As the year wraps up, TrekMovie.com takes a look back and picks the best and worst Trek had to offer over the last year.
UGO is reporting that actor/writer/director Tyler Perry will appear in JJ Abrams new Star Trek film and TrekMovie.com can confirm this report. According to the UGO report Perry will be portraying the head of Starfleet Academy and he has already shot his scenes. Perry is probably best known for his series of ‘Madea’ films starting with the 2005 hit Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Monday 12/31 UPDATE: AICN have posted a new related rumor + small update from UGO More below…includes big spoilers.
One Star Trek actor we have heard very little from is Chris Pine who is stepping into some big shoes to play James T. Kirk. In a new interview with Hollywood Today the actor talks about the pressures and responsibility he feels for taking on such an iconic role. He also confirms and discusses the part of Kirk’s life we will be seeing in the new movie.
This special Sunday edition of Science Saturday brings you news on rocks in space (whether they be comets, asteroids or giant space diamonds!) as well as potential ways to protect the Earth and potential ways to destroy it.
The current Star Trek film is well known for it secrecy. Even Leonard Nimoy has commented here about it, but 22 years ago when he directed Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home it was a whole different world. My parents just happened to be at the Monterey Bay Aquarium while Paramount was on location to shoot STIV and my dad was allowed to videotape the action, including scenes with Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner. Check it out below.
Matt Reeves is the director for the JJ Abrams produced monster movie Cloverfield…and one of the few people who has seen the teaser trailer for Star Trek (which debuts with Cloverfield). He certainly is the only one talking about it on the record, saying “it’s a teaser trailer. But still, I was like ‘Wow!’ Just the scope of it, the scale of it, you just look at it and it’s so elegantly done.”
Last year Christie’s auction house helped CBS Paramount unload 1000 lots of memorabilia from the Star Trek vault in a highly publicized auction that brought in over $7 million. However, it appears one collector is not so happy and believes he has been duped. Ted Moustakis of New Jersey spent a total of over $12,000 for a uniform and a poker visor worn by Brent Spiner (TNG: Data) as well as a poker table used on TNG. Moustakis now claims that the items are not genuine and says that Spiner is backing him up.
More TOS & TNG + New Frontier, Mirror Universe & Gary Seven! In 2007 IDW ended a six year drought in Star Trek comic books. Last week IDW announced a new TNG comic series to debut in January and today the company announced an aggressive slate of four additional series to premiere over the following 5 months. These include a TOS ‘Year 4’ series written by D.C. Fontana, a New Frontier series written by Peter David, a Gary Seven ‘Assignment Earth’ series by comic legend John Byrne plus a series set in the mirror universe. There are also plans afoot for an adaptation for the new Star Trek movie later in the year.
Last week Zachary Quinto took a moment at the premiere of Paramount’s Sweeney Todd to talk about Spock, telling FEAR.net he was attracted to the “layers” of the character. He again praised working “in the shadow” of Leonard Nimoy and stated the new Star Trek was was “a new imagination but at the same time honoring the past.” See video below
In a new video interview with nuts.tv, Marina Sirtis (TNG: Troi) says that her job was not secure in the early days of Star Trek The Next Generation so she decided to become “the convention queen” to build up her fanbase and ensure her job. She also talks about her role as the sex symbol on the show, revealing a rather risqué nickname given to her by Michael Dorn (TNG: Worf). See below for video.
All year long TrekMovie.com has been the leading site breaking news big and small for the new Star Trek movie. For Christmas we bring you one more little spoiler (below).
Besides a few passing mentions Star Trek hasn’t been big on Christmas. But one year from today Star Trek will be be the best Christmas present you can ask for. Until then – Merry Christmas from the TrekMovie.com crew.
This Week in Trek brings you news of new comics, Uhura’s skirt, an injury for Avery Brooks, new movies for the newest Trek actors, a special honor for a very special Wiki and much more
The following is our second guest blog from Leonard Nimoy as he returns to the role of Spock for the new Star Trek movie. I have now spent several shooting days on the various sets of the new film. Security has been held tight.
Today in Science Saturday brings you news on personal shuttle pods, the possibility of replicator-type printers, the ‘litterbugs of the universe’, a material with limited cloaking ability, and a galaxy that takes bullying to the next level.
At 17:01 PM part 1 of the long-awaited independent film Star Trek of Gods and Men was released. See below for a quick review [includes spoilers]
Nearly three years since Jonathan Frakes last stepped foot on a Star Trek set, the actor who portrayed Commander William T. Riker recently sat down with Dreamwatch Total Sci-Fi to discuss The Next Generation. When asked if he and his castmates expected TNG to play such a huge part in their lives, Frakes replied:
It appears that Karl Urban (the new Dr. McCoy) is doing the rounds for CBS’s mini-series Comanche Moon in which he plays a Texas Ranger and of course reporters are using the opportunity to talk Trek. Urban told TV Guide that he is “not allowed to say” whether or not he will be delivering McCoy’s trademark line “I’m a doctor, not a [blank],” but he did talk a bit about the character of McCoy.
Hollywood.com has a new overview article on the new Star Trek movie, which includes some quotes from producer Damon Lindelof and others. Lindelof didn’t get into any plot details, but implied that some of the rumors out there may merely be guesswork. We know that Lindelof and co-writer Roberto Orci are the card-carrying Trekkies on the project, but Lindelof feels it is important to have the film appeal beyond just the fans.
(Click to see the Kirks and Spocks dance)
The secrecy of the new Star Trek film is becoming legend in Hollywood. In an interview earlier today Karl Urban (McCoy) noted that it was the most difficult thing to deal with and it appears he isn’t alone. Contact Music is reporting that security concerns have resulted in a smoking ban, and apparently Winona Ryder (Amanda Grayson) is ‘furious.’
Another actor we haven’t heard much from is Karl Urban, the new Dr. Leonard McCoy. The actor is appearing in the CBS mini-series Comanche Moon in January and in an interview about that he also took some Trek questions. Urban tells TheDeadbolt.com that it is difficult for him to deal with all the security surrounding the film, saying “you feel your freedom is a big challenge.” Urban also talked about the faithfulness of the characters and a surprise guest who dropped by the set…
Since 1991 Hallmark has been selling Star Trek themed Christmas ornaments and we have almost every single one. This year we have 30 of them on display, which is just over half of the total collection. See below for a video tour ‘Star Trek: The Christmas Tree.’
Last week William Shatner participated in a live webchat on PalTalk.com. The first question he was given was actually chosen from the talkback in the TrekMovie.com talkback article announcing the event. Below is the answer to that question and a couple of other Trek related clips.
A week ago it was reported that the production crew for the new Star Trek movie was headed to Long Beach, California for some location shooting. The film makers wrapped up their work at the City Hall on Friday, but before they left they gave a few select people a treat.
The USA Network has given the axe to two genre shows co-created by Star Trek veterans: The 4400 and The Dead Zone. The 4400 was created by Scott Peters and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine writer and producer Rene Echevarria. The Dead Zone was created for television by Deep Space Nine & Voyager co-creator Michael Piller with his son, Shawn Piller (who wrote for TNG and VOY). Both shows also featured a number of Trek vets both in front of and behind the camera.
Over the last few months there have been a lot of stories regarding whether William Shatner will or will not be in the new Star Trek movie. Periodically a report crops up that claims to have the definitive answer one way or another. The latest is a new report at Moviehole claiming ‘final confirmation’ from co-writer and executive producer Roberto Orci that Shatner will not be in the film. However, it appears they have jumped the gun.
Last night one of the categories on the game show Jeopardy! was “Star Trek Jargon.” All of the clues were answered on the show correctly, with three being answered by the overall winner Max Zarou. See the questions below…the first TrekMovie.com reader to answer them all correctly wins a 2008 Star Trek Calendar.