October 2009

Sci-Fi Movies Monday: The Avengers, The Hobbit, Iron Man 2, Green Lantern, Spider-Man 4, X-Men + more

In Sci-Fi Movies this week, we’ve got updates on several of the X-Men franchise films (including, Wolverine 2, First Class, Deadpool and Magneto), an update on Spider-Man 4 by director Sam Raimi, news of Green Lantern pulling production out of Australia, Jon Favreau talking Iron Man 2 (and why he’s not directing The Avengers), Roland Emmerich on the possibility of an ID4 sequel and more, including box office numbers and the latest casting bites, images and videos.

Star Trek The Exhibition Opens In Los Angeles + Opening In San Jose This Friday

The two ‘engagements’ of Star Trek: The Exhibition have been traveling the country for the last year, and this month both of them have landed in California. The first opened in Hollywood last weekend, and on Friday the second opens in San Jose. We have photos from the Hollywood engagement below, plus details on the opening in San Jose, where George Takei is going to help kick it off.

Star Trek Takes Home Top Spike Scream Awards – Shatner Makes Surprise Appearance [UPDATED

The Spike Scream Awards were taped in Los Angeles Saturday night (to air Tuesday October 27th). The new Star Trek movie started the night with the most nominations and walked away with a few awards, including the top prize of "Ultimate Scream" as well as Best Sci-Fi Film. And in a surprise, William Shatner appeared on stage to pick up one of Trek’s awards. Details and photos below.  [UPDATE: Full list of Trek’s six wins]

Sci-Fi TV Saturday: Dollhouse, FlashForward, Fringe, Heroes, V + more

In Sci-Fi TV this week, there’s confirmation from Fox that they will air all 13 episodes of Dollhouse this season, extended details on the pilot episode of V and possible casting news relating to original series star Jane Badler, Leonard Nimoy returning to Fringe, a rumored major death on Heroes and more, including the latest television ratings, casting bites, images and videos.

Star Trek Sequel Writers Planning For 2012 Release

Earlier this week TrekMovie reported that, based on the Paramount’s release slate and the schedules of the filmmakers, the chances of a Star Trek sequel in 2011 were shrinking. Now comes the first (sort of) confirmation of this, with comments from screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman made at the Screenwriting Expo held in Los Angeles this week. More details below

Kurtzman, Orci & Lindelof Talk Abrams & Star Trek Collaboration

They have been referred to here as the current ‘Supreme Court’ of Star Trek, but the collaboration between JJ Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman goes far beyond the final frontier. Today’s Variety has a lengthy feature on Abrams team and how they have come together to create projects that are at the top of the Hollywood buzz list, including some insights into the process of creating the new Star Trek movie. Excerpts below.

Science Friday: Reality Is Stranger Than Fiction Edition

Kayla is still in mourning over LCROSS, so this week your humble editor will take a crack at Science Friday with a look at a few events over the last week, which show that reality can be stranger than fiction, even science fiction. We got a real space ribbon, a seeming alien attack in the skies of Moscow, and insectoid robots. Plus, only in sci-fi would someone pay $300 for a fan.

Watch Big Bang Theory Wheaton Episode Promo + Wil’s TNG Memoir Released

The nerdy hit CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory is always good for a Star Trek reference, but next Monday they will be stepping up a notch as Wil Wheaton guest stars, playing himself. Today CBS released a promo, and you can check that out below. In other Wheaton news, Wil has releases the first volume of his TNG memoir "Memories of the Future", details below.

Nichelle Nichols Talks Kirk Kiss, Roddenberry Relationship & New Film ‘The Torturer’

The original Uhura, Nichelle Nichols stars in a new impendent film, The Torturer. The actress talked about that film as well as Star Trek’s interracial kiss, her relationship with Gene Roddenberry and more. You can listen to the interview for more and see a trailer for the movie.  Plus we have an update and the trailer for Cabonauts, the upcoming webshow starring Nichols.    

Takei Suggests Ending Shatner Feud On Howard Stern Show [UPDATED]

Over the last couple of years the feud between Original Series stars William Shatner and George Takei has really heated up, spilling into mainstream media. Recently there was some talk of George appearing on Bill’s Raw Nerve TV show for a hatchet burying episode, however Takei says he wants to do it on neutral ground, namely the Howard Stern Show. See below for video of Takei making his suggestion.   

Library Computer: Review of Star Trek Enterprise: The Romulan War: Beneath The Raptor’s Wing

Next week Simon & Schuster releases its big trade paperback "Star Trek Enterprise: The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor’s Wing." This book should be of interest to both fans of Enterprise, as well as those who want to learn more about a conflict we first heard about during The Original Series. Today we have an an early review which is extensive, befitting this extra-long trade paperback.  

Orci & Kurtzman Q&A On Star Trek, DVD/Blu-ray, Writing Process & Sequel

Last week we put up a partial transcript of the Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman Q&A from the Paramount Home Video press event promoting the upcoming Star Trek DVD & Blu-ray releases. That focused on the sequel and other projects. Today we have the rest of the Q&A, with discussions of the Star Trek movie, the DVD & Blu-ray, their writing process, and a bit more on the sequel as well.

Playmates Toys Expanding Star Trek Line To Original Series + More Movie Toys For 2010

One of the great things about toys and collectibles is that they help make the wait between movies (and television shows…you listening CBS?) more tolerable. Playmates Toys, which returned to the franchise with Star Trek movie toys in April, and has a 2nd wave coming soon, has announced plans to expand their Trek offerings with new types of toys, and they are also adding Original Series figures as well. First details below.

Ron Moore Decries Star Trek Technobabble

The Star Trek franchise, especially in the TNG era, is well known for its scientific and engineering dialiog, often referred to as ‘technobabble’. Recently when speaking at the New York Television Festival, veteran Star Trek writer/producer and Battlestar Galactica co-creator, Ron Moore spoke about how he became “frustrated” with this aspect of Trek. Watch video of Moore talking tech below.

Chris Pine To Be Next Jack Ryan + Cho’s FlashForward Gets Full Season Order

Star Trek’s Captain Kirk Chris Pine is about to take over another famous movie character. Late last night it was confirmed that Pine has been picked for a different Paramount franchise, playing the Tom Clancy character Jack Ryan, the CIA analyst at the heart of four previous feature films. Also, in other Star Trek cast member news, John Cho’s FlashForward has been signed for a full season at ABC.

Video of JJ Abrams From Last Week’s Star Trek Home Video Press Event

Last week Star Trek director JJ Abrams conducted a Q&A at a press event promoting the upcoming Star Trek DVD and Blu-ray releases. TrekMovie posted a partial transcript, which covered what JJ said, not related to the home video releases. Video from the event is now available online, which includes poritions related to the DVD and Blu-ray releases (which was previously under media embargo). Watch it below 

New Paramount Film Deals For JJ Abrams & Chris Pine – Is There Still Time For Star Trek Sequel in 2011?

The two captain’s of this year’s Star Trek movie have been working even more deals at Paramount in recent days. The trades are reporting that Star Trek producer/director JJ Abrams has put yet another film into development, with a $2M script purchase. Plus, Chris Pine is now in talks to star in a new Paramount drama directed by DJ Carauso. Details below.   

Jolene Blalock Joins Cast of ‘Legend of the Seeker’ + More Star Trek CelebWatch

Jolene Blalock, Star Trek Enterprise’s T’Pol, is returning to TV in a recurring role on the syndicated fantasy show Legend of the Seeker. The actress begins shooting this week, more details below. Plus we catch up on more Star Trek celebrity news, with interviews and the latest from Patrick Stewart, George Takei, Kate Mulgrew, Alexander Siidig, William Shatner and more.   

First Impressions Of Star Trek Movie Blu-Ray (+ Navigation Screenshots)

This week Paramount held a press event promoting their upcoming releases for the fall, including Q&A’s with Star Trek director JJ Abrams (see report), and writers Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman (see report). Paramount Home Entertainment also gave a demo of some of the features on the Star Trek Blu-ray release. See below for first thoughts and some iPhone snaps of the navigation screens.

Watch Full Video From Art Director’s Guild Tribute To Star Trek

Two weeks ago the Art Directors Guild held an event in Hollywood celebrating the designs of Star Trek from The Original Series to the new JJ Abrams movie. On hand were production designers from Trek’s history. We previously reported with some pictures and quotes, but now video from the entire event is available online. See below for a breakdown and links to each part of the event.

The Collective: Hallmark and Kurt Adler Gearing Up For Star Trek Christmas 2009

Hallmark and Kurt Adler have announced new items sure to Trekify your winter celebration experiences. Starting October 10th, the second round of Star Trek Keepsake Ornaments from Hallmark are available during the "Ornament Debut Weekend" at local Hallmark stores, and Kurt Adler continues its Star Trek line with statues, lights, stockings, and Christmasy figures.

Science Friday: LCROSS Impact Update + more

This week in Science Friday, read about this morning’s LCROSS impact of the moon, which happened this morning at 4:31 AM (PDT). Also learn how we can use all that newly discovered moon water for astronauts, the newest huge infrared discovery around Saturn, and some freaky glowing mushrooms. All this and more plus our gadget of the week: the Cupcake Cars!

Happy Birthday, Scott Bakula (& Belated Happy Birthday To Avery Brooks)

Today is the birthday of Star Trek Enterprise’s Captain Archer, Scott Bakula. The actor is 55 years young. Since leaving the 22nd century in 2005 the actor has kept busy, including working on the stage, TV, and film and he even has a new TV show coming in December (Men of a Certain Age). We also are extending a belated birthday greeting to Avery Brooks, Captain Sisko of Deep Space Nine. 

Orci & Kurtzman On Star Trek Sequel, Fringe, Cowboys & Aliens & more + Pair Producing Hawaii Five-0 Reboot

In addition to JJ Abrams (see previous story), writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman were also on hand at the Paramount Home Video press day. The pair took a lot of questions about the Star Trek sequel as well as their other projects, and we have full details on all of it below. Plus there is some late breaking news that the pair are producing a new Hawaii Five-0.