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TrekMovie.com is a news blog website about the Star Trek media franchise. It features news reports about the feature films, television and web series, and other related Star Trek fandom.
The site was founded by Trek fan Anthony Pascale as a site focused on bringing accurate and up-to-date news and information about Star Trek. TrekMovie.com was launched as The Trek XI Report on July 15, 2006, the same day it was announced that J. J. Abrams would direct Paramount Pictures' new Star Trek. Over time, TrekMovie.com garnered a reputation for scooping Star Trek news and has been cited as a source by websites like Slashdot, Fark, SciFiWire, Yahoo! Movies and others. Pascale and his site have also been cited on the G4TV, various local TV stations and in The Wall Street Journal.
TrekMovie.com continued to grow as a range of editors and contributors—respected experts covering different areas of the Star Trek franchise—were brought on. The site was the highest ranked Star Trek news site in 2008.
Rumored demise and controversy
Beginning around May 2013, the site often went weeks or months with no updates. When updates resumed, no explanation was given. After the release of 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness, the site posted an article about the film's second week of release, and then went for several weeks without any new updates. For a significant period of time Anthony Pascale did not post or write anything for the site.
In September of that same year, the site was a source of controversy following the release of Into Darkness. Guest writer Joseph Dickerson's op-ed "Is Star Trek Broken?" opined that Into Darkness had moved too far from the themes that made Star Trek relevant and popular. The op-ed generated thousands of comments, including harsh reaction by the co-writer of the film Roberto Orci. Orci's comments—which criticized fans' negative reactions, dismissed the op-ed, and ultimately suggested that detractors "fuck off"—were covered by multiple news sites. Orci later apologized and briefly stopped commenting on TrekMovie.
Anthony Pascale has since returned to regularly posting articles.
- "About". TrekMovie.com. SciFanatic Network. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
- Dickerson, Joseph (1 September 2013). "Editorial: Star Trek is broken - Here are ideas on how to fix it". TrekMovie.com. SciFanatic Network. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
- Han, Angie (6 September 2013). "Robert Orci fires back at Star Trek Into Darkness haters: "F*ck off!"". /Film. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
- Asher-Perrin, Emily (6 September 2013). "Bob Orci blows up at Star Trek fan for not adoring Into Darkness". Tor.com. Macmillan. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
- Caron, Nathalie (6 September 2013). "Star Trek writer responds to slams, tells sequel critics to #@&! off". Blastr. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
- Caron, Nathalie (9 September 2013). "Roberto Orci says he's sorry for telling Star Trek fans to #@&! off". Blastr. Retrieved 14 June 2016.