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Archive for November, 2009

Urban: More McCoy Please

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Karl Urban would like to see something akin to the original triumvirate from the original series in the next Star Trek movie.

Star Trek XI focused more on the relationship between James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto,) but if Urban has his way, his character would have the same types of interaction with Kirk and Spock as McCoy did in the original series.

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Star Trek: Online Box Art And Contest

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

The box art for the Star Trek: Online MMORPG has been released and a new Twitter contest for creative fans has begun.

Atari and Star Trek: Online have announced a Twitter contest where they will be giving away one copy of the Star Trek XI DVD every day through November 22.

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Lindelof Trek Sequel Tease

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

It must be difficult to answer the same questions without being able to give out solid information, but for Star Trek XI Producer Damon Lindelof, having a sense of humor helps.

Sometimes, the questions asked must make one scratch one’s head. When asked what the opening sequence of Star Trek XII would be, Lindelof laughed and said “Pan in on…there’s a crawl.  This is what nobody is expecting.  There’s a crawl and it basically says, ‘Years have passed.  Many, many, many years.  So many years, that everybody’s old and gray.’  I’m not telling you anything about that.”

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Abrams: More Sequel Talk

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

J.J. Abrams spoke about the sequel to Star Trek XI at the DVD/Blu-ray launch party several days ago, answering questions about his availability for the movie as well as questions regarding whether a familiar Star Trek villain would be part of the story.

One of the things Abrams would like for the sequel is to have it be more successful overseas next time. He believes that the quality of the cast and film will help in that regard. “The hope…the idea of looking at ways that hopefully the quality of the cast of the first film, the fun of the movie that that will eventually over time touch people who would not normally have gone to see the film in theaters [so] that when a sequel comes out, they’re converts because they’ve actually seen the film that was made originally,” he said.

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Star Trek News Of The Weird

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

When Ultralingua needed someone to create applications for a Klingon dictionary, they turned to linguist d’Armond Speers, who came with interesting credentials, he had taught his own son Klingonese from an early age.

Some parents who love Star Trek plop their toddler in front of the television and pop in Star Trek DVDs hoping to make future fans, but Speers, who claims to not be a huge Star Trek fan, seems to top them all.

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Ears To Leonard Nimoy

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

The actor best-known for his role of Spock talks about his Vulcan pointed-ears and how and why they’ve changed over time.

One of the behind-the-scenes features on the new Star Trek XI DVD and Blu-ray sets released this week features Leonard Nimoy being fitted for and talking about his famous Vulcan ears.

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Star Trek Home Theater Sweepstakes

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

The Star Trek Ultimate Home Theater Giveaway will put you in command of your living room or den.

Gamespot announced their Star Trek Ultimate Home Theater Giveaway, where one lucky grand prize winner can win “the ultimate at-home Star Trek experience.”

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Orci On Khan, Shatner And Fans

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

With Star Trek XI done and out on DVD, fans are eager to know what will come next in J.J. AbramsStar Trek universe.

Roberto Orci spoke about Star Trek XII, including his take on the possibility of appearances by Khan and/or William Shatner.

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Video: Burtt Receives Charles S. Swartz Award From Abrams

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

At a ceremony in Los Angeles last week, Ben Burtt, legendary Star Trek and Star Wars sound designer, received the Charles S. Swartz Award from the Hollywood Post Alliance, which honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of post production. J.J. Abrams presented the award to Mr. Burtt.

Burtt’s film production career spanned thirty-five years, and included films such as Star Trek XI, WALL-E, the Indiana Jones franchise, E.T. and various Star Wars episodes. Burtt’s skills include: directing, producing, sound design, sound editing, editing, voicing and voice design in both motion pictures and television.

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Abrams: Star Trek And Klingons

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

J.J. Abrams appeared on G4′s Attack of the Show and spoke about Star Trek XI as well as the proposed sequel.

Chatting with G4′s Alison Haislip, Abrams spoke about the success of the movie and how he felt about it. “I’m very happy that fans of Star Trek and people who weren’t fans before seemed to have embraced it,” he said. “I’m more thrilled for the cast and the crew.”

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Tahir: It Was A Good Ten Minutes

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Dying in J.J. Abrams‘ films appears to be a regular occurrence for Faran Tahir.

Tahir (Captain Robau) was a big Star Trek fan so he was delighted to land a role in Star Trek XI. “I grew up with Star Trek, so to get to do anything in it was fun for me,” he explained. “You have to look at what impact your character is going to have on the story. My thinking was that because it sets the mood for the entire saga, it was worth doing and was going to have an impact. So it’s ten minutes, but it’s a good ten minutes.

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Abrams, Nimoy, Cho Talk Sequel

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Although J.J. Abrams hasn’t decided yet whether he will direct Star Trek XII, the thought of someone else doing so is unpalatable.

Last night, Paramount held a special event in celebration of the DVD and Blu-ray release of Star Trek XI and Abrams, Leonard Nimoy and John Cho spoke about their expectations for the sequel.

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Abrams: Next Star Trek Should Go Deeper

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Star Trek XI‘s J.J. Abrams shares his thoughts about the sequel to his blockbuster hit.

Now that the preliminaries of getting to know the new crew are out of the way, it’s time for Star Trek to dig a little deeper, story-wise. “I would say that because the first film was about these characters coming together and meeting, there is an inherently more immediate and, in a way, naive quality to that kind of an origin story,” said Abrams. “I think the key to Star Trek moving forward is that it retain the sense of adventure and fun and excitement, and at the same time, go a little bit deeper. Now that these people know each other, just like any friendships you have, the first month of knowing that person is not going to be the same thing as the first year, or the fifth year or tenth year.”

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NASA Scientist Creates First Tricorder

Monday, November 16th, 2009

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Using an iPhone, sensor chip and programming, a NASA scientist creates a limited tricorder to sense trace amounts of certain gasses.

Jing Li and his team at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffet Field, California, used a silicon-sensing chip in micro-board with sixty-four nanosectors.

The device can detect even trace amounts of ammonia, methane and chlorine gas in the air. It can communicate the results to other iPhone or to a computer.

Abrams: Star Trek XI Reflections

Monday, November 16th, 2009

With the DVD and Blu-ray release of Star Trek XI just hours away, J.J. Abrams spoke about what worked and what did not work when it came to the movie.

The gag reel for Star Trek XI includes the “Space, the final frontier” speech spoken by Chris Pine (the movie used Leonard Nimoy‘s version.) According to Abrams, Pine’s version was recorded because “it has got to be Kirk, right? But, at the end of the day, it just felt right that we give that to Nimoy, and give Spock Prime the last word…given the legacy of Nimoy and his involvement in this, it somehow felt right. And frankly, his voice is so evocative, that it felt to me emotionally stronger, although intellectually I don’t know how you can argue your point, which is obviously correct.”

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