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.
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.