The little bits of Star Trek movie news are coming faster and faster so our ‘STO9 Tidbits’ will also increase in frequency, always noting how many days to go to the movie. Today we have news of new footage being aired on MTV this weekend, plus more from Greg Grunberg on his cameo, more Zoe pics at London Fashion week, a new German cover-story (w/ JJ interview), plus ST09 as art.
Star Trek on MTV’s ‘Spoilers’ show
This week MTV has announced what is coming on this month’s episode of the movie show ‘Spoilers’ airing this weekend, and Star Trek was listed…
On February 21, at 8:00 p.m. ET, MTV will air the second episode of "Spoilers," a quarterly movie special that will deliver first looks at the year’s biggest upcoming flicks, including behind-the-scenes action and exclusive scenes.
Taped in front of a live audience, the second episode will spotlight "Watchmen," and will feature appearances from the entire cast of the eagerly anticipated superhero flick. Hundreds of die-hard movie fanswill attend MTV News’ screening of the film, with the stars walking the blood-red carpet to chat in front of our cameras.
In addition to "Watchmen," the episode will also give viewers exclusive access to scenes from such upcoming blockbusters as "Star Trek," "Land of the Lost," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and more.
TrekMovie has confirmed with Paramount that what MTV will be airing is new. So tune in to MTV Saturday at 8:00 PM to check it out.
UPDATE: MTV just posted a report on the taping of the "Spoilers" TV show, which includes a little more info:
The fans did much more than merely watch the Watchmen on Wednesday. "Star Trek" actor Zachary Quinto recorded a special greeting that unspooled on the big screen for the cheering "Spoilers" crowd, followed by some new footage focusing on the skills of director J.J. Abrams.
Nero says: "This weekend the wait will be over for something new for you all to obsess over"
Star Trek German Cover Story [submitted by Thorsten Wulff]
The February issue of Cinema, Germany’s biggest movie magazine, has a Star Trek cover story, featuring another shot of Zachary Quinto as Spock photographed by Jill Greenberg. The cover headlines read "Mr. Spock and co. starring in new space adventure of the Enterprise” and “Comeback of the year: Star Trek." Cinema devoted six pages in three spreads to the new Star Trek, starting with an intro to the plot. However the writer, who apparently saw the same 20 minute preview in Cologne that I reported on in November, got some of the plot points confused in the article (like saying Kirk and Scotty save Vulcan and that Scotty is the father of the Transporter, oh well).
The article also includes an interview with J.J Abrams headlined "A Star Trek movie for tomorrows Trekkies." Abrams said that the reason to go back to Kirk and Spock was "obvious" as it was "the heart" of Star Trek, and that the film taps into Roddenberry’s idealistic vision, even though we live in cynical times. Abrams also noted that Paramount was shocked that the most important group of filmgoers (young people) "ignored" the last Trek film (Nemesis), and so clearly that is something he is hoping to fix. Abrams also again emphasized the importance of the ‘real’ feeling of the new movie and on Chris Pine he said the film would have been "impossible" without him.
Germany gets ready for ‘Das Comeback’ of Star Trek
More from Grunberg on his role and Star Trek 2009
In a ‘Tidbits’ post from two weeks ago we reported that JJ’s friend Greg Grunberg kept with tradition and has worked himself somewhere into the new Star Trek movie. In a new interview with The Daily Beast he explains that he wasn’t able to do the part originally lined up for him, but he still got in there. He also talks a bit about the movie itself.
I was shooting the new movie [Group Sex] that I co-wrote and produced, so I wasn’t able to do the role. I actually am in the movie but you have to look for me really carefully.
It’s going to be the best movie of the year in that genre. It’s terrific, so good. My kids are excited to see Uncle JJ’s movie. They saw the commercials and didn’t know anything about Star Trek before, but were excited to see it. That means it’s going to be a monster hit.
Grunberg with Abrams at Laker game last month – looks like Uncle JJ also scored Grunny some awesome courtside seats
More Zoe at London Fashion Week
In the last tidbits we reported that Zoe Saldana, Star Trek’s new Uhura, continued to help make Trek fashionable by showing up at every major fashion event…or maybe she just likes clothes. Anyway here are a couple more shots of Saldana this week hobnobbing with the fashion elites at London Fashion Week.:
Thorsten’s art show – LOGIC
Thorsten Wulff’s ‘reimagined Naked Time Corridor‘ went over well, so we have decided to make this Thorsten’s Star Trek 2009 themed work an irregular feature of the ST09 Tidbits. This week he starts off the first of his ‘ST09 as art’ series with a Star Trek version of Shepard Fairey’s famous ‘Hope’ poster from the 2008 election.