As you may know, Airlock Alpha no longer carries Star Trek news, and instead it can be found on our new site partnered with Roddenberry Entertainment, 1701News.
In case you haven’t been frequenting the new site as much as you should, here’s what you missed this week on 1701News:
Magneto Marries Capt. Picard … For Real
Well, in reality, Ian McKellen — who played Magneto in the X-Men films — officiated the wedding of his good friend Patrick Stewart (Professor X) and jazz singer Sunny Ozell.
Stewart and Ozell have been dating since 2009, but decided recently to make it official, enlisting McKellen — who recently received a doctorate of divinity — to help.
This is Stewart’s third marriage, first spending 24 years with Sheila Falconer before marrying former “Star Trek: The Next Generation” co-producer Wendy Neuss in 2000.
For the full story, click here.
Paramount Provides First Look At ‘Into Darkness’ DVD Extras
With the release of “Star Trek: Into Darkness” on Blu-ray and DVD on Sept. 10, Paramount Pictures released a few clips of the DVD extras to 1701News.
Most of the clips centered around Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Khan in the film, and why the writers wanted to go in that direction.
“Normally in a popcorn summer movie, you want to know who your bad guy really is,” said Roberto Orci, one of the writers of “Into Darkness,” as part of the special features found in the upcoming Blu-ray. “And here you have two guys who are candidates for who the villain is.”
Who is the other guy? Find out by clicking here.
Win ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ Blu-ray Signed By J.J. Abrams
Owning the Blu-ray to “Star Trek: Into Darkness” is one thing. But how about one signed by director J.J. Abrams?
1701News is offering just that chance (along with a few more Blu-rays that are not signed, but still have the movie).
Time is running out, but to enter in to the contest, click here.
Author Ann Crispin Succumbs To Cancer, 63
The Star Trek and Star Wars novel world lost a big name this past week when Ann Crispin, writing under the name A.C. Crispin, died after her battle with cancer.
Crispin knew the end was getting close earlier in the week, when she made a final Facebook post, thanking her fans, and reassuring them she was not alone.
“I have been hesitant to make this post, but it’s time,” she wrote earlier in the week. “I want to thank you all for your good wishes and prayers. I fear my condition is deteriorating. I am doing the best I can to be positive, but I probably don’t have an awful lot of time left.
“I want you all to know that I am receiving excellent care, and am surrounded by family and friends.”
For the full story, click here.
Enterprise-D Bridge Close To Engaging As Museum
It’s not the one used in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” but since that one was destroyed in 1994’s “Star Trek Generations,” fans will have to settle with this amazing replica set created to promote TNG in Europe, and acquired by a Star Trek superfan Huston Huddleston.
He has raised thousands of dollars to restore the bridge, which was found in terrible shape and was just days away from going to the city dump. Now he wants to turn the entire set piece into a museum where kids can learn about science.
“The next big goal has to be not through fans,” Huddleston said. “We cannot keep bleeding fans dry. That’s disgusting.”
Instead, he is now looking for corporate sponsorships to bring the bridge to the next level.
See exclusive video of the Enterprise-D bridge in action at Creation Entertainment’s official Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, and learn more about Huddleston’s efforts by clicking here.
Pegg Clarifies Position On ‘Into Darkness’ Haters
Finally, Simon Pegg — who plays Scotty in the Abrams version of Star Trek — heard some unscientific fan poll at VegasCon declared “Into Darkness” to be the worst Star Trek movie of all time. His response involved words spelled with just four letters, directed at those people who didn’t like the film.
But Pegg clarified his comments soon after. Well, kind of.
“I was doorstepped by a journalist early in the morning,” Pegg said. “Any sane group of people, you can have those opinions. For someone who has been so critical of the Star Wars sequels, fair enough. But I would expect those Star Wars fans to say (expletive) you to me.”
However, there are a couple of problems with that statement. To find out what they are, click here.
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