December 2009

Sci-Fi Movies Monday: Avatar, Clash of the Titans, Kick-Ass, Spider-Man 4, X-Men Origins: First Class + more

In Sci-Fi Movies this week, we’ll bring you up-to-date on the box office status of James Cameron’s Avatar, plus news on proposed sequels and the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release.  We’ve also got news on Clash of the Titans reshoots, Bryan Singer’s X-Men Origins: First Class, plus the latest trailers and images from Kick-Ass, Clash of the Titans, Iron Man 2, Inception and more, including the latest casting bites, images and videos.

Spork! A NSFW K/S Audio Edit

Since the 60s, fan fiction has been a big part of Star Trek fan culture. A popular subset of fanfic is ‘slash’ fiction, or romantic stories pairing two characters. Now a creative fan has taken this to a new level with an audio edit of the Star Trek 2009 audio book narrated by Zachary Quinto, which now tells a wholly different story. If you are into that kind of thing, you can listen below. NOTE this is not for everyone and is not safe for work.

Leonard Nimoy Joins Star Trek Online Voice Cast – Watch Behind The Scenes Nimoy Video

Today is turning out to be a busy day for STO news as we have a second (and very exciting) update. Star Trek’s original Spock Leonard Nimoy is joining the other Spock (Zachary Quinto) and lending his voice to the game. Atari has released a behind the scenes video of Nimoy recording for the game, which you can watch below.

STO Update: New Episode Trailer + More Klingon Gameplay Details

In the upcoming MMORPG "Star Trek Online" players don’t go on missions or quests, they partake in ‘episodes’, each of which is designed to feel like an episode from a Trek TV show. Today Atari has released a new video preview, which shows what this episodic gameplay will feel like. Catch that below, plus some more details on Klingon gameplay in STO.

VIDEO: Profile of the Sound of Star Trek 2009

One of the most celebrated parts of JJ Abrams new Star Trek movie is the sound. The Blu-ray for the movie has a great feature about the work of Academy Award winner Ben Burtt, but that covered just part of the sound of Star Trek. Now the sound obsessed site Soundworks has a great video profile on the sound of Star Trek including interviews with more of the sound team. See it below.

New Home Video Commercial Trumpets Return Of Star Trek

2009 was a big year for Star Trek and many feel is the year that Star Trek came back and was made cool again (although we always thought it was cool). This meme is the basis for a new TV commercial promoting the Star Trek on home video as a great holiday gift item. Check it out below, plus an overview of the year of Star Trek on home video.

Sci-Fi TV Saturday: Fringe, Lost, Chuck, True Blood, Caprica + more

In Sci-Fi TV this week we have some details on the upcoming final season of Lost", as well as the third season of NBC’s Chuck. Plus schedule changes for FOX’s Fringe and newcomer Human Target, and ABC’s Better Off Ted. All that and more, including Golden Globe nominations, the latest television ratings, casting bites, images and videos, including new Caprica previews.

First Details For Klingon Gameplay In Star Trek Online – Focus To Be On Player vs Player

The MMORPG Star Trek Online, which is to be released on February 2nd, will allow players to play characters in one of two factions, The Federation or the Klingon Empire. Most of the information released to date has focused on the Federation gameplay, but today Atari released the first details on the Klingon experience. Atari also released a number of new Klingon images from the game.

Star Trek Nominated For SAG Stunt Award + Wins LV Critics Awards + Still #4 in DVD Sales

Thursday brings more data on how JJ Abrams’ Star Trek movie is playing with both the industry community and the public at large. Star Trek has been nominated for one SAG award, and the Las Vegas Film Critics have handed Star Trek two awards. And in the mainstream we have the latest sales info on how well Star Trek is doing in home video.

Seth MacFarlane Still Wants To Do Star Trek Family Guy Parody Episode – Will Paramount Cooperate?

Seth MacFarlane’s animated FOX comedy Family Guy has long been rife with sci-fi references, which have culminated in doing full parody episodes remaking two Star Wars movies. And what movies does he want to do next? According to a new interview, MacFarlaine is still interested in taking on Star Trek, but will Paramount let him?  

Star Trek #2 Film For Austin Critics + #5 Twitter Movie Topic

Another day and some more award season activity for Star Trek. First up the Austin Film Critics Association has named JJ Abrams Star Trek as one of the top 10 films of the year, unfortunately a number of new city critics groups lists had no Star Trek. And out there in the mainstream, Twitter has relased their trending topics of the year and Star Trek is on that list too, more details below.

TrekInk: Review of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Fool’s Gold #1

After a long hiatus, the promenade is full of people again and Quark’s bar is open, offering watered-down drinks for exorbitant prices, beautiful Dabo girls, and lively conversation with Morn. Feels good, doesn’t it? IDW Publishing brings DS9 back to comics this week with the first issue of a new mini-series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Fool’s Gold. Spoilers ahead.

Sci-Fi Movies Tuesday: Avatar, Battle Angel, Fantastic Voyage, Harry Potter, Hobbit, Xerxes + more

The last Sci-Fi Movies before Avatar, and we’ve got the latest developments on the film, including Cameron’s interest in a sequel (or sequels).  Plus we have have new details on the 300 prequel Xerxes and the Harry Potter theme park, plus casting updates on The Hobbit (and a Blu-ray release date for The Lord of the Rings trilogy). All that and more, including the latest box office numbers, casting bites, images and videos.

Giacchino & Horner Nominated For Golden Globes – None For Star Trek [UPDATE: Cameron Praises Trek]

This morning the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominees for the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Unfortunately JJ Abrams Star Trek feature did not pick up any nods, not that it was expected. However, a couple Star Trek music vets did get nods. See below for more info plus some more award season analysis of Star Trek. [UPDATE: Avatar director James Cameron talks Trek]

Star Trek Revitalization (and JJ Abrams) Cited As Part Of Paramount Success Story

2009 has been a good year for Paramount Pictures. Thanks to winners like Star Trek, Transformers 2, Paranormal Activity and GI Joe the studio is ranked #2 with $1.5 B for the year, but with fewer films than any of its rivals. Today the New York Times takes a closer look at the studio and its chief Brad Grey, who gives an update on plans for JJ Abrams’ and Star Trek’s future.