The Great Links is back and this week we find out why Orson Welles hated doing his Star Trek: The Motion Picture promos. Plus we have have Star Trek intersecting with white colar crime, red shirt Zombies, something for Star Trek strippers, a new "Cage-y" timewaster, and more.
GREAT LINKS: WEEK OF JUNE 4, 2011
Orson Wells hated saying Robert Wise’s name for TMP trailers
If you can remember that far back, or if you have the Star Trek Motion Picture on DVD, you know that veteran actor/director Orson Welles voiced a whole bunch of trailers and commercials for TMP. However, it appears that Orson had some issues with line "a Robert Wise film." IFC reports that at a recent event, veteran movie trailer director Merv Bloch recalled that Welles held a 37 year-old grudge against director Robert Wise due to changes Wise made as an editor to Welles’ 1942 film The Magnificent Ambersons. IFC reports:
But now Welles was being paid to advertise Wise’s film, to say his name with as much awe and import as he could muster. According to Bloch, that proved to be a struggle. Every time they would come to Wise’s name, Welles’ would intentionally botch it. Bloch did an impression of Welles sneering "A Robert Wise Film" — deep and gravelly and full of contempt — which print simply can’t do justice to. Just think of the person you hate most in the universe, then say his or her name with as much bile and disgust as you can muster. Then multiply that by 1000% and you’re close.
Eventually they worked it out. Here is an example of Welles’ work for TMP.
Welles eventually got the "A Robert Wise Film" thing out in TMP trailer (uploaded by ShipHunter)
Accused Wall Street Hustler Used Leonard Nimoy’s Name To Scam Millions
Investment manager Ross Mandell is currently on trial in New York for securities fraud. Prosecutors claim that Mandell defrauded $140 from his investors. The AP reports on testimony from one of Mandell’s former business partners, where he detailed how one of their scams involved Star Trek:
"Everything with ‘dot-com’ attached to it was going through the roof," said Robert Grabowski, the broker who pleaded guilty in exchange for his testimony.
One of the cheesier pitches cooked up by Mandell for a failed Priceline.com knockoff called Ticketplanet.com. was how the new company would overcome the popularity of Priceline pitchman William Shatner
"We’re going to do one better," Grabowski said investors were told. "We’re going to get Mr. Spock."
Leonard Nimoy was never beamed up. Nor did the company go public as promised. But prosecutors claim an illicit spending spree with investor money went on unabated until two brokerage operations went bust.
Of course Priceline themselves eventually beamed up Leonard Nimoy to join Shatner, so this scam was never going to work, as can be seen in commercial below.
Scammer tried to tie Nimoy to Priceline competitor – eventually Nimoy did a Priceline commercial (uploaded by GuruGadget)
Photos of the week: Red Shirt Zombies
On Saturday thousands of "zombies" descended on the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, WA to successfully break a Guinness World Record of most undead gathered. The 3rd annual "Red White & Dead Zombie Walk" gathered 4,522 shambling corpses, including a few Star Trek red shirts. See photos below.
Craft of the week: Star Trek Pasties
Are you a burlesque dancer (or considering a change in careers) and want to be able to take your routine to the final frontier? Well lululiilii on Etsy has just the thing for you: Star Trek pasties! They are (of course) sold in pairs. Unfortunately she is currently sold out.
Star Trek Timewaster of the Week: Ask Captain Pike
Want to waste some time? Have some burning questions. Well BasicInstructions.net has built a special interactive "Ask Captain Pike" web application just for you.
Music of the week: BBC Performs Star Trek TMP Theme
In June the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra performed a live concert where they did a number of themes from film, including the theme for Jerry Goldsmith’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture theme with a little of Ilia’s Theme thrown in.
BBC performs TMP theme (uploaded by ReaderDriver)
Mashup of the Week: Star Trek Avatar
Are people still making mashups of the Star Trek 2009 trailer? Yes they are. Here is one via HollywoodStreams that mashes Avatar and Star Trek.
Star Trek on the lists:
Here are the latest top lists on the web featuring Star Trek:
WhatCulture imagines 5 Things To Expect in JJ Abrams Star Trek 2
Arrow in the Head looks at the 10 Creepiest Star Trek TOS episodes
Blastr looks at 18 most memorable sci-fi speeches (including the "dare you to do better" from Star Trek 2009)
ScreenJunkies picks the 11 Nerdiest Movies of All Time (with Star Trek: The Motion Picture coming out on top)
Even more links:
That wasn’t enough linkage for you? Well here is more.
- The Spoof: Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner Reveal Never Before Known Star Trek Secrets.
- The Atlantic: Your iPhone is now officially a Star Trek Tricorder.
- Canada.com: Calgary professor criticizes "Star Trek" Take on religion.
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This week’s linkage thanks to Greg B, and Amy L.