It’s day three of FedConXX here in Düsseldorf, Germany, but the con is just as crazy as ever. In addition to setting the new world record for most costumed Trekkies in one place at one time, there were two Star Trek panels today: David Mack, author of Star Trek novels and screenplays for DS9 plus Nicole de Boer (Ezri Dax, DS9). Read on for highlights.
Time once again to check in with Star Trek’s first captain, William Shatner. First up watch live video of Bill’s Horse Show Charity event for Saturday Night (6:30 PM Pacific). Plus we have news on Bill injecting himself into Canadian politics and video of Bill discussing a "Charlie Sheen secret." Finally, find out how you can see Bill with big celebrities reading Shakespeare in LA next week.
While Kayla is busy in Germany, your humble editor takes on Science Saturday starting off with renewed hope for a Moon Base. We also look at commercial plans for manned trips beyond Earth, visit NASA with LeVar Burton, find out why SETI has is putting aliens on hold, get ready to say goodbye to Endeavor, and see how Google turns your browser into a universal translator.
This week Sir Patrick Stewart delivered the Shakespeare Birthday Lecture in Stratford, England. The actor spoke about his Shakespearean experiences, his upcoming performance in “The Merchant of Venice,” his recent trip to the Middle East and his time on Star Trek. Stewart is also being awarded with a Shakespeare Prize tonight. Report and details below.
Friday was epic at FedCon XX with Scott Bakula talking about JJ Abrams Star Trek and promised Enterprise movies, Marina Sirtis explaining crashing the two USS Enterprises, Paul McGillion lobbying for return to Star Trek, Robert Duncan McNeill and Garrett Wang bantering and Richard Dean Anderson talking about hopes of a collaboration with Jonathan Frakes. Dive in for all the details below.
Australian actor Chris Hemsworth leveraged the buzz from his short but impressive turn as George Kirk in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek into the title role for Thor (opening next week). In a new interview, Hemsworth said even though he is now very busy, he would “absolutely” be willing return as James T. Kirk’s dear old dad in a Star Trek sequel.
Another week and another Star Trek reference on the CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory. This time Sheldon takes a lesson from Captain Kirk and activates a self destruct countdown. Watch it below.
William Campbell, who portrayed the god-like child Trelane and Klingon warrior Koloth on the original Star Trek, has passed away at the age of 84. TrekMovie has confirmed that Campbell died last night at the Motion Picture & Television County Home and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California following a long illness. See below for more on Campbell and his career.
The fourth episode of Brent Spiner’s new webseries Fresh Hell went online today. Star Trek: The Next Generation’s “Brent Spiner” is trying to get past "the incident" and get a new agent, but things don’t go exactly as planned.
With the Star Trek sequel still not in official pre-production, some in the media (and some fans) are starting to question if the film will make its June 29, 2012 release date. Today provides another positive tea leaf to read into, in the form of comments by Viacom’s COO during an earnings call. Details below.
FedCon, Europe’s biggest sci-fi and Trek con, is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and they’ve brought in some big guest stars like Scott Bakula, Richard Dean Anderson, Wil Wheaton, Garrett Wang, Robbie Duncan McNeill, and more! TrekMovie is in Dusseldorf, Germany to bring you all the highlights. See below for report and pictures from Day One at FedConXX.
Today is the birthday for the captain of the USS Voyager, Kate Mulgrew. Star Trek’s Janeway turns 56 today and TrekMovie wants to wish her a very happy birthday. We also catch up on her latest projects, plus let you know how you can bid to win a date with Kate.
The fine folks at TeeFury have jumped into the ongoing battle of Star Trek v Star Wars. They have pitted two of their daily T-Shirt offerings against each other. On Thursday they featured a Star Wars shirt and for Friday they have a Star Trek shirt. Check out the T-shirt battle below.
Today the fan series Star Trek Phase II released a fun featurette which could be titled "The Prime Timeline Strikes Back." Watch that below. Plus we have an exclusive update from Phase II star/producer on James Cawley on what is next for the fan series.
Today brings more news on the Star Trek sequel production schedule. A report on Paramount’s planned reboot to the Jack Ryan franchise (which stars Chris Pine) includes an update on how Paramount sees the 2012 Star Trek sequel fitting into their production plans. Details below.
In 2009 USAopoloy released the Monopoly: Star Trek Continuum Edition board game, and in late 2011 they return to the Trek universe with a "Klingon Collector’s Edition." Details below, plus find out how you can help design the game.
Anton Yelchin, Star Trek’s new Pavel Chekov, says that he doesn’t really know anything about the 2012 Star Trek sequel, but he thinks they he will be doing Trek “soon.” See below for more non-news from Yelchin.
Mondo Tees two new Star Trek posters coming out tomorrow. One for the original Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror" and the other for "The Menagerie." Check them both out below.
One of the first TV roles for actress and comedian Sarah Silverman was a two-episode guest spot on Star Trek: Voyager in 1996. And according to Voyager writer/producer Bryan Fuller, there was talk about making her a regular on the series. Exclusive details below.
Since his big break as Star Trek’s new Captain Kirk, Chris Pine has moved up the list in Hollywood and now he is on another list. This time it is being named by Men’s Fitness as one of 2011’s “Fittest Guys.” Details below.
A few weeks ago Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Jonathan Frakes made news by talking about a supposed Star Trek TV pitch he made. Now a new report citing a rep for Frakes, casts some doubt on that supposed pitch. Details below.
It is time once again to catch up on some more Star Trek celebrity news. Linda Park is in a new play, Kate Mulgrew is in a new movie, Bob Picardo is doing a Planetary roast, Jeri Ryan talks Star Trek mafia, and a bunch of celebs are headed to Fedcon this weekend. Details below.
Sir Patrick Stewart has said many things about his time with Star Trek The Next Generation, contrasting it with his first love, Shakespeare. But now in a new interview, the actor behind Capt. Jean Luc Picard says TNG was the highlight of his career. Details below.
Last night Star Trek’s new Uhura Zoe Saldana received the Midnight Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, along with her Star Trek co-star Clifton Collins, Jr. We have details and photos below, plus photos of Zoe giving out food to the homeless for Easter.
In Sci-Fi TV this week, we have news on the early season two renewal of Game of Thrones, updates on the Wonder Woman pilot, Leonard Nimoy discussing Fringe, season six of Doctor Who begins, plus we get an extended look at Steven Spielberg’s upcoming TNT series Falling Skies. All that plus much more, including the latest television ratings, and new images and video previews.
Today TrekMovie has a special guest blog from Chris Doohan, son of Star Trek’s original Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, James Doohan. Chris has found some family photos taken by himself and his sister at the premiere of Star Trek VI and on location for Star Trek IV.
Welcome back to another exciting edition of Science Saturday. Celebrate the vernal equinox with the chemistry of Cadbury Creme Eggs, peer beyond the Big Bang with an underground telescope, imagine life on alien worlds, see the latest from SDO solar observatory, and check out four possible commercial manned spacecraft. All this and more plus an Easter Egg Gadget and our DIY gadget of the week: Phi wall art!
Time to check in with the two big Star Trek computer games, Star Trek Online and the upcoming browser-game Star Trek: Infinite Space. Cryptic has added the Oberth class to STO, check out a video below. Plus there are new comments from the producer of Star Trek: Infinite Space promising an authentic Deep Space Nine experience.
This summer HeroClix will release their new "Star Trek: Expeditions" board game, based on the 2009 Star Trek movie. We have lots of details, pictures and a demo video for this new "cooperative game" which has already been getting some buzz in the gaming world.
Today is Earth Day, a day geared to "inspire awareness and appreciation of Earth’s natural environment." Of course through the future history of Star Trek we have seen the Earth face many different threats so today TrekMovie has analyzed the lessons of Trek and we count down Star Trek’s Top 5 threats to Earth.