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'Star Trek' theme park being developed in Jordan: What's your ride wish-list? We'll tell you ours!

Set phasers for fun! That’s because Star Trek’s getting the theme park treatment in Aqaba, Jordan. Set to begin construction in March 2012, the Red Sea Astrarium, a $1.5 billion development comprised of four hotels and 17 amusement-park-style attractions, will feature a Star Trek-themed entertainment center, including a “space-flight adventure” simulator ride (a la Disney’s Star Tours) based on the 45-year-old franchise.

Puzzled by Starfleet’s incursion into Jordan? READ FULL STORY

Kirk vs. Picard, part 2: What about Captain Sisko?

As we all know, pop-culture face-offs are, by their nature, bipolar. Chaplin vs. Keaton, Sean Connery vs. Roger Moore, McDonalds vs. Burger King. The saddest thing about this is that, like our two-party government, our options are limited. And, yet, nobody ever seems to care much for a third choice when it’s presented — I’m looking at you Harold Lloyd, Timothy Dalton, Wendy’s, Ralph Nader.

Earlier today, you witnessed my esteemed colleagues Darren Franich and Joseph Brannigan Lynch debate the respective merits of Captains James Tiberius Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard as if they represent all that the mighty United Federation of Planets has to offer. But PopWatchers, I come before you to argue for a third choice, a noble choice, the right choice: Captain Benjamin Lafayette Sisko. The anchor of that greatest of Star Trek series, the haunting, murky Deep Space Nine, is everything a Starfleet captain should be, even if he was merely a “Commander” for the first three seasons. READ FULL STORY

Captain Kirk vs. Captain Picard: Who is the greatest 'Star Trek' captain of them all?

In a deleted scene from Pulp Fiction, Uma Thurman offers a unified theory of pop culture, which (this being a Quentin Tarantino movie) doubles as a unified theory of humanity. “When it comes to important subjects,” she explains, “There’s only two ways a person can answer. For example, there’s two kinds of people in this world: Beatles people and Elvis people. Now Beatles people can like Elvis. And Elvis people can like the Beatles. But nobody likes them both equally. Somewhere, you have to make a choice. And that choice tells me who you are.” READ FULL STORY

New 'Star Trek' game will let you play as Kirk or Spock. Which would you choose?

Star Trek has a shaky history in the videogame world. For every underrated gem — like the great Macintosh graphic adventure Judgment Rites — there’s a whole host of lame Trek games with interchangeable names like Armada or Legacy or New Worlds. But today, Paramount unveiled the first trailer for a 2012 Trek game, based on the rebooted universe of J. J. Abrams’ 2009 film, and the game looks pretty cool, allowing you to play in co-op mode as either Kirk or Spock. With lots of zero-g floating and phaser battles in dark starship hallways, the game looks a little bit like Dead Space and Mass Effect — both of which are very good things. But the trailer also forces you to ask yourself: Would you rather play as the dynamo Enterprise captain, or as his cooler-than-ice second office? Check out the video and vote in our poll. READ FULL STORY

'Star Trek' producer regrets lack of gay characters. What other shows have a surprising lack of diversity?

Brent-Spiner-dataIn an interview with AfterElton.com, Terra Nova exec. producer Brannon Braga — who cut his teeth writing and producing Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine — lamented the fact that Star Trek has never once included an out gay character in a movie or TV series. “It was a shame for a lot of us,” Braga said. “It was not a forward-thinking decision.” Yes, there was the occasional episode where, say, Commander Riker falls in love with an alien from a genderless world, or Dr. Crusher falls in love with a male alien who (thanks the symbiotic organism living inside it, naturally) changes bodies to a female — who Crusher then spurns. But as far as an out-and-proud same-sex loving character, the otherwise socially progressive and diverse Star Trek universe is stuck in the closet.

Braga does contended that had the shows been airing today, the TNG and DS9 creative teams “wouldn’t have been squeamish” about introducing a gay Trek character. Perhaps. For one thing, I always kinda wondered if Data, in his exploration of what it means to be human, would ever get intimate with a male crew-mate the same way he did with Tasha Yar. (Slash fiction tells me I am not alone in this overshare.) I also got to thinking: What other TV series have a surprisingly specific lack of diversity? READ FULL STORY

'Fringe' Fridays: One more reason I'll never watch 'Supernatural.' Sorry.

fringe-supernaturalImage Credit: Liane Hentscher/Fox; Jack Rowland/The CWTonight marks the soft launch of one of the TV season’s most intriguing timeslot showdowns: Fox’s sci-fi cult fave Fringe vs. The CW’s fantasy/horror cult fave Supernatural at 9 p.m. I say “soft” because Supernatural airs a repeat tonight; it’ll return with new episodes next week. Fringe — moving into the timeslot after spending over a year on Thursday nights — comes back from the winter break with an original outing entitled “The Firefly,” which plays like a wink to Joss Whedon’s gone-too-soon outer space oater (and Friday-at-9 failure) Firefly.

In its third season, Fringe has been attracting around 5 million viewers in real time. Most pundits expect that Fringe will take a ratings hit in its new home, but no one is certain how big that hit will be. Fans seem alarmed about the long-term prospects of the show; we’ll see if they’re concerned enough to make the commitment to staying home on Friday nights as opposed to making it a watch-on-DVR-over-the-weekend thing. READ FULL STORY

'Star Trek' sequel: 'We're looking at a lot of old episodes for inspiration,' say writers

Star-Trek-new-movieImage Credit: Inset: Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosScreenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are still in the early stages of writing the sequel to 2009′s Star Trek reboot (likely due in the summer of 2012), and given the general fog of secrecy that hovers over every J.J. Abrams project, you won’t be surprised to find out that their recent interview with the Los Angeles Times is very light on any specific plot revelations. However, if you sift through the writing pair’s jaunty obfuscation, you can spot two key bits of wisdom that may indicate the shape of Star Trek 12/2/Whatever.

1. They’re not thinking trilogy.

The last decade of blockbuster Hollywood storytelling has been defined by trilogies. The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man series, Christopher Nolan’s Batman series, even seemingly open-ended franchises like Blade and The Bourne Identity all reached for the curious magic of a three-part cycle. So it’s interesting to note that Orci and Kurtzman seem to be pretty okay with just making a regular old sequel. “I don’t know that we’ve ever thought of [the new Star Trek series] in terms of a trilogy,” says Orci. READ FULL STORY

This Vulcan salute sweatshirt is amazing

Oh holy cats, this Spock sweatshirt is genius. When zipped, it’s simply a hand. When unzipped, it’s inviting you to live long and prosper. I just died from the awesomeness. My ghost is typing this. [insert spooky sounds here]

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It’s even better than the Tron hoodie. Ah, Threadless, I love you.

Help elect the ultimate Sexy Beast: Vote in our final set of Top 32 matchups!

sexy-beast-round-12-aImage Credit: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Man in Black, Angel, Seven of Nine, Cameron) Mario Perez/ABC; Frank Ockenfels/The WB; Jill Greenberg/Fox; Everett CollectionRelease the Kraken! Wait, on second thought, don’t: He’s not sexy enough! That’s right, only the hottest of the hot are invited to participate in EW.com’s Sexy Beast single-elimination tournament, and temperatures continue to rise as we approach our Sweet 16 round. Today’s final set of Top 32 showdowns includes characters from Angel, Lost, Star Trek: Voyager, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Twilight, and Underworld, and it’ll be especially tough for fans of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, who’ll have to choose between two fetching franchise players. So click through past the jump to vote for your favorites in a quartet of delectable duels, and to get a look at lists of the 16 seeded players (and the actors who portray ‘em) in all four of our beastly divisions. (Eliminated beasts have their names crossed out: May they rest in sexiness!) Plus, you can click here to see the entire 64-player bracket (then click again on the image for a zoomed-in view). Polls are open for 48 hours only, so support your favorites in battle, lest they get locked away…with the Kraken! [Related: Polls are still open from Monday's matchups (including a down-to-the-wire battle between Neytiri and Leeloo; To get updates on every Sexy Beast bracket, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!] READ FULL STORY

Sexy Beast showdown: Round 2 continues with 'Star Trek,' 'Doctor Who,' 'True Blood,' 'Buffy,' and more!

sexy-beast-round-10-aImage Credit: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Darla, Jessica, Spock, The Doctor) Jaimie Trueblood/HBO; BBCEW.com’s Sexy Beasts showdown: Some call it beastspolitation, but we think it’s just good old-fashioned summer fun. Yes, folks, today we continue onward with Day Two of the second round of our single-elimination tournament, featuring characters from True Blood, Buffy, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Beowulf, Species, Underworld, and From Dusk Till Dawn. Only 16 players will advance to Round 3, so click here to see the entire 64-player bracket (then click again on the image for a zoomed-in view) and after the jump, vote for your favorites in four scintillating showdowns, plus get a look at lists of the 16 seeded players (and the actors who portray ‘em) in all four of our beastly divisions. (Eliminated beasts have their names crossed out: Sads!) Polls are open for 60 hours only, so support your favorites in battle, lest they meet hideous fates! [Related: Polls are still open for Round 1: Day 7; and Round 1: Day 8; plus, there's still time to vote in Round 2: Day 1; to get updates on every Sexy Beast bracket, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!] READ FULL STORY

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