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First Look at Science Channel's Trek Nation Documentary

Trek Nation

As the original Star Trek series celebrates its 45th anniversary today, Science Channel has given an airdate to its upcoming documentary Trek Nation.

The film, produced by Rod Roddenberry Jr., the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, will run Wednesday, Nov. 30 on Science.

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Exclusive: Science Picks Up Star Trek Documentary From Gene Roddenberry's Son

Star Trek

Science Channel is boldly going where it hasn't before, partnering with Rod Roddenberry Jr., the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, to produce and air the documentary Trek Nation.

Timed to the 45th anniversary of the original Star Trek, the feature-length special will follow Roddenberry Jr. as he goes on a journey to learn more about his father, while documenting the continued celebration of the show (and its many spinoffs) by fans...
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George Lucas: I've Got 50 Hours Worth of Star Wars TV Series Scripts

George Lucas

George Lucas says he already has 50 hours worth of scripts ready for a live-action Star Wars television series — but he's waiting for a technological breakthrough to lessen the cost of shooting.

In an interview with G4's Attack of the Show, Lucas said the project was... read more

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Enlists Chewbacca for Its Season Finale

Chewbacca

The most beloved hairball in the George Lucas universe — Chewbacca, of course! — makes a guest appearance in Friday's two-part season closer of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The plot finds our gentle Wookiee captured by the raptor-like Trandoshans, who are also having a field day killing off young Jedi apprentices ...
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Unleashes a New Villain: Savage Opress

Savage Opress

Don't piss off a Sith. Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Clone Wars launches a spectacular three-episode arc on Friday that finds Darth Sidious issuing a fatwa on superstar assassin Asajj Ventress. The problem: She's becoming way too powerful and, therefore, no longer trustworthy. Naturally, Sid makes his apprentice Count Dooku do the dirty work, to prove his loyalty, but Ventress survives Dooku's murder attempt and bitterly vows to destroy her master. She'll need help with that, of course, and it comes in the form of a new badass character named Savage Opress. Here's the cool part: He's the brother of Darth Maul!

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The Force is With Seth Green's Robot Chicken — and Another Mysterious Star Wars Project

Robot Chicken Star Wars

Darth Vader discos! Boba Fett kills Chewey! R2-D2 gets sexually aroused by Padme Amidala! Is the George Lucas universe out of alignment? Nope, it's Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III (airing Sunday, 11:30/10:30c, on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim), yet another raunchy, irreverent spoof on the Lucas legacy from writer-producers Seth Green and Matt Senreich. This stop-motion hour — featuring the voices of ... read more

Francis Ford Coppola Receives Oscar Lifetime Achievement Award

Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola received the Irving G. Thalberg award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's over the weekend during an Oscar ceremony in Los Angeles. 

"I've learned how to spend money, and Francis has learned how to make it," producer George Lucas said during his tribute to Coppola.

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Matt's Weekend Picks: November 12-14

Brothers & Sisters

Smallville (Friday, 8/7c, The CW)
Before she was a desperate housewife, Teri Hatcher was a memorably dithery Lois on the mid-'90s hit Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Now she's coming full circle in a guest cameo as the new Lois Lane's dearly departed ...
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Spielberg, Lucas Are Hollywood's Richest Men

George Lucas and Steven Spielberg

Hollywood's richest men have Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to thank.

George Lucas, who earned $170 million in 2008, and his Indy co-producer Steven Spielberg ($150 million), top Forbes' first list of the 15 highest-earning men in entertainment. Their Crystal Skull star Harrison Ford, who reportedly negotiated for a healthy chunk of the film's back-end profits, earned $65 million, which was enough to land him at No. 11 on the list.

TV and movie producers occupied many prominent spots on the list, including Jerry Bruckheimer (No. 3, $100 million), Tyler Perry (No. 6, $75 million), Dick Wolf (No. 7, $75 million) and Simon Cowell (No. 8, $75 million).  Musicians Bruce Springsteen (No. 9, $70 million) and Kenny Chesney (No. 12, $65 million), buoyed by tour revenues, made the cut. Seinfeld co-creators Jerry Seinfeld (No. 4, $85 million) and Larry David (No. 15, $55 million) prove that syndication is forever, and that they are still the masters of their financial domain.

Rounding out the list are Oprah protégée Dr. Phil McGraw (No. 5, $80 million), radio shock jock Howard Stern (No. 10, $70 million), mystery writer James Patterson (No. 13, $60 million), and actor-producer Adam Sandler (No. 14, $55 million).

In a shocking twist of events, I did not make the list.

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Rapists of the Lost Ark: Did South Park Go Too Far?

South Park

Matt Stone and Trey Parker still know how to get people talking.

Wednesday night's South Park outing pushed the envelope and then did all kinds of god-awful things to it, with a recurring riff in which uberproducers George Lucas and Steven Spielberg repeatedly ... read more

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