After taking a week off, This Week in Trek is back. We got Star Trek (2008) rumors, Picard giving Kirk an award, a new convention, Trek’s favorite android in a robot competition, and much more.
Star Trek (2008 film):
- Citing an anonymous but “reliable” source, IESB reports that actor Josh Lucas (Glory Road, Poseidon) is being considered for the role of Captain Christopher Pike.
- Screenrant claims that an “anonymous source” has leaked unverified plot details about the movie. You can read them here.
- Simon Pegg‘s (Scotty) friend and Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz co-writer & director Edgar Wright has some ideas on how Scotty should look.
- IESB has video interviews with Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, and Walter Koenig about the new actors playing their characters in the upcoming film. You can check them out here.
- Zachary Quinto (young Spock) discussed his character, some of his co-stars, and the set designs for the new film in an interview with MTV.
- Tom Cruise has personally denied being in the new movie.
- Actress Keri Russell (Felicity, Mission: Impossible III) revealed to TV Guide that she was in discussions for a role in the film, and although she does not believe she will have a role, she did say that “something may work out.”
- William Shatner thinks Chris Pine, the actor playing Kirk in the new movie, “looks good.” However, Shatner believes not including him in the movie will be a mistake.
- So that’s right…William Shatner still isn’t in the movie.
- Bethesda has released new screenshots, details and a new trailer for their upcoming video game Star Trek: Conquest. Check them out here.
- Screenings of the HD remastered “The Menagerie” (to promote the upcoming release of TOS on HD-DVD) have been expaned to theaters in Europe and Canada.
Trek in the World:
- The 25th anniversary of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was honored at Spike TV’s Scream 2007, which aired Tuesday. In addition, Star Trek (2008) writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman‘s Transformers won a number of awards, including Best Sci-Fi Movie.
- Germany’s FedCon (Federation Convention) is coming to the United States, with the first event scheduled for June 13 through 15 in Dallas, Texas. See FedConUSA and StarTrek.com’s report for more information.
- Canadian scientists have built a particle accelarator which they claim is the first step towards learning what it would take to create the first transporters
- Scientists at North Carolina State claim to “have fired the most powerful antimatter beam ever created” from a device called a PULSTAR reactor, which supposedly “looks amazingly similar to a warp reactor from Star Trek.”
Trek on the Web:
- Commander Data worked all the way up to final round in the Crave ‘nonviolent robot tournament,’ but lost out in the end to Honda’s Asimo.
- Peterborough Today has two stories in which they discuss Trek fandom with a number of Star Trek fans; you can read them here and here.
- Gorgon from the original Star Trek series episode “And the Children Shall Lead” was #10 in TV Squad’s list of the all-time scariest TV characters.
Trek Celebrity News:
- William Shatner (James T. Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Spock), George Takei (Hikaru Sulu), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), and Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov) reunited at Scream 2007, in which they were honored as part of the 25th anniversary tribute of Star Trek II. They were introduced by Zachary Quinto, who will be playing young Spock in the upcoming film. You can see video of this event here.
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture director Robert Wise is one of 19 people who will be inducted into the Indiana Performing Arts Hall of Fame.
- Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) won Best Performance in a Play for his portrayal of Macbeth at the Theatrical Management Association (TMA) Awards held last Sunday.
- Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) is among the actors who voice characters in the upcoming video game Mass Effect.
- Dominic Keating (Malcolm Reed) made a brief return to Heroes this past Monday, in the episode called “Fight or Flight” (which was also the title of the second episode of Star Trek: Enterprise). Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) also appeared.
- Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar, Sela) was seen on the FOX series Bones this week, in an episode entitled “The Secret in the Soil.”
- Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) is currently working on an episode of the CBS series Numb3rs, according to his October 24th blog entry. StarTrek.com reports the Christopher Lloyd (Kruge) will also appear in the episode, which involves a sci-fi convention.
- On Tuesday George Takei will participate in a live chat on Britain’s GMTV
- On Demeber 9th at the Jules Verne Festival in Los Angeles William Shatner will be given a Lifetime Achievement and it will be presented by Patrick Stewart. More info at the Festival Website.
- The Original Halloween Horror Show, created by veteran Star Trek makeup artists Starr and Dean Jones, is currently running its 18th annual performance in Snow Camp, North Carolina.
- The DVD of the film adaptation of science fiction writer Jerome Bixby‘s The Man from Earth will be released on November 13th. Bixby wrote four episodes of the original Star Trek series; Man from Earth stars Trek alumni John Billingsley (Phlox), Richard Riehle (Batai, Seamus, Dr. Jeremy Lucas), and Tony Todd (Kurn, Adult Jake Sisko, Alpha Hirogen in VOY: “Prey”).
- The final season of veteran Trek producer and writer Ronald D. Moore‘s Battlestar Galactica will premiere in early April 2008 and Moore himself will make his directorial debut on one of the episodes, according to the Los Angeles Times.
- Voyager and Enterprise guest actor Daniel Dae Kim (Gotana-Retz, Corporal Chang) was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving on October 25th, making him the third actor from Star Trek 2008 director J.J. Abrams‘ Lost to be charged with a DUI. By the way…the last two Lost actors who ended up in the drunk tank, ended up dead on the show
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