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Abrams and Stars Show Star Trek To Troops in Kuwait – Report & Pics + More ST09 Tidbits April 11, 2009

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Great Links,Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback

JJ Abrams Star Trek promotional tour took a side-step from the red carpet gala premieres and press events, to stop in Kuwait and give some lucky US service people an early look at the Star Trek movie. We have pictures and details from the event, plus some more Tidbits, inlcuding Pine in Vanity Fair, interviews with Cho and Urban and more.


Star Trek world tour in Kuwait
Today JJ Abrams and his actors from the new Star Trek movie stopped at Camp Arijan in Kuwait to show the film to a group of US service members. According to a report issued by the US Army, actors Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, John Cho and Eric Bana along with executive producer Bryan Burk and director/producer J.J. Abrams presented the film to the service members.

JJ Abrams is quoted as saying:

It struck us that there was an opportunity to not just have it be about the movie, but to have it be about something that’s more important than all that stuff

It’s an honor to come here to say hi and shake hands with the people who protect us

(L-R) Saldana, Quinto, Bana, Burk, Abrams, Pine, Urban, and Cho…in Kuwait

The Star Trek crew met first with Brig. Gen. James T. Walton and other HQ staff before showing the film and then staying for a Q&A and mingling with service members for photos and autographs. 

Troops gather to meet the stars of Star Trek

Chris Pine makes a soldier’s day in Kuwait

Zach Quinto talks to a soldier’s daughter on the phone from the stage in Kuwait

John Cho (and Zoe behind him) sign for soldiers in Kuwait

Just like Nero, Eric Bana is just one of the guys

Zoe signs for a major – even officers can be fanboys

Pine in Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair magazine has a brief profile and new arty pictures of Chris Pine, the new Captain Kirk.

Two of the new Vanity Fair pics of Pine (click to see VF gallery)

Urban: Mccoy cranky and bipolar?
The new Dr. McCoy has an interview with his hometown newspaper the New Zealand Herald, which includes the following exchange

The character is a bit cranky isn’t he?
This character is irascible and cantankerous, and often downright grumpy but beneath that is one of the most altruistic, caring, loyal friends you can possibly have. The remarkable thing about him is he does not care who you are, he will speak his mind. His moral perspective, regardless of who he is arguing against, is always sound. It doesn’t matter that he’s more Jim Kirk’s friend than Spock’s – he will always give you the straight up, honest ground.

Why do you think he’s so cantankerous?
I think he’s a little bit bipolar actually!

Cho feels the pressure
In an interview with Hollywood Today, John Cho revealed that taking on the role of Hikaru Sulu was taken seriously:

I did feel pressure. You’re doing a role that another actor did and you certainly don’t want to dishonor that. And I felt pressure to honor the Star Trekkers, the fans, to do right by them. They’re very passionate about this mythology and you don’t want to mess with that. It’s a younger, more action-filled, more athletic version of “Star Trek, so I think both camps will be happy

Jules Verne Fest First To Get Star Trek in France
Finally, Star Trek will have an early premiere in France at the Paris Jules Verne Film Festival. More info and ticket info at JulesVerneFestiva..com. This event is after JJ Abrams and the Trek stars leave Europe, but they will be holding a press-only event in France this week (TrekMovie will cover that event via our friends at UnificationFrance). The French public premiere for Star Trek is on May 6th. More at the official French movie site.

French ST09 Poster

TrekMovie review still coming
My first (no spoiler) review of the Star Trek movie is coming later tonight or early Sunday. Sorry for the delay but it is a lot to take in and much other stuff keeps coming in the door and for now I have to head out the door for a birthday party (mine).


1. Aussie Adam - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Anthony!

2. MATT - April 11, 2009

Happy birthday dude.

3. C.S. Lewis - April 11, 2009

This was righteous of Abrams & Co.


C.S. Lewis

4. SaphronGirl - April 11, 2009

Holy crap does Pine ever look like James Dean in that first Vanity Fair picture…

5. DarthLowBudget - April 11, 2009

Cool pics.

And Happy Birthday!

6. spockatatic - April 11, 2009

happy birthday, Anthony!
that is so cool that they hung out with all the soldiers like that.

7. Starship Conductor - April 11, 2009


8. Bob Mack - April 11, 2009

Very cool of JJ and cast to spend time with the troops. They’re obviously very good people.

Happy B-day!

9. Slaynest - April 11, 2009

Happy B-day Anthony!

10. krikzil (aka Lixy) - April 11, 2009

Love that shot of Quinto talking to the soldier’s daughter. What a great thing to do!

11. chives - April 11, 2009

Your birthday is a perfectly valid excuse to delay the review. Enjoy it!

12. T2 - April 11, 2009

This has been just an absolutely fantastic week of Star Trek. I love it. Saw a Trek09 trailer on TV today in a store I was in. I heard some kids behind me watching it say “That looks awesome”. I had such a big grin on my face, that was great to hear.

And, of course, Happy Birthday Anthony.

13. Richard Martin - April 11, 2009

Lets send Shatner to Irag to be used as a bullet sheild.

14. In Afghanistan - April 11, 2009


too cool!

now come to BAF! :-p

15. NCC-73515 - April 11, 2009

qoSlIj DatIvjaj!

16. S. John Ross - April 11, 2009

Urban seems to have given his role a lot of thought, which is important (whether or not you agree or disagree on “bipolar,” just the fact that the actor has clearly spent time getting into the character’s head – not just the character’s lines and mannerisms – means a lot those of us out here who root for McCoy).

17. Dennis Bailey - April 11, 2009

Dude! Happy Birthday!

18. Sybok's Secret Brother - April 11, 2009

I love this!

Happy Birthday Anthony!!! Thanks again for all you do here!

19. Shat Hands - April 11, 2009

Happy birthday to our esteemed host!

20. saavik001 - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday! And thanks for this site. I check it daily…:)

21. Rick Moyer - April 11, 2009

That is so cool. Thanks for the great article, and Happy Birthday!

22. Edgar Governo - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday, Anthony! :)

The cast definitely did a solid by going to Kuwait (and I, too, got sentimental at the pic of Quinto on the phone)…but where was Simon Pegg?

23. Elliot - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday! This site is my life.

24. Mike Ten - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Anthony. Live Long and Prosper!

Keep doing what you are doing, I’ve been coming to your site since the beginning and hardly ever go to the old Trek site I used to frequent anymore (except to post on the Doctor Who threads!).

25. Viking - April 11, 2009

As an old 13 Bravo, a tip o’ the horns to the team for taking it out to our troops.

26. robbysteve64 - April 11, 2009

hey happy b-day u and tour site has done a wonderful job on informing us about star trek keep up the good work and live long and prosper

27. Aussie Adam - April 11, 2009

I just booked my IMAX ticket!

28. Tanner Waterbury (HUGE PINK FLOYD FAN) - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Mr Pascale, now goet drunk and get laid and have a nice one

29. Tanner Waterbury (HUGE PINK FLOYD FAN) - April 11, 2009

BTW does Karl Urban EVER smile? all i see him do is frown or just look downright grumpy. Or maybe he IS smiling and he just looks grumpy when he really is happy.

30. Trekkie16 - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday. How does it feel to finally be old enought to drink Blood Wine and Romulan Ale???

31. 750 Mang - April 11, 2009

Good job.

32. TrekkyStar - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Anthony!
Maybe you should take a day off?

As for McCoy being Bipolar……………

33. The Invader (In Color!) - April 11, 2009

That is awesome!!! Good to see the Trek team honor our troops in this way!

Too bad we don’t see more of this kind of honor from the film industry — not just towards our troops but our nation as a whole!

34. Will_H - April 11, 2009

Its about time the movie industry starts doing stuff like this, and Star Trek seems like a great place to start.

35. Megg - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Those pictures of Chris Pine?


Really enjoyed reading about the visit to the soldiers. That’s a nice thing to see.

I like Karl Urban…whether or not you agree or like him, I think he certainly has given this role a lot of though and seems to be really appreciating it.

36. Aussie Adam - April 11, 2009

@ 29

I was standing right in front of him at the Sydney premiere and he was smiling heaps. :):):):):):):):):):)

37. Thorny - April 11, 2009

I went to Arifjan several times while I was deployed to Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait. Its a lot nicer than the bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, but it sure isn’t Hollywood! Kudos to the Star Trek cast and crew for taking time out to go show the movie to the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines there.

38. OneBuckFilms - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Anthony !!!

Great to see the troops getting recognition from JJ and Company !!!

39. SciFiMetalGirl - April 11, 2009

That is so cool! I am so proud of our guys and gals! I am sure this will be a highlight of theirs for many days to come!

And also, Happy B-Day Anthony! Live Long and Prosper!

40. jas_montreal - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday JJ Abrams

41. Ian - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Anthony!

42. Ran - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday! All the best and keep up the excellent work!

43. That One Guy - April 11, 2009

Happy birthday Anthony!! Hope everything goes well for you! And thanks for 3 years of great service to the trek community.

Live long and prosper, AP,


44. Blake Powers - April 11, 2009

That is just an amazing story! Reminds me of why I love star trek.. Oh and HAPPY TREKTACULOUS BIRTHDAY…

Trektaculous should be a new word. Blake Powers Penned that one.

45. Jason Medeiros - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Anthony!

46. BrF - April 11, 2009

Happy birthday!

47. Elrond L - April 11, 2009

Happy birthday, Anthony! Thanks for all the presents you give us. :-)

48. The Bear - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Live Long and Prosper!

49. AJ - April 11, 2009


Happy Birthday! I thank you for the wonderful site, and wish you the best on your day, today!

50. Lousy_Canadian - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Anthony!

Thank you for this site and all the news you keep us updated with. I’ve been reading this site passionatly for nearly three years now! I should also mention that I started watching Star Trek tos just before I found this site. My faith for the series, excitement for the new movie grow each and everyday I come here! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!

51. Ster Julie - April 11, 2009

Um, where is Anton Yelchin in all these publicity tours? Is he too young to travel?

52. starfleetmom - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday!!

53. Michelle - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday! :)

(P.S. The caption on the photo reading, “Zach Quinto talks to a soldiers daughter on the phone from the stage in Kuwait” is missing the apostrophe for soldier’s.)

54. RD - April 11, 2009

Too bad they didn’t go into Iraq like many other entertainers – they need this more there – but it is the thought that counts. While the fewer numbers of women must have appreciated the pretty all male cast, Abrams really should have trucked out the green Orion actress and a few more women besides Zoe. Hey – I just realized, is Nurse Chapel in this movie and if not, why not (I mean Checkov is and he shouldn’t be)!?

55. Radioactive Spock - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday, Anthony. Thanks for the constant diligence in covering all things Trek.

56. David_Alexander - April 11, 2009

Looking at the Vanity Fair pictures of Chris Pine, am I the only one who gets a:…

“I am the great cornholio! You will give me TV!”


57. publius - April 11, 2009

Where is Yelchin in the publicity push? AWOL?

58. CarlG - April 11, 2009

That is one goofy haircut on Mr Pine in those VF photos. Ah, well. Fashion, right?

Happy Birthday / Easter, Anthony! In the immortal words of Senator Vreenak….

“Go eat CAAAAAAAAKE!” ;)

59. David_Alexander - April 11, 2009

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

Happy brithday :-)

60. Shaun_B - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday from the UK Anthony…

to misquote Kathryn Janeway…(“Scorpion” – Part One)

” A Year ago, I didn’t even know Trekmovie existed…Now I can’t imagine a day without this site!”

61. Capt Mike Of The Terran Empire - April 11, 2009

Hey Anthony you old Space Dog. Happy Birthday. Loved all the stuff in kuwait. Very great to see the stars go there and show support. True Trek.

62. k7 - April 11, 2009

happy birthday Anthony
Today at lunch at a Buffalo Wild Wings I saw the Star Trek ad that is shown with the ESPN SportCenter in Game piece.The table next to us
had to two young children (8yrs to 12yrs approx.) who said to their Mom & Dad they wanted to see this movie. I am hopeful that a new generation
will get the joy and fun that I did from Star Trek in the early “70s

63. CHRIS K - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday, Anthony. First round of Romulan Ale is on me tonight, boys and girls.

64. Charles Trotter - April 11, 2009

Hey, happy birthday, Tony! Hope ya have fun!

65. Catie - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday!!!! :-)

66. The Governator - April 11, 2009


67. The Governator - April 11, 2009


68. AJ - April 11, 2009

I think “The Governator” just complicated the issue, but his thoughts seemed sincere, anyway ;-).

69. Steven PDX - April 11, 2009

Hi, Anthony:

I join all the other posts in wishing you a very happy birthday. In the exciting run-up to the movie, your site is a mainstay for all of us anxiously awaiting May 8. Thank you for all of your hard work!


70. Rocket Scientist - April 11, 2009

To The Governator:

I get it…well done!

And Happy Birthday Anthony!!

71. jas_montreal - April 11, 2009

If anybody here wants to get rick-rolled star trek style:


72. Captain Presley - April 11, 2009

That’s great that JJ, Pine, Quinto & Co. went to Kuwait and spent some time with the troops. Great photos! Thanks Anthony! May I take this time to wish you Happy Birthday, and thank your for all your time and work on this site, that brings so much joy to so many fans.

73. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 11, 2009

Happy birthday Anthony!

Glad to see some attention given to those beyond the red carpet!

74. crazydaystrom - April 11, 2009

HBD A :-)

75. Nelson - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Anthony, you got a great early present!

76. Weerd1 - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Anthony, and may the Great Bird Bless JJ and Crew for heading to Kuwait!

77. The Governator - April 11, 2009

68. AJ

Complicated? I never thought there was any harm in singing a little music. Don’t they usually do that before they blow out the candles? Hmmm, I guess that’s something they just did for me :-)

78. Bramblett - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday, Anthony!

79. Mikey1091 - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Anthony!!!

80. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - April 11, 2009

LOve to see the support for the real heros and bravest among us with so many in hollywood giving backhand slaps to those kids. I support the USO!! Congrats to the crew !!! and Happy Birthday!!

81. That One Guy - April 11, 2009

Let’s just take Governator’s wishes and say that they were done in the form of the recent viral campaign with the Narada. If that actually was the intent, very nice. If not, ah well.

Happy B-Day again.

82. The Last Maquis - April 11, 2009

Hey Anthony Guess what? You’re a Year Older!! Make It good and make it count, Cheers.

83. AJ - April 11, 2009


Sorry, The Governator. I couldn’t find the musicality in your post. It was one big line and “Happy Birthday to you.”

And that’s the point, end of the day.

84. CaptainDonovin - April 11, 2009

Happy B-day Anthony, thanks for all the hard work & updates.

Who wants to guess his age?!

85. Christine - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday, Anthony. This is by far my favourite site on the internet! :D

86. The Governator - April 11, 2009


If you are having trouble deciphering my birthday post (ridiculous that you should), I suggest you start from left to right, not top to bottom.

hint: CCDCFE CCDCGF CCcAFED AAGEFE (no sharps, no flats)

87. Hat Rick - April 11, 2009

Happy birthday, Anthony. And, by the way — this TrekMovie thing you started …. it’s just awesome, man. Just like Trek.

Thanks for all your efforts — to you and all the rest.

88. The Governator - April 11, 2009

83. AJ

Apologies unnecessary. Its all in good fun :)

89. danhurley67 - April 11, 2009

happy birthday !!you are the best person during this crisis .meaning the lack of trek.granted ,the fan sites are great. but what you have done is fantastic .the coverage + the spirit of everything is great.also keep doing the thing that you do so well!! live long and prosper and enjoy this.STAR TREK is about to be REBORN

90. Ensign Fox - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Anthony!!!

91. Andrew F. - April 11, 2009

Pine looks like young Shat in the pic with the hoodie!

92. tbk1701 - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday!!! Hope you get everything you wish for, and more.


93. RetroWarbird - April 11, 2009

# 91, I agree.

I have a feeling the more we see of him as Kirk, the more he’ll resemble Shatner, whether he intends to or not … blessing … curse … who knows? But he’s definitely channeling Shatner in that image at least.

It might just be in some fan psyches. But it’s no big deal – if he starts SOUNDING like Shatner, then I’ll need psychoanalysis.

94. Captain Hackett - April 11, 2009

Bonne fête, Anthony! :)

Enjoy your special day!

95. Dave - April 11, 2009

This image is SO Shatner and classic 50s/60s heart-throb. Awesome!


96. Jonny Boy - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday, Anthony! You deserve one hell of a party.

97. TREKKIE369 - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Anthony!

98. HAHAHAHAH - April 11, 2009

Holy shit…that soldier shouldnt let Sylar talk to his daughter

99. jonboc - April 11, 2009

Happy B-day Anthony! And how classy is it for JJ and company to give the troops a sneak-peek? A friend of mine suggested they should beam it up to the space station as well. Great idea, if it’s technically do-able I think they should get with NASA and give the astronauts an early look as well.

Happy Easter everyone!

100. Greg Stamper - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday and Happy Easter

101. Closettrekker - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday, Anthony!

I look forward to the review when you get to it!

102. Trekwebmaster - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Anthony…enjoy your day my friend!

103. pock speared - April 11, 2009

sir anthony;
just a reminder, that your review of the film must somehow please each and everyone of us here at TM and our respective viewpoints, from bar flares to code scanners, addressing each neurotic objection and supporting all mindless devotion to every aspect of each frame of the film, right down to the flavor of the popcorn (which is likely to be non-canon, or cannon).

..and if you should fail to give give the most perfectly objective and gandhi-like intuition or restraint, remember that you will by default disappoint and outrage at least half us, causing depression, suicide and romulan ale binges that you will be blamed for, for the rest of your life.

not to mention the media scandals.

so hey, with respect, thanks and admiration,

good luck with that!

104. RD - April 11, 2009

I’m not particularly surprised that the film review has been delayed (birthday notwithstanding).

After all, “The Cage” came out on DVD months ago and we’re still waiting for the “forthcoming” review.

I for one was never holding my breath, nor did I expect a review of any kind until it was actually screened for critics (assuming Paramount is brave enough to offer it up), or after opening day (AS IT SHOULD BE).

As for “The Cage”, I guess we will have to wait for the official broadcast in syndication, assuming it actually ever gets broadcast since no official report of the airdate has been given anywhere. But again, I’m not holding my breath.

So enjoy your birthday … we’re all breathing just fine. ;-)

105. FS9/Sarah - April 11, 2009

Wow! This really warms my heart. They didn’t have to do this, but they did. What a treat! USA! USA! USA!

Thanks, JJ and crew. You’re the best!

106. FS9/Sarah - April 11, 2009

“TrekMovie review still coming…Sorry for the delay but it is a lot to take in and much other stuff keeps coming in the door and for now I have to head out the door for a birthday party (mine).”

No worries, Anthony. There’s been a lot of news rolling in and thanks for what you do. Happy Birthday!

107. JimJ - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday, AP!!!

108. JimJ - April 11, 2009

AP-Not to add more to your plate, but I could sworn I saw yet another TV SPot that was different today, during the baseball game on FOX. Looked like more new footage. Know anything about that? Happy B-Day, again!

109. catchupwiththesun - April 11, 2009

happy birthday, anthony. looking forward to your review.

thank you to all our boys overseas! take care of yourselves!

110. Battle-Scarred Sciatica - April 11, 2009

Hey Anthony.
You don’t know me and I don’t know you. But hey, its my Birthday too (in fact it was yesterday as I live in New Zealand).
Happy Birthday mate!
I’m looking forward to seeing the movie 12 hours before my family and friends in England and gloating to the max!
The anticipation is totally cranked right up and off the dial!

Live Long and Prosper!


111. GaryS - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Anthony!
Thanks for all that you do.

112. Julio - April 11, 2009

This character is irascible and cantankerous, and often downright grumpy but beneath that is one of the most altruistic, caring, loyal friends you can possibly have.

PERFECT description of McCoy by Urban… I can’t wait to see him portray Bones!


113. stegoman05 - April 11, 2009

I saw the tv spot during the mummy on usa this morning. So recorded on my camcorder. Sorry for the crappy quality, hopefully someone finds a better one.


114. Hadrosaur Dave - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Anthony!

Thanks for this forum. It’s been a lot of fun to follow!

115. stegoman05 - April 11, 2009

Oh by the way happy birthday Anthony! :)

116. Julio - April 11, 2009

#114 THANKS! That was a cool TV spot right there!

117. Newman - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Anthony! Keep up the good work!

PS Does anyone else think that those Vanity Fair pictures of Pine look ridiculous? I hope so.

118. Anthony Thompson - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday, AP!

But the delay in your review has me concerned. I’m starting to feel as though you are looking for a diplomatic way to describe your reaction to the film. If you had loved it, I think we would have seen your review a couple of days ago. My opinion.

119. focuspuller - April 11, 2009

nope. Pine is a born star.

120. Sci-Fi Bri - April 11, 2009

trek comic : http://www.mildlyhotpeppers.com/comics/354/

121. Ron Mosher - April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Anthony!

122. Ashley - April 12, 2009

Happy Birthday :)

123. I Am Morg Not Eymorg - April 12, 2009

Very cool and classy thing for them to give this treat to the troops. I wonder how difficult it would be to send a digital version to the astronauts on the I.S.S? Just think how that would go over with the media! It writes itself.

and happy Bday Anthony.

And RD, bitter much?


124. The Original Spock's Brain - April 12, 2009

Feliz cumpleanos, Anthony!

125. Admiral Waugh - April 12, 2009

As we say here in China:


126. AJ - April 12, 2009



TOS was canceled decades ago, and “The Cage” has been available on VHS and DVD for ages. The small ‘Remastered’ changes add up to a mighty clean copy of a film we’ve all seen dozens of times.

Calm yourself, Doctor.

127. Devon - April 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Anthony!

Thanks for the cool story.

128. Selor - April 12, 2009

Happy Birthday!

@113 Thanks for that! Hope the get some TV spots at some german stations…

129. Italian Guy - April 12, 2009

Happy Birthday from Italy, Anthony!

Thanks for your work.

130. subatoi - April 12, 2009

Happy birthday!

131. cagmar - April 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Anthony!
Many Happy Returns

132. afterace - April 12, 2009

Happy Birthday from Poland, Anthony!!

133. Shatner_Fan_Prime - April 12, 2009

I feel proud of the whole cast & crew for doing this. Good for them all.

#13 … “Lets send Shatner to Irag to be used as a bullet sheild.”

Wow, what a stupid thing to say.

134. Seen it in the desert Oasis - April 12, 2009

hello from arifjan, kuwait…yeah, premiere land for the new ‘star trek’, be jealous…2 free showings last night, packed crown in the theater, line backed up down the hall and around the corner and out the back door to get in…first off, not a trekkie fan but i had a date with a lady so why not? actually i liked the movie, backfill intros on the main characters, fun trying to pick out who was who, just enough cheesy scenes to honor the original series, lots of action and explosions, great theatrical music, and my lady friend was getting into it real well. Kudos and hats off to the JJ Abrams crew for swinging by this desert oasis (dang i missed the crew tho), that Uhura is the sexiest thing breathing today. 3 guesses who she locks lips with…aint gonna spoil that for ya….if you’re a trekkie, gotta go see it.. if you’re sci-fi or action (everything gets blown up, even worlds), then go check it out too…again, big kudos to the crew for supporting the US Soldiers over here….America, Support and honor your troops, while they’re deployed and when they return. Go JJ Abrams & crew

135. Cheve - April 12, 2009

Happy birthday!!

136. cugel the clever - April 12, 2009


LOL! Perfect!

Happy Birthday Athony This is by far the best ST site on the net. All of we fans owe you a huge debt of gratitude for keeping ST fandom alive and well during this dry spell.

JJ and company have done a fantastic job. Whether this movie is a hit or a miss, it’s clear that they gave it their best shot and treated the franchise with the respect it deserves.

I suspect that five years from now, after 2-3 ST films with the new crew have been critical and popular successes, that people will regard the Shatner-Stewart era of films the same way as we now regard the Connery-Moore Bond films and the Keaton-Kilmer Batman films – entertaining and commendable from a historical perspective, but pale and quaint compared to the modern versions.

137. AirForcePA - April 12, 2009


God Bless all our troops and may they have a blessed Easter as they courageously stand up and fight for our country…and for the entire world!

Take it from me, someone who’s deployed to the desert a couple times and will in the near future, there is nothing like getting a piece of home over there.

When you’re separated from you family and friends, it’s rough…especially for Reservists and Guardsmen who leave whole lives behind. This is fantastic that the crew of ST would think to honor these great heroes this way!

138. Imorg Cugeltrekker - April 12, 2009

I agree with #104. I’d like to see that Cage review — with screencaps — also! I don’t care if it’s old and we’ve seen it. Put up pictures of all those new FX shots and what we haven’t seen!

The Great Bird knows they report enough silliness here.

John Tenuto’s self-indulgent reports on anything with the Trek name on it seem to come to mind…LOL!!! Those…and anything about Star Trek Online….


Now, gimme those screen shots from the remastered Cage! Stop hoarding them! After that, you can have a Happy Belated Birthday!

That’s what I’m talkin bout biotches!

139. harris250 - April 12, 2009


Buona Festa….Buona Pasqua!

140. Telly1138 - April 12, 2009

Leonard McCoy is bipolar.

I don’t know what to say. I’m still cooling off after reading that Seth Rogen’s “Observe adn Report” character is bipolar and that’s how the writer/director is “justifying” Rogen’s ludicrous, questionable, reprehensible behavior.

But the more I think of it, McCoy is generally either manic or sullen and depressed in anything I’ve seen or heard. He has anger issues, is prone to flying off the handle, and wildly emotional.

Really explains the last two weeks for me as I adjust to my lithium.

I have a feeling that McCoy’s bipolar is a choice Urban made to give HIMSELF some depth into McCoy and a conclusion Urban came to to explain McCoy’s rampant emotional instability.

As a patient coping with bipolar disorder, I couldn’t be happier. Finally – a positive bipolar role model. Not some deranged lunatic or reprehensible imbecile that is given bipolar by a writer who doesn’t fully understand all of the implications of the disease. Finally, a fully functional man, capable of doing his job (and doing it well), making friends, and living a relatively normal life (Tribbles and hopped-up aging space hookers and asteroid/city planets aside). But the happiest thing for me will be that this is insider information. The words bipolar will NEVER grace the film. Bones’ mental illness won’t be a plotline. It won’t cripple him and leave him incapable of performing his duties as CMO. It won’t have him lurching around the ship, shifting from one personality to another. It won’t have him be a dangerous person.

Anyone who didn’t read that article will never know that Karl Urban is playing Leonard McCoy as a man afflicted with bipolar disorder.

And that positive portrayal of this crippling disease leaves me with tears in my eyes.

So my only gripe about Bones being bipolar is this: they haven’t found a frakking cure by the 22nd century? DAMN.

141. Scott - April 12, 2009

It’s good to see the Star Trek crew take time to visit with the troops. I’m sure they enjoyed it. I hope they do the screening at other bases as well.

142. Commander K - April 12, 2009

i think Zoe Saldana must have got a few unexpected phone numbers that day lol.

143. Go Spock! - April 12, 2009

Happy Birthday!

144. Chadwick - April 12, 2009

Happy birthday Anthony! Great site, keep up the great work. For a trek fan its been a thrill reading all the info and tidbits on this site. Its incredable fun staying up to date about the movie, reading all the articles and interviews yet staying more or less in the dark about the movie…lol for the most part. I look forward to trekmovie.com and its coverage of Star Trek XII!

145. William Kirk - April 12, 2009

Happy Birthday, Anthony!

146. VOODOO - April 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Anthony + many more.

Thanks for all the great you do with this site.

147. Tony Whitehead - April 12, 2009

All my best wishes for your birthday, Mr. Pascale!

God Bless the USA and all our troops serving at home and around the world! You are not forgotten!

148. Mr. Bob Dobalina - April 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Mr. P! And hats off to JJ and the rest for giving our troops a look at Trek. Nice gesture, especially on this Sunday when so many will be missing family and friends. Well done.

149. Penhall99 - April 12, 2009

Thats great news. I’m glad they arent just ignoring/bashing the troops like most of Hollywood does.

150. sean - April 12, 2009

Happy birthday Anthony!

151. George M. Semel - April 12, 2009

Good for them. The Army is going to be there for a long long time. They are not calling it “The Long War” for nothing. And the Navy got back one of ours, and in one piece to boot.

152. The Gorn Identity - April 12, 2009

Bana is no stranger when it comes to the military. He played a total badass Delta in BLACK HAWK DOWN.

153. USS TRINOMA NCC-0278 - April 12, 2009

Happy Birthday, Anthony!!! May your birthday be filled with new dreams to come true. Hey, maybe you will get a part in the movie sequel.

154. Spockish - April 13, 2009

Happy Belated Birthday Anthony, and may you have many more than Vulcans have.

Now only if you would receive a dollar for every birthday wish, you may have paid for this months Internet hosting costs.

The Paramount blessed site STARTREK.COM was nice but this site not only blows it away but I think you have blown it away with a photon torpedo or two. So were did you get that Antimatter from? Maybe you could get a job at DARPA. I hope the humor cured the hangover.

155. DarthDogg - April 13, 2009

Dammit Anthony! Other people have birthdays…Why are we treating yours like a funeral?

156. DeltaFlot - April 13, 2009

The show here at Camp Arifjan was pretty darn good. I showed up at a later showing, and only saw the stars when they passed by on their bus, but I really appreciated that they came all the way out here for us to see the movie early.

157. pat - April 13, 2009

can someone upload the full cast pic in kuwait onto imagebam or something? It only partially opens for some reason?



158. Anthony Pascale - April 13, 2009

i fixed it pat

159. Anthony Pascale - April 13, 2009

And thank you all for the bday wishes…..i wasn’t trolling for the outpouring, just trying to excuse my late review

160. pat - April 13, 2009

Thanks Anthony!! Such a great photo!!

161. I am Kurok! - April 13, 2009

CP looks a bit “James Dean-ish” in the Vanity Fair shots, no?

162. Gary Evans - April 13, 2009

To the ST: XI people who went to Kuwait to meet troops: Fantastic, well done!

I applaud each and everyone who made this trip! JJ, this was a wonderful thing to do for the troops abroad!

:) :) :)

163. Rick - April 13, 2009

I think it is great they did some STAR TREK showings for the troops along with the meet and greets. I am always happy to hear entertainers doing stuff like this. The men and women of the U.S. armed forces are top notch in my book.

Also Happy Birthday Anthony I really have enjoyed visiting this site over the past few years!

164. Chris Mulrooney - April 13, 2009

I applaud them for doing this but I am upset with Paramount and JJ Abrams for now working with Trek to the Troops my website that I have worked on in support of Star Trek and for the Troops. I created Trek to the Troops for this purpose in 2005 years before this movie idea was even writen. This is the Second Sting I have had from this movie. First from being casted as a Extra and gone to a fitting and not getting called to be on the film. Second Trek to the Troops Idea being stolen from me and we don’t get any credit for the idea. I am contacting JJ Abrams office and Staff and the cast. I am happy they did it but come on. I came up withthe IDea and haveworekd for five years to establish it. then they take it with out aknoledgeing TREK TO THE TROOPS website or anything.

Very Upset

Christopher Mulrooney
Member of the Army National Guard
and Operation Iraqi Freedom Soldier 2003 to 2004

165. Chris Mulrooney - April 13, 2009

Feel free to send Trek to the Troops measages of Support since we should be getting some sorta credit for this idea. info@trektothetroops.org

166. Chris Mulrooney - April 13, 2009

Anthany thinks I am just ranting. it’s not news worthy :(

I think it is and I am going to keep ranting put yourself in my boots per say you come up with an idea and you work your heart and money and time in and Paramount and JJ. Abrams comes in does my idea and takes all the credit and glory wouldn’t others be pissed?


167. Jim Nightshade - April 14, 2009

How old is Anthony? Happy belated birthday and thanx for THE best trek site on the web!

168. Chris Mulrooney - April 14, 2009

Happy Birthday BTW Anthony, I am not mad at anyone from Paramount or at Chris Pine I am just upset that they didn’t include us in this. More like heartbroken :(

169. John Sullivan - April 15, 2009

I CAN NOT THANK the people behind the making of this film enough for taking this film to the Troops first. They deserve it. I was active duty from 1983-2003 and was frustrated behond belief when learning that AFRTS (American Forces Radio & Television Service) cancelled Star Trek: Enterprise for overseas troops just when that show started to get good in Season 3. That was not Paramount’s decision – it was the unfortunate decision of a Master Sergeant Thomas in the LA worldwide headquarters who spoke on behalf of all worldwide troops that they didn’t care about Star Trek anymore. I’m glad that the producers have decided to try so hard to work around the bureaucrats at AFRTS and to just take Star Trek from Hollywood straight to the ends of the Earth and beyond.

Just a suggestion for the producers … uplink a DVD yesterday to the Astronauts in space, even if the greatest Star Trek astronaut of all time, Michael F, is back on Earth as of this week after commanding the International Space Station for 6 months or so.

170. John Sullivan - April 15, 2009

this is news! How do I get rights to publish http://img.trekmovie.com/images/st09/kuwait/164322t.jpg and the story on my news site http://www.realspiel.net/News1.html ???

171. 790 - April 15, 2009

Awesome article. What a great cast !!! Very cool of them to do that!!!

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