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20 Of The Coolest Aliens From Pop Culture

June 7th, 2014 9:00am EDT
20 Of The Coolest Aliens From Pop Culture
We have a fundamental obsession with the idea that aliens exist. In all probability they do - but we've got no actual idea what they might look like, sound like, think like or smell like. And if there's one thing the human mind does when it's not sure about something - it's create an identity from scratch. And that's what some of our most prolific directors and writers have done with some of the most beloved science fiction series in pop culture.

The result is a near infinite library of alien species that could very well be more extravagant than anything nature can produce. This library of...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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'Star Trek' Star Walter Koenig (Chekov) Lands Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star

September 11th, 2012 6:00pm EDT
Chekov
Leonard Nimoy, George Takei and Nichelle Nichols were among the Star Trek actors who saluted Walter Koenig on Monday as he joined his former castmates in receiving an honor on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Koenig, who played Pavel Chekov in the hit 1960s sci-fi show, unveiled the 2,479th star on Hollywood Boulevard, close to Takei's pavement plaque.

He was joined by his former co-stars Takei, Nimoy and Nichelle Nichols, as well as his wife Judy Levitt and daughter Danielle, at the ceremony - and he was overwhelmed by the accolade.

Speaking of his star honor when it was announced last year,...
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William Shatner's Former Employees Sue For Alleged Harassment

September 5th, 2012 7:53am EDT
William Shatner
One of Star Trek icon William Shatner's former employees is suing the actor over allegations he forced him to quit his job.

Oscar Alfaro has filed suit in Los Angeles claiming he was "harassed and berated" by the star after he refused to sign a waiver following an accident on Shatner's estate.

Alfaro claims he and his wife worked for the actor for 20 years, but they were both forced to resign when Shatner turned on them after he refused to sign legal paperwork excusing the star from any financial responsibility connected to his employee's injuries.

Alfaro claims he and his wife suffer...
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Comprehensive 'Star Trek' CD Collection on the Way

August 24th, 2012 3:17am EDT
Star Trek Crew
The original “Star Trek” television series only lasted three seasons and went off the air in 1969. When NBC cancelled the show the executives thought that was it. But in the ensuing years the show has spawned four more series, and some dozen movies. “Star Trek” has been running in syndication entertaining new generations of fans for the past four decades.

Now “Star Trek” fans will be able to listen to all of the music heard in the 78 original episodes. The limited edition set – “Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection” - will include 15 CDs featuring all of the music from ...
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Her Universe Announces 'Doctor Who' and 'Star Trek' Apparel Lines

June 27th, 2012 9:00am EDT
Her Universe
San Diego Comic-Con is less than two weeks away, and that means it's time to start announcing merch and fashion for the fans. This first announcement is a big one: Her Universe has partnered with BBC Worldwide to bring its distinctive style to Doctor Who.

The company provides female fans of science fiction properties with apparel that is oriented toward them, in everything from tops to sleepwear and accessories. Not only is it female-friendly, but it's also got plenty of style.

Their new Doctor Who line will debut on July 11 - Preview Night of Comic-Con 2012 - with fashion tops that featu...
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Beam Me Up, Scotty - James Doohan's Ashes Released In Space

May 23rd, 2012 8:52pm EDT
James Doohan
The final wish of former Star Trek actor James Doohan was honored on Tuesday when his ashes were released in space.

The actor, who played Starship Enterprise engineer Montgomery Scott on the series and in the first six Star Trek films, died in July 2005 of complications from pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease.

The Vancouver, Canada native keft instructions in his will that he wanted some of his ashes to boldly go where no man has gone before; and on Tuesday a small urn carrying some of the star's remains was sent into the Earth's orbit aboard an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket owned by SpaceX. Th...
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William Shatner Takes His Millionth Twitter Fan To Dinner

April 18th, 2012 11:20am EDT
William Shatner
William Shatner made one fan's dream come true by taking him out to dinner after he became the actor's one millionth follower on Twitter.com.

The Star Trek Legend promised to treat one lucky user on the site to a meal if they helped him clock up a million fans, and he kept true to his word.

Uploading footage from the Tuesday night dinner onto YouTube.com, Shatner revealed, "I had the opportunity to have dinner with Troy who was my one millionth Twitter follower and his wife while on tour with my one man show in Charlotte (North Carolina)."
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'Star Trek' Captains To Unite For U.K. Fan Convention

April 16th, 2012 4:20pm EDT
Star trek
Fans of Star Trek will be given the ultimate treat this October when all five TV captains appear onstage at a London convention.

Destination Star Trek London is the first official Star Trek live event in the U.K. for 10 years and to mark the occasion, organizers are preparing to stage a special event.

William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and Scott Bakula - who have commanded operations in each of their respective series based on the TV franchise - will appear together for fans, according to Reuters.

Liz Kalodner, general manger of CBS Consumer Products, which o...
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Feist Wins The 2012 Juno Artist Of The Year Award

April 2nd, 2012 9:21am EDT
Feist
Justin Bieber and Michael Buble were the toast of their native Canada on Sunday night as they led the country's Juno Awards.

The teenage pop star was unable to attend the ceremony in Ottawa, hosted by Star Trek legend William Shatner, so in a pre-taped video message he thanked devotees for voting for him in the Fan Choice Award category.

He told the audience, "As we all know, I have the best fans in the world... this is for you."

Canadian crooner Buble was also a winner at the show, picking up the Album Of The Year trophy for his holiday record, Christmas, seeing off competition from ...
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5 Of The Best Television Series Adapted Into Films

March 17th, 2012 4:30pm EDT
21 Jump Street
When word spread that the 1980s drama 21 Jump Street would be adapted into a film, there were many doubts about the fact that yet another television show was coming to the big screen.

But as more became aware of the film's fresh new comedic twist which would include actors Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and cameos from original cast members Johnny Depp and Holly Robinson Peete, the interest for the film heightened.

So in honor of the films release, we decided to put together a quick list of 5 of the best television series that have been adapted into films.

Be sure to leave your thoug...
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Stephen Hawking To Guest Star On 'The Big Bang Theory'

March 13th, 2012 9:12am EDT
Stephen Hawking
Famous physicist Stephen Hawking has signed up to make a cameo appearance in geeky sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

the British cosmologist has frequently been name-checked by the show's scientist characters, and now the lovable losers are set to meet their hero.

Producer Bill Prady says, "When people would ask us who a 'dream guest star' for the show would be, we would always joke and say Stephen Hawking - knowing that it was a long shot of astronomical proportions."

"In fact, we're not exactly sure how we got him. It's the kind of mystery that could only be understood by, say, a Stephen H...
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William Shatner: 'Hot Oil &Turkey Can Be A Dangerous Combination'

November 16th, 2011 9:12am EST
William Shatner
William Shatner has issued a warning about the dangers of deep-frying turkeys this Thanksgiving after suffering his own serious fowl cooking accident.

The "Star Trek" veteran was preparing the festive meal a few years ago when he lost his grip on the big bird and dropped it into a vat of boiling oil, splattering it on his exposed skin.

And now, as the holiday approaches at the end of November, Shatner has teamed up with officials at insurance company State Farm for a new campaign to caution chefs against making the same mistake.

He says, "Several years ago I was burned on my arms after a...
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William Shatner Wrote A Book About Life Lessons

October 4th, 2011 9:15pm EDT
William Shatner
Veteran actor William Shatner is sharing his life lessons with fans in a new book.

The Star Trek icon has teamed up with comedy writer Chris Regan to co-author "Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large."

The tongue-in-cheek tome, which also contains fun facts and stories about the star, explores the 80 year old's optimistic way of viewing the world and features a collection of his best advice.

He says, "The book is not only funny and a great amusing read, but it expounds on saying yes to opportunity, saying yes to life, opening yourself up to li...
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Leonard Nimoy Attends His Last 'Star Trek' Convention

October 4th, 2011 8:35am EDT
Leonard Nimoy
Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy has retired from the show's hugely popular conventions after almost 30 years.

The actor made his name playing half-Vulcan Spock in the original Star Trek TV series back in 1966.

Nimoy, along with other beloved stars of the show, has been a regular at the annual conventions set up by Creation Entertainment over the last three decades.

However, the 80 year old has decided to step down, and has confirmed his last appearance was at the 45th anniversary event in Chicago, Illinois last weekend.

At the convention, he spoke to fans about his life and thanked th...
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William Shatner Covers Black Sabbath's 'Iron Man'

October 3rd, 2011 3:30pm EDT
William Shatner
Actor William Shatner has recorded a cover version of Black Sabbath's heavy metal track Iron Man for his new concept album.

The Star Trek icon is working on his third musical release, Searching for Major Tom, which features Shatner channelling David Bowie's Space Oddity character for his own take on a variety of space-themed songs, including tracks by The Police (Walking on the Moon), Frank Sinatra (Lost in the Stars) and Pink Floyd (Learning to Fly).

And Shatner's version of Black Sabbath's 1970 hit has been given the thumbs up from Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne's former guitarist, who add...
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'Modern Family' Dominates The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards (See List Of Winners)

September 19th, 2011 7:41am EDT
Modern Family
Modern Family came full circle at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, winning the very first honors of the night and closing the show by topping the prestigious Comedy Series category.

Mad Men looked set to dominate the night, going in with 19 top nominations, and it continued its winning streak for the best drama title for the fourth year in a row.

But the stars of the period drama didn't fair so well - Jon Hamm was a four-time loser for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Kyle Chandler claimed that prize for his role in Friday Night Lights, while Julianna Margulies beat t...
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King Of Jordan Plans 'Star Trek' Theme Park

August 6th, 2011 1:27pm EDT
Star Trek
King Abdullah II of Jordan is the driving force behind an ambitious "Star Trek" theme park planned for the Middle East.

The royal, who reportedly filmed a cameo for a 1990s episode of "Star Trek: Voyager," is the main money man behind the development in Aqaba, Jordan, according to TheNational.com.

The king is using cash from his Fund for Development to help investors get the project off the ground, hoping it will boost Jordan's profile as a tourist destination.

The Red Sea Astrarium project is scheduled to open in 2014.
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Mila Kunis Is Funny, Sexy & 'A Massive Trekkie'

July 12th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Mila Kunis GQ Magazine
Mila Kunis sizzles on the cover (and in the pages) of the August issue of GQ - the magazine's annual 'comedy issue' - but she gets very serious when it comes to one of her passions: Star Trek.

When asked about starring with with Trek legend William Shatner in American Psycho 2 back in 2002, the Friends With Benefits star revealed that she's a "massive Trekkie" despite not getting into the epic sci-fi series until her late teens.

"I got into it later than most people. But let's not talk about it in the past tense. I'm still a Star Trek fan. You never stop being one," she says.

But the ori...
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Check Out The Book 'Star Wars vs. Star Trek: Could the Empire Kick the Federation's A**?'

June 12th, 2011 7:00am EDT
Star Wars Vs Star Trek
"Star Wars vs. Star Trek: Could the Empire Kick the Federation’s Ass? And Other Galaxy-Shaking Enigmas" is a paperback compendium jam-packed with detailed information about both universes, as well as trivia, quizzes, quotes, and information drawn from these two iconic settings.

Could a Jedi knight use his light saber to deflect a beam from a phaser?

Which aliens are cooler: the Cardassians or the Chazrach?

Have any Federation ships ever made the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs?

And most important . . . in a fight between the Empire and the Federation, who would win?

Ever since ...
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George Takei Protests Tennessee's 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

May 20th, 2011 10:26am EDT
George Takei
Star Trek legend George Takei is taking a stand against a controversial bill which bans teachers in Tennessee from discussing homosexuality in the classroom.

The openly gay star is opposing the new legislation, which would make it illegal for educators to talk with students about any orientation other than heterosexuality.

In a video clip posted online, Takei says, "A bill recently approved by a Tennessee Senate committee would prohibit teachers in that state from discussing homosexuality in the classroom. The so-called Don't Say Gay law is premised on the misguided belief that by not t...
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Christian Slater Owns Captain Kirk's Starship Enterprise Chair

April 7th, 2011 8:55am EDT
Christian Slater
Christian Slater has revealed he actually owns Captain Kirk's Starship Enterprise chair from the original "Star Trek" series.

The star's character in new TV drama "Breaking In" owns the chair on the show, but Slater admits the prop department didn't have to look far for the iconic piece of furniture - it belongs to him.

And the actor insists the item has an odd power attached to it.

He explains, "It definitely does have an iconic kind of vibe to it. Adam Sandler came to visit the set because he's a producer of the show... and I took him right into the office, where the chair is and I sai...
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