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  • 20 Jan 2017
    Just weeks before a jury trial was scheduled to begin, Paramount Pictures Corporation/CBS Studios Inc. and Axanar Productions have settled their lawsuit....
  • 20 Jan 2017
    Asteroid 391257 has been named in honor of a Star Trek: The Next Generation actor. NASA‘s Ron Baalke made the announcement via...
  • 20 Jan 2017
    Miguel Ferrer, best-known to Trek fans for his role in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, is dead at the age...
  • 20 Jan 2017
    A new deal between Shanghai Film Group (SFG) and Huahua Media, and Paramount will add a billion dollars to Paramount‘s coffers. The...
  • 19 Jan 2017
    The ever-busy William Shatner has a new project; promoting his hometown of Montreal. Travelers to New York City and Toronto will see...
  • 19 Jan 2017
    Sir Patrick Stewart has joined Sony Pictures Animation‘s The Emoji Movie. In The Emoji Movie, “Gene (T.J. Miller), an emoji born with...
  • 21 Jan 2017
    With the copyright infringement trial just 11 days away, Star Trek fan film Axanar producer Alec Peters settled with plaintiffs CBS and Paramount Pictures. The terms of the settlement, announced today, require that Peters admit “overreaching” and allow for a scaled-back production of Axanar as two 15-minute films that conform to all of the studios’ fan film guidelines announced last June. Editor’s note: It’s been over a year since a lawsuit was brought against the never made Star Trek fan film Axanar (including the previously released Prelude to Axanar) and its creators, namely producer Alec Peters. The suit, which was brought about after an unprecedented $1.4 million was raised from fan donations and Axanar store purchases (and subsequently spent, much of it allegedly not on the film itself), has changed the landscape of Star Trek fan films. The lawsuit prompted the creation of specific and restrictive fan film guidelines by CBS and Paramount, causing many fan film makers to pivot (removing direct references to copyrighted Star Trek works) or end production altogether. Today, both sides settled out of court. Travel back through our archives of this saga here, and read about the state of the suit throughout it’s year-long history here, here, and here. For the full story, head to axamonitor.com, an independent wiki dedicated to following the events of the Axanar lawsuit, which has kept extremely detailed tabs on every aspect of the suit. The following article is cross-posted at AxaMonitor. Settlement Terms, No Cash? In a joint statement by both sides, Peters admitted overreaching in producing Prelude to Axanar and Axanar: Paramount Pictures Corporation, CBS Studios Inc., Axanar Productions, Inc. and Alec Peters are pleased to announce that the litigation regarding Axanar’s film Prelude to Axanar and its proposed film Axanar has been resolved. Axanar and Mr. Peters acknowledge that both films were not approved by Paramount or CBS, and that both works crossed boundaries acceptable to CBS and Paramount relating to copyright law. Interestingly, the settlement terms appear to be virtually the same as those offered by CBS and Paramount in March 2016. The terms require Peters to publicly acknowledge he and his company, Axanar Productions, crossed copyright boundaries they shouldn’t have, and they allow Axnanar to keep Prelude available on YouTube, commercial-free. It can also be exhibited at fan conventions, film festivals and non-commercial events. It cannot ever be shown at official Star Trek conventions. Like most settlements in civil cases, many terms may never become public. While neither side’s official statement said anything about a monetary settlement, Ars Technica reported payments were not part of the accord: A spokesperson from Axanar told Ars Technica in an e-mail “we’re not paying anything,” with respect to the settlement. However, Axanar’s Mike Bawden denied that came from an official spokesman: I have no idea where that statement came from; the official spokespeople for Axanar Productions didn’t provide that information and won’t confirm or deny it now. Sorry. We just can’t talk about it. It was not clear what was to happen to the Axanar project in the wake of the settlement. Though the terms appear to allow some kind of production to move forward, it won’t be anywhere near the multi-million dollar spectacle Peters had promised the donors who fronted him $1.4 million. According to court documents, that $1.4 million is gone, spent by Peters on personal expenses and an incomplete build-out of a commercial studio that was to have housed the production and made available to rent to other productions. The monthly expenses for the largely unused facility ranged between $12,000 and $15,000. Scaled-Back Production Allowed, but Many Cast, Crew Can’t Participate Sources connected to CBS told AxaMonitor that Peters is allowed under the settlement to make two 15-minute films that must adhere to the fan film guidelines announced by CBS in June 2016. In its official statement, Axanar stated: Axanar Productions was created by lifelong Star Trek fans to celebrate their love for Star Trek. Alec Peters and the Axanar team look forward to continuing to share the Axanar story and are happy to work within the guidelines for fan films for future projects. Under the terms of the fan film guidelines, Axanar will not be able to have participants who have previously worked for CBS or Paramount. That would seem to preclude director Robert Meyer Burnett and most of the professional actors, some of which Peters had literally banked on to attract money from Star Trek fans. The settlement, however, did allow Axanar to use the following actors: Richard Hatch, Kate Vernon, J.G. Hertzler and Gary Graham, “but no other actors who have appeared in professional Star Trek productions.” None of the production team is allowed to be paid, also. Axanar’s never-before-seen crowdfunding success and its ongoing commercial operations concerned CBS and Paramount, and the settlement prohibits Peters from seeking public crowdfunding for Axanar. Private donations remain allowed, however. That appeared to make available up to $100,000 in crowdfunding to produce Axanar as a single two-part 30-minute episode. What that may look like will take some time for Peters to figure out, his statement said: For the next sixty days, Axanar Productions will be working through some final legal requirements requiring immediate attention. In addition, there are several pre-production issues that need to be re-visited before we can begin principal photography on our project. Remaining Obstacles Should Peters elect to move ahead with even a trimmed-down version of Axanar, may obstacles remained in his path. Among them: A threatened trademark lawsuit by former Axanar chief technologist Terry McIntosh over Axanar’s continued use of the name Ares Digital for its perk fulfillment platform. Pending complaints made to both the federal Internal Revenue Service and California’s tax board about whether Axanar properly paid taxes. A possible class action lawsuit brought by disaffected crowdfunding donors. Possible bankruptcy proceedings if Axanar fails to win other legal actions. This would be the second time Peters has declared bankruptcy for one of his companies. Propworx was the first, in which Peters...
  • 19 Jan 2017
    The latest issue of IDW’s Star Trek anthology is the first to feature Voyager and Deep Space Nine. Naomi Wildman takes center stage in an enjoyable romp, while a Kira-focused tale presents a more personal story. Mixing intimate and smaller character stories along with irreverent and fun tales has been one the best surprises of IDW’s Star Trek: Waypoint anthology series – both of which are featured in the latest issue. Add to the mix an infusion of new and diverse talent, and Waypoint is shaping up to be some of the best original Star Trek stories ever created. STAR TREK: VOYAGER – THE WILDMAN MANEUVER Taking a cue from Voyager episodes like “Once Upon a Time” and “Infinite Regress” (in which Naomi Wildman tells an imaginative story and draws members of the crew, respectively), writer Mairghead Scott and artist Corin Howell deliver a wonderful and amusing tale, presenting it almost exclusively from Naomi’s point of view. Telling the story in such a way offers an entertaining look at life aboard Voyager through the eyes of the ship’s youngest occupant. Composing terrific character moments for each member of Voyager’s crew, Scott should please the show’s legion of fans – especially its female following inspired by Captain Janeway and her intellectual pursuit and understanding of the universe. Scott hits all the right beats as far as the young Naomi is concerned, especially how she views the crew. One of the story’s more special moments is its focus on Naomi and Seven of Nine’s relationship, which will not disappoint. Also, all the Janeway coffee-meme creators and fans on social media should absolutely love the story’s resolution, in which Naomi must “cue super secret agent music” to complete her assigned mission. Providing a lighter and sillier story than readers might expect could cause discomfort among more detail-oriented fans, especially from Naomi’s drawings. However, presentation of the issue is part of the story’s overall charm and should not quickly be judged or dismissed. The only disappointment is that the story’s narrative saw Howell change her style, and only allowed readers to enjoy a few pages of her normal art. STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE – MOTHER’S WALK Poignant and sweet best describe writer Cecil Castellucci and artist Megan Levins Waypoint #3 entry, as it focuses on Kira’s faith, Bajor’s past traditions, and how its society suffered, and continues to suffer, from the Cardassian occupation. Writing the story through Kira’s eyes allows for a new glimpse into one of the franchise’s most layered characters. “Mother’s Walk” is a sweet and touching story not only of past traditions forgotten and renewed, but the power of friendship and extended families. Kira is not the lone Bajoran female on the station or the only one to recall past celebrations of mothers and daughters. It’s interesting to witness Leeta’s opposite and completely understandable reaction that demonstrates the dangers of oppressing a group of people and its rituals. Art tends to be viewed through the lens of past experiences and current events. It might be hard for readers not to see some similarities in the world today, especially in the political climate of the United States and the upcoming Women’s March at the presidential inauguration. However, Star Trek has always been a terrific platform to discuss social issues, and “Mother’s Walk” continues that practice. NEW CREATORS EXPLORING AND SHARING THEIR IDEAS THROUGH STAR TREK Inclusiveness and diversity have been at the heart of Star Trek since Gene Roddenberry first thought up the franchise more than 50 years ago. Longtime fan and IDW’s Star Trek Editor Sarah Gaydos continues expanding that premise with the Waypoint anthology in a way that would surely make Roddenberry smile. Showcasing talented new creators, she has opened up Star Trek’s storytelling to a brand-new generation of writers and artists who bring their own unique experiences, ideas and hopes to Waypoint’s pages. Star Trek comic readers are enjoying some of the most inspiring and kid-friendly stories the Final Frontier has seen. The six-issue bi-monthly mini-series continues in March with the first-ever Enterprise comic story and TNG away-team tale.
  • 18 Jan 2017
    Sarek, Spock’s father, is the newest character added to Star Trek: Discovery, scheduled to premiere later this year. Actor James Frain has been cast in the role, a British actor who might be familiar to American audiences as Paul Raines on 24. He has also appeared on Orphan Black, Agent Carter, and Gotham, among his many other credits. No word yet on what Sarek’s storyline will be, or if his wife Amanda will appear as well, although she was brought up by former showrunner Bryan Fuller as a character he’d love to include on the series. In other breaking news, the May 2017 premiere date is now off the table. Entertainment Weekly speculates that one of the reasons may be cast member Sonequa Martin-Green, who is also on The Walking Dead, which will be airing through April; they want to avoid what they call “marketplace confusion.” The other reason, they suggest, is that extra time is needed for set design and special effects. They report this statement from CBS: “Production on Star Trek: Discovery begins next week. We love the cast, the scripts and are excited about the world the producers have created. This is an ambitious project; we will be flexible on a launch date if it’s best for the show. We’ve said from the beginning it’s more important to do this right than to do it fast. There is also added flexibility presenting on CBS All Access, which isn’t beholden to seasonal premieres or launch windows.” As we recently reported, shooting begins next week, January 24th in Toronto. Previously announced cast members include Sonequa Martin-Green (Lieutenant Commander Rainsford), Michelle Yeoh (Captain Georgiou of the U.S.S. Shenzhou), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Stamets), Doug Jones (Lt. Saru), Chris Obi (T’Kuvma), Shazad Latif (Kol), and Mary Chieffo (L’Rell). Read the full press release.
  • 13 Jan 2017
    Production on Star Trek: Discovery is scheduled to begin on January 24, 2017, according to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Toronto-based union’s website. Read on to see the details. The IATSE873 website, which is based in Toronto, lists all of the current productions within its jurisdiction. Details of a production called “Green Harvest” has recently appeared with filming dates from January 24, 2017 through September 7, 2017. The list of producers for the production include Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen Berg, Aaron Harberts, Aaron Baiers, Loretta Ramos, Kevin Lafferty, and director David Semel. As we have previously reported all of these names as being involved in the production of Star Trek: Discovery, and Red Shirts Always Die reported in June that “Green Harvest” was the codename being used for Discovery. — Source link to the entry in the IATSE database.
  • 12 Jan 2017
    The Star Trek franchise has certainly changed over the course of its five-decades long existence. This week, the Shuttle Pod crew attempt to classify each “age” of Trek, in the style of the classical Ages of Man (as is done in comic books: golden age, silver age, etc). And, to do it, we use TrekMovie editor Jared Whitley’s series of articles, “The Five Ages of Star Trek” as a guide. Subscribe to Shuttle Pod: The TrekMovie.com Podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music and Pocket Casts! Follow along as we dissect Star Trek through the ages and argue about where to draw the lines set by Jared in his original series of articles, “The Five Ages of Star Trek”. Golden Age: 1966 to 1976 The Dilithium Age Start: Sept. 1966 (Man Trap) End: Sept. 1976 (NASA names shuttle Enterprise) Episodes: 101 – 79 (TOS), 22 (TAS) Movies: 0 Silver Age: 1977 to 1986 Transparent Aluminum Age Start: May 1977 (Star Wars) End: Dec. 1986 (Shatner hosts SNL) Episodes: 0 Movies: 4 Bronze Age: 1987 to 1996 Latinum Age Start: Sept. 1987 (Farpoint) End: Nov. 1996 (First Contact) Episodes: 340 – 178 (TNG), 108 (DS9), 54 (VOY) Movies: 4 Iron Age: 1997 – 2005 Polarized Hull-plating Age Start: Jan. 1997 (Star Wars special edition) End: May 2005 (These are the voyages …) Episodes: 284 – 68 (DS9), 118 (VOY), 98 (ENT) Movies: 2 Modern Age: 2006 – 2016 Vreenak Age Start: July 2005 (Vreenak meme drops) End: July 2016 (Beyond) Episodes: 0 Movies: 3 
  • 20 Jan 2017
    The legal battle between CBS/Paramount and Alec Peters and his production company, Axanar Productions, Inc., seems to finally be over. The two parties settled the copyright lawsuit brought by the two television companies, copyright holders to Star Trek, against Peters and his fan films. CBS and Paramount claimed Peters had broken copyright law by using […]
  • 20 Jan 2017
    On what would have been his 97th birthday, we here at TrekNews.net would like to acknowledge DeForest Kelley. His iconic portrayal of Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in Star Trek, made him household name and propelled the Georgia-native from a supporting character in the first season of the series to the main cast in the following […]
  • 18 Jan 2017
    British actor, James Frain, will play Spock’s father, Sarek, on Star Trek: Discovery, when it launches later this year. The casting news was announced on Wednesday by CBS Television Studios. Frain’s resume includes work on Agent Carter, Orphan Black, Gotham, Prime Suspect, Elizabeth, The Tudors, FlashForward, True Blood and Tron Legacy. The Sarek character was […]
  • 18 Jan 2017
    For the second time, CBS will likely push back the planned launch of Star Trek: Discovery. Originally scheduled to premiere this monthly, the show was delayed until May, back in September and it now appears that date will be missed, as well. According to a CBS press release, the network will be flexible about Discovery‘s […]
  • 18 Jan 2017
    Star Trek‘s original Hikaru Sulu, George Takei, recently spoke to TrekNews.net about his hope for Star Trek: Discovery, which launches later this year. For a wide variety of reasons, Gene Roddenberry’s original Star Trek series had—and continues to have—such a profound impact on so many of us. With the launch of Star Trek: Discovery right […]
Forgotten Trek Latest Posts
  • 30 Dec 2016
    A rarely-seen publicity photo of Nimoy with the Vulcan lyrette prop.

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  • 29 Dec 2016
    From the mighty and legendary issue number 2 (from 1972) of the incomparable and unforgettable publication "The Monster Times," comes this centerfold poster of Star Trek by artists Gray Morrow. How many had this hanging up in the room as a kid?

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  • 28 Dec 2016
    Lovely Nichelle Nichols is 84 today. We hope she has a wonderful day of love and appreciation, and that her New Year has much health and happiness. We love you, Nichelle!
    Celebrate by reading some or all of the entries I have made of the past few years, right here.
  • 09 Sep 2016
    Most of the time, this blog is publishing items in my collection. But sometimes, when something extraordinary from Trek's past shows up, I will feature it, like the time the original Phaser Rifle turned up. Today, I saw a post shared by Trek contributor Doug Drexler that came from one Edward Barocela that revealed a wonderful story of a visit to the Star Trek soundstages and a photo not seen since.

    Here is the photo:

    And the story behind the photo:

    Edward Barocela‎ posted to the group STAR TREK - The Original and ONLY Timeline:

    "Nearly 49 years ago, my father Edward Sr., a motion picture engineer, was hired by Film Effects of Hollywood to work on upgrading the optical printers. One Saturday, my brother and I were out with Dad as he ran some errands. He stopped off at work and left us in the lobby of the building as he went inside to do something. Presently, a man walked by and noticed us by ourselves, bored and fidgeting. He said, "Hey, kids, do want to see a real spaceship?" Naturally we said yes, and he gave us directions to a set of double doors. We went through the doors and found ourselves on a small soundstage. And there she was: the Starship Enterprise. They let us work the control console to turn the big model's lights on and off, and to run the engine dome rotors at different speeds. They also let us handle the shuttlecraft and Romulan ship models. Needless to say, this experience made huge impression on me. I was 10 years old. Years later, my mother sent me this photo. I didn't even remember that anyone had taken pictures at the time."

    Too cool!

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  • 23 Jan 2017
    Check out our next collection of "Star Trek Into Darkness" screencaps from the 4K Ultra HD edition of the film! This release is not only a step up in resolution and picture quality, but also includes the expanded IMAX framing of the movie!
  • 18 Jan 2017
    STAR TREK ONLINE will kick off its seventh anniversary with the release of Season 12 – “Reckoning.” The newest chapter releases on PC January 26, and celebrates STAR TREK ONLINE's upcoming anniversary with giveaways and mini-games, plus two new space queues, a new Research and Development System category and a featured episode titled “Of Signs and Portents.”
  • 18 Jan 2017
    As STAR TREK: DISCOVERY begins rehearsals this week in anticipation of next week’s launch of filming, CBS has confirmed today that the series — rescheduled from January to May 2017 back in September — is now warping off the springtime CBS All Access Schedule to an unknown future release. PLUS: Actor James Frain has been officially cast as Sarek - father of Spock!
  • 15 Jan 2017
    We've got some updates today on all sorts of STAR TREK news - from this year's DISCOVERY series and DEEP SPACE NINE documentary, to IDW's ongoing TREK comics, to the Eaglemoss Official Starships Collection. Read on and get up to date on the world of TREK this weekend!
  • 15 Jan 2017
    When an illness sweeps through the crew, McCoy finds it to be fairly harmless - until it affects Spock, putting him near death in the Enterprise sickbay. The ship warps to the much-needed cure at top speeds, but the Starfleet crew finds the freighter carrying it destroyed and the medicinal cargo hijacked by dangerous Orion pirates!

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1912 Susan French is born.
1932 Bart La Rue is born.
1933 Emily Banks is born.
1934 Lou Antonio is born.
1935 Richard Evans is born.
1944 Charles Correll and Barry Lynch are born.
1956 Patrick Kerr is born.
1965 Outer space special effects shots using the 11-foot Enterprise model are filmed by the Howard Anderson Company for TOS: "The Cage".
1966 Bobby Aldridge is born.
1967 Fifth day of filming on TOS: "The Devil in the Dark". Further scenes with the Horta (including McCoy healing her wounds) are filmed today. Revised final script draft for TOS: "Errand of Mercy" is submitted. Teleplay for TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever" is submitted.
1968 Marci Brickhouse is born.
1971 Claire Rankin is born. The Eighteenth UK Story Arc continues in TV21 & Joe 90 #70 with the sixth of nine installments.
1973 Lanei Chapman is born.
1977 Sonita Henry is born.
1979 118th day of filming on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
1989 TNG: "The Schizoid Man" airs.
1991 Sixth day of filming on TNG: "Identity Crisis".
1992 Seventh and final day of filming on TNG: "Cause and Effect". Ian Wolfe dies. Second unit and insert shots are filmed for TNG: "Power Play". A trading cards shooting for the production of Star Trek: The Next Generation took place.
1995 VOY: "Parallax" airs.
1996 Sixth day of filming on VOY: "Innocence".
1997 Bill Zuckert dies. Fifth day of filming on VOY: "Real Life".
1998 Sixth day of filming on DS9: "Inquisition". Fifth day of filming on VOY: "Unforgettable".
2001 Arthur Bernard dies. First day of filming on VOY: "Author, Author".
2002 ENT: "Dear Doctor" airs. Seventh and final day of filming on ENT: "Acquisition". Thirty-second day of filming on Star Trek Nemesis.
2003 Fifth day of filming on ENT: "Judgment".
2004 First day of filming on ENT: "The Forgotten". Second-unit filming on ENT: "Damage", ENT: "Doctor's Orders", and ENT: "Hatchery".
2007 David M. Ronne dies.
2012 Eighth day of filming on Star Trek Into Darkness.
2015 Barrie Ingham dies.

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Memory Alpha New Articles
  • 25 Nov 2016
    Below are a pair of exciting photos that were in circulation on social media last month, which were taken on October 7th at the Destination Star Trek Europe 50th Anniversary convention in Birmingham, UK. As can be seen, this very special moment on a replica of the Original Series Enterprise Bridge featured William Shatner, George Takei and Walter Koenig posing at their command module stations, along with a number of fellow celebrities from the Trek franchise and even the U.S. space program (in the form of Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot Al Worden, seen wearing the light blue NASA jacket)! Truly a historic gathering to celebrate five decades of a magnificent franchise ...

  • 19 Oct 2016
    Presented below is the complete set of final prices realized for the 215 lots of Star Trek memorabilia that were offered in the Propworx Star Trek Auction IX event; which concluded on Saturday September 10th in a live online bidding session hosted through LiveAuctioneers.com. The most expensive item that sold in the auction was a William Shatner screen worn Captain Kirk Class D Starfleet Uniform from ST:TMP, which realized a high bid of $15,000. A Leonard Nimoy worn orange TOS Radiation Helmet from the 1st season episode "The Naked Time" witnessed a high bid of $5,010, and a Star Trek: Phase II Starfleet Command Mini Dress worn by Persis Khambatta in an early wardrobe test photo shoot sold for a maximum bid of $5,000.

    The following values shown are the high bids witnessed on the items and do not include the 23% buyers premium. (Just click on any of the images below to view an enlarged version) ...

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