February 2010

Sci-Fi TV Sunday: Lost, Stargate Universe, Caprica, FlashForward, Chuck + more

In Sci-Fi TV this week, we’ll get you caught up with the latest news with a big updates for LOST and Stargate (SGU and Stargate movies). We also have important news for FlashForward and Chuck and some hot new photos from actresses from Caprica and Fringe. All that plus ratings news including lows for Caprica while and highs for Legend of the Seeker. And of course, preview images, videos, casting bites and more.

Rumor Control: Chris Pine As New Captain America? – Unlikely

There is a new rumor sweeping across the Interweb this weekend, and it is yet another Chris Pine casting thing. Since the actor hit the big time after his performance as James T. Kirk in 2009’s Star Trek, Pine’s name seems to get attached to every big new project in Hollywood. This time the rumor is that he will be the new Captain America, however comments from the film’s director cast some doubt on this one.

Science Friday: Night Launch + Ancient Spider + Laser Time + Sun Probe + Bored to Death + more

This week in Science Friday, watch the final night launch of the Space Shuttle program, discover a stunning 165-million-year-old spider, tell time more accurately than ever (with lasers!), probe the sun inside and out, and find a really good excuse for missing your boring math class. All this and much more, plus our gadget of the week: Robonaut2.

Weekend Trek Events: Warp 11 in SF, Trek Improv in Chicago, Farpoint Con in MD, Cosplay Record in London, Trek Murder Mystery in NH

This weekend there are some fun events for Star Trek fans all over the globe, from a Trek band playing in San Francisco, to the Farpoint Con in MD, to Trek improv comedy in Chicago to a huge Trek cosplay record attempt in London. And next weekend a Trek Murder Mystery kicks off in New Hampshire. See below for all the details.   

Cryptic Announces New Borg Content For Star Trek Online – Details, Video, Screenshots + more

The new massive multiplayer game Star Trek Online is only 10 days old, and Crytpic have just announced the first big addition of new content for the game, and it is all about The Borg. New episodes are being added to the game for higher level players to take on the collective. We have details, concept art, screenshots, video and ‘intel reports’ below.

Rod Roddenberry Wants Brent Spiner To Be New ‘Questor’ Android

Three weeks ago it was announced that Roddenberry Productions had entered into a deal with Imagine Entertainment to create a new pilot based on Gene Roddenberry’s "The Questor Tapes." A big question is: who should play the android at the heart of the show? If it were up to Rod Roddenberry, the new Questor would be played by Trek’s favorite android, Brent Spiner.

Sci-Fi Movies Wednesday: Superman, Batman, Captain America, Ghostbusters III, RoboCop, Escape from NY + more

This week in Sci-Fi Movies we have news on Superman and Batman movies (with Christopher Nolan involved in both), updates on RoboCop, Clash of the Titans,  Avatar 2, Ghostbusters III and more.  We also have release date news for Cowboys & Aliens, Stretch Armstrong, Battleship, and and Escape from New York remake, and more. Plus the latest box office stats, casting bites, images and videos previews.

Sony To Release 3D Spider-man movie 4 days after Star Trek sequel – Will Trek go 3D too?

Last month, on the same day that Paramount announced they picked the release date of June 29th, 2012 for the Star Trek sequel, Sony announced they were rebooting the Spider-man franchise for 2012. Today Sony announced they want to take on Trek by picking July 3rd, 2012 as their release date. They also announced the next Spider-man will be in 3D. Will Star Trek follow in the 3-D Trek?

Quinto Curious About Star Trek Sequel Story – Doesn’t Expect To See Script Until End of 2010

Zachary Quinto may be taking some time off Trek (perhaps to play Gershwin) but he appears to be looking forward to getting back into it. The new Spock talked briefly to Entertainment Weekly about the Trek sequel and how he is as anxious as we all are to find out what writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof are up to.

Star Trek Lands JJ Abrams On Vanity Fair List of Hollywood’s Top Moneymakers

JJ Abrams may or may not have been ‘snubbed’ by the Academy for his work on the 2009 Star Trek movie, but one thing is for sure, the man was paid. According to a new report in Vanity Fair, the producer/director is now on Hollywood’s Top 10 list of moneymakers for his ‘back end’ profits from Star Trek.      

JJ Abrams & Tom Cruise Set for Mission Impossible IV – coming Summer of 2011

There has been an update on progress on that other big Paramount franchise JJ Abrams is working on. Paramount has announced that the Abrams-produced Mission Impossible IV will go into production this summer and Tom Cruise will be back as both producer and star. The goal is for the film to be out by the summer of 2011. Details below.

CBS To Sell Assets From Original Star Trek: The Experience – Still Working On Creating New Experience

In September 2008, the Trek-themed attraction Star Trek: The Experience closed at the Las Vegas Hilton, after running for a decade. Since that time CBS has been working on developing a new Star Trek: The Experience at a new location, and that work is still ongoing. However, they have decided that most of the assets from the first attraction wont be able to be used and so they are going to be sold off. More details below.

FanMade: Phase II In Pre-Production On “Origins” Prequel Story – Exclusive Details and Cast Photos

Today TrekMovie kicks off a week of special coverage of the Star Trek fan films. We begin with big news from the big daddy, Star Trek Phase II, who are planning to do their own prequel episode, telling the ‘prime timeline‘ story of a young (recast) Kirk meeting Spock for the first time. We have exclusive details and cast images below, plus and updated schedule for Phase II releases in 2010.   

Previews Of NX-01 ‘Refit’ from 2011 Ships Of The Line Calendar

For the last decade or so, one of the most anticipated Trek products each year is the Ships of the Line calendar, featuring work from veteran Trek artists, wrangled by Doug Drexler. Last week Doug put up a sneak peak of a special bonus centerfold for this year’s calendar, featuring a tech manual style -look at a couple of the ships in the calendar including a ‘refit’ of the NX-01 from Enterprise, which bridges the gap towards a TOS style.

Orci & Kurtzman Update: Trek Talk at Film Fest + Ink Fox TV Deal + Cast Lost/Trek Actor For Hawaii 5-0 + more

It has been a busy week for Star Trek writer/exec producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Firstly Alex talked about Star Trek over the weekend at a film festival. Plus last week they signed a new big TV deal with Fox, and today they cast an actor from Lost (and Trek) for their Hawaii Five-0 remake. Details on all of that, plus their Razzie nomination and you can watch them in a short film about robots. [UPDATED]

Sci-Fi TV Sunday: Lost, FlashForward, V, Smallville, Doctor Who, Heroes, Caprica + more

In this week’s edition of Sci-Fi TV we start off with lots of Lost, from answers about this week’s episode through to the finale, plus new previews. We also have news on changes with FlashForward and V, the possibility for new seasons of Smallville and Supernatural, Neil Gaiman writing for Doctor Who, and much more. All that plus the latest television ratings, casting bites, images and videos.

Flashback: Super Bowl 2009 Brings Star Trek to the masses

Today is Super Bowl XLIV, which marks the one year anniversary of a seminal Trek event, the first ever Super Bowl commercial for a Trek film. Last year’s Star Trek Super Bowl commercial was a sort of ‘coming out’ for the Star Trek film to the mainstream. The commercial was a big success and led the way to the film being one of the top blockbusters of the year. See it again below with links to our over 2009 coverage, plus a look forward to 2012.   

Editorial: President Proposes Bold New Approach to Exploring the Final Frontier

In 2008 Star Trek writer/producer and science advisor Andre Bormanis wrote an editorial here at TrekMovie about the presidential campaign and the future of NASA, advocating the Constellation program. Barack Obama (a Trekkie) went on to win the election and this week his administration announced a major shift in NASA policy, including the cancellation of Constellation. Today Andre is back with his thoughts on the new NASA.

Science Friday: Hubble Edition

This week, Hubble has announce two amazing discoveries. In order to celebrate one of our most beloved spacecraft, we’ve dedicated this week’s Science Friday to the Hubble Space Telescope. See the most detailed view of Pluto ever, an asteroid collision, and learn all about Hubble’s humble beginnings. All this and more, plus our gadget of the week: the iPad(d) wall.

ZoeWatch: Saldana Happy For more Trek & Avatar + Snubbed By Oscar and Vanity Fair? + New Photos

Riding high on her 2009 movies Star Trek and Avatar, Zoe Saldana is white hot these days, so we have a special Saldana edition of CelebWatch. Yesterday she used some of that cache to help efforts with the Haiti relief, and also talked a bit about her future with Trek (and Avatar). Zoe has also recently been getting some ‘snub’ buzz too. All that plus some new Zoe photo shoot images!   

First Look and Excerpts for Star Trek Magazine Klingon/STO Special

The 100-page Issue 24 of the official Star Trek magazine is a "Klingon Special" which has a big focus on the Klingons and the new Star Trek Online Game (featuring Klingons back as the enemy of the Federation). TrekMovie has a first look, with excerpts from an interview with DS9’s J.G. Hertzler (Martok) and also excerpts from a feature on story behind Star Trek Online. We also have covers and some inside previews. Check it all out below.