Trek celebs are lining up to support a Kickstarter-funded project called ARKYD, a space telescope designed to be funded and used by the public, whose fully funded campaign ends in less than 60 hours. The first ever publicly available space telescope is luring donations with the enticing reward of a “space selfie”. That’s right, if you send them a picture of yourself (or your boyfriend, or your dog, or your favorite breakfast cereal…) they will display it on an onboard LED screen and snap a pic of your photo floating above the glorious blue orb we call Earth. What’s more, you can donate more and use the space ‘scope to point in any direction of your choosing or donate your observation time to science and follow along with the scientists’ findings. Brent Spiner, Robert Picardo, and Rod Roddenberry are among the many, many backers of the project, which at the time of writing has already raised over $1.2 Million. Check out the videos of Trek celebs supporting ARKYD after the jump.
Thursday and Friday had more Into Darkness celebrity talk show appearances. Zachary Quinto talked about Pon Farr for the next Star Trek on Conan, Zoe Saldana talked kick-ass Uhura and played glowing "spaceballs" game on Fallon, and Alice Eve revealed her theory that birds and aliens are related on Jimmy Kimmel. Watch all the clips below.
The Star Trek Into Darkness celebs are continuing their talk show duties this week and we have some clips of their appearances below, including last night on Kimmel when JJ Abrams got pitched by William Shatner for a part for Kirk in the next Star Wars. See that plus clips with Pine, Quinto, and Saldana below.
On Monday Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams was in New York to promote the movie, appearing on NBC’s Today Show, The Daily Show with John Stewart on Comedy Central and Howard Stern’s Sirius radio show. See below for video and audio clips of all of his appearances.
In January, after five seasons, FOX ran the series finale of Fringe the genre show from the Star Trek team of JJ Abrams, Bryan Burk, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. And now FOX is getting back in the genre business with the team with two new shows – Almost Human from Bad Robot (starring Karl Urban) and Sleepy Hollow from K/O (featuring John Cho). Watch new previews for both below.
As TrekMovie reported earlier this week, the Star Trek Into Darkness stars have been fanning out to the various talk shows to promote the movie. See below for clips of Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Zoe Zaldana, Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch doing the talk show thing.
The US Star Trek celebrity publicity tour kicked off today with appearances by Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg. MTV is showing a new clip and hosting a Q&A on Wednesday with more Trek celebs appearing on late-night and morning TV shows almost daily for two weeks. See below for full schedule of the US publicity tour.
The two Spocks are back together again. Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy have teamed up for a promotional video for Audi that is rife with fun Trek references (although it is not an official Paramount co-marketing thing). Watch ‘The Challenge’ below.
At the Berlin Star Trek Into Darkness premiere the celebrities spent most of their time taking pictures, being interviewed for the live webcast and talking to the big national TV press. But a few took a moment to stop by TrekMovie.com’s spot to just say before being whisked away by the PR people. See the video below for JJ and stars sending a greeting to TrekMovie readers.
The Thursday night Moscow gala premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness came on a rainy night so unfortunately there wasn’t an opportunity for the stars to linger on the red carpet (and chat with TrekMovie’s Russian correspondent). However, we do have a lot of official photos from the premiere (inside and outside the theater) and from a Moscow photo call. Check them out below.
On Thursday three Star Trek luminaries got into a funny (but pointed) exchange on Twitter. It all started with a belated Birthday wish from William Shatner to Damon Lindelof, then Brannon Braga jumped in and well you have to see it for yourself below.
On Tuesday night Star Trek Into Darkness had its first gala premiere in Sydney, Australia. Director JJ Abrams was there with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Karl Urban. And we have over a dozen photos from the event to share plus some new publicity photos from Australia, so check those out below. [UPDATED: Added video of the red carpet]
Last night we reported on footage from Star Trek Into Darkness from CinemaCon 2013 in Las Vegas. We now have video of Damon Lindelof, Chris Pine, Alice Eve, Zachary Quinto and John Cho talking about the movie before they showed the footage. Watch that below plus some interview clips with the group.
In addition to debuting a new TV Spot during the MTV Movie Awards, Paramount sent stars Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana and Zachary Quinto to present an award – and they came to the stage in a very dramatic fashion. We have pictures from the show and videos of them presenting. Plus red carpet photos as well.
Today the second new character poster for Star Trek Into Darkness was released – this time with Mr. Spock. Check that out below plus find out why Alice Eve will "never forgive" Zachary Quinto after an embarrassing moment on the set. Also a reminder to watch the MTV movie Awards tonight for a new TV spot.
Tonight’s episode of Transformers Prime features Star Trek actor George Takei voicing one of the Transformers. And you can watch a clip of Takei’s work from the show below.
Star Trek Into Darkness villain actor Benedict Cumberbatch has a lengthy interview in the May issue of SFX magazine. In excerpts below find out what he has to say about the villain John Harrison (comparing him to Eric Bana’s Nero) and also get an insight into what TV shows the actor was a fan of growing up (spoiler: shows with Hasselhoff).
Not to be outdone by Quinto, Pine and Cumberbatch, Star Trek’s new Uhura Zoe Saldana is on the cover of a couple of new magazines including the May issue of Latina and InStyle’s annual Hair issue. In her Latina interview actress talks about how she was initially reluctant to take on the Trek role, but a Trekkie in her family helped change her mind. More details below. .
Zoe Saldana may soon be getting painted up to play a green alien in a big franchise sci-fi movie – and it isn’t a Star Trek movie. It is being reported that the new Uhura is in talks for Marvel’s upcoming big super-hero movie Guardians of the Galaxy. More details below.
With Star Trek Into Darkness now just over a month away there is more publicity including more Star Trek stars gracing magazine covers. This includes Zachary Quinto in a cover story interview talking Star Trek to Manhattan magazine. Excerpts below plus a look at some more Star Trek Into Darkness related magazine covers.
It’s April Fool’s Day and so people and sites across the interweb are having some fun, and there are a few cases where Star Trek is part of the gag. And this year it seems JJ Abrams cross-franchise work has inspired a lot of Star Wars/Star Trek gags. See below for a roundup of the Star Trek April Fool’s Day pranks
Wendesday’s season finale of ABC’s sci-fi sitcom The Neighbors brings together Star Trek and Star Wars with guest roles for George Takei and Mark Hamill. See below for a promo and some stills. And in other Star Trek guest star rules, Marina Sirtis is headed to NCIS. [UPDATE: John Billingsley is returning to Nikita next week…watch the promo]
Star Trek: The Next Generation’s captain is getting ready to go where he has been twice before – into matrimony. Over the weekend Sir Ian McKellen announced that his friend Sir Patrick Stewart is going to be married and he was going to officiate. More details below.
Karl Urban isn’t the only new Star Trek star who has nabbed an acting gig from a Trek producer this pilot season. Now news comes that John Cho has been cast in a guest role for Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman’s Sleepy Hollow Fox pilot. Bob and Alex have also sold a new sci-fi movie project to Universal. Details on all that below.
2013 is a big year for Chris Pine with Star Trek Into Darkness in May and Jack Ryan in December. And heading these two franchises has earned Pine the Male Star of The Year award from the National Association of Theater Owners.
Veteran character actor Malachi Throne’s death was announced on March 14, 2013. Throne was well-known to Star Trek fans for his role as Commodore Mendez in the two-part episode “The Menagerie,” but he had more connections to Trek and other high-profile genre productions over the course of his lengthy career.
Star Trek may just be a TV show (and movies, books, etc) but it can also affect people’s lives. An example of that came last week on a Dutch TV show interviewing former TNG star Whoopi Goldberg where the actress met an autistic fan who says she and Star Trek helped him lead a productive and social life. Watch the emotional moment below.
JJ Abrams is making another sci-fi TV show and he is bringing one of his Star Trek stars on board. Today it was announced that Karl Urban will be starring in Abrams show Human on Fox. More details below. Plus there is news on Benedict Cumberbatch’s future with Sherlock. [UPDATE: Enterprise star John john Billingsley cast in CBS drama.]
Last night Star Trek: The Next Generation stars Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis and Gates McFadden reunited on stage at Toronto Comic-Con. Highlights of the event can be seen online including Stewart and Burton kissing and Frakes and Stewart trading impressions of each other’s TNG characters. Watch the highlights below.
The Academy Awards were held tonight in Hollywood and the opening of the show, hosted by big Star Trek fan Seth MacFarlane, featured William Shatner reprising his role as Captain Kirk. Watch how Kirk traveled through time to help Seth below.