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Robert OrciVariety exclusive: After weeks of rumblings that Roberto Orci was the frontrunner, sources have told Variety that Skydance and Paramount have indeed tapped Orci to direct Paramount and Skydance’s “Star Trek 3.”

Orci is currently writing the story with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay and had been campaigning to replace J.J. Abrams as director for some time. Abrams is busy with directing the next installment of the “Star Wars” franchise and will only be producing this pic.

Plot details are unknown, but cast members including Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are expected to return. Abrams will produce along with his producing partner Bryan Burke and Skydance’s David Ellison.

Variety Exclusive:

alex-kurtzman-and-roberto-orciLongtime writing and producing partners Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are parting ways in their filmmaking endeavors after nearly a decade together. The pair have worked on some of Hollywood’s biggest franchise films including “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ two “Transformers” movies, “Mission Impossible III” and “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

Kurtzman and Orci–who will remain in business together on the TV front–are parting amicably, according to sources, and the split will allow them to pursue separate feature careers as directors. The two still have more than a dozen projects in development, including the next two “Spider-Man” films. It is unclear how those projects will be handled or divided between the two men.

Orci is currently laser focused on the upcoming “Star Trek 3.” He’s already been tapped to pen the picture along with Patrick McKay and John D. Payne and he’s heavily lobbying to direct the production. 

Kurtzman has been tapped to direct “Venom,” Sony’s “Spider-Man” spinoff. He wrote the script with Orci and Ed Solomon.

Star TrekComic-Con San Diego will play host to the “Star Trek” Concert as part of the Ashford University Summer Pops Special Concert. The concert will take place at Embarcadero Marina Park South on Saturday, July 26, 8pm.

Space is still the final frontier, and Star Trek finally gets the Summer Pops treatment! If you’re shut out of Comic-Con on Saturday night, or just love Star Trek, come down to the Embarcadero for a wide screen showing of the highly successful J. J. Abrams 2009 Star Trek film reboot featuring the San Diego Symphony performing the soundtrack LIVE, conducted by David Newman (composer of Joss Whedon’s cult hit Serenity.) Special appearance by composer Michael Giacchino!

Tickets range from $25 to $90 and can be purchased online at the San Diego Symphony website.

After the concert there will be a “Meet and Greet” in the Summer Pops VIP Area with Star Trek (2009) soundtrack composer Michael Giacchino. The cost for the “Meet and Greet” is $75.

William Shatner“The Shatner Project,” slated to debut on Scripps Networks’ DIY cable network in October for five 30-minute episodes (Shatner says six may be possible), will put the actor and his wife, Elizabeth, at the center of what Shatner says is just good television: “This is like a dramatic show with a revelation at the end,” he said, adding: “There’s conflict and there’s tension, and characters evolve.”

Shatner said his series is less about him trying his hand at tile work or carpentry and more about the feelings one goes through when allowing massive work to be done on one’s home. “The importance of your home cannot be overstated,” he said. “I mean, it is your castle, but it is also your sanctuary – and especially with people who are in the public eye.” He will “symbolically” use a sledgehammer during the series, he said.

George-TakeiStarz Digital Media has snagged the rights to the film, To Be Takei. The documentary about pop-culture icon George Takei premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was directed by Jennifer M. Kroot (It Came from Kuchar). The company has acquired all rights for U.S. and Canada. The company will distribute with a theatrical release planned for 2014. The announcement was made today by Kevin Kasha, Head of Acquisitions for Starz.

“George has become a true icon who gracefully moves from comic conventions to Congressional hearings,” commented Kasha. “To Be Takei takes us into George’s life in a witty, familiar and delightful way. Starz is pleased to share his inspiring story with audiences.”

“We’re extremely thrilled to partner with Starz Digital Media on To Be Takei,” said Kroot on behalf of the filmmaking team. “They understand and embrace George’s diverse audience and we know that the film is in great hands.” To Be Takei is an entertaining and moving look at the many roles played by eclectic 76-year-old actor/activist George Takei whose wit, humor and grace has allowed him to become an internationally beloved figure and internet phenomenon with over 6-million Facebook likes. It balances unprecedented access to the day-to-day life of George and his husband/business partner Brad Takei with George’s fascinating personal journey, from his childhood in a Japanese-American internment camp, to his iconic and groundbreaking role as Sulu on “Star Trek,” to his current gig as “Official Announcer” of “The Howard Stern Show.” The film shows what it truly means To Be Takei.

To Be Takei features interviews with “Star Trek’s” William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig, as well as journalist Dan Savage and popular radio host Howard Stern. The film is a Rainbow Shooting Star Pictures and Dodgeville Films production and was directed by Jennifer M. Kroot, edited and co-directed by Bill Weberand produced by Gerry Kim & Mayuran Tiruchelvam.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Star Trek CastEPIX BOLDLY GOES WHERE NO ONE HAS GONE BEFORE WITH STAR TREK FEST 24-Hour Marathon Includes World Television Premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness Plus All-New Commentary from Leonard Nimoy and George Takei Sunday, February 16, beginning 6AM EST

EPIX announced today that it will present an all-day tribute to Star Trek, including the world television premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness on Sunday, February 16, 2014, at 8PM ET along with original, all-new commentary from two of the franchise’s leading and iconic stars—Leonard Nimoy and George Takei.  Immediately preceding the premiere, STAR TREK FEST will feature the EPIX Special Presentation “A Conversation with Leonard Nimoy” where he shares insights and personal anecdotes from his nearly 50-year involvement with phenomenon that is Star Trek.   The lineup will by punctuated with special segments by George Takei throughout the marathon.   STAR TREK FEST begins at 6AM EST on February 16 on EPIX, with the entire programming line-up available all month long on EPIX-On-Demand, EPIX.com and all EPIX apps.

STAR TREK FEST Full Schedule – all times EASTERN

6:00 AM – The Captains Close-Up: William Shatner EPIX Original Documentary

6:45 AM –Trekkies

8:15 AM – The Captains Close-Up: Patrick Stewart EPIX Original Documentary

8:50 AM – Star Trek: The Motion Picture

11:05 AM – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

1:05 PM – Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

2:55 PM – William Shatner’s Get a Life! EPIX Original Documentary

4:00 PM –Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

5:50 PM – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

7:45 PM –A Conversation with Leonard Nimoy EPIX Special Presentation

8:00 PM –Star Trek Into Darkness World Television Premiere

10:15 PM – Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

12:05 AM – Star Trek Into Darkness

2:20 AM – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

4:20 AM – The Captains EPIX Original Documentary

ELLEN DEGENERESOnly a handful of notable nominations from this year’s Oscar nominees:

Despicable Me 2: Animated Feature, Original Song
Frozen: Animated Feature, Original Song – “Let It Go”
Get A Horse: Animated Short
Iron Man 3: Visual Effects
Jackass Presents: Bad Grampa: Makeup and Hairstyling
Saving Mr. Banks: Original Score
Star Trek – Into Darkness: Visual Effects
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects
The Lone Ranger: Makeup and Hairstyling, Visual Effects
The Wind Rises: Animated Feature

Notable Snubs:

Monsters University: Animated Feature – How Despicable Me 2 is a better movie confounds me.
Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) – Best Supporting Actress.

“Star Trek 3″ Recruits New Writers

J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will co-write “Star Trek 3″ along with Roberto Orci, who penned the previous two installments for Skydance and Paramount Pictures.

Paramount and Skydance were at one point in talks with “Attack the Block” helmer Joe Cornish, but he is no longer involved.

As of now the film has no logline or start date but the studio hopes for a 2016 release. All of the main cast including Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are expected to return.

J.J. Abrams will produce along with his producing partner Bryan Burke and Skydance’s David Ellison.

Source: Variety

Kirstie Alley SaavikKirstie Alley was on the Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM. Howard asked about her experiences doing Star Trek. Here are some highlights of the discussion.

  • Star Trek II was Kirstie’s first acting role. She had no experience and was not even a member of SAG, when she got the role.
  • Getting the role of Saavik was a humbling experience because her mother passed away before the final audition. The Paramount executives and direct Nicholas Meyers but off the final audition and let her attend the funeral and take care of family matters. When she finally made it to the fifth and final audition, they let her know she got the role right then and there.
  • Alley says that she had never felt so comforted from the experience and has never felt that way again in Hollywood.
  • Howard mentioned that George Takei thought the Alley and William Shatner had a romantic encounter. Alley said that is 100% untrue. She was married and she also felt that Shatner did not like her at the time (they are on good terms today).
  • He was annoyed that she did not have her lines memorized and hinted that Shatner may have suggested an acting teacher to her.
  • She has been invited to Star Trek conventions and went to one early on, but she was asked Star Trek science questions that she could not answer and has never returned to a convention. Alley did acknowledge that Comic Conventions are now hip to attend and may consider it.