TrekMovie.com is sad to announce that another member of the original Star Trek family has passed away. Robert Justman, a producer on both Star Trek The Original Series and Star Trek The Next Generation died at his home in Los Angeles Wednesday from complications due to Parkinson’s disease; Justman was 81.
This week in week sci-fi news we have rumors on who is the new Bilbo and who isn’t the new Spider-man. Plus Details on the Fraggle Rock musical and Watchmen as well as images and videos Hellboy, Star Wars Clone Wars and more. In TV news there is a Garbage cast member to join Sarah Connor, Neil Gaiman being courted to help Doctor Who, alternative endings for the Lost finale and more.
Some parents and children share a common love of baseball or stamp collecting. For our six year old Nicky, it is a shared appreciation of autograph collecting and Star Trek. When the new Star Trek was announced back in in 2006, my wife Mary Jo and I thought it would be an interesting quest to try and get the autographs of everyone involved in the film for Nicky, this is our first progress report on that quest.
Back in March we reported location shooting for the new Star Trek feature was taking place at Cal State Northridge. Now some new photos from that shoot, including some aliens, have shown up online. [spoilers]
This week, we have news of the Phoenix Lander’s astonishingly successful landing on Mars which brought a little piece of Trek along with it to the red planet. This plus how you can go to the moon, orbital skydiving world records, some purported”real” alien footage, and our gadget of the week: Sony Video Glasses! Read on!
This week in the Watch, we have news on Patrick Stewart wrapping up his Macbeth gig, Wikipedia giving Wil Wheaton trouble, Brent Spiner meeting his Italian dubber, an update on Simon Pegg’s next movie, Blalock talking T’Pol, Russ back directing, new work for some Trek villains, and more.
Battlestar Galactica is back after taking a week off with “Sine Qua Non” which has Adama and Tigh not exactly seeing eye to eye (and that would be Tigh’s left eye of course). More info and vids from that episode below, plus news on more webisodes, TV movies, deleted scenes, and Ron Moore’s other projects below.
CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment have finally officially announced a release date and some details for the sixth ‘Star Trek Fan Collective’ DVD set. This time the theme is ‘Alternate Realities.’ The set will have 20 episodes (from all five Trek series) and is due out September 16th. More details below.
This week Great Links finds new Trek art from the Mojo’s hard drive archive, a statistical analysis of Trek fans vs. Doctor Who fans, and gallery of images of the girl to the blue girl (right) and her friends having some landing party fun. Plus Babylon 5 v Trek video mashup and more…
Two years ago Master Replicas quickly sold out the first set of a limited series of pricey ‘studio scale’ models of the Original Series NCC 1701 Enterprise. This summer they will finally finish out the series with the final 500 models and pre-orders just recently opened up, leaving many collectors with the question of whether or not now is the time to pay $1200 for a model ship.
In the past seven years Pocket Books has been taking Star Trek novels to a new level by embarking on an ‘eighth season’ of Deep Space Nine in book form. With the release of the newest DS9 ‘relaunch’ novel fast approaching, this week’s edition of the Library Computer brings you a guide to the series and what you need to get caught up on all the previous action.
Alexander Courage, who wrote the original Star Trek title theme as well as the scores for numerous television shows and movies, died May 15 in Pacific Palisades, California at the age of 88. The Emmy winning and Oscar-nominated composer had over 90 film and television credits and at least one other TV theme (Judd for the Defense), but he was best known for the exotic, bongo-driven siren song he wrote for the original Star Trek TV series.
It appears that Shatner is still out and about and talking to the press. In a couple of new interviews with MTV the actor again talks about being disappointed about not being in the Star Trek movie, but also expressed confidence in director JJ Abrams. Shatner also gave details on his apparently very brief meeting with Chris Pine (the new Kirk) and talked extensively about a 1992 singing performance at the first MTV Movie Awards.
You just can’t keep a good Vulcan down. In a new interview with Sci-Fi Wire, Zachary Quinto, who takes over the role of Spock in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, once again explains that the upcoming film honors the original Trek series. He stresses, however, that the priority for the filmmakers was to make a good movie. Quinto also explains how he thinks his role on Heroes won him the role of Spock.
Last week on the CBS Late Show with David Letterman they visited the Orange County Chopper team from the Discovery Channel show American Chopper and for no apparent reason they had them recite lines from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. VIDEO BELOW
On Sunday TrekMovie.com shared some exclusive preview pics of a Star Trek themed cake to be featured in an upcoming episode of the Food Network show “Ace of Cakes.” The article spawned many comments here and some sites and blogs picked up the story (as per usual). But then some other sites decided to focus on the comments and took one in particular way too seriously.
Ships like the USS Reliant (STII), The Klingon Bird of Prey (STIII), USS Excelsior (STVI), the Son’a Flagship (Insurrection) along with the various Enterprises have all been key locations for past Star Trek films. Now, based on information from a number of sources, TrekMovie.com has put together a summary and some details on the ships of Star Trek (2009). [MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW]
Just when you thought it was safe, there is yet more from William Shatner as part of his tour promoting "Up Till Now.” The British Daily Telegraph has an extensive feature on Shatner where he talks all aspects his life including some good tidbits on Trek, from how it started to how it ended to the rumors of him wearing corset. Plus in a separate radio interview Shatner talked about Galaxy Quest!
With the biggest budget of any Star Trek film ever, we know that JJ Abrams is going to have a lot of spectacular effects for his Star Trek. However, even though Abrams has brought on CGI effects powerhouse ILM, he has also brought on board veterans of the world of practical effects as well. In a new article in the UK Guardian one of those old-school effects artists talks about keeping it real.
Today is Memorial Day, which is the day the US sets aside to reflect on the sacrifices of those who wore the uniform to protect their nation. Although at its heart Star Trek has been a show about exploration, it also has many elements of the military and so on this Memorial Day we reflect on Star Trek and the military.
The director of numerous episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series, including “The City on the Edge of Forever,” died this week. According to his Desert Sun obituary, Joseph Pevney died peacefully in his home in Palm Desert, California, surrounded by his wife and family members. He was 96 years old.
The Food Network airs a reality show called “The Ace of Cakes” which focuses on a Baltimore bakery run by baker Duff Goldman, who turns out to be a Trek fan. The show often features custom specialty cakes and a producer for the show sent TrekMovie some exclusive preview pics of a special Star Trek cake that will be featured in an upcoming episode.
This weekend may be the biggest movie weekend of the year, but there are still things to look forward to. We have Orci talking Transformers 2’s appeal to the hardcore, casting rumors and debunkings for Captain America, Lots of Terminator 4 news. Plus images and vids from Hellboy, Hulk and much more…even Space Chimps. In the world of TV we have details on Whedon’s Dollhouse, Stargate Atlantis Season 5, Heroes and more.
Even though a couple months ago TrekMovie.com debunked the rumor, apparently some still thought there would be a new trailer for Star Trek with Paramount’s release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull this week…well there isn’t. However, there may yet be a subtle reference, consciously or unconsciously to Star Trek in the new Indy film. [INDY 4 SPOILERS BELOW]
A year ago TrekMovie.com brought attention to a hilarious YouTube find called “Star Trek: The Mego Picture” (subtitled “Who Mourns for Mugatu”). Since then we have kept in touch with the two man Hoserlu team and are happy to announce the premiere of the sequel, “Star Trek: The Mego Picture 2.” Watch the full video below
In the past Karl Urban, has shown that he is a true Trek fan who went out of his way to get the gig as Star Trek’s new Dr. McCoy (see: here, here, here, and here). In a new interview with the New Zealand Waikato Times, the Kiwi actor talks about the film, JJ Abrams, and the Kirk/Spock/McCoy relationship — again showing that he was the right man for the job.
This week here at TrekMovie, we are celebrating the upcoming landing of the Phoenix Mars mission with information about where to watch the events unfold live, a special Phoenix Mars Lander giveaway, and a sweet video! Also, we’ve got a new Cassini watch, a supernova seen in action for the first time, the truth behind the “crystal skulls”, and our gadget of the week: The Telectroscope.
William Shatner’s media tour promoting his autobiography "Up Till Now” is now over. We have a few more tidbits from some of the last interviews to share with Shat again talking about the new Star Trek movie, talking retirement and even giving out parenting tips. Excerpts and VIDEO below.
In the nine months since TrekMovie.com first revealed that Zoe Saldana may be the new Uhura for JJ Abrams Star Trek we haven’t heard a lot from the actress about Trek. But in a new interview with io9 Saldana gives her thoughts on favorite episodes, her approach for Uhura, her cast mates, and even her mini-skirt!