Last weekend was the big Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, which was my third time. I had a lot of fun, but a big highlight was on the last night when Anthony from TrekMovie arranged for me to interview Jacob Kogan (on video). You can see that below and also a bit of my report from Star Trek Las Vegas 2009.
Star Trek composer Michael Giacchino is again being recognized for his talents, this time by the World Soundtrack Academy which has just announced their nominees for for their annual Soundtrack Awards. Giacchino has been nominated for Composer of the Year, for his work on Star Trek and other films.
Scott and David Tipton, assisted by David Messina and Federica Manfredi, continue their probe of Spock’s past this week, in IDW’s second issue of "Star Trek: Spock – Reflections." The comic arrives in stores Wednesday and TrekMovie has an early review (below).
Autumn and Winter 2009 brings many great Star Trek events, including the release of the new movie on DVD, Blu Ray editions of past favorites, the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and of course conventions! TrekMovie provides you a guide to some of the events occurring between now and December 31, 2009.
2009 is certainly a year which has Star Trek on the ascendancy. In this week’s Great Links, we can see more and more examples of how people are out there showing their love for the final frontier. Up this week we have a big time director, beautiful women, and a new TV show, all showing their love. If only we can get Takei and Shatner to share the love (more on that below too).
The big genre movie news this week in that Superman Returns helmer Bryan Singer is going to take on another big franchise, this time Battlestar Galactica. We have that, plus the first official image from Avatar, no Sigorney for the next Alien, Cato casting for Green Hornet, and much more, plus the latest trailers and images, including Fourth Kind and Surrogates.
Did you know that William Shatner’s favorite color is that of leaves changing? Truth. And while autumn is a month away, August’s return to school begins thoughts of the season. If the thought of "back to school" is depressing, then how about "Shat to school"? That’s right, the ShatWatch brings you the latest news on William Shatner and his own adventures sure to make you happy despite looming homework.
During VegasCon weekend, we took a break from our weekly genre news wrap-up articles, but we are back with a whole slew. In genre TV news this week, we have a big update on V, including a debut date, Details on the debut season of FlashFoward, Fringe Season 2, the Lost finale and much more, including the post-Bryan Fuller Heroes fallout. So dive in below.
As things get closer and closer to the beta test starting later this year, things seem to be moving at a faster pace with Star Trek Online. This week we have a report from Cryptic’s demo at the Las Vegas Con, plus more game details, a new ship, a new screenshot and the latest ‘path to 2409’ backstory, and more.
Next week IDW delves deeper into Spock’s past with their second issue of Spock Reflections, which is kind of a prequel to Star Trek Countdown. And lucky for you we have an exclusive five-page preview below, along with a look at the upcoming limited edition Star Trek Countdown hard cover.
Another new interview with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman has emerged mostly focusing on Fringe, but straying into the next Star Trek as well. The pair talked a bit more about linking the next two films, but dismissed the idea that they could be filmed back to back. Details below.
The Official Star Trek Magazine has put together an awesome sweepstakes with loads of Star Trek merchandise up for grabs. There are four prize bundles plus some runner up prizes, with the Grand Prize worth over $1800. See below for more details and info on entering, plus a quick preview of the next issue of the Magazine.
The Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas came to an end on Sunday, with the biggest stars of the original Kirk and Spock (William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy. plus the new new Spocks (Zachary Quinto and Jacob Kogan). And of course much of the talk was about the new movie, including an update on what Shatner thinks of it. We have a full detailed report with tons of pictures below.
Yesterday Chris Pine attended the Hollywood Foreign Press Associations Annual Lunch, where he accepted a charity check for the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. While there he talked a bit about Star Trek, including the next one. See video of that, plus photos from the event below.
There are occasionally Star Trek items under the radar, released with little fanfare or promotion, and this is certainly true of the new CD "The Music of Star Trek" performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra from Silva America. TrekMovie brings all the details in this review of what is an excellent addition to Trek music aficionado collections.
With the exception of Khan, whose life has been chronicled in several novels, we don’t usually get to learn more about Star Trek’s movie villains than what’s presented on film. This week, we visit with Captain Nero of the Romulan mining ship Narada, after a particularly bad day in a black hole, courtesy of IDW Publishing, with their first issue of the Star Trek Nero mini-series. See our early review below.
In what is becoming a new tradition for the annual Star Trek Las Vegas Convention, Manny Coto and Brannon Braga held a well-attended panel in the main ballroom to talk to the fans about their time as writers and producers on Star Trek, with a focus on Star Trek Enterprise, but also some discussion of the new movie, and their current series.
Saturday at the Creation Star Trek Convention was just jammed pack with Star Trek celebrities. The day included a number of guest actors from the Star Trek feature films, including Christopher LLoyd, as well as stars from all eras of Trek, with George Takei, Linda Park and a whole panel of Voyager stars. We have the full breakdown below with pics, including a report from the evening events.
On Friday we reported that there was a new art of the Star Trek movie book coming in November, just in time for the release of the film on DVD and Blu-ray. Today Titan Books sent us some more detailed information on the coffe-table book, along with a high resolution version of the cover.
Star Trek scribes Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman have another sequel update from the TCA event this week (promoting Fringe). Regarding the Trek sequel, they corrected Zoe Saldana’s recent estimate that the script was ‘half done’, again noting they haven’t started yet. They also talked about the balance of new stories vs elements of TOS, writing with Lindelof and more. Details below .
The Creation Entertainment official Star Trek Convention was back Friday with DS9 and Enterprise panels, Brent Spiner, Bob Picardo and Ethan Phillips performing, and a number of stars remembering Majel Barrett-Roddenberry. Stars talked about everything from the art of film, to the acting abilities of Spot the cat, to behind the scenes stories. We have a full report of the day (and final Star Trek showing) with pictures below.
Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman were at the Television Critics Association annual Fall preview event this week to talk about Fringe, but of course the Star Trek sequel came up to. In a new brief interview, the pair gave an update on where they are at with the next Star Trek, details below.
The Creation Entertainment official Star Trek Convention kicked off on Thursday in Las Vegas with a lot of Klingons, TNG heavyweights Michael Dorn and Jonathan Frakes, and a number of Trek guest stars, including some convention first timers. The day ranged from debating new Star Trek movie, to singing, behind the scenes scoops. We have a full report of the day (and evening party) with pictures below.
Many fans have been asking "Will there be an ‘art book for the new movie?" Today, TrekMovie has the answer, and it is "yes!" "Star Trek: The Art of the Film" was made available for pre-order today, and is due in stores just in time for the Blu-ray and DVD release of Star Trek. More info below.
JJ Abrams is ramping things up for another big franchise at Paramount, with news just announced that he has hired writers for a fourth Mission Impossible film, with Abrams on board to co-produce with Tom Cruise. Like the next Star Trek film, Mission: Impossible: IV is aimed for a 2011 release.
Next week IDW kicks off a brand new series with "Star Trek: Nero," their first comic set in the new Star Trek 2009 movie timeline. Written by the same team that brought you Star Trek Countdown, Nero tells you the story of the Romulan’s lost years, during the Star Trek movie. And TrekMovie has the exclusive preview!
The official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas kicks off today, with fans streaming into the Las Vegas Hilton on Wednesday. Below are photos from some of the set-up and prelim work, plus pictures from the Wednesday night meet-up, which included some celebrity guests.
The last bit of details on the Fall Star Trek home video titles has been revealed with the full press release for Star Trek Season Two on Blu-ray. The set will have some very interesting bits, including HD versions of TAS and DS9 ‘Tribble’ episodes. Full details below.
This week’s Great Links is all about the conflict of the franchises, with Star Trek taking on all comers. First we have another one of those 100 Best Sci-Fi lists (with some Trekness of course), then we have early voting on the best of 2009, another flare-up in the Star Wars v Star Trek war, and then some signs that the end of the war may be in sight.
IDW’s second Alien Spotlight comic book series is back, and this time the Tipton brothers are on board, bringing us an issue all about Q. Seen in his natural environment, how will Q survive? Read our review to find out. Plus the fifth and final alien for the series has been announced.