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Volume I, Number 53
August 2012
•  Saturday, September 1: Dragon*Con Parade
•  Saturday, September 29: STARFLEET Bowling Challenge

•  In Memoriam: Commodore Tonya LaVette Spanks
•  In Memoriam: Commander Masibindi "Mother Courage" Miller
•  Project: Potemkin Casting Call
•  Commanding Officer election coming in November
•  First "Trekkiepalooza!" fundraising event a success
•  Star Trek Autographs for Sale
•  TXA 2013: Damn the photon torpedoes, warp speed ahead!
•  Away Mission to "Night at the Museum": What happened?
•  Personnel Records
•  Library Computer

•  August Birthdays
•  Welcome Aboard!
•  Member Reenlistments
August Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Our Member Benefits Program Partners
•  USS Republic & USS Atlanta Crew Rosters
•  Tonya LaVette Spanks: July 16, 1966 - August 17, 2012
•  News from
Remembering William Windom, 1923-2012
   — Remembering Biff Elliot, 1923-2012
News from
   — Star Trek: Phase II Relaunches with New Vignette
       Featuring New Kirk + Refit
Enterprise & more

   — First Vignette from Star Trek Continues Fan Series
       Picks Up Where TOS Left Off

   — Roberto Orci Reveals Star Trek Sequel Character
       Details + Talks Title, Trailer & more
Dragon*Con Parade

10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 1, 2012
Peachtree Street at Auburn Avenue
Downtown Atlanta
Email ENS1 Joanne Trew
For the fourth year in a row, the USS Republic's parade banner will serve as the meeting point for all costumed Star Trek fans in the Dragon*Con parade.  Last year, a dead-ringer for "Scotty" carried one side of our banner.  Several members of KAG can also be seen in the background.
For the fourth year in a row, ENS1 Joanne Trew is coordinating the USS Republic's participation in the annual Dragon*Con parade.

Dragon*Con is now limiting registered parade groups to ten persons each.  Ensign Joanne has acquired ten parade ribbons for the Republic and has ONLY FIVE LEFT.  If you would like to march with the Republic behind our banner, contact Ensign Joanne immediately to reserve your parade ribbon with her.

Also for the fourth year in a row, USS Republic member ENS1 Joanne Trew (above center, in red skort and holding tribble) is coordinating the Republic's presence in the Dragon*Con parade.
Capt Eric L. Watts will not be attending Dragon*Con this year.  We need someone to pick up our parade banner from Captain Watts' home in Doraville and meet up with Ensign Joanne on or before Friday, August 31.  Please contact the Captain if you'd like to volunteer.

Members and friends of the USS Republic, along with a large group of other Star Trek cosplayers, gather together for a group photo just before step-off at the 10th annual Dragon*Con parade in 2011.
Members who plan to march with the Republic must meet at the staging area at Woodruff Park (4½ blocks south of the Hyatt Regency on Peachtree Street) in costume at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.  The parade goes forward on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta, rain or shine.  Start time is 10:00 a.m.  The parade starts at Peachtree Street and Auburn Avenue, follows Peachtree Street north to Baker Street (at the Hyatt Regency), continues east on Baker Street to Courtland Avenue and ends at the Marriott Marquis' back entrance.

If you are planning to march with us, you are also encouraged to join the Dragon*Con Parade YahooGroup for parade rules and policies, a route map and additional information.
Seventh Annual STARFLEET Bowling Challenge

6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2012

Midtown Bowl
1936 Piedmont Circle, Atlanta GA  30324
(404) 874-5703 ||
The Republic's Sixth Annual STARFLEET
Bowling Challenge, September 2011
Save the date and plan to join the USS Republic for our Seventh Annual STARFLEET Bowling Challenge!  We'll once again challenge the Klingon Assault Group, the Georgia 501st and even the Georgia Furs to this perenially popular event... we'll see who shows up to meet us in the alley!

The game fee is $20.00 per person for two hours of bowling and includes shoe rental.  CASH ONLY, PLEASE, and please pay the Republic, who has already paid for the lane rental.  We have rented two lanes which accommodate up to six players each.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we can add lanes if necessary.  Please arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. to pay for play, get your shoes and choose your ball.  First ball rolls promptly at 7:00 p.m., so please arrive early and be ready to roll (literally) at 7:00 p.m.  Midtown Bowl's food grill offers a broad range of menu items and adult beverages are available at the full-service bar.

The 2007 Bowling Challenge turned out to be a huge media event with lots of TV cameras and the four challenges since then were just as much fun.  Plan to wear your best Star Trek costume or your USS Republic sport shirt or chapter t-shirt for this fun-filled family-friendly event!


In Memoriam: Tonya LaVette Spanks
July 16, 1966 - August 17, 2012
The USS Republic is deeply saddened to announce that lifelong Star Trek fan, longtime member of STARFLEET and our dear friend Commodore Tonya LaVette Spanks passed away on Friday, August 17, 2012, of complications from pneumonia.  She was admitted to a local hospital on Thursday morning with a persistent cough, where a CAT scan revealed blood clots in her lungs.  She was treated with anticoagulants and antibiotics and was expected to recover, but passed suddenly and unexpectedly the following day.  Tonya was 46.

Tonya joined STARFLEET International and the USS Republic in November 1993 and was a member of the Republic until late 2006, when she transferred to the USS DaVinci in Columbus, Georgia.  She was a charter member and Executive Officer of the USS Atlanta when it launched in June 2007 and was a member of that ship when she passed.

The USS Republic and the USS MacLeod merged in 1998 to form Chattahoochee Station.  Tonya was the Commanding Officer of Chattahoochee Station from c. 2001 to c. 2002.  Chattahoochee Station changed its name back to the USS Republic in 2003.   Historically speaking, Tonya is considered to be the Republic's tenth Commanding Officer.

Tonya was a regular attendee of Dragon*Con and a frequent programming participant on TrekTrak.  She was a panelist on the discussion panels "Classic Trek: Gone and Forgotten?" in 1998 and "Is Atlanta Star Trek Fandom Dead?" in 2001, a team player representing the Republic in "Star Trek Family Feud" in 2004, and a culinary artist in the audience-favorite cooking demonstration, "Starfleet Kitchen," in 2003, 2004 and 2005.  She also helped to host the Republic's fan tables at many of TrekTrak's "Happy Hour at Ten Forward" parties.  Tonya was the author and publisher of the USS Republic's original "Sci-Fi Cookbook."  She most recently attended the USS Republic's joint Christmas party with the USS Atlanta last December.

Tonya was especially fond of the original Star Trek series episode "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield," starring Frank Gorshin and Lou Antonio as the last surviving natives of the planet Cheron, whose unique skin coloration is distinctive for being bright white on one side of their bodies and pitch black on the other.  This 1969 episode addresses the issues of slavery, segregation and racial superiority; its message is that skin color does not matter.  Tonya frequently attended Star Trek, science fiction and pop culture conventions fully made up as a member of the planet Cheron, and was featured as that character on the 2001 TrekTrak program cover.

Tonya had been a sales associate for home services provider Allconnect for eight years.  She was also a recent graduate of the University of Phoenix and had recently launched LaVette Designs, a web site design business for small businesses.

A memorial service was held for Tonya on Saturday, August 25, at the Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home in Decatur.
In Memoriam: Masibindi Miller
October 6, 1952 - August 22, 2012
The USS Republic is saddened to announce the passing of former member Cmdr Masibindi "Mother Courage" Miller on or around August 22 following abdominal surgery in May and a long battle with stage 4 breast cancer.  She was 59.

Cmdr Miller joined STARFLEET International in February 2007 and the USS Republic in October 2011.  A resident of St. Petersburg, Florida, she never attended any Republic events or activities, but lived vicariously through us via our newsletter and was always supportive of the Republic from a distance.  When the USS Bradenton was commissioned last month in Bradenton, Florida---just 30 miles from St. Petersburg---Cmdr Miller requested a membership transfer to the new ship.  Her last email to the Republic following her transfer request approval said simply, "I shall miss the joy and camaraderie of my USS Republic family, Sir!"

Cmdr Miller was retired from the United State Coast Guard, a member of Mensa International, active in Florida fandom and a chaplain in STARFLEET Academy.

Commanding Officer, Republic, is glad Cmdr Miller found a ship closer to her home with whom she could attend meetings and participate, and hopes she had that chance before passing.  Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit.
Project: Potemkin Casting Call

Our friends from the independent fan film series Project: Potemkin have released the following casting call for two of their upcoming episodes:

Casting Notice "Beach Towel" and "The Shovel of Kahless"
•  Principal photography slated to take place on one Saturday in September and one Saturday in October 2012 (two different weekends).
•  Filming to take place in the fall of 2012 at Fort Gaines, Georgia, approximately 3-1/2 hours south of Atlanta, 1-1/2 hours north of Tallahassee.

Project: Potemkin is casting for the following roles:
Carter Winston - Male co-star; galactic philanthropist and shape-shifter Vendorian in human form
•  Mid-30s - 50s
•  Height: 5' 6" to 6' 1", slight to medium build
•  Hair Color/Cut: Blonde, '70s look, with moustache/goatee

Klingon Colonists - Male and female extras (for October shoot ONLY)
•  Mid-20s - 60s
•  Height: No less than 5' 5" and no taller than 6' 4"
•  Must have own Klingon wardrobe and makeup, including appliances.  Can be Klingon colonists, civilians, farmers
•  Battle gear not required for these two productions.  Can be old-style TOS, knot-headed TMP-style, fish-boned TUC style.

Submit headshots and background info via USPS or email (not both) to:
Randall Landers
Project: Potemkin
3211 Saddleleaf Avenue, Albany GA  31721
Subject Line: Carter Winston, Klingon Colonist (whichever part you're applying for)

Additional information on Project: Potemkin can be found at:

Commanding Officer election coming in November
Captain Eric L. Watts' third two-year term as Commanding Officer of the USS Republic will soon be coming to a close, and all members in good standing will soon be asked to cast their vote for the candidate they want to lead and administrate this chapter for the next two years.

Candidates for the position must be a member in good standing of STARFLEET International, must have taken and passed Officers Training School (OTS) and Officers Command College (OCC), and must be at least 18 years of age.  Members interested in taking OTS and/or OCC should visit the STARFLEET Academy web site.  In accordance with the Republic's Rank Assignment & Promotions Policy, members who take and pass both courses receive an automatic promotion to Lieutenant, Junior Grade (Lt. JG).

As of August 23, there are three members of the Republic in good standing who hold the necessary credentials to hold the office of Commanding Officer.  In alphabetical order, they are:

  Commander David Churvis
  Captain Matt Ebeling
  Captain Eric L. Watts

No currently eligible member has, so far, announced his candidacy.  At least one member of the Republic who holds the necessary credentials must renew his dues before becoming eligible to announce, vote or be voted for; at least eight members of the Republic currently hold an OTS diploma but need an OCC diploma to be eligible for CO.

If more than one eligible person announces his or her candidacy, paper ballots will be mailed to each member in good standing in November.  Cast ballots can then be mailed to the chapter's mailing address or delivered by hand at the Republic's Christmas Party in December.  Ballots will be counted by three noncandidate members and the results announced during the evening.  The new Commanding Officer, if any, will officially assume office on January 1, 2013.
First "Trekkiepalooza!" fundraising event a success
No doubt about it: When we first started planning our first "Trekkiepalooza!" fundraiser, we frankly had no idea if it would be a big hit or a total flop.  To be honest, we were prepared for the outcome to go either way.  Commanding Officer, Republic (and TrekTrax Atlanta Chairman) Capt Eric L. Watts is pleased to report that, all things considered, our first "Trekkiepalooza!" was a resounding success.

Hosted by The Tucker Saloon in Tucker, the event started around 3:00 in the afternoon with fan films on the big screen, all the Star Trek board and card games you can think of, a virtual flea market of Star Trek and non-Star Trek merchandise for sale and of course, our infamous Klingon Bloodwine, Romulan Ale and Saurian Brandy Jell-O shooters!  Around 5:00, Capt Matt Ebeling presented a certified Basic First Aid training class to about a half-dozen students and around 7:00, our live musicians took to the stage.  First up was acoustic guitarist Steven Mann, followed by the four-piece rock band Blood Oaks, both of which were well-received by the audience.

A couple dozen people turned out for the event and everyone had a really great time... although ENS1 Joanne Trew might say that some members had a greater time than others!  But this wasn't just a fun-and-games event... it was a fundraiser for TrekTrax Atlanta.  To that end, we collected a $5.00 donation at the door, sold a significant amount of merchandise from our table, collected $15.00 per person for the Basic First Aid class, sold a few raffle tickets and, notably, completely sold out of about 85 Jell-O shooters at $2.00 each or three for $5.00.  These receipts totalled $431.00.  Add to that amount four online donations of $50.00 each from folks who were unable to attend and subtract a few expenses for Jell-O, shot glasses, etc., and the final amount raised specifically by this event totalled (drum roll, please....) $622.63.

We announced last issue that we were at 0.9% of our total goal and hoped to reach 5.0% with this fundraiser.  The funds we raised at our first "Trekkiepalooza!" now put us at 11.3%.  While that's a great start, we're still a long way from the finish line.  We still need to raise that other 88.7% of our goal by the end of the year.

To that end, we're already working on our next "Trekkiepalooza!" fundraiser, to be held sometime in October.  But we know that events like these won't get us to our goal by themselves, and we're currently investigating other options, as well.

How can you help?  Glad you asked!  1) Support us by purchasing a Tim Russ or Barbara March autograph (see below).  2) Purchase your membership to TrekTrax Atlanta 2013 and encourge all your friends to do the same.  3) Plan to attend our next "Trekkiepalooza!" fundraiser and bring lots of friends with you.  4) Make a no-strings-attached donation to TrekTrax Atlanta via PayPal to  5) Donate items or services that we can sell at our next "Trekkiepalooza!" fundraiser.

All funds raised will exclusively support
TrekTrax Atlanta. Thank you for your support!
Star Trek Autographs for Sale
Now Available!  Autographed 8 x 10 glossy prints of Tim Russ as "Tuvok" from Star Trek: Voyager and Barbara March as "Lursa" from Star Trek: The Next Generation.  Only $20.00 each!  Each print will come in a plastic sheet protector and mailed to you in a sturdy envelope.  Your purchase of these autographed prints helps defray the expenses of putting on TrekTrax Atlanta.  Choose the autograph(s) you want and place your order today!  Thank you!
TrekTrax Atlanta 2013: Damn the photon torpedoes, warp speed ahead!
After two years of putting on a new Star Trek convention in Atlanta that did not meet attendance or financial expections, the decision to move forward with a third-year convention was not made easily, quickly or without a tremendous amount of thoughtful, reasoned consideration.  A new group of decision-makers, now called the Board of Advisors which replaces the previous Executive Committee, has carefully evaluated the convention's past, present and potential future and reached the unanimous decision that TrekTrax Atlanta can and must survive, but that, among other things, the convention's budget moving forward must be scaled back to meet fiscal reality.  Line items that have been slashed to meet this goal include (but have not been limited to) celebrity appearance fees, complimentary hotel accomodations for our guests and audio/visual equipment rental.  We have been careful to reduce costs only in areas that should not be immediately apparent to the attending membership.  This means that you can expect the same great convention in 2013 that you (hopefully) enjoyed in 2011 and 2012.

Conceptually, TrekTrax Atlanta remains committed to being an exclusive, Star Trek-only convention that places special emphasis on fan-based events, activities, programming and productions.  We will continue to present three tracks of programming: one each devoted to Star Trek in general, Klingons in particular and costuming and makeup together.  We will also continue to have a gaming room, VIP champagne reception, dealers room, con suite, costume contest, live performances by musical acts, and the Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant, although some of these things may be scaled down.  And rest assured, we will have celebrity guests.  We are currently negotiating with two well-known guests to headline our 2013 convention and hope to be making an announcement soon.

We will once again be in the Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter Hotel in Chamblee.  The dates of our 2013 convention are April 19-21.  We are pleased to welcome for the first time Darren Hann, Peggy L. Dixon, Joanne Pelley and Jeff Power from Star Trek: Reliant, as well as returning guests Renda Carr and Tim Carr from Project: Potemkin; Keith Harris and Kim Vickery from Star Trek: Lexington; Star Trek audiobooks producer Emmett Plant; Klingon language expert Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen; Klingon Karaoke hosts Keela & Katkith; and musical acts il Troubadore and the New York Disco Villains.  New guests are being added on a regular basis, so check the TXA web site regularly or Like our Facebook page for the latest guest additions.

The TrekTrax Atlanta web site (now with new and improved navigation!) has been updated with membership payment options and an online hotel reservations link.  It is never too soon to purchase your membership, but if you wait too long to book your reservation, you might be too late.  We have only 60 rooms in our room block at our special convention rate and they are expected to sell out quickly.  Don't risk having to book a room at the hotel's much higher street price... reserve your room now.

The TrekTrax Atlanta staff is committed to making our 2013 convention an operational and financial success, but we need your support to do it.  Purchase your membership, book your room reservation, support our upcoming fundraisers and help us spread the word far and wide to all your friends and acquaintances that
TrekTrax Atlanta 2013 is THE place to be!
Away Mission to "Night at the Museum": What happened?
Your hard-working Commanding Officer is, quite frankly, confused by the recent turn of events concerning the previously announced, then cancelled, "away mission" to the Tellus Science Museum's "Night at the Museum" on August 4.  At the suggestion of several Republic members, Capt Eric L. Watts announced the "away mission" in the June and July issues of this newsletter, in spite of there being very few details about the event on Tellus' web site:

Tellus comes life during Night at the Museum.  Scientists, authors and adventurers, real and fictional, take over Tellus in a fun and educational night perfect for all ages.

All children will get a free autograph book to collect signatures of some of the biggest names in science and science fiction!  Tellus is excited to announce new additions to this year's event, so stay tuned!

With the date quickly approaching and with no new updates to their event page in two months, your Captain called the Museum to find out who, exactly, the promised "scientists, authors and adventurers" and "biggest names in science and science fiction" would be.  The only people the very nice lady who answered the phone knew would be present for the event were "some local authors."  And by "local" authors, she meant Cartersville... not Atlanta.

Asked about the nature of the activities that were going to be held or presented at the event, she made it very clear, in case it wasn't clear on their web site, that "Night at the Museum" was an event intended primarily for children ages 12 and under.  When asked whether the event would be appropriate for a Star Trek fan club made of up mostly middle-aged adults, she simply said, "Probably not."

Considering that Cartersville is about 40 miles northwest of Atlanta, that admission to this event for nonmembers of the Museum was $20 and that the event, according to a TSM employee, was intended primarily for small children, your Captain cancelled the "away mission" in what he believed was the best interests of the membership.

Courtesy of the 501st Georgia Garrison
So imagine his surprise when, in the days following the event, photos and videos starting showing up on Facebook of literally dozens of adult fans cavorting around the Museum in all sorts of science fiction costumes, entertaining a sizeable crowd of mundane adults and kids alike.  Spotted in these images were a significant number of Federation, Klingon and Star Wars costumes.  Conversations held with several participants since then have confirmed that, yes indeed, this has been a "go-to" event for sci-fi cosplayers for some time now.

So what happened?  Your Captain traces the confusion back to his phone call to the Museum in late July and being told that this event was intended primarily for children and was "probably not" appropriate for adults.  Clearly, that person was grossly misinformed about the nature of her employer's own event and, unfortunately, her misconception resulted in waving us away from what might have otherwise been a wonderful evening of fun and entertainment for our members (and a loss of revenue for them).

Lesson learned.  This event will definitely be included on our calendar of events for next year and hopefully, the USS Republic will be well-represented.
Personnel Records
Something special going on in your life?  Submit your Personnel Record for publication in the next issue of The Republiqué!
Library Computer
The cast and crew of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.  As most Star Trek fans already know, William Shatner and Ricardo Montalban (looking very Mr. Roarke-ish here, while most of the other actors are in their costumes) were never on the set at the same time, having filmed their scenes at different times, so this may very well be the only photo of the two actors actually together.  It is unknown to this editor why someone's silhouette in the upper right of this photo has been cut out.  It is also unknown why Leonard Nimoy is not present, despite being "remembered" (pardon the pun) in the photograph being held by Shatner (center).
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Away Mission to The Amazing Spider-Man  ||  July 7, 2012
Ens Elizabeth Scott, CO Capt Eric L. Watts and ENS1 Mark A. Ozanick
Trekkiepalooza!  ||  July 8, 2012
Away Mission to The Dark Knight Rises  ||  July 21, 2012
ENS1 Julianne Trew, CO Capt Eric L. Watts, Batman and ENS1 Mark A. Ozanick
Star Trek: TNG 25th Anniversary Event  ||  July 23, 2012
USS Republic members ENS1 Will Sims (far left), CO Capt Eric L. Watts (center) and ENS3 Tasheka Gipson (far right) are among the many Star Trek fans who came out on a Monday evening to watch two 25-year-old Next Generation episodes on the big screen with remastered special effects in high definition.  Lots of other members and fans in costume pouring out of two theaters escaped our last-minute, spontaneous photo call, but at least a couple dozen folks behind the camera took similar photos with their smart phones.


Sunday, August 1
ENS1 Russell J. Broomfield

Sunday, August 5
ENS1 Jeff Trew

Sunday, August 6
ENS2 Chris White

Sunday, August 10
Ens Jenilee Trew
Capt Eric L. Watts

Sunday, August 11
Ens Elizabeth Scott

Sunday, August 20
Ens Leslie Williamson

1 New Member in July!

Ens Patricia Houk

These members renewed their SFI and chapter dues in July

ENS3 Tracy O'Quinn
Cmdr David A. Slaughter

These members' SFI and chapter dues expire in August

ENS1 Eric Lange
ENS1 Sue Lin Lange
ENS1 "Wolfy"

The USS Republic NCC-1371 was originally commissioned as a chapter of STARFLEET International on May 14, 1988, at the Dixie-Trek convention in Atlanta, Georgia.  As of August 26, 2012, the Republic crew includes 37 members who are active members of STARFLEET in good standing.
The Republic plans and coordinates an active schedule of events for its members, frequently partnering with other local science fiction groups in the Atlanta area for joint activities, but does not hold meetings on a consistently fixed date each month.
Because the USS Republic is a duly commissioned chapter of STARFLEET International and is bound and governed by its Constitution and By-Laws, membership in STARFLEET is a prerequisite for membership in the Republic.  Combined annual dues for both groups are $25 per person and is collected by the chapter (family discounts are available with certain conditions and restrictions).  Membership in the Republic includes access to our YahooGroups message board, voting privileges in chapter elections and a personalized laminated membership card which entitles the member to discounts and rebates on products and services offered by our Member Benefits Program Partners.  Additional information on Republic membership and how to join and reenlist is on our award-winning web site.




AS OF AUGUST 26, 2012
CRR Brian Ackley
Cheris Courtney
Ens Travis J. Heller
Michael Smith

Tonya LaVette Spanks
July 16, 1966 - August 17, 2012

NEWS from
Remembering William Windom, 1923-2012
By Staff
August 20, 2012
William Windom has passed away at the age of 88.  A veteran actor and Emmy Award winner, Windom died at his home on Thursday in Woodacre, California, succumbing to congestive heart failure.
Windom's many film and television appearances included The Twilight Zone, To Kill a Mockingbird, My World and Welcome to It, The Americanization of Emily, The A-Team, a recurring role on Murder, She Wrote, She's Having a Baby, Ally McBeal and JAG.  Of course, to Star Trek fans the world over, Windom will always be remembered for his compelling performance as the guilt-ridden Commodore Matt Decker in the original series episode "The Doomsday Machine."  Windom reprised the role decades later in the Star Trek: New Voyages fan film "In Harm's Way."
Windom is survived by his wife, Patricia, four children and four grandchildren.  Everyone at sends our condolences to Windom's family, friends and fans.
© 2012 CBS Studios Inc.

Remembering Biff Elliot, 1923-2012
By Staff
August 17, 2012 is saddened to report the passing of Biff Elliot, who died on August 15 at the age of 89.  Elliot guest-starred in the original series episode "The Devil in the Dark" playing Schmitter, a miner at the Janus VI colony who died when the mother Horta went on a rampage.  
A veteran character actor, Elliot's credits also included the 1953 film I, the Jury, in which he starred as Mike Hammer, as well as Perry Mason, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mission: Impossible, Cannon, Planet of the Apes, Falcon Crest and CHiPs, as well as the Jack Lemmon films Kotch, The Front Page, Save the Tiger and That's Life!
Our condolences to Elliot's family, friends and fans.
© 2012 CBS Studios Inc.

NEWS from
Star Trek: Phase II Relaunches with New Vignette Featuring New Kirk + Refit Enterprise & more
By Anthony Pascale
August 6, 2012
Earlier in the summer, the popular fan series Star Trek: Phase II announced the recasting of their Captain Kirk.  And tonight they released a new video vignette to relaunch the series which features Brian Gross' Kirk along with their newly refit USS Enterprise.  There is also another new member of their bridge crew which is going to blow you away.
Star Trek: Phase II relaunches with new Captain Kirk and new USS Enterprise
Star Trek: Phase II producer (and original Kirk) James Cawley has just sent over a link to this "Going Boldly" vignette, which he is calling a "relaunch" for the fan series.  It features Brian Gross as the new Kirk addressing his crew and it also shows off the newly refit design for the USS Enterprise.  Pretty cool stuff.  The previously announced big change to the series was bringing on actor Brian Gross to step into the role of James T. Kirk, played in all previous episodes by producer James Cawley.  Gross' first episode will be "Bread and Savagery," which recently finished shooting.  There are still a couple of episodes featuring Cawley that have yet to be released before his introduction as Kirk.
It is also interesting to see how the fan series which launched as Star Trek: New Voyages in 2004 continues to evolve.  This new vignette demonstrates how the series is trying to move closer to the Star Trek: The Motion Picture era.  Phase II's Enterprise is now a step towards the full TMP refit.
It was actually four years ago that the Phase II team first announced their intentions to "refit" their Enterprise, but that original plan was eventually put aside, until now.
The show has also brought on board a crewmember from the Star Trek animated series in the 1970s.  The three-armed tri-pedal Edosian navigator Arex joins the cast, thanks to the CGI work done by Tobias Richter.  Adding Arex was announced back in 2010 and he was originally supposed to come on board for "The Child," which was released earlier this year.
For more info on the series, visit the official site.
© 2012 SciFanatic Network

First Vignette from Star Trek Continues Fan Series Picks Up Where TOS Left Off
By Anthony Pascale
August 6, 2012
Over the weekend at the Shore Leave convention in Baltimore, Maryland, the new fan series Star Trek Continues debuted their first vignette.  The new show, featuring Vig Mignogna as James T. Kirk along with Chris Doohan as Scotty and Grant Imahara as Sulu, hopes to continue the five-year mission following the final episode from the third season.  This first vignette shows how they are bridging the gap.
First Vignette from Star Trek Continues picks up where TOS left off
The Star Trek Continues vignette premièred to a capacity crowd in the main room at Shore Leave 34 and it is now available online.  Show star/producer Vic Mignogna was on hand along with co-star Chris Doohan (who is playing his father's role of Scotty).  The vignette emphasizes how the new fan series picks up following the third season of Star Trek.
Astute fans will note how the vignette starts with a shot-by-shot recreation the final moments of the final episode of Star Trek, "Turnabout Intruder."  That final scene from the original series ended with Kirk, Scotty and Spock going into the turbolift.  But then the Star Trek Continues vignette shows us what happened next.  Show star and producer Mignogna tells TrekMovie that this was their way of bridging their fan series with the original Star Trek.  The first episode of STC, which will be shooting in October, will take place in what Mignogna sees as a notional fourth season for the original series, and will carry on the five-year mission.
Star Trek Continues (R) kicks off their first vignette by recreating final moments of the last original Star Trek episode, "Turnabout Intruder."
The Star Trek Continues team plans to release another vignette on October 1.
© 2012 SciFanatic Network

Roberto Orci Reveals Star Trek Sequel Character Details + Talks Title, Trailer & more
By Anthony Pascale
July 14, 2012
There has been a lot of chatter in the last week, so TrekMovie thought it was time again to check in with Star Trek co-writer/producer Roberto Orci, who not only contradicted Karl Urban's latest comments but also gave details on post-production and revealed some spoilers on the new characters in the film, talked titles and more... and this is only in the first part of the exclusive interview below.
Orci reveals Cumberbatch is canon character but not Mitchell + much more A couple of weeks ago, you were on a radio show and you confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch is not playing Gary Mitchell in the sequel.  Then last week, Karl Urban says he is playing Gary Mitchell.  Both can't be true.
Roberto Orci: All I can say is that when I did that radio interview, I had just been doing 22 hours of press.  I had just got off a flight from New Zealand... Nice callback, but are you sticking with your original comment and it isn't Gary Mitchell.
Roberto Orci: I would say that I never lie.  While Karl tests all those hypo spray props on himself [laughs]. Another thing Karl is saying is there is some footage being released this weekend.  Do you know anything about that?
Roberto Orci: No.  I would love to see some. For the last movie, your first full trailer with new footage was with Quantum of Solace, which was in late October of 2008.  So following that pattern, should we expect the first sequel trailer sometime this fall?
Roberto Orci: Yeah.  Marketing plans, especially for the second time around, get a little more clear.  You know you want a certain amount of time for an audience to be aware of what is coming up.  So certainly, fall at the latest for starting to roll this movie out. Have you guys picked a name for the movie.
Roberto Orci: No, but we are down to the final list. Is having "Star Trek" as part of the name a variable?
Roberto Orci: Only one or two of the titles on the list do not contain it.  For the most part, all the titles we are considering do have Star Trek in them, but just to get crazy, we need to consider crazy things. So how long will we not know who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing?  How long will you guys try to not talk about it?
Roberto Orci: For as long as we can, because of our belief that one of the fun things about Star Trek that distinguishes it from other franchises is that the story turns.  It isn't just the spectacle of Star Trek, not just the explosions and the battles, it is the plot.  That is why we are so protective of plot and character with this particular franchise.  In others that isn't the case, but in this one we can preserve the experience for some people of not knowing exactly until we get there.  Will we succeed in keeping it under wraps?  Probably not, but we will try it. OK, I want to try and get something out of you that is actually new about the movie.  Kind of like you did on the radio show, but I will name a guest actor in the sequel and you will say if they are playing a new character you created or one from the original Star Trek canon.
Roberto Orci: OK, I'll play. OK, let's start with Alice Eve.  Canon or new?
Roberto Orci: Canon. Noel Clarke?
Roberto Orci: New. I assume that also goes for Nanzeen Contractor, who plays his wife?
Roberto Orci: Yes, new. Peter Weller.
Roberto Orci: New. Joseph Gatt.
Roberto Orci: New. OK, and the big one, Benedict Cumberbatch.
Roberto Orci: Canon. Can you give me a status update on post-production.  What is happening in July?
Roberto Orci: Trying to make each sequence and trying to make it work.  We have two brilliant editors working simultaneously with J. J. going back and forth.  So get these sequences working internally and then we will string them together to see how they work as a whole.  But first it is, don't try to cut the whole movie, it here is a sequence so where does that start and where does it end?  Do we have a little piece of the movie that is totally working.  We attack it modularly. So music is still far off I know, but when does the sound work start, does Ben Burtt, he's back right?  So is their work still in the future?
Roberto Orci: Still in the future.  You don't want them to waste their time for things that may not end up in the movie.  So sound design, anything like that.  But ILM is in there dropping FX in sequences as we go.  There are things we knew would be in there since the beginning and they have had a nice long time. When do you think there will be the first rough cut?
Roberto Orci: Probably in a month. What has been the reaction from the studio so far?
Roberto Orci: It is always nice to hear nice things from the studio and they are over the moon.  They were very complimentary when we wrapped and some said they thought it was better than the first one.  But you know they want to encourage us. Sure, but this is their business so these are the kind of people who would let you know if they had problems, they would tell you it sucks if they thought it sucks, right?
Roberto Orci: I think so. You don't often get such well-acted praise [laughs]. What about you?  What have been some of your reactions to the footage you have seen so far?
Roberto Orci: I am such a Star Trek fan that I'm not sure I would dislike anything we have shot, so I'm not sure I'm a good source.  I see them all in uniform on the ship and I'm like, "Wow!  This is great!  New Star Trek!"  But I'm the wrong guy to ask.  But every few weeks during dailies, I would see a new email chain go around with stuff like, "Did you see that scene yesterday?"  "Did you see Spock in that new close?"  "Did you see Cumberbatch make it sound like poetry?"  So to hear other people chattering about it is encouraging.  And it's big.  It's so big.  It's epic.  We just really went for a bigger version than we did last time, because of the trust.
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