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Archive for November, 2009

CBS Announces New High-end Star Trek Collectibles

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Fans wanting to purchase Star Trek collectibles are in luck with CBS’s announcement of a select line of new high-end collectible items.

The products, based upon the Star Trek television shows and movies, including Star Trek XI, will include ship replicas, prop replicas, uniform replicas, resin statues of the characters and more. The new lines come from agreements with Quantum Mechanix (QMx), Hollywood Collectibles Group, eFX Inc. and ANOVOS Productions.

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Hey, That Ain’t Kirk!

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

What happens when a bad Halloween Star Trek photo on a costume package and Emmy-winning Star Trek: Voyager computer graphics animator “Mojo” meet? Star Trek fans start firing up their various graphic editing projects.

Right before Halloween, Mojo was in a costume store collecting a few things for his own costume when a Star Trek costume, seen here, caught his eye. “I encountered the above abomination at the Halloween store,” said Mojo. “Generally speaking, they choose a model for the packaging that at least bears some vague physical similarity to the person or character they’re trying to market – but in this case, WTF?!”

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New Star Trek XI DVD Clips

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Several new clips from the forthcoming Star Trek XI DVD/Blu-ray release have been released.

The first new clip features part of the Simon Pegg segment of the “Casting” featurette. J.J. Abrams and First Assistant Director Tommy Gormley (a native of Scotland) spoke about Pegg’s Scottish accent in the short clip.

The second clip is a montage of behind-the-scenes footage from several of featurettes including: Leonard Nimoy speaking about Star Trek; action scenes including the skydiving scene, the car chase, and Sulu (John Cho) fighting; and aliens.

The two clips can be seen here.

JumpCon Founder Pleads Guilty

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

JumpCon founder Shane Senter was charged by the State of New Hampshire with violations of the New Hampshire Consumer Protection Act and two theft charges.

Last summer, Senter canceled the Boston JumpCon, as reported at TrekToday. “Many factors that needed to come together to make it happen simply did not,” Senter explained at the time. “We tried everything humanly possible and were unable to overcome the insurmountable obstacles.”

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Blockbuster Star Trek XI DVD Release Update

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Blockbuster has provided more details about their Star Trek XI Blu-ray and DVD midnight release party.

As reported by TrekToday a few days ago, twenty North American Blockbuster stores will be open at midnight, November 16, for fans eager to get their hands on the latest Star Trek movie release.

Before sales begin, Blockbuster will host a showing of the movie at 10 P.M. Fans will also have the chance to win official Star Trek memorabilia, including theatrical posters, collectible comic books, Delta pins and more.

Fans who prefer to pre-purchase Star Trek XI at any participating Blockbuster store will receive two free movie rentals.

Star Trek: D-A-C Update Ready For Download

Friday, November 13th, 2009

The newly-updated Star Trek: D-A-C video game is now available for download on PlayStation Network and Windows PC via Vlav’s Stream digital distribution program.

Star Trek: D-A-C, a space shooter game where up to twelve players can compete in intergalactic battles, has launched in conjunction with the Blu-ray and DVD release of Star Trek XI.

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Star Trek: Online And The Bridge

Friday, November 13th, 2009

When the developers at Cryptic Studios were recreating the Star Trek universe, they initially left out one of the most famous Star Trek sets, the starship bridge.

Star Trek: Online Executive Producer Craig Zinkievich explained why this was the case. “We didn’t want to have interiors at launch,” he said. “We thought it was just a little bit too much.”

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Star Trek XI Writers: Pitching To Nimoy

Friday, November 13th, 2009

An important part of making Star Trek XI was convincing Leonard Nimoy to sign on for the movie.

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci felt that it was important to have Nimoy on board to help make the transition from Star Trek to rebooted Star Trek. “We couldn’t have made the movie without Leonard,” said Kurtzman.

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Retro Review: Imaginary Friend

Friday, November 13th, 2009

The fictional companion of a little girl begins to appear in the flesh to crewmembers and to threaten the Enterprise.

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Original Series Season Three Blu-Ray Details

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

On December 15, the final season of the original series will be released on Blu-ray and details have been released on what will be included in the set.

Fans purchasing the Blu-ray set will see an unaired alternate version of the original Star Trek pilot, Where No Man Has Gone Before, for the first time.

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Star Trek: Online Screenshots

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Cryptic Studios released a new batch of screenshots from their Star Trek: Online MMORPG.

While fans wait for the February release of Star Trek: Online, they can enjoy the latest release of screenshots from the game.

There are shots of Klingons, humans and other aliens, including a horned alien animal caught in the middle of a skirmish.

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Nimoy: On Star Trek And War

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

In a recent interview, Leonard Nimoy spoke about wars taking place during the time frame during which Star Trek and Star Trek XI were being made, and how the original series dealt with war. Nimoy also explained the process of trying to find a place for Eddie Murphy in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

The original series aired during the Vietnam war and Star Trek XI was made in a time when Americans were shipped over to Iraq and Afghanistan. The original series occasionally addressed war and when intervention was appropriate. “The original overarching theme of Star Trek included non-intervention policy, but we did some intervening,” said Nimoy. “I think that was a concept, but I don’t think it was a reality.”

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Shimerman in Seafarer

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Armin Shimerman (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Quark) was so impressed after seeing The Seafarer on Broadway several years ago, he called his agent to have the agent find a production of the play in which Shimerman could appear.

“I was just blown away by it,” explained Shimerman. “It’s wonderfully humorous, with hints of the supernatural and a theme of redemption. I told my agent that I wanted to do this show and asked him to find me a production. I’d never done that before. But I knew this was something that I had to do. This show is just so superbly written.”

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Shatner Oklahoma Charity Performance

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

William Shatner will perform on horseback to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma.

On December 4th, Shatner will perform at the Oklahoma State Fair Arena beginning at 6 P.M. He will ride a reining horse at the 4R Performance Horses Celebrity Slide, commanding the “lightning quick moves” of the horse while guiding it through a reining pattern and its precise maneuvers.

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No Dark Tower For Abrams

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

It looks like J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof won’t be adapting Stephen King‘s seven book The Dark Tower into a movie or series.

Back in 2007, it was announced that Abrams and Lindelof would be involved in the project, and the assumption was that development would get going after Lost finishes next year, but according to Abrams, they won’t be adapting the book series. “The Dark Tower thing is tricky,” said Abrams. “It’s such an important piece of writing. The truth is that Damon and I are not looking at that right now.”

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