Next week the American Cinematheque is presenting a special Star Trek series, showing the first six Trek films over four days in Hollywood. Each screening will include a Q&A, with George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nick Meyer and members of the TMP effects team. And even if you aren’t in the LA area you have a chance to ask the Trek luminaries a question by submitting them here at TrekMovie.com. Details below.
Feature Films (TMP-NEM)
This afternoon I got into a twitter debate with Free Enterprise director Robert Meyer Burnett over the virtues of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the first Trek feature from 1979. We have decided to live tweet-watching the film starting at 7PM pacific. You can follow along below.
In March Syfy is celebrating Star Trek by showing 8 of the Trek feature films along with running a number of Star Trek Enterprise and Next Generation Marathons. All of this starts Thursday. See below for the full schedule.
Actor Christian Slater showed his Star Trek fandom two decades ago with a Star Trek VI cameo, and now he is bringing his inner Trekkie to his new Fox sitcom Breaking In, where he worked in an original series Star Trek captain’s chair for his character. Check out a clip of Slater and his Kirk chair below.
Don Peterman, the cinematographer who was nominated for an Oscar for his work on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, has passed away at the age of 79. The two-time Oscar nominee died of complications from leukemia at his home in Palos Verdes Estates on February 5th. See below for more on Peterman and his career. [UPDATE: Leonard Nimoy has made a comment on Peterman’s passing]
There are now more comments from the official Star Trek site’s interview with former Star Trek producer Rick Berman. The final part of the interview includes Berman opining on the Next Generation films and the 2009 Star Trek movie. Excerpts below.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is of course a classic that needs never be remade…unless of course you are redoing it with papercraft puppets. Check out the 60 second/papercraft version of TWOK below.
Today La-La Land Records announced they will be releasing a limited edition 2 CD set of Jerry Goldsmith’s soundtrack for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, which includes 45 minutes of previously unreleased material. More details below.
This Sunday the Encore Channel will be airing a documentary all about effects house Industrial Light and Magic. The doc will feature discussions of some of the Star Trek films as well as interview clips with Star Trek 2009 director JJ Abrams. More info and a trailer below.
Last Saturday Harve Bennett, producer of four Star Trek films, did a Q&A at a screening of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in Ashland Oregon, where he talked about his time on Trek, his never-produced Starfleet Academy movie, and he offered a critical opinion of JJ Abrams 2009 Star Trek movie. Excerpts and video below.
Star Trek has been influential in pop culture and society for over four decades, but now it has gone a step farther to becoming a legal precedent. In a new ruling, the Texas Supreme Court has specifically cited the "the needs of the many…" axiom from Star Trek II. Details below, plus exclusive reaction from Wrath of Khan writer/director Nicholas Meyer.
Mad Magazine has a new animated TV spinoff on the Cartoon Network and in September they took on the 2009 Star Trek movie. You can watch the animated parody below, plus TrekMovie looks at the long history of Star Trek and Mad Magazine (and MADtv). So get started with all the Star Blecch below.
In May 2009 Mattel released their first wave of Star Trek Hot Wheel vehicles and back in January they released the second wave. Now the third wave with some repaints and some new ships (including the Narada) is available exclusively in Costco stores. Details below.
The Film4 channel in the UK is going to the final frontier with their "Star Trek Weekend" movie marathon kicking off on Saturday. They will be showing the first ten Trek feature films. Check out their cool promo and the schedule below.
The crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation were seen on the big screen in four feature films, but in a new interview Sir Patrick Stewart talks about the fifth and final (and never produced) TNG movie – see excerpts below. We also have links to Patrick’s appearce on The View from today, plus video and images from his new Broadway play A Life In Theatre, opening next week.
Last week at the showing of Star Trek: Nemesis at the Star Trek Summer Screening series at the Royal Theater in West LA, veteran production designer Herman Zimmerman spoke frankly about his career in Trek, issues with Nemesis director Stuart Baird, and gave his thoughts on the look of the new Star Trek. Watch vidoe of that below.
One of the cooler new effects in the 2009 Star Trek movie was the "go to warp" effect. The video of the day looks at how the warp effect has changed over the last three decades in the eleven Star Trek feature films. Check it out below.
The popular DVD rental and online service Netflix has extended their offering of streaming Star Trek features to include the 2009 Star Trek movie, along with a selection of most of the other films. Details below.
The STAR TREK Simply Spectacular Saturdays at the Royal Theater in West LA wraps up the Next Generation era with a showing of Star Trek: Nemesis on the big screen, along with special guest production designer Herman Zimmerman.
Back in 1989 Harve Bennett (producer of Star Trek II, III, IV & V) proposed that the Star Trek franchise needed to be restarted with Kirk and Spock being recast for a move set at Starfleet Academy. Work began on the project, including a script, but Paramount decided to stick with the original crew for one more film. In a new interview, Bennett talks about "The Academy Years" film, and also gives his thoughts about JJ Abrams Star Trek.