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Cho On Racism

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For John Cho, being an Asian-American actor has brought its own challenges for the actor.

But being cast on Selfie as television’s first Asian lead is a step in the right direction.

Cho has run into problems at time and works hard to avoid stereotyping. “I experienced racism, and in my professional life, I try to take roles (and have always tried to take roles) that don’t fall within the parameters of any Asian stereotype,” he said. “And so to me, hopefully, that’s a positive thing I can put into popular culture and so maybe in some bizarrely tiny way that helps people not think of Asians in one particular way.”

Asked to do an accent for Big Fat Liar once, Cho said no. “I don’t want to do this role in a kid’s comedy, with an accent, because I don’t want young people laughing at an accent inadvertently,” he said. But Director Shawn Levy worked with him to help to develop the character. “I bumped into [Levy] recently, and for him he says it was his first feature, and it was really awesome from HIS perspective that it was a good reminder that actors need to feel invested and the importance of collaboration, but for ME it was important that someone understood where I was coming from politically as far as representation of Asian-Americans.”

Selfie airs Tuesdays at 8 PM Eastern on ABC.

9th October 2014 by T'Bonz

The Shatner Project Debut

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The Shatner Project, William Shatner‘s latest television show, will debut later this month.

Announced last spring, The Shatner Project is a six-part series focusing on the remodel of Shatner’s own residence.

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9th October 2014 by T'Bonz

Star Trek New Visions Comic Preview

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Star Trek: New Visions #3: Cry Vengeance comes out tomorrow, but readers can have a sneak peek today.

This photonovel story was both written and illustrated by John Byrne.

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7th October 2014 by T'Bonz

New Diamond Select Trek Toys

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Two new Trek-themed products from Diamond Select Toys will arrive next March.

The items are the Star Trek: The Original Series NCC-1701 Enterprise Electronic Starship, and the Star Trek: The Original Series Captain Kirk Vinyl Bust Bank.

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7th October 2014 by T'Bonz

New Starships Collection Ships Announced

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The Official Starships Collection has announced five more Star Trek ships.

The ships include two Federation ships and three alien ships.

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7th October 2014 by T'Bonz

Shatner Twitter Misunderstanding

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A short tweet from William Shatner set off a firestorm online.

The tweet, posted in the wee hours this morning, said “I’m baaaaccckk!!!”

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7th October 2014 by T'Bonz

The Red Shirt Diaries: Mudd’s Women

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It’s another week aboard the USS Enterprise for Ensign Williams, and time for more strange happenings to affect the hapless redshirt.

In episode six of The Red Shirt Diaries, Ensign Williams must deal with power outages, and Harcourt Fenton Mudd.

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6th October 2014 by T'Bonz

QMx’s USS Reliant Artisan Replica

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The next release in the artisan replica starship series by QMx will be the USS Reliant, seen in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Only five hundred of the USS Reliant Artisan Replica ships will be created.

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6th October 2014 by T'Bonz

Grodenchik: Who Was Rom?

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Actor Max Grodenchik delves into the character of Rom and explains what makes the Ferengi tick.

Initially the character of Rom was meant to be a Ferengi misfit, one who couldn’t fit into the profit-loving Ferengi society.

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6th October 2014 by T'Bonz

Bakula Wants Interesting Character Roles

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When it comes to his acting roles, Scott Bakula wants characters who are interesting and vibrant.

The actor is currently portraying Dwayne “King” Pride on the newly-launched NCIS: New Orleans.

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6th October 2014 by T'Bonz

Retro Review: Afterimage

Dax and Garak both attempt to come to terms with their conflicted roles and relationships.

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3rd October 2014 by Michelle

Sindicate Lager Debuts

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Those attending Destination Star Trek 3 in London this weekend will be able to obtain the newest creation from The Federation of Beer.

The beer, debuting as a “one-time-release” at the convention, is called Sindicate Lager.

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3rd October 2014 by T'Bonz

Grodenchik: Auditioning For Quark

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Deep Space Nine fans know Max Grodenchik as the loveable Rom, but the actor first tried out for the part of Quark.

Grodenchik was told of the audition by his makeup supervisor, Mike Westmore, while the actor was working on The Next Generation‘s The Perfect Mate.

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3rd October 2014 by T'Bonz

Trek-Themed Volkswagen Commercial

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The German Volkswagen campaign featuring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy has released a short video.

The video features the actors, a young boy in a Trek shirt, and the USS Enterprise.

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3rd October 2014 by T'Bonz

Deep Space Nine: The Missing

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At the end of the year, a new Deep Space Nine book, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Missing, will debut.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Missing was written by Una McCormack with a cover designed by Doug Drexler.

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2nd October 2014 by T'Bonz