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Archive for May, 2009

Abrams, Pine And Quinto On Star Trek XI Security

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Trying to keep details of Star Trek XI from leaking out to eager fans was sometimes a real nuisance for the cast and crew and made even mundane chores like going to the restroom tricky.

As reported by Matt’s Movie Reviews, J.J. Abrams had good reason for insisting on the secrecy surrounding Star Trek XI while it was in production. “I wrote this script for Superman years ago,” he explained, “and it ended up being reviewed online, and it was a work in progress, not a completed script, and it was decimated! And the reaction was a really interesting thing, since it was one of things that it happened in a way that on the one hand I was, like, horrified. But on the other hand it was very educational.” (more…)


Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Ask J.J. Abrams, Alien Spotlight: Romulans, Meyer, Star Trek XI Rumor, Wheaton on Star Trek XI, Star Trek: The Exhibition in Philadelphia

Ten Questions Answered by J.J. Abrams

Memory Alpha, has posted ten answers to questions submitted to J.J. Abrams by Star Trek fans.

Questions submitted included topics such as: original fan alienation concerns, Trek canon, the influence of Abrams’ other work on making Star Trek XI, directing Leonard Nimoy, redoing aspects of the movie, relating to characters from the original series, why the classic era time was chosen, designing the ship stations, using Memory Alpha as a reference and concerns that Star Trek is no longer as relevant as it was when the series first began. (more…)

Star Trek XI Writers Explain Controversial Decisions

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci explained the reasoning behind Star Trek XI events that would be regarded as controversial by fans. (Spoilers)

As reported by MTV, one of the scenes provoking much discussion by fans is the destruction of Vulcan, one of the founding members of the Federation. “The scariest thing about [destroying Vulcan] was us having to pitch that to Leonard Nimoy,” explained Kurtzman. “‘Hi, I know we just met, but let me tell you about what happens to your home planet.'” (more…)


Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Pine, Smith, Cho, Spock: Reflections, Star Trek Parody Comic, Star Trek Box Office, China and Starfleet?

Chris Pine Explains Kirk, has posted a video of Chris Pine, where he talks about playing James T. Kirk.

“James Kirk is everything you’d want to be,” he said, listing all of Kirk’s personality traits. “The process of the movie is how is this guy going to take all of this disparate energies and kind of mold them into the form of a Captain?”


Saldana: Not The Typical Girly-Girl

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Most little girls dress or brush the hair of their Barbie dolls, but as a child, Zoe Saldana sent hers on secret missions.

As reported byWomen’s Health Magazine, even back to her childhood days, Saldana preferred her women to be strong. “Growing up, my dolls were doctors and on secret missions,” she said. “I had ‘Barbie Goes Rambo.'” (more…)

Star Trek XII: Charting An Unpredictable Future

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

With the world of Star Trek switched to an alternate reality timeline, as far as future stories are concerned, anything goes.

As reported by MTV, one of the problems writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci faced while penning the prequel Star Trek XI was that the future was already known by the fans. “One of the obstacles that we found ourselves butting up against [when we took on the job] was this idea that we already knew the fate of the characters,” said Kurtzman. “If you’re going to bring a whole new iteration of Trek to life, you could never put them in any real danger,

Retro Review: Redemption, Part 1

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

When Picard is asked as Arbiter of Succession to oversee Gowron’s installation, Worf resigns from Starfleet to fight against the Duras family.

Click here to read the full review.



Monday, May 11th, 2009

Star Trek XI Earnings, Shatner Sells, Rossi on Star Trek XI

Star Trek XI Profits Soar

As reported by Variety, Star Trek XI has earned &_#36;76.5 million dollars in the U.S. as of Sunday morning and &_#36;35.5 million overseas. The film was the number one film for the weekend.

Overseas, the movie did best in the U.K., where it earned &_#36;8.8 million. In Germany, Star Trek XI raked in &_#36;4.6 million. Sales for Australia over the weekend added up to &_#36;3.4 million.

J.J. Abrams did everything we could have asked for in re-energizing this franchise and making a fantastic movie for everyone,” said Rob Moore of Paramount. (more…)

Pine And Quinto: Preparations Mental and Physical

Monday, May 11th, 2009

In addition to the mental demands of playing a character, there were also physical preparations for Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto to complete before they would be ready to step into their roles as Kirk and Spock.

As reported by The Cinema Source, Pine paid attention to the small details of Kirk, so that his portrayal of Kirk would be similar to that of William Shatner. “You watch the show, you know what Kirk does,” he said. “What resonated for me were certain physical things. There’s a way that he holds his body and moves about the deck of the ship that’s very, it’s almost theatrical, you see his kind of theatrical training in his gait and in the way he carries his body, in the way he sits in the chair.” (more…)

Star Trek XI Scenes Not Seen

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Star Trek XI Co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci had written a scene for William Shatner, but the scene was deleted during rewrites.

As reported by Io9, details of the scene were provided by Orci and Kurtzman. “We wrote it, it was in the script,” said Orci. (more…)

Nimoy: Spock Prime’s Place In Star Trek XI

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

For both Spock and Leonard Nimoy, aging has brought a balance between logic and emotion.

As reported by, Nimoy explained the differences in Star Trek XI‘s Spock and Spock from the original series. “The aspect of Spock that I played in this movie is much more resolved,” explained Nimoy, “The issue of a balance between logic and emotion is resolved for him as it has been for me in my own personal life.” (more…)

Star Trek XI Continues With Strong Opening

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

After grossing seven million dollars on opening day, Star Trek XI continues to rack up the earnings.

As reported by Google, Star Trek XI took in an additional twenty-four million dollars on Friday, for a combined total of thirty-one million dollars in U.S. ticket sales thus far.

Paramount estimates that the end of the weekend, ticket sales will be close to seventy million dollars, for the best opening weekend ever for a Star Trek movie.

1996’s Star Trek: First Contact grossed 30.7 million dollars on its opening weekend, which translates to over fifty-one million dollars in today’s money.

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

Star Trek XI Reviews

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Star Trek XI has released and the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.

At Rotten Tomatoes, Star Trek XI has a 96% positive rating with reviews coming from magazine, newspaper and website critics. (Spoilers ahead)

Reporting from Time Magazine, Mary Pols claims that “The New Star Trek Movie: It Will Leave Fans Beaming.” Pols begins by saying that “After 43 years, our relationship with the franchise had grown so familiar and worn that we’d quietly moved into separate bedrooms. If we’d had the energy, we might have signed divorce papers. Nonetheless, every few years, the Franchise put on a new outfit and twirled around hopefully. This usually won it some new admirers, although those of us who remembered the deep past most fondly were less enamored of its new permutations. We wished the Franchise no ill will, but at the same time we occasionally thought: Give it a rest, darling, you’re showing your age.”

But after seeing the movie, Pols is more enthusiastic. “Director J.J. Abrams‘ version of Star Trek…catapults us into the Land Before Star Trek Began with a brisk, joyous romp that makes us consider renewing those vows.” (more…)

Strong Opening For Star Trek XI

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

As with 20th Century Fox’s Wolverine last weekend, Star Trek XI did well on its first night of release.

As reported by Variety, Star Trek XI, which opened at 7 P.M. Thursday night, grossed an estimated seven million dollars as of Friday morning.

Not expected to gross as much as Wolverine or Iron Man, Star Trek XI nonetheless held its own over the other two recent releases. Wolverine grossed almost five million dollars in its midnight showings and Iron Man grossed somewhat over four million dollars.

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

Cast Chats

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

With the U.S. release of Star Trek XI, the actors have been out and about interviewing, talking about Star Trek XI and their latest projects.

Zachary Quinto spoke with Lyons & Bailes Reel Talk about Spock (Star Trek XI) and Sylar (Heroes) and how they are similar in some ways.

“These are both characters who have deeply rooted internal conflict, a duality they’re really struggling with,” said Quinto about the two characters he plays on Heroes and Star Trek XI. “So for me, the point of departure was not completely dissimilar but where the characters go in terms of their emotional journey is very different obviously.” (more…)