Issue 23 of the official Star Trek magazine is all about celebrating the 30th anniversary of Star Trek The Motion Picture. We have excerpts from interview with Walter Koenig and producer John Povill, plus a look at the covers and some of the spreads inside. Check it all out below.
Today the "Long Lists" for the 2010 Orange British Academy Film Awards has been released, and Star Trek is on ten of them. There are also indications that Star Trek is one of the top vote getters in a couple of categories, which indicates it is at least likely to end up with a couple number of nominations for the BAFTAs.
There is a lot of buzz about the launch of Star Trek Online, the massive multiplayer role playing game coming out next month, but a new interview reveals that just a few years ago (ex-Star Trek licensee) Bethesda had discussed developing a big single player Star Trek role playing game, set in the TOS era with Shatner voice acting even. Find out more below.
According to the producers of the new Star Trek movie, the toughest role to cast was James T. Kirk. Who could step into such iconic shoes and make the role their own? Since his debut as Kirk, Chris Pine has received high praise from critics and fans alike. And when you see the photos below, you can see that he is taking his work home with him.
The message of Star Trek since its beginning has been one of supporting the ‘infinite diversity’ of democracy, through the Federation. However, today the people have spoken, and apparently they love teen vampires. The Star Trek movie was nominated for five People’s Choice Awards, which were handed out tonight, but came away empty handed.
Another day and another bit of award season news for JJ Abrams Star Trek. Today it was announced that Star Trek is on the final short list of films for a possible Visual Effects Academy Award. Paramount has also started a new online "For Your Consideration Campaign", and finally we have a reminder on the People’s Choice Awards, airing tonight.
The following has no direct link to Star Trek, but is about that other big Star franchise, Star Wars (which most of us are fans of as well). George Lucas was a guest on last night’s Daily Show with John Stewart, who did some fanboy grilling of the producer/director. Lucas had an interesting perspective on some of the nitpicking, and made some points which could apply to Star Trek as well.
Star Trek’s new Spock, Zachary Quinto, made our Top 2009 celebrity Stories List for his viral videos, and this week a new one from his friend Tyler Shields was released. Quinto appears with a number of other celebs, as well as a Stormtrooper, Mickey Mouse and all sorts of weirdness. Watch it below [note: video contains adult themes and imagery]
In this week’s Sci-Fi Movies, we’ve got the latest updates on the record-breaking box office run of James Cameron’s Avatar, plus new details on a deleted scene to be included on the DVD / Blu-ray release. There’s also news this week on a new director for the Dune remake, as well as positive movement on production for Ghostbusters 3, ‘Captain America‘, The Thing and Cowboys & Aliens. All that and more, including the latest casting bites, images and videos.
Patrick Stewart may be a knight, but Star Trek’s first captain, William Shatner, is still the king of all media, and he will prove that again in February when he returns to the ring to host WWE Raw. Details below, plus TrekMovie puts the smackdown on The Shat’s history with wrestling.
We are now less than a month away from the release of the MMORPG "Star Trek Online" Open Beta starts in a week, but if you want to get a jump we have 50 more beta keys to give away (details below). Plus Atari has given us a new preview to show off and there are more links for you to check out to get up to speed on STO.
The NBC show Heroes is well known for its Star Trek and pop culture references, often coming from the teleporting/time-traveling fanboy character Hiro, played by Masi Oka. But during one of last night’s two hours of Heroes, the Hiro character went sci-fi reference crazy, literally.
This morning the Producers Guild of America announced the nominees for the best produced motion picture of 2009, and in another franchise first. JJ Abrams Star Trek was on the list, along with two other sci-fi films (a PGA first). The PGA nomination is a major step towards a possible Oscar nomination for Best Picture.
The knighting of Patrick Stewart this past week has garnered much international attention. While an officer of the fictional Starfleet since 1987, Stewart is now an Officer of the British Empire and has the title of "Sir." Some of those talking about Stewart’s knighthood were his TNG co-stars via Twitter.
Later this week the annual Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas. And visitors to the Dolby Booth will be able get their pictures taken the new Star Trek 2009 movie captain’s chair. Plus you can party with LeVar Burton and Brent Spiner. Details below.
Last night, once again, the animated FOX comedy Family Guy included a Star Trek reference. This one was a Next Generation call out that may be a bit obscure for the mainstream, but shows again that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is a Trekkie. You can watch it below.
Sci-Fi TV is back after a short break and although news is still a bit light due to the holiday, we’ve got the latest on your favorite sci-fi programming, including LOST (S6 details and a contest), Fringe (details on the unaired season one episode set to air next weekl), Chuck (star Zachary Levi on his character’s transition to action-hero) and Doctor Who, which saw the end of David Tennant’s run as the Doctor. All that and more, including the latest television ratings, casting bites, images and videos.
One of the cooler features of the home video release of the 2009 Star Trek movie was the inclusion of a ‘digital copy’ on the Blu-ray and 2-disk DVD editions. However, some have been having problems getting this feature to work. Paramount is aware of the situation and have put out a message that they are working on it with some guidance on how you can get yours to work.
You have have seen the multi-city tour for Star Wars: In Concert, but there is actually a (smaller) Star Trek tour also going on. "Star Trek: The Music," hosted by Bob Picardo and John DeLancie, has been performed by a number of orchestras in North America since 2007. The next stop is next week in Calgary, Alberta. Details below, plus a guide to more January Star Trek events.
Today is a day for college football bowl games, and that means half time shows. What does this have to do with Star Trek? Well one of the signs of the impressive return of Star Trek to the mainstream in 2009, was the music of Star Trek being played by marching bands at college and high school football games. Below we have some of the examples from this season.