One of the biggest debates for fans is Kirk v Picard, but what is unusual is for one of the creative forces behind Star Trek to pick a side – but that is what Brannon Braga did in a recent interview. Find out what he had to say on that, Generations death threats and more – plus watch Braga talking about his latest space adventure – the new Cosmos (now out on Blu-ray).
This week in Star Trek celebrity news brings Zoe Saldana talking about roles in space are the best, plus some pregger speculation. We also have the new trailer and pix for Horrible Bosses 2 featuring Chris Pine, another potentially treasonous beer webad from Quinto, TNG stars Michael Dorn and Marina Sirtis GIFed while playing a game, plus Jonathan Frakes doing his best Shatner-in-Twilight Zone impersonation. Get all the Trek celeb stuff below.
Today there is an update on the previously reported Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign from Star Trek TNG star LeVar Burton. The campaign has now broken a Kickstarter record. There are only 2 days left so you still have a chance to help (and they have lowered pricing on some get some Star Trek event rewards too). Plus is Burton hinting he wants to return for the just announced Community Season 6?
The documentary “To Be Takei” about Star Trek star George Takei comes out in August and features interviews with the new Sulu John Cho along with George’s original Trek co-stars Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, and even William Shatner. Watch the brand new trailer below, plus the latest episode of George’s webseries "Takei’s Take" where he talks Trek and social media.
This weekend’s episode of Adult Swim’s stop-motion animation series Robot Chicken will include a segment with the "Star Trek TNG Night Crew," featuring voice acting from real Star Trek stars Sir Patrick Stewart and Chris Pine. Watch it below.
Thursday night in Burbank was the last stop in awards season, with the 40th Saturn Awards – honoring the best in science fiction and fantasy. Last summer’s Star Trek Into Darkness went into the night with five nominations, but got shut out. There were also more Trek-related winners and losers at the Saturns. Details below.
Star Trek’s new Spock is more than an actor, he is a thespian on par with the best of the British, or that is at least what he wants you to beleive in the new web campaign for Newcastle Brown Ale. The first ad was released today, watch it below.
This week has Star Trek celebrity news with Mulgrew winning an award, Quinto hanging with ‘Girls,’ Sir Pat hanging with Yoda, Saldana going green, Takei as Grand marshal and Pegg seeking happiness. Get all the latest below.
As we reported a couple of weeks ago LeVar Burton had started a Kickstarter fund to bring back beloved children’s show Reading Rainbow. It made their first goal of funding within a day, but the need for funding isn’t over, in an update this week Burton announced that he has enlisted Trek alumni to help him read stories, there will be exclusive Reading Rainbow Live! events for Kickstarter pledges. Reading Rainbow Live! is a series of one-time-only events where I’m inviting you to bring your child and join us for a few hours. My friends and I will read from a few children’s books. We’ll all watch a classic episode of Reading Rainbow together, and everyone will go home with some special goodies. And afterward, there will also be a smaller Meet & Greet reception where a small number of families can join us to take photos, sign autographs and talk! The first performance will feature the “Men of Star Trek,” which include: Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, and Robert Picardo. The second performance is themed as the “Women of Star Trek,” with Marina Sirtis and Gates McFadden, Jeri Ryan and Kate Mulgrew appearing. There are also two special solo performances planned, one with William Shatner and one with Patrick Stewart. All of the live readings will be Los Angeles, except for Patrick Stewart’s, which will be held in New York City. Read on for the full details.
Just 11 hours after its launch, LeVar Burton’s new Kickstarter campaign to bring back the hit children’s show Reading Rainbow (1983-2006) surpassed its goal of $1 Million. And, this was before LeVar had a chance to advertise the cause during today’s Reddit AMA. At the time of writing, the campaign is only a day old and reached nearly $2 Million in donations. The crowdfunded campaign is raising money to “bring Reading Rainbow’s unlimited library of interactive books and video field trips to kids everywhere” and to help classrooms in need. Perhaps LeVar underestimated the impact that the show had on the Millennial generation during their childhood. See his reaction when the campaign officially went over their goal. Immediately after the Kickstarter campaign surpassed its $1 Million goal, the team posted this video of LeVar Burton’s reaction to the outpouring of support.
It is the beginning of spring here in the Western Hemisphere, which means it’s time to celebrate the birthdays of Trek royalty. Today is the 83rd birthday of Spock Prime himself, Leonard Nimoy. Mr. Nimoy, who recently disclosed that he has a smoking-related illness called COPD isn’t letting anything slow him down. It was announced recently that he will be hosting two special “space-themed” performances by the Boston Pops in May, featuring music from many science fiction classics, including, of course, Star Trek. More information, including ticket prices, can be found at The Boston Pops website. Mr. Nimoy took to Twitter to mark the day and to thank everyone for their good wishes: Living long and prospering. Great family and friends and 100’s of honorary grandchildren. Many. Many thanks. LN — Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) March 26, 2014 He also received a message from an old friend of his: Happy Birthday to my dear friend @TheRealNimoy — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 26, 2014
Shatner sighting! Not only is Star Trek’s original Captain Kirk featured on VisitCalifornia.com latest TV spot, his segment was shot at his old stomping grounds, in the backlot of Paramount Studios. Click here for a short look at the making of his segment: http://www.visitcalifornia.com/Life-In-California/Dreamers/William-Shatner-at-Paramount-Studios-Hollywood/ VisitCalifornia.com is the web site of the office of tourism for the state of California, tasked with providing travel information including California vacations, California tourism, and other events throughout the state. Mr. Shatner is one of several celebrities lending his talents to this latest promotional effort. On a related note, if you find yourself in Frankfurt, Germany on February 21st, and are looking for something to do, William Shatner is scheduled to appear at Destination Star Trek, in Frankfurt. Looks like Trek will be well represented at the event next weekend. http://www.destinationstartrek.com/
Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy recently disclosed that he is suffering from a lung disease called COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), a condition commonly caused by age and years of heavy smoking. Mr. Nimoy, who by his own admission was an “Olympic championship smoker” who smoked two packs of cigarettes a day, quit the habit 30-years ago. Despite being smoke-free ever since, the damage was already done. On Monday night, Mr. Nimoy, looking well, appeared on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” to discuss COPD and touched upon the culture that surrounded smoking during the time he picked up the habit. Continue on to see a clip of his interview.
January wasn’t a great month for Trek alumni, we’ve had a number of people associated with Trek, especially the original Trek series, pass on recently. We also want to remember DeForest Kelley who was born in January, some rare very old photos of a young DeForest Kelly recently turned up online.
On the 28th, Leonard Nimoy was seen being wheeled through New York’s JFK airport with an oxygen cylinder. Thankfully a day or so later he Tweeted that he’s okay, the oxygen was due to his development of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) from years of smoking. He quit during the filming of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Long flights and the wear of traveling seems to have taken a bit of toll on him, but he’s back home and doing fine. I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP — Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) January 30, 2014
A Trek fan turns her basement into a TOS recreation. A new fan film production appears Star Trek: Axanar about the missions of Captain Garth (later in life “Garth of Izar”). TV vet actor Joseph Ruskin passes on, and see the new TOS Ortiz prints for January.
It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of Thomas Deishley, known to Trek fans as General Motog from Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas. Deishley was found dead in his home in Las Vegas from an apparent gun shot wound. He was found during a welfare check after friends reported that they had not been able to get a hold of him for several days. Police say there was evidence of a break-in. Friend of Deishley and Star Trek: The Experience historian Vernon Wilmer recently posted a video tribute to Tom. Click more to see it, but have your tissues ready.
New Takei cologne “Eau My” George Takei has joined the long list of celebs who have released their own fragrance. The name of the cologne is of course a take on his catchphrase “oh myyyyy” It is described thusly: Set Phasers to Stunning. George Takei’s Eau My is a clean, refreshing fragrance for Men and Women. Subtle and charming, with top notes of mandarin zest, Italian bergamot and fresh ozone transitioning to night-blooming jasmine, white freesia petals and grated ginger. Sensual woods, crystalized amber, soft skin musk, and vetiver will delight you when dry. It will be released December 15th, it is available for pre-order at Amazon.
Michael Dorn called in to chat with the guys over at the Transporter Room 3 podcast to talk Trek and the possibilities for Trek on TV. He even mentioned a script that he himself wrote for a possible Worf TV show, where the Klingon we know and love is fighting for the Empire (and even has some humans on board for the ride). Is that still a possibility? It’s “never dead” says the man himself. Hit the jump to hear the podcast.
See Chase Masterson (Leeta of Deep Space Nine) like you’ve never seen her before: in a sexy, retro-futuristic science fiction thriller, R.U.R.: GENESIS. The short film, now available online, combines past, present, and future in the style of an alt-history 1969. Masterson stars along other Trek vets in a cast with a surprising number of Trek connections. Hit the jump to watch R.U.R.: GENESIS for yourself.
In a very special Mission Log Podcast supplemental, Star Trek writer Bob Orci sat down to talk about what it was like coming into Trek for him, how he listens to fans’ feedback on his work, Trek’s place on TV, what’s next for Trek, and he even responds to recent events getting heated right here on the Trek Movie message boards. We get almost two full hours of Bob Orci talking about Star Trek, what he loves about it, and why he and co-workers wrote the last two movies the way they did. Read some of the highlights and listen for yourself after the jump.
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.