Sir Patrick Stewart’s latest play Bingo: Scenes of Money and Death, opens this week at the Chichester Festival in the UK. And in a new interview promoting the play, Stewart reflected back on his time as Jean Luc Picard and how he has faced typecasting in Hollywood. We also have photos of rehearsals from the new play.
Clifton Collins, Jr., who played the Romulan Ayel in the 2009 Star Trek movie, is holding out hope that he will be back for the 2012 Star Trek sequel. TrekMovie thinks that isn’t very likely.
Nominations for Canada’s fourth annual Constellation Awards, which honor "excellence in science fiction film and television" have been announced and the 2009 Star Trek movie dominates the film categories with five nominations. Details below.
In February a promotional event in London for the European roll-out of Star Trek Online set a Guinness World Record for the “largest gathering of people dressed as Star Trek characters”. However, with only 99 costumed Trekkies, the record was begging to be broken. And that is exactly what will be attempted on Saturday May 1st in Tampa, FL. Details below.
The members of the Star Trek ‘Supreme Court’ continue to show their Hollywood power. Today it was revealed that Trek scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are producing a new airport thrill (and they also just cast Harrison Ford in another film they are producing). Plus Time Magazine is preparing their Top 100 issue, and JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof are climbing up the online poll.
Saturday the Star Trek: The Experience warehouse sale took place in Las Vegas Nevada. According to Propworx, it was a big success with huge crowds and everything being sold. There are some nice videos from the event available to view, check them out below.
In Sci-Fi TV this week we have big updates with previews for Lost , V, and Fringe. Plus there is news of a new animated Star Wars TV show, a comedy (really!). And there are more details on the US version of Being Human and our regular wrap-up of television ratings, casting bites and all the latest new images and video previews (including a look at new Doctor Who TARDIS and some WW2 era Daleks).
Today we have a special Kirk and Spock edition of CelebWatch, or make that Kirks and Spocks. We have William Shatner selling his new "Weird" show Cannes, Leonard Nimoy wrapping on Fringe (and acting forever?), new details on Chris Pine’s Jack Ryan movie, and some more Zachary Quinto sightings in NYC.
And now yet another Trek/Tech story. Seagate, the largest maker of hard drives, has teamed up with Paramount Pictures to offer new portable hard drives with the 2009 Star Trek movie preloaded as a bonus.
If you want your new Apple iPad to really feel like a Star Trek PADD, you are going to need a Star Trek style LCARS interface. Earlier this week we reported that the much talked about "Captain’s Log" iPad application was pulled from Apple’s iTunes. Now this weekend a new Star Trek-ish application has been released called the "LCARS Internet Media Reader". Check it out below.
UPDATED: On Monday The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper will again take on his nemesis Star Trek The Next Generation’s Wil Wheaton in the episode "The Wheaton Recurrence". And now there are some images and a sneak peek video of the Wil/Sheldon showdown…a bowling showdown. Plus some new comments from TBBT star Jim Parsons about Wheaton and the possibility of a Leonard Nimoy cameo.
Star Trek movies have taken another step into the world of online streaming. In February Star Trek Generations was made available on Hulu . And now four more Star Trek movies have been made available via Netflix streaming.
A group of film makers in the UK are making a parody of the 2009 Star Trek movie, but they are doing it with no budget. Using friends for cast, found items for props, and redressing their flats for sets, they shot and are now editing their own ‘sweded’ Star Trek spoof. Check out the preview trailer and behind the scenes videos below
If it is Friday it is time for science! This week we learn something new about Venus, watch the latest spacewalk (with a Trekkie), contemplate if aliens live amongst us, squint for some 3-D space images, ponder the future of NASA, and answer the most important question about the new iPad: will it blend?
As reported earlier, there will be a warehouse sale on Saturday in Las Vegas, selling off many of the assets from Star Trek The Experience, which closed at the Las Vegas Hilton in 2008. We now have more photos and video from the warehouse so you can see what is left and what you might want to pick up.
If you like to experience your Star Trek in a live environment, there is some good news. First up, it has been announced that the first "Star Trek Live" stage shows will be held at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Plus, Star Trek The Exhibition have is headed to museums in Louisville, KY and Sacramento, CA. More details below
Leonard Nimoy may be getting ready to re-retire from acting, but that does not mean that he is going away. In fact, the original Spock has become the latest Star Trek celebrity to join Twitter, giving fans a new way to keep in touch. And Nimoy is already giving Fringe updates and Twitter-bantering with William Shatner and Zachary Quinto.
Earlier today, UK network ITV announced that the critically-acclaimed sci-fi show Primeval will return in early 2011, and joining the cast will be Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s Alexander Siddig (Dr. Julian Bashir). Siddig can also be seen in the new movie Clash of the Titans. More details below.
Everyone seems to be talking about Apple’s new iPad this week, and it is the theme for a Great Links column. We have a photo of Data and Q holding one that is getting lots of interweb buzz. Plus LeVar Burton is tweeting about the iPad, and Rod Roddenberry says he wishes Apple called it the iPadd. Paramount has even got involved, pulling a much talked about Trek-themed iPad application. Get all the iPadTrek-ness below.
Next week Star Trek The Next Generation’s Wil Wheaton returns to the CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory, appearing again as an evil version of himself. CBS has just released a promo video for the episode "The Wheaton Recurrence", check it out below.
We know the Star Trek sequel will released June 29, 2012, but Paramount has not announced a production schedule (or even a director). Scripting on the film has yet to start in earnest, but over the last few weeks actors from the first film have been dropping guesses for the production start. The latest to weigh in is the new Pike, Bruce Greenwood. Details below, plus TrekMovie asks the question: Should Pike be in the sequel?
Before co-creating the revamped Battlestar Galactica (and the spin-off, Caprica), Ron Moore began his writing and producing career working on Star Trek (TNG & DS9). And in a new interview, Moore said that if given a chance, he would love to Trek again.
Before the MMORPG Star Trek Online was released on PC, members of the Cryptic team had confirmed the game would eventually also be developed for at least one of the gaming consoles (XBox 360 and/or Playstation 3). However, not it appears that this will not happen, or at least no happen any time soon. STO’s executive producer has now confirmed that a console version is ‘on the back burner.’
For years Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s son Rod Roddenberry has been working on a documentary titled "Trek Nation". Roddenberry has finally finished the film and today Roddenberry Productions has launched a new promotional website along with a new trailer. Learn more about the film and watch the trailer below.
Anton Yelchin, Star Trek’s new Chekov, is having a big week. Yesterday it was announced he was providing voice work for the new 3D Smurfs movie. And today it has been announced the actor is in talks to star in a remake of the 80s vampire movie Fright Night.
Much has been reported about the special mentoring relationship between the the Spocks of the 2009 Star Trek movie, Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy. So far it looks like Leonard Nimoy is serious about handing things off to Quinto for the sequel, and going (back) into retirement. But a new comment from Quinto suggests the young actor may not be ready to let go.
JJ Abrams 2009 Star Trek movie has picked up another award nomination, this time for a Hugo Award from the World Science Fiction Society. In addition Star Trek vet Brannon Braga picked up a nomination for his work on FlashForward. More details below.
Earlier in the year CBS announced they were going to sell off assets of the closed-down Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton. TrekMovie just got details on on a ST:TE warehouse sale set for this Saturday in Las Vegas. Details below on how you can pick up a piece of Star Trek history (including a free gift for TrekMovie readers).
Recently Simon Pegg made news across the web with his estimate that the Star Trek sequel (scheduled for release June 29, 2012) would start shooting later this year. TrekMovie noted that this estimate was optimistic and sources were saying 2011 was more likely. Now in a brief interview from Wondercon, Zoe Saldana provides her estimate and talks about returning to the role of Uhura. [UPDATE: More from Saldana – talking Spock/Uhura]
In 2009 Anton Yelchin stepped into iconic roles in both the Star Trek and Terminator franchises, and now he is going to do it again, this time for the Smurfs. Sony has announced Anton Yelchin has joined the cast for their new hybrid live action/animated comedy The Smurfs.