The biggest Trek news this week, of course, is that filming on the new film has
begun. Well, that and the whole Winona Ryder thing. In addition to that,
however, This Week in Trek also brings you news on a holographic fashion
show, the premiere of Walter Koenig’s new movie, Trek making people’s lists, Captain Picard for Vice President (?!), and much more. Just click below. You know you want to.
Star Trek (2008 film):
- Principal photography on Star Trek began on Wednesday! Shooting began on location in Southern California and will begin at the Paramount lot next week. Filming is expected to last through March of next year. See the Trek Movie Report for more information.
- Canadian actor Bruce Greenwood (Thirteen Days, I, Robot) has been cast in the role of Captain Christopher Pike for the new film, as announced by The Hollywood Reporter.
- In what has caused a fair share of “Holy crap” and “WTF?” moments, it was announced that Oscar-nominated actress Winona Ryder has been cast in the role of Spock’s mother, Amanda Grayson.
- JFX Online posted a number of spy shots of the first day of shooting on the film, which took place on location somewhere in Southern California. You can check them out here.
- Among the people spotted at the first day of shooting was House actress Jennifer Morrison. It was later confirmed that Morrison is indeed in the film, although her role has not yet been specified.
- In that same report, it was also announced that Australian soap star Chris Hemsworth has been cast as James T. Kirk’s father, George Samuel Kirk, Sr.
- Although she apparently has no idea as to the name of her character, Rachel Nichols says there’s a good chance she’ll be in the movie.
- Christopher Doohan, the son of original Scotty actor James Doohan, revealed this week that he recently auditioned for a “minor speaking role” in the film although he had not yet been offered a part. Read our report for more information.
- Headquarters Casting/Hollywood OS held an open casting call for extras on November 10th. See the Trek Movie Report for more details on the casting; click here to read up on the turnout.
- J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman are all committed to the writers’ strike, meaning they won’t be lending any writing services to any production. Shooting on Star Trek will not be affected, though.
- William Shatner told Howard Stern he doesn’t care that he’s not in the movie. That’s a good thing because…
- William Shatner still isn’t in the movie.
- Eric A. Stillwell’s The Making of Yesterday’s Enterprise has been re-released and is available for order at Lulu.
- IDW Publishing has released Star Trek: Alien Spotlight – The Vulcans. See IDW’s official site for more information.
- Images of the covers for the Star Trek: Terok Nor series of books are available for your viewing pleasure.
- Rod Roddenberry spent much of Wednesday promoting next week’s screening of “The Menagerie” Remastered. See StarTrek.com for more information.
This week in Trek lists
- It may never have actually been said on the show, but “Beam me up, Scotty” is the Third Most Popular TV or Movie Line, at least according to some poll mentioned by The Sun.
- Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy lead The Stage’s list of the Top 5 Grumpy TV Doctors.
- Nomad from "The Changeling" was named Third Most Evil Computer by CNET
Trek in the World:
- The Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival are offering two-for-one tickets to their screening of “The Menagerie” Remastered for Star Trek fans. Click here for more info.
- It may never have actually been said on the show, but “Beam me up, Scotty” is the third movie/TV people repeat the most, at least according to some poll mentioned by The Sun.
- The City Council of Riverside, Iowa (‘the future birthplace of James T. Kirk’) has voted to create a city museum that would house, among other things, Star Trek memorabilia.
- Make it so: Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich has chosen Captain Jean-Luc Picard as his running mate for Vice President… or so The Daily Utah Chronicle would have you believe.
- The Paris Players of Paris High School in Paris, Illinois will be presenting a play called Sahara Nights this weekend which spoofs popular culture, including Star Trek. Check out the Paris Beacon News for more details.
- Do a little turn on the holodeck: a fashion show held at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall in New York City apparently consisted of holographic models and a virtual runway. Read all about it.
- A report by The Sunday Herald explains how a warp drive could work and how it could be developed. Click here to engage.
Trek on the Web:
- Someone at NewsOK.com compares the internet to the Borg and says we have all been assimilated. Resistance is futile.
- With the Hollywood writers’ strike now in effect, The Daily Cardinal has offered some movie proposals to keep the film industry going (none of which are meant to be taken seriously), including Young Star Trek: Plutonian Pie. Interested?
- The Republican ran a piece on Star Trek Remastered in which show runners Dave Rossi and Denise and Michael Okuda discuss the project. You can read it here.
Trek Celebrity News:
- InAlienable, the new science fiction film directed by Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov) and starring the likes of Koenig, Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), Gary Graham (Ambassador Soval, Tanis), Alan Ruck (Capt. John Harriman), and Erick Avari (B’iJik, Vedek Yarka, Jamin), held its premiere at LA’s Lansing Theatre on Thursday.
- I’m Through With White Girls (The Inevitable Undoing of Jay Brooks), a movie which stars Star Trek: Enterprise‘s Anthony Montgomery (Travis Mayweather) in the title role and also features Deep Space Nine‘s Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko), won the Blockbuster Audience Award for Best U.S. Feature at the 11th Annual American Black Film Festival. Check out the press release here; see the IMDb page for more info on the movie.
- George Takei (Hikaru Sulu) told The Sunday Star in their November 4th issue that many people who worked on the original Star Trek series were gay… and that “most of them despised” William Shatner.
- Tony Todd (Kurn) will be a special guest at the Dark X-Mas horror/sci-fi convention this weekend.
- Simon Pegg (the new Scotty) told WENN that he will not audition to play the next Doctor in the Doctor Who franchise because he’s “too much of a fan.”
- Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) has been nominated by the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in the Best Actor category for his performance as Macbeth.
- Speaking of Stewart, the Shakespearean-trained actor was forced to pull out of his performance in Macbeth on Thursday due to a bout with acute laryngitis. Nasty stuff, that.
- LeVar Burton‘s (Geordi La Forge) film Tempting Hyenas, which stars Burton and fellow Trek alumni Alfre Woodard (Lily Sloan), Seymour Cassel (Lt. Cmdr. Hester Dealt), and Adrienne Barbeau (Senator Cretak), is the first feature film to be shot in 4K resolution, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
- Michael Dorn (Worf) will be seen in the next episode of Without a Trace, airing Thursday at 10pm ET on CBS. For information on the episode, see the press release.
- Dorn’s TNG and DS9 co-star Colm Meaney (Miles O’Brien) will be seen in Friday’s episode of Men in Trees, which airs on ABC at 8pm ET. For more, see this episode’s press release.
- Armin Shimerman (Quark) and his wife, Kitty Swink, are currently performing in Tonight at 8:30, a series of 10 one-act plays, for the Antaeus Company.
- Ethan Phillips (Neelix) will guest star in this week’s episode of Cavemen, according to a press release. The show airs Tuesdays at 8pm ET on ABC.
- The Boston Herald has a brief piece on Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine). You can read it here.
- In other Jeri Ryan news, the Star Trek: Voyager actress has learned her baby will be a girl.
- Remember Tania Lemani, the belly dancer from the Star Trek episode “Wolf in the Fold?” Well, she was a guest at San Francisco’s fourth annual Carnival of the Stars Belly Dance and Comic Book Convention this weekend.
- Americanizing Shelley, a romantic comedy starring Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher), will be released on DVD on February 5th by Warner Bros., according to Variety. For more info on the film, see its listing at IMDb.
- Those waiting to see John Billingsley in the new season of 24 will have to wait longer than expected: due to the strike, Fox has delayed the season premiere of 24 indefinitely until they are sure they can show the entire season without interruption. See Variety for more details.
- Variety also reports that Transformers 2, co-written by Star Trek scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, can begin pre-production but the film “will face serious issues” if the writers’ strike carries on for several months.
- Star Trek producer Damon Lindelof hopes ABC does not air the eight finished episodes of Lost without having the rest of the episodes completed. Click here for more.
YouTube Clip of the Week:
Last weekend’s "Family Guy" had a somewhat familiar ending