Wednesday, July 30: The Wrathlanta
Saturday, August 2: Away
Mission to Guardians of the Galaxy
Saturday, August 9: Away
Mission to Night at the Museum
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September 27: STARFLEET Bowling Challenge
Friday, October 31: USS
Republic Halloween Spooktacular
Sat.-Sun., Dec. 6-7, 2014:
Farragut Fest 2014 (Kingsland GA)
Saturday, Dec. 20: USS
Republic Holiday Party & CO Election
Filming of "super fan"
reality series episode rescheduled
TrekTrax Atlanta, TrekTrak
and Scotty t-shirts still available
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Currently "in middle" of writing Star Trek 2016
Directing deal not "final" until script finished
talks bringing in more Star Trek canon + Relationship
with J. J. Abrams
Look: Return to Tomorrow book on making of Star
Trek: TMP coming this fall
Wrathlanta of Khan
Writing & Comedy Based on Star Trek
9:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Doors open at 8:00 p.m.
The Highland Ballroom
644 North Highland Ave NE
Atlanta GA 30306
Missing: The Final Frontier. These
are the voyages of the Highland Ballroom. Its one-hour
mission: to explore strange new performances, to seek out
new laughs and comedy observations, to boldly present the
greatest writing, comedy, puppetry and music in Atlanta—all
based on the Star
Set your phasers to "enjoy" because we've got Romulan Ale
at the bar! We're giving away a robot from Klapthor's
Universal Robots to the audience member with the best Star
Trek costume! You could travel to Ceti Alpha V and
back and never find a night of entertainment as dazzling as
this! We're presenting you a veritable inverse Kobayashi
Maru, where ALL decisions are good decisions (provided ALL
decisions involve coming to Scene Missing).
You'll feel like somebody hit you with an energy beam and
sent you to the surface of Kataan, except instead of having
to listen to Picard play the flute, you get to listen to the
best writers, comedians, puppeteers and musicians in Atlanta
pay tribute to the greatest science fiction franchise of all
time: Firefl... I mean, Star Trek!
Beam yourself up to the show on July 30, make it so number
one, live long and prosper, heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam, and all
the other Star Trek catchphrases! This is definitely
real life and not a malfunctioning holodeck, so come to the
show, put on your fanciest Vulcan ears and your nicest unisex
jumpsuit and get ready for the best Star Trek-themed
entertainment you've ever seen in your life!
Featuring performances by Bobbin Wages, Rob HaZe, Ellaree
Yeagley, Eliot James Bronson, Paul Gallois, Felt Nerdy and
Admission to this event for the general
public is $10.00, but USS Republic
members and friends get a $2.00 discount by purchasing your
Let's make this a good showing for the USS Republic!
Mission to Guardians of the Galaxy
1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 2, 2014
AMC North Dekalb Mall 16
2050 Lawrenceville Hwy
Decatur GA 30033
Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster
franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America
and The Avengers, comes a new teamthe Guardians
of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure,
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel
Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer
Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty
hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful
villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.
To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced
into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfitsRocket,
a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly
and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer.
But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and
the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to
rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate standwith
the galaxy's fate in the balance.
to join your USS Republic crewmates for this late-summer
science fiction blockbuster! Tickets for adults
are only $7.50 for this showtime, compared to $10.25
for an evening showtime at the same theater and $10.00 for
a matinee showtime at the nearby Regal Hollywood 24 in Chamblee.
(See? We really do check these things out
for you!) Click the link below to be taken directly
to Fandango's checkout page for this showtime at this theater. Buy
your ticket now to avoid a possible sell-out and join
your fellow crewmates on this away mission to Guardians
of the Galaxy!
Mission to Night at the Museum
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Tellus Science Museum
100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville GA 30120
you ever wanted to ask the Wright Brothers about their first
successful flight? Or would you like to tell Galileo
how much the telescope has changed since his days? Or
maybe you'd like to tell Katniss Everdeen that you were rooting
for her in The Hunger Games!
August 9, you'll have the chance to meet these and other popular
characters from science and science fiction when Night at
the Museum returns to Tellus! Actors portraying historical
figures like Albert Einstein and Marie Curie will impress
you with their scientific discoveries, while pop-science characters
like Indiana Jones and Captain America will explain how science
was important in their everyday "lives."
Lee and Tiffany Johnson, Republic
CO Capt Eric L. Watts and ENS1 Wil Sims at last year's
Night of the Museum event.
Every visitor will receive an autograph book to document this
special night. Children 12 and under are encouraged
to dress up as their favorite science or science fiction character
and participate in an Instagram photo contest. We will
award a special prize for the winner.
If that's not enough for you, then stay for a crowd-pleasing
show by the Tellus Madd Scientists! See how our wacky
experts experiment with science to bring you the best programs
in the state. The Tellus Madd Scientists crew will be
sure to entertain and amaze you with demonstrations that explode
Don't worry about grabbing dinner on the runthe Café
will be open until 9:00 p.m.
Science Museum Members: $10, Non-Members: $20
Advance ticket purchase recommended, as this event may sell
out. Call (770) 606-5700 ext 431 to purchase your
and cosplayers from several popular franchises participated
in the fourth annual Night at the Museum, August 4, 2012.
Photo courtesy of the 501st
of "super fan" reality series episode rescheduled for... August?
we announced that USS Republic CO Fleet Captain Eric
L. Watts had been asked to participate in a brand new
reality series that "celebrates the passion of fans around
the South, while showcasing how they take their passion to
the next level" with filming to take place sometime in
late July. The producers of that series have since
pushed the filming date to "sometime in August," but as of
press time, have still not given us a confirmed date. As
soon as a date is confirmed, some type of costume-friendly
event or activity will be planned and announced and all members
and friends of the USS Republic will be invited (encouraged,
urged, etc.) to attend and participate. Anyone
who is able and willing to participate in that event will
be asked to sign a release form in order to appear in the
Watts being interviewed in his home in 2009 by producers
Jack Walsh and Gordon Ray for the Emmy Award-winning
documentary Four Days at Dragon*Con
It is possible (and likely) that the producers will ask for
a filming date that does not allow for its announcement in
this newsletter, so if you haven't done so already, be sure
to "Like" or "Join" both of the Republic's Facebook
pages and watch for an announcement there. The
Republic's Facebook "Page" is here
and our Facebook "Group" is here.
Atlanta, TrekTrak and Scotty t-shirts still available
available! A limited selection of commemorative souvenir
t-shirts from this year's and last year's TrekTrax
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previously offered Scotty fundraiser t-shirt, and even a
few still-new shirts from the 2006 TrekTrak at Dragon*Con. This
year's con shirt features a full-color design with this
year's celebrity guests Arlene Martel, Felix Silla
and Jeremy Roberts on a high-quality Gildan 50/50
polycot blend shirt. Last year's con shirt features
an attractive three-color design with guest of honor Manu
Intiraymi. The TrekTrak t-shirt features
George Takei, Denise Crosby and Tony Todd. Available
only in the sizes and colors shown in the drop-down menus. All
shirts are only $20 postpaid to domestic US addresses. Please
select your shirt from the PayPal buttons below.
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Independent Star News
of Pasadena, California, published an article about DeForest
Kelley on July 30, 1967. It reveals that executives
were not keen of Kelley playing a heroic character like the
ship's doctor on Star
despite series creator Gene Roddenberry trying to get him
cast for both pilots. Kelley was known as a good actor,
but one that specialized in villainous characters, especially
in westerns. Roddenberry had a flash of inspiration
and asked Kelley to get a different haircut from the one he
normally wore: one that would be like a famous and popular
man known as a leader and for his intelligence. Perhaps
the different look would help sell the idea that Kelley could
indeed play a hero. "'It was expensive,'" said Kelley.
"'It cost me $35, but I had confidence in Roddenberry.'" The
person that Roddenberry asked Kelley to have his new haircut
modeled after? President John F. Kennedy. The
Kennedy-esque hairstyle worked, and Kelley credits it with
changing his career and life.
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Sci-Fi Summer Con || June
CO Fleet Captain Eric L. Watts (right) with TrekTrax Atlanta
staff member Remy Loste (left) at the Republic's
fan table at Sci-Fi Summer Con.
JG Robert Simon and his adorable daughter take the Saturday
morning shift on the Republic's
fan table at Sci-Fi Summer Con.
Eric with Doctor
Who: The Forgotten Doctor
star Jevocas "Java" Greene (left) and New York
Disco Villains drummer Chris Thompson (right).
Eric (center) with (left to right) Betsy R. Shepherd, Lt
JG Christian M. Shepherd, Kris Kuipers and Keith Bailey.
Tuesday, July 1
ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker
Tuesday, July 8
Cdt Crmn Karl Dissinger
Sunday, July 13
ENS1 Todd Dissinger
Sunday, July 20
Adm Michael Henigan
These members renewed their STARFLEET dues only
ENS2 James P. Gronski
ENS2 Leslie C. Gronski
These members renewed both their SFI and chapter
dues in May. Thank you!
These members' dues will expire in August. Please
Ens Lee Johnson
Ens Tiffany Johnson
FCAPT Eric L. Watts
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 July 27, 2014, the Republic crew includes 30
members who are active members of STARFLEET in good
Republic plans and coordinates an active schedule
of events for its members, but does not hold meetings
on a consistently fixed date each month.
the USS Republic is a duly commissioned chapter
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is a prerequisite for membership in the Republic. STARFLEET
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or $10 for an "E-Membership" and chapter dues
are $10 per person for either membership option. A
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(family discounts are available with certain conditions
and restrictions). Additional information about
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instructions is on the "How to Join" page of
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Currently "in middle" of writing Star Trek
2016 script + Directing deal not "final" until
July 10, 2014
to Roberto Orci, he and his co-writers are in the middle
of writing the script for the next Star Trek film,
and even though it has been reported in the trades, he hasn't
officially signed a deal to direct the next film.
talks Star Trek 2016 developments
an interview with Collider.com promoting his upcoming
new show Matador on the El Rey Network, Orci gave
an update on the next Star Trek film, which Paramount
officially announced would be part of the 2016 line-up.
While both Variety.com and Deadline.com
have reported Orci will be directing the next Star Trek,
Bob pointed out that until the script is done, the studio
has not technically "greenlit" the film (or his
deal to direct).
I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch. The
studio has yet to even read the script. I'm in the
middle of writing it, with the talented team of [John D.]
Payne and [Patrick] McKay. They are true Star
Trek fans, as well. So, I can't even think anything
about the future until I give them a script and they greenlight
it. Until that happens, everything else is just a
I'm lucky enough that Paramount loves the script and that
we go forward, it'll be because I have loved Star Trek
for so long and the idea of having seen one of the best
guys in the business direct two of them already, and to
have seen it from the vantage point of a producer, too,
I know where a lot of the challenges are and where a lot
of the fun is.
is not unusual for a film to not be technically "greenlit"
nor to have a director assigned until there is an approved
script. Regular readers of TrekMovie.com will remember
in the run-up to the last two Trek films that there
was always a "will he or wont he?" question with
J. J. Abrams over whether or not he would direct the films
in addition to producing them. Abrams would always
say that the decision would not be made until there was
Orci isn't "counting his chickens" regarding the
final ink on his deal to direct the next Star Trek,
he is already prepping for the job. In the recently
reported podcast interview, Bob talked about how he just
flew to the U. K. to observe J. J. Abrams on the set of
Star Wars: Episode VII, noting:
is why I am going [to visit with J. J. Abrams the set of
Star Wars Episode VII]. I am going to steal
as much wisdom as I can. I am fortunate to have seen
a lot of directors direct and I plan on picking all of their
brains. Every one of them has a different style and
different tricks. And they also haveone of them
just sent me Directing for Dummies [laughs]. So
that is what you do. This is not a time to not ask
for help and not get the cumulative wisdom of all the people
I have been lucky enough to see and work with.
Orci talks bringing in more Star Trek canon + Relationship
with J. J. Abrams
July 13, 2014
to Roberto Orci, as he and his co-writers are in the middle
of writing the script for the next Star Trek film,
they are looking to focus on new unexplored territory and
less on any specific canon callbacks.
a new interview with IGN.com, Orci chatted about using characters
and races from the wider Trek canon.
having known characters, aliens, races, in the next movie:
think our instinct right now is to go into more uncharted
territory. But again, we're still in the middle
of writing it. If the best idea is when, suddenly,
it seems like the best thing ever to do, is to have the
Andorians running around, doing something cool, that's what
his current mentor-type relationship with J. J. Abrams:
J. is more than a colleague for me, he is someone who I've
learned a lot from, just watching the trajectory of his
decisions, his career. He's been so generous with
his time with me in terms of being willing to answer any
questions that I have about anything. Alex [Kurtzman]
and I, he's always been like an older brother for us. He's
been like our business mentor/older brother. He's
one of the people I've been relying on going forward. I
do feel comfortable enough, when I have a question about
anything in this business, I feel like I can call him, and
he'll give me some pretty good advice.
First Look: Return to Tomorrow book on making of
Star Trek: TMP coming this fall
July 18, 2014
in time for the film's 35th Anniversary, a new book detailing
the production of Star Trek: The Motion Picture is
coming this fall, and TrekMovie has a first look at the
Human Adventure begins again in upcoming TMP "oral
was an enormous amount of anticipation leading up to the
release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture in December
1979. Fans had been clamoring for a new movie or show
since the original series went off the air ten years earlier.
The film was a big-budget "event" picture that promised
to take Star Trek to places that wouldn't be possible
many moviegoers didn't know at the time was that the production
of the film was a troubled one. Filming began before
the script was finished, there were internal battles between
Gene Roddenberry and writer Harold Livingston that saw multiple
rewrites arrive on the set daily, and the company that was
hired to do the visual effects had to be replaced late in
production, causing a frantic rush to have the film ready
for its release date. All of those factors, as well
as several others, resulted in a film that went wildly over
budget and was viewed by some as being dull and boring.
today, TrekMovie has the first look at a newly announced
book, Return to Tomorrow: The Filming of Star Trek: The
Motion Picture, from author Preston Neal Jones and publisher
Creature Features. This "long-lost" 672-page
book will provide an oral history of the film compiled from
interviews with 60 of the film's cast and creators, conducted
as The Motion Picture was being prepared for release.
interviews include William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and the
entire cast, along with director Robert Wise and writer/producer
(and creator of Star Trek) Gene Roddenberry. In
addition, there are dozens of additional interviews with
visual effect artists, illustrators, model builders and
technicians. According to a press release for
the book, "no aspect of the film's creation is overlooked"
and it also promises the "unvarnished, uncensored truth"
of how the first Star Trek feature was created.
source material for Return to Tomorrow was originally
intended for publication by Cinefantastique magazine
in 1979, and author Preston Neal Jones was given unparalleled
access to the cast and crew of the film. However,
owing to the late completion of the film and ambitious scope
of the manuscript, it was never published—until now. According
to the publisher, the entire manuscript has been "laboriously
fact-checked" for release in book form.
limited to 1,000 copies, the mammoth trade paperback is
priced at $29.95 and available for pre-order now at CreatureFeatures.com.
Return to Tomorrow will ship in October. The
first 100 copies will come hand-signed by the author.
Neal Jones' first book, Heaven and Hell to Play With:
The Filming of The Night of the Hunter, was hailed as
one of the finest works of its kind and earned the Rondo
Award for Book of the Year from the Classic Horror Film