ST09 Tidbits (T-9): Greenwood To Vulcan + Private Screening Auction + Baseball Trek + Sneak Peeks + more

The Tidbits is now in single digits! And today we have more news on that Vulcan premiere, which we have learned will have a special guest. Also how would you like a private screening next Thursday?…you can have one (if you win an auction). We also have reports on the Star Trek night at yesterday’s Giants game and the French premiere on Sunday. All that plus more Tivo alerts and even more.


Reminder: Tickets available online (including IMAX)
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Greenwood to Vulcan
As we reported last month, the people of the small town of Vulcan, Alberta, Canada are getting a special preview of Star Trek. TrekMovie has got early word on the details for the event. Due to the small town having no theater, 300 Vulcans (Vulcanians) will be brought to private screening in Calgary on May 6th and TrekMovie has learned that Canadian Bruce Greenwood, Captain Pike himself, will be in attendance. Seventeen months the Canadian Vulcans began a campaign to get the premiere be the location for the world premiere of Star Trek, an ambitious goal for a town without a movie theater. However last month Paramount (with the support of Leonard Nimoy) decided that they still wanted to the Vulcans to get something special, and a visit from a film star (and native son) with an early premiere is pretty cool. 

Charity Auctions for L.A. Private Screening & Abrams signed poster
Paramount has arranged two Star Trek charity auctions. The first is is for a private screening at the Arclight Theater at 5PM on May 7th. The winner of the auction can bring 25 friends to the screening and each will get a some Star Trek goodies (shirt, cap, & trading cards). The second auction is for a JJ Abrams signed Star Trek lithograph. Both auctions are up at EBay:

Bid on the Abrams signed lithograph

Report from Star Trek Movie Day at AT&T Park
Last night Esurance held a special Star Trek movie night at AT&T Park before the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Prior to the first pitch being thrown out there was an Ultimate Trekkie Costume Contest on the field with the 7 finalists down on the field and the winner was Cindy from San Francisco who painted herself green. The evening kicked off with a Welcome Message from J.J. Abrams to the fans followed by the movie trailer. The evening consisted of Star Trek Trivia via in-game features and "text to win" games as well as a Star Trek Movie Night Cam that found fans in the crowd with their vulcan salute foam fingers.  There was also a raffle which included prizes like baseballs signed by Chris Pine and Zach Quinto as well as some Trek/Esurance tshirts. Here are some pics:

The winner of the Ultimate Trekkie Costume Contest

JJ greets the baseball crowd

Fans waving foam Vulcan salutes

Report from French Star Trek Premiere – Lindelof intros movie [submitted by Eric]
On Sunday the French premiere of J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek was held during the Jules Verne Festival in Paris. At 9 pm following a Battlestar Galacica event with show stars Mary McDonnell, James Callis and Jamie Bamber, the co-creator of the festival came on stage and started by a brief history of the franchise before introducing Star Trek producer Damon Lindelof. Damon said a few words, thanked the festival for allowing the premiere to take place and concluded (with a smile) "If you like the movie, tell your friends. If you don’t, stay silent!" After the big theater went dark the first 2500 French people to see Star Trek were presented with a surprise recorded greeting from JJ. Abrams himself, saying hello to the audience of the Jules Verne Festival and hoping that they would like the film. Experiencing Star Trek in such a place was a glorious experience indeed. There was some applause at a couple of key moments during the screening as well as at the end when the final credits started.

No pics allowed inside – poster outside Jules Verne Festival

Tivo Alert: Sneak peeks on LOST and FRINGE
JJ Abrams is putting his shows to good use. During tomorrow’s Lost and during next weeks Fringe there are going to be exclusive sneak peeks at the new Star Trek movie. Right now it isn’t clear if these will actually be brand new stuff or just stuff from the recently released clips and traielrs, but it is worth recording just in case. 

Trek TV Talk Show Blitz – UPDATE
Also we have an update to our list of Star Trek luminaries on the talk show circuit, here is the latest list:

  • 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
  • Monday 5/4: “Live with Regis & Kelly” (Syndicated) – Zachary Quinto
  • Tuesday 5/5: "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC) – Zachary Quinto
  • Tuesday 5/5 “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (Syndicated) – Zachary Quinto
  • Wednesday 5/6: "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC) – Zoe Saldana
  • Wednesday 5/6: “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (Syndicated) – Chris Pine
  • Wednesday 5/6: “The Tonight Show” (NBC) John Cho
  • Wednesday 5/6 “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (NBC) – J.J. Abrams
  • 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
  • Friday 5/8: "The View" (ABC) – Leonard Nimoy

Pegg on Ross
Speaking of talk show appearances, here is Simon Pegg on Jonathan Ross last Friday.

Finally: This Aint Star Trek XXX Trailer
We previously reported that some folks were cashing in on the Star Trek buzz, one of which is Hustler with their porn parody This Aint Star Trek XXX, which comes out May 12th. Today Hustler sent over the box art and alerted us about their new trailer (by the way, does getting sent a press release from Hustler mean I have finally made it as a media journalist?). The trailer is kind of funny and safe for work:

Tidbits bits
Even more Star Trek stuff for you:

Cover of This week’s Newsweek – on sale now
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Thanks to James, Greg, Jack and others tipsters

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i’m gonna be calgary next week !!!!

We’re getting closer…..Oh so close.

Let me get this – Hustler can make a film called “This Aint Star Trek XXX” and have no problems with CBS/Paramount because it’s consitered “Parody:….

I guess after they got away with doing their XXX “Not The Brady Bunch” they figured they could get away with it!

Strange world we live in.

Hey, found another talk show appearance:

Wednesday 5/6 “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” J.J. Abrams

The Tonight Show, the number one late night show only gets Cho?

Kimmel gets all the principals and JJ?


I guess you can’t even use the word “pron” in it’s correct form on the talkbacks. lol.

Yea, XXX Trek looks pretty good aktuwally!!

I booked the day off work… I can’t believe I’m telling everyone at work I booked Friday off because I have to see Star Trek… twice… but its true… and I’m proud.

I can’t sit through The View, not even for Leonard Nimoy.

Star Trek is kinda becoming cool? I never thought I’d see the day.

I’m taking Friday off, too. I may see it again that day though I’ll see it Thursday eve and Saturday at IMAX. Who knows how many times I’m gonna see this thing. I think my record for a Trek movie is 12 times in a theater, so we’ll see.

Anyone else notice that the Bussard collectors on the newsweek cover are missing?

Me too, I actually scheduled thursday the 7th and friday the 8th…then went ahead and took the following week as vacation! I have plenty of time to rewatch it now and some friends are coming in from out of town to meet up and see it.

9 – whow whow whow now!!! Slow down big boy!! We won’t know if Trek is cool until AFTER the movie comes out. If it bombs, Trek still isn’t cool. If it’s a success, it still don’t mean it’s cool. For that, only time will tell. (I sure hope this movie increases Trek’s cool-factor though!!)

The geek shall inherit the earth…

Just saw next weeks Fringe preview

Balok dude….”I’m the son of Sarek”

Other dude ….”So you’re Spock?”


11. Yeah I noticed that, looks like the Art Asylum/DST enterprise (comparing to the one sitting to my left)? What did they do to it, missing collectors and taped up on the bottom. :)

I guess the JJ zombie yuppies going to run see the parody Star Trek…. the parody opens May 08 2009.

11 and 15

they may have purposely given the ship a “played with” look…to imply that the child has been getting a lot of good use out of this toy. and in the meantime..learning to dream big


Yeah, what’s up with that? Couldn’t anyone find a decent model of ANY version of Big E? Geesh… no Bussard Collector covers, regardless of color, would send Scotty over the deep end…. “She’ll break apart, Captain!”

Tickets in pocket, 7pm showing, May 7. Ahead Warp 9!

I’m going to a screening on Saturday morning. 10:00 this Saturday morning, I’m going to see Star Trek. I can’t believe that after 2+ years of rabid anticipation, I’m only 4 days away from finally seeing it. Even my wife wants to go with me. Trek has always been the line that she would not cross, but she admits the trailers look good. I think she’ll be a good litmus test for the general movie going public.

Fascinating. Sorry for being curious, but to those who have seen last night’s San Francisco Giants game against the Los Angeles Dodgers: Which salute have you rendered during the playing of our national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner”–the “heart-touching” (by “heart-touching”, I meant “hand-over-heart”) civillian salute or the Vulcan salute?

Well I just went see the movie today…
It is perfect…
Not gonna spoil anything, just perfect…

Hustler’s + Star Trek? Um, what?? Somethings just shouldn’t happen.

Yeah, you would would think they could find a model with the ramscoops, but oh well, you can still tell it’s the NCC-1701.

And what’s with that lithograph? It looks like a characture of the new Enterprise. Which looks like a characature to begin with.

Was that Miley Cyrus in the waiting room with Pegg? That must’ve been awkward…

11. I did. What’s up with that?

A new entry in the Path to 2409 timeline is up for 2387. This is the turning point. Frakkin’ awesome. Between Countdown and this, I’m jonesing for the movie even more.

Got tickets for a 12pm showing on the 6th at my local cinema, and I don’t mind admitting that I’m taking a day off work to indugle, the truth is that I’ve already booked more tickts for saturday too!

#16 – Troll

Can’t take Friday off, have midterms. Can’t take thursday off, have quizzes. *groan

Kimmel (or someone on his staff) seems to love Trek. Letterman apparently doesn’t.

A friend of mine here at work went to a special screening here in the UK last night. He was not too keen to go, but they were free so he went. He has never seen Trek before but was blown away. He loved it. He was buzzing so much this morning he had to come over and tell me. Now us mere mortals have to wait until next week. But this does bode well that someone who had no interest in seeing the film LOVED it. I cannot wait now.

MmmMmM!! Jenna Haze…. she is SOO fine! ,,mmm!

and that Pegg interview was great..he is scotty now.. they are.. the crew of the United Star Ship Enterprise.. this is so amazing..! :)

Who can ask for anymore?
Who can have more?

#29 – don’t do it!!! Nokia’s batteries suck to high heavens … or maybe it’s just my phone.

#29 – Get an iPhone instead. It’s 1,000 times better than that Nokia piece of garbage!

In the Friday Night with Ross clip, the clip of star trek they show is the first moment scotty is on the bridge. The clip where spock asks how they got aboard.

11, 15, 17, 18: Maybe they tried to toss the model and get a mid-air snapshot (an old fake UFO-shot trick). After several unsuccessful tries they abandoned the plan and made this picture :-)

Have my ticket in pocket, too. Will be there on Wed 05/06, 8pm Central European Time, wearing velour.

You know if paramount wanted do, they could have put all this money and time behind all the star trek movies, it makes me a little upset to see them promote this new movie and new cast like this, when they could have been doing all these promotions from the beginning.

Have tickets for May 8 and May 9, and am hosting big Star Trek party on the 9th. Woohoo! Bring it on!!!!

I have to laugh at the quantity and quality of the sets in that Hustler/Star Trek clip. They give James Cawley a run for his money! ;)

#34 – I now this ain’t time and place for this, but I have to say that actually the iPhone is the most overestimated phone EVER. Nokia 5800 is actually miles more advanced, and it’s not even a top spec model.

For anyone who missed Quinto on Letterman last night:


I wanna see Star Trek XXX in IMAX

Drive safe everyone, we’re so close to release and I don’t want anyone missing it!

Greenwood: I like him, his Pike seems a bit more ‘seasoned’ than Hunter’s. Keep in mind that Hunter/Pike was set in the ‘Horatio Hornblower’ mode, with Kirk nowhere in sight.

Now the character-arc is focused on Kirk and we don’t have to deal with Pike’s issues, so we get a more ‘Fatherly’ Pike.

Someone should mint some buttons that say, ‘I like Pike.’ :-)

Somehow… I do feel a bit sad, that the Movie is coming next week… all the time of waiting, anxiously and full of expectations, the joy of philosophising about the new movie and the waiting time, awaiting joyfully every bit of information, every picture and every trailer and that all with you together… we stood together against all the hatefull, all those that have forsaken the movie even months before they see it…
Yeah, I feel a bit sad that these times are going to end soon… for all this there is one quote that fits perfectly:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

Those idiots. Their sets and costumes look pretty good actually. And what’s his name isn’t a bad actor in that genre. But to think some people actually suggested him for Thor.

42. Julio

I wanna see Star Trek XXX in IMAX

LOL…me too!

45. My hat’s off to you: few people in the world have come to realize that much of the joy of an event is the anticipation of it. If Christmas were a surprise event, it wouldn’t be Christmas.

“Twas the night before Trek-movie, and all thing’s in order; tunic, Spock-ears and fully-charged tricorder…..”


Have fun!

While I thought that Newsweek’s article was entertaining. I am disappointed that a reputable news magazine could would display such a beat up model of the Enterprise, which is one of Trek’s most identifiable icons. Seriously, missing bussard collectors is one thing, but the grey duct tape that’s taking it too far.

Off with their heads :)

Anyway, I am in such a frenzy for May 8th! Let the countdown and the movie and episode marathons begin!

Heh, Evan Stone as the parody of Captain Kirk…