The Uninvited Was Too Invited, Star Trek Star Says

Star Trek actor George Takei, responding to William Shatner's comments on his websiteclaiming that he was conspicuously excluded from Takei's wedding, has saidthat he did indeed invite Shatner but that Shatner never RSVPed. In hisvideo, Shatner alluded to the public attacks Takei had made against him ininterviews and in his biography over the years. "It's so patently obviousthat there is a psychosis there. I don't know what his original thing aboutme was," he said in the video. Takei responded, "It is unfortunate that Billwas unable to join us for our wedding as he indeed was invited to attend."In an interview broadcast on Entertainment Tonight , he added, "Itwasn't surprising [that Shatner did not attend] because it's true to hishistory. He's never responded to an invitation. Every time there wassomething happy to celebrate amongst us [cast members] ... he never showedup."

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Roberto Orci To Direct 'Star Trek 3' - But, Uh, Who Is He? 4194513 News

Roberto Orci, the Hollywood screenwriter best known for writing the first two Star Trek reboot movies, has been promoted to the director's chair for Star Trek 3. J.J Abrams helmed the first two instalments of the rebooted sci-fi franchise but is currently preoccupied with the small matter of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Roberto OrciRoberto Orci Will Direct 'Star Trek 3'

Orci's name has been doing the rounds for several weeks now, and the Hollywood Reporter confirm he now has an offer from Paramount and Skydance.

The man is no stranger to the franchise having written the first two movies with partners Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. He and Kurtzman have also worked on the Transformers movies, Cowboys & Aliens and the Amazing Spider-Man 2 - blockbuster movies, but by no means critical successes.

More: Whoopi Goldberg to star in the new Star Trek movie?

On the smaller screen, Orci is one of the creators of Fringe and the critically acclaimed Sleepy Hollow

It's rare that a screenwriter is promoted to director, and there's few examples to prove that it actually works. Cinematographer Wally Pfister made his directorial debut with Transcendence earlier this year - a critical and commercial failure.

Star Trek Into Darkness starred Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock and Simon Pegg as Scotty. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said: "Abrams boldly goes into Star Trek Into Darkness, and crushes it again. It's more fun and more intense, without giving less to the characters."

Star Trek 3 is likely to go for a 2016 release, which, at the moment, looks reasonably sparse. We're expecting the Warcraft movie, Angry Birds, The Mummy reboot, Independence Day 2, Finding Dory and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. 2015 is a different story, with some of the biggest movies of recent times set for release. They include: Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: Episode VII, Fifty Shades of Grey, Ant-Man, Terminator Genesis, Pan, American Sniper and a new James Bond movie. 

More: Read our review of Star Trek Into Darkness

Watch Roberto Orci chatting about thefts on the set of 'Star Trek Into Darkness':
3642315-0;noautoplay; The Cast And Crew Of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Talk Challenges, Auditions And Thefts At The UK Press Conference - 15.05.2013 16:24:34

Roberto Orci, the Hollywood screenwriter best known for writing the first two Star Trek reboot movies, has been promoted to the director's chair for Star Trek 3. J.J Abrams helmed the first two instalments of the rebooted sci-fi franchise but is currently preoccupied with the small matter of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Roberto OrciRoberto Orci Will Direct 'Star Trek 3'

Orci's name has been doing the rounds for several weeks now, and the Hollywood Reporter confirm he now has an offer from Paramount and Skydance.

The man is no stranger to the franchise having written the first two movies with partners Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. He and Kurtzman have also worked on the Transformers movies, Cowboys & Aliens and the Amazing Spider-Man 2 - blockbuster movies, but by no means critical successes.

More: Whoopi Goldberg to star in the new Star Trek movie?

On the smaller screen, Orci is one of the creators of Fringe and the critically acclaimed Sleepy Hollow

It's rare that a screenwriter is promoted to director, and there's few examples to prove that it actually works. Cinematographer Wally Pfister made his directorial debut with Transcendence earlier this year - a critical and commercial failure.

Star Trek Into Darkness starred Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock and Simon Pegg as Scotty. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said: "Abrams boldly goes into Star Trek Into Darkness, and crushes it again. It's more fun and more intense, without giving less to the characters."

Star Trek 3 is likely to go for a 2016 release, which, at the moment, looks reasonably sparse. We're expecting the Warcraft movie, Angry Birds, The Mummy reboot, Independence Day 2, Finding Dory and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. 2015 is a different story, with some of the biggest movies of recent times set for release. They include: Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: Episode VII, Fifty Shades of Grey, Ant-Man, Terminator Genesis, Pan, American Sniper and a new James Bond movie. 

More: Read our review of Star Trek Into Darkness

Watch Roberto Orci chatting about thefts on the set of 'Star Trek Into Darkness':
3642315-0;noautoplay; The Cast And Crew Of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Talk Challenges, Auditions And Thefts At The UK Press Conference - 15.05.2013 16:24:34

14th May 2014 3893778
Rupert Wyatt Gets the Abrams Stamp of Approval for 'Star Trek 3' 3863221 News

With J.J Abrams off gallivanting around the universe of Sci-fi-ice-skating – that’s what we like to call ‘directing dangerously popular films’ – there opens up a spot for the next Star Trek movie, which, considering the popularity of Abrams’ first two, will exist.

JJ AbramsJJ Abrams waved goodbye to the director's seat for the Star Trek franchise

Up steps Rupert Wyatt, the Planet of the Apes director who has received a priceless endorsement from Mr Abrams. "He's incredibly talented and we'd be lucky to have someone as talented as Rupert. But there are things we're focusing on right now before the director, which is just sort of the fundamentals of where the story is gonna go,” said the director, who is set to produce on the third Trekkie adventure (HitFix)

"It's too early to talk about details but there have been a lot of really exciting ideas about what comes next. I plan to be involved in the story and producing the film and I feel very blessed to be involved at all," he added.

Star Trek into Darkness caused controversy with the diehard Trek fans, some of which labelled it the worst Star Trek film ever made, but overall it has to be considered a success. Financially, the box office was busy, and the critics liked it too, rating it slightly lower than the first reboot, but a solid effort nonetheless.

JJ Abrams Star TrekAnd he would welcome Rupert Wyatt

Abrams is wrapping his head round a Star Wars reboot, which currently has no confirmed actors and a British shooting location – something Abrams isn’t happy with – and a host of blockbusters, including a new Avengers movie and the recently announced Jurassic World, to contend with in 2015.

With J.J Abrams off gallivanting around the universe of Sci-fi-ice-skating – that’s what we like to call ‘directing dangerously popular films’ – there opens up a spot for the next Star Trek movie, which, considering the popularity of Abrams’ first two, will exist.

JJ AbramsJJ Abrams waved goodbye to the director's seat for the Star Trek franchise

Up steps Rupert Wyatt, the Planet of the Apes director who has received a priceless endorsement from Mr Abrams. "He's incredibly talented and we'd be lucky to have someone as talented as Rupert. But there are things we're focusing on right now before the director, which is just sort of the fundamentals of where the story is gonna go,” said the director, who is set to produce on the third Trekkie adventure (HitFix)

"It's too early to talk about details but there have been a lot of really exciting ideas about what comes next. I plan to be involved in the story and producing the film and I feel very blessed to be involved at all," he added.

Star Trek into Darkness caused controversy with the diehard Trek fans, some of which labelled it the worst Star Trek film ever made, but overall it has to be considered a success. Financially, the box office was busy, and the critics liked it too, rating it slightly lower than the first reboot, but a solid effort nonetheless.

JJ Abrams Star TrekAnd he would welcome Rupert Wyatt

Abrams is wrapping his head round a Star Wars reboot, which currently has no confirmed actors and a British shooting location – something Abrams isn’t happy with – and a host of blockbusters, including a new Avengers movie and the recently announced Jurassic World, to contend with in 2015.

12th September 2013 3860613
William Shatner Releasing Prog-rock Album 3845418 News

Star Trek icon William Shatner has collaborated with country music star Vince Gill, Foreigner's Mick Jones and guitarist Steve Vai for a new prog-rock album.

The acting veteran penned the lyrics for all the songs on the upcoming concept album, Ponder The Mystery, which explores themes such as "ageing, depression, love and beauty", according to a press release.

Shatner describes the album as "quite possibly the most creative thing I have ever done".

Ponder The Mystery is due out on 8 October (13).

Star Trek icon William Shatner has collaborated with country music star Vince Gill, Foreigner's Mick Jones and guitarist Steve Vai for a new prog-rock album.

The acting veteran penned the lyrics for all the songs on the upcoming concept album, Ponder The Mystery, which explores themes such as "ageing, depression, love and beauty", according to a press release.

Shatner describes the album as "quite possibly the most creative thing I have ever done".

Ponder The Mystery is due out on 8 October (13).

2nd September 2013 3773688
Michael Ansara, One Of Star Trek's Most Famous Villain, Has Died Aged 91 3795720 News

Michael Ansara will forever be remembered as the man who portrayed one of sci-fi's most feared yet respected villains; Kang in the television series Star Trek. Following his death earlier this week, the actor will further be remembered as not only a great villain, but as a great actor who was respected by his peers, loved by his fans and will be missed by his friends, family and colleagues.

Born to American parents in a small village in Syria in 1922 (he returned to America with his parents two years later), Ansara first ventured into acting in the late 1940's, eventually breaking into television and some movie work after a few years performing on-stage. He first got his break portraying a Native American in two western series, playing Cochise in ABC's Broken Arrow and as Apache Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart in NBC's Law of the Plainsman. He also appeared in a number of big screen Westerns as well as a number of Biblical epics, including The Robe, The Ten Commandments and The Greatest Story Ever Told, however it was his role as Kang that will be remembered the most.

Ansara's relationship with Star Trek began when he first appeared as the Klingon warrior Kang, going on to play him another two episodes in the 1990's in two separate spin-offs from the original series. He first appeared in the 1968 broadcast episode 'Day of the Dove' from the original Star Trek series, reprising his role for the Deep Space 9 episode 'Blood Oath' and again for the Voyager episode 'Flashback.'

Michael passed away in his home in Calabasas, California on Wednesday 31 July following a prolonged battle with illness, his former publicist confirmed earleir this week. He was married to I Dream of Jeanie's Barbara Eden between 1958 and 1974, with the two having one son, Matthew Michael Ansara - who died of a herion overdose in 2001, during their marriage. He is survived by his second wife, Beverly, his sister Rose, his niece Michelle and nephew Michael John.

Michael Ansara will forever be remembered as the man who portrayed one of sci-fi's most feared yet respected villains; Kang in the television series Star Trek. Following his death earlier this week, the actor will further be remembered as not only a great villain, but as a great actor who was respected by his peers, loved by his fans and will be missed by his friends, family and colleagues.

Born to American parents in a small village in Syria in 1922 (he returned to America with his parents two years later), Ansara first ventured into acting in the late 1940's, eventually breaking into television and some movie work after a few years performing on-stage. He first got his break portraying a Native American in two western series, playing Cochise in ABC's Broken Arrow and as Apache Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart in NBC's Law of the Plainsman. He also appeared in a number of big screen Westerns as well as a number of Biblical epics, including The Robe, The Ten Commandments and The Greatest Story Ever Told, however it was his role as Kang that will be remembered the most.

Ansara's relationship with Star Trek began when he first appeared as the Klingon warrior Kang, going on to play him another two episodes in the 1990's in two separate spin-offs from the original series. He first appeared in the 1968 broadcast episode 'Day of the Dove' from the original Star Trek series, reprising his role for the Deep Space 9 episode 'Blood Oath' and again for the Voyager episode 'Flashback.'

Michael passed away in his home in Calabasas, California on Wednesday 31 July following a prolonged battle with illness, his former publicist confirmed earleir this week. He was married to I Dream of Jeanie's Barbara Eden between 1958 and 1974, with the two having one son, Matthew Michael Ansara - who died of a herion overdose in 2001, during their marriage. He is survived by his second wife, Beverly, his sister Rose, his niece Michelle and nephew Michael John.

3rd August 2013 3773688
'Monsters University' Fends Off 'The Heat': Still No.1 In US Box Office 3741510 News

Monsters University spent its second week at No.1 in the US Weekend Box Office grossing $46.2 million. The sequel of Monsters Inc. follows the early, not so jovial, relationship of Sulley and Mike as they attend college. Monsters University includes some big names from the acting community including Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Dame Helen Mirren.

Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal with ‘Mike Wazowski’, the character he voices in Monsters Inc. and Monsters University

Disney Pixar’s animation has fended off competition from Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy’s cop comedy The Heat. The comedy has received favourable reviews and the weekend box office reflects this, grossing since its release on Friday $40 million.

The Heat has received mixed reviews, most critics have commented that whilst the film lacks originality, it is enjoyable viewing. 

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy
Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy at the New York premiere of The Heat.

Another new release, Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx’s White House Down has been considerably less successful than was expected, gaining $25.7 million. 

In comparison, World War Z, which has been out for two weeks, has made $29.8 million. White House Down has been largely panned by critics who have described the action movie as ‘formulaic’ (Liam Lacey of Globe and Mail) and ‘a celebration of rampant mayhem’ (Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post). 

Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum at the New York premiere of White House Down.

However, critics’ comments do not necessarily reflect what the majority of cinema-goers enjoy. As a prime example: Superman: Man of Steel, which has gained mediocre critique, has remained in the top ten since its release on 12th June. Superman: Man of Steel remained at No.3, grossing $20.8 million. 

Remaining in the top 10 are Star Trek Into Darkness; Fast and Furious 6; The Internship; This Is The End and Now You See Me

The Box Office has been slightly stagnant of late. Hopefully there will be movement soon as new releases this week include Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer’s The Lone Ranger and Despicable Me 2

Monsters University spent its second week at No.1 in the US Weekend Box Office grossing $46.2 million. The sequel of Monsters Inc. follows the early, not so jovial, relationship of Sulley and Mike as they attend college. Monsters University includes some big names from the acting community including Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Dame Helen Mirren.

Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal with ‘Mike Wazowski’, the character he voices in Monsters Inc. and Monsters University

Disney Pixar’s animation has fended off competition from Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy’s cop comedy The Heat. The comedy has received favourable reviews and the weekend box office reflects this, grossing since its release on Friday $40 million.

The Heat has received mixed reviews, most critics have commented that whilst the film lacks originality, it is enjoyable viewing. 

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy
Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy at the New York premiere of The Heat.

Another new release, Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx’s White House Down has been considerably less successful than was expected, gaining $25.7 million. 

In comparison, World War Z, which has been out for two weeks, has made $29.8 million. White House Down has been largely panned by critics who have described the action movie as ‘formulaic’ (Liam Lacey of Globe and Mail) and ‘a celebration of rampant mayhem’ (Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post). 

Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum at the New York premiere of White House Down.

However, critics’ comments do not necessarily reflect what the majority of cinema-goers enjoy. As a prime example: Superman: Man of Steel, which has gained mediocre critique, has remained in the top ten since its release on 12th June. Superman: Man of Steel remained at No.3, grossing $20.8 million. 

Remaining in the top 10 are Star Trek Into Darkness; Fast and Furious 6; The Internship; This Is The End and Now You See Me

The Box Office has been slightly stagnant of late. Hopefully there will be movement soon as new releases this week include Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer’s The Lone Ranger and Despicable Me 2

30th June 2013 3724989
Eddie Redmayne To Play Stephen Hawking In New Biopic 3718340 News

Les Misérables star, Eddie Redmayne is set to play Stephen Hawking in a new biopic Theory of Everything directed by James Marsh, according Deadline.com Redmayne is currently filming Jupiter Ascending starring alongside Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum. It is currently unknown who will play Hawking's first wife. Filming for Theory of Everything is scheduled to begin this autumn.

Stephen Hawking is the world's most famous and revered scientist. The brilliance and accessibility of his works - A Brief History of Time, Horizon and a collection of science books for children - have ensured Hawking has a place not only in academia but in popular culture. 

However, Hawking is as well known for his disability as he is for his work. The world famous physicist was diagnosed, aged 21, with motor neuron disease. The illness, progressively worsening since Hawking's diagnosis in 1962, has confined Hawking to a wheelchair. He is unable to speak without a voice simulator. Despite all the difficulties Hawking faces he continues to teach at the University of Cambridge. 

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This will be the first feature film about Hawking's life, which has previously been dramatized in the 2004 BBC film Hawking, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Similarly to the 2004 adaptation, the film will concentrate on Hawking's personal life including the difficulties caused by his illness. 

Considering the obstacles Hawking has had to overcome, he has led a truly remarkable life: he has met presidents, royalty and has travelled into space. Hawking also harbours an interest in entertainment: the scientist (or his voice) has appeared in a range of television shows including The Simpsons, Futurama, The Big Bang Theory and Star Trek: The Next Generation. 

Eddie RedmayneStephen Hawking
Eddie Redmayne [L] Will Play Stephen Hawking [R] In An Upcoming Biopic

Les Misérables star, Eddie Redmayne is set to play Stephen Hawking in a new biopic Theory of Everything directed by James Marsh, according Deadline.com Redmayne is currently filming Jupiter Ascending starring alongside Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum. It is currently unknown who will play Hawking's first wife. Filming for Theory of Everything is scheduled to begin this autumn.

Stephen Hawking is the world's most famous and revered scientist. The brilliance and accessibility of his works - A Brief History of Time, Horizon and a collection of science books for children - have ensured Hawking has a place not only in academia but in popular culture. 

However, Hawking is as well known for his disability as he is for his work. The world famous physicist was diagnosed, aged 21, with motor neuron disease. The illness, progressively worsening since Hawking's diagnosis in 1962, has confined Hawking to a wheelchair. He is unable to speak without a voice simulator. Despite all the difficulties Hawking faces he continues to teach at the University of Cambridge. 

<iframe width="636" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/E6PV0Yp6ypw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

This will be the first feature film about Hawking's life, which has previously been dramatized in the 2004 BBC film Hawking, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Similarly to the 2004 adaptation, the film will concentrate on Hawking's personal life including the difficulties caused by his illness. 

Considering the obstacles Hawking has had to overcome, he has led a truly remarkable life: he has met presidents, royalty and has travelled into space. Hawking also harbours an interest in entertainment: the scientist (or his voice) has appeared in a range of television shows including The Simpsons, Futurama, The Big Bang Theory and Star Trek: The Next Generation. 

Eddie RedmayneStephen Hawking
Eddie Redmayne [L] Will Play Stephen Hawking [R] In An Upcoming Biopic

13th June 2013 3663300
Sir Patrick Stewart Wants You To Know He's Tried Pizza Before, Honest 3695867 News

Sir Patrick Stewart found himself making headlines around the world this week after wandering into a Brooklyn pizzeria and announcing it was his first ever slice. The 72-year-old Star Trek actor was dragged into the eatery by his fiance who claimed she could cure his hangover with some premium melted cheese and a fizzy drink.

In a Twitter picture posted on Thursday, showing him enjoying his pizza, Stewart said, "My first ever pizza slice," which basically sent the Internet into frantic overdrive. How had one of the world's most famous actors never tried the delights of a pizza? However, all was not what it seemed, and Stewart told the New York Magazine, "People misunderstood. There was a school of thought that I had eaten my first pizza, but of course how could that possibly be true? I would have had to have stayed locked up in a cellar," he said, adding, "But nevertheless.this was my first slice of pizza, which I was only eating because my fiancée and I were a little hungover yesterday morning and she said what we need is pizza and a soothing drink - and she was right. It solved the problem." Nice work Patrick!

So there you have it, Sir Patrick Stewart has tried a pizza before, though never in slice form. Weird!

Patrick Stewart And FiancePatrick Stewart With His Fiance At The Olivier Awards

Patrick Stewart
Patrick Stewart Leaving A Deli In Los Angeles. He Did Not Have Pizza.

Sir Patrick Stewart found himself making headlines around the world this week after wandering into a Brooklyn pizzeria and announcing it was his first ever slice. The 72-year-old Star Trek actor was dragged into the eatery by his fiance who claimed she could cure his hangover with some premium melted cheese and a fizzy drink.

In a Twitter picture posted on Thursday, showing him enjoying his pizza, Stewart said, "My first ever pizza slice," which basically sent the Internet into frantic overdrive. How had one of the world's most famous actors never tried the delights of a pizza? However, all was not what it seemed, and Stewart told the New York Magazine, "People misunderstood. There was a school of thought that I had eaten my first pizza, but of course how could that possibly be true? I would have had to have stayed locked up in a cellar," he said, adding, "But nevertheless.this was my first slice of pizza, which I was only eating because my fiancée and I were a little hungover yesterday morning and she said what we need is pizza and a soothing drink - and she was right. It solved the problem." Nice work Patrick!

So there you have it, Sir Patrick Stewart has tried a pizza before, though never in slice form. Weird!

Patrick Stewart And FiancePatrick Stewart With His Fiance At The Olivier Awards

Patrick Stewart
Patrick Stewart Leaving A Deli In Los Angeles. He Did Not Have Pizza.

31st May 2013 3531494
Amazon Thinks Profits And Sanctions Fan Fiction Marketplace 3683514 News

What’s that? A giant global corporation has ignored the creative integrity of the people it profits from in order to maximize gross income, potentially alienating future authors and jeopardizing their commerce? That’s right, Amazon is all-aboard the fan fiction train, next stop: avoiding tax on the profit it makes from it!

This means a fan of a book, like Twilight for instance, could write a story with Bella, Edward and Jacob, and sell it back to readers via the Kindle store. That is, if Stephenie Meyer signs up to it, which, considering the size of the brand, she probably won’t. It also means the latent homoerotic relationship between Star Trek’s Kirk and Spock, exhibited so often by completely normal fan fiction writers, can now be a nice little earner for them. Nice that.

It’s surprising just how many authors are signing up to let their work be taken by a fan and moulded into something else. Amazon reckon the "Kindle Worlds" project is a good thing for writers, as it is "an entirely new way to monetise their valuable franchises [and] it allows them to extend their worlds with new stories and characters and more deeply engage with existing fans".

William ShatnerLeonard Nimoy
If Star Trek fan-fictioners had their way, these two would be 'shacked up'

One author on board is Sara Shepherd, the author of Pretty Little Liars. "Seeing Pretty Little Liars fans adapt and create their own stories is both exciting and flattering and I think what Amazon Publishing is offering through Kindle Worlds is a great way to reward their ingenuity," explained Shephard.

On the other end of the spectrum is Anne Rice, who, rather emphatically made her feelings on the subject clear via her website. "I do not allow fan fiction. The characters are copyrighted. It upsets me terribly to even think about fan fiction with my characters. I advise my readers to write your own original stories with your own characters. It is absolutely essential that you respect my wishes."

Stephanie MeyerStephenie Meyer's Twilight is a fan fiction favourite

What’s that? A giant global corporation has ignored the creative integrity of the people it profits from in order to maximize gross income, potentially alienating future authors and jeopardizing their commerce? That’s right, Amazon is all-aboard the fan fiction train, next stop: avoiding tax on the profit it makes from it!

This means a fan of a book, like Twilight for instance, could write a story with Bella, Edward and Jacob, and sell it back to readers via the Kindle store. That is, if Stephenie Meyer signs up to it, which, considering the size of the brand, she probably won’t. It also means the latent homoerotic relationship between Star Trek’s Kirk and Spock, exhibited so often by completely normal fan fiction writers, can now be a nice little earner for them. Nice that.

It’s surprising just how many authors are signing up to let their work be taken by a fan and moulded into something else. Amazon reckon the "Kindle Worlds" project is a good thing for writers, as it is "an entirely new way to monetise their valuable franchises [and] it allows them to extend their worlds with new stories and characters and more deeply engage with existing fans".

William ShatnerLeonard Nimoy
If Star Trek fan-fictioners had their way, these two would be 'shacked up'

One author on board is Sara Shepherd, the author of Pretty Little Liars. "Seeing Pretty Little Liars fans adapt and create their own stories is both exciting and flattering and I think what Amazon Publishing is offering through Kindle Worlds is a great way to reward their ingenuity," explained Shephard.

On the other end of the spectrum is Anne Rice, who, rather emphatically made her feelings on the subject clear via her website. "I do not allow fan fiction. The characters are copyrighted. It upsets me terribly to even think about fan fiction with my characters. I advise my readers to write your own original stories with your own characters. It is absolutely essential that you respect my wishes."

Stephanie MeyerStephenie Meyer's Twilight is a fan fiction favourite

23rd May 2013 3578867
Star Trek Into Darkness Suffers US Box Office Disappointment 3676064 News

It was a bitter sweet weekend for the team behind Star Trek Into Darkness, after the much-anticipated film managed to top the US Box Office on its debut weekend with exceptionally high figures, yet missed the figure of $100 million it was hoping for and even the figure set by its predecessor in 2009.

There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the new JJ Abrams film, but when was all said and done we reckon they’ll be disappointed with how it’s gone Stateside, with the film taking in a still-impressive $70.6 million, but one which pales in comparison to the hoped-for target and the $75.2 million taken in by 2009’s Star Trek. Trailing behind it was Iron Man 3, which posted still-respectable figures of $35.2 million, while The Great Gatsby was in third place with $23.4 million.

So why did Star Trek Into Darkness not meet expectations? The BBC reports that Hollywood.com’s Paul Dergarabedian reckons that the film is still something of a ‘fanboy’ film, and hasn’t crossed out into the general main stream like, say, a Twilight has. "It's a very specific brand, but I think the general public would love this movie, because it's such an action movie” he said. “But to get a hundred-million-plus opening weekend, unless you're Twilight, you really have to cross over to all audiences."

Benedict CumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch and co. didn't perform to expectations

It was a bitter sweet weekend for the team behind Star Trek Into Darkness, after the much-anticipated film managed to top the US Box Office on its debut weekend with exceptionally high figures, yet missed the figure of $100 million it was hoping for and even the figure set by its predecessor in 2009.

There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the new JJ Abrams film, but when was all said and done we reckon they’ll be disappointed with how it’s gone Stateside, with the film taking in a still-impressive $70.6 million, but one which pales in comparison to the hoped-for target and the $75.2 million taken in by 2009’s Star Trek. Trailing behind it was Iron Man 3, which posted still-respectable figures of $35.2 million, while The Great Gatsby was in third place with $23.4 million.

So why did Star Trek Into Darkness not meet expectations? The BBC reports that Hollywood.com’s Paul Dergarabedian reckons that the film is still something of a ‘fanboy’ film, and hasn’t crossed out into the general main stream like, say, a Twilight has. "It's a very specific brand, but I think the general public would love this movie, because it's such an action movie” he said. “But to get a hundred-million-plus opening weekend, unless you're Twilight, you really have to cross over to all audiences."

Benedict CumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch and co. didn't perform to expectations

20th May 2013 3664747
Star Trek Into Darkness Fails To Impress At Box Office 3675283 News

Star Trek Into Darkness eased its way to the top of the box office charts upon its American release this weekend, but it failed to hit the targets set by the money people, and the standards set by its predecessor.

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It nabbed an estimated $70.6m in the three-day period, add to that the early release, and it totalled a domestic haul of $84.1m. This doesn’t make for a pleasant read when you compare it to the last Star Trek film, which managed $86.7m in the same period of time. It’s a strong debut, no doubt, but it remains disappointing given the predictions were higher, and a triple A sequel should always outgun its predecessor. Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com. “It's a very specific brand, but I think the general public would love this movie, because it's such an action movie. But to get a hundred-million-plus opening weekend, unless you're `Twilight,' you really have to cross over to all audiences.” It does have the potential to build upon this wobbly start, though; Paramount are hoping they can surpass the $385 million worldwide total of Star Trek. “I think we're well along on that road,” Don Harris, Paramount's head of distribution, said.

Chris PinePine plays the legendery Capt. Kirk in Star Trek

Into Darkness toppled Iron Man 3 form the top of the charts. The third outing for Tony Stark in his metal suit has been a huge success, though. It took the Box Office table for its first two weeks, and by its third, despite being usurped, it still managed $35.2m. This means a worldwide gross of $1.1b, taking it into the top 20 all-time grossing films. Fine company indeed!

Star Trek Into Darkness eased its way to the top of the box office charts upon its American release this weekend, but it failed to hit the targets set by the money people, and the standards set by its predecessor.

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It nabbed an estimated $70.6m in the three-day period, add to that the early release, and it totalled a domestic haul of $84.1m. This doesn’t make for a pleasant read when you compare it to the last Star Trek film, which managed $86.7m in the same period of time. It’s a strong debut, no doubt, but it remains disappointing given the predictions were higher, and a triple A sequel should always outgun its predecessor. Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com. “It's a very specific brand, but I think the general public would love this movie, because it's such an action movie. But to get a hundred-million-plus opening weekend, unless you're `Twilight,' you really have to cross over to all audiences.” It does have the potential to build upon this wobbly start, though; Paramount are hoping they can surpass the $385 million worldwide total of Star Trek. “I think we're well along on that road,” Don Harris, Paramount's head of distribution, said.

Chris PinePine plays the legendery Capt. Kirk in Star Trek

Into Darkness toppled Iron Man 3 form the top of the charts. The third outing for Tony Stark in his metal suit has been a huge success, though. It took the Box Office table for its first two weeks, and by its third, despite being usurped, it still managed $35.2m. This means a worldwide gross of $1.1b, taking it into the top 20 all-time grossing films. Fine company indeed!

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