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Archive for August, 2009

Nimoy And Star Trek Fandom

Monday, August 24th, 2009

With the release of Star Trek XI, new fans have joined the more established fans and re-energized the Star Trek fanbase, according to Leonard Nimoy.

A veteran of many Star Trek conventions, fans had settled into a “habitual style” of fandom,  said Nimoy. But the rebooted Star Trek has brought new fans into the fold, changing the dynamics of Trek fandom. “We have, this year, a big shift in the nature of the fans,” said Nimoy. “Two things: larger numbers of people are attending [conventions], and second, there are a lot of people attending who have never been involved in Star Trek, new fans. In Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago I asked how many people there were at a convention for the first time. Half the room raised their hand. We had a lot of repeats in the past; I was surprised to see so many coming for the first time.”

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Shatner And Nimoy To Appear at DragonCon

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Next month’s DragonCon will feature seven Star Trek actors, including William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.

Dragon*Con runs from Friday, September 4-Monday, September 7 and the TrekTrak programming includes three Star Trek Captains. In addition to Shatner, Patrick Stewart (Picard) and Kate Mulgrew (Janeway) are scheduled to appear.

The other Star Trek actors  are: Garrett Wang (Kim,) John Billingsley (Phlox,) Anthony Montgomery (Mayweather) and Leonard Nimoy (Spock.)

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Yelchin: Character Comes First

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Working on both independent and action-filled blockbusters, Anton Yelchin (Chekov) has been fortunate in his roles.

While fans enjoy lots of action in a movie, it’s the characters that hold and catch their attention. “In the best sort of spectacle action movies, character comes first and that’s why you buy the action,” said Yelchin. “I got lucky with [Terminator: Salvation and Star Trek XI] because there was a lot of character work to be done. Terminator was challenging and interesting and definitely there was a lot of work to do, which is great because we don’t often expect to go into these movies and have challenging work to do. But I was lucky with Star Trek as well because it was the same thing. There was this whole other character to work with, different, totally different, different physicality, more joyous and light, but the same idea. They were both challenging.”

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Burton: Striking It Lucky

Monday, August 24th, 2009

More than once, LeVar Burton has worked on projects that were unexpectedly successful.

When Burton worked on Roots, no one anticipated that the miniseries would be so successful. “I seem to continue to fall into situations that exceed and succeed beyond anyone’s expectations,” said Burton of his roles in both Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation. “No one thought Roots would be the success that it was, in fact there’s a great story that the network executives at ABC, once they had assembled the twelve hour miniseries, they thought it was good but they did not know that America would watch, in a country and a society where 80% percent of the population is white and less than 20% is black, they did not believe that a series where whites were the villains and blacks were the heroes would play very well so they decided ‘We’ll put it on in eight consecutive nights programming.’”

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Pegg Joins ‘Burke And Hare’

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Simon Pegg (Scotty) will star in the black comedy Burke and Hare, directed by John Landis.

Burke and Hare, written by Piers Ashworth and Nick Moorcroft, will tell the story of gruesome murders that occurred in Edinburgh, Scotland, between 1827-1828. Killers William Burke and William Hare murdered seventeen people and then sold the bodies of their victims to Edinburgh Medical College for research purposes.

Currently, Pegg can be seen in Paul, a movie about two British comic book geeks taking a road trip across America. Paul is currently in post-production and is due out next year.

Retro Review: New Ground

Friday, August 21st, 2009

After Worf’s human mother brings his son Alexander on board, insisting that she can no longer raise the boy, Worf seeks Troi’s help in helping him fit in.

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Urban To Play Villain

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Karl Urban will appear in Priest, a post-apocalyptic horror thriller, where he will play the leader of a band of vampires who fancies himself a god of vampires.

Priest, directed by Scott Stewart, is the story of a world ravaged by war between humans and vampires.

Urban will play opposite Paul Bettany (The Da Vinci Code,) who will star as a warrior priest and vampire fighter. Bettany’s character will team up with a sheriff (Cam Gigandet,) and warrior priestess (Maggie Q,) who are on the trail of the murderous band of vampires, led by Black Hat (Urban,) who have kidnapped the warrior priest/vampire fighter’s niece.

Priest begins production next week, and is due out next summer.

Takei Put To The Test

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

In Philadelphia for an event at Star Trek: The Exhibition, George Takei took time out for an appearance on Good Day Philadelphia, where his knowledge of Star Trek sound effects were soon put to the test.

When asked if he knew back when he landed the role of Sulu how life-changing the role would be, Takei explained the importance of getting the role, but he couldn’t resist teasing his hosts. “I desperately wanted to be cast because I saw that it was an amazing and original show and it was a breakthrough role for an Asian-American actor,” he said. “But in addition to that, because I’m a visionary, I said to myself, if I get cast in this role, in the year 2009, I will be in Philadelphia talking to you. Yes, I knew!”
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Levar Burton: Comics And Black Lightning

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Finding a voice for the superhero Black Lightning was not at all difficult for Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Levar Burton.

A comic book fan since childhood, Burton reached inside himself to find his inner superhero for his voice work as Black Lightning in Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. “I think everybody has a superhero that lives inside of them,” said Burton, “so I just went to that place, that deep kind of superhero voice.”

Living in Germany as a child, Burton and his American buddies read comics in lieu of watching German language TV. “On Saturdays, you took your box with all your comic books and you went around from apartment building to apartment building, trading comic books with the other American kids living on the base,” said Burton. “But this was before black superheroes came around.  They didn’t start appearing until the ’70s. So it’s mildly exciting for me to actually have a chance to play a black super hero today.”

Did Burton have a favorite superhero as a child? “When I was a kid, it was always Batman over Superman,” explained Burton. “Batman had all the cool stuff, and he just had a vibe. Superman was the All-American guy but, with Batman, there’s a little something going on. Batman’s history was a little edgier, and there was just something really attractive to me about the cowl. Superman is all out there, even though he does the Clark Kent thing, but Batman keeps his identity hidden. He has this double life that’s very sexy, very attractive for a kid. Not that I didn’t like Superman, the whole kryptonite thing is all well and good, but Batman was my guy.”

What is the value of comic books to those who read them? “Don’t underestimate the power of comics and what they represent for us and how they inform us on the journey of being human, because it’s powerful,” said Burton. “It’s very powerful. They give us permission to contemplate what’s possible. And in this world, in this universe, there’s nothing that is not possible. If you can dream it, you can do it.”

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Welcome to the new(ish) TrekToday!

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Earlier in the year we moved to a new content management system (CMS). It was a learning experience, and some things didn’t go well. So we’re pleased to announce that today we have moved to another new system — and this one is here to stay!

You won’t find it’s changed a lot at first glance, but it works better and allows us to expand and enhance the site in the future.

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We have some rough edges to iron out, but we hope you enjoy the site. Please let us know if you encounter any problems at newcms@trektoday.com.

Joke A Bit Too Real For Shatner

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

William Shatner‘s lawyers have sent a cease and desist letter to Sidhe Interactive, developers of the Shatter game but the joke is on them.

As reported by Game Set Watch, the lawyers have requested that the development of a “Shatner” mod for the Shatter game be stopped. But what the lawyers failed to realize is that there IS no “Shatner mod” in development.

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Giacchino Nominated For Award

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Star Trek XI composer Michael Giacchino has been nominated for a World Soundtrack Award.

As reported by the World Soundtrack Academy, Giacchino has been nominated for Film Composer of the Year, for his work on Star Trek XI, Up, and Land of the Lost.

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Orci To Receive Writer’s Award

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

On Friday, August 21, Star Trek XI Co-writer Roberto Orci will be honored at the Twenty-Fourth Annual Imagen Awards in Beverly Hills, California.

As reported by Variety and Imagen.org, Orci, who will receive the Norman Lear Writer’s Award, is one of four honorees receiving special awards from the Imagen Foundation, joining motion picture agent Emmanuel Nuñez (Lifetime Achievement,) television executive producer and writer Silvio Horta (Creative Achievement,) and Latino community leader Dolores Huerta (Presidents Award.)

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Days Missing Comic Debuts

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

The first issue of Roddenberry Productions’s Days Missing will arrive in stores tomorrow.

As reported by the Fresno Bee and Digital Journal, Trevor Roth, Chief Operating Office of Roddenberry Productions and a friend of Rod Roddenberry‘s from childhood, has created the story of the Steward, who has the ability to fold time as well as being able to secretly remove critical days from history, shaping human history in the process.

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Reimers Passes

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Ed Reimers, best-known to original series fans, passed away yesterday at the age of ninety-six.

As reported by Recordpub.com, Reimers died at the house of his daughter in Saratoga Springs, New York. The cause of death was not immediately given. (more…)