While it didn’t win big at the Oscars last week, Star Trek Beyond has nabbed a few more award nominations from its 2016 theatrical run.

Along with being named by GLAAD as one of the outstanding films of last year featuring favorable LGBTQ representation – though up against overwhelming favorite, Moonlight – last year’s Trek film racked up four Saturn Award nominations, from the premiere science fiction, horror, and fantasy organization for film and television.

In addition to being nominated as a Best Science Fiction Film Release from 2016, both Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto were nominated (as Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor) for their roles as Kirk and Spock. Artists Monica Huppert and Joel Harlow also received a nod to their work on the film’s myriad alien races, garnering a nomination for Best Film Make-up.

Beyond isn’t the only Trek release to pick up some attention from the Saturn Awards; last year’s standalone Blu-ray release of Star Trek: The Animated Series also received a nomination from their academy as one of 2016’s Best Television Releases on home media.

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The Deep Space Nine documentary crowdfunding campaign continues through the end of this coming week, and as of this writing is perched at a whopping $480,000 raised – just $20k short of the major stretch goal of $500,000 – almost to the point where the What We Left Behind production team feels they will be able to obtain access to remaster original DS9 film elements in high definition.

The crowdfunding campaign has also implemented a new series of additional perks and rewards for backers, including a digital release of the to-be-recorded orchestral soundtrack, new T-shirt designs, guest appearances on Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast, and more.

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Makeup wizard Michael Westmore, who lead the Star Trek makeup teams from the launch of The Next Generation through Star Trek: Enterprise – as well as all the TNG films – has a new autobiographical book out now covering his family’s long history in the makeup business, and his own decades of experience in the world of film and television production.

From his work on Rocky and Taxi Driver through his years on Trek and beyond, Westmore’s book is sure to be a great read for any fan of the franchise – or Hollywood history. You can order a copy for yourself at Amazon.

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Illustrator Jenny Parks’ new book Star Trek: Cats is available now at Amazon, a whimsical retelling of some of the classic Enterprise adventures – with the crew of Captain Kirk’s starship replaced with the Federation’s finest feline officers!

The full-color, 64-page hardcover release is the purrfect gift for the cat-lover in your life – or at least a quirky way to revisit the Original Series in a whole new fur-spective!

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After launching in the UK a few months back, Eaglemoss’ new subscription-based Star Trek graphic novel collection has now launched in the United States. The high-quality, hardcover reprints of the last fifty years of Trek comics – from the original Gold Key comics to today’s IDW Publishing tales – are being released monthly to subscribers, and each volume “contains 144-186 delightful pages of art and stories bound in a deluxe hardcover.”

While the first book in the subscription series – 2009’s Countdown – is offered at $4.95, the monthly, two-book releases are billed at $14.95 (plus shipping).

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Fans of artist Juan Ortiz’s stylized Star Trek artwork can look forward to a new collection of his Star Trek: The Next Generation episode posters.

The full-color hardcover book, due out this September from Titan Books, includes all of Ortiz’s 178 Next Generation prints, and can be preordered now at Amazon.

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Located in upstate New York, the former Star Trek: New Voyages fan film sets – now an officially-licensed Star Trek location – is hosting Trek art department veterans Mike Okuda, Denise Okuda, and Doug Drexler for a special set tour weekend this June.

The Star Trek Original Series Set Tour facility’s “Ultimate Inside Weekend” with the three Trek experts is a limited-availability special event running June 24 and 25, with tours conducted by Drexler and the Okudas, photo ops, and a special dinner event for the 100 attendees.

Tickets are on sale now for $175 each at EventBrite, with approximately 65 passes still available as of this afternoon.

Check back often at TrekCore for more Trek news and reviews!

  • Interesting typo, there! It’s not “ChrisT” Pine, it’s only “Chris” Pine. 🙂

    • Fixed, thanks!

      • prometheus59650

        Is there a problem with the forums at the moment?

        • Yes, unfortunately, we are working through some technical issues preventing login.

          • prometheus59650

            Okay, then I’m not crazy. 🙂

            Thanks.

  • The Science Fiction Oracle

    With all due respect to the Saturn Awards, the Hugo Awards are the premiere awards in science fiction.

  • jurassicbond

    I love hearing about new Trek news and I hope that DS9 will get it’s special documentary! I mean, heck if they are unwilling to released an HD of the series, this is better than nothing!

  • DS9 is King

    Star Trek Discovery is in Trouble https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km5qVwZvjm8

    • pittrek

      The rumours by Midnight’s Edge are usually quite true

    • GIBBS v2

      Well that was a major downer. Even though it was all speculation I wish I had not watched that.

      • TUP

        If any of it is true, they are correct that the core audience will reject it. I think this has been an issue with Star Trek for awhile – sort of the joke those of us in the customer service industry make “this job would be great if it wasnt for the customers”. In other words, the studio loves the idea of Star Trek, they just hate the existence of Trek fans.

        Unfortunately, the two go hand in hand. The idea you can broaden Star Trek’s appeal beyond the core fans to the extent you dont need the core fans is a faulty premise.

        Trek 09 showed us that there are a lot of “Trek fans” that are lapsed or casual and willing to take a look as well as plenty of non-fans willing to give it a shot based on good word of mouth. STID showed us how easy it is to p!ss that all away with a lousy story and bad casting.

        If they dont respect the core audience its doomed to fail. Period.

        • Hawkeye Pierce

          I agreed with you right until you stated what I guess is now Official “Trekkie” Party Line regarding INTO DARKNESS which I consider to be not only the best of the three (so far) Bad Robot ST productions (though I do love the ’09 film and have come to generally like the misconceived BEYOND) and stands with The WRATH OF KHAN and The VOYAGE HOME as easily the best of the big screen “Treks,” but also, in my opinion, is a genuinely great film in the broadest sense. Simply, in terms of ST ID’s story and casting, TUP, you’re just plain wrong. Personally, as a long lasting ST fan, I appreciate canon in its most obvious and basic sense, and even many of its oddball specifics; but strict adherence to canon at the expense of great drama, storytelling and filmmaking is a basic reason ST, in any incarnation, loses audiences. I agree with Nick Meyer’s take on the ST Universe when he compares it to music for the Catholic Mass as written by different composers. In the case of DISCOVERY, it sounds like a common problem of big monied creative enterprises – – conflicting ideas (and egos), and creativity by committee rarely results in a strong, singular sense of vision.

          • TUP

            You’re completely entitled to your opinion that you liked STID. Im not one of those STID-haters that argue you’re wrong to dislike it.

            We all have those guilty-pleasure movies that are universally disliked that entertain US and WE enjoy.

            But saying Im wrong doesnt compute. Firstly, I like all Trek. So I like STID. But it was awful for many reasons. It was voted by Trek fans as the worst of all Trek movies. That’s not a great endorsement from your core fans (I believe it was boo’ed just at mere mention at some conventions).

            And the reason STID opened well is because 09 broadened the appeal of Star Trek, it built up goodwill with fans, casuals, lapsed fans and non-fans. I had many non-fan friends who went to see it due to good word of mouth and the cast.

            But those same friends who saw STID were completely lost.

            Even if you thought it was a good Trek film, it certainly wasnt as a broader film for a broader audience. It relied on call backs and on you knowing who Khan was. The problem is, if you did know who Khan was you were snickering at the idea of Cumberbatch as Khan and annoyed at the completely altered characterization.

            Beyond did so poorly that it was clear they had lost all the goodwill from 09 and that is due to STID and its very weird anti-US War on Terror story, poor casting of Khan and poor writing altogether.

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            Yea, in a weird way, I consider STID a good movie, but bad Star Trek. Does that make sense?

            Beyond has a nearly non-existent pre-marketing campaign and they also picked a horrible release date in July. It’s a decent movie that is very much like an expanded TOS episode. It deserved to make more money, but Paramount screwed things up.

          • Hawkeye Pierce

            Now you are genuinely wrong, factually. I won’t take it point by point and bore you (and you might disagree with me anyway) – – but using that so-called popularity poll at a Star Trek convention as a measure of a genuinely good movie (and you don’t have to know who Khan is to enjoy it – – it helps, sure…. but necessary? No.) ? As to that that convention response to ID, I’m with Simon Pegg in terms of my reaction. And in your comments to another comment-er, Orci’s politics really don’t matter in terms of ID. I’ll leave the relationship of an artist’s personal beliefs in relation to appreciation of the artist’s work for a larger discussion. Suffice it to say, there were two other writers on ID (as well as contributions from the actors), and it is ultimately an expression (and all details have to be ciphered through) the film’s director… and personally, I think the man is a genuinely brilliant filmmaker.

          • James

            I love STID, it marked a return to the allegorical story telling of VI. If was a surprisingly political summer blockbuster, stands as the Trek film with the highest box office and like ST09 was a huge seller on physical media and digital download. A top notch film that remains highly rated on aggregate sites, both by critics and the general audience. Sadly, Beyond let the side down, with a weaker plot and a villain with bizarre motivations.

          • TUP

            The war on terror idea had merit. The problem was Orci is an anti government “Truther” who used his position on Star Trek as a soap box to spew his nonsense

            So the story never felt fleshed out because Orci couldn’t write the “other side” of the argument that is needed when trying to make a point.

        • The Science Fiction Oracle

          But the “core audience” is over 40 now and shrinking.

          You said it yourself that Trek 09 did work for both fans and new audiences, so it’s possible that this may work out.

          I certainly think that people are way too stuck on trying to be consistent with canon that is largely based on really outdated looking aliens, special effects, costumes, ships and technology. A major “re-imagining” is needed, and this show really needs to give Trek the production values of state of the art genre shows like Game of Thrones and The Expanse.

          • TUP

            I said 09 succeeded in attracting core fans, casual fans, lapsed fans and new eyeballs. Yes. But STID p!ssed that all away. But one can extrapolate that no, the core fans are not all over 40 by the amount of people who watched the JJ films.

            Go to any convention and you see plenty of 20-somethings there representing Trek.

            The strategy should not be to chase away the core fans so you can claim a greater percentage of your lesser fan base is now “new” fans. If you write a quality show that appeals to the core, it will appeal to new fans too.

            But like everything else, you’re not really going to convert people who dislike Trek. The Walking Dead is wildly successful but it wasnt turning people who hate zombie shows into zombie fans. It was just good TV and it was a niche core audience based on graphic novels.

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            Well, as someone who just attending the Creation 50th Convention in San Francisco in December, I can attest to the fact that most of the fans there were over 40….and if you make the cutoff 30, well, hardly anyone outside of older fands bringing their kids/teens with them, were in attendance.

          • I think ST09 was as successful as it was mostly out of curiosity. Trek from all the different incarnations went to see it, and it brought in a lot of casual viewers too. I myself enjoyed the film for some of fresh ideas and new look but don’t feel it’s an especially good movie. STID was just a mess in about every way, the writing was really bad, and I feel that the movie drove away many of the casual fans ST09 had brought in.

            Star Trek Beyond is the best of the Kelvin films IMO, with some really wonderful character moments. The over-the-top action scenes and corny “classical music” moments are more than offset by the good stuff. I really hope Simon Pegg and Justin Lin are given control of the 4th film!

            Star Trek Discovery: I’m just waiting until the show debuts before putting too much consideration into it. Some of the rumors I like, plenty I don’t. Ultimately though Trek needs to try new things. Lots of people hated on TNG before it debuted since it dared to bring in a new cast, new setting, etc. And now TNG is the golden child of Trek. So I’m open to Discovery going in new directions. On the other hand though, if it changes too much it might be just another sci-fi show and completely uninteresting to me and other Trek fans.

    • Robert Anthony

      These dudes need to work on their mic technique. The audio levels are terrible.

      • Robert Anthony

        I take issue with their disclaimer based on this one video which is hardly “spin-free” news. And I dislike the invitation for viewers imaginings of whether it’s true or not. *sigh* Such is the internet though.

        All that being said, I did indeed begin to worry when Bryan Fuller was no longer on the project and this is disheartening.

    • James

      Most concerning, these guys are known to be on target with rumours. I’ve heard from a variety of sources that the CBS fx team have been disbanded and they’re going to use Pixomondo instead. At least that’s good news as they did stellar work on STID.

    • Donny Pearson

      Hello. Let’s hope the next television incarnation of “Star Trek” after “Discovery” would:
      1. Air on either CBS or The CW or at least air in first-run syndication with the CBS Television Stations serving as the main charter station group–if the new series would be the first since “Deep Space Nine” to air in first-run syndication–instead of becoming a CBS All Access exclusive.
      2. Take place sometime after the events of 2002’s “Nemesis.”
      3. Have a viewpoint character being a commanding officer of a Federation starship.

      Who agrees with me?

      • Brian Thorn

        Disagree on No. 1. Broadcast TV is dying. No network is going to green-light an expensive show like Star Trek (which is why DSC went to streaming in the first place). Syndication is dead and has been for a long while. The only change CBS should make would be to partner with Netflix in the US and Canada and not just everywhere else.

      • Eric Cheung

        1. I don’t care where it runs as long as it gets a run that ends on its own terms.
        2. My preference for a time period would be post-WWIII or post-Romulan War, to see the formation of the United Earth government and/or the UFP government, and their respective post-scarcity economies.
        3. Frankly, I’m sick of Starfleet. I’d much rather see a show about civilians, whether it’s on a ship or not. I kind of wish ENT took this route, as it would have tamped down criticism it got for some of the more naive decisions made by the crew. It would have been cool for the show to be about Boomers that are forced to make diplomatic decisions because they’re not in contact with any formal Earth government agencies. One thing I do like about Discovery is that the focus at least shifts to someone not in command, and that the show spans a few ships. That small change is still a significant departure, considering how similar the past several shows have been in that regard.

    • The Science Fiction Oracle

      Good for Moonvies….I was fearful we were heading to Berman 2.0 instead of a must needed re-imagining of the series. This sounds very good, and I’m also happy that they replaced the special effects team — which I in fact predicted would be done.

      Remember folks, these “bad rumors” are from the “side of the story” of the disgruntled staff who wanted something which would have resembled Voyager/Enterprise…so of course this news is made to sound as dour.

    • Newdivide1701

      It’s true that they are simply rumours, and there is no real evidence to say they are true. But the rumour that Leslie Moonves is micromanaging on something he’s totally clueless about shouldn’t be a shock. How often have projects been in trouble over this kind of behaviour?

      As to sexing it up, I don’t mind if a ship looks like it belongs in the 23rd century even by today’s standards, but as long as it doesn’t take away from the retrofuturism — and that’s the problem. Even the USS Kelvin maintained a sense of retrofuturism where it looks futuristic, but also that sense of nostalgia that takes us back to the original series, even JJ’s Enterprise still did the same job.

      Star Trek: Enterprise did look and felt more primitive than the original series, and yet still had a sense it was futuristic even without being as sexed up. Though it was not without its flaws.

      The Discovery presented was a mess. Even the photoshopped picture that I’m posting using the one Delta class ship seen on Enterprise using the saucer and nacelles from the USS Kelvin shows how it can be a real bridge while still maintaining the delta shaped engineering hull.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d8d8ab53975687f2841f823559302d78c47d6431638ff1f127050fb3f5614cdb.jpg

      Maintaining the Constitution class being the flagship, maintaining the retrofuturism with the Kelvin’s saucer section and nacelles, while still looking futuristic even by today’s standards.

      Back onto Leslie Moonves, if it’s true he was using bad data and outdated information, then Discovery is doomed. Remember the original series failed after 3 seasons due to poor ratings, yet that was caused by a bad time slot. Teenagers and young adults which the show targeted premiered at 10pm on Thursday nights when most of the target audience wouldn’t be able to see it. This was before demographics, and if they had used demographics then, then the Enterprise’s 5 year mission would have been extended WELL beyond 5 years and not 966 days. But after protests and petitions forced CBS to renew Star Trek for a third season, they moved it to Friday nights which is often suicide for many showed even today.

      If — IF the rumours are true, then Leslie Moonves will be the man responsible for killing Star Trek.

      • TUP

        The Kelvin was the best thing about the JJ films. The Enterprise was terrible.

        • I liked the exterior and the bridge well enough, the rest of the interior was dreadful. Why build a starship filled with concrete and wrought iron?

  • DS9 is King

    The Prime Universe will be Replaced with transdimensional Universes and Les Moonves wants to Sex up the new Star Trek.

  • Vger64

    Hahahaha Kira and Dax!!!! “Highest rated show in series history – Ever”!!! Hahaha, Love it!

  • Ian Fleming

    $500,000 goal met for DS9 Doc! Yahoo!