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Here’s one for fans of all things Star Trek as we have one of the best prizes we’ve ever given away on HeyUGuys! To mark the release of Star Trek I – X – Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray (out now), we’ve been given one copy of the box-set worth £99.25 to give away to one lucky HeyUGuys reader!
Here’s some more info on the set courtesy of Amazon where you can buy a copy if you can’t wait:
Be one of only 5,000 in the whole world to own a limited edition collection of Star Trek 1-10 on Blu-ray, packed with over 8 hours of bonus content! Relive the first ten classic Star Trek movies on Blu-ray, beautifully remastered in high definition.
Includes 12 discs, including 2 bonus discs: ‘The Captains’ Summit’ and ‘Evolutions’ 112 page full-colour photo book including rarely seen original studio production manuals and behind the scenes »
Get ready to boldly go where no man has gone before — and bring a hanky. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, the fifth season of the landmark series Star Trek: The Next Generation will be released on remastered high definition Blu-ray, featuring all 26 episodes plus all-new commentary tracks, deleted scenes and a gag reel.
Also included is an all-new featurette "Requiem: A Remembrance of Star Trek: The Next Generation," in which cast members, writers and producers reflect on the passing of legendary Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Known to Trekkers as The Great Bird of the Galaxy, Roddenberry died at age 70 on Oct. 24, 1991 — midway through St:tng's fifth season — and that very sad day is remembered by actors Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis and producer-writers Rick Berman and Ron Moore, among many others.
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- Michael Logan
Earlier this week, the Obama administration threw its support behind legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, and index it to inflation. Such activity unvariably brings shills out of the woodwork, and this time is no exception. In a particularly lively and crosstalk-laden segment Thursday night, All In host Chris Hayes confronted Michael Saltsman, research director of the Employment Policies Institute, a "think tank" run out of the offices of lobbyist Rick Berman which produces "research" in opposition to the minimum wage. »
- Tommy Christopher
Title: Trek Nation Directed by: Scott Coltorp Starring: Rod Roddenberry, Gene Roddenberry (archive footage), Rob Zombie, Stan Lee, Majel Barrett (archive footage), George Lucas, Nichelle Nichols, J. J. Abrams, Seth MacFarlane, Wil Wheaton, Patrick Stewart, D.C. Fontana, Jonathan Frakes Running Time: 82 minutes, Not Rated Special Features: Disc 1 – Comentary; Disc 2 – Trailer; Home Movies; Footage of Gene Roddenberry’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony- 09.04.86; Infinte Diversity: The Fans of Star Trek featurette; “A Star Trek Is Born” featurette; Extended interviews with George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, Seth Mc Farlane, Stan Lee, Rick Berman, Wil Wheaton, Nick Sagan, Ernie Over Most would think that the child of the legendary [ Read More ]
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Late last week, the Biebs' likeness turned up on a Los Angeles billboard tying minimum wage hikes to the nation's high teen unemployment rate. In the advertisement, a dejected Bieber stares out at passersby near the corner of W. Pico Blvd. and Hi Point St. in Central Los Angeles.
"Why is Justin Bieber so sad?" the billboard asks. "Could it be because 24% of teens who want a job can't find one? Teen unemployment makes us all sad. Unfortunately, raising the minimum wage will only make things worse."
The billboard was sponsored by a D.C.-based industry group called the Employment Policies Institute, which advocates against minimum wage hikes on the state, federal and local levels. Although the group does not disclose its funding, »
- Dave Jamieson
Jonathan Frakes will always be associated with Star Trek, thanks to his role as Commander William Riker on The Next Generation. But that also led him to a career in directing, first with Tng and later with over 40 episodes of other series (including Leverage, Castle and Burn Notice). With the release of the third season of The Next Generation on Blu-ray – as well as a separate copy of The Best of Both Worlds – he sat down for a one-on-one interview with Collider. Hit the jump to read the interview. Season Three marks the first time you’d ever directed anything. What was the impetus to direct the episode you did? Jonathan Frakes: I had been interested in directing since college, and during the first and second seasons I asked Rick Berman – who was in charge of all things Star Trek at that time – about giving me an episode. He was naturally reluctant, »
- Rob Vaux
“The Best of Both Worlds” is a strong piece of television drama and was a defining moment for Star Trek: The Next Generation. The spinoff of Star Trek had been a ratings bonanza for Paramount Pictures, which syndicated the show and reaped huge profits. The fans, though, were slow to warm to the show and its characters, thanks to incredible infighting that sapped the inaugural season of coherence and left it to season two to show the series’ real potential. Season three, which is also out this week on Blu-ray, came to life thanks to a solidified writing staff under Michael Piller’s tutelage and the actors finally getting comfortable with their roles.
After eschewing two-parters, producer Rick Berman allowed Piller to end the season with a cliffhanger and as has been chronicled repeatedly, Piller wrote the first part thinking he was leaving the show. The resolution would be someone else’s headache. »
- Robert Greenberger
I find myself writing about Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Three more than any single season of any season from any franchise. And that’s fine by me given the quantum leap in quality improvement from the previous two seasons. I am happy to do it one more time as the Blu-ray set from Paramount Home Entertainment is due to arrive on Tuesday.
The behind-the-scenes turmoil that led to the first two seasons feeling incredibly inconsistent began to fade with the arrival of a new set of writers and producers. As Gene Roddenberry grew frailer and ceded more day-to-day control to producer Rick Berman, the show also bid farewell to the exhausted head writer Maurice Hurley. He was briefly replaced by Michael Wagner but illness forced him to leave after just four episodes, but his recommended replacement, Michael Piller, proved to be the turning point in the show’s fortunes. »
- Robert Greenberger
Hate the new "Enterprise" theme? Well, Brannon Braga has heard it all, and it doesn't appear it will make any difference."We can't please everybody," Braga recently told Kevin Williamson of the Calgary Sun about the Diane Warren theme song, "Faith of the Heart" performed by Russell Watson. "There are some people who love the song, and there are people who think it's cheesy. They came with a petition with 1,000 signatures. But plenty of people find the song very uplifting."And if Braga's comments doesn't help some fans accept the theme, he did offer a bit of advice: "Turn the volume down."Braga told the newspaper that outside of the theme music, he is quite aware of the weight being placed on his shoulders with the new Upn series, and that he and co-creator Rick Berman could be responsible »
When is "Star Trek: Nemesis" going to be released in theaters? Some have to wonder if Rick Berman even knows.After the trade magazine Variety reported last week that the new movie was expected to be released in Fall 2003, there apparently has been a correction to the story.Upcomingmovies.com took the time to look into the matter with those who would know, and found out that the movie will actually premiere on a different date."Paramount has confirmed for me that yes, indeed, that (that) was a typo," the site said. "They are aiming for holidays, 2002."In Airlock Alpha's original report, this site reported that the 2003 date was unlikely based on previous information released about the movie, including a new approach of working on special effects before principal photography begins on Nov. »
Jonathan Frakes, best known for playing Cmdr. William Riker on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" who also directed two of Tng's films, "Star Trek: First Contact" and "Star Trek: Insurrection," will host "America Loves ... Star Trek" on Tnn Oct. 1.The special, which will air at 7 p.m. Et, will kick off a weeklong marathon on the cable channel called "Next Gen on Tnn: A 5-Day Mission."For the special, Frakes will share insights on his time on the show, which ran from 1987 to 1994. It also will include interviews with other Trek faces like William Shatner (Capt. James Kirk, "Star Trek"), Kate Mulgrew (Capt. Kathryn Janeway, "Star Trek: Voyager"), Majel Barrett Roddenberry (Nurse Christine Chapel, Tos) as well as executive producer Rick Berman.The original "Star Trek" debuted in 1966, but was »
Brannon Braga, who is joining Rick Berman to helm the latest flagship program of Upn, "Enterprise," recently told SFX Magazine that he had gotten tired of writing episodes for "Star Trek: Voyager." "We know the mistakes that we've made in the past, and we know what has worked and not worked," he said. "The problems we had were usually lackluster character dynamics, cheesy stories, cheesy-looking aliens, some kind of a tired feeling at times of certain elements. On the flip side, we'll have brand new problems, but at least they will be the brand new problems versus old problems." Braga said he was excited about "Enterprise" because, as a writer, he couldn't have written "one more line of dialogue for Voyager. I really had it with the 24th century." "One thing I'm finding here after »
What attracted Scott Bakula the most to Capt. Jonathan Archer and his pre-Federation starship Enterprise? The fact that he was going to be the first captain ... and the most unique. "Certainly, when (creators/executive producers) Rick Berman and Brannon Braga explained to me that Archer would be the first captain of the first starship, I have to admit, that got me," Bakula told Ian Spelling for his "Inside Trek" column. "I was in trouble right there. Then they told me the kind of guy they wanted Archer to be -- a guy who didn't play by the rules, who fought the command chain sometimes and did his own thing, who made mistakes. And I liked that. "I was told that they wanted to go back much more to the original 'Star Trek' in terms of the relationships and the humor and the fun and the »
At Claremont McKenna College recently, "Star Trek: Enterprise" Executive Producer Brannon Braga spoke about the Upn series' cancellation and to my mind, openly displayed the depths of his arrogance and disregard for the franchise he and Rick Berman have all but destroyed.With a comment such as, "It is a good thing, It needs a rest," you can only wonder if, in fact, it should be the dynamic duo who should be canned, allowing proven talent such as Manny Coto to take the reins.To argue the point, look at the facts. Whole seasons of Star Trek across the franchise have benefited from the lack of hands on management from Braga and Berman, its been openly admitted by some of Trek's past luminaries that there was an intentional effort to keep them out of day-to-day running for much of "Star Trek: »
Season 1 of Enterprise, the fifth (and so far final) Star Trek TV series finally arrives on Blu-ray Tuesday. Besides all 25 episodes, the six-disc set is chock full of special features including an eight-part documentary including new cast and crew interviews about the launching of the space exploration prequel series and behind—the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, cast commentary, and a frank conversation with shows creators Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, who admits his true feelings about Diane Warren's theme song. Scott Bakula, aka Captain Jonathan Archer, commander of the Enterprise Nx-01, shares some memories and what else is in the stars for him.
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- Ileane Rudolph
Enterprise, of course, was the fourth spin-off to the original Star Trek and serves as a bridge between the feature film First Contact and the Enterprise of Captain Kirk. The interview with Brannon is presented as it was originally written back then. Enterprise: Talking New Beginnings With Brannon Braga Written by and copyright Edward Gross So can someone please explain the Enterprise phenomenon? Let’s face it, pretty much everyone was tired of the franchise by the end of Voyager’s run and the vast majority of people were ready for Star Trek to warp the hell out of here for a couple of years. Yet here we are once again, on the threshold of the fourth television spin-off of Gene Roddenberry’s 1960s creation and somehow there’s genuine buzz about this show. What gives? “It’s inexplicable,” admits a similarly surprised Brannon Braga, who co-created the series »
Blu-ray Release Date: March 26, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $119.99
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
100 years before James T. Kirk was the captain, the starship Enterprise had its first voyage, and that is the subject of this spin-off TV show. Star Trek: Enterprise debuted in 2001 and ran for four seasons.
In Enterprise, Bakula is partnered with Jolene Blalock (Slow Burn) as a Vulcan, Dominic Keating (Beowulf) as a British lieutenant, John Billingsley (TV’s True Blood) as an alien doctor and Connor Trinneer (TV’s Stargate: Atlantis) as an American commander.
The Star Trek: Enterprise – The Complete First Season Blu-ray disc has all 25 episodes of season one with 5.1 DTS-hd audio. The discs also contain the new three-part documentary To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, including interviews with the show’s cast and crew. »
Now it's been made official that Jj Abrams (Lost, Alias, Cloverfield) is going to be directing the next Star Wars film. Abrams also directed the 2009 Star Trek revamp and is helming the upcoming sequel Star Trek: Into Darkness. Is it a good thing when two popular but very different franchises have the same mind running the show?
Jj Abrams is a talented and accomplished writer/director, with many TV and movie credentials to his name. He recently took control of the revamped Star Trek franchise. Star Trek was created in 1965 by Gene Roddenberry as a television series, before it morphed into a movie franchise. In the 1990s, the aging Roddenberry handed over the reins of the Trek universe to Rick Berman and Michael Pillar, who were the show-runners of the Star Trek spin-off Star Trek: the Next Generation. They supervised the Trek universe for years until the 2009 reboot, when »
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Enterprise is set 100 years before the voyages of James T. Kirk and stars Scott Bakula as Captain Jonathan Archer. He and his assembled crew set out on the state-of-the-art Enterprise Nx-01 spaceship to chart the universe during the early years of interstellar travel.
The Enterprise: Season One Blu-ray set spans six discs and is highlight by a new multi-part documentary with some segments shot as recently as December, 2012. All 25 episodes from the show's inaugural season will be presented in 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio.
The new three-part documentary breaks out as follows:
Part One: Countdown - Chronicles the challenges faced by the producers and creative staff as they attempt to launch a new chapter in the Star Trek saga by making »
Rick Berman and the late Michael Piller didn't have to look far to find inspiration for another Star Trek series. Saddam Hussein had set oil wells in Kuwait on fire as he withdrew as part of Operation Desert Storm, and both the allied American forces along with the Kuwaiti people were left to pick up the pieces. That's what Berman and Piller would do -- create a space station as part of a brutal occupation, and join it just as the occupying forces abandon ship. "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" premiered 20 years ago Thursday, part of an original syndicated lineup that first took flight on Jan. 3, 1993. It was the final days of the presidency of George H.W. Bush. The first steps toward a unified financial market in Europe -- including the development of the Euro -- were just being made. »
20 items from 2013
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