10 days and counting, the new Star Trek movie is coming fast and the blitz is headed your way. We have the first look at the Star Trek toys and food coming to Burger King, details on the US premiere, the latest box office buzz, another Star Trek comic prequel, your Tivo schedule for the talk show celebrity appearances and more.
Reminder: Tickets available online (including IMAX)
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First look at Burger King toys and Star Trek food!
As reported before, Burger King is gearing up for a big promotion for Star Trek, and they have sent TrekMovie an image of the in-store banner which shows off all the toys as well as the BK Kids Meal with "Star an Bolt Shaped Chicken Tenders." The Star Trek promotion starts next Monday at Burger Kings restaurants across the US. There will also be a corresponding TV campaign, with footage shot on board the USS Enterprise, kicking off on Monday as well. TrekMovie will have more coverage of BK early next week.
Star Trek US Premiere April 30th in Los Angeles
After a whirlwind worldwide tour, Star Trek will get its American premiere this Thursday, April 30th, at the famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood. This premiere will have the biggest celebrity guest list with Star Trek director JJ Abrams joined by most of his crew and almost the entire cast. Fans are encouraged to come and greet the new Star Trek celebrities as they walk the blue carpet. The show should start around 7:30, so show up early to get a good spot on the rope line. TrekMovie will be there and will post a report with pictures and video Thursday night. As a good omen, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan premiered at the Chinese in June 1982.
US gala premiere to be at famous Chinese Theater
"Spock Reflections" – the prequel prequel comic to Star Trek
The new Star Trek movie has a prequel comic ("Countdown") and in July another comic that ties into "Countodwn" with "Spock Reflections." The story is written by by Scott Tipton and David Tipton with art by David Messina (who also did "Countdown"). The book appears to be a prequel to "Countdown" (a prequel to a prequel!). IDW describes the comic thusly:
What could drive a man to abandon all he knows and go to live with the Federation’s sworn enemy? In the follow-up series to the Star Trek: Countdown movie prequel, readers see for the first time the real motivations behind Spock’s decision to live on Romulus, and follow as he looks back on what brought him to this place in his life. From the team that brought you Star Trek: Mirror Images!
Tivo Alert: Trek TV Talk Show Blitz
Are you ready for some talk shows? The Star Trek team are fanning out to the various shows to promote the movie so set your Tivo. Here is a list of appearances for JJ Abrams and Star Trek actors and over the next two weeks (thanks to Kevin for compiling list):
- Monday 4/27: "Tonight Show" (NBC) – Eric Bana
- Tuesday 4/28: "The Late Show" (CBS) – Zachary Quinto
- Wednesday 4/29: "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC) – JJ Abrams
- Monday 5/4: "The Late Show" (CBS) – Chris Pine
- Tuesday 5/5: "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC) – Zachary Quinto
- Wednesday 5/6: "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC) – Zoe Saldana
- Thursday 5/7: "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC) – John Cho
- Friday 5/8: "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC) – Chris Pine
- Friday 5/8: "Tavis Smiley" (PBS) – JJ Abrams
Latest Box Office Buzz
In the last couple of weeks there has been a lot of talk about the box office for Trek, with an early report from Ad Age being pessimistic and subsequent reports, including early ticket sales being much more optimisitic. Today CanWest news service has an article "JJ Abrams Star trek on track to set records" which states:
Initially expectations had Abrams’ new Trek landing at $50 million for that important opening weekend. Now pundits have moved it into the $80 to $100 million neighbourhood based on the preview news, which is very nice place for $150-million picture to live. That should put the updated film on track to surpass the $300 million world-wide total. Abrams seemed pleased about that but was hesitant to embrace the good news fully just yet. “I don’t want to be presumptuous,” he told reporters in L.A. on Sunday.
It is unclear who the new ‘pundits’ are, but it seems the buzz train has moved well into the ‘hit’ column for now.
Interviews, interviews, interviews
Over the weekend was the big Paramount press junket in Los Angeles. I was there and did quite a few interviews which I will be spreading out over the next 10 days. Shortly after this article goes up I will be putting up a report on the press conference I attended (note that due to the volume of journalists and volume of interviewees, there were actually three separate press conference rooms with each broken into three sep. groups of interviewees, so not all press conference reports are the same).
We will try and keep up in the tidbits with other outlets, but we are going to reach a point where there are just too many. But for today here is a video interview from The Insider with Pine & Quinto and Abrams (thanks to Salvor for the cap).
The Insider also had a chat with The Shat about the new movie
Stay tuned to TrekMovie for much more coverage of the Star Trek movie, including many more exclusives over the next two weeks. Tidbits will also likely be an additional daily feature as we catch up on even more coverage