Apparently Activision is upset that since the signing of a 1998 agreement for the rights to videogame development, Viacom has only produced one Star Trek film and has taken two popular television series off-air, leaving just one show with weak ratings in their stead. “Activision cannot successfully develop and sell Star Trek video games without the product exploitation and support promised by Viacom,” the suit charges. “A continuing pipeline of movie and television production, and related marketing, is absolutely crucial to the success of video games based on a property such as Star Trek.” It continues. “By failing and refusing to continue to exploit and support the Star Trek franchise as it had promised, Viacom has significantly diminished the value of Star Trek licensing rights including the rights received by Activision. Moreover, in so doing, Viacom has breached a fundamental term of its agreement with Activision … and has … [Read more...] about Activision sues Viacom over Star Trek
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The recent Star Trek films have proved popular, but it remains to be seen how Star Trek: Discovery — the new CBS All Access show set 10 years before the original series — will fare. With a new extended trailer released during San Diego Comic-Con 2017, fans get a taste for what the chapter will bring.Sonequa Martin-Green (First Officer Michael Burnham), Jason Isaacs (Captain Gabriel Lorca), Doug Jones (Lieutenant Saru), Mary Weisman (Cadet Sylvia Tilly), James Frain (Ambassador Sarek), Shazad Latif (Lieutenant Ash Tyler), Anthony Rapp (Lieutenant Paul Stamets), Rainn Wilson (Harry Mudd), and executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Gretchen Berg, Aaron Harberts, Heather Kadin, and Akiva Goldsman also shed some light on the project at a press conference during the convention.Many of the actors professed their love for series from the franchise’s history. Wilson (The Office) watched reruns as a kid and had the layout of the Enterprise memorized. Getting transported, using … [Read more...] about ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ may have new science and technology, but it mines old themes
Trekkies, the next frontier is in the streams.CBS has announced an all new Star Trek TV series, which “will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations.” It’s not known just how this series will exist alongside the new era of Star Trek from producer/director JJ Abrams, but what is clear is that CBS is banking on the franchise’s pull to help its fledgling streaming service along.This won’t be just any TV series. CBS will debut the inaugural episode of the untitled new series in January 2017 on its regular network stations, but that’s where the fun will end for regular viewers — the rest of the season will only be available via the company’s streaming service, CBS All Access.The new series appears to be as much about capitalizing on the recent resurgence of one of the most storied sci-fi franchises of all time as it is about giving CBS a viable competitor to streaming … [Read more...] about CBS is creating a new Star Trek TV series, but there’s a serious catch
Please note: Friendly seas ahead! This is a spoiler-free review.NEW YORK--When I walked into a theater at Viacom's midtown headquarters for an advance screening of the new J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Trek" prequel on Wednesday night, I felt like that kid who hadn't done her homework--for an entire semester.And yet that was crucial to my assignment: to see if it was possible for someone completely new to the "Star Trek" universe to understand, process, and more importantly enjoy this new film.Here's my background. I had never seen any of the prior "Star Trek" films or television series. I knew little more than the fact that it's all about a bunch of people flying a spaceship called the Enterprise, that Leonard Nimoy played an extraterrestrial named Spock who had funny ears and liked to say "Live long and prosper," and that the Klingon language has such a rabid following that the Bible has been translated into it. … [Read more...] about First impressions of a ‘Star Trek’ virgin
Today is the day many of you have been waiting for — the U.S. release of the new Star Trek film is finally here. While some Trekkies have already cast dispersions about the film based on the trailers, TechRepublic blogger Scott Lowe suggests that fans see the movie before knocking it.I'm guessing that most Geekend readers have been counting the days until the film's release — some of you may even be heading out of work early to try to beat the crowds. (My boyfriend suggested we go see it midday today, but I think I'll catch it over the weekend instead. Not that he's too far off base to think the film could be considered work research; our group, including Jay Garmon, did see two of The Lord of the Rings films together as part of a work outing.) I'm curious to know just how many of our Geekend readers plan to see the flick opening weekend. Bonus question: If you plan to see Star Trek in the theater, are you going to dress up in a costume for the occasion? … [Read more...] about Poll: Do you plan to see the new Star Trek film this weekend?
The success of the latest Star Trek film seems to have generated a renewed interest in the TV show. So I thought it would be fun to revisit a popular discussion started in 2006 by TechRepublic member ProtiusX, who asked the community to name their favorite Star Trek episode. ProtiusX writes:"I personally have many favorites but I think it has to be a draw between the episode where the spirit of Jack the Ripper is let loose on the Enterprise or when Kirk is forced as a thrall to fight in a death match and train with a hot chick in a shiny metallic costume and to much make up."There are currently 272 posts in the discussion. Here's a sampling of excerpts from some of the comments:Rob Groh: "Spock's Brain — That has to be the most memorable of the cheesiest episodes. Synopsis: Spock's brain has been surgically removed by a woman from a race of women who couldn't figure their way out of a VB program."DMambo (who also inquired about the difference between Trekkers and Trekkies): … [Read more...] about What’s your favorite Star Trek episode?
CBS is seeking out new life for its All Access streaming service by making it the only way to watch an upcoming Star Trek TV series.Beyond a special “preview broadcast” of the first episode on CBS’s regular television channel, all episodes of the new Star Trek will appear exclusively on CBS All Access in the United States. (Internationally, CBS says it will distribute the show for “television and multiple platforms around the world.”)All Access is a $6-per-month streaming service that includes CBS’s live programming feed and on-demand catalog. It is ad supported, despite the subscription charge, and excludes certain programming, such as live NFL football games. The subscription fee applies even if you already get CBS through a pay-TV provider.CBS hasn’t said much about the series itself, except that it’ll debut in January 2017 with Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin as executive producers. Kurtzman co-wrote and produced the last two Star … [Read more...] about Star Trek is getting a new TV series, but for streaming only
Previously it was confirmed a third Star Trek film is in the making, however no other details about the film had been released. Justin Lin broke the secrecy when he announced the titled of the third upcoming J.J Abrams Star Trek film franchise to be ‘Star Trek Beyond’. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock Lin will also be taking over the reins as director of the third instalment from original director J.J. Abrams and announced the news via Twitter. On Twitter Lin wrote the next Starfleet voyage should begin along with a close up picture of a patch worn by the Enterprise crew. Lin revealed the title of the third film with the hash tag ‘Star Trek Beyond’. Justin Lin is famous for having directed four Fast and Furious films along with two episodes in the second season of the acclaimed series True Detective. After Lin’s tweet, Paramount Pictures also confirmed the third film titled through their Facebook page. The page said … [Read more...] about Star Trek 3 Titled Star Trek Beyond Confirms Justin Lin
Simon Pegg announced he will be writing a new and sort of ‘Kick-Ass’ role for Idris Elba in the third Star Trek film installment entitled ‘Star Trek Beyond’. Pegg announced the news at the CinemaCon at Las Vegas, while he was promoting the latest installment of Mission Impossible. Get In Stock Alerts on Twitter for SNES Classic, Switch and More According to MTV, Pegg called Elba an extraordinary actor and he has been trying his best to write a ‘Kick-Ass’ character for the actor. Pegg explained the Star Trek team will be on a five year mission and they don’t want to keep on repeating characters as it’s a massive universe. According to Pegg the Elba will play an original character which has never been seen before in the Star Trek Universe but he did not elaborate further on the character. Elba also refrained from commenting whether Elba will play a humanoid like the Klingon. Pegg then went on to commend the original TV show of Star … [Read more...] about Star Trek Beyond Is New Title Of Star Trek 3
In the science fiction Star Trek, Captain Picard and his team can be seen using their lapel pins to communicate to the crew and artificial intelligence aboard the Starship Enterprise; but Google has gone further ahead to make this fiction a reality by developing a prototype wearable device that activates a search need by just speaking into it. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Luvabella in Stock The circular wearable device is worn on the chest or anywhere on the lapel, and it comes with in-built mic and Bluetooth technology to enable it connect to a smartphone. You only need to speak to it to activate a search function on Google or the internet, and it comes handy too.Amit Singhal, a Google official in charge of search initiatives noted that communicator was modeled after that used in Star Trek film to determine how people might use their voice to activate a voice search on the largest search engine in the world.A light tap would wake up the Google pin worn on the chest, and … [Read more...] about Google Develops A Prototype Of Star Trek Communicator For Voice Search