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Archive for June, 2009

New Star Trek: Online History Update

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Star Trek: Online has updated its history section adding the year 2389.

As reported by Star Trek: Online, 2389 proves to be a turbulent year for the Romulan Empire. “Infighting continues among the leaders of the Romulan colony worlds. While basic needs are being met and Starfleet is delivering supplies and replicators to every world that will accept their help, the Romulans lack a stable government and the chain of command of the military is chaotic.” (more…)

Star Trek: Online – Developer Chat Transcript

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Fans of the forthcoming Star Trek: Online MMORPG game were able to get answers to specific questions on some of the game capabilities available for players.

As reported by Star Trek: Online, questions answered by the developers included topics on ship movement (including fueling needs and energy consumption,) and combat (including tactical issues.) (more…)

Lessons Learned From Star Trek XI

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

When it comes to making a sequel, Star Trek XI Co-writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have to decide in which one of several story directions they should go, but the pair have learned valuable lessons from Star Trek XI that should give them the confidence to know that whatever story they choose, the fans will be there and be open to acceptance of their work.

As reported by Sci Fi Wire, the main lesson was that the fans were more open-minded than expected. “I think the major lesson we learned is that fans were willing to accept differences and surprises, provided that they were somehow echoes or inspired by canon,” said Orci. “We still have to be true to Star Trek the next time around, but we’ve also been blessed with being able to be unpredictable.” (more…)

Kurtzman And Orci: Writing Trek And Future Plans

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

While writing summer blockbusters is satisfying, Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci have something else in mind when it comes to their future.

As reported by Film Journal International, making a popular Star Trek movie meant reaching beyond the established fanbase. “We call it tough love,” said Orci, explaining how to write a story in such a way as to attract new fans. “You’ve got to really look at it and see what’s going to translate to the storytelling that’s relevant now and what has to be sacrificed. Sometimes it’s hard to know, so it’s important to be disciplined about it. You can’t rely on the history of the franchise to engender goodwill. You’ve got to win the goodwill as if the franchise has never been seen before.” (more…)

Johnson And Jones Talk Star Trek: Nero

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

New comic to explain Nero’s activities while waiting for Spock to arrive in the alternate timeline.

As reported by Comic Book Resources, the success of Star Trek: Countdown has made possible Star Trek: Nero, in which fans will finally get to know what Nero was doing during those twenty-five years while he was waiting for Spock to arrive. “We were planning for this series even before Countdown was written,” explained co-writer Mike Johnson. “We wanted to wait to see how Countdown did as a gauge for the audience’s appetite for new Trek comics, but luckily Countdown has done really well so that encouraged us to go ahead with our plans for Nero.” (more…)

Star Trek: The Exhibition Star Trek Wedding Contest

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Fans wishing to have a Star Trek-themed wedding can try their luck in a contest offered by Star Trek: The Exhibition with the ultimate prize being a wedding held at the Exhibition in Philadelphia.

As reported by The Franklin, as was the case in March when Detroit hosted Star Trek: The Exhibition, another wedding contest is being offered by Star Trek: The Exhibition, with the winning couple being the one receiving the most votes in an online competition. (more…)

Cake Trek

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Some Star Trek fans build intricate models of the Enterprise, but what about a model of the Enterprise that looks good and is edible?

As reported by Cake Wrecks, creative fans have designed cakes based on the various Star Trek TV shows or movies.

Amongst them is the Star Trek Enterprise 1701 refit cake created by brothers Edward and Antoni Frys of European Cake Gallery. Their Enterprise refit cake, seenhere, took days to make, with the support structure alone taking three days.

Toys, Toys, Toys!

Monday, June 15th, 2009

A second wave of Star Trek XI based toys is due out this summer and includes characters and creatures from the movie.

As reported, the new toys will begin arriving in July. Figures include three sizes: with 3.75 inch, six inch, and twelve inch figures. The 3.75 inch figures (Galaxy Collection) include figures of: McCoy, Chekov, Kirk (3 different figures,) Spock, Sulu, General Ayel, Sarek, Keenser and Drakoulias. (more…)

Star Trek: Online – In Which Timeline?

Monday, June 15th, 2009

With the release of Star Trek XI, the world of Star Trek now has two separate timelines, which meant that Star Trek: Online had to decide into which timeline to set their own game.

As reported by Star Trek: Online, Nero’s actions put the Star Trek adventures on an alternate timeline, but Star Trek: Online‘s game won’t be following suit. (more…)

Trek Actors To Appear At Collectible Show

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

This Saturday, June 13th, eight Star Trek actors will be appearing at the Frank & Son Collectible Show located in City of Industry, California.

As reported by Frank & Son Collectible Show, Star Trek Day will be held this Saturday, from 11 AM to 4 PM at the autograph signing and photo-op where fans who wish to add to their autograph and photo collections can purchase autographs or photo-ops from Star Trek actors seen in the original series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. (more…)

Star Trek Easter Egg Contest Winner Announced

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

An eagle-eyed fan spotted R2D2 in Star Trek XI, winning himself an official Star Trek XI movie prop.

As reported at the Star Trek Facebook page, Scott H. of Erie, Colorado found R2D2 in Star Trek XI and his name was chosen randomly from those who had the correct answer, winning him a phaser prop.

For those who had entered the contest and hunted for the Star Wars robot in Star Trek XI, the Star Trek Facebook page provided the location of the robot. “During the drill machine sequence as the Enterprise comes out of its barrel role amidst destruction of the other Federation ships above Vulcan, we cut to an interior Enterprise bridge over the shoulder of Kirk that is looking out through the front viewscreen. In space, R2-D2 is floating in the debris from about the top middle of the screen to the bottom right.”

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

Stewart: Pine Was Brilliant!

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Patrick Stewart, who is appearing in Waiting for Godot, took time out from his busy schedule to go and see Star Trek XI.

As reported by The Yorkshire Post, Stewart took a few family members along to see the latest Star Trek movie. “”Yesterday, I took my grandchildren to see the new Star Trek movie,” he said. “There were three movie trailers, one for the new Terminator movie, one for the new Harry Potter and one for a Pixar animated movie. All the trailers sounded and looked the same, full of standardized levels of noise, violence and special effects and I thought, ‘My God, nothing would attract me to any of these.'” (more…)

Bana: Why I Said Yes To Nero

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Even though Eric Bana had plenty of work to keep him occupied, he chose to take on the role of Nero in Star Trek XI in spite of initial misgivings about the role.

As reported by Inside Film, some years are lean for an actor, but 2009 has proven to be a very busy one for Eric Bana, with five films out this year, including: Star Trek XI, Mary and Max, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Funny People and his own Love the Beast. (more…)

Hatch: Look to Star Trek XI For New Battlestar Galactica Film

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica‘s Tom Zarek) hopes that Universal is paying attention to the success of Star Trek XI and will look to Star Trek XI for inspiration for the new Battlestar Galactica film.

As reported by Moviehole, Universal needs to better understand their target audience for Battlestar Galactica. “I think [Universal] saw the success Paramount had with their Star Trek reboot,” he said. “But unlike Paramount, who seems to know the Star Trek audience, I don’t think Universal ever quite got Battlestar. I just hope they hire the right people, and make a good movie.” (more…)

Music of Star Trek

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

The Houston Symphony will offer a Music of Star Trek & More Sci-Fi musical evening in July.

As reported by the Houston Symphony, on July 9th, fans can enjoy a evening of music from science fiction shows, including Star Trek, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Battlestar Galactica. The evening of music will be conducted by Robert Franz.

The Star Trek part of the performance will cover music from the original series through Star Trek XI.

Fans who dress as their favorite characters can participate in the Symphony’s costume contest.

To order tickets and get directions, head to the article located here. (more…)