This week’s Sci-Fi Movies column has news of the return of a movie icon: Godzilla. Plus directors Christopher Nolan and M. Night Shyamalan talk about their upcoming movies Inception and Last Airbender. We also have a production update on The Hobbit, a Will Smith casting update on the Independence Day sequel(s), and director updates for the next X-Men and Paranormal Activity movies. All that plus the latest images and videos, including Iron Man 2.
The ambitious new book "Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many" from ‘Jake Sisko’ and Michael A. Martin is arriving at book stores now. Pocket books uses an interesting format to tell the backstory for the new MMORPG Star Trek Online. Find out how it works out in our review below. Plus we have some news on Martin’s next Trek books.
Leonard Nimoy has recently spoke about his retirement from acting, but it appears he did find time to fit in some voice work for a Transformers video game. Nimoy, who also recently provided voice work for Star Trek Online, will be featured in the upcoming Activision game "Transformers: War for Cybertron". UPDATE: Apparently this is a rumor and has been denied by Activision.
Like any massive multiplayer game, the recently released game Star Trek Online has a learning curve. And this week there are some new videos out that can help you climb that curve, teaching you to improve your ground combat capabilities and your ship power management. Watch them below.
When Star Trek meets technology you get Treknology, and there are a couple of examples of that to share with you about some new pieces of tech. One is a special fanmade Star Trek-themed promotion for the Google Nexus One (from the futuuuuure). And the other is the inevitable PADD application for Apple’s new iPad.
Sir Patrick Stewart, Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Jean Luc Picard, is returning to the New York stage to star in the Broadway premiere of the David Mamet play A Life in the Theater. The play goes into rehearsals this Summer. More details below.
Are you ready for another award show? Voting is now open to determine the nominees for the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, and the 2009 Star Trek movie is being considered in six categories including Best Movie. More details below including links on where you can vote for Star Trek.
Recently Star Trek and Heroe’s star Zachary Quinto has said that he wants to expand out of the sci-fi genre and it looks like one way he might do that is a supporting role in an R-Rated romantic comedy. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Quinto has been offered a role in the Anna Faris comedy What’s Your Number. Details below.
In Sci-Fi TV this week we have our usual big update for Lost, including finale news. Plus we have lots of details, reveals and previews for the upcoming hiatus returns of V, Fringe, and Stargate Universe (including a look at a new alien). We also have Doctor Who and Chuck updates, news on a new zombie show and some sci-fi themed sitcoms and lots of new images and video previews for your favorite genre shows.
John Jefferies, a designer for the original Star Trek, passed away on March 25th, from complications from lung cancer. John worked with his brother and the art director for Star Trek, the late Matt Jefferies. John was 74. More information and tributes to Jefferies below.
Paramount has already announced that their next Star Trek movie will be released June 29, 2012, which is exactly 27 months away. So when will the film begin shooting? Simon Pegg says it could be as soon as late 2010, but according to sources, that may be a bit of an early estimate. Details below. Plus more on Simon Pegg’s meeting with Patrick Stewart.
George Takei seems to be having a big week. Not only is he all over TV these days with a new Sharp TV commercial, but he has been cast in a new Tom Hanks comedy. Hanks revealed the cast of his upcoming film Larry Crowne using a mysterious Twitter picture showing the headshots of his cast. Plus we have more Takei news with a new video about the Census.
In the 2009 Star Trek movie both Kirk and Spock had love interests (or at least bed interest for Kirk). And it appears that Simon Pegg is a bit jealous. In a red carpet interview at the Empire Awards the actor revealed that he wants Scotty to get some action in the next Star Trek movie.
Tonight the Jameson Empire Film Awards were held in London. Star Trek went in to the event nominated for three awards and walked away the winner of Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film. Simon Pegg, Star Trek’s new Scotty, was on hand to accept the award. Zoe Saldana also won Best Actress for Avatar and TNG’s Patrick Stewart was on hand to present an award. Details and photos below. [UPDATE: Video of Simon Pegg and Patrick Stewart added]
Star Trek’s Zoe Saldana was nominated for two awards (for her work in Avatar) at the 23rd Annual Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, held tonight in Los Angeles. In the end Zoe came away without any awards, but she was on hand to present. Saldana also talked about racial discrimination it a new cover story interview. Details, photos and video below.
Star Trek author Christopher L. Bennett ("Ex Machina", "Over a Torrent Sea") has announced that he is writing about book about the Federation Department of Temporal Investigations, introduced in the Deep Space Nine "Trials and Tribble-ations". The novel is expected to be released by Pocket Books in 2011. Details on that along with some more Trek book updates below.
Next week IDW releases the fifth and final of issue of "Star Trek The Next Generation: Ghosts," written by Zander Cannon. TrekMovie has the exclusive five page preview of TNG Ghosts #5 below.
This week, Science Friday arrives on Saturday with a special edition all about the exploration of extreme environments on Earth and beyond. Take a dive with some surprise Antarctic shrimp, witness the power of fire under the ice in Iceland, prep for a human journey to the cold, red planet Mars, and get a peak of some Soviet relics on the moon. And our gadget of the week can take you to the edge of space for those on a very tight budget.
Ever wondered what happened to Saavik after that opening scene in Star Trek IV? Well next week you can find out in the new novel "Star Trek: Unspoken Truth", written by Margaret Wander Bonanno ("Strangers from the Sky", "Probe", "Its Hour Come Round "). And to get you started, you can read the first chapter below.
On this day in 1931, Leonard Nimoy was born in Boston, MA. So it is only logical that TrekMovie wishes the original Mr. Spock a happy 79th birthday today. Mr. Nimoy has lived long and prospered, and if you want to learn all about it, you can watch a 4-hour interview below.
The balcony is going to close for the final for At the Movies, the long-running syndicated film review show has been cancelled. At the Movies made Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert household names and the show is still on the air now hosted by AO Scott and Michael Phillips, but it will end its run on syndication this year. In honor of this show, TrekMovie looks back at the Siskel & Ebert (and guest host) video reviews of eight Star Trek movies.
Star Trek Online’s first major content upgrade went online today. The "Season 1: Common Ground" patch includes new content for Klingon gameplay, Federation PvP, and more. Full details below, plus we have a new video showing off the "Special Task Force: The Cure" special task force mission.
Star Trek’s new Uhura Zoe Saldana’s next big role is in the upcoming action movie The Losers. Set visit interviews with Saldana were released today on a number of sites to promote the film, which included some talk about the Star Trek sequel. Zoe revealed that she is expecting to have to get back to the gym to fit into her Trek mini and she revealed that JJ Abrams has promised her a fight scene. Details below.
In Sci-Fi Movies this week we finally have our Captain America. There is also more fun viral stuff for Tron Legacy, news on sequels to Avatar and Clash of the Titans, casting for Transformers 3, director updates for Avengers and X-Men: First Class, and more genre movie news. Plus we have all the images and videos.
Sisko and his crew clear the station of treasure hunters with a little deception, in the fourth and final issue of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Fool’s Gold" from IDW Publishing. Spoilers and an extra dose of deception ahead in the TrekMovie review.
Much has been said about JJ Abrams directing style in the 2009 Star Trek movie and copious lens flares. Well if you ever wanted to give your photos or videos the JJ Abrams Star Trek treatment there are apps for that. See below how you can add flare to your life, plus some examples lens flares being added to things to make them more…flarey.
The small town of Vulcan, Alberta, Canada has been capitalizing on it’s Trek-ish name for the last couple of decades, and now they have made it official. Vulcan has now been deemed the ‘Official Star Trek Capital of Canada.’ The town is planning a number of events to celebrate, including a visit from Leonard Nimoy. All the details below.
IDW has provided us with the June comic book solicitations, which contains two new Star Trek issues and one new Star Trek trade paperback collection. One of the new issues is for a new original series Star Trek collection from the Tipton brothers called "Burdon of Knowledge". See below for details on the June Star Trek comics.
Leonard Nimoy came out of retirement to appear as Spock one more time in the 2009 Star Trek movie. JJ Abrams was also able to convince him to appear on his TV show Fringe (where he will appear again later this season). However, in a new interview the actor states that these roles are likely his last. Details below.
On Wednesday IDW finishes is first Deep Space Nine comic series, with the fourth (and final) issue of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Fool’s Gold". And today TrekMovie has an exclusive five page preview. We also have some more comics news.