This week we bring you the new volume of Star Trek: The Manga, a Next Gen-centric Family Guy, new developments in Trek science, Creative Arts Emmy winners, Colm Meaney’s Oscar buzz, Colbert seeing Klingons in the GOP and much more….
Star Trek (2008 film)
- Actress Jennifer Garner (Alias) stated she would "absolutely" sign on to appear in the film if she were asked.
- Gossip surrounding the Russell Crowe as villain rumor continues to spread with the publishing of an article in the New York Post.
- In an interview with The Associated Press, Zachary Quinto (the new Spock) again discussed his "campaign" for the role of Spock, the Trek/Heroes connection, and his time with Leonard Nimoy.
- There is one thing William Shatner would like to see Boston Legal‘s Denny Crane do next season: "I’d like to see him play Captain Kirk in the new ‘Star Trek’ movie." But guess what?
- You guessed it: William Shatner still isn’t in the movie.
- Tokypop released the second volume of their Star Trek: The Manga, "Kakan ni Shinkou," featuring six all-new stories by such writers as Diane Duane and Wil Wheaton.
- IDW Publishing has released a trade paperback collecting all of the issues of their mini-series, Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Space Between.
- Forget living long and prospering: Eternal Image, a company which designs, manufactures, and markets funeral products, is now licensing Star Trek-themed urns, caskets, and the like. Get those bagpipes ready…
- IDW have put up covers and artwork for their December comics which include "Star Trek Alien Spotlight – Orions" and "Star Trek Year Four #6" (if you missed it, you can still see the preview art for Trek comics coming in September, October and November)
Trek in the world:
- For the September 10th edition of The Colbert Report the WORD was "Honor." Colbert drew some parallels between the current crop of GOP presidential contendors and a certain other group obsessed with ‘honor’. Check it out here.
- The little town of Vulcan, Canada, known for its Star Trek connection, is facing a bit of a problem as population and housing demands increase, according to The Canadian Press.
- An upcoming episode of Family Guy will feature a storyline in which Stewie kidnaps the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation according to Mila Kunis, the voice of Meg Griffin.
- The Wichita Eagle has a piece on The Naughty Astronauts, a space-themed "joke song" band who wear Star Trek uniforms. The band just released their first CD, "Exploring the Depths of Uranus;" see their official site for more.
Party like it’s 2269
- Has impulse drive been invented? California’s Bae Institute has developed a "photonic laser thruster" (is that a cool name or what?) which could permit spacecraft to reach Mars in just one week.
- In the meantime, physicists at California’s University of Riverside have developed a new form of antimatter.
- The ashes of James Doohan (Scotty, TOS) and TOS writer/producer/director John Meredyth Lucas will be part of the "payload" of the Explorer’s Flight, a memorial spaceflight for launch in early 2008. Space Services, Inc., has thus reopened its forum to allow fans to submit tribute messages to Doohan, which will also be included on the flight.
Trek on the web:
- TrekWeb’s Star Trek BBS wants members to submit their own poster art for the new Star Trek movie.
- The Independent briefly discussed the high demand still generated for Star Trek memorabilia.
- Is "the escapist, technologically driven, spandex-clad optimism of Star Trek" finished? A lecturer at the University of British Columbia thinks it is.
- 411mania.com analyzed a scene from Star Trek Generations in this week’s Scene Anatomy 101 column.
- Brian Meskimen of the SyFy Portal wonders if alternate versions of him exist in Star Trek-style parallel universes. Don’t we all?
- LiveVideo has decided to cancel ShatnerVision, the video feature at William Shatner’s official site. However, it is expected to return in another form in the near future.
- A new mod for the video game Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force is now available, with new features including advanced character animations, more interactive maps, and new character and map cuztomization options.
- A new Star Trek audio drama set between the TOS movie era and TNG and starring radio professionals has been announced. The first episode of ‘Continuing Mission’ will be available this Christmas. More at continuingmission.com
- The team behind the ended series Hidden Fronteir have announced the first episode of their new series Star Trek Odyssey will be released September 17th. More at hiddenfrontier.com
Starship Exeter has finally released part 3 of "THE TRESSAURIAN INTERSECTION." Check it out at StarshipExeter.com
How long will we have to wait for the rest?
Where are they now?
- William Shatner (Kirk, TOS) will be attending the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles tomorrow. He has been nominated for his third consecutive Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Denny Crane on ABC’s Boston Legal. His Comedy Central Roast has also been nominated as Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. (See The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences website for more details.)
- Star Trek effects alumni Doug Drexler, Gary Hutzel, and Adam "Mojo" Lebowitz were among those who won the visual effects Emmy at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards as part of the vfx team of Ronald D. Moore‘s Battlestar Galactica. Other Trek alumni to walk away with a Creative Arts Emmy included casting directors Junie Lowry-Johnson and Libby Goldstein (for Ugly Betty), Star Trek Nemesis costume designer Colleen Atwood (for Tony Bennett: An American Classic), and Star Trek VI makeup effects artist Ed French (for House).
- Kelsey Grammer (Captain Bateson, TNG: "Cause and Effect") will be among the presenters at the Emmy Awards tomorrow.
- Babysitter Wanted, a horror film starring the likes of Nana Visitor (Kira, DS9) and Sarah Thompson (Borg Queen, VOY), has been accepted into The Festival de Cine de Sitges, a renowned European film festival.
- Patrick Stewart has been confirmed as starring with Doctor Who‘s David Tennant in Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2008 season. In addition, Stewart will be starring in a West End production of Macbeth at the Gielgud Theatre on September 21st.
- Veteran Star Trek visual effects producer Dan Curry will be among the speakers at AnimFXNZ’s 2007 Symposium in Wellington, New Zealand in November.
- In the meantime, Stewart will also be the voice of Capital One’s World card for TV commercials airing in the UK beginning in October. What’s in your wallet?
- Camille Saviola (Opaka, DS9) is set to star in a production of William Gibson’s Golda’s Balcony from October 6th through October 28th at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts in Palo Alto, California.
- Wil Wheaton (Wesley, TNG) is among those participating in a tour throughout Southern California to discuss and sign copies of the new issue of Star Trek: The Manga.
- TNG’s Jonathan Frakes (Riker) and Marina Sirtis (Troi) will be special guests at this year’s Creation Fan Conventions in Chicago, Illinois on October 6th. Trek guest actors Barrie Ingham, Sean Kenney, Don Marshall, Natalia Nogulich, and William Wellman, Jr. are also expected to be on hand to sign autographs.
- Linda Park (Hoshi, ENT) is a cast member on ABC’s new police drama, Women’s Murder Club, premiering October 1st.
- Avery Brooks (Sisko, DS9) will be playing the title role in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of Tamburlane, which will perform at the Sidney Harriman Hall in Washington, D.C., from October 28th, 2007, through January 6th, 2008.
- Ireland has selected Kings, a film starring TNG/DS9 actor Colm Meaney (O’Brien), as their entry for Best Foreign Language Filmat next year’s Academy Awards. In the meantime, the film received ascreening as part of Toronto’s Contemporary World Cinema this pastWednesday.
Ah, the luck o’ the Irish…
- Percy Rodriguez, the actor who portrayed Commodore Stone in the original Star Trek series episode "Court Martial," died of kidney problems on the morning of September 6th. He was 89 years old.
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