TrekMovie.com is proud to announce the triumphant return of "This Week In Trek" – your comprehensive guide to everything about Trek reported here and elsewhere.
For this week in Trek we bring news ranging from from Bakula on Comedy Central, to Trekkie Dating to Real Tricorders to a possible political campaign?
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Star Trek (2008):
- Director/producer J.J. Abrams will be heading to Iceland to look look over locations scouted for filming back in June. Paramount has sent budgeting plans to Pegasus and Saga Film, the two Iceland-based production companies competing for the film.
- Heroes actor James Kyson Lee stated he would like to play Sulu in the new film.
- Internet rumors that Tom Cruise will appear as Christopher Pike and Russell Crowe will play the villain in the film have been picked up by British tabloids, claiming to have received their information from “inside sources.”
- In an interview at BBC Radio1, Matt Damon stated that he was never offered the role of Captain Kirk and that he believed at least part of the movie takes place “when Captain Kirk graduates from the academy.”
- William Shatner still isn’t in the movie.
Trek in the world:
- Linlithgow, Scotland, has opened The James Doohan Memorial Exhibit in dedication to the actor who played Star Trek’s Scotty.
- Star Trek paintings by Rick Sternbach will be on display at Spacefest 2007.
- Author and robotics engineer Daniel H. Wilson was among those who voted for Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Data to be inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame this year.
- Last week astronauts on the Shuttle Endeavor were awoken by "Where My Heart Will Take Me" – the theme to Star Trek Enterprise. (STS 118 wake-up call on YouTube)
- Instrument companies such as PerkinElmer are currently designing portable tricorder-like devices, which they predict will soon be available to the general public.
- We may be closer to achieving warp drive: two German physicists from the University of Koblenz (neither named Cochrane) claim to have broken the speed of light while investigating the phenomenon called quantum tunneling.
- MSNBC predicts that one of the ten “hot jobs” of the future will be simulation engineer, which will “bring us one step closer to Star Trek’s holodeck.”
Trek on the web:
- It’s eHarmony for Trekkies: a report by ABC News discusses Sweet on Geeks, an online dating service for “geeks” like Star Trek fans.
- A completed version of the original ending for Star Trek Generations is available for download at the Brazilian website, Trek Brasilis. (Scroll down approximately 3/4 of the page for the download link.)
- In an article at Blogcritics Magazine, writer Matthew Milam suggested in that J.J. Abrams cast actress Tichina Arnold as the captain of the next Star Trek series.
- Bethesda Blog is giving curious gamers the chance to send in their questions to developers about Star Trek Conquest and other Bathesda titles.
- Darrell Mays of the American Chronicle has his own idea for the next Star Trek series.
- In a video on ShatnerVision, actor John Larroquette (Maltz) gave a quick comment about working with William Shatner on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
- Unhappy with the current presidential candidates? Then show your support for Shatner Hasselhoff ’08 with a t-shirt from Printfection.com. “From Yesterday’s Tomorrow, for a Better Today!”
Where are they now:
- As reported here, Nichelle Nichols (Uhura, TOS) will have a recurring role on NBC’s Heroes this upcoming season.
- Patrick Stewart (Picard, TNG) is currently performing in a production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Twelfth Night in Chichester, England. Stewart will also be attending the London Film and Comic Con at Earls Court in London, England on September 1st and 2nd, as will Nana Visitor (Kira, DS9), Diana Muldaur (Pulaski, TNG), and Louise Fletcher (Kai Winn, DS9).
- According to a message on her website, Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar, TNG) is set to begin filming an episode of the FOX series Bones.
- Colm Meaney (O’Brien, TNG/DS9) is in final negotiations to star in a pilot for a series called Life on Mars, based on the British series of the same name. It is being developed by David E. Kelley, the man behind William Shatner’s current series, Boston Legal.
- Alexander Siddig (Bashir, DS9) has a role in The Last Legion, a sword-and-sandals war epic which opened yesterday. In addition, the official site of Siddig’s upcoming film Doomsday (in which he co-stars with his uncle, Generations actor Malcolm McDowell) has been launched.
- Kate Mulgrew (Janeway, VOY) is currently starring in the Off-Broadway production of Iphigenia 2.0, performing at New York’s Peter Norton Space through September 30th.
- Robert Picardo (The Doctor, VOY) held a charity auction benefit dinner and auction at Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant in Las Vegas on August 12th.
- Tim Russ (Tuvok, VOY) was a guest at Denver’s 2007 Starfleet IC Convention this past weekend. Also, production on Russ’ new series, Samantha Who?, has begun in Los Angeles. the series is set to premiere October 15th at 9:30 EST on ABC.
- Scott Bakula (Archer, ENT) will be appearing in an episode of Comedy Central’s American Body Shop airing Sunday at 10:30 EST. Bakula will be playing “a drunk, womanizing, one-legged Scott Bakula impersonator.”
- Chase Masterson (Leeta, DS9) commented on Rick Berman, J.J. Abrams, and her role in Of Gods and Men in an interview with Associated Content.
- Ronald D. Moore (Writer/Producer) has signed a two-year, seven-figure deal with Universal Media Studios.
- TOS music editor Jim Henrikson was recently interviewed in a Hollywood Reporter article on music editing.
Editors Note: I want to welcome Charles Trotter to the TrekMovie.com family as our news correspondent and the compiler of ‘This Week In Trek’. Chuck will help ensure that this is the only site you need to visit to keep fully informed about what is going on in the world of Trek.