introduces fans to the iconic characters Captain...
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William Shatner releasing prog-rock album

September 2nd, 2013 7:15am EDT
William Shatner
Star Trek icon William Shatner has collaborated with country music star Vince Gill, Foreigner's Mick Jones and guitarist Steve Vai for a new prog-rock album.

The acting veteran penned the lyrics for all the songs on the upcoming concept album, Ponder The Mystery, which explores themes such as "ageing, depression, love and beauty", according to a press release.

Shatner describes the album as "quite possibly the most creative thing I have ever done".

Ponder The Mystery is due out on 8 October (13).
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Check Out 'The Captains Up Close With William Shatner,' Now On DVD

August 29th, 2013 2:24am EDT
The Captains Up Close
What was once nerdy is now cool, and in "The Captains Close Up With William Shatner" the original "Star Trek" captain travels the globe to chat with those who've also sat on the bridge in the iconic franchise.

The sci-fi series has become one of the most durable and beloved franchises of all time. At the center of each  incarnation is what has become a truly iconic character: The Captain.

"The Captains Close Up" is a five episode mini-series, as seen on Epix, that "boldly goes where no man has gone before," giving viewers an intimate look at the actors that have inhabited this role - all...
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William Shatner Demystifies Being 'Star Trek' Star With New Documentary

August 16th, 2013 12:21pm EDT
William Shatner
William Shatner is a legendary actor, but to millions of fans worldwide, he'll always be known as Captain Kirk. The Emmy winner knows that there are both perks and pitfalls to sitting in the center chair on a Star Trek starship, and he delves into both of those in his new DVD The Captains Close Up.

Picking up where his earlier flick The Captains left off, the documentary sees Shatner interviewing all five of the other folks who've earned the title "Captain," and finding out what makes them tick. Mr. Shatner graciously took some time out of his busy schedule to discuss the project with BFTV...
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William Shatner introduces GlasVegas in new video

July 10th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
William Shatner
William Shatner have given rockers Glasvegas a big boost by agreeing to introduce them in their new video for the song If.

The Star Trek icon appears at the top of the promo addressing a giggling studio audience as he muses about the current state of rock 'n' roll.

The actor says, "Some people say rock 'n' roll is dead, they say it's all been done before. Every power chord, every smashed guitar, every nubile groupie covered in deli meat is merely a feeble attempt to recreate the days when rock lived, when rock mattered, when rock rocked.

"Well I say to hell with those people; they don't ...
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George Takei applauds gay rights progress

June 27th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
George Takei
Openly-gay Star Trek icon George Takei has celebrated the progress made for gay rights in the U.S. Supreme Court by sharing his thoughts on Wednesday's (26Jun13) historic ruling in a newspaper editorial.

The 76-year-old actor has penned an opinion piece for the Washington Post after lawmakers struck down the controversial Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had previously prevented married same-sex couples from obtaining the same access to benefits under federal law as all other husband and wife unions.

In the article, Takei writes, "Whenever one group discriminates against another - ke...
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Beam Me Up Scotty, James Doohan's Ashes Permanently Returning To Space

June 21st, 2013 7:01pm EDT
James Doohan in Star Trek
Star Trek star James Doohan, along with series creator Gene Roddenberry and Roddenberry's wife Majel Barrett, who appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation are all heading to space as a part of the Sunjammer Cosmic Archive (SCA) announced by memorial spaceflight company Celestis and partner Sunjammer on Thursday.

The two companies are working with NASA to launch a new "Solar Sail" spacecraft which will be sent to deep space in November 2014 and orbit the sun perpetually. The craft will carry on board the remains of the Roddenberrys and Doohan, along with Sci-Fi author Arthur C. Clarke and...
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J.J. Abrams picks up Twilight Zone creator's last screenplay

June 5th, 2013 8:42pm EDT
J.J. Abrams
Star Trek mastermind J.J. Abrams is set to tackle another piece of sci-fi history after securing the rights to The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling's final screenplay.

The young movie mogul is hoping to shop The Stops Along the Way through his Bad Robot production company to TV network bosses, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Serling was a six-time Emmy winner for his writing work on The Twilight Zone, which he also presented.

It is not known if Abrams will direct the sci-fi series if it gets picked up.
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William Shatner distances himself from bogus film

May 29th, 2013 8:42pm EDT
William Shatner
Star Trek icon William Shatner has been forced to distance himself from an upcoming film project after his name was attached to the movie to attract investors without his knowledge.

The veteran actor had no idea producers were trying to use his fame to score funding, especially since he has no involvement in the film.

In a series of posts on Twitter.com on Wednesday (29May13), he writes, "I have been contacted by investors who are being solicited by a company named Intercept films to invest in a movie called: Short Sale There Goes the Neighborhood.

"The company's claim is that I am invol...
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Chris Pine linked to model Amanda Frances

May 26th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Chris Pine
Actor Chris Pine has sparked rumours of a blossoming new romance with model Amanda Frances after they were photographed holding hands in Los Angeles on Friday (24May13).

The Star Trek hunk, who recently split from Sports Illustrated stunner Dominique Piek, appears to have moved on with the Maxim Espana beauty - they were snapped leaving Bootsy Bellows nightclub in West Hollywood together and hopping into a waiting car, where they cuddled on the back seat.

A source tells UsMagazine.com, "He is very attracted to her. They are having a good time. He's very excited about his career right now,...
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Top 10 'Star Trek' Villains

May 18th, 2013 10:02am EDT
Star Trek Into Darkness
"Star Trek" has seen its share of bad-ass villains since it originally hit the airwaves almost 50 years ago in 1966. The franchise has seen multitudes of devious Klingons, the reptilian Gorn, Borg, The God like Q, and many other devious villains.

Hitting theatres this weekend, J.J. Abrams brings us his second take on the beloved franchise with "Star Trek Into Darkness," where the films bad guy John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) has receiving high villain points. Harrison plays a former Starfleet agent that turns into a traitor and galactic terrorist; who later revealed to be none other t...
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Zoe Saldana poses topless for magazine

May 14th, 2013 7:03pm EDT
Zoe Saldana
Actress Zoe Saldana has stripped off for a new magazine photoshoot.

The Star Trek beauty poses in just a pair of jeans for one of the shots in American publication Allure and covers her breasts with a strategically-placed arm.

In the accompanying interview, Saldana opens up about her plans for a family, and reveals she would be happy to settle down with a female.

She says, "(I might) end up with a woman raising my children. That's how androgynous I am."

Saldana split from fiance Keith Britton in 2011 after 11 years and was said to have ended her on/off relationship with Bradley Cooper j...
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Benedict Cumberbatch was exhausted by Star Trek fight training

May 13th, 2013 8:51pm EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch struggled with the "exhausting" fight training he received in preparation for the new Star Trek sequel because he only had a few weeks to prepare for the action role.

The War Horse star admits he was at a slight disadvantage as he practised clashing with co-star Zachary Quinto, who portrays Mr. Spock, as Cumberbatch was only added to the cast of Star Trek Into Darkness as villain Khan Noonien Singh last year (12).

However, he quickly got to grips with the physicality of the job, thanks to the film's fight experts.

He tells MTV News, "It was exhausting b...
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Leonard Nimoy Takes On Zachary Quinto In New 'Star Trek' Spock-Themed Audi Ad

May 8th, 2013 6:33pm EDT
Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto Spock Audi ad
Star Trek stars Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto, who have both portrayed the Vulcan Spock in the series and on film, star together in a new ad for Audi that's filled with nostalgic Trek references.

The two stars begin by playing chess against each other on tablets before betting on who can make it to the local country club first for lunch. Loser has to buy.

"Stand by to have your wallet emptied by a tractor beam," Nimoy says.

"Anything's possible," Quinto laughs, "but probably not that."

The two get into their cars -- Quinto eases into his Audi S7 while Nimoy struggles to get his clubs...
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'Star Trek' Phaser, Marilyn Monroe Memorabilia Bring In Big Bucks At Auction

April 8th, 2013 2:42pm EDT
Star Trek
A prop gun that Captain Kirk (William Shatner) used in the 1960s series "Star Trek" sold at auction for a record-breaking $231,000 over the weekend.

The phaser rifle was featured in the second episode of the first season of the science fiction series. The sale was one of the highest amounts ever paid for a prop on the show. In 2008, the captain's chair was sold to a private collector for $304,750.

Julien's Auctions sale in Beverly Hills, Calif., also featured a customized 1965 Imperial Crown nicknamed Black Beauty that was driven by Seth Rogen in 2011's "The Green Hornet." It was sold for...
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All Five 'Star Trek' Captains Unite At London Convention

October 21st, 2012 4:08pm EDT
William Shatner and Avery Brooks
Sci-fi fans were given the ultimate thrill on Saturday as all five Star Trek captains united at a London convention.

William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and Scott Bakula - who have each commanded starship operations in their respective shows - were brought together onstage at Destination Star Trek London.

The occasion marked only the second time the stars have come together, and the first time outside the U.S.

Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk, tells the BBC any former rivalry "has long since passed" and the stars are now "good friends", adding, "I would ...
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