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I’m sorry to report that Fanboy.com is now on hiatus: We’re currently thinking of relaunching the site in the future, but for now no new stories will appear. We will still be posting links we love on a regular basis on our Facebook page so please keep in touch with us there.

I first registered this site on a lark in the 90s, but then started blogging almost 9 years ago in 2006 and found it to be a very rewarding experience. However after about 3,000 or so posts I got a bit burned out, however I was very lucky in that I found a few folks who were willing to put in the work to keep the site alive (namely Ben Huber, Bob Muir and Tim Sheehy) and to them I owe a great deal of thanks. I also would like to thank you the readers of this website for coming back to us over the past few years. In the meantime we’ll keep this site up for anyone who would like to see our old stories until further notice.

 

R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 1, 2015 in Cinema, Star Trek

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At this point, I don’t think I can say anything about Leonard Nimoy that hasn’t already been said by more eloquent people. He and his acting have left indelible memories with all of us and our pop culture. And not only was he a great actor, he was also a great person. Often that’s all too rare a combination these days. In this post I’m simply going to let some of Nimoy’s work speak for itself. Live love and prosper. Read more…

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Simon Pegg Will Co-Write Star Trek 3

Posted by Ben Huber on Jan 23, 2015 in Star Trek

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In a curious turn of events, it appears that one of the actors in Star Trek will help write the next installment. Simon Pegg has been signed on to co-write Star Trek 3 along with Doug Jung. The third installment in the Star Trek series has had some minor issues as it searched for a director and a solid script. Now with Justin Lin on board and an upgraded scripting crew, perhaps now the film will really get rolling. Pegg is obviously talented a writing, having helped Edgar Wright script all three of the Cornetto trilogy films. Will this turn the film into Star Trek 3: Scotty’s Adventure? Read more…

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Justin Lin Directing Star Trek 3, Orci No Longer Writing

Posted by Ben Huber on Dec 28, 2014 in Star Trek

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You may have heard that Roberto Orci is no longer directing Star Trek 3. That’s good news (for me, because I dislike his works)! But he was still a producer and writer on the project until now: he’s now just a producer. Instead, Justin Lin of Fast and Furious will be directing the film instead. Curious indeed! Rumors are that Paramount didn’t like Orci’s approach (deep space adventures) and instead want the series to angle more towards a Guardians of the Galaxy-style story… which sounds like a recipe for disaster. No, Paramount, you don’t need cute talking animals in Star Trek. I can’t believe I’m defending Orci’s ideas, but here we are! Deep space is definitely the way to go here. Read more…

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Theme Park News: Star Wars, Doctor Who, Star Trek, and More

Posted by Ben Huber on Dec 12, 2014 in Star Trek, Star Wars

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Theme parks are big business these days, it appears! A deal has been struck between the BBC and Paramount to create the London Paramount Entertainment Resort. The park will feature attractions based off of BBC properties like Doctor Who and Top Gear, along with Paramount films such as Star Trek and Transformers. This is a pretty impressive collaboration, but don’t start booking your tickets yet: the park isn’t planned to open until 2020. In other theme park news, Disney chief Bob Iger revealed that Disney’s plans for Star Wars attractions will mainly feature rides themed around the new films, but yet didn’t exclude the possibility of rides based around the prequel and original trilogies. Still early for a lot of these plans, but still fairly interesting! Read more…

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Star Trek 3 Director Promises The Crew Will Venture Into Deep Space

Posted by Ben Huber on Jun 29, 2014 in Star Trek

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Roberto Orci… is not exactly my favorite scriptwriter. But his skills as a director are yet untested, and he’ll have plenty to test them on with the third Star Trek film. Perhaps he’ll do well! Taking over from JJ Abrams, Orci has promised some things for the next film that sound good to me: the crew will venture into deep space, and discover new alien races. Speaking of using old races or creating new ones, he said, “because this is an alternative universe I think we can choose. I don’t feel the pressure to revisit anyone or not. We are lucky that way, but we have the ability to cherry pick what has become before. It will depend on what serves the story best.” Hopefully any new species will be unique enough to propel the film! Read more…

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The Worf Of Starfleet Remixes Scorsese’s Latest

Posted by Bob Muir on Mar 5, 2014 in Cinema, Star Trek

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The Wolf of Wall Street may not have won anything at the Oscars this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t honor the movie in other ways. Grant Gourley has edited scenes from Star Trek: The Next Generation to create “The Worf of Starfleet,” and it looks surprisingly entertaining. The editing is the star here, bumping up the slow, deliberate tempo of TNG for an energetic trailer. And unlike usual, Worf comes across as smooth and almost witty, instead of his normal, kinda dorky self that haltingly discusses honor. I’d watch this movie! Read more…

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What New Inventions Did Star Trek Predict?

Posted by Bob Muir on Feb 5, 2014 in Star Trek, Tech

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Star Trek has a long history of predicting modern technology years before we made it. Cell phones, video calls, tablets, there’s a lot that wasn’t conceptualized (or at least popularized) before appearing somewhere in the franchise. Naturally, technology keeps making advances, and now Buzzfeed has run down four more Star Trek ideas that are now real. I personally think our early version of the medical tricorder is the most interesting. Maybe our devices don’t quite diagnose every problem, but even videogame camera accessories (like the Xbox One’s Kinect) can make a cursory reading of your vitals, so I’d say creating a medical tricorder that can read everything about your health is plausible based on the work done so far. Read more…

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Attack the Block Director Joe Cornish Tackling Star Trek 3?

Posted by Ben Huber on Nov 3, 2013 in Star Trek

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Now that ol’ JJ Abrams has moved on from the Treks to the Wars, someone else must take up his mantle. Who could it be? A lot of rumors have been hurtling around but Deadline is now reporting that Joe Cornish tops Paramount’s list for potential directors. The talented director most notably did Attack the Block, a great little film that featured an alien invasion and a group of people trying to survive. He did this on a pretty small budget, too, which probably makes him an attractive get for the studio. I’d definitely be up for seeing how he’d handle a third Star Trek film! Read more…

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J.J. Abrams Actually Reduced Star Trek Into Darkness Lens Flare

Posted by Bob Muir on Oct 1, 2013 in Cinema, Star Trek

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J.J. Abrams often gets mocked for how much lens flare he put into Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. But while comments about the lens flares in his reboot movie didn’t make him stop using them in the recent sequel, he says that he was actually being more conscious of how they affected the film. In fact, he claims that he actually reduced the lens flare! Read more…

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Star Trek TV Series About Worf Under Consideration

Posted by Bob Muir on Aug 22, 2013 in Star Trek, Television

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In an interview about season four of Star Trek: The Next Generation on Blu-ray, Michael Dorn, famous for playing Worf on both that series and Deep Space Nine, related an interesting bit of news. It seems that CBS and Paramount may be interested in making a new Captain Worf-centric Star Trek series. Dorn says that he has spoken with a couple producers and even got to pitch the show. However, “business things got in the way in terms of [Star Trek Into Darkness] coming out and CBS/Paramount and their relationship with JJ Abrams. [Dorn doesn’t] think they wanted to step on his toes by putting a new series on, but it’s not dead yet.” Read more…

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Celebrate Breaking Bad’s Return With An Animated Star Trek Pitch

Posted by Bob Muir on Aug 13, 2013 in Fandom, Star Trek, Television

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Last night’s Breaking Bad Season 5.5 premiere — the second half of the final season — was a tantalizing look into where the rest of the season could go. But we’re not here to talk about that, we’re here to talk about a comedic scene that helped break the tension in the middle of the episode. There are no storyline spoilers here, so those with spoiler-conscious constitutions can safely watch, though I suppose hearing this scene out of context could spoil the surprise if you wanted to go in completely cold. Regardless, if I hadn’t seen the episode last night, I’d have been okay with watching this animated version of the scene. Read more…

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What if Sterling Archer was Captain of the Enterprise?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 19, 2013 in Star Trek

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The result would be Starcher Trek! See the video below: Read more…

 

Let’s Make a Klingon Bat’leth

Posted by Ben Huber on Jun 3, 2013 in Hobbies and Collections, Star Trek

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I know a lot of people who’d love to own, or do own, movie props. But I know even fewer that will actually make their own. That’s where movie prop-maker Tony Swatton comes in, who has been making real-life versions of movie and video game weapons for a while now. Batarangs, Minecraft swords, and blades from Game of Thrones are just some of the neat pieces he’s done, but his latest is massive: a Klingon Bat’leth. It’s just as sharp as a real one would be, and he puts on extra protection just to make sure he doesn’t slice his own head off. Now that’s dedication! Read more…

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How Bright Does A Franchise’s Star Burn? Movie Grosses Ranked

Posted by Bob Muir on May 28, 2013 in Cinema, Star Trek, Star Wars

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With the recent release of Star Trek Into Darkness and the constant buzz surrounding 2015’s Star Wars: Episode VII, the franchises continue to be big in the public eye. But if these two franchises were stars, how bright would they be? The New Yorker has charted the two franchises, as well as several other prominent franchises throughout the past few decades, to see which franchise has raked in the most money. Unsurprisingly, James Bond wins that, due to there being 24 films in the franchise. But when ranked by what a franchise’s average film earned, Star Wars was the clear winner, as well as in franchise profitability. (Even the prequels couldn’t ruin that!) Since we can’t embed it, you can see the full chart here and find where your favorite franchise wound up. Read more…

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Star Trek Into Darkness Had a Deleted Cumberbatch Shower Scene

Posted by Ben Huber on May 24, 2013 in Cinema, Star Trek

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Recently there were a few complaints about Alice Eve’s scene in Star Trek Into Darkness, in which she abruptly shows up in her underwear. Conan didn’t have any complaints about it, but J.J. Abrams went on his show to assuage any concerns about it, and also show off a deleted scene from the film in which the UNTITLED VILLAIN, Benedict Cumberbatch, takes a shower. I know he’s very popular with the ladies out there, so I’m a little surprised they cut this, but you can get a glimpse of his very angry shower below. Conan takes the liberty of adding his own musical choice over it, as well. Read more…

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See How the UI of Star Trek Into Darkness Was Made

Posted by Ben Huber on May 20, 2013 in Design, Star Trek

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I love behind-the-scenes articles and seeing how things were made for the movies we enjoy, so this great interview by Inventing Interactive with Jorge Almeida about the UI design process in Star Trek Into Darkness is right up my alley. Jorge goes into detail about how he and his team worked on the UI and graphics that the Enterprise crew would be interacting with. My favorite bit it when they talk about the space jump sequence, and the heads-up display used there. If you love those kinds of details this is a fun read. Check out some more concepts below and read the interview here. Read more…

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Fans Try To Resurrect Star Trek: Enterprise Season Five On Netflix

Posted by Bob Muir on May 15, 2013 in Star Trek, Television

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The latest battle for viewership is being fought on subscription services like Netflix and Hulu Plus. Original shows like House of Cards are proving to be draws, and Netflix’s exclusive season four of Arrested Development could be a major win for the service. In light of this and the renewed popularity of Star Trek thanks to J.J. Abrams’ rebooted films, has led some fans to try and resurrect Star Trek TV series on Netflix. The only thing is that the prime candidate is Star Trek: Enterprise, of all things. Read more…

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Spock vs. Spock in Audi Ad

Posted by Ben Huber on May 10, 2013 in Star Trek

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Have you ever wanted to see Zachary Quinto or Leonard Nimoy duke it out in brutal, hand-to-hand combat? A bloody battle to the death? Well, sadly, you’ll have to wait for that – perhaps some other time. For now, you’re getting a slow-paced race between the two Spocks as they drive their cars to the golf course. Rich people problems! Yes, it’s an Audi ad. So just temper your consumerist tendencies and just enjoy the jokes they pile on. Especially the Bilbo Baggins joke. Which, if you need a refresher on that, just click here. You won’t regret it. Read more…

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Learn How To Sit, The Commander Riker Way

Posted by Bob Muir on May 9, 2013 in Star Trek

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You probably know how to sit in a chair. I mean, at some point during your life, chances are good that you have sat down. But do you know how to do it and look totally amazing at the same time? I’m not just referring to sitting competently, but also being the coolest person in the room. If you’re unaware of the best way to sit, let Commander Riker show you the way. Read more…

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To Boldly Snore: The Official Trek PJs

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 7, 2013 in Star Trek

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If you dream of serving on a starship mister then we got your jammies! Show here is the Officially Licensed Star Trek Pajama Set, yes I know you’ve been wearing unofficial jammies for years but these are the real deal. For the PJs you have a choice of Kirk Gold, Scotty Red, or Spock Blue (yes Spock Blue is the logical choice): Read more…

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Star Trek Into Darkness Preview Puts Spock In A Bad Situation

Posted by Bob Muir on Apr 23, 2013 in Cinema, Star Trek

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Some of you may have seen this clip from Star Trek Into Darkness if you saw the IMAX prologue released with The Hobbit, but for many of you this will be new. There’s stuff going down on a planet with a volcano, and the young Captain Kirk must grapple with the Prime Directive as he makes a decision. Of course, there’s no resolution in this clip, but that’s why you’re going to go see the movie on May 17, 2013, right? Consider this another little morsel to tease your appetite. Read more…

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William Shatner Faces Off Against the Gorn Again in a Glorious Rematch

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 30, 2013 in Star Trek, Videogames

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I’m sure you all are aware of the classic original Star Trek battle between Captain Kirk and a Gorn. A fight that has become both hilarious and slightly endearing, in that “old-school TV show” kind of way. Well, William Shatner and the Gorn are back to appeal to your nostalgia taste buds in this new commercial for the upcoming game Star Trek: The Video Game. I won’t spoil it for you, but suffice to say, Shatner really hands it to the Gorn this time, although perhaps they both have seen better days. Watch the commercial and revel in the wonderful silliness. Read more…

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Here’s the Latest Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 22, 2013 in Cinema, Star Trek

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Are you excited yet for Star Trek Into Darkness? We’ve got another new international trailer showing up today, and while some of it is recycled footage that you’ve seen before in other trailers, much of it is new. The more I see of this movie, the more comfortable I feel about JJ Abrams taking over Star Wars. But as for Star Trek, it looks pretty impressive. I sure am hoping that the Enterprise crashing isn’t the climax of the movie, because that’d be a terrible thing to spoil. I hope Kirk can hold up against Sherlock Holmes! Watch the new trailer below. Read more…

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