Star Trek is now two weeks away (less than that for the those going to Thursday early shows), and the buzz keeps on building. Today we have the first indications of ticket sales (going well), a DVR notice for an ET exclusive tonight, more interviews, some interesting review perspectives, and more. Plus, did Nathan Lane get cut from Star Trek?
Reminder: Tickets available online (including IMAX)
As we will begin every tidbits, we remind you that you can now buy advanced tickets (including early shows) for Star Trek at Fandango. You can also get tickets for IMAX at Fandango.
Star Trek online sales strong – even outpacing Wolverine
Remember last week Ad Age said that Wolverine would outsell Star Trek 2 to 1? Well the first reports for online sales shows that the battle is a lot tighter and Star Trek is actually a bit ahead. THR cites MovieTickets.com sales figures showing that even though Wolverine is selling well, Star Trek is outselling it in early online sales. TrekMovie contacted Fandango and they said that both films are selling briskly, but that Trek is currently outselling Wolverine by a bit there there as well. They noted it is very early and that most sales will come much closer to the film and so there is a caution not to read too much into it, but it is yet another good sign for the film.
Speaking of Wolverine, the latest TV commercial for that film has a familiar voice doing the narration:…teaching us the lesson that we can all get along…mutant and Starfleet:
Star Trek Exclusive on ET Friday night
Entertainment Tonight will have an ‘exclusive sneak peek inside Star Trek‘ on their Friday night edition. ET is promising a “first look at Kirk in the captain’s chair! Spock in a romance! Nero the villain!” along with “behind-the-scenes look at hitmaker J.J. Abrams at work and the set.” Here is a promo clip:
Nathan Lane’s deleted scene?
Nathan Lane was a guest on The Late Show With David Letterman on Wednesday night, and he brought a special Star Trek clip with him, here it is:
Interviews of the day – Abrams, Nimoy, and Yelchin
links and excerpts
JJ Abrams GQ
excerpt (on why they didn’t do a Batman Begins style total reboot):
Abrams: I think we stumbled on a story that’s a better version of that. We’re telling a story that uses the backstory, the history of the world that Gene Roddenberry created, but doesn’t suffer from that thing a lot of prequels suffer from, where you think, “As exciting as this is, I’ve seen the other movies—I know they live. You can’t get me—I’ve seen Alec Guinness play that guy!” That’s a default problem with any film that’s a true prequel. So this movie is a strange hybrid. We’re not completely restarting everything. Leonard Nimoy’s in this movie, and he’s playing Spock. It connects. And at the same time, it’s its own thing, and it’s alive and vital. But this movie’s intended for people who’ve never seen an episode of Star Trek, so even though it’s not a complete restart, the work we had to do is in many ways the same. You have to make sure you’re giving people a way in, and that requires telling a story that assumes nothing. But if you love Star Trek, there are so many
references and allusions in the film that’ll be rewarding, because you’ll finally get to see scenes that have been discussed but never seen before. You’ll finally understand how certain things happened in Kirk’s backstory, or Spock’s. I love that there’s two ways you can experience this film: If you happen to be a fan, it’s fantastic, and if you’ve never seen it before, all the better.
Leonard Nimoy – Dayton News Journal (report from FX convention)
Excerpt (on what it was about the new team that convinced him to do Spock again)
… I was struck by the intensity of their feelings about the classic Star Trek material that we did. By their awareness of what the characters were about, and how important the characters’ development was, and how important the ideas of those shows were. I was really touched by them, very touched. In fact, it’s been reported I got misty at that meeting, and I actually did. Because for a long time, I felt marginalized. I thought, no, (the new Treks) have nothing to do with me. It’s over for me. But these people made me feel that what we had done in the original series was still relevant, and useful, and meaningful, and they wanted to get back in touch with that," he said. "And that’s what brought me into the project.
Anton Yelchin – LA Times
Excerpt (on Chekov)
With [Chekov], it was fun to capture the comedic aspects. Naturally, he’s kind of funny sometimes. I adjusted it, but I wanted to be close to the [original version]. Certain things I took: the v’s to the w’s. He says wessels. He doesn’t say the v, which is an odd choice. It’s the kind of choice that they made 40 years ago when he was this Cold War stereotype. But it’s fine. It’s great.
Interesting Trek perspectives – Newbie & Scientist weigh in
There are a couple of new reviews of the Star Trek movie, from different perspectives. First up New Scientist takes a look at the film from a scientific point of view, noting what tech was "dubious" and what was "more plausible" [note review is very spoiler].
Another interesting take comes from CNET who dispatched a total Trek newbie to an advance screening. Success with those who are not steeped in Trek canon is important, and her feeling that Star Trek "is just plain fun" should come as welcome news to Paramount.
ST09 Tidbits bits
Even more stuff:
- AskMen.com profile of Chris Pine
- HDRoom has rumor that Star Trek Blu-ray will come out Nov. 17
- Toshiba UK launches Star Trek promotion