Another busy week for Trek news and Trek in the news. This week’s summary brings news of Spocks, rumors, Trek baby names, donut eating Klingons and much more…
full report below.
Star Trek (2008):
- Perhaps we should rename the page “This Week with Zachary Quinto:” the actor who is to play Spock discussed Star Trek in multiple interviews throughout the week, including one with USA Today (with Leonard Nimoy) where he confirmed that Anton Yelchin has been cast as Chekov and confirmed details regarding the film’s shoot, and another with ComingSoon.net in which he revealed he has signed up to play Spock in any potential sequels. For the lowdown on all of these and the other interviews, see here, here, here, here… oh, yes, and here.
- In an interview with New York Magazine, actress Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3, Lady in the Water) mentioned having asked her father, director Ron Howard, if there was “any female role” in the new Star Trek film. It is unknown whether or not this meant she was interested in auditioning for the film.
- Commenting on rumors that he would play the villain in the film, Russell Crowe told Extra that he is “apparently” up for a role but that he has not “read anything” and that he can’t “make a decision about anything” until he has.
- Yet another British tabloid, The Sunday Mirror, recycled an old rumor by reporting that James McAvoy had “won the role” of Scotty in the new film. This was later denied… again.
- A follow-up report to the one above states the William Shatner has indeed signed up to play Captain Kirk in the film, but there has been nothing official on this.
- William Shatner still isn’t in the movie.
- TV Shows on DVD has a look at the inside contents of the remastered Star Trek: The Original Series Season One HD-DVD set. It was also announced that Paramount would will only distribute hi-def disks on HD-DVD, dashing hopes for future Trek on Blu-Ray any time soon.
- Art Asylum’s first wave of Star Trek MiniMates figures is now available in stores, at least according to Wizard Entertainment’s Toyfare Magazine.
Trek in the world:
- Having trouble coming up with a name for your baby? Australia’s Herald Sun has a story on a book called Sci-Fi Baby Names, which offers suggestions from Star Trek, including Tuvok (after the Vulcan on Star Trek: Voyager) and Tiberius (the middle name of James T. Kirk).
- They were apparently tired of gagh: The Dallas Morning News has an article on members of a local Star Trek fan club who dress as Klingons and enjoy Krispy Kreme donuts.
- Germany’s FedCon (the Federation Convention) is suing the German Star Trek news site TrekNews.de for posting a video recording of their event on the internet.
- The Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills, California, held a Star Trek marathon from August 23rd through August 26th, which began with the premiere of “World Enough and Time” – the newest episode of the fan series Star Trek: New Voyages – followed by screenings of all ten feature films.
- A laser tag park in North Vancouver, Canada, is offering an interactive Star Trek-based or Star Trek-like adventure game for those who like to pretend to phaser their friends out of existence.
- This week’s TV Guide promoted piracy (unintentionally, I’m sure) by informing readers of a website where pirated episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation were available to view online for free.
- A musical Star Trek spoof entitled Dazzle was performed as part of the Arts Forum Festival at the Whitgift Theatre in Lincolnshire, England.
- It’s not exactly a medical tricorder, but it’s a step in the right direction: New Zealand company ARANZ Medical has designed a hand-held device called the SilhouetteMobile which uses laser and digital technology to map serious wounds.
Trek on the web:
- The latest episode of Star Trek New Voyages – "World Enough and Time" starring George Takei premiered this week in a streaming internet event, but demand overwhelmed the servers and it was temporarily pulled down…fans are still waiting for another chance to watch the episode.
- Trekmovie.com is among the sites listed by The Official Star Wars Blog that provide the latest news and information on the upcoming Star Trek movie.
- In a mock address written by Jeffrey Shaffer, President Bush uses the original Star Trek series episodes “The Enterprise Incident” and “All Our Yesterdays” to explain the need to develop a means of becoming invisible.
- The LAist has an article on the fan series Star Trek: New Voyages and information on the show’s upcoming episode, “World Enough and Time.”
- The People’s Voice used Star Trek as an example of how television manipulates people. What a crock of bull. Now excuse me while I go practice my Vulcan neck pinch…
- TV Squad named Star Trek: The Next Generation among nine shows which underwent “dramatic” changes between their first and second seasons.
- The Republican American used the “Herbert” line from the Star Trek episode “The Way to Eden” as a lead-in for an explanation as to “why government doesn’t work.”
- Peter Suciu of CrunchArcade trounced Star Trek video games, calling Trek “the worst franchise in the history of video games.”
- The original crew of the Starship Enterprise placed fifth in the World Hum’s list of the 10 Greatest Fiction Travelers.
- A writer on Lifted Magazine explained what the original series episode “City on the Edge of Forever” taught her.
Where are they now?
- Scott Bakula (Archer, ENT) has signed up to star in a play called The Quality of Life, which will run from October 10th through November 18th at the Skirball Kenis Theater in Los Angeles, California.
- Robert Beltran (Chakotay, VOY), Jonathan Frakes (Riker, TNG), and Dwight Schultz (Barclay, TNG/VOY) were among the guests at the 13th annual Fan Expo Canada at the Metro Toronto Convention Center this weekend. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine guest star Adrienne Barbeau (Cretak) and Star Trek Generations’ Malcolm McDowell (Soran) also appeared at the event.
- Joan Collins (Edith Keeler, TOS: “City on the Edge of Forever”) has signed up to play the villainous role of The Rani on the long-running Doctor Who series.
- Jonathan Frakes directed the Masters of Science Fiction episode “The Discarded,” which was written by Harland Ellison (TOS: “City on the Edge of Forever”) and which aired on ABC Saturday night. In the meantime, Frakes has been teaching filmmaking at Rockport College in Maine and doing interviews with the likes of the Winnipeg Sun.
- As reported by the Yakima Herald Republic, Mariette Hartley (Zarabeth, TOS: “All Our Yesterdays”) was the keynote speaker at the 22nd annual Merrill Scott Symposium in Yakima, Washington on August 23rd.
- Chase Masterson (Leeta, DS9) is an executive producer on the documentary Through Your Eyes, which was released on August 21st on DVD.
- Star Trek Generations actor Alan Ruck (Capt. Harriman) visited Geelong, Australia on August 19th for a screening of the independent Trek fan film Of Gods and Men, according to The Geelong Advertiser.
- Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher, TNG) was the keynote speaker at this year’s Penny Arcade Expo (or PAX) on August 24th in Seattle, Washington.
- Lost in Space star Angela Cartwright reported on her blog that her brother-in-law, writer/director/producer/former actor Richard Compton, died on August 11th (the report was discovered August 24th). Compton appeared in two episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series – “The Doomsday Machine” and “The Enterprise Incident.” He later directed the “Haven” episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He was 69 years old.
YouTube Clip of the Week
This week the #4 rated ‘Entertainment’ clip on YouTube is about Trek. Comedian Mark Day dedicated this week’s episodes of his popular YouTube show to the new Star Trek movie…including his own bid for a part in the movie. (Warning: the easily offended will be offended…sorry)
Mark also asked for video replies and there actually got nine of them, including some with other auditions (one guy auditions to be a red shirt). Check em out.