The image of the day is an infographic from today’s edition of the Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan, which has a two page spread using Star Trek characters to explain how municipal politics work in the town of Lund.
Today a new sort of celebrity auction was launched on the web, including some Star Trek celebrities. TwitChange is a charity for building homes for victims of the Haiti earthquake with dozens of celebrities involved by auctioning off becoming your friend on Twitter. Trek celebs Jeri Ryan, Nichelle Nichols, Simon Pegg and Levar Burton are involved. Details below.
On Sunday Star Trek’s new Captain Kirk Chris Pine appeared at the MTV Video Music Awards, introducing Taylor Swift. Chris was joined by his Unstoppable co-star (and big time Trekkie) Rosario Dawson. If you can’t get enough Chris, check out the video and photos below. Plus Rosario Dawson tweets to @trekmovie about wanting into Star Trek.
A young Brazilian designer has come up with a clever design for a hoody that lets you show your Star Trek love. Check the Vulcan Saluting Hoody below.
Today (Tuesday September 14th) is the birthday for Star Trek’s original Pavel Chekov. Walter Koenig turns 74 today and all of us at TrekMovie wish Walter a very happy birthday. We have some fun from Trek’s Russian below and take a look at what Walter is up to these days.
When you are ready to shuffle off to the truly final final frontier, you will be able to do it with Star Trek. After being announced three years ago, Eternal Image is finally ready show off (and start taking orders) for the first ever Star Trek funeral product – specifically Star Trek urns. Details and a first look below.
The publishers of two new Star Trek related books have released video promos worth checking out. We have a funny "book trailer" for the zombie/Trek mashup "Night of the Living Trekkies". Plus there is a new video preview/promo for the photo book "Star Trek The Original Series: 365". Check them both out below.
Jonathan Frakes successfully went from playing William Riker in front of the camera to become a director behind the camera on Star Trek and much more. In a new interview Frakes reflects on his directing career and his controversial return to the role of Riker in the Enterprise series finale.
Zoe Saldana is the latest Star Trek star to appear in a TV commercial campaign. But unlike other Trek vets, she is only wearing underwear – which is what she is pitching. Below we share the three new Zoe Saldana Calvin Klein underwear commercials and a behind the scenes video as well. Zoe also talks about how she is no wilting flower in a new interview, excerpts of that below as well.
In this week’s Sci-Fi Movies column we start off with news on how Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is finally headed to theaters (and TV). We also have cast/plot details on The Hobbit, Captain America, Kick Ass 2, Ghost Rider 2 and more. All that plus more, including the latest casting bites, images and videos.
We all want to know what is up with the Star Trek sequel, which is currently being written. The new special 200th issue of the UK’s SFX Magazine has an extensive section all about Star Trek that includes interviews with JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman. They talk sequel possibilities, Khan, Klingons, humor and more. See excerpts below.
The Enterprise is returning from Talos and has been recalled to Earth. Captain Pike is struggling with a guilty conscience, and the ship is attacked en route. Must be time for the review of "Star Trek Captain’s Log: Pike", the third in this periodic series about the "other" captains from IDW. We also have a 5-page preview to get you started.
2010 seems to be the year of the Klingon. Evidence of Klingon infiltration has shown up in Scotland, California and Australia. And this weekend Klingons are back, performing an opera in The Netherlands, and later this month Klingons will be in our nation’s capital performing Shakespeare. Details below.
Today Star Trek turns 44. On September 8th at 8:30PM, 1966 NBC aired the first episode of Star Trek – "The Man Trap" (which was actually the 6th episode produced). So today TrekMovie looks back to 1966 to see how Star Trek got its start with a selection of videos promoting the show.
Veteran Star Trek writer/producers Kenneth Biller (Voyager) and Mike Sussman (Voyager & Enterprise) have most recently been working on the fantasy series Legend of the Seeker and now the pair are writing and producing Perception, a new pilot for TNT. More details below.
Over the weekend Star Trek composer (and Oscar-winner) Michael Giacchino was the guest speaker for a screening of the movie in West Los Angeles. The discussion covered his approach to the first Star Trek, the Klingon music that didn’t make it into the film, possible ideas for the sequel and more. We have full video from the event, plus some highlight bullet points on what he had to say.
One of the highlights of the Trek Trak at Dragon*Con is the annual “Miss Star Trek Universe” Pageant. The contest of Trek beauties was held this year on Sunday, hosted by Star Trek Voyager’s Garret Wang (who was the host of the Trek Trak). Check out photos and video of the winners and contestants below.
It has been a long time since Diamond Select has released any Star Trek figures, but there is finally something new to talk about with the release of a 3-pack of original series figures. There are also a number of new Star Trek figure 2-packs coming soon. Details below.
In Sci-Fi TV this week we have Smallville season 10 news and images, an online version of Chuck, Torchwood details, an award for Doctor Who, a new adventure show for ABC, and lots more news. Plus we have a bunch of new previews, including a ton of stuff from Fringe. All that plus casting bites, ratings and more.
The nerdy CBS hit comedy The Big Bang Theory has had a number of Star Trek references over its first three seasons, including guests spots for TNG’s Wil Wheaton. And now it has been confirmed that Star Trek’s George Takei will be appearing on the show. More details below plus more Takei news. UPDATE: More details reveal Takei will appear with BSG’s Katee Sackhoff.
On Saturday night at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA Star Trek fans gathered to attempt to break the record for costumed Trekkies set just a month ago at the Official Star Trek convention in Las Vegas. And based on the count, it looks like they did it. A full report and photos below. UPDATE: Video added
In this week’s Sci-Fi Movies column we have new details on the Judge Dredd, Captain America, and Ghostsbusters III movies, plus there is lots of director updates on Wolverine 2, Deadpool, Clash of the Titans 2, and the next Fantastic Four movie, All that and more, including the latest casting bites, images and videos.
The STAR TREK Simply Spectacular Saturdays Summer Series at the Royal Theater in West LA comes to an end tonight with the JJ Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek movie. And the special guest for the night will be Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino.
Star Trek’s original Kirk William Shatner is the subject of an extensive feature interview in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine. The actor speaks frankly about his career and a bit about his Star Trek co-stars. Excerpts below, plus some bonus Bill videos as well. And Chris Pine, Star Trek’s new Kirk, is also the subject of a new interview, talking about his new film. Excerpts of that below too.
It has been a while since TrekMovie has done a Great Links collection, so it is time to catch up. This week we have links looking at the summer movies as TNG episodes, Trekkies topping another list, two instances of Kirk-inspired audio, a Trek-inspired toilet and more, including Spock the dog.
Last week at the showing of Star Trek: Nemesis at the Star Trek Summer Screening series at the Royal Theater in West LA, veteran production designer Herman Zimmerman spoke frankly about his career in Trek, issues with Nemesis director Stuart Baird, and gave his thoughts on the look of the new Star Trek. Watch vidoe of that below.
Abrams Books (no relation to Star Trek’s JJ Abrams) has released a great new Star Trek coffee table book, "Star Trek: The Original Series 365". The book features 365 photo spreads, including many rare or never-seen-before images, along with text by Paula M. Block with Terry J. Erdmann. TrekMovie provides this review of the photos, text, and design of this latest in Trek’s long history of coffee table tomes.
One of the cooler new effects in the 2009 Star Trek movie was the "go to warp" effect. The video of the day looks at how the warp effect has changed over the last three decades in the eleven Star Trek feature films. Check it out below.
John Billingsley, Star Trek Enterprise’s Dr. Phlox, has joined a new audio drama, voicing "The Doctor" in Edgar Allen Poe’s "The Fall of the House of Usher". More details below.
This weekend Atlanta, GA is host to the the annual Dragon*Con, a huge fan friendly pop-culture convention. As usual there will be an extensive "Trek Trak" with a nubmer of events and celebrity appearances, including Jonathan Frakes, Scott Bakula, Avery Brooks, LeVar Burton, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirits and more. The Trek Trak is hosted by Voyager’s Garrett Wang, and there will be a Trek costume record attempt as well. Full schedule below.