Star Trek: TNG’s LeVar Burton is branching out from Reading Rainbow to "Tweeting Rainbow," courtesy of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Watch LeVar read celebrity tweets to kids below. Plus, in other kids TV/Trek news, William Shatner is happy that Kirk is on Sesame Street.
Although The Great Bird of the Galaxy left us in 1991, his name is going to live on if son Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry has anything to say about it. At the Las Vegas Star Trek convention on Friday Rod Roddenberry announced a new initiative for the fans, plus gave Gene Roddenberry’s grandson his Trek convention debut. More details below
Taking a break from the San Diego Comic-Con news, tonight we present you with a couple of new Star Trek humor videos: one introducing the truth behind JJ Abrams’ lens flares and another explores Trek children naming.
Simon Pegg is a big part of the Star Trek universe and an official nerd, but his first love may be Star Wars and he has had another chance to play in that galaxy far far away by voicing C-3PO and another character for an upcoming special episode of the animated series Phineeas and Ferb. Watch a clip below.
Another Star Trek web series with a focus on the perils of life as a ‘red shirt’ in Starfleet is coming soon. Check out the first trailer and more info below. Plus the second season of a different ‘Red Shirt’ series kicks off next week. Promo for that and more ‘red shirt’ related news below.
Today is the 4th of July – celebrated as Independence Day in the USA. In the future history of Star Trek, the USA ceased to exist after World War III, but the principles that founded the nation lived on. And being that James T. Kirk was born in Iowa (he only works in outer space) he shows pride for the former nation in a patriotic speech from the episode “The Omega Glory.” Watch it below.
A new Star Trek themed dance video and song is going viral on the interwebs – featuring a Trek crew schooling some Star Wars Stormtroopers. Check it out below.
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.
Long time TrekMovie readers will remember our friend Paul “Spockboy” Sibbald for his hilarious TOS gag edits of episodes. Well, at long last, he got the urge to make another one, this time parodying “Return of the Archons.” Landru ‘Laundry’ commands you to enjoy “Rinse Of The Archons”:
Meet Sarai Duenas, arguably the cutest Star Trek reviewer on YouTube today. She was introduced to the world of Star Trek by her father, Abe, who has encouraged her love for Kirk, Spock, and Uhura. Wanting to share his daughter’s enthusiasm for Trek with the world, Abe began filming Sarai as she recapped her favorite TOS episodes and posting them to YouTube. These videos. Are. Adorable. But, we wanted to know more. Who is Sarai Duenas, and what does she want to be when she grows up? Answers to these questions and more in our exclusive interview with the tiny trekkie girl.
While we don’t have much new on the Star Trek front as far as new movies or TV series, Trek stars and alumni were represented in this year’s Super Bowl commercials. The most obviously Trek influenced commercial was the Comcast XFINITY commercial titled “Bold Explorers.” It highlights Comcast’s upcoming next generation X1 platform technologies. Zachary Quinto as Spock and Anton Yelchin as Chekov beam in to see all the advanced tech details. The other Trek connected commercial was the teaser for the re-launch of Carl Sagan’s beloved edutainment series Cosmos on Fox. Trek alumni Brannon Braga along with Seth MacFarlane are producers, with astrophysicist, and pretty cool guy who makes science fun and interesting, Neil deGrasse Tyson as host. Were there more Trek connections in the Super Bowl adverts? If so let us know in the comments.
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.
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.
With the physical disc release of Star Trek Into Darkness only a few weeks away (September 10th in the US) and the digital download version available now, Paramount has sent out a clip of the “making of” feature included on the Blu-ray editions of the movie. Paramount has also shared exclusive production art from production designer Scott Chambliss with comingsoon.net and Yahoo! Movies. The art has a code you can enter to win a trip to the performance of the music from Into Darkness live in London. Also, the guys at Screen Junkies have released their Honest Trailers edit of the Into Darkness trailer.
Bad Robot and Hasbro have released a funny stop-motion short made with the Star Trek KRE-O building block sets. You can watch that below. Also the new Hasbro Star Trek KRE-Os have just arrived arrived in stores (links below).
Two of the Internets most popular movie nitpicking series decided today was the day to release funny videos focused on 2009’s Star Trek. See below for the "Honest Trailer for Star Trek 2009" and "Everything Wrong With Star Trek In 5 Minutes." [NOTE: videos contain adult language]
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.
Bad Robot’s iOS app Action Movie FX has been updated with five brand new Star Trek FX, including transporter, warp, phaser, photon and an Enterprise flyby. Check out some sample movies from this cool new update below.
The third and final "Disruptions" viral video message from John Harrison is out. This time the Star Trek Into Darkness bad guy has Uhura all figured out. Check out the video below, which includes some new Uhura footage – including a major first look at some characters (but beware of spoilers). [UPDATED: Screencaps with first look at new character]
There is another great ‘homemade’ Star Trek Into Darkness trailer making the rounds of the interweb. This time some folks recreated the second domestic teaser trailer. Check out the no-budget Star Trek trailer below.
Yesterday TrekMovie reported on the new International "Message From John Harrison" viral video. The English version (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) is now available. You can watch that below and also check out a new Star Trek Into Darkness image of Harrison and tour hi-res images of the bridge of the USS Enterprise. [UPDATED: Country-lock free version of ‘Message’ video]
There are a couple of new Star Trek themed viral videos to share today. First up is "Star Trek Into Dumbness" a live-action parody for a mission of some hapless redshirts. Then there is "Star Trek – Bad Days" – an animated parody of a bad day for the new Star Trek crew.
This week a Star Trek controversy has been brewing – and it has nothing to do with Alice Eve’s undies. This scandal Star Trek scandal involves the IRS – yes the people that collect your taxes – spending $60,000 on a Star Trek parody video. Congress demanded to see the video and today the IRS released it. Watch the video below
The Star Trek Into Darkness trailers have inspired many mashups and even a ‘sweeded’ no-budget remake, but a new Lego remake may be the best one yet. Check out “Star Trek Into Brickness” below.
Today is St. Patrick’s Day, a day when we all celebrate our inner Irish. And so our video feature for the day is a clip from the 2009 Star Trek movie blooper reel featuring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto performing a scene Irishly (is that a word?). Regardless, watch it below.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker is a well-known political figure and like President Obama, he is also a Star Trek fan. Earlier this week the mayor called in to a New Jersey public radio station to show support during a pledge drive and during his call he was pitted against noted nerd John Hodgman in a Star Trek trivia contest. Listen to that below plus see how the Daily Show and Colbert Report responded to Obama’s "Jedi Mind Meld" statement.
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.
Trek fans are always imagining ‘what if?’ scenarios for the franchise but one of them has taken it to a new level by creating images of a notional reboot of the original Star Trek…by the animators at Pixar. The artists images of Star Trek characters has gone viral. Check them out below
A fun Star Trek video is going viral this week featuring over 40 minutes of bloopers from all five Star Trek TV series and many of the Star Trek feature films, including Star Trek (2009). In a few weeks it has almost 100,000 views. Watch it below.
This weekend Star Trek shows that there really is kid appeal in the franchise with an homage on the Hub’s Littlest Pet Shop. The animated series features a daydream sequence with the characters envisioned as the bridge crew of the original USS Enterprise. See below for the clip and a couple of exclusive images.