Are there hidden messages in the new Star Trek movie, some fans think so and so JJ Abrams has actually replied to some in a new interview. See below for more, plus in our latest box office update, more Pine gossip, and links where some are taking some lessons from Star Trek. [UPDATE: Star Trek is adding more screens for third weekend]
Abrams responds to theories
In a new article at MTV, Star Trek director JJ Abrams responded to some theories and queries.
One theory involved the Beastie Boys song "Sabotage" and if that was some kind of dig at William Shatner (famous for pronunciation of Sabotage). Abrams says no:
"Yes, I have heard that theory," laughed Abrams. "It was so funny when I heard it. I wish I could say it was done on purpose, but it was not. I just dig the song."
Another more paranoid theory (that I haven’t even seen here at TrekMovie), is that the 60s era corvette diving into a ravine scene is some kind of mataphor for how they are ‘throwing old Trek off a cliff’. Again Abrams says no:
"I’m not sure if it was a ’66," Abrams said of the Corvette. "But that was also the year that I was born, so I wouldn’t want to do that to the year, for personal reasons. No, the idea was to show the renegade, young Kirk and have a wildly anachronistic scene where you had an earthbound, almost back-looking scene combined with a forward-looking futuristic scene technologically. It had nothing to do with that kind of metaphor."
Abrams also talks about if the film breaks with canon with Federation members recognizing Romulans and also discusses if the new USS Enterprise design can be linked to the attack on the Kelvin. Go to MTV for more.
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Box Office Update: Trek #1 on Wednesday
Yesterday Star Trek again bested Angels & Demons in domestic box office, taking the number one spot with $3.1M vs. $2.9M, which means Trek beat A&D in three of the six days since it opened last Friday. Star Trek continues to show legs in its second week, with 2nd week day to day performance better than last year’s long-legged hit Iron Man. With Terminator Salvation opening wide today and Night at the Museum 2 opening tomorrow, yesterday was certainly Trek’s last time at #1, but getting #3 over the Memorial Day weekend is possible. Star Trek’s total domestic gross now stands at $159M with a global gross of $231M.
UPDATE: More theaters adding Trek for its third weekend
In another sign that the film has legs, Star Trek is adding more theater screens. Even though two big movies are opening this weekend, Star Trek has upped its domestic theater count by 193 screens to 4,053 which is about the same or Night at the Museum 2 (4,096) and significantly more than Terminator 4 (3,530).
Pine Celeb Watch
The hookup between Chris Pine and The Hills star Audrina Partridge continues to be the obsession of the celebrity gossip set. Today US Magazine has an article all about it, quoting Hills co-star Lauren Conrad talking about how often Pine and Partridge are texting each other. And if you were wondering what kind of land vehicle captain Kirk gets around in, it is a Honda S2000, as can be seen in the latest Paparazzi images of Pine who can’t seem to go out for coffee without being followed by photographers.
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Star Trek teaching lessons?
The success of the new Star Trek film is now being seen as an object lesson. Just today there are two examples:
- Twin Cities Daily Planet: Minnesota progressives can lean a lot from Star Trek fans
- DaniWeb: What businesses could learn from the new Star Trek movie