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Archive for June, 2009

Riverside Ship Yards Art

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Illustrator John Eaves has posted some of his early designs for the Riverside ship yards from Star Trek XI.

As reported atEaves’ blog,the ship yards in San Francisco were the inspiration for the Riverside ship yards. “I was still working on the Perpetual ST online when I started on the new Trek movie and during the ship phase of the project, Todd Ramon, Ryan Denning, and I were contemplating the designs for the Earthbound San Francisco ship yards,” said Eaves. (more…)

Pine-Saldana Chemistry

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Although Zoe Saldana‘s character preferred Mr. Spock to James T. Kirk in Star Trek XI, Saldana admitted to chemistry between Chris Pine and herself.

As reported by, “It was wonderful,” gushed Saldana. “Chris, by far, just blew me away in terms of his confidence and how he was able to jump from one thing to another…And those blue eyes of his, for the love of God…! The chemistry was there.” Saldana is currently dating actor Keith Britton.

Pine agrees that they two had a mutual attraction. “If you’re stuck in space and there is a beautiful woman on deck, that certainly doesn’t mean your libido is going to die,” he said. “[Saldana is] strong woman who knows how to handle herself around men. She’s a perfect combination of beauty and brains and great talent and we had a grand old time together.”

To read the article, head to the link located here.

Black Not Mudd

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

In spite of rumors to the contrary, Jack Black won’t be playing Harry Mudd in Star Trek XII.

As reported by Ain’t It Cool News, an inquiry to J.J. Abrams resulted in the following response. “Yes, talking to Jack Black about doing something, but not Mudd.”

Abrams admitted to casual conversations about Star Trek XII with those to be involved in its creation/production, but nothing formal has begun in the way of discussion. “Bryan, Damon, Alex and Bob and I have not had meeting one about a sequel,” said Abrams. “Brief, casual, blue-sky conversations, of course. But ‘okay, what’s next for The Crew?’ Not a meeting. So any character decisions, let alone actor discussions, feel like a ways away.”

Then Abrams took a poke at those who had criticized his plentiful use of lens flares in Star Trek XI. “I can tell you one thing,” he said. “For the sequel? I think we should have a shitload more lens flares.”

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

Hallmark To Offer Limited Star Trek Ornament

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Fans attending this year’s Comic-Con will be able to purchase a limited edition Hallmark ornament featuring Lieutenant Uhura.

As reported by, the limited edition ornament, which features Lieutenant Uhura in a gold uniform, should sell out quickly, with only four hundred and fifty of them being offered for sale at this year’s Comic-Con.


Ellis And Henry: Star Trek XI And Abrams

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

As was often the case with actors working on Star Trek XI, Greg Ellis (Chief Engineer Olson) and Sonita Henry (the doctor who delivered the infant James T. Kirk,) found working with J.J. Abrams to be a pleasure.

As reported by Hotter In Hollywood, while happy to be offered a job, Henry was just as thrilled to be working with Abrams. “At the time, I think I was just really happy to book another gig,” she said. “I think I was way more excited about the fact that I got to [work] with J.J. Abrams. I mean, the guy is a friggin’ genius. I’ve been a fan of Alias since the first season.” (more…)

Forthcoming Star Trek: The Next Generation Book Preview

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Fans eager to read Star Trek: The Next Generation: Losing the Peace, due out June 30th, can read the first chapter online now.

As reported by Simon and Schuster and 8of5’s Guide to the Trek Collective, author William Leisner describes his newest Next Generation novel. “Losing the Peace picks up almost immediately after the conclusion of the Destiny trilogy, as the Federation starts to take stock of just how much damage has been wrought by the Borg invasion, and realizes that even though the Borg are gone, they can’t simply declare victory,” he said. “There are still huge repercussions that need to be dealt with.” (more…)

Four Golden Trailer Awards For Star Trek XI

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

The Tenth Annual Golden Trailer Awards were announced on Friday and Star Trek XI collected four awards, including one for Best in Show.

As reported by indieWIRE, Star Trek fans should not be surprised to hear that Star Trek XI won the Summer 2009 Blockbuster Award, as Star Trek XI is still leading the financial pack of movies after being out for four weeks.

In addition to the Best in Show and Summer Blockbuster Award, Star Trek XI won the Best Summer 2009 TV shot for its “Dare” ad, which aired during the Superbowl. This is the ad in which Christopher Pike “dares” young Kirk to do better than his father.

The fourth award won by Star Trek XI was for: Best Summer 2009 Blockbuster Poster.

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

Retro Review: Silicon Avatar

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

A scientist devoted to hunting down the Crystalline Entity discovers that Data’s positronic brain contains the memories of her son.

Click here to read the full review.

Ryder And Pine: Rebooting Star Trek

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Starting the original series over is a bold move and should breathe new life into the franchise, according to Winona Ryder.

As reported by The Japan Times, Ryder, who is not a Star Trek fan herself, was intrigued by the reboot. “…What grabbed my interest when this was proposed to me is that it’s a whole new concept,” she explained. “This is a rethinking of these characters and the Enterprise. I mean, it’s all new. It’s a fresh start. To me, that shows courage, because they’re not following the tried and true formula, they’re trying to give it new life and reach beyond the usual Trekkie audience.” (more…)

Tahir: Being Part Of Star Trek

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Unlike many of the new actors on Star Trek XI, Faran Tahir was a fan of Star Trek from childhood so being offered a role was a dream come true.

As reported by the Del Mar Times, Tahir enjoyed become part of the world that he enjoyed as a child and young adult. “I liked Star Trek a lot when I was young, and later, when I was in college, I liked Star Trek: The Next Generation,” he said. “When I was a little boy, it was more about the aliens and space and gadgets. When I was older, that’s when I started to get into the message of this modern day mythology. They were dealing with issues current to us but set in the future.” (more…)

Pine in Unstoppable?

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Chris Pine is in negotiations to star in Unstoppable alongside Denzel Washington.

As reported by Variety and MTV, in what would be his first role since Star Trek XI, Pine may be appearing in Unstoppable next summer. (more…)

GoAnimate: New Trek Characters And Contest

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

GoAnimate Adds New Trek Characters And Offers ContestStar Trek fans can enter a new contest offered by GoAnimate, in honor of the three new Star Trek characters which have just been added to the site.

As reported by GoAnimate, fans have more Star Trek characters with which to animate their own Star Trek adventures with the addition of Nurse Christine Chapel, Mara (Star Trek: Day of the Dove) and the Gorn (Star Trek: Arena.) (more…)

IDW Announces Bloch Collection

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

IDW Publishing has signed a new licensing agreement with the estate of writer Robert Bloch.

As reported by Newsarama, one hundred of the acclaimed writer’s stories will be developed as the Robert Block Collection, featuring comic books, graphic novels and feature entertainment. (more…)

Okuda To Receive NASA Award

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Star Trek art designer Mike Okuda will be recognized next month for his contributions to the look of the U.S. space program

As reported by Wired, Okuda, well-known to Star Trek fans for his many contributions over the years dating back to the days of Star Trek: The Next Generation, will receive the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal for his work on multiple exploration missions. (more…)

Nygard Talks Trekkies

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Making a documentary on Star Trek fans was such a good idea to Roger Nygard, that he did two different ones and he doesn’t rule out a third movie.

As reported by Den of Geek, the idea for Trekkies came from Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar.) “Denise had co-starred in my first film, High Strung, and a couple of years later she suggested the idea to me,” said Nygard. “I couldn’t believe nobody had done it yet, it seemed so obvious.” (more…)