According to the Official TrekMovie countdown timer, we are currently at 24 days and 2 hours to the first Midnight shows of Star Trek (on the west coast), but our first Tidbit of the day says it might be a few hours earlier. In other bits we have photos from the Moscow stop for the JJ Tour, interviews with Quinto, Pine and Abrams, new casting news for Pine, and more.
Star Trek coming (5 hours) earlier in the US?
The official release date for Star Trek in the USA and Canada is Friday May 8th, which means that there will be many midnight shows on Thursday May 7th. Today ComingSoon reported that "shows will start at 7PM" or five hours earlier. As of now there are no theaters selling tickets for 7, but TrekMovie has learned that there may be something to this, although Paramount will not confirm anything. We will provide an update on this as soon as there is more to know. If this does pan out, one big question will be how to handle all those people who already bought advance tickets for those midnight shows.
Remember the release dates vary from country to country, with most being on either May 7th the 8th. The official site has the full (current) list.
Star Trek Invades Russia
Yesterday the Star Trek gala world tour stopped in Moscow, Russia for a premiere and a press conference. On hand were JJ Abrams, Bryan Burk, Eric Bana, Zoe Saldana and Anton Yelchin. This makes the first stop for the new Chekov, but it makes sense since he is both playing a Russian character, and the actor was born in Russia. Since all the articles are in Russian, we will just have to do with the pictures. Here are a few:
Bana, Yelchin, Saldana, & Abrams at Moscow press conference
Bana, Yelchin, Saldana, & Abrams at Moscow premiere
Saldana strikes a pose for a fan at Moscow Premiere
There are a couple of new inteviews coming out of the Australian press event last week. First up is JJ Abrams interview with TheVine, here is an excerpt.
Most of the time these remakes and reboots fall pretty flat, but it seems like you’ve got the balance right.
I think the key was not having insane reverence for the original material. I felt free to make choices that were right for a movie, not for ‘Trek’. But we had a writer [Robert Orci] who was an avowed Trekkie. Bob’s awareness of what we needed to adhere to was sort of the safety valve for the movie – but it wasn’t the master we were serving. And to me that’s the thing.
What was it like having Leonard Nimoy involved in the project?
He was the definition of gentlemanly. He was supportive and graceful. He wasn’t just helping pass the baton away from the Trek that people are familiar with to the new Trek – he was really passing on this role to this other actor [Zachary Quinto] – and encouraging him, befriending him.
And then there is a Cinefools interview with Quinto and Pine, here is an excerpt from that:
Last night the portrayal of both your character s was so powerful. And there seemed to be an instant chemistry between both of you in the movie. How instantaneous was that chemistry on set?
CP-it’s like with anybody if you meet them and you have an instant connection and you’ll know you’ll be friends for a long time. It was pretty much that. The worse thing that could ever happen is when you know you have to build chemistry. You Spock and Kirk have to have great chemistry. And the last thing you want to do is have to manufacture a thing and try really hard to have that electricity.
And never felt. I knew Zach socially a little bit before I even went in for the audition and he was helpful in prepping me about JJ and the Script. And we w2ent together on the Friday afternoon long ago and I knew I would work well with this guy.
ZQ- I knew that immediately as well. Even after the last 4 guys for the role all of them were great in there own way but it was far, far away that Chris was the only choice. Just in terms of how I related to him and how he related to the character and I think all that helps. You spend a lot of time training and in the theatre process to have a shorthand and vocabulary to understand how these relationships work .it wasn’t an effort. That was key and if yopu8 don’t have it that when you are in trouble. It has to be easy.
Pine Wants Howling Mad
Chris Pine is making more casting buzz on another high profile project, this time the big screen version of The A-Team, being directed by Joe Carnahan (who directed Pine Smokin’ Aces, a role which got the buzz train rolling for the young actor). The surprising thing for this project is that Pine isn’t angling to play the team leader Col. John Hannibal Smith, played by George Peppard on the classic 80s show, nor does he want to play Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck (played by Dirk Benedict). No, Star Trek’s leading man tells MTV he wants to play H.M. ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock, a role originally played by Dwight Shultz (aka Barclay from TNG and VOY). Apparently Pine is a big fan of the show and Murdoch was his favorite character…go figure.
Pike wants to step into Shultz’s shoes as the new ‘Howling Mad’ Murdoch
Bullets: ESPN + More Desktops + Nimoy News + Erin Poll
As part of ‘Future Week’ today’s ESPN Monday Night "Baseball Tonight" was ‘presented by Star Trek‘, including running the new commercials
Leonard Nimoy sent a brief message to TrekWeb about the surprise Austin Premiere
Nimoy will appear at the FX Int’l show on April 19th in Orlando
Collider has more exclusive Star Trek desktops
Esurance has a new poll on their Star Trek site: pick favorite Trek version of Erin
Thanks to Mike, Marko and other tipsters