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Archive for July, 2009

Roddenberry Letter To Be Auctioned

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

A letter from Gene Roddenberry to Miss Judy Thomases, written on March 9, 1973, will be auctioned off this Saturday in England.

As reported by The Examiner, the letter, in which Roddenberry answered several questions from the correspondent, spoke about the fans of Star Trek and took credit for the development of Spock as a sex symbol.
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Star Trek Online Chat: Ships

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Ships and ship configuration were the topics in the most recent chat with the Star Trek Online development team.

As reported by Zam, three different types of ships will be available when the game launches. These three types will be: Escort for offense, Cruiser for general purposes and Science for deflector dish powers. (more…)

Paramount Home Entertainment Comic-Con Booth

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Comic-Con begins next Thursday and Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) has plenty of activities and giveaways for attendees.

As reported in a press release from PHE, Comic-Con attendees will be taken “to the final frontier and beyond for out-of-this-world fun celebrating some of the year’s hottest films.”
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Monday Was Not A Good Day To Drive

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

The week started off badly for LeVar Burton when he was involved in a five-car accident.

As reported by Google, Burton was driving his 2006 Mercedes on Beverly Boulevard in West Los Angeles on Monday evening when a woman in a 2006 Scion turned in front of him, causing an accident. (more…)

Star Trek Comics International Special

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Although the regular Comics International magazine is still on hiatus, fans will be pleased with the current release of a special issue devoted to Star Trek.

As reported by Sci Fi Pulse, the Star Trek Special celebrates four decades of Star Trek in comics, from the first issue published in 1967 by Gold Key, to the more recent IDW releases. (more…)

Shatner Wanted For T.J. Hooker Film

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Although William Shatner didn’t get a cameo role in Star Trek XI, he may have better luck when it comes to the new T.J. Hooker film.

As reported by the New York Post, the producer of the just-announced movie hopes to get Shatner, as well as Heather Locklear (Stacy Sheridan,) James Darren (Corrigan,) Richard Herd (Dennis Sheridan) and Adrian Zmed (Romano) onboard for T. J. Hooker.

“We absolutely want to try and get the original cast in the movie,” explained Producer Ryan Heppe. “It’s all about finding the right story motivations to include their characters so we’re not just stopping the movie to drop by Adrian Zmed’s house, you know?”

T.J. Hooker, with Shatner playing the title role of a tough patrol sergeant, ran for five seasons on ABC and then CBS. The movie version of the popular cop show will deal with the relationship between T.J. Hooker and his father.

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4 Novels Based On ‘Trek XI’ Set For 2010

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

TrekMovie.com has just posted Pocket Books’ official novel schedule for next year, including the revelation the company will publish four books based on the universe of J.J. Abrams’ latest Trek film. “You can’t see a new Star Trek movie this summer, but you can read the books,” is Pocket’s tagline for the new line, which will include, among other stories, a book dealing with the fate of the remaining Vulcans.

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Nimoy Open To More Spock

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Leonard Nimoy said this week he was happy the latest Trek film finally provided his character with the closure he felt had been lacking — so happy, that he wouldn’t even be opposed to playing Spock again.

Nimoy said this in a new interview with Starland, although he immediately cautioned the odds of him being asked to return aren’t very high: “I have no illusions on whether or not they need me. They decided that they wanted to make this film using Spock as kind of an anchor for the story, which I think worked very, very well. They don’t have to do that again. If they decide they have a role for me to play I would be very interested in talking to them about it. But I have every reason to believe that they have established a whole new set of characters and they can sail very well without me and that’s fine. Either way is good with me. I am very gratified that this has happened.”

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Kurtzman & Orci On Screenwriting, Khan And… Viewmasters?

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci this week spoke about the way they craft film stories even as they signed on for what may be their unlikeliest project yet… a film adaptation of the popular 1980s toy the View-Master.

According to an article in the Hollywood Reporter, Kurtzman and Orci would merely be producing the View-Master film, for which Fringe writer Brad Caleb Kane would be writing the script. “It’ll be like the old ’80s Amblin movies: Goonies, Young Sherlock … in that vein,” Kane reportedly wrote in a Twitter post before later taking it down. It’s not known what kind of story could be based on a toy that’s essentially nothing more than a way to watch a slide show, but Kurtzman and Orci already have some experience adapting toys into best-selling movies, as they’re also responsible for the Transformers franchise.

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Pegg’s A Dad!

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

It’s a girl for Simon Pegg and his wife Maureen McCann.

As reported by Celebrity Baby Scoop and contactmusic.com, Pegg became a father for the first time last week, with the arrival of a daughter.

“Hello all,” said Pegg on his blog. “As is being reported by various news sources (don’t know who told them, ‘cos it wasn’t us) we had a little girl last week. Name, weight, time, place etc. all belong to us and we won’t be going out of our way to divulge them anytime soon. Rest assured, everyone is well.”
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T.J. Hooker Headed To The Big Screen

Monday, July 6th, 2009

The William Shatner (James T. Kirk) cop show T.J. Hooker will be remade as a film in which Shatner might end up playing the father of the character he originally played in the 1980s.

Variety reported yesterday that Chuck Russell, who directed The Mask and The Scorpion King, has signed on to helm the remake. The story for the film will be written by Brent Maddock and S.S. Wilson, while original series creator Rick Husky will help oversee the project.

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Shatner’s Newest Priceline Ad

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Boston Legal may have ended, but that doesn’t mean that William Shatner is anything but busy.

As reported by the Priceline Travel Blog, a new ad featuring long-time celebrity spokesperson Shatner will soon be appearing on television. (more…)

Byrne Star Trek Crew #5 Preview

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

For fans waiting for the fifth and last issue of the Star Trek Crew comic series by John Byrne, IDW has posted a five page preview.

As reported by TrekMovie.com, the fifth issue of Star Trek Crew will be finished next week and will feature the story of Star Trek: The Cage‘s “Number One. (more…)

Foster: Writing The Star Trek XI Novelization

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Writing a novelization of a movie like Star Trek XI can mean overcoming certain challenges to do so, but Alan Dean Foster had some things go his way when it came to writing the book. Plus: Foster to write a sequel to Star Trek XI.

As reported by Wired, having a good screenplay helped. “A movie like [Star Trek XI], too, goes by so fast,” said Foster. “Unless you go back and see the movie again, you miss a lot of stuff anyway.

Nimoy To Receive Company of Angels Award

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Company of Angels will bestow the Leonard Nimoy Angel Award to Leonard Nimoy and Robert Ellenstein at a Charity Awards Gala in October.

As reported by Eclipse Magazine, Company of Angels is celebrating their fiftieth anniversary as a non-profit theater and in celebration of this milestone, will honor its co-founders Nimoy and Ellenstein with The Leonard Nimoy Angel Award on October 17th. (more…)