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UPDATED: Video Of JJ Abrams & Star Trek Stars Answering Fan Questions At Sydney Premiere April 7, 2009

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UPDATED: The red carpet for the gala Star Trek world premiere in Sydney Australia is now over. We have video clips of JJ Abrams, Chris Pine, Zach Quinto, Karl Urban, and Eric Bana answering fan questions shortly before the premiere. Check it all out below.


Star Trek celebrities answer fan questions [UPDATED]
Yesterday we offered fans the ability to get their questions asked at the Sydney Star Trek premiere, and that is exactly what happened. Video answers are being uploaded to the web as we speak. Check back for more updates

JJ Abrams

Eric Bana

Pine and Quinto

Karl Urban



1. Ryan Pominville - April 7, 2009

Yay for the premiere! Video is a little hard to watch, though.

2. zillabeast - April 7, 2009

Still, what happened in Austin tonight is epic for the ages. We’ll be talking about that when Star Trek 32 comes out.

3. Ryan Pominville - April 7, 2009

Agreed. It is a great night.

4. Val Jean - April 7, 2009

Curse the low student income lifestyle!!

and for once i actually wish i was in sydney instead of melbourne…why do they get al the galas =(

5. Catie - April 7, 2009

So exciting! I cant wait to hear more answers to the questions. :-)

6. Uwe - April 7, 2009

Don’t you just love the internet for this?

7. Commander K - April 7, 2009

Brilliant! Screamnig fans, live footage!

8. Aussie Adam - April 7, 2009

I was just on the red carpet and got quinto to sign my movie poster / post card and it was awesome! Took loads of photos of all the stars. Coolest had to be urban. He was so excited to be there and every time he was interviewed by media, he spoke about how he is a huge fan of the original series. He said that he wouldve even played a red shirt just to be in the movie.

One common theme from all of the actors though, especially quinto is how much of a magician jj is.

Pls excuse my really poor gramar and typing, I’m sitting on a train using my iPhone!

9. thorsten - April 7, 2009

Great Job, thanks downunder for the amazing live action work on the carpet!

10. Selor - April 7, 2009

Guess who’s back? It is Trek!
Can’t wait to see it… I’m so excited at the moment I can’t even sit still!

11. Harry - April 7, 2009

There’s a tribble in the movie!

And after all the campaigning for the mugato… is someone setting up a new mugato action group for the sequel?

12. Peek Hard - April 7, 2009

Yey….Great update

13. Mark from Germany - April 7, 2009

May 7th…….may take quite a while……I am starving for that movie.

14. Sebi - April 7, 2009

speaking shatner-style:

I ….want to see that….. movie so much!!!

And Anthony: BTW: “I like this site, it’s exciting!!!!”

15. Capitaine Picard Jr - April 7, 2009

Thank you so much Anthony and the crew downunder for such an amazing live coverage. It’s great to be a fan with you around!
Hope you will still get a bit of sleep !!!

16. Alf, in pog form - April 7, 2009

Mr. Abrams, I live in Bendigo, not Ben-dingo!! (though it’s a nice coincidence that I have a pet dingo called Ben….)
You’re coming down to “Ben-dingo” to tell me personally that no tribbles were harmed during the making of the film, well I gotta admit you looked kinda p***ed when you were answering that question so I think I’ll disappear into the Outback for a bit until you cool off!!

17. Chris Fawkes - April 7, 2009

I was pretty bummed that the Opera House tickets sold out so fast. I would love to be there right now.

18. Stonn is Decius - April 7, 2009

first negative review is over at CHUD:


19. Commodore Redshirt - April 7, 2009

gosh… the way he looked as he answered the ALF question, I’m now glad he didn’t get mine!

20. Alf, in pog form - April 7, 2009

#19 – yep, he looked pretty unhappy, I bet it’s because tribbles WERE harmed during the making and he’s just trying to cover it up!

21. Alf, in pog form - April 7, 2009

#18 – pay that reviewer no heed, he’s clearly afflicted by a little understood medical condition called “khan envy”.

22. Admiral Waugh - April 7, 2009

#21 – Khan envy is understandable. It’s too bad that every movie after it must inevitably be compared to something so extraordinary. The reviewer does make one good point: the best Trek let the actors really show their stuff and they did it about great themes. Maybe it’s not too late to hire N. Meyer for the next one…….

23. Unbel1ever - April 7, 2009

Well, I think the last month of waiting will be more exciting than the movie itself.

24. Z Remorca - April 7, 2009


25. Matt - April 7, 2009

Stonn, Chud reviews write themselves, and “chewers” follow suit. I can write you their Iron Man 2 review right now. sight unseen.

26. Chris Fawkes - April 7, 2009

I didn’t think the review was completely unfair. I’ll probably disagree with a lot of it but it didn’t come off as unkind.

Several lines like this “The movie should easily become the biggest (and probably most popular with the mainstream) Trek film out there, and Paramount might have successfully turned this back into a cash cow.” balanced out the review i thought.

I’m still thinking most of us will love it.

27. Harry Ballz - April 7, 2009

Wow!! JJ answered my “tingle” question!! What a thrill to get his answer on that!

Last year Nimoy read my quip about old Spock having ears like Yoda to the Vegas crowd and now this…..thank you, Anthony, for providing a venue that affords us this opportunity!

Michael, Canada

28. Heidsdk - April 7, 2009

now see this is what im talking bout :D

29. thorsten - April 7, 2009


you have lucky Ballz, Harry!

30. Captain Hackett - April 7, 2009

– No. 8 Aussie Adam

May you please post pics at flickr or photobucket and give us a link here?

Thanks in advance!

31. AJ - April 7, 2009

Wow. I cannot wait.

It’s interesting to read reviews which say that the film tries too hard to pander to the fans while, at the same time, many fans here feel they are being ignored. All will come out in the wash.

Now, the marketeers have to take this “buzz” and elevate it to fever pitch for the next 4 weeks…

32. Captain Hackett - April 7, 2009

Where is Joel? A few days ago he said he had tickets for the Sydney premiere. I am sure that we would love to hear his opinions about the movie!

33. Alf, in pog form - April 7, 2009

Sydney’s Daily Telegraph Trek opening gallery:


34. Aussie Adam - April 7, 2009

I’ll try to have my pics posted up on flickr over the next 24 hrs. Having said that, I’ve seen some photos already up on flickr and they are more or less the same shots that I have… :)

35. Selor - April 7, 2009

Gimme da link! *shudders*

36. Sebi - April 7, 2009


CHUD’s review is not a BAD review.

Its well balanced and in my opinion, the viewer seemed to enjoy the movie.

And the last part: “I still want to see TWOK at the big screen” Hey: Who wouldn’t???

37. SPOCKBOY - April 7, 2009

Great stuff Anthony.

38. Captain Hackett - April 7, 2009


The newspapers misidentified Nero as Klingon. :(

39. screaming satellite - April 7, 2009

is a transcript of the Q&A possible?

40. Selor - April 7, 2009

@38 LOL I didn’t even notice that there was something written below the pics..

41. Chris M - April 7, 2009

Havn’t watched the vidoes yet however I am watching the late night news here in Melbourne and they r going to have a story on the Premiere of Star Trek! :)

42. Aussie Adam - April 7, 2009

@ 41.

Chris M, check out http://ten.com.au/video-player.htm?channel=NEWS&clipId=1427_news-bana-070409

Full interview with Eric Bana.

43. Dac - April 7, 2009

I’d hardly call the CHUD review a negative one – Its objective certainly, and biased considering the reviewer wanted to see Wrath of Khan, but he does praise the film and awful lot.

44. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 7, 2009

May 8th is feeling very far away indeed. If only I still lived in Sydney… or in Austin, for that matter.

45. Unbel1ever - April 7, 2009

From what’s written in the reviews, I’d say the movie is pretty much, what I expected. A fun ride without real consequence. In times of successful mall cop movies, that’s really all we can ask for. The old Trek, you could be passionate about is dead, long live Popcorn-Trek !

46. Val Jean - April 7, 2009

another news story, with very bad reporting, claiming quinto is a ’24’ star and that John Cho is a ‘Heroes’ star


47. Locke for President - April 7, 2009

What’s this I hear about a new Star Trek movie? What Star Trek movie? When did they decide to do that?

I thought this was the place I supposed to come to debate whether its possible to adjust the sine wave of a magnetic envelope so that anti-neutrons can pass through it but anti-gravitons cannot.


48. john2trek - April 7, 2009

I hope Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban become as good as friends as Shatner, Nimoy and Kelly are/were.
Here’s to Star Trek’s future….may it burn long and bright.

49. Schultz - April 7, 2009

So let’s see if I get this right… the “negative” comments in those reviews were that Nero is rather a “symbolical” villain? That the film is too dense and tries to be too much for too many people at the same time? That it’s a springboard for a sequel? To be honest, if that’s all they can come up with, it’s a great movie. Hope I’ll make the Berlin premiere.

50. Daoud - April 7, 2009

#48 Let’s hope that Pine, Quinto & Urban become much better friends than Shatner was with Nimoy and Kelley.

#CHUD It’s a nobody-special review. The moment I saw “Quintano” [sic] in his review, I knew immediately this guy hasn’t been paying attention, nor should be taken seriously. He says, “I couldn’t help but shake the fact that I still wanted to watch Wrath of Khan on the big screen” after praising TWOK for it being “one of the tightestly plotted films in any genre.” What is “tightestly”? And TWOK is chock FULL of plotting errors and inconsistencies within Trek. It’s the fun and action that allows us to ignore those things, which the reviewer could give the same credit to O&K who I think have written a better script. No need to regurgitate all the boo-boos in Khan… they’re well known. Any *real* reviews out there yet?

51. Liz - April 7, 2009


I think Quinto, Pine and Urban are probably better friends than the originals. Shatner and Nimoy didn’t get along that well at first. I don’t know how they feel about each other now.

52. Trek Nerd Central - April 7, 2009

The videos make me giddy with anticipation, and I’m glad to hear the buzz is building. . . but I’m thinking I’d better stop visiting this site.

I’m among the 12 percent in today’s poll who say they won’t be reading early reviews. Time for a media blackout, I think. I feel like I know too much about the film already — and I don’t want to ruin the thrill of the new when the credits unroll before me.

It’s been fun, guys. Thanks for putting up with me. Maybe I’ll come back and chat on May 8.


53. Starman - April 7, 2009

Thanks to the phreadz team for getting my question asked.

54. Locke for President - April 7, 2009

#50: I’ve heard Shatner and Nimoy refer to the other one as their friend numerous times. As far as how they got along back in the 60’s, the only thing I heard was that Shatner was taken aback that the Spock character was getting more fan reaction than his own character. But I don’t know if he held that against Nimoy or not.

#52: You’ve got a good point, these early viewings are letting the plot points totally out of the bag. It’s a fine line between enjoying all of the coverage building up until the movie’s release, vs. finding out too much about the movie along the way (and spoiling our personal viewing experience).

I agree, I think I’m going to stop reading about the movie now. The coverage so far has given me something to look forward to during a time of my life where things aren’t going well. But I can go 4 weeks now and wait to see the movie without being more spoiled.

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57. sean - April 7, 2009

I really liked what Pine said with regard to what aspects of Kirk he envied. ‘[his] decisiveness, whether he makes the right or wrong choice, he goes for it 110%’.

That’s def a Kirk trait, no doubt about it.

58. Stonn is Decius - April 7, 2009

the CHUD reviewer’s essential line was, ‘well, it doesn’t suck.’ i think we’re going to hear more reviews that filter in with a sense that this film is as empty as TMP was boring.

59. sean - April 7, 2009


Why? The CHUD reviewer is out in the wilderness as it stands right now, with the remainder of the reviews being far more positive than his. I’m sure more negative reviews will come in (that’s inevitable, regardless of the movie) but why fix on the one semi-negative review?

60. Steven - April 7, 2009

But America premiered it first! Na-na-na-na-na-na! :P

God bless!

61. random_person - April 7, 2009

#58 – I liked TMP. May even by my favourite Trek flick. It is ‘slow’, yes, but for it to be ‘boring’ is completely subjective. I like it’s slow pace because it allows me to fully appreciate the film on an artistic level. It would drive a person anticipating more of a TWOK or TUC action level nuts, but that does not mean that the film itself should be labelled as ‘boring’ in a stative fashion because it’s not an objective fact, it’s an opinion formed by taste or personality.

62. Critch - April 7, 2009

For those that don’t know, CHUD is essentially a bunch of film school wannabes that hate anything blockbustery and fun. They always go against the grain because that’s what gets them hits, and are essentially well written versions of AICN’s talkback reviews. The fact that even they didn’t come out with a bad review means that this movie is truly exceptional.

That was the same site that thought Fantastic 4 was better than Batman Begins.

63. Starman - April 7, 2009

TMP is only considered “slow” because it came out after Star Wars. Had SW never come out, I think TMP would have been appreciated more. I love the movie. It’s slow-paced, but if you have any appreciation for film, you’ll understand why it was made that way. I mean, look who directed it!

64. Jean Prouvaire - April 7, 2009

Saw the movie tonight (or last night rather, it’s 3 in the morning now) and am working on a much more comprehensive review and synopsis. But my initial – spoiler free – assessment is that Star Trek is a good, but not great, movie that succeeds in relaunching the franchise into both familiar and unexpected directions.

While there are plenty of sequences to pull in the general public there are also many shout-outs that Trek fans will pick up on and enjoy. The “B-story”, ie the character arcs (Kirk and Spock’s emotional journeys), are more successful than the “A-story” plot of Nero’s threat against the Federation which struck me as derivative and underdeveloped.

All the performances get a thumbs up (or sideways in a couple instances) with the exception of Bana, who didn’t make a convincing villain in my opinion. He wasn’t helped by the script in this regard.

Technically the movie looks and sounds great. Not majestic in the sense that TMP looked, but certainly epic and cinematic.

Am looking forward to seeing it again in a month. Could have seen it again right there and then.

65. Cheve - April 7, 2009

I fact, the actual premier was one made for fans as a suprise gift.

I don’t care if it was in USA or where.

They took the care to premier the movie for the first time to a group of trekkies for suprise and with the presence of Nimoy. It is evident they love us.

66. Pragmaticus - April 7, 2009

HOLY CRAP they asked Karl Urban my question! I can’t believe it!!!

67. SebiMeyer - April 7, 2009

Intersting tidbit Quinto let slip there: he trained several months for a sequence that was never shot.

No need to tell me NOW, but that’s definitely something I’d be interested in once the movie is out, along with that elusive Shatner scene Bob promised to release.

68. Chadwick - April 7, 2009

Very exciting, can’t wait to hear more. I have been waiting for this moment of rejuvinated energy within Star Trek for a long time, I knew it was coming but not when. Star Trek can go on forever, it can have rebirths, but it must be done right. Honestly, Nero sounds like a good villain, which Star Trek has been missing for a long time. I am so stoked for this movie.

69. Toothless Grishnar Cat - April 7, 2009


Of course, if Star Wars hadn’t come out, TMP wouldn’t have, either:)

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72. JohnWA - April 7, 2009

48 –

The personal relationships between the original cast members are very complicated. Nimoy and Shatner have clashed in the past. Although they’re supposedly friendly now. It is also interesting to note that all the cast members with “secondary” roles – Takei, Koenig, Nichols – seem to have issues with Shatner to a greater or lesser degree.

Everyone has their own theory as to why that is. Are they simply jealous of Shatner? Did Shatner steal the spotlight at their expense? Is the whole feud even real (or was all just a publicity stunt)? So on and so forth.

73. Tox Uthat - April 7, 2009


That’s the best “negative” review I’ve read. Honest, intelligent. I’m jacked for this movie but I also want to read what the naysayers have to say. IDIC

74. Lance - April 7, 2009


75. screaming satellite - April 8, 2009

Could someone be so kind as to tell me which Qs Abrams and Bana answered? (cant play the videos) and what their answers were (no need to be exact)


76. Roger Nelson - June 20, 2009

How could the captain of the Kelvin know of an aged SPOCK, 125 years before he was to be?

77. Harry Ballz - June 21, 2009

Well, I think that was the dramatic point!

78. Harry Ballz - June 28, 2010

Well, a year later I’m glad to see that nobody felt like revisiting this thread!

Case closed!

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