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Archive for May, 2009

Abrams: Walking The Tightrope

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

In several recent interviews, J.J. Abrams spoke about the challenges and goals of creating Star Trek XI, as well as to where the future might lead.

As reported by Buzzine and indieLONDON, Abrams wanted Star Trek XI to show how a beloved group of people came together, so that he as well as other non-fans could understand the appeal of Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise crew. “For me, Star Trek is tricky, since it never dealt with why these people came together and why we cared about them as a group,” he said. “This is a movie about these sort of orphans that we get to know throughout the movie. At the end of the movie, you love all of them. Before, I didn’t have a favorite character since I didn’t connect with any of them. But now, I couldn’t even choose because I love all of them.” (more…)

Kurtzman And Orci: Creating The Star Trek Story

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Star Trek XI Co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci explain the reasoning behind some of the events in Star Trek XI. (Spoilers)

As seen at, the two writers chose a solution that gave them more room to write a story, unhampered by forty years of Trek history. “Our solution frees us from canon and allows many more sequels in which you don’t have to be bound,” explained Orci.

Bana, Cho, Greenwood And Yelchin On First Impressions

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Four of the Star Trek XI actors explained how they were initially attracted by the Star Trek XI script or their specific characters and what they did to prepare for their roles.

As reported by, Bruce Greenwood was attracted to taking on the role of Pike because of the problem his character faced. “Well he’s got this tremendous dilemma of having to…having an instinct about somebody who to all appearances is going to let him down but his gut is to follow his instinct in spite of the way the kid’s behaving,” said Greenwood. “So there’s a tremendous father-son dynamic to that dilemma. That’s what appealed to me.” (more…)

Saldana Envied Star Trek Fans

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

When she saw what conventions meant to Star Trek fans and how they enjoyed them, Zoe Saldana wanted some of that passion.

As reported by, in her research to understand what it was to be a Star Trek fan, Saldana watched Trekkies 1 and 2 as well as Star Trek episodes. “I didn’t even know what the word ‘Trekkie’ meant,” said Saldana. “So I didn’t know what conventions were. I knew of Star Trek, but not extensively. So part of doing my research to have the feel to be a Trekkie and to go to these conventions.” (more…)

Cho: Sulu Needed To Kick Some Booty

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

John Cho was delighted when he realized that Sulu was going to be a character who was active and not afraid to get into a fight when necessary.

As reported by, Cho was both nervous and excited about his version of Sulu. “I was thrilled he was out of his chair and getting into the mix,” said Cho. “If I had one complaint about the old show, as an Asian-American, I wanted to see Sulu get involved a little more and kick some booty. And this is it, this is happening. I can’t believe I am fulfilling my own personal dream and having Sulu shaking it.” (more…)

Greenwood Talks Trek

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Star Trek XI is a bridge between the old and the new, according to Bruce Greenwood (Captain Pike.)

As reported by, having reverence for Star Trek doesn’t mean one can’t put forth something new, but there was tension between that reverence and the need to add fresh material. “[Star Trek XI] is a bridge between the old and the new, but…there is a lot of tension there,” said Greenwood.

Karl Urban The Trekkie

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

As a long-term fan of Star Trek, portraying Dr. McCoy was a thrill for Karl Urban.

As reported by, “This was a fantastic opportunity for me,” said Urban. “I’m so grateful to J.J. for the opportunity to do a character so fundamentally different from anything I’ve done in such a long time. You certainly can’t call Bones McCoy an action hero.” (more…)

Quinto On Deleted Scenes

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

While most of Zachary Quinto‘s scenes made it into the Star Trek XI, some other actors weren’t so fortunate.

As reported by Sci Fi Wire, cuts involving Quinto’s work were mostly in the nature of shortening scenes. “There are other versions, there are longer versions, of scenes,” said Quinto. “Like, for example, the debate between Kirk and Spock when he gets called out for cheating on the test. That was a much longer sequence, and Chris [Pine] and I both really loved that process, shooting that scene. So I was like, ‘Oh, well, that’s really whittled away a little bit.'” (more…)

Abrams’ Good Day New York Appearance

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Appearing on Good Day, New York this morning, Star Trek XI Director J.J. Abrams explained the appeal of Star Trek XI and gave his opinion of William Shatner‘s displeasure in being left out of the movie.

As reported by, not only did Abrams want to make a movie that the non-Star Trek fans would get, but he wanted to make a fun movie. “My concern was to try to make a movie that you didn’t have to be a Star Trek fan to see,” he said, “that would be the kind of the ride at the amusement park that you have to go on. I just wanted to make a big, fun movie.” (more…)

Virtual Enterprise Tour

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Paramount Pictures International (PPI) has made an “augmented reality” (AR) Star Trek tour for fans in which they can experience the Enterprise like never before.

As reported by Experience the Enterprise, a 3D interactive version of the Star Trek Enterprise can be placed in the palm of one’s hand. (more…)


Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Kirk Meets Kirk, Pine Pops Stuntperson, Quinto and the Rubberband, Star Wreck

Kirk Meets Kirk and the Universe Does Not Destroy Itself

As seen on The Shatner Project, Chris Pine and William Shatner met in person for the first time at Shatner’s Hollywood Charity Horseshow last month.

Pine arrived after the Press “Meet and Greet,” but the two managed to find each other and exchange greetings. (more…)

Star Trek XII Speculation

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Star Trek XI is days away its worldwide release, but already talk of a sequel has begun.

Co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and producer Damon Lindelof are considering the future after Star Trek XI, according to

The three have already signed up for a potential sequel and begun early discussions with Director J.J. Abrams. “Alex, Bob and I are going to be writing it together,” said Lindelof. “We’ve started preliminary talks with J.J., but obviously it’s almost jinxing it to get too far down the road. We want it to come out, we hope it does well, and then we’ll take it to the next year. We’re a little curious as to what the audience wants. We’ll start to get a sense of what they are responding to in the movie. We want to write it for them too.”


The Onion: Trekkies Unhappy With Star Trek XI

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

The Onion, well known for its satirical articles, has taken on Star Trek fans in its latest online video offering.

As seen atThe Onion, Star Trek fans are the target in this amusing five minute explanation of why Trekkies are in an uproar courtesy of Star Trek XI. (more…)


Monday, May 4th, 2009

Christmas Hallmark Star Trek Ornaments

Three new Star Trek ornaments can been seen online at The first new ornament is a Klingon Battle Cruiser that lights up and is battery operated.

A radiation-scarred Captain Christopher Pike is featured on the second ornament, along with Kirk and Spock. This ornament has a conversation between Kirk and Spock taken from The Menagerie, and Pike’s chair lights up.

The third ornament is a Starfleet Phaser. The phaser ornament has a sound clip between Kirk and Spock taken from “Conscience of the King,” as well as the sound of a phaser on overload.

The ornaments will appear this summer, and in the autumn. (more…)

Star Trek XI Tidbits

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Pine and Quinto On Good Day, New York

As seen in a video by FOX New York, the reality of Kirk wasn’t quite what Chris Pine expected when he took on the role. “I signed up,” he explained. “I was very excited. I thought I was going to be the hero of the movie and get the lady and beat people up, and it was actually the exact opposite.

Zachary Quinto explained Spock’s appeal to audiences. “Spock has a definitive magnetism because there’s a mystery to him,” he said.