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Archive for June, 2009

Abrams: Filming Star Trek XI

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Star Trek XI Director J.J. Abrams explained why he did certain things in making the movie, such as using plenty of lens flares and not having the film shot digitally.

As reported by Post Magazine, Abrams elected to have Star Trek XI shot in 35mm anamorphic instead of having it done digitally as is often the case with science-fiction films. “I knew this movie would have a great deal of computer generated visual effects in it and I knew that’s the reason Star Wars films have been shot with a great deal of blue or greenscreen and digitally, and I was nervous about that,” said Abrams. “I wanted this film to feel distinct from those. I didn’t want to have a given about how many effects would be created. I didn’t want there to be this artifice to the movie, even though it’s called Star Trek, even though it’s a fantasy future sci-fi. I wanted it to feel as sort of tangible and gritty and real as possible.” (more…)

Solow On Star Trek XI Characters

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Former Desilu Head Herb Solow shares his insights on the characters of Star Trek and Star Trek XI.

As reported by The BBC, the man responsible for giving the green light to Star Trek back in the 1960s explains which Star Trek XI characters were most true to their 1960s counterparts and which fell short. “The assembling of the new team was interesting and, for the most part set a genuine tone for the characters,” said Solow. “Most of the characters rang true.” (more…)

Star Trek XI: Breaking Down Walls

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Star Trek fans might have enjoyed the shows, movies and literature of their favorite series, but outsiders felt excluded from this world of Star Trek by the fans themselves.

As reported by, people like Chris Pine felt excluded from the world of Star Trek. “I never wanted to watch Star Trek because I always felt alienated from Star Trek,” he said. “I always felt it was not my world. It was the fans’ world. The fans had built this kind of impenetrable wall around their beloved series.” (more…)

Greenwood: Star Trek XI And Pike’s Dilemma

Monday, June 1st, 2009

No matter what universe he’s in, Captain Christopher Pike has to make a difficult personal decision.

As reported by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, in the original series, Christopher Pike, as played by Jeffrey Hunter, had to find a reason to go on with his career. “Hunter’s Pike had this internal dilemma,” explained Bruce Greenwood. (more…)

Star Trek: Online MMORPG Due By Early 2010

Monday, June 1st, 2009

The highly anticipated Star Trek: Online MMORPG is due to be released by next spring.

As reported by IncGamers,and taken from a corporate press release from Atari, fans of Star Trek: Online should be able to “boldly go where no fan has gone before,” with the release of the game expected by the end of Atari’s fiscal year, which is March 2010. (more…)

Trek Tops Three Hundred Million Mark

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Star Trek XI continues to rake in the cash, adding another 2.2 million dollars with its Japanese launch.

As reported by Variety, Star Trek XI has earned &_#36;311 million dollars in a little less than four weeks and is now the top domestic film of 2009. Domestic sales add up to 209.5 million dollars.

Retro Review: Ensign Ro

Monday, June 1st, 2009

When a court-martialed Starfleet officer from war-torn Bajor is sent to help locate a terrorist leader, Picard begins to suspect a high-level conspiracy.

Click here to read the full review.