Star Trek’s Zoe Saldana’s star continues to rise after 2009, especially now with her work in James Cameron’s Avatar. It is that work that has both the New York Times Magazine cover story and a new Los Angeles Times feature buzzing about her. Details below. Plus photos and news from Fashion week in New York, to bringing relief to Haiti in another ‘ZoeWatch.’
In Sci-Fi TV this week we start off with a ‘report card’ on what genre shows are coming back, cancelled or ‘on the bubble’. We also have big casting news for both Lost and Fringe (Nimoy!) and more genre show updates. Plus lots of new images and video previews for your favorite shows, including a new Doctor Who Season sneak peek.
Another day and another Awards show. The Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) were held tonight in London. Star Trek was up for two awards, but did not prevail. However, Star Trek’s Michael Giacchino won another award for his Up score. More details, plus full Star Trek Award Season scorecard below.
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane regularly shows his love for Star Trek with the regular references to Trek on his shows, including the most recent episode of Family Guy. Seth was a guest on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, where (on request) he gave a near-perfect (and very Shatner-esque) recitation of a Captain Kirk speech. Watch it below.
Taking a break for Trek news, there is something serious to report. Walter Koenig’s son Andrew (who also appeared in an episode of DS9) has been missing since February 14th. Friends have been trying to track him down through Facebook and Twitter, but so far he has not been spotted. He was last seen in Vancouver a week ago, details below and info on how you can help.
[UPDATED] The 2009 Star Trek movie was up for honors at two different guild award shows being held tonight. First up was the WGA Awards, where Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman unfortunately failed to win for their Star Trek script. And it was the same story at the the MPSE Golden Reel Awards were Star Trek sound editors lost out in three categories. Full details below.
CBS hit show Big Bang Theory is firmly established as the nerdiest comedy on TV. The show about a group of Cal Tech scientists is rife with sci-fi references, and early this season they hit an apex when Star Trek The Next Generation’s Wil Wheaton appeared (playing a rather evil version himself) taking on the shows breakout character Sheldon. Now comes news that Sheldon’s nemesis is coming back.
Species 8472 is back. Now called the ‘Undine’, the Borg butt-kicking tripods from from fluidic space have stepped from Star Trek: Voyager to the Star Trek Online massive multiplayer game. Atari have provided us with video, images and intel reports below.
William Shatner, Star Trek’s original Captain Kirk, may be headed back to series television. Shatner has been cast as titular lead in the comedy pilot "Shit My Dad Says", which is actually based on the popular Twitter account of the same name, more details below.
Today the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has announced the nominations for the 36th Annual Saturn Awards. JJ Abrams Star Trek movie picked up a total of 6 nominations, including Best Science Fiction Film. And TOS Star Trek movies picked up a DVD nomination as well. We have all the details below, including the full list of Saturn nominations.
Next week IDW releases the penultimate of issue of "Star Trek The Next Generation: Ghosts," written by Zander Cannon. TrekMovie has the exclusive five page preview of TNG Ghosts #4 below.
Many comparisons have been made about President Obama and Star Trek’s Spock, but it may be that he is not the only politician to be compared to a Vulcan. Earlier this week former Massachusetts governor and Republican Presidential candidate got into a scuffle on an airplane with a rapper (who got booted from the plane), but now the rapper says Romney started the fight with a "Vulcan grip".
If you haven’t joined the Twitter revolution, you can miss out on some of the fun, including the vicarious celebrity watching, even sci-fi celebrity watching. Today there has been some funny banter back and forth between Firefly’s Nathan Fillion and Star Trek’s Simon Pegg. Check it out below.
The annual big official Star Trek convention in Las Vegas is already shaping up to be a good one. Big Trek stars like William Shatner, Jeri Ryan, Jonathan Frakes, and many more are already lined up for the four day event in August. And the official Star Trek Magazine has just launched a contest where you can get gold tickets .
On Monday TrekMovie reported on new Diamond Select Star Trek Toys being shown at Toy Fair 2010 in New York this week. The original report mentioned, but didn’t show the four new MEGO style retro cloth figures. Images for those are now available, check them out below.
In this week’s Sci-Fi Movies there are new rumors on the next Batman film, plus news on James Cameron writing an Avatar prequel novel and the announcement of a third Riddick. Also, there’s a report on Terminator 1 & 2 co-writer William Wisher’s take on the franchise. Plus updates on the Escape From New York remake and Ghostbusters III. All that and more, including the latest box office numbers, casting bites, images and videos.
Today IDW released their May solicitations for comics, which includes two Star Trek comics and one trade paperback. We have the first details and cover images below for McCoy #2, Star Trek 2009 Movie Adaption #4, and the Movies Trilogy trade paperback.
Yesterday New Scientist posted an article titled "Starship pilots: Speed kills: especially warp speed." This article is getting a lot of play across the web on other sci-fi sites. Debating the science of science fiction may be dubious, but TrekMovie would at least like to point out how Star Trek has already addressed the issues presented by New Scientist, and that there is some back-up from real science.
The world of Star Trek has taken another step into the digital future. Today the ad-supported streaming site Hulu added their first Star Trek movie, Star Trek Generations. Anyone in the US can watch it for free and you can even embed it on your own site (as we have done below).
Today is another big Trek Birthday. LeVar Burton, who played Star Trek: The Next Generation’s engineer Geordi LaForge in seven seasons and four feature films is turning 53 today. To celebrate his birthday we present below a recent 3- hour interview with the actor.
TNG’s Riker, Jonathan Frakes is one of the Star Trek actors who got on the job training as a director during his time with Trek, which led to him directing two Trek feature films. Frakes continues to direct for film and TV, and now comes news that he will once again be directing aliens. Frakes is slated to direct an upcoming episode of the ABC sci-fi remake V. More info below, plus more on what The Beard has been doing lately.
On Sunday we reported on the record setting gathering of Star Trek fans in costume in the UK. Today we have videos from the event, which include who won some of the prizes at the event and some interviews. We also have video of a gathering of Star Wars fans also held in the UK over the weekend.
ILM’s visual effects on the 2009 Star Trek movie has garnered BAFTA, Visual Effects Society and Oscar nominations. In a new interview, some of the nominees talk about how they went about bringing realism to the new Star Trek and how it compares to ILM’s Star Wars work. Excerpts below, plus links to some effect shot ‘breakdowns’.
Today is Presidents Day in the USA, a day to celebrate the nation’s past leaders. The world of Star Trek has also given us some ‘Presidents’. Today we celebrate those fictional future presidents, and ask you to pick your favorite.
Diamond Select Toys showed some of their planned Star Trek items for 2010 and 2011 at the New York Toy Fair this weekend. Reports coming from the show reveal a new ST: III new Klingon ship toy and disruptor, a Minimates vehicle, and new Retro-MEGO figures. More details and photos below
Over the weekend Star Trek references showed up on a few TV shows. The biggest was yet another Trek gag on last night’s Family Guy, but Trek worked its way into American Dad and Smallville as well. Below we have details, screenshots and links to all the clips.
Over the weekend two of the Hollywood guilds that nominated the 2009 Star Trek movie held their award shows. Unfortunately, neither the Art Directors Guild, nor the Editors Guild awarded Star Trek with their top prize. See below fore more details.
Two trade paperback collections illuminating the lives of characters from the feature film Star Trek (2009) arrived in comic shops recently ("Star Trek: Nero" and "Spock: Reflections"), giving readers an opportunity to revisit lessons learned about Vulcans, Romulans, humans, loyalty, logic and revenge. We have a summary review of both below
Today also happens to be the birthday of Simon Pegg. This is a big one for Star Trek’s new Scotty as he is turning the big four-oh, that’s right Simon is now 40. TrekMovie would like wish Simon the very best of birthdays.
It’s Valentine’s Day again. In honor of this day of romance, we are reposting a ‘TrekMovie’ classic from back in 2008, but since the site has so many new readers since the early days, maybe it is new to you. So we present our updated list of Star Trek’s most romantic moments, plus some last minute Valentine’s Day ideas.