As we celebrate the 41st anniversary of Star Trek, this week’s wrap-up brings news on why Picard should be president, a controversial debut for a certain Ten Forward bartender, a Star Trek-inspired cab company, Nichelle Nichols on Heroes, news of Patrick Stewart appearing in a big budget prequel, a singing TNG episode guide, and much more.
Star Trek (2008)
- The search for Scotty continues: The Daily Record is reporting that Monarch of the Glen actor Martin Compston is among the contenders for the role of Scotty in the new film.
- Tim Kring (creator of Heroes) talked to Voices From Krypton about the decision to allow Zachary Quinto (Spock) to take a hiatus to shoot the new Star Trek and how they will deal with it it on the show.
- A video clip on YouTube shows Quinto talking about getting the role of Spock at a recent appearance in Toronto promoting Heroes.
- In a new video blog Rod Roddenberry (son of Trek creator Gene Roddenberry) shares his thoughts on the new Star Trek film and also discusses how his family is no longer directly involved in Trek.
- William Shatner still isn’t in the movie.
- New artwork for Star Trek Online and new screenshots of Star Trek Conquest are available for view here at trekmovie.com.
- IDW Publishing wrapped up its Klingons: Blood Will Tell comic book mini-series with the publication of Issue #5 (read a review here). They also released the second issue of their Star Trek: Year Four series. (both have previews available at IDW)
- Diamond Select Toys & Collectibles has released "retro" Kirk and Klingon figures, first of a series of new figures modeled after the classic Mego Star Trek toys of the 1970s.
- Toshiba and CBS Home Entertainment are offering a free remote control shaped like a Star Trek phaser for those who buy a Toshiba HD DVD player with the first season of the original Star Trek series on HD DVD.
- Original molds for 5 prototype busts (for an unreleased series from the Franklin Mint) depicting characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation went up for auction this week on eBay.
Starting bid $15,000
Trek in the world:
- On September 2nd, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra performed music from Star Trek and other Paramount films at an event called The Big Picture: The Films of Paramount Pictures.
- The Charlotte Observer has a piece on a local nonprofit Star Trek fan club called the Klingon Assault Group.
- Fallen Angels, an independent film starring TNG and DS9 star Michael Dorn (Worf), has been picked up for distribution by Warner Bros.’ Polychrome Pictures division.
- Cab hailing frequencies open: A new taxi service inspired by Star Trek, called Star Taxi, is expected to have three cars on Bucks County, Pennsylvania roads by late September.
- A charity golf tournament in Glendale, California, in which the likes of John Billingsley (Phlox, ENT), Dominic Keating (Reed, ENT), Connor Trinneer (Trip, ENT), and Garrett Wang (Kim, VOY) were to participate has been postponed from October of this year to May of next year.
- The Toronto Star has an article on nanotechnology — you know, like the kind the Borg use.
- Scientists are developing sensing devices that are as close as we’re going to get to tricorders for now, according to The Guardian.
Trek on the web:
- The latest episode of Star Trek: New Voyages, "World Enough and Time," is back online after high demand forced its temporary removal. In addition, trekmovie.com has an exclusive update on what’s ahead for the popular internet fan series.
- Speaking Klingon is among the topics discussed in an article on invented languages.
- 411mania has posted an analysis of a scene from Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
- Star Trek‘s Scotty ranked #3 on David Allen’s list of the five best fictional heroes.
- Comic book and video game writer Evan Skolnick gave a presentation at GDC Austin entitled "Everything I Needed To Know About Game Writing I Learned From Star Trek", in which he listed five ways video game writers can learn from the Star Trek franchise.
- The Shatner Show (art show inspired by William Shatner) has a new promo video on YouTube
- In honor of the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Huffington Post blogger Marty Beckerman compares Captain Jean-Luc Picard to President Bush and lists reasons why Picard would make a better president.
- Time Magazine named the original series "Star Trek" as one of the 100 top TV shows of all time – none of the other Trek series made the list.
- The results are in for a contest held by The Columbus Dispatch for which readers sent photos of themselves dressed as Star Trek characters with the grand prize being a copy of the poster for next year’s film.
Columbus Ohio Trekkies show off for chance at a poster
Where are they now?
- Obsessed With Film reports that Patrick Stewart (Picard, TNG) is indeed set to reprise his role as Professor Charles Xavier from the X-Men films for the prequel film, Magneto, centered on the X-Men’s arch-enemy and Xavier’s former friend (played by Sir Ian McKellen in the X-films). Like the upcoming Star Trek movie, Magneto will require some roles to be recast with younger actors while original actors will play older versions of the characters in framing scenes — in this case Stewart and McKellen will be reuiniting to play older Xavier and Magneto, respectively.
- Stewart is also set to co-star with Doctor Who actor David Tennant in a production of Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2008 season.
- Leonard Nimoy (Spock, TOS) hosted the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra’s Big Picture: The Films of Paramount Pictures on September 2nd.
- Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan, TNG) made her debut as a moderator of ABC’s The View on September 4th… and after just one show, she already had to defend herself.
- Walter Koenig (Chekov, TOS) are among the celebrities pressuring the United Nations to secure the release of Myanmar’s democratic leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
- During a call to Whoopi Goldberg’s morning radio show, Wake Up with Whoopi, on Wednesday, Nichelle Nichols (Uhura, TOS) told listeners that she has filmed two episodes of Heroes and will begin shooting a third Friday (yesterday).
- Three years after production ended, the movie Fierce People — which stars then-15-year-old Chekov-to-be Anton Yelchin — is finally released in New York City and Los Angeles theaters. See the official movie site for more details.
- Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine, VOY) is expecting a baby, her first with husband Christophe Emé. She is due to give birth in March 2008.
Jeri Ryan is about to increase the size of her collective
- Bill Catching, who did stunt double work on the original Star Trek series, died on August 24th at the age of 81 according to The Yuma Sun.
- Another Trek alumnus we lost on the 24th is Denny Martin Flinn, who co-wrote Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country with director Nicholas Meyer. Flinn, a former actor and choreographer who made a name for himself as an author in recent years, died of complications from cancer at the age of 59, according to Broadway World.
- Variety reported this week that TNG and DS9 key costumer Jerry Bono passed away on August 31st. He was 65 years old.
YouTube video of the week:
Building an Enterprise! Video chronicling building an Enterprise using the Star Trek Enterprise NCC 1701A model kit.
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Photo of Jeri Ryan & Christophe Emé by Jon Kopaloff / Filmmagic