We have been talking about it for year’s and now Bob and Alex have finally explained how they would have fit William Shatner into Star Trek. We also have the latest on Trek’s good box office performance, TOS stars talking about ST09 stars, and more tidbits, including a new augmented reality site and a Star Trek parody comic strip .
Bob and Alex Describe Shatner scene [spoilers]
We all know the saga of the Shatner and the new Star Trek movie. After all the hemming and hawing, screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman wrote a cameo scene, but in the end JJ Abrams chose to not to offer it to Mr. Shatner. But now Bob and Alex have described the scene to MTV.
Original Trek Stars weigh in
Speaking of the old guard, People magazine has a great ‘where are they now’ piece all about the original cast of Star Trek. Each living cast member is profiled and all provide a quote about what they think of the actor who is playing their character. Here is what Shatner had to say about Pine:
My impression of Chris Pine is that it’s perfect casting. He’s young and he’s handsome and he will be rich.
Star Trek’s Money Monday
One of the big tests for the new Star Trek film is if it will have ‘legs’, meaning if it can sustain itself through the summer and today we got the first indication that it can. After a stronger than expected weekend, yesterday Star Trek brought in $7.5M domestically, which is pretty good for a Monday. Comparing this to other first Mondays: Wolverine had $5.5M and Trek’s ‘benchmark’ film, Batman Begins had $6.6M. So far Trek has brought in $86.7M domestically.
Yesterday Paramount issue a statement regarding the strong word of mouth and performance of the film over the weekend. Paramount Rob Moore stated:
The spike over our initial estimates on Mother’s Day demonstrates that the combination of strong reviews and solid word-of-mouth contributed to better than anticipated attendance by families yesterday, confirming our belief that ‘Star Trek’ has a broad, multi-generational appeal.
Verizon’s Augmented Reality Site
Last week we pointed to an ‘augmented reality’ site from Paramount called experience-the-enterprise.com. Now Verizon is getting into the virtual 3d webcam fun with http://www.joinstarfleetacademy.com/discover. Here is a video showing off what you can do at the new site.
Star Trek: The Parody Comic Strip
MotionPictureComics is a movie-parody web-com and this week they began a new strip all about JJ Abrams new Star Trek movie. So far they have two strips up, but they tell TrekMovie they will have ‘a few weeks of fun’ with the film.
Star Trek V Romulan Blogs Trek
Do you remember Cynthia Gouw? She played the Romulan Ambassador Caithlin Dar in Star Trek V. The actress and former model is now the host of Philly.com’s SnapGlow.TV, a show ‘celebrating the glamour of real Philadelphia women’. And she has written a blog titled "I too am a Romulan Relic" about the new Star Trek movie and her time shooting William Shatner’s Final Frontier opus.
Gouw -then and now
More bite sized chunks of Star Trek
- ReelzChannel Movie Mob assesses Star Trek
Thanks to Steve & Joshua