‘Attack The Block’s Joe Cornish Beaming Up For ‘Star Trek 3?’

By | Saturday November 2, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: We know that Paramount and Skydance Productions lost JJ Abrams as the director of the third installment of Star Trek when Abrams took on Star Wars. I’m … Read More »

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Paramount’s Brian Miller Exiting Studio Post-‘Star Trek’ Video Game Debacle

By | Tuesday October 8, 2013 @ 11:38am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Just five months after shepherding the Star Trek video game to its epic fail of a release, Paramount SVP Brian Miller is on his way out, Deadline has learned. The Paramount … Read More »

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‘Star Trek’ Toon Treatment From ‘Breaking Bad’

By | Friday September 27, 2013 @ 10:52pm PDT

As we wait for Sunday’s Breaking Bad series finale, think back to that scene from the first episode of Season 5′s second half. Remember Jesse’s stoner pal Badger going on and on about his Star Trek script idea? That scene boldly goes even further with an animated look … Read More »

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Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci In Negotiations To Write Next ‘Star Trek’ Pic

By | Monday August 5, 2013 @ 6:32pm PDT

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who co-penned both installments of Paramount’s current Star Trek franchise, are returning for the next one. The first sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, has grossed $450M worldwide since its May 16 release.

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R.I.P. Michael Ansara

By | Friday August 2, 2013 @ 12:20pm PDT

Veteran actor Michael Ansara, known for his role as Kang the Klingon commander on the Star Trek series, has died. Ansara passed away in his Calabasas, CA home on July 31. He was 91 years old. … Read More »

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J.J. Abrams “Never Liked” ‘Star Trek’: Video

By | Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 9:53am PDT

Here’s one way to ditch a dominant fandom for the next: On the eve of his Star Trek Into Darkness release and impending space jump to Disney‘s Star Wars Episode VII, avowed Star Wars kid J.J. Abrams took to The Read More »

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CinemaCon: Paramount Kicks Off ‘Star Trek’, Brad Pitt, Michael Bay At Convention

Pete Hammond

CinemaCon kicked off tonight at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with a presentation from Paramount. In only its  3rd year, what used to be ShoWest is proving to have the magic touch as once again all the major studios plus … Read More »

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‘Star Trek’ Phaser Rifle Nabs $231K

By | Sunday April 7, 2013 @ 2:36pm PDT

The prop weapon created for Star Trek‘s William Shatner was only expected to bring in $50,000 on the auction block. But Saturday’s $231,000 score led a slew of film-related memorabilia sales at Hollywood Legends’ two Read More »

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‘Star Trek’ Parody Training Video Not Such A Good Idea After All, IRS Says

By | Monday March 25, 2013 @ 12:04pm PDT

Your tax dollars at work. The IRS now admits that a 2010 training video that parodied the TV show Star Trek was a mistake. It and a second video that parodied TV’s Gilligan’s Island are estimated to have cost about $60,000. The agency came under fire after CBS Read More »

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Obama Confuses ‘Star Trek’ And ‘Star Wars’

By | Saturday March 2, 2013 @ 4:55am PST

Fanboys may want to pull President Obama’s film geek credentials. He appeared Friday in the White House briefing room talking about budget cuts and said he wouldn’t do a “Jedi mind-meld” with the top two Congressional Republicans. Of course, the … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Australia’s Ten, Sky Deutschland, London Trekkies

By | Sunday October 21, 2012 @ 6:58pm PDT

New Top Programmer At Australia’s Ten
Beverley McGarvey starts tomorrow in perhaps the most challenging job in Australian commercial broadcasting: chief programming officer at Network Ten, the network languishing in third place in the ratings behind Seven and Nine. A six-year Ten veteran, McGarvey had been acting in that role since August 24 following the ousting of the respected and long-serving David Mott. Last  week Ten reported a net loss of $A12.9 million ($13.3 million) in the year to August 31 and embarked on another round of cost-cutting, with plans to shed more than 100 jobs in the news and production departments. Before joining Ten as network head of programming in 2006, McGarvey served as director of programming for New Zealand’s TV3. Previously she was head of program scheduling and promotions at Ireland’s TV3. –Don Groves

With an eye toward boosting overall subscription revenue Sky Deutschland is betting that its growing customer base will accept higher rates and fewer discounts. The German pay-TV provider half owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp this month raised premium packages by €1 ($1.31) monthly for the first time in nearly 2 years. CFO Steven Tomsic said he eventually hopes the market will accept further increases in the current €32 ($41.92) average monthly bill of as much as €5 to €10 ($6.55 to $13.10). Unlike European peers such as British Sky Broadcasting Group, also partly owned by News Corp, Sky Deutschland hasn’t raised prices regularly. Tomsic believes subscribers will be attached enough to the service to accept the increases. Bloomberg noted that Sky Deutschland stock is up 133% this year. CEO Brian Sullivan hopes the company will be able to reach its target for operating profit in 2013, which would be its first since News Corp began investing 5 years ago.
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CAA Signs Filmmaker-TV Titan J.J. Abrams

By and | Wednesday September 12, 2012 @ 5:29pm PDT

JJ AbramsBREAKING: CAA has signed JJ Abrams, the impresario behind such TV series as AliasLost, Fringe, Alcatraz, Person Of Interest, and the upcoming Revolution, and the feature director of Mission: Impossible 3 (and producer of 4), the rebooted Read More »

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Netflix Viewers Like ‘Star Trek,’ And Will See ‘CSI: Miami,’ CBS Chief Says

By | Thursday August 2, 2012 @ 3:31pm PDT

It’s “preordained” that CBS will renew its program licensing deal with Netflix, broadcast company CEO Les Moonves told analysts this evening. He added that CBS “will get more money for this and we will have better visibility … Read More »

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Waterstone Enlists Chris Pine And Pals For Indie Comedy ‘Mantivities’

By | Tuesday May 15, 2012 @ 2:30pm PDT
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Chris Pine MantivitiesBREAKING: Star Trek‘s Chris Pine has co-written and will star in Mantivities, a comedy that has been set up with Waterstone Entertainment heads Jeff Kalligheri and Stephen Bowen. Pine wrote the script with his buddies Will Greenberg, Drew Howerton, Robert Baker, Ian Gotler and Tony Liebetrau. Michael Patrick Jann is attached to direct. The comedy focuses on a group of friends in their early 30s, all in various stages of permanent adolescence. They get together with the aim of helping one of them grow up. Pine will produce with Sarah Babineau, Jordan Foley and Waterstone’s Kalligheri, Bowen and Steven Garcia.Waterstone Mantivities“I couldn’t be happier to begin the adventure of making Mantivities knowing how much fun we all had writing it,” Pine said. “‘Somehow I get to laugh with my friends and call it work.” Read More »

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R.I.P. Joel Goldsmith

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 5:54pm PDT

Stargate and Star Trek composer Joel Goldsmith died on April 29 from cancer. Goldsmith was 54. A three-time Emmy nominee, Goldsmith composed music for over 330 episodes of the long running Stargate sci-fi franchise, created by Roland … Read More »

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Chris Pine Sued By Former Agency SDB

By | Tuesday February 14, 2012 @ 11:44am PST

Century City boutique agency SDB Partners has filed suit against former client Chris Pine, whom SDB claims dumped them via email in November despite previous declarations of loyalty and appreciation for their hard work establishing his career. SDB claims Pine … Read More »

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Hasbro Licenses ‘Star Trek’ Toy Rights

By | Friday February 10, 2012 @ 6:48am PST

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) announced today it has entered into agreement with CBS Consumer Products to manufacture and globally market a variety of products based on the STAR TREK property beginning in 2013. The toy line will launch in support of the STAR TREK movie sequel from Paramount Pictures, which will open May 17, 2013.

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‘Star Trek’ Vs. ‘Star Wars’ Vs. ‘Twilight’

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Viacom’s Philippe Dauman “Frustrated” By Lower Nick Ratings But Patient: UBS Confab

Viacom shares are down about 3.5% at midday on an otherwise up day for the market after CEO Philippe Dauman punted on the big question on the minds of analysts attending the UBS Annual Global Media and Communications Conference: What’s up with the steep decline in Nickelodeon’s ratings — which he said last month was due to a problem with Nielsen’s measurement system? “There’s nothing new” to report, he says. ”No one’s more frustrated than myself.” He didn’t continue his attack the ratings company, which said today that it made a mistake in calculating the number of kids who watch TV — but added that it’s unrelated to the double-digit change in Nickelodeon’s ratings. ”However imperfect Nielsen is, it’s the only game in town, so we have to live with it,” Dauman says. “It is what it is. We’re going to move on.” He acknowledged that the channel’s ratings dive is “unfortunate” because “this is by far the most important quarter for Nickelodeon” due to the number of toymakers who flock to the channel to advertise holiday gifts. But he says the Nick problem will become less significant after the holidays are over. ”One way or the other we’ll move forward” with growing profit margins. Viacom has “more new shows coming to Nickelodeon than we’ve ever had.” He adds that “next quarter we expect to see stronger ad sales growth because we won’t have that issue” with the ratings. Read More »

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