This Week In Trek (week ending 9/1/07) September 1, 2007by Charles Trotter , Filed under: This Week In Trek , trackback
It’s been a wild week for Star Trek. We have plot rumors, potential casting news, conventions, a new novel, new figures, news on a former Klingon child star, Edward Gorey’s take on tribbles, a military holodeck, and much more.
TrekMovie.com announced Wednesday that actress Zoë Saldaña has been offered the role of Uhura in the new film.
and in the same report Quinto’s his co-star James Kyson Lee is playing coy on if he is in the running for the part of Sulu
According to The Toronto Star, Quinto is contracted to star in two more Star Trek films after this one.
Anton Yelchin spoke out for the first time on playing Pavel Chekov in the new film – and revealed that his audition required him to say “nuclear vessel.”
The Daily Record reported that comic Scottish actor Greg Hemphill has auditioned for the role of Scotty and is said to have a “big chance” of landing the role.
William Shatner still isn’t in the movie.
- J.M. Dillard’s latest Star Trek: The Next Generation novel, Resistance, was Resistance (Star Trek: The Next Generation) published this week from Pocket Books.
- Diamond Select Toys & Collectibles announced that figures of Chief O’Brien, Ro Laren, Nurse Ogawa, and Doctor Crusher from Nemesis will be released as their TNG Series 5 line. This week, however, the company released TNG Season 7 figures of Beverly and Wesley Crusher separately and in a set with a limited-edition Starfleet Q figure.
- Season 1 of the Remastered Star Trek The Original Series on HD-DVD became available for pre-order on Amazon.com for $139. CBS also released a preview video and final box art of the DVD Box Set.
Trek in the world:
- It has been announced that a Star Trek event will be held at the Miami Lakes Branch Library on September 8th, where planned festivities include a showing of the trailer of the upcoming Star Trek movie made by TrekMovie.com.
- An award-winning comic film called Star Trek Versus Batman will be airing on a local cable channel in Madison, Indiana, the hometown of the film’s creator, Christopher Allen.
- This Sunday, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra will be performing music from Star Trek and other Paramount films at an event called The Big Picture: The Films of Paramount Pictures.
- I’m not sure it’s a compliment: BBC presenter Emily Maitlis has been nicknamed Balok, apparently due to her resemblance to that character’s more frightening puppet persona from the original Star Trek series episode “The Corbomite Maneuver.”
- Astronomers have discovered a “void” in space similar to but much larger than the ones the crew of the USS Voyager encountered in the episodes “Night” and “The Void.”
- University of Washington engineers are currently working on a device similar to Star Trek’s autosuture that can seal puncture wounds in the lungs using ultrasonic rays.
- The Marine Corps and the Office of Naval Research are preparing to introduce their own version of the holodeck: a training simulator which incorporates 3-D imaging and video game-style interactive combat.
Trek on the web:
- In an interview on Playbill News, actor Harvey Fierstein cited Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry as a writer whose work “touches your heart” and felt that a Star Trek musical might be a hit, “but people would come in costumes and probably watch each other more than they’d watch the show.”
- In that same news report, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager writer Bryan Fuller discussed his upcoming ABC series, Pushing Daisies.
- The New York Sun has an article on the fan series Star Trek: New Voyages, specifically the latest episode, “World Enough and Time.”
- The HD DVD Promotions Group is using TOS Remastered being exclusively on HD-DVD to promote the format.
- An article on memorizing lines by Armin Shimerman (Quark, DS9) is up at BackStage.com.
- The Daily Star has a review for Un Homme Perdu (A Lost Man), a French film starring Alexander Siddig (Bashir, DS9).
Where are they now?
- Michael Dorn (Worf, TNG/DS9) was among those in attendance at SAG president Alan Rosenberg’s campaign fund-raiser last weekend.
- LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge, TNG) was seen at the 74th annual Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, California, on August 28th.
- Kate Mulgrew (Janeway, VOY) has been receiving rave reviews for her performance in the play Iphigenia 2.0.
- William Shatner (Kirk, TOS) lent his voice to a videogame called The Tuttles Madcap Misadventures for the benefit of The Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation. In the meantime, his face can be seen as Michael Myers’ mask in the new Halloween movie.
- Patrick Stewart (Picard, TNG) can be heard as the narrator of the melodrama Enoch Arden, which was released on CD this week.
- Nana Visitor (Kira, DS9) has filmed scenes for an upcoming movie entitled Swing Vote, which co-stars Dennis Hopper and Next Generation guest star Kelsey Grammer (Captain Bateson, "Cause and Effect").
- Special effects whiz Jim Rygiel (vfx supervisor for Star Trek: Insurrection) will be directing the CG-animated film Bunyam & Babe.
- Star Trek film producer Ralph Winter will be producing the film version of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, to be followed by a number of films based on the works of Charles Williams.
- John Billingsley (Phlox, ENT) has signed up for a recurring role on the next season of 24. One-time Star Trek: Deep Space Nine guest star Jeffrey Nordling (Tahna Los, “Past Prologue”) also joined the cast.
- Brian Bonsall (Alexander Rozhenko, TNG) was sentenced to 24 months of probation for assaulting his girlfriend back in March.
- Brad Dourif (Suder, VOY) and Malcolm McDowell (Soran, Generations) are among the Trek actors who star in Rob Zombie’s remake of the classic horror film Halloween, which opened Friday. See the official site for more details.
- Next Generation stars John de Lancie (Q), Jonathan Frakes (Riker), Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher), and Brent Spiner (Data) are on hand to sign autographs at this year’s Dragon*Con in Atlanta, Georgia. Also attending are original Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), Voyager’s Robert Picardo, and Voyager guest stars Ron Glass, Lori Petty and Mark A. Sheppard.
- Deep Space Nine actresses Louise Fletcher (Kai Winn) and Nana Visitor and Next Generation’s Patrick Stewart are among the guests at this weekend’s London Film and Comic Con at the Earls Court Convention Centre.
- George Takei (Sulu, TOS) is co-hosting the Hugo Awards tonight at the 65th World Science Fiction Convention in Yokohama, Japan.
- Jack Donner, who played Subcommander Tal in the original Star Trek episode "The Enterprise Incident," has released a CD called "Hearts on Fire," the spoken word version of his one-act play, "Our Lives."
- Leonard Nimoy (Spock, TOS) is hosting the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra’s Big Picture: The Films of Paramount Pictures tomorrow.
- It was reported on Monday that actor Richard Symonds died on August 23rd, 2007. Symonds played Vedek Porta in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Accession.” He was 80 years old.
Trek link of the week:
A blog entry on author, artist (and Trekkie) Edward Gorey speculates a Gorey adaptation of “The Trouble with Tribbles.”
YouTube Clip of the Week
What if Miss Teen South Carolina was on board the Enterprise D?
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