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Archive for December, 2009

Guyett’s Color-coded Star Trek

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Star Trek XI vfx supervisor Roger Guyett found that a technique borrowed from animation helped the movie audience to stay oriented.

When a movie includes jumps between planets, time periods and parallel universes, it can be tricky for the viewer to figure out where the action and characters are at a given time.

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Forthcoming Mack Star Trek

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

The world of publishing, like other businesses, has been affected by the current economic crisis, with layoffs and cutbacks, but fans of David Mack need not fear a dearth of stories from the prolific Trek author.

Four books written by Mack are either in bookstores or will arrive next year; Star Trek: Vanguard: Precipice, The Sorrows of Empire, More Beautiful Than Death and Zero Sum Game.

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Saldana: Stunts Are Sexy

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Whenever she can, Zoe Saldana loves to do her own stunt work in movies.

“I have the itch lately,” said Saldana. “I don’t know if it is after Avatar or Star Trek or because I’ve just finished an action film called The Losers, in which I did almost all my own stunts. I think it’s so empowering and sexy.”

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Star Trek Online: Ask Cryptic

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

A new installment of Star Trek: Online‘s Ask Cryptic has been posted, covering episode missions.

The Star Trek: Online development team answered questions from fans regarding episode missions, with topics ranging from the consequences of actions taken to the future addition of new episodes.

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Star Trek Alien Spotlight: Cardassians

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

IDW has completed Star Trek Alien Spotlight: Cardassians, the fifth and final issue in the second volume of Star Trek: Alien Spotlight.

The story, set just after the Dominion War, is written by Andy Schmidt, with artwork by Augustin Padilla.

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Abrams: Relating To Star Trek

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

For J.J. Abrams, the key to falling in love with Star Trek was finally being able to relate to the characters.

The forty-three-year old Abrams, a Star Wars fan, originally couldn’t find anything in the characters of Star Trek to which he could personally relate. “I didn’t feel like I could relate to any of the characters,” he said. “I didn’t feel cocky or self-confident like Kirk. I wasn’t as logical or rule abiding as Spock. I wasn’t grumpy as Bones or as wide-eyed as Chekov. I didn’t have the intelligence of Scotty or the reliability of Sulu. I knew I wasn’t Uhura. I was none of these characters. Looking at the whole group, they were all wonderful archetypes, but I didn’t feel a bond with any of them.”

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VSS Enterprise

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Sir Richard Branson‘s latest project will take passengers to space and back.

Branson, the founder of Virgin Galactic, unveiled his latest rocket plane today for outsiders. “This is truly a momentous day,” he said. “The team has created not only a world first, but also a work of art.”

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Pine Paparazzi Pain

Monday, December 7th, 2009

One of the downsides of fame for Chris Pine is having to deal with pushy photographers.

Going from being a relativity unknown actor to the star in one of 2009′s hottest films has meant coming to the attentions of the paparazzi, who are relentless in their pursuit of someone when they think there is a story of interest.

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Mulgrew Film 82nd Academy Awards Semi-Finalist

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

The Response, in which Kate Mulgrew portrays a Guantanamo military judge, has made the list of semi-finalists for the 82nd Academy Awards.

Ten live action short films were chosen from amongst seventy-one pictures that qualified, including: The Response, The Door, The Ground Beneath, Hotel, Instead of Abracadabra, Kavi, Miracle Fish, The New Tenants, Short Term 12 and Sidney Turtlebaum.

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Star Trek Online: Evolving The Borg

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Lead character artist Matt Highison explains how the Borg have been recreated for Star Trek: Online.

With Star Trek: Online being set approximately thirty years after canon Trek, it’s much easier to write stories without running into problems. “…it allows us to use all of the rich history of the franchise that leads up to this point in the story while also respecting what has come before,” explained Highison. “No jumping into the middle of the established Star Trek timeline and mucking with things.”

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Retro Review: The Next Phase

Friday, December 4th, 2009

When LaForge and Ro disappear during a transporter accident, the crew believes they have died…and so do they.

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Brooks To Star In New Play

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s Avery Brooks will star in Centerstage’s production of Kwame Kwei-Armah‘s Let There Be Love.

Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen, Let There Be Love is the story of an embittered old West Indian immigrant threatened by new waves of migration.

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Star Trek Online: Collector’s Edition

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Star Trek: Online will be offered in a standard edition or in a special collector’s edition.

GameStop is taking pre-orders for the $80.00 collector’s edition of Star Trek: Online and the pre-order itself will include beta access and a GameStop-exclusive Starfleet Constitution Class Starship.

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Giacchino Grammy Nominations

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Michael Giacchino has been nominated for four Grammys, including one for the Star Trek XI soundtrack.

Giacchino was nominated in three different categories for his work on both Up and Star Trek XI.

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Star Trek XI Makes NBR Top Ten List

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

The National Board of Review (NBR) has announced their awards, and Star Trek XI has made the Ten Best Films List.

The NBR, founded in 1909, was originally an anti-censorship organization. Today, it honors excellence and freedom of expression in filmmaking.

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