We here at TrekMovie bring you all the big news on the upcoming Star Trek movie, but sometimes stories fall through the cracks. So every week we bring you all the little Star Trek tidbits. This week we have another cadet intro, Frakes longing over Abrams cash, Trek in fashion, and Viacom biz news. Plus a ST09 book update and the first look at a couple of upcoming posters you can actually buy.
Another space cadet
The new Star Trek movie may not have a ‘cast of thousands’, but dozens at least. New ones pop up all the time. In an interview with IGN Tania Gunadi, who stars in the Disney XD series Aaron Stone, talked about her role as a Starfleet Cadet. Gunadi wouldn’t give any spoilers except to say that she plays an alien (and it took four hours to get her makeup on and off), and that everyone, including director JJ Abrams was ‘nice’ and ‘cool’…she also noted that it was nice that they "make sure you can breathe" under the makeup." Which makes one wonder if there was some other production out there purposefully suffocating its actors. .
Gunadi – breathing easy as an alien cadet in "Star Trek"
Frakes: envying the green
In our recent interview, Jonathan Frakes, director of two previous Trek films, talked positively about Star Trek’s new director JJ Abrams, although he admitted he did have some ‘budget envy’ when he visited the set. In a new interview at uninterview the bearded repeated that his is "very pro-J.J. Abrams" and went on to say nice things, but noted regarding the movie "they gave him a fortune [laughs]–not that I’m bitter!"…sure Jonathan.
Frakes’ "no, I am not envious" smile
Trek to the rescue
We interrupt this otherwise entertaining article for some boring business news. Last week Paramount’s parent company Viacom reported a fourth quarter 69% drop in profits…ouch. Well the economy does suck right now and actually the theatrical side of Viacom is doing pretty well, at least in theaters (home sales are down). But all hope is not lost. Viacom chairman Phillipe Dauman told investors that 2009 is going to be rosy, including noting:
Looking ahead, we have a great slate for 2009. Next month we’ll distribute DreamWorks Animations Monsters vs. Aliens in 3-D. In the second and third quarters will be dominated by three widely anticipated tent poles. JJ Abram’s Star Trek, Michael Bay’s, Transformers 2, Revenge of the Fallen, and GI Joe.
So tell a friend about Trek, to keep Viacom and Paramount in the black!
Viacom needs the ‘Star Trek bump’…Tranformers can’t do it all!
Buzzwatch – Trek in fashion?
We at TrekMovie keep an eye out on the mainstream media to see what they are saying about the new movie, so you don’t have to. The latest bit comes from UK’s Independent on Sunday, which, in honor of London Fashion Week, issued their new ‘Hot List‘ and look what showed up somewhere between ‘dial-up tanning’ and ‘hangboarding’:
If you’ve ever wondered how James T Kirk came to captain the SS ‘Enterprise’, you’re in luck (if a bit sad): the 11th ‘Star Trek’ promises to fill in the gaps. And thanks to its director, J J ‘Lost’ Abrams, it may be the first ‘Star Trek’ film for non-Trekkies.
And if there is a fashion event, you know that Star Trek’s new Uhura, Zoe Saldana is there…here she is earlier Sunday, nestled between a couple of super models (Molly Sims & Heidi Klum).
Um, witty caption…I’ll be in my bunk
ST09 stuff update: Posters + book date & price + Foster speaks
The avalanche of Star Trek merchandise continues to grow. The latest addition are the first officially licensed posters to buy, from Trends International. So far they are showing of two designs for the new Star Trek movie, but more are sure to come. These aren’t yet available (and we will update you when they are), but here is a first look at the first two.
Trends USS Enterprise poster (34" x 22")
Trends Crew poster (22" x 34")
After it was first announced at TrekMovie.com, Simon & Shuster added the movie tie-in edition novel of Star Trek to their site. It notes a retail price of $15.00 for the trade paperback and a release date of May 12th. However, TrekMovie is told that S&S dates are always Tuesdays and it is expected for books to be available on Friday the 8th, the day of the film’s release. One other book nugget, the author, Alan Dean Foster, dropped by the TrekMovie.com article about the book to make a couple of comments. On the new book he stated:
I will, as always, put my best into the book version of the film. A novelization is not an adaptation…it is a collaboration between the screenwriters and another writer, and I’ve always viewed it as such.
One thing about adapting a Robert Orci script: it’s not about two uninteresting people sitting on a train smoking cigarettes and talking about how bored they are (that would be a French SF film). There is always a lot going on, which means I have plenty of good stuff to work with.
To paraphrase a comedy team of another era, we’re all fans on this bus.
And to settle any debate, Foster also commented "I had nothing whatsoever to do with the TMP novelization." Nice of Alan to drop by and he has agreed to do a TrekMovie.com interview closer to release, so keep your eye out for that.
Foster has made first contact
Pausch’s Trek lesson
Finally we conclude with some deep thinking. In an article about how Baby boomers have a whole new take on death, Vanity Fair culture critic James Wolcott used the late Randy Pausch’s cameo in the new Star Trek movie as a life (and death) lesson in a new blog post.
A fitting posthumous hurrah awaits Pausch, who died in July of 2008. J. J. Abrams, the director of this spring’s Star Trek prequel (featuring Kirk and Spock at the Starfleet Academy), cast Pausch in a cameo role which has him crossing the bridge of the Enterprise to deliver the clarion line “Captain, we have visual!” For an American nerd born in the second half of the 20th century, suiting up in a Starfleet uniform and serving with Kirk—truly, there can be no higher civilian honor. Since heaven is a hypothetical destination spot, the imaginary airport hangar of the Hereafter, being an even infinitesimal spark in the Star Trek cosmology is the closest any of us can come to immortality.
Deep James, but so true.
JJ made Pausch a ‘Trek immortal’
…one more thing
OK that wasn’t the last thing…sue me. With all the hubbub about the new corridors, our friend (and photojournalist) Thorsten Wulf, came up with this, to maybe satisfy some of those longing for the old days.