LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow reboot is the biggest thing to hit Kickstarter since that meddlesome girl P.I. Veronica Mars. Having easily streamed past its initial $1 million goal, and nearing its secondary goal of $5 million, Burton and his team are giving it a big push that will have some very specific appeal to Trekkies. If you love Reading Rainbow, and if you love Star Trek, then Burton has a treat for you. (more…)
We featured Levar Burton‘s new Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign yesterday, along with 95% of the Internet and it seems that all the attention has paid off big time. In less than one day Burton’s Kickstarter reached the $1 million dollar goal and is still climbing. One of Burton’s Reading Rainbow team decided to video Burton’s reaction when the $1 million dollar goal was reached and we’ve got his tearful reaction video below. (more…)
We’ve seen some pretty ridiculous shit pop up ever since the phenomenon of Kickstarter infected the Internet. Not all the stuff that people want funding for makes a lot of sense, particularly when it comes to big-moneyed stars trying to get other (i.e.: poorer) people to pay for their pet projects. But one of the latest Kickstarter campaigns is actually worthy of our attention. Star Trek: The Next Generation star, LeVar Burton is looking to get some cash together so he can restart his old educational show, Reading Rainbow. (more…)
Not for the first time, the artist formally known as Geordi LaForge shares some sour grapes about the J.J. Abrams-led reboot of the Star Trek franchise. Last year, LeVar Burton said that there wasn’t enough reverence for Star Trek: The Next Generation in Abrams’ 2009 film, and now Burton thinks that Abrams is trying to mitigate all previous incarnations of the franchise, and he’s against that!
Here’s what Burton told the Toronto Sun:
“(Abrams’ Star Trek) was a great movie, and he brought a whole new generation to Trek. But I’m a little disquieted by things I hear coming out of his camp, things like he would like to be remembered as the only Trek—which would discount everything before he got there.
“There’s ‘breaking the canon,’ which he did (by re-inventing Star Trek‘s timeline). But there’s also honouring the canon. And to pretend to be the only one is really egocentric and immature.
“I just came from a conference in San Francisco with Advanced Micro Devices, and they’re working on technology towards building a holodeck. That was Next Generation. And that’s part of what Star Trek has brought to the culture. So when JJ Abrams says, There should be no Star Trek except the one I make,’ I call bulls—, J.J.”
OH… snap? Hm, I don’t remember any comment from anyone in Abrams’ camp disrespecting the canon. In fact, Star Trek Into Darkness screenwriters Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof are both avowed Trek fans, the ’09 Star Trek had the usual Easter Eggs for fans, and all the related Star Trek comic books through IDW have been full of references to both the Original Series and Next Gen. Sounds like someone’s trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill, especially since he’ll do anything for gas money and the promise of free food.
This past weekend at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation took to the stage in what was surely a momentous occasion for all Trekkies in attendance. The reunion marked the show’s 25th anniversary and included LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Brent Spiner, Wil Wheaton, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn and Sir Patrick Stewart. I know, you’re already shaking with jealousy over the fact you weren’t present to witness what must have been an evening of true Star Trek awesomeness. Never fear, this is the internet age where anything and everything is recorded for posterity. Below you’ll find a full 66 minutes of the reunion that’s been uploaded to Youtube thanks to cid388.
But first! I’d like to highlight this moment extra special and extremely heartfelt moment. Wil Wheaton gave his own touching tribute to the crew of the Enterprise and I dare you not to get even a little teary-eyed. Note, not recommend for the easily emotional. Especially if you’re at work. Do you want to try and explain why you’re crying like a little girl about Star Trek to your co-workers?
Hit the jump for the all the videos recapping the reunion.