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Archive for March, 2009

Vulcan To Get Star Trek XI Sneak Peak

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

The logistics were just too daunting for the small town of Vulcan, Canada to host the world premiere of Star Trek XI, but Paramount was able to come up with a logical compromise.

As reported by CBCnews.ca, Leonard Nimoy‘s assistance to Vulcan paid off and three hundred of its residents will get to see Star Trek XI two days ahead of the rest of North America. (more…)

Retro Review: Qpid

Friday, March 20th, 2009

In the middle of an archaeology conference, Q, trying to show the captain a good time, turns Picard and crew into Robin Hood and his merry men.

Click here to read the full review.
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Roper: Gamers Should Be Excited About Star Trek: Online

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Cryptic’s experience in creating games is a bonus when it comes to making a new game such as Star Trek: Online, according to Cryptic Studio’s Design Director/Executive Producer Bill Roper, as the developers don’t have to focus on inventing the basics, but can focus on new and more interesting ideas to enrich their new game, making the game better for players.

As reported by Virgin Media, Cryptic works from a core tool set which has been developed over the past few years. “It grows on its own with requests from the development teams,” explained Roper. “The huge benefit of that is we’re not recreating the wheel every time we’re working on a game. Those core tools are there: how missions get built, how effects hook up, the graphics pipeline, all those things that can take so long. So the teams get to focus much more than usual on just building content and game systems, which is a huge benefit. It allows us to create games faster because we’re not having to create all the associated technology every time, and it also enables us to make games that are richer in experience because we’re spending the bulk of our time on that content, on what’s going in.” (more…)

Sitting In Kirk’s Command Chair

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Diamond Select Toys & Collectibles is offering a replica captain’s chair for only &_#36;2,700, but enterprising fans are creating their own versions of Kirk’s command chair.

As reported by The New York Times, fans, some of whom were not even born when Star Trek first aired, have incorporated part of the Enterprise into their home decor with full-sized replicas of the captain’s chair from the bridge of the USS Enterprise. (more…)

Nimoy: Bring Star Trek XI To Vulcan

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

The Town of Vulcan got unexpected support in their campaign to host the premiere of Star Trek XI when Leonard Nimoy read about it on the Internet and made a phone call.

As reported by The Calgary Herald, Vulcan Tourism Coordinator Dayna Dickens thought she was being “punked” when she received the phone call from Mr. Spock himself. “I was courteous and professional,” said Dickens. “We are in a bit of a target position.” (more…)

Star Trek Wedding Prize Leaves Couple Beaming

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Justin Gruba and Alissa Mellis of Troy, Michigan were the lucky winners of the Detroit Science Center’s “Star Trek: The Exhibition Ultimate Wedding Package Contest” after winning 35% of the online voting for the contest.

As reported by Freep.com, the couple won a June wedding on the exhibit’s recreated USS Enterprise Bridge, which includes a reception for two hundred guests at the museum. Gruba and Mellis also won a honeymoon at the Star Trek honeymoon suite at the MGM Grand Detroit. (more…)

Meaney Voices Irish Simpsons Episode

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Colm Meaney, best known to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fans as Miles O’Brien, will be lending his voice talents to the In the Name of the Grandfather episode of The Simpsons due to air this week.

As reported by Herald.ie and LocateTV, Homer, feeling guilty over neglecting Grampa, makes it up to him by granting him the wish of his choice, which ends up being a trip to the Emerald Isle. (more…)

Ellison Sues Paramount

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Harlan Ellison, writer of the award-winning City on the Edge of Forever original series episode, filed suit against Paramount on March 13 for failing to account to, or pay Ellison for the merchandising, publishing or any other exploitations of his famous teleplay.

As reported by Harlanellison.com, the lawsuit also names the Writers Guild of America, alleging that the WGA failed to act on Ellison’s behalf after numerous requests. (more…)

Retro Review: The Nth Degree

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

After an encounter with an alien probe, Lieutenant Barclay develops super-human intelligence and tries to take over the ship.

Click here to read the full review. (more…)

Kirk Baby Doctor Speaks

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Even though details on her character were few, Sonita Henry enjoyed playing the doctor responsible for delivering James T. Kirk.

As reported by Starpulse, although her character’s name was unknown to her, after Star Trek XI debuts, Henry’s will be known to Star Trek fans as woman who played the role of the first person to “meet” James T. Kirk. (more…)

Star Trek: Online On Alien Races

Friday, March 13th, 2009

In the ninth volume of Star Trek: Online‘s “Ask Cryptic!’ questions regarding character customization are answered.

As reported by Star Trek: Online, details on races were given, including established races and new ones created by the game developers, as well as how players can create their own customized races, including non-organic ones. (more…)

Family Guy The Next Generation Photo Released

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Fox has released a photo from the forthcoming Family Guy: Not All Dogs Go to Heaven episode.

As reported by Comics Continuum, A new photo for the Family Guy “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode was released today, showing the Next Generation crewmembers standing in a transporter with Stewie standing in front of them.

According to the episode description, “The Griffin family heads to the annual Quahog Star Trek convention, but Stewie blows a fuse when he doesn’t get a chance to ask his favorite Next Generation cast members any questions. He devises a plan, builds a transporter and beams the entire cast to his bedroom so they can spend a fun-filled day together in Quahog.”

The main cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation voiced their respective characters. Not All Dogs Go to Heaven airs on Sunday, March 29.

To read the article, head to the link located here. (more…)

Car Crash Spun Bana Movie In Different Direction

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Eric Bana’s documentary film about his love affair with a 1974 Ford Falcon GT Coupe (Love the Beast) took a different turn when he wrapped his favorite car around a tree halfway through filming.

As reported by The Daily Telegraph, Bana, who will appear on the screen as Nero in Star Trek XI, was filming his documentary Love the Beast at the Targa Tasmania Rally in 2007 when he crashed his beloved car into a tree. Bana had been thinking more along the lines of a win, not a wreck, but he turned the mishap to his advantage. “Winning might have been more personally satisfying for me,” he explained, “but there’s no doubt that when I crashed the car, the director in me was quite thrilled about Act III.” (more…)

Star Trek XI Trailer Breaks Viewing Records

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

In the first twenty-four hours after it was released, the newest Star Trek XI trailer has broken records with 1.8 million downloads.

As reported by Reuters, that was not the only record broken by the Star Trek XI trailer. It now holds the record for most weekly downloads, with over five million downloads since debuting on Apple.com/trailers last week. The Star Trek XI trailer is the most popular HD download ever on the Apple site.

To read more, head to the article located here.

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Chambliss On Designing the Future’s Past

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Production Designer Scott Chambliss wasn’t sure that working on a franchise with such a long history would be the best thing for him.

As reported by TrekMovie.com, from an article in Sci Fi Now, while Chambliss wanted to work with J.J. Abrams, he was leery of Star Trek‘s baggage. “My reaction was really all over the place,” he explained. “Of course I wanted to do J.J.’s next movie and I was excited that it was something we’d never done before. But at the same time, I also felt a lot of trepidation because of all of the history and baggage that the franchise has. That was a little troubling, but then we figured out how we had to approach it and moved forward. From a creative standpoint, there’s a real difference between approaching a piece of new material that doesn’t have any history and expectation based on what’s come before, and this only has history and expectation. It’s got a fervent group of believers in the material and there’s just so much that you had to be aware of beforehand in terms of what’s come before, which had to be considered before we even approached how we might want to do this newer version.”
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