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)
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. And by buying your tickets from Fandango, you are supporting TrekMovie.com. For locations that don’t have tickets available through Fandango, try movietickets.com.
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:
Even more Star Trek stuff for you:
- Fortean Times (the World of Strange Phenomenon) has a whole new special Star Trek section
- Millimeter Magazine has great article on the making of Star Trek, down to what lenses were used
- Newsweek Magazine has sent us a high resolution version of their cover for this week’s Star Trek issue (see below)
Thanks to James, Greg, Jack and others tipsters