Today many TV series have gay characters, including William Shatner’s sitcom $#!* My Dad Says and Ron Moore’s Battlestar Galactica spin-offs. But there has never been a gay character on Star Trek, and in a new interview veteran Star Trek writer/producer Brannon Braga explains why that is and why he thinks things would be different today.
Some of Star Trek 2009’s stars have been generating buzz at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah over the last few days. Anton Yelchin is talking about the ridiculously happy Chekov and getting good reviews for his role in Like Crazy. Zachary Quinto has closed a deal for his movie Margin Call, and Zoe Saldana is there to support her sister. Details and photos below.
Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s Spock Prime, was supposed to be retiring, however that break seems to be delayed. Nimoy has already announced a number of convention appearances, and now the actor says he may be returning to TV to reprise his role on the Fox sci-fi show Fringe. Details below.
As previously reported, producer JJ Abrams is awaiting the script for the 2012 Star Trek sequel, before deciding if he will also direct the film. However that isn’t stopping others involved from weighing in. Star Trek’s new Checkov Anton Yelchin says it would be "bizarre" without JJ Abrams in the director’s chair. And co-writer Roberto Orci says he is trying to solicit Steven Spielberg to help convince Abrams.
In Sci-Fi TV this week we have good news for Fringe fans, Wonder Woman getting a network pilot, new details on the next Battlestar show, possible hope for the future of Stargate Universe, and much more more including the latest television ratings, casting bites and new images and video previews.
This summer Gameforge will release their free-to-play online game "Star Trek – Infinite Space", set in the Star Trek Deep Space Nine universe. Today they revealed details on the first two ships for the game, the Federation Galaxy Class and the Klingon Bird of Prey. Check out the 3-D previews below.
Once again the nerdy CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory delved into the final frontier with a Star Trek gag. Last night’s episode had the Federation/Romulan Neutral Zone work its way into a bed-time talk, watch the clip below.
A new commercial for McDonald’s in Ireland doesn’t mention Star Trek by name, but it sure does evoke Trek, with wooshing doors and patrons "beaming" into a 23rd century McDonald’s. Check it out below
Veteran Star Trek writer/producer (and Battlestar Galactica re-imagineer) Ron Moore may be headed to network TV with a new genre show. NBC has announced they have picked up a pilot order for Precinct 17, a supernatural police drama written and produced by Moore.
Our Sci-Fi Movies Wrapup is back with a ton of big news this week. We have the big first looks at the new Spider-man and next X-Men cast, big casting/villains news for the next Batman (and big casting for The Hobbit), a big change in that Alien prequel, big details for the next Transformers and much more, including the latest casting bites, images and videos.
Star Trek is taking another step into the world of gambling. There are already Star Trek slot machines, and now Star Trek slots are headed online. International Game Technology has announced they are developing an online slot game based on the Star Trek 2009 movie.
This week marks the 16th anniversary of the launch of Star Trek Voyager on UPN. Marking the occasion, Kate Mulgrew is talking about her time as Captain Janeway, and also about what’s new in Star Trek, including explaining why she hasn’t seen the latest Star Trek movie. .
Have you ever wondered what Star Trek might be like if James T. Kirk was female? (Jane T. Kirk?) Well The Girls On Film project has, and decided to take a crack at it by recreating a scene from the 2009 Star Trek movie with actresses playing the parts of Kirk and Pike. Check it out below.
As previously reported, tonight the PBS series "Pioneers of Television" takes a look at science fiction pioneers, including Gene Roddenberry. We have a new clip from the show, featuring William Shatner talking about the origins of Star Trek and how he influenced the series.
A Star Trek music video mashup has been going viral in the last week, racking up over 111,000 views in 10 days, mostly in Europe. If you like TNG and you like trip hop dance music, then check out "Star Trek – Acid Drive" below.
George Takei has followed his Star Trek co-stars and finally jumped into the social media craze by joining Twitter. In addition the original Sulu can b seen on the small screen tonight in a special preview of his new show Supah Ninjahs on Nickelodeon. Watch the preview below.
Today is Martin Luther King Day and Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek’s original Uhura, has been doing a round of media interviews to talk about her famous interactions with Dr. King, and to promote tomorrow nights airing of Pioneers of Television on PBS. We have compiled video, audio and photos of Nichols’ recent appearances below.
On Tuesday the PBS series Pioneers of Television airs turns its attention to science fiction, with an episode honoring a number of luminaries in the field, including Gene Roddenberry. The episode will feature new interviews with Star Trek stars William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and Nichelle Nichols. Watch preview clips below.
TrekMovie’s Sci-Fi updates are back after our Christmas hiatus with a log of updates on all your favorite genre TV shows. We have first looks at Terra Nova and Falling Skies, details on the future of Fringe, more hints for Smallville, good news for the future of Supernatural, and bad news for Stargate Universe. All that plus the latest television ratings, casting bites and new images and video previews.
Star Trek: The Exhibition, the travel exhibit of Star Trek props, costumes, replicas and memorabilia, opens up next Sunday at the Louisville Science Center in Louisville, KY. Plus, Star Trek: Voyager’s Bob Picardo will be on hand for a special preview party next Saturday night. Details below.
2011 is here but today TrekMovie begins a look back at 2010 to pick the best of year in terms of Star Trek products, from toys to wearable items, to posters. Check out the winners below.
It is time for TrekMovie to catch up on its reading list. This edition of the Library Computer opens up our look at the four book Typhon Pact mini-series which began in late 2010 and continues into 2011. With the first book we start with Julian Bashir discovering that girl trouble is the least of his concerns in David Mack’s “Zero Sum Game”.
TrekMovie is back with a quick update on the 2012 Star Trek sequel. Producer JJ Abrams has made some new comments in a couple of interviews that reveals the script is still being worked on, and Paramount wants the film to be in 3D. He also talks about his pending decision whether or not to direct the film. Details below.
The most spectacular sequence for the 2009 Star Trek movie was probably the space jump sequence, which was so expensive it needed special budget approval. However, some segments were done using old school techniques and our video of the week has a "backyard fx" crew recreate a Star Trek shot on a shoe-string budget.
We have to wait until 2012 to see the new Star Trek stars back on the bridge of the Enterprise, but you will be able to catch most of them on the big screen this year. A couple of new trailers have been released for Star Trek celeb films: the US trailer for Simon Pegg’s comedy Paul (featuring a Star Trek gag), and a new trailer for Karl Urban’s vampire film Priest. Check them both out below
This summer WizKids/NECA will release their first Star Trek miniature game, titled Star Trek: Expeditions. The game will be themed around the 2009 Star Trek movie and TrekMovie has a first look and details. Check it out below.
Star Trek The Next Generation may be over 20 years old, but apparently it is still relevant enough for it to garner a brand new parody film, but a rather unusual one. Adult film makers Revolution X and Digital sin have announced they will soon start production on "Star Trek: The Next Generation: A XXX Parody". Details below.
It has been said that there are many lessons that can be learned from Star Trek. The latest viral video making the rounds on the interwebs borrows from the classic TOS episode "Amok Time" and others, retelling them as a 1950’s style instructional video about controlling your anger. Check it out below.
This year comic book publisher IDW is going zombie crazy with a big crossover event called "Infestation", which includes two Star Trek: Infestation comics for February. We have some preview images of issue 1 below, plus some exclusive comments from IDW on the future of Star Trek with the publisher.
Greetings once again and a happy new year from Mount Erebus, Antarctica! Your humble science editor is reporting once again from the southernmost active volcano in the world. Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of speaking with Ira Flatow, host of NPR’s Science Friday radio program, to celebrate the end of 2010 at the end of the Earth. Hear the short interview (below) to learn about my research here in the Great White South.