The big Star Trek book event of 2008 is the crossover ‘Destiny’ trilogy by David Mack. Destiny brings together Jean Luc Picard and the USS Enterprise, William Riker on USS Titan, along with ties to both DS9 and even Enterprise. This week new synopses and the final cover for the series has been released. [see below, w/ spoilers]
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In a new interview with Crave Online promoting his new film Bottle Shock, the new James T. Kirk for Star Trek, Chris Pine talked a lot about how he appraoched the role and specifically how he did (or did not) emulate William Shatner’s performance..
Way back in January TrekMovie reported that William Shatner, the original Captain Kirk, had hooked up with LiveAutographs.com, who offer personalized videotaped memorabilia signings. The event had sold out (twice) and they have now expanded it to allow for more signings, but the deadline to sign up for your autographed item and personalized taped message from Shatner is midnight Tuesday (Pacific).
Today there are a couple new interviews from the stars of the new Star Trek movie who are probably the biggest fans of The Original Series, Karl Urban (McCoy) and Simon Pegg (Scotty). Urban talked to SFX Magazine about how now is the right time to bring Trek back, while self-described geek Simon Pegg seems to have Star Wars on the mind these days.
The big Star Trek event for Comic Con 2008 was the brand new poster (or actually 4 posters) which revealed four cast images for the first time. The poster was well received, but it was also highly stylized, saturating the Trek crew with colors from the traditional TOS uniforms (gold, red and blue). So TrekMovie decided it would be interesting to ‘reverse engineer’ the actual images from the poster as they might appear in the movie.
On July 29th, 1958 President Dwight Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act into law and NASA was born. Thus began the space race of the 60s, which sparked more popular culture interest in space. Since the shooting of the first pilot for Star Trek in 1964, there have been numerous references to NASA in Trek, all the way through to the last series Enterprise.
Star Trek’s new Spock, Zachary Quinto, was at Comic Con last weekend, primarily to attend the Heroes panel. MTV ran into the actor and he discusses Heroes, his new Star Trek poster and of course the new Star Trek movie, including insights into the other actor’s portrayals and how his Spock deals with his human and Vulcan sides.
In what may be the last of the reports coming out of the Fox’s TCA Fringe event last week, IGN has a summary of JJ Abrams comments about Star Trek. Much of it has been reported here before, but they provide it in better Q&A format to get more context. There is also a little bit more from Star Trek’s new director on what is his biggest challenge with the new film.
There is yet even more from JJ Abrams from last week’s TCA event in Los Angeles. Deadbolt reports some of the same quotes, but also has a Abrams discussing the optimism (and darkness) of past Trek and how that is reflected in his new Star Trek movie.
In the past Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy have talked much about how they bonded making of the new Star Trek movie. Nimoy has clearly become a mentor for the new Spock, but in a new interview with Sci-Fi Wire, Quinto notes that it was also Orci and Kurtzman’s script that drove his performance.
For the first time ever, a Star Trek movie is going to get at truly global premiere. In addition to the new wallpapers added to the official Star Trek site, Paramount has put up a new list of worldwide release dates for the movie. According to the list, the new Star Trek movie will premiere in 46 countries the week of May 8th 2009.
In the past Karl Urban has shown his Trek cred by talking about his respect for the Original Series and his predecessor, DeForest Kelley. In a new interview with SFX Magazine, Star Trek’s new Dr. McCoy talks about favorite episodes ("Corbomite Maneuver" and "Amok Time"), the appeal of the film to fans like himself, as well as that crucial Kirk/Spock/McCoy dynamic.
Clifton Collins Jr., who plays General Ayel, the right hand to Eric Bana’s Nero in the new Star Trek says that new film is for the fans: "We’re serving the people who are completely enamored with Star Trek." The new Trek bad also talked to Creators.com about Trek ‘cheese’ and his (and Bana’s) role in Star Trek .
Although JJ Abrams was at the Television Critics Association event this week to promote his new Fox TV show Fringe, he sure took a lot of questions about Star Trek. In the latest, the director gives Hollywood Outbreak an update on the status of the post-production and also talks about the performances of his new Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto).
Yesterday at the Fox’s animation panel during the 2008 Television Critics Association confab, Family Guy creator (and well known Star Trek fan) Seth MacFarlane told reporters he would like to create a Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan parody similar to the Family Guy parody of Star Wars from 2007. TrekMovie thinks this is a great idea and thought we would lend a hand.
Today Patrick Stewart turned 68, and he is still going strong. TNG’s Picard recently finished his Tony-nominated Broadway run in Macbeth and is now preparing for Hamlet where he will play Claudius across from David Tennent (Doctor Who) as Hamlet. In a new London Times interview Stewart talks Trek, aging and more!
In May former TNG actor and professional geek Wil Wheaton blogged (here and on his site) about the state of Star Trek and the future with JJ Abrams. Some of Wheaton’s controversial views kicked off a lot of talk amongst fans. Now in a new interview with our friends at Geek Magazine, Wheaton talks about the controversy and the fan ‘backlash’.
The right to self determination is a strong theme in Star Trek. Regardless of the Prime Directive, Star Trek’s captain’s were known for getting involved and taking on causes.
UPDATED: TrekMovie.com Editor-in-Chief Anthony Pascale was the guest Wednesday night on SyFyRadio, the weekly Internet radio show/podcast for SyFyPortal. You can listen to the program or download it by going to BlogTalkRadio.com, there is also an embedded player below (click ‘more’)
On July 1st 1867 the British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada joined together to form a ‘Federation’ and Canadians celebrate this day as a national holiday commemorating the ‘birth’ of Canada. Canada was mentioned a few times on Star Trek, but its greatest contribution is as the real-life birthplace of many Trek stars, including three series regulars.
Star Trek: The Exhibit premiered this weekend at the Air and Space Museum in San Diego, California. About 1,000 people visited The Exhibition on opening day Saturday, including local Fan clubs (and local Klingons). We have photos of the opening below, plus video of the local news coverage.
Another week for Trek Remastered, another late third season episode, and another new digital element. CBS has just sent TrekMovie a shot of a new matte painting from "Requiem for Methuselah," airing this weekend check it out below
In this week’s Great Links we have an ‘angry’ look back at the history of Star Trek games, TNG and other Trek getting some respect on some lists, but being dissed by the AFI. Plus we have an (un)appologetic Trekkie showing her nerdiness, a new TAS mashup…and Picard goes green.
On Sunday night both of Trek’s most famous captains could be seen on TV award shows. Stewart was a nominee at the live broadcast on CBS of the Tony Awards (he lost…awww), and William Shatner was seen presenting an award at a taped broadcast of the TV Land Land Awards (um…on TV Land). We got video of both plus a bonus Takei video too.
Dorothy Fontana (aka D.C. Fontana) has been penning Star Trek for over forty years. Starting as a writer and script editor on The Original Series, she went on to write for The Animate Series, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine many books, video games, and this year has a new IDW Trek Comic Book Series. In a new interview with IGN, Fontana looks back at the beginning with her time on TOS.
Tonight is the big night–the midseason finale and the last Battlestar Galactica for 2008. The episode is called "Revelations," but will it live up to that name? From the previews we have below it looks like it might. [SPOILERS]
Are you Herbert? This weekend the remastered Star Trek episode "The Way To Eden" airs and CBS has sent over a shot of a newly designed Aurora. check it out below
In this week’s Great Links we have Trek showing up on the best and dodging the worst lists. Plus the writer of Fanboys has a Trek confession, Adam Sandler channels Spock, TNG inspires a rap (possibly a decade or two too late), and some guy has pimped his ride Romulan style.
It was June 11, 1999, that DeForest Kelley passed away. As the first loss of the main Original Series cast, Kelley’s death showed us that Star Trek (and its fans) was aging. Yet, DeForest Kelley’s legacy continues to inspire fans, actors and medical professionals to this day. Today, we celebrate his contributions to acting, animal rights, volunteerism, and being a role model for many with a series of personal memories.
In a new video interview with E Online, Zachary Quinto (Star Trek’s young Spock) talks about how epic his feature film experience was and how he bringing the lessons back to hisTV series Heroes. Check out the brief video interview below