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Archive for May, 2009

Star Trek XI Concept Art

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Artist James Clyne has updated his website and amongst the images are those created for Star Trek XI.

As reported by James Clyne, almost two dozen images have been uploaded to Clyne’s website. This artwork includes scenes such as exterior and interior shots of the Narada, the drill platform and a scene in which men are diving down to the platform, the bridge of a Federation ship, several shots of the Vulcan capital and a scene above Vulcan with the remnants of destroyed starships.

To see the art, head to the link located here.

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Reddick’s ‘Legend Of Bill’

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Cartoonist/Illustrator David Reddick‘s Legend of Bill comic celebrated its first birthday today.

As reported by Legend of Bill, the comic about a file clerk intern in search of adventure turned one today and a special comic was posted to commemorate the occasion. (more…)

Moore’s Virtuality Not Dead

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Although it appeared that Ronald D. Moore‘s Virtuality was as good as dead, FOX has changed its mind about the show and additional episodes are now planned for production.

As reported by Airlock Alpha, an entry in Doug Drexler‘s blog shared the good news with his readers. “We got the word that a show we thought was dead is now on the fast track,” said Drexler, who was the CG supervisor for the Virtuality pilot. “It’s Ron Moore’s Virtuality. It just goes to show you how this business goes. It was dead, dead, dead…now it’s alive, alive, alive…and they want it now, now, now!” (more…)

Saldana: How About Kirk Next Time?

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Female fans may raise eyebrows in disbelief, but Zoe Saldana wouldn’t mind seeing Uhura with someone other than Spock in the next Star Trek movie.

As reported by Jonathan Crocker, Kirk’s blue eyes made an impact on the sultry Saldana. When asked whether she preferred Kirk or Spock, she first said, “Oh God, it depends! I suppose it would have to be Spock for now.” (more…)

Greenwood On Future Star Trek

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Star Trek XII will possibly begin shooting next summer, and Bruce Greenwood (Pike) spoke about what he would like to see in the next movie.

As reported by Examiner.com, Greenwood is optimistic about Trek’s future. “I think these guys are clever enough to do at least two more and have the final one do a really hard dovetail into the beginning of [the storylines] for the original series,” he said. “My expectations are very high for them.”
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Paramount Grateful For Star Trek XI

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

After a first quarter loss, Paramount has reason to be grateful for the profitability of Star Trek XI.

As reported by Variety, the first quarter for Paramount was a dismal one, with the studio posting a &_#36;123 million operating loss. (more…)

Creating Star Trek XI’s “Big Red” Creature

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Neville Page, creature and character designer for Star Trek XI, had his first challenge when the original desert planet became an ice planet instead.

As reported by TrekWeb, according to Page, the creature had to be changed. “J.J. originally brought me on board to do the main creature that would chase Kirk,” he said. “It was a desert planet and consequently, something more of a desert creature. For reasons unknown to me, it was switched to an ice planet. Obviously, any designs I had on this beast before were of no use.

Star Trek XI: Creating The Magic

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

To make a science fiction movie believable, in addition to building sets, special effects have to be imagined and then created.

As reported by CGSociety, two companies handled the approximately nine hundred and fifty visual effects shots for Star Trek XI, with eight hundred of the shots coming from Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and the rest coming from Digital Domain (DD,) all of which were completed in six months.
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Takei Slams California Court Decision

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Although his own marriage is still safe, George Takei is angry over today’s decision by the California Supreme Court which upheld a ban on gay marriages while permitting marriages already conducted before the passage of Propostion 8 to stand.

As reported by PopEater, Takei, one of the approximately eighteen-thousand gay couples who married before voters passed Proposition 8 (which banned same-sex marriage) said that the California Supreme Court’s ruling to allow some marriages to stand meant that they had “decided to be indecisive,” and that the ruling would “ultimately be condemned by history.” (more…)

Live long and prosper, with the Force!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

With the success of the latest Star Trek film, science fiction fans face the “Which is better, Star Trek or Star Wars?” question yet again.

As reported by TheForce.Net, The Force-Cast has posted a roundtable discussion where insights into both Star Wars and Star Trek are offered, including reasons for the longevity and popularity of both of the franchises. (more…)

Greenwood On Trek Sets

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Bruce Greenwood (Christopher Pike) answered several fan questions about his experiences on and thoughts about the Star Trek XI set.

As reported by UInterview, According to Greenwood, the most exciting scene in which he took part was in the Iowa bar. “The scene in the bar was a great deal of fun.” he explained. “There was a lot going on emotionally.” (more…)

Shatner On Acting Challenges And Raw Nerve

Monday, May 25th, 2009

According to William Shatner, making a science fiction movie or show can mean going back to being a child, when one must use imagination to get the scene done.

As reported by The Shatner Project, “Science fiction film acting is very challenging,” explained Shatner. “Frequently, they’ll put a flag, a stand up someplace with an “x” made of tape and…what is that over there? What is that coming towards us?…It’s an exercise in imagination. And you’re right back to a three-year-old, who is playing with blocks and playing with blocks and doing and you’re right, you’re playing the child inside you.”

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JumpCon Founder Bankrupt

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

JumpCon fans have been left in the lurch as JumpCon founder Shane Senter has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, submitting the paperwork last Wednesday.

As reported by Airlock Alpha, this is the worst-case scenario for fans who pre-paid for tickets to attend the Boston JumpCon last July, which ended up being canceled. (more…)

Abrams: Making Star Trek XI – A Balancing Act

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Creating Star Trek XI meant trying to satisfy needs which were sometimes at odds with each other.

As reported by Ain’t It Cool News, it was tricky for J.J. Abrams to tell a good story and yet not upset the established fanbase. “…Breaking away from the timeline…gave us the freedom to tell a story that wasn’t constrained by canon, but at the same time…and the weird part is that we also had to embrace it, because that’s what we were inspired by and we had to honor it and make sure that we weren’t insulting, as much as we could, the fans of Trek,” he said. (more…)

Pine OK With Fan Response

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Chris Pine can handle fan reaction to Star Trek XI, whether the fans like or dislike the direction in which the franchise has gone.

As reported by FortWayne.com, Pine is aware that some fans may prefer the way that William Shatner portrayed Kirk. “I’m sure some people will like what I did,” he said. “Some people won’t. Some people will think the Kirk that they see is not their Kirk, and if that’s the case, that’s the case. The story and the message is so wonderful and positive, why not share it with a whole bunch of different people?”

Deviating from Star Trek canon may offend some, but that was necessary to entice new fans. “If that means altering certain things in the tradition, the story line, the legacy, so be it,” said Pine. “If that offends some people, so be it. But I really do think what we’ve made is very accessible.”

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