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Fan-made 'Star Trek' Sets Become Tourist Attraction in NY


MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press


TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (AP) — Sets mimicking those of the 1960s TV series "Star Trek" have become a tourist attraction in upstate New York.

They were lovingly built by fans in recent years for an internet film series produced in the town of Ticonderoga (ty-kahn-dur-OH'-gah).

Now that the series called "Star Trek: New Voyages" has run its course after 11 full-length episodes, the sets including Capt. Kirk's bridge and engine room are open to paying customers who just can't get enough of the 50-year-old franchise.

The attraction was licensed by CBS Consumer Products and opened this month. Adult admission is $24.30.

 

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Beam Me to Beantown: Capt. Kirk Headlining Boston Comic Con


BOSTON (AP) — Capt. James Tiberius Kirk is beaming down to Beantown for this weekend's Comic Con.

 

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The Boston edition of the popular entertainment and comic arts festival gets underway Friday and runs through Sunday at the Seaport World Trade Center.

 

This year's celebrity guests include "Star Trek's" William Shatner, best known for his role as Capt. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise, and Gillian Anderson of "The X-Files."

 

Costumed role players brandishing light sabers and engaging in what's become known as "cosplay" got an early start by visiting young patients to cheer them up Thursday at Spaulding Rehabilitation Center's Pediatric Unit.

 

Organizers say the three-day gathering is expected to draw 45,000 people, many dressed as Batman, Hello Kitty, Sailor Moon and a host of other characters.

 

 

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New Hotel Being Built at Graceland Set to Open in October

 


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Elvis Presley dreamed of building a guest house at his Graceland property for friends visiting the rock 'n' roll icon in Memphis.

 

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Presley didn't get to see his dream come true, but his fans will. The Guest House at Graceland is a 450-room hotel, opening Oct. 27 just steps from Presley's former home.

 

Presley died in 1977 and Graceland was eventually turned into a museum. Priscilla Presley, the singer's former wife and caretaker of his legacy, said Elvis had planned to build a guest house at Graceland as far back as 1960. But it was never built, so when people visited, they'd stay at a Howard Johnson's down the street.

 

Priscilla Presley called the hotel "the most significant enhancement to Graceland" since it opened to tourists in 1982.

 

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NBC Says Rio Olympic Viewership Reaches Parity with London

 

NBC says Rio Olympic viewership reaches parity with London
 


NEW YORK (AP) — NBC said its Olympic audience reached parity with the London Games for the first time on the third night of competition. But there's an asterisk involved in the claim.

 

The network said that its "total audience delivery" was 31.5 million for the Olympics on Monday night in prime time, compared to the virtually identical 31.6 million who watched on the corresponding night in London in 2012.

 

The "total audience delivery" figure is a statistic NBC hurriedly invented when it saw sharp declines in its traditional ratings for the first couple of nights of the Rio de Janeiro Games. The Nielsen company said the television audience on NBC on Monday was 28.9 million — strong, but short of London levels.

 

But NBC is adding the viewership for prime-time telecasts on cable's NBCSN (1.6 million) and Bravo (720,000) and people who streamed video online (about 300,000) to boost the number to 31.5 million — its "total audience delivery."

 

NBC says the comparison is valid because even though the cable viewers weren't watching the same thing as people tuned in to NBC, they were still watching the Olympics. There's no comparable number from 2012, because the company didn't allow its cable affiliates and website to compete with the prime-time NBC telecast four years ago.

 

"One of the indicators of changing viewer habits, especially with these Olympics, is that our digital consumption has more than tripled from London in each of the first three days of full competition," NBC Sports Group chairman Mark Lazarus said. "We've also been pleasantly surprised that our multi-platform strategy is paying big dividends."

 

The new calculation is about more than bragging rights. NBC will use "total audience delivery" to convince advertisers that they're reaching more viewers than the traditional Nielsen figures indicate

 

 

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