Today in the Tidbits we have a brand new image, thanks to the Star Trek movie collector’s card set. Plus the complete Countdown prequel Trade Paperback
is coming early [UPDATE: in two weeks]. And there are a number of interesting new Star Trek related interviews. Check it all out below.
New image – from Rittenhouse cards
Just this week Rittenhouse has released a promo card with a new image of Chris Pine as Cadet James T. Kirk. The card is from their upcoming set for the new Star Trek movie (see TM article for more details on the set). The promo card is in the new issue of the card collecting magazine, Non-Sport Magazine, with some of these Cadet Kirk cards showing up on Ebay.
Cadet Kirk on Rittenhouse Card
Countdown Trade Paperback coming
this week in two weeks
The trade paperback version of the Star Trek movie prequel was not supposed to be released until the 4th issue came out until April (the official release date was first announced to be April 29th). But over the weekend IDW publisher Chris Ryall announced on his blog that the TPB for Countdown is coming out tomorrow (Wed. March 25th), ahead of Countdown Issue #4. Just to make sure this wasn’t a mistake, TrekMovie double-checked with Ryall who confirmed it. One reader sent in an email that Amazon had already shipped him his issue, even though it is still listed at Amazon as a pre-order.
UPDATE: OK forget all that. IDW have now given us another update on the release of Countdown. Issue #4 comes out next week on April 1st (available in comic shops and via the Android and iTunes). Then a week later the trade paperback comprising all four issues comes out (in book stores and on Kindle II on April 7th, and in comic shops on April 8th).
New interviews – Prop Master + more Sonita + Roddenberry Jr. + more
In the last couple of days some new Star Trek related interviews have shown up online. Here are some links and excerpts.
Screenrant talks to Russell Bobbit, prop master for the new Star Trek about the new movie props. Regarding the new tricorder, Bobbit had this to say:
There were several items where we made great leaps in design choice. One is the Tricorder. I presented a TOS Tricorder to the actors and their reaction was that the size was too big with the amount of action there is in our film. So I immediately went to my ace-in-the-hole designer, Doug Brody, an adamant trekker who became our tech advisor. I gave him the task of designing a smaller version of the Tricorder, which would not be like any other, but would include all the elements needed to scan the environment appropriately.
Tricorders: TOS Replica (L) & ST09 Toy (R)
SciFiWire talks to Sonita Henry, who plays the doctor who brings James T. Kirk into the world in the new Star Trek. The actress reveals more about the make-up and CGI magic that will create her face and also described the scene of Kirk’s first big moment:
It was a very intense scene, because things are blowing up, so they actually had things blowing up and … gangways moving, and then we had a ton of extras running against us…And I remember Kelvin Yu, who plays one of the med techs, one of the extras just ran straight into him. … And the next thing I know, he’s gone flying up in the air, and just landed on his back on the floor. … Yes. So there I was, and there’s sparks going off, and my hair is full of product, and I’m like, … ‘Oh, my God, I’m going to burst into flames. I finally get to work with J.J. Abrams, and I’m going to die.’ … So there’s a lot of running around corridors and pushing a wheelchair and, yeah. Everything’s going on at once..
We will have to wait to see Sonita’s face…but Kirk’s birth sounds epic, like the man himself
Mania talks to Eugene Roddenberry Jr, son of Majel and Gene Roddenberry. Rod talks about visiting the set and how he thought his dad would embrace JJ Abrams new Trek. He also gave some details on Majel recording the computer voice before she passed away:
Her health had been declining for a number of years. As it got worse and as her energy level and voice declined she would have ups and downs. I had very serious concerns when they contacted us and said they wanted her to do the computer voice again. I said, “I don’t even know if she can do it.” They would have to have somebody come to the house and they would have to accommodate her in every way – not because of her ego but because of her health. I thought to myself I still don’t know what they are going to get even with all of that. So the day comes around to record her voice work and I am just wondering what is going to happen. I am wondering if they are going to do it and just say it is not useable. Apparently, when her friend, Reina, reminded her about this her entire mood changed and she became uplifted and happy and came out with plenty of energy. She wasn’t just putting on a show. She genuinely loved doing this sort of thing for the fans and for the show. She was a “show must go on” kind of lady. I think, in the end, she was doing it for my father. Her love of him and of Star Trek was special. I heard that it was phenomenal. They taped all of her lines right there at the house. She couldn’t travel at that point.
Roddenberry details how his mother left her final legacy as the voice in new Star Trek
Thorsten’s Gallery – Iowa Redux
In honor of William Shatner’s recent birthday, our resident artist Thorsten Wulff offers this Shatneriffic version of that Iowa motorcycle scene in the new Star Trek.
more bite-sized Star Trek movie news:
- Paramount UK is selling gala premiere tickets for April 20th in London