Gene Roddenberry’s son Rod Roddneberry has been working on a documentary about his father and Trek fandom for a few years. Over the summer TrekMovie reported that Roddenberry had hired a new editor (Emmy winner Allan Holzman) who was finally putting it all together and had created a new trailer, which is now online.
Heroes kicked off its third season tonight on NBC. Over the past two seasons the show has featured a number of references to another NBC show, Star Trek. Tonight in the "Countdown to Heroes" special, Zachary Quinto (the new Spock) helped introduced a video segment on the Trek/Heroes homages, see video below.
The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held this evening, and no, William Shatner didn’t win. Unlike last weekend at the Creative Arts Emmys, nobody associated with Trek walked away with an Emmy this year. However, The Shat did provide a moment of levity during the otherwise excruciating first 10 minutes. Read more on that and Shat’s fellow Trek losers below.
Another veteran Trek writer/producer out promoting his new show is 2008 Emmy-nominee Bryan Fuller, who is the creator and show-runner for the quirky ABC hit Pushing Daises. In a new interview Fuller assessed the state of the Trek franchise and talked about how he would love to get another go at a Trek TV series..
Next weekend the primetime Emmy Awards will be handed out, but tonight the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences handed out the Creative Arts Emmys in Los Angeles. Many Trek alumni walked away as winners, including a team of Trek vets led by Gary Hutzel who took home statuettes for their work on Ron Moore’s Battlestar Galactica.
TrekMovie has been informed that Joan ("Joannie") Winston, one of the founders of the first Star Trek conventions and author of "The Making of the Star Trek Conventions," passed away September 11th at age 77. According to her family, Joan died in her sleep at an assisted living center in New York.
On September 8th, 1966, the world was transported for the first time to the 23rd century and the final frontier. On TV screens across America, "The Man Trap" introduced Star Trek and ushered in a franchise that endures to this day. Some fans recall the day, but for many more, they were too young or not even yet born to experience that moment in TV history.
TrekMovie is helping out some people who are looking to find Trek fans who are ready for their close-up. First up, a UK documentary is coming to coming to Los Angeles and the producers want some Trekkies to help them as they get the cast of TOS together. Plus a photo-journalist in Jacksonville Florida wants meet some Trekkies in their natural habitat.
In just four days, on Monday September 1st, Star Trek The Experience will close its gates for the last time. The 11 year long run at the Las Vegas Hilton will conclude with a special decommissioning ceremony and the public are invited. Plus, tickets for the final VIP run of the rides are available on Ebay.
This week there are some happenings for Star Trek on TV. Firstly the last Trek film, Nemesis, has its network TV premiere on the AMC Network, with more showings later in the week. Plus the Sci-Fi Channel has two Trek marathons lined up for Labor Day weekend. There are also some changes ahead in the fall schedule for Trek on cable.
CBS Paramount has just released the final details on the September 16 release of the Star Trek: Alternate Realities DVD Fan Collective. We have a full list of the special features, more packing art and news on the special promotional figure giveaway. Plus the Season One of the Remastered Trek has dropped in price to fall in line with Seasons Two and Three.
The 60th annual Emmy Awards are held on September 21st and part of the show will include ‘TV’s most memorable moments’ from both drama and comedy. The clips that will be included in the final show are based on Internet voting which just opened up and a classic scene from Star Trek is on the list.
The number one movie this weekend is Paramount Dreamworks comedy Tropic Thunder from director (and Trekkie) Ben Stiller. So far it is even beating Star Wars The Clone Wars in box office and that is all because the film actually contains a clip from Star Trek: The Original Series. OK maybe not just because of that, but it does have one.
Today at the official Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, CBS announced that a new official Star Trek fan club will be launched by the end of the year. Details are sketchy for now, but CBS promised more details to come next month and have launched a new website to gather fan input on this new venture. In related news, Dan Madsen, who ran the previous fan club, is involved in a new fan venture that is partnering with Roddenberry.com
Star Trek The Experience, at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, will close down on September 1st. While here at the Creation Las Vegas Star Trek Convention, TrekMovie decided to say goodbye and take one last run through and do our first (and last) review of the premiere Star Trek attraction.
Next Spring, Star Trek joins the pantheon of franchises to get its own Scene It? Deluxe Edition DVD trivia game. This week the new Star Trek SceneIt? website went live and fans can enter a contest that awards cool prizes and a chance at having their questions included in the game itself.
Gene may be gone, but the Roddenberry family is still here doing what they can to honor and keep the fans involved with the Roddenberry legacy. To that end they have a number of new things going on at Roddenberry.com and they just announced a special ‘Revolution Party’ in Las Vegas this week.
J.J. Abrams is fond of saying that iPhones do more than an Original Series communicator (except speak directly to a ship in orbit, but lets not get picky). Recently Apple upgraded the iPhone software to '2.0' and launched the official Apple’s App Store. The service offers almost 1,000 free and paid apps in numerous categories. The only problem — a serious lack of Trek applications!
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.
The Royal Shakespeare Company may want sci-fi fans to show up to see their production of Hamlet starring Star Trek The Next Generation’s Patrick Stewart and Doctor Who’s David Tennant, but apparently they don’t want fans to bring any of their stuff. Although they are allowing autographs, the producers have banned the signing of any Trek or Who memorabilia.
On Thursday of this week tens of thousands will descend on San Diego California for the ultimate nerd-gasm that is Comic Con. Although there is no big panel for the new Star Trek film, TrekMovie is still going to report on all the other Trek happenings at the Paramount booth and with the other Trek licensee booths, Trek panels and with the various Trek celebrities who will be there. Today we have a full Trekkie guide to Comic Con 2008.
On August 6th Creation’s official Star Trek convention kicks off at the Las Vegas Hilton for five days of Trek craziness with 15,000 Trek fans being entertained with events and dozens of Trek stars including the Spocks, Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy. TrekMovie will be there reporting every day. We have details on the week, plus a give-away contest, check it all out below.
Diamond Select Toys has taken the advice of Young MC who told us all to Bust a Move. With the recent release of their Captain Archer mini sculpture, DST had now released all five Trek captains as busts–with more on the way. Today The Collective looks at the entire line of these mini Star Trek sculptures.
Russ, our regular Sci-Fi Saturday columnist is taking the week off, but the big genre news this weekend is that The Dark Knight had the biggest opening day of all time, taking in $66.4 Mil Friday. Today TrekMovie takes a look at some of the connections between the Batman and Star Trek franchises.
The nominees for the 2008 Emmy Awards were announced this morning and there are a few Trek alumni on the list with William Shatner at the top of that list. Other Trek alums include Ronald D. Moore, Bryan Fuller, Gary Hutzel, Doug Drexler, and Sarah Silverman. Also Star Trek’s new masters picked up some nods for Lost. Full details below.
News of the September closing of Star Trek: The Experience (and Quark’s Bar and Grill) at the Las Vegas Hilton is sad news for fans who enjoy mixing the reel of Star Trek with the real of restaurants. Quark’s, with its Trek name and themed food, was the biggest Star Trek restaurant ever, but there have been others. Today we take a look at some of these other Trek themed restaurants we have said goodbye to, and a few that still remain.
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.
Last week the news broke that Paramount will not be holding any movie panels (including Star Trek) at San Diego Comic Con coming up at the end of July. Since that time TrekMovie has been looking into the situation and today has an update on what we can expect for the movie and other aspects of Trek
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.
As reported from the Licensing Expo last week, Radica Games (a division of Mattel) is working on a Star Trek version of their popular hand-held “mind reading” game 20Q. But you don’t have to wait until the game is in stores. You can play a version of the game online at a new website launched today, and you will help make the programed AI for the hand held version even smarter.