July 2008

Kurtzman Answers The Question – What Is Up With Nero’s Ear?

Last week in our first article about the new Star Trek posters which revealed characters for the first time, TrekMovie.com asked "what is up with Nero’s (Eric Bana’s) ears?" Today our friends at UGO point us to a new interview with Star Trek co-writer and exec producer Alex Kurtzman, where they ask him that question. [SPOILERS]

TrekMovie Guide To Comic Con 2008

On Thursday of this week tens of thousands will descend on San Diego California for the ultimate nerd-gasm that is Comic Con. Although there is no big panel for the new Star Trek film, TrekMovie is still going to report on all the other Trek happenings at the Paramount booth and with the other Trek licensee booths, Trek panels and with the various Trek celebrities who will be there. Today we have a full Trekkie guide to Comic Con 2008.

Blalock: Why No Shatner in Star Trek? + Mini-Review of Starship Troopers Marauder

Jolene Blalock’s direct-to-DVD Starship Troopers 3: Marauder comes out soon and she is out promoting it at some cons as well as with our friends at Femme Fatales magazine, who point us to a preview of their interview with the Enterprise’s resident Vulcan and her thoughts on JJ Abrams Star Trek. We also have an exclusive new pic of Jolene and a mini-review of the new Starship Troopers movie.

Abrams: Biggest Challenge Is Making Trek Relevent Again

In what may be the last of the reports coming out of the Fox’s TCA Fringe event last week, IGN has a summary of JJ Abrams comments about Star Trek. Much of it has been reported here before, but they provide it in better Q&A format to get more context. There is also a little bit more from Star Trek’s new director on what is his biggest challenge with the new film. 

Creation Vegas 08 Con Shaping Up To Be Huge + TrekMovie Ticket Contest

On August 6th Creation’s official Star Trek convention kicks off at the Las Vegas Hilton for five days of Trek craziness with 15,000 Trek fans being entertained with events and dozens of Trek stars including the Spocks, Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy. TrekMovie will be there reporting every day. We have details on the week, plus a give-away contest, check it all out below.  

Pegg Talks Scotty Stereotype and Pine’s Kirk

Simon Pegg, Star Trek’s new Scotty and self-described Trek geek, kicked off a four city tour today to promote the US release of the DVD for his UK comedy Spaced. In a new inteview with Wired about Spaced and other things, Pegg also talked up Trek, including some very frank thoughts on Scotty as a stereotype and Chris Pine’s performance as Kirk.

Library Computer: Review + Author Interview + Exclusive Excerpt From “Myriad Universe: Echoes and Refractions” – Part 1

This week, the Library Computer resumes its look at the six ‘what if?’ tales of alternate history featured in the two new ‘Myriad Universes’ anthologies. Meet Thelin; Andorian, friend of James Kirk, and skipper of the Enterprise as the events of the Star Trek films plays out in an alternate form in Geoff Trowbridge’s The Chimes at Midnight We have a review, author interview and excerpt.

Science Friday: Thinking Phoenix, Rogue Engineers, Fighting Red Spots, Nerd Girls + more

This week Science Friday has loaded up some of the best science news for you including an update on Mars’s Phoenix Lander, plans of some rogue NASA engineers, cannibalistic red spots on Jupiter, our galaxies hottest spot, and a lunar transit caught on tape. All this plus our video of the week: Revenge of the Nerd Girls and gadget of the week: Top 5 real Trek gadgets.

Urban Talks About the Kirk-Spock-McCoy Troika

In the past Karl Urban has shown his Trek cred by talking about his respect for the Original Series and his predecessor, DeForest Kelley. In a new interview with SFX Magazine, Star Trek’s new Dr. McCoy talks about favorite episodes ("Corbomite Maneuver" and  "Amok Time"), the appeal of the film to fans like himself, as well as that crucial Kirk/Spock/McCoy dynamic.

CelebWatch: Stardate 07.17.08

This week, the Watch brings news on a possible new home for Shatnervision, Patrick Stewart becoming a real-life professor, a new movie for Marina Sirtis, an interview with Terry Farrell, Wil Wheaton on writing and killing Wesley Crusher, and George Takei giving an award to Nichelle Nichols. As if that weren’t enough, there’s news on not one but two Trek alumni who had run-ins with the law this week.

Shatner, Fuller, BSG, Lost Nominated for Emmys

The nominees for the 2008 Emmy Awards were announced this morning and there are a few Trek alumni on the list with William Shatner at the top of that list. Other Trek alums include Ronald D. Moore, Bryan Fuller, Gary Hutzel, Doug Drexler, and Sarah Silverman. Also Star Trek’s new masters picked up some nods for Lost. Full details below.

Abrams: Chris Pine’s Kirk Is Funny (and Cocky) [UPDATED]

Although JJ Abrams was at the Television Critics Association event this week to promote his new Fox TV show Fringe, he sure took a lot of questions about Star Trek. In the latest, the director gives Hollywood Outbreak an update on the status of the post-production and also talks about the performances of his new Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto).

Quinto’s Spock Is Funny?

And yet another update on Star Trek from yesterday’s TCA’s. E Online caught up with Star Trek (and Fringe) executive producer Bryan Burk who said of Zachary Quinto’s performance as Spock will “make you cry,” but it was additional comments from director JJ Abrams that raise an eyebrow, ‘fascinating’-style

Family Guy: Wrath of Khan? – TrekMovie Helps Cast It

Yesterday at the Fox’s animation panel during the 2008 Television Critics Association confab, Family Guy creator (and well known Star Trek fan) Seth MacFarlane told reporters he would like to create a Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan parody similar to the Family Guy parody of  Star Wars from 2007. TrekMovie thinks this is a great idea and thought we would lend a hand.

Orci & Kurtzman: No Gay Characters in Star Trek

More news coming out of the Fox’s Fringe TCA event yesterday. The gay-themed After Elton blog spoke to the co-writers and executive producers of the new Star Trek feature about the possibility of a gay character. The pair said it was it was discussed, but wasn’t specifically addressed either way in the film and they were open to bringing a gay character into a sequel.

JumpCon Series In Serious Doubt – Celebrity Guests Not Planning To Attend [UPDATE: Event Cancelled]

It appears that JumpCon is headed for the same kind of meltdown as FedCon USA, but on an even larger scale. JumpCon promoted itself as a new kind of experience with a line up of over a hundred Sci-Fi stars (including many Trek celebrities) to appear at over a dozen different cities during  the Summer and Fall. However, TrekMovie has learned their first stop (in Boston) this weekend may be cancelled and that future JumpCons are also in serious doubt.