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IDW to release Harlan Ellison's 'Star Trek' tale as new graphic novel


Everything in Hollywood has a story, but to pop culture nerds, perhaps no story is more interesting than the one surrounding the controversy behind acclaimed writer Harlan Ellison and his popular Star Trek tale, “The City on the Edge of Forever.”

Ellison wrote the original teleplay for the penultimate episode of the first season in early 1966, which he notes, “was changed vastly when the episode aired” on April 6, 1967. “The City on the Edge of Forever” focuses on the USS Enterprise discovering a portal through space and time, which ultimately leads to an accidental altering of history that Kirk and Spock, trapped in the 1930s, must race against time to correct. At its core, however, the episode is a genuine and moving love story between Captain Kirk and social worker Edith Keeler (Joan Collins).

'Brokeback Mountain,' Sarah Palin and Klingons: 10 operas based on pop culture

Opera has always been a reflection of the cultural zeitgeist of Western society. Historical events, popular stories, real people—they’ve all inspired musicalizations which allow patrons to connect directly with cultural moments in artistic ways.

But while opera may have stopped being the most popular art form, it never stopped being a relevant one. Hats off to the contemporary composers who continue to devote themselves to breathing life into the art form (because if they don’t, who will?). Opera is an endangered species, much like pandas or stenographers, and it continues to thrive creatively by reflecting the pop culture moments—movies, novels, reality stars—that you perhaps didn’t expect to be made operatic.

You may not have known that there’s a Brokeback Mountain opera opening January 28 in Madrid. Or that New York City Opera ended its decades-long run with an opera about Anna Nicole Smith. In fact, there are a slew of recent pop culture-inspired operas you might not know about: READ FULL STORY

George Takei talks taking on tech for all generations in new YouTube series


In this modern age of technology, George Takei definitely knows how to live long and prosper.

The Star Trek actor and social media maven has teamed up with the AARP for a bi-weekly series on YouTube called Takei’s Take, a smart, funny, irreverent look at what is happening in the world of the Internet and technology and how it infiltrates our lives. EW was on location at YouTube Space LA where the series is filmed to talk to George about the show, how Martin Luther King Jr. played a role in getting him to join Twitter, and why human behavior is the root of all our (tech) problems.

Takei was first approached by AARP to create the series because of his already large social media presence, which includes over 930,000 followers on Twitter and over 5 millions likes on his Facebook page. “I love the idea of sharing technology and what’s trending today with the entire demographic.” Takei told EW. “Obviously I’m of the upper baby boom generation, the AARP generation.” It was that generation of 50+ who were the original Star Trek fans and now it’s their children (and in some cases even their children’s children) who Takei wants to reach. “This is something that should be attractive to all generations.” After launching in September, the series already has over 65,000 subscribers on YouTube and just finished filming the first season.

Though he admits he has help and guidance, Takei is proud to be the older face of technology today and go against negative stereotypes, which as an Asian-American Takei says he has had to deal with his entire life. “Society in general needs to be more enlightened not to buy into stereotypes. Some of these advances are being made by senior citizens. Einstein was a senior! He was the pioneer of the future society that we are building.” But Takei is well aware that there are two sides to everything. “There are some youngsters who are absolutely dysfunctional when it comes to technology. But we shouldn’t stereotype all young people.”

'Star Trek' poster project: 'A Private Little War,' 'The Conscience of the King'

“A Private Little War” was the 19th episode of the second season of Star Trek: The Original Series. Seems the Klingons were providing a primitive tribe with guns and other advanced weaponry in their war with another tribe. Captain Kirk had to decide between honoring the Prime Directive to the letter of the law or helping the overmatched tribe by hooking them up with some firearms, too. It’s all very Cold War-y allegorical and stuff. It’s also the inspiration for the latest piece in artist Juan Ortiz’s effort to create retro sci-fi/pulp movie style poster for every single episode of ST:TOS.

'Star Trek' retro posters draw up 'The Gamesters of Triskellion,' 'That Which Survives' -- EW EXCLUSIVE

Artist and enterprising super-geek Juan Ortiz demonstrates his stylistic range in this month’s set of prints inspired by episodes of the original Star Trek television series. You can practically smell the musty newsprint wafting off the Silver Age, Kirby-esque Marvel Comics cover treatment of “The Gamers of Triskellion” (season 2, episode 16), in which Kirk, Chekov, and Uhura are taken prisoner by slavers who toil for awful entities known as The Providers and are made to participate in gladiator games against other captives. This premise has spawned a great many comic book stories, too. Just ask The Grandmaster. Of course, we are also reminded of that one episode of Challenge of the Super-Friends called “The Final Challenge“… but we digress, as we often do.


Image Credit: Juan Ortiz

Ortiz evokes Steranko in going Op-art mod for “That Which Survives” (season 3, episode 17), in which the Enterprise runs afoul with a computer-controlled femme fatale with a poisonous touch. (See below.) You can purchase prints of the posters at Quantum Mechanix. T-shirts inspired by the prints? They would be at WeLoveFine beginning Sept. 5.

Twitter: @EWDocJensen

The 'Stranger' tease: Five theories about J.J. Abrams' newest pop culture mystery


J.J. Abrams cast a meaty hook into the Web waters on Aug. 19, a teaser for a new entertainment project that we may or may not know anything about. The mystery box angler loves using this kind of bait: “Stranger” is reminiscent of his puzzling promo stuff for Super-8 or the crypto-content that the Lost brain trust used to feed fans during hiatus. (Remember “The Last Supper” ads prior to season 6?) Decoding this kind of stuff isn’t for everyone. And for some, it annoys as much as it amuses. Regardless: We’re biting. Because we are easily amused, and because we ran out of Breaking Bad analysis to read, and because no one  knows how to bait a hook quite like J.J. Abrams. We love how he turns marketing hype into storytelling fun. What’s “Stranger” about? Five theories — none of which involve Star Wars Episode VII (we assume it’s still wayyy too early for that). READ FULL STORY

Let's all overthink the 'Star Trek' reference on last night's 'Breaking Bad'

On Sunday, Aug. 11,  Breaking Bad was an hourlong exercise in sustained tension, culminating in a main-character face-off that’s been building for pretty much the entire run of the show. Fortunately for our collective heart rate, there was also a nice moment of levity, provided by Jesse’s perpetua-stoned best pals Badger and Skinny Pete. The two pals had a Clerks-worthy conversation/analysis about Star Trek which led into Badger’s full-fledged pitch for his own Star Trek teleplay. READ FULL STORY

'Star Trek' retro posters: 'Plato's Stepchildren' and 'Journey To Babel' -- EW EXCLUSIVE!

Artist Juan Ortiz is unveiling the August entries in his ongoing series of retro posters for original-series Star Trek episodes, and EW can exclusively share two of them with you. “Journey to Babel” featured the first appearance of Spock’s dad Sarek, who took the phrase “emotionally-distant father” to whole new levels. That episode was a deep-dive into Federation diplomacy, with the Enterprise hosting various ambassadors on a murder-filled space cruise. And then there’s “Plato’s Stepchildren,” an episode which featured one of the series’ more outré concepts (aliens modeling themselves after Ancient Greek culture) and the historic first-ever interracial kiss in scripted television, between Kirk and Uhura.

Scroll down and check out the posters below. The prints are for sale at Quantum Mechanix. Or, if you’re feeling fashion-forward, you can purchase the images in t-shirt form at WeLoveFine starting on Monday, August 5th.

'Star Trek' Retro Poster Project: First look at 'The Devil in the Dark,' 'The Lights of Zetar'

“The Devil in the Dark” was the 25th episode of the first season of Star Trek: The Original Series. It did not pit the U.S.S. Enterprise against Satan during a blackout on Halloween. (Because that’s exactly what you were thinking, right?) No, the devil here is the metaphorical representation of the misunderstood Other, which, in this case, is a seemingly psycho mole-like creature of sentient asbestos or rock or whatever that looks like something your cat would throw up if your cat had the stomach the size of a dumpster and only ate refried beans, and a lot of them. Sounds ludicrous — except it isn’t.  “The Devil in the Dark” is top-shelf Trek and (according to reports) William Shatner’s favorite episode ever. Also: “Dammit, Jim! I’m a doctor, not a bricklayer!” “The Devil in the Dark” is among this month’s batch of prints by artist Juan Ortiz as he continues his ongoing project to create movie posters in a retro pulp style for every single episode of ST:TOS. The July collection also includes “The Lights of Zetar,” the 18th episode of season three, in which the alien consciousness of an alien race creates stormy psychic havoc aboard the Enterprise: READ FULL STORY

KHAAAAAAAAN! 'Star Trek' retro poster push wants to put 'Space Seed' on your wall

Star Trek Into Darkness introduced a new generation of moviegoers to Khan Noonien Singh (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), one of sci-fi’s greatest villains. (Assuming they hadn’t met him before in his last incarnation. They probably did. It isn’t like Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan is some obscure Solaris-esque cult classic.) Now, as the J.J. Abrams-helmed flick tries to boldly go where the franchise has never gone before (a second consecutive $200 million domestic gross; the first $400 million worldwide gross ever), a different part of multimedia Star Trek entertainment machine is commemorating/merchandising Captain Kirk’s initial tussle with the genetically augmented super-human. Yep: The Star Trek retro poster campaign is finally giving fans “Space Seed,” the 22nd episode of the mothership’s first season, with Ricardo Montalban as Khan. The artist — as always — is Juan Ortiz. Here it is again in high res. READ FULL STORY

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