The big news this week is today’s $4B purchase of Marvel Entertainment by Disney, details below. Also in our weekly genre movie news wrap-up we cover some Batman and Underworld rumors, find out what is next for District 9, and report troubles for Green Lantern and Green Hornet. Plus all the latest trailers and images, including 2012, Zombieland and more.
We are many months away from finding out if the Oscars will be tapping the new Star Trek movie, but today Spike TV announced the nominees for their 4th Annual Scream Awards and Star Trek leads the way with a total of 17 nods.
The big event for Star Trek books this Fall will finally delve into a major point in Federation history. The trade paperback of Michael A. Martin’s "Star Trek: Enterprise – The Romulan War: Beneath The Raptor’s Wing" comes out in October and TrekMovie has an exclusive excerpt below.
The fall TV season is almost here and there is a lot to talk about with genre shows, including big casting news for Dollhouse, Chuck and Heroes. We also have details on the upcoming seasons of Supernatural and Smallville, a production hold on V, and tons of preview images and videos from Defying Gravity, Doctor Who, Warehouse 13, Clone Wars and more.
In November JJ Abrams new Star Trek movie comes out on DVD and Blu-ray, but there will also be additional special editions. We have already announced the Best Buy Blu-ray Gift set with badges and today it was announced Amazon will have a special limited edition Blu-ray set which comes with an Enterprise replica model. TrekMovie has exclusive details and high res images below.
Reading Rainbow, the PBS children’s show that Star Trek The Next Generation’s LeVar Burton hosted since 1983, airs for the last time today. The show that won two dozen Emmys will end up being the third longest series in PBS history.
Welcome back to Science Friday! This week we bring you a new needle-free hypospray device, solar cell paint, how to make your own black hole (no red matter needed!), and 40 million-year-old iridescence. All this and more plus our gadget of the week: The flying chair trick! And, yes, that is a real picture of a CHAIR IN SPACE!
A round of layoffs this week at Simon and Schuster resulted in the departure of Star Trek books editor Margaret Clark. The move was a part of a workforce reduction by the publisher, driven by lagging profits in the publishing industry. Even though this is the second layoff of a Star Trek editor in the last year, Simon & Schuster says they are committed to Star Trek going forward. More details below, plus a preview of Spring 2010 Trek books.
The new Star Trek movie has inspired so much, and now apparently it may help bring back the Ghostbusters. Star Trek is also inspiring the producers of Warehouse 13 who have gone three episodes in a row with Trek refs. We have video of that below, plus Star Trek 2009 on anime trial, Kirk v Alien and Wof as you have never seen him.
Before the day is over, TrekMovie wants to make sure we give a shout out to the new Captain Kirk and wish him a happy birthday. Chris Pine turns 29 today. In other Pine related news we have a quick update on the release of his next movie Carriers, coming out next weekend.
Star Trek The Exhibition, the traveling museum exhibit of Star Trek history, is headed to the Silicon Valley. Today The Tech Museum in San Jose, CA announced it will be hosting ST: The Exhibition starting October 23rd, and this ‘engagement’ will be the biggest ever and also include elements of the new Star Trek movie. Details below.
No one spent more time with the Star Trek franchise than Rick Berman, who was a producer from the pilot of Next Generation through to the finale of Enterprise, overseeing the franchise for most of that time. In a (very) long 2006 interview now available online, Berman gives an oral history of his time on Trek and talks its rise, fall and rise again, as well as his legacy. You can watch it below and/or read some of the bullet-point highlights and key quotes.
TNT’s heist show Leverage is no stranger to Star Trek, earlier this year TrekMovie talked to Jonathan Frakes about an episode he directed with some Trek vet guest stars. The show also makes regular Star Trek references. This week it has both, with Wil Wheaton coming on for a guest spot. TrekMovie participated in a conference call and talked to the actor about what it was like playing a geek on Leverage (big stretch!).
This Fall continues to shape up to be huge with regards to Star Trek on home video with a ton of releases already announced and Paramount and CBS just added two new ‘Best of’ DVDs (TOS & TNG). We also have revised art for the Season 2 TOS Blu-ray and some clarifying details on the HD DS9 and TAS episodes in that release. Finally we have a guide to all the upcoming Trek home video releases.
Today we get the first look at how Christopher Nolan will follow-up his Dark Knight, with the new Inception. Elsewhere in genre movie news we have the Hobbit casting news, details on Bruce Willis’ Surrogates, an update on the next two Spider-man movies, and all the latest images and trailers, including the first trailer from The Wolfman .
The last few days have been a flurry activity for some of the Star Trek celebrities, starting off with Simon Pegg tapped to star in the next John Landis movie. We also check in on the latest projects and appearances for Leonard Nimoy, Levar Burton, and Anton Yelchin. So dive into the celeb pool.
27 years ago Nick Meyer’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, set the standard for Star Trek movies that is still the pinnacle today. That began a decade long relationship for Meyer with the franchise, which he writes about in his new memoir "The View From the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood." See below for our review
The biggest fan run convention is DragonCon in Atlanta, and every Labor Day weekend they have an impressive dedicated ‘TrekTrak’. This year is no exception with a huge line-up of Trek celebs including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Kate Mulgrew and Patrick Stewart. Plus there are a number of Trek related activities and panels and more celebs, details below.
The genre TV news is coming in fast now that Fall season is coming soon. We have big updates with previews on what is next for Fringe, Smallville, Stargate Universe, Heroes, FlashForward, Caprica and more. Plus more video and images from upcoming epsidoes of your favorite shows, including Eureka, Venture Brothers and many more.
This week the Library Computer reviews the second Deep Space Nine novel in a row from Pocket Books, Una McCormack’s “The Never Ending Sacrifice”. This isn’t the first Star Trek novel to find a genesis in an episode of one of the series, but it certainly isn’t like any Star Trek novel that has ever come before.
This week while he was helping "Save the Arcades" Zachary Quinto gave an update on his latest projects and also talked about the next Star Trek, including talking a little Shatner and Khan, but he appeared to be noting that the film is not in a hurry. Details below, plus some TrekMovie analysis on the decisions remaining for the Star Trek sequel.
Science Friday is back after a crazy week at the Las Vegas convention (and then one more week to recover)! Get ready for a jam packed edition full of SETI discoveries, movies in magazines, invading slimy creatures, touchable holography, and Carolyn Porco wanting in to the next Star Trek movie! All this and more plus our gadget of the week: The iPhone Dino Dock!
Karl Urban is going from Bones to Bloodsucker as he has just been cast as the villain in Screen Gem’s post-apocalyptic horror thriller Priest, where he will be playing the leader of a band of vampires. Details below, plus some video of Karl doing a hip hop dare, all in the name of charity.
IDW, the publishers of Star Trek comics, are headed back the the 24th century with a new Next Generation mini-series starting in November. "Star Trek: Ghosts" will be set during the run TNG and brings a new writer and artist. We have details on that below, along with all the other details for IDW’s Star Trek plans for November.
Star Trek’s origininal Sulu, George Takei, is in Philladelphia today, promoting an event at the Star Trek: The Exhibition at the Franklin Institute, and he appeared on a local morning show to talk Trek history. While there, they ended up quizzing him on Star Trek sound effects, see the video below to find out how he did.
Usually we wait until our weekend sci-fi wrapups for new genre trailers, but this morning was the highly anticipated debut of the teaser trailer for what is being touted as a ‘game changing’ new 3D sci-fi movie, Avatar from James Cameron (The Terminator, Titantic, Aliens). The film features Star Trek’s Zoe Saldana, who plays a CGI created character.
Another day and another accolade for a member of the new Star Trek team. This Friday Star Trek co-writer Roberto Orci is being honored by the Imagen Foundation at their 23rd annual awards honoring contributions of Latinos to the entertainment industry. Bob spoke to Variety about the honor, details below.
Celebrities, including many Trek celebrities, have got involved with many causes over the years, including getting behind saving endangered species. They even made a whole Trek movie about saving the whales! So it is with a grand tradition that the new Spock today stood up to save something that is truly in danger…video arcades
This week Cryptic went all the way to Germany to show off their upcoming MMORPG, Star Trek Online. While there they showed off a promotional video of the game showing space and ground footage. Video shot off screen from that is now online, check it out below. Interestingly. the famed (and legally controversial) Guardian of Forever is featured in the video.
Today August 19th is a special day for Star Trek, as it is the birthday for Jonathan Frakes. Star Trek The Next Generation’s Cmdr. William Riker is 57 years young. Today would also have been the 88th birthday of the Great Bird of the Galaxy himself, Gene Roddenberry.