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.
Archive for March, 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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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.
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.
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…)
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…)
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.
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…)
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.
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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.”