Nichelle Nichols On ST09: Feels ‘Honored’ By Abrams and Saldana

This weekend is the annual TrekFest in Riverside Iowa (the futre childhood home of James T. Kirk). On hand will be stars of the classic Star Trek, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, and George Takei. Nichols has a new interview promoting the event, where she talks about her career and what she thinks of the new Star Trek movie.

ST09 CelebWatch: Pine #2 Bachelor + Quinto’s New Role + Zoe’s Bday + Pegg Autobio + Urban Talks Fans + more

Star Trek continues raking in the dough at the box office, and the film’s stars continue to make the news. We have Chris Pine heating up People’s Top Bachelor list and the LA stage, Zachary Quinto taking on the current financial crisis, Karl Urbans talking about the fans, Simon Pegg penning an autubio, and much more. Plus, what ST09 star update would be complete without pictures of  Zoe attending a fashion event!

Watch William Shatner Give Conan The Salute [UPDATED: Bill’s Finger Makes Global News]

As noted in yesterday’s ‘ShatWatch’, William Shatner was a guest on last night’s Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. Bill was there to promote his latest projects and was his usual avuncular self. There was no talk of the new Star Trek movie, but Bill did recall a Trek related story and then there was a bit of an incident when he gave Conan a couple of different ‘salutes’. [UPDATE: Shatner’s Conan Appearance is getting lots of press, we have the links]

Patrick Stewart ‘Absolutely Loved’ New Star Trek Movie

The last four Star Trek movies featured the crew of The Next Generation, led by Captain Picard, played by Patrick Stewart. But in a new(ish) interview from the UK, Stewart seems to be a fan of the new Star Trek movie, as well as its new captain, Chris Pine. Details below, plus we catch up with what the former Jean Luc has been up to recently.

Tom Cruise Wants JJ Abrams To Produce Mission Impossible 4

JJ Abrams first feature film as a director was Mission: Impossible: III back in 2006. After the film’s release there was a falling out between Tom Cruise and Paramount pictures, however more recently things have thawed and in the last year Cruise has been talking up a fourth entry in the franchise. Now it appears that JJ Abrams has been asked to produce MI:4.

Happy Birthday Karl Urban

He may not be a physicist, but he is now 37 years old. Today is Karl Urban’s birthday and so we here at TrekMovie wanted to wish him a happy birthday and you are out of your Vulcan mind if you didn’t think that he nailed the role as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in the new Star Trek. See below to find out all the latest on fellow Trek fan, Karl Urban. 

PineWatch: Chris Pine Picks Next Movie + Named ‘Most Beautiful Man’ + New Photos + more

Star Trek’s new captain may not (yet) be the king of all media like Bill Shatner, but he is certainly getting enough buzz this week to get him his own ‘Celeb’ column. We have news of Chris Pine’s first big post-Star Trek role in a new action movie with Denzel Washington, plus new photos, and more in our very first ‘PineWatch’

CelebWatch: Stardate 05.30.09

After a break, CelebWatch is back and today brings you news on Colm Meaney getting a beat-down, Trek alumni say YES (and some saying NO) to the new SAG contract, one Trek alum receiving a Life Achievement Award, and a couple really weird videos featuring the two stars from the new Star Trek film. All this and more await you below!

George Takei Speaks Out Against CA Supreme Court Ruling on Prop 8 [UPDATED]

Last September the original Sulu, George Takei wed his long-time partner Brad Altman (see TM story), but in November California voters amended the state’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Today the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8, but also declared marriages completed before Prop 8 (like Takei’s) to be valid. However, Takei is still not happy about the ruling and has made a statement. [UPDATED: more Takei statements on video]

Live Coverage Of Star Trek Hollywood Premiere

This evening the big USA gala premiere is happening at the Chinese theater in Hollywood, California. After a month of international premieres, this is is going to the the biggest with Star Trek director JJ Abrams joined by almost the entire cast and crew. Also on hand will be past Trek luminaries and many of LA’s top celebrities. TrekMovie is there and will be liveblogging (with photos), plus there are live webcams and a local TV station is broadcasting live from the red carpet. Details below.

JJ Abrams & Star Trek Cast/Crew Attend Shatner Charity Event – First Meeting of the Kirks [UPDATED: More pics]

As noted in our last ShatWatch, there were two big events today: The William Shatner Horse Show, and a big Paramount press day for Star Trek. And so as soon as they wrapped up their press event, JJ Abrams and members of the Star Trek team and cast whisked across town to attend Bill’s charity horse event, and TrekMovie has the first photo of the first meeting of the new Kirks. 

CelebWatch: Stardate 04.24.09 [Updated]

After months, the Watch is back, baby! We can’t let the new movie celebs take up all the space, when so many ‘classic’ Trek celebs are out there making a difference. Below is some Trek celeb news from the past few weeks, including tons of stuff on George Takei, LeVar Burton, and Patrick Stewart. Plus: a guide to Trek actors who have appeared on TV in the last three months, and those who will be appearing soon.

The Collective: Autographed Edition

Collecting autographs is not a hobby unique to Star Trek. Fans of everything from sports to first-edition books have been fascinated by obtaining the signatures of those they admire. Today TrekMovie provides a guide to obtaining autographs from the world of Trek, plus we have a fun contest sponsored by Autograph Magazine and news about Rittenhouse Ltd.’s Star Trek 2009 feature film trading card set signers.

Leonard Nimoy To Appear On ‘Fringe’ [UPDATED: Orci Answers Fringe Questions]

Leonard Nimoy is headed to another JJ Abrams production, this time on the small screen. EW is reporting that Nimoy will appear as what could be a recurring character on Fringe, the genre show created and produced by the same team who are bringing us the new Star Trek movie. This is big news for fans of Fringe and of Star Trek, and huge news for fans of both. [more below, including FRINGE spoilers]

Abrams, Pine & Quinto Depart For Australia + Prelim Global Premiere Schedule

Today in Trek (future) history is First Contact Day. On April 5th 2063 Zefram Cochrane will make the first Human warp flight and greet the first Vulcan visitors to Earth. And how fitting that today Star Trek director JJ Abrams and his Kirk and Spock (Chris Pine and Zach Quinto), all boarded their first flight to greet fans (new and old) across the world, in their global Star Trek tour. See below for details including a preliminary schedule of the events.

Preview Of Scott Bakula’s Guest Spot on Chuck + Bakula Talks About New Star Trek Movie

On Monday Scott Bakula, Star Trek Enterprise’s Captain Jonathan Archer, begins a three-episode arc on the NBC show Chuck. We have video and image previews plus some interview excerpts from Bakula talking about Chuck and about Star Trek, including how maybe the new Star Trek movie could prove that Enterprise should never have been cancelled.

DVD Review – Shatner’s Groom Lake + ShatWatch: King of All Media Edition

Just this month William Shatner’s 2002 feature film Groom Lake on has been re-released on DVD this March. First shown in the early 2000s on the Sci-Fi Channel, the film is a science fiction tale written, produced, and directed by William Shatner (who also stars in the movie). See below for a review of the new DVD plus the latest ‘ShatWatch’ news on Bill.

Happy Birthday Leonard Nimoy

Today, Leonard Nimoy is 78.  His thoughtfulness and dedication to his art is a big reason for the popularity of Spock.  He has entertained Star Trek fans for more than 40 years, creating a cultural icon with a character we are all delighted to see again on the big screen this year.  However, his career is more than Spock, starting nearly 60 years ago.  TrekMovie sends its best wishes to Leonard on his birthday with this collection of some of his performances during his many decades as an entertainer. 

Stewart: I was not slumming on Trek

In recent years Patrick Stewart has return to his roots as a Shakespearean actor, but in a new interview with the UK’s The Times, the former Jean Luc Picard makes it clear that he is proud of his time in the captain’s chair of the Enterprise on Star Trek The Next Generation. See below for video and what he had to say.

ShatWatch: Bill As Canadian PM? How About Astronaut? OK, Sci-Fi Fanatic?

March will be the month of better weather, spring breaks, and also William Shatner’s 78th birthday. Therefore, we at TrekMovie have redefined March Madness to be March Shatness. At 78, Shatner continues to be a role model for how to age with vigor and enthusiasm for life, and TrekMovie has all the details on his recent adventures in this edition of ShatWatch.

Preview of 25th Summer TrekFest – TOS Stars (and TrekMovie) Headed To Riverside, Iowa

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, James T. Kirk tells Gillian Tayler "I’m from Iowa. I only work in outer space", which started in motion an annual tradition in the real town of Riverside, Iowa: Trek Fest. Trekmovie.com brings you all the details about this annual event, with this 25th anniversary year promising to be the biggest and best yet, with guest stars Walter Koenig, George Takei, and Nichelle Nichols.

Trek Vets Pick Up (And Give Away) Oscars At 2009 Academy Awards

The 81st Academy Awards were held tonight, and Star Trek was all over the place, albeit indirectly. For starters, a few Trek alumni walked home with a golden statuette. Not only that, but several Trek veterans were on hand to co-present a few awards. Oh, and then there’s the fact that the show’s orchestra was conducted by the man who wrote the score this year’s Star Trek. Check it out below.