It’s a special three-week edition of This Week in Trek, bringing you much movie news, Walter Koenig’s son’s scuffle with the law, a prison visit from a Trek movie actor, a symphony with Sulu, a newborn goat with a familiar name, and much more.
Star Trek (2008 film) [some items contain minor spoilers]
- The teaser trailer for the new movie will debut online on January 21st, with a promotional site dedicated to the film to launch around that time. See the Trek Movie Report for more information.
- In the meantime, a supposed leaked teaser trailer that appeared on YouTube has been confirmed to be a FAAAAAAKE!
- Madea’s Starfleet Academy? UGO announced and TrekMovie.com confirmed that famed writer/actor/director Tyler Perry will appear in the new film as the superintendent of Starfleet Academy. The report also revealed some plot details on how Kirk and Spock meet in the movie; read this for more.
- TrekMovie.com announced Christmas day that a Tribble would be appearing in the new movie, news which was met enthusiastically by the man who invented the tribble, David Gerrold. See our report for more info.
- Chris Pine (James T. Kirk) discussed Trek and his role for the first time with Hollywood Today.
- Jennifer Morrison (Winona Kirk) tells TV Guide she didn’t know anything about Trek before signing up, but feels JJ Abrams "has got a really cool vision"
- Jennifer Garner tells MTV that she’s hoping to be a part of Star Trek, as a Klingon, no matter how small the role.
- Cloverfield director Matt Reeves has seen the teaser trailer for Star Trek… and he is impressed.
- Leonard Nimoy (older Spock) appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson a few nights ago, and revealed that there will be not one, not two, but three Spocks appearing in the new film.
- AICN posted rumors regarding the new movie, including a negative review from a source claiming to have read the shooting script, prompting reaction from co-writer Roberto Orci. Read all about it at TrekMovie.com.
- Set designer Dawn Brown discussed the sets of Star Trek with SyFy Portal, relating her dislike for the bluescreen sets being used on the film.
- Will Christmas come early this year? TrekMovie.com announced that the release date for Star Trek may be bumped up a day or two from December 25th… and it may even be moved to December 19th. See the Trek Movie Report for more.
- IDW Publishing has announced five new Star Trek comic book series for release in 2008 and have also announced plans for a comic tie-in for the new Star Trek film. See our report for details.
- TrekWeb has a preview of artwork from IDW Publishing’s Alien Spotlight: Borg. You can check it out here.
- Comic book writer & artist John Byrne discussed his latest Star Trek books,
Alien: Spotlight: Romulans and the Assignment: Earth series, in an exclusive interview with Newsarama.
- TrekToday has an excerpt from Keith R.A. DeCandido’s Star Trek: Klingon Empire novel A Burning House. You can read it here.
- Star Trek: Excelsior – Forged in Fire, the new novel by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels, was published three weeks ago. See Amazon.com for details.
- Tim Russ, Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig give more of their thoughts on Star Trek: Of Gods and Men in the series’ latest newsletter.
- Tim Russ also has an interview on directing Of Gods and Men at Sci Fi Pulse.
- Roddenberry.com has an exclusive interview with the visual effects artists of Of Gods and Men; you can read it here.
- The upgraded version of the New Voyages episode “To Serve All My Days” will premiere at a special event to be held at the Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills, California on March 29, 2008. For more information, see the Cawley Entertainment Company’s official press release.
- "Ghost Ship," the first episode from the audio series series Star Trek The Continuing Mission was released, get it here.
Trek in the World
- A baby goat born at Crealy Great Adventure Park at Clyst St. Mary in England has been named Spock because of a mis-shapen ear.
- Ted Moustakis of New Jersey, who spent $12,000 at Christie’s Star Trek auction last year, is now suing Christie’s and CBS for $7 million for allegedly selling him fraudulent items. Moustakis purchased a uniform and poker visor supposedly worn by Brent Spiner while filming TNG, but the actor has reportedly informed him that the visor is a fake.
- The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be performing a science fiction-themed concert that will include music from the Star Trek films and television shows. The event takes place at the Strathmore Music Center on January 17h and will continue at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall from January 17th through the 20th. See The Frederick News Post for more details.
- A guy named Scott has a license plate that reads “BMEUPP.” He must be a Star Trek fan, right? Wrong
Trek on the Web
- Star Trek loves its anomalies. UGU takes a closer look with a new article titled “Star Trek’s Top Nebulas, Ionic Disturbances and Gaseous Anomalies“.
- David Reddick, the artist for the online comic strip The Trek Life, will be starting a new Trek-oriented strip for Roddenberry.com this month entitled “Gene’s Journal,” as SyFy Portal reports. A preview of the comic is now up at Roddenberry.com.
A preview of the new comic "Gene’s Journal"
Trek Celebrity News
- William Shatner earned his second Golden Globe nomination for his supporting role in Boston Legal, but the award went to Jeremy Piven for Entourage. (Interestingly, Piven starred in Smokin’ Aces with Chris Pine, the man currently filling Shatner’s boots on Star Trek).
- In the meantime, the Shat is busy making more Priceline commercials, and tells the Los Angeles Times that he may owe Priceline for his job on Boston Legal.
- Patrick Stewart has gone on record as saying that his time on Star Trek is over and that he has no feelings regarding the new movie. See our report for more details.
- In the meantime, Trekkies are lining up to see Stewart’s performance as Macbeth at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, according to The Brooklyn Paper.
- Avery Brooks (Benjamin Sisko) has recovered from his recent injury and returned to the title role of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Tamburlaine on December 28th, according to The Washington Post.
- George Takei (Hikaru Sulu) will be narrating the aforementioned Baltimore Symphony Orchestra sci-fi-themed concert this week.
- Takei will also be among the guests at this year’s OmegaCon, to be held March 14-16 in Birmingham, Alabama.
- Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) has announced on his blog that he has filmed a four-minute video for Star Trek: The Tour in which he plays Crusher as the chief assistant engineer of the USS Titan, holding the rank of lieutenant commander. Tim Russ will also be in the video, reprising his role as Tuvok, now the tactical officer of the Titan. See our own report for more details on The Tour!
- Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) discussed food with Clarion Ledger. Apparently, she loves Peking Duck.
- Actor Tom Hardy (Shinzon in Star Trek Nemesis) has been granted permission to visit notorious British criminal Charles Bronson in prison, according to Yorkshire Post. Hardy will be playing Bronson in the movie Bronson: My Story, which starts filming next month.
- LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge) will give an address at Wake Forest University on January 21st as part of their week-long celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. See Wake Forest’s site for more information.
- Nichelle Nichols’ (Uhura) new film, Lady Magdelene’s, will hold its world premiere at the San Diego Black Film Festival, which will be held from January 31st through February 3rd in San Diego. See the official press release for more details.
- Colm Meaney (Miles O’Brien) has been nominated by the Irish Film and Television Awards for his role in the film Kings, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
- Actor and film editor Andrew Koenig (Tumak in DS9’s “Sanctuary”), the son of original Trek star Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov), was arrested while protesting at the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, as reported by Pasadena Weekly. According to Koenig, he was held for nine hours for blocking somebody’s view with the picket sign he was carrying.
- Doomsday, the new sci-fi action thriller starring Alexander Siddig (Dr. Julian Bashir) and his uncle, Malcolm McDowell (Dr. Tolian Soran), has received a release date. The film is currently set to hit theaters on March 14th.
- Alice Krige, Star Trek‘s original Borg Queen, has joined the cast of the film Solomon Kane, based on the pulp magazine character. See Variety for more details.
- Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, the son of Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, will be attending this year’s Galaxyfest.
- Michael Ansara (Kang, etc.) is one ILW.com’s Immigrants of the Week. I’m sure Mr. Ansara is very proud.
- The Fringe, the TV pilot written and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (the team behind the new Star Trek), will begin shooting in Toronto later this month according to andPOP.
- The first part of Comanche Moon, a three-part mini-series starring Karl Urban (the new Dr. "Bones" McCoy), premiered tonight on CBS.
- More photos of Jolene Blalock (T’Pol) from the set of Starship Troopers 3 are available at the movies official site.
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