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Archive for January, 2010

Star Trek: Online Open Beta Launch

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Today, an open beta was launched by Atari for Star Trek: Online, the MMORPG which will be released in February.

Fans with open beta keys can explore the game from now through January 26, becoming either a Klingon warrior or joining Starfleet.

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Ding Dong, Saldana Calling

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Star Trek XI‘s Zoë Saldana has signed on with Avon Products, Inc.

Saldana, best-known to Star Trek fans as the new Uhura, will now be a spokeswoman for Avon’s newest fragrance.

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Kurtzman And Orci Nominated For WGA Award

Monday, January 11th, 2010

The Writers Guild of America, whose selections often agree with those of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has released their list of nominees for Adapted Screenplay.

Co-writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman were nominated in the Adapted Screenplay category for their work on Star Trek XI.

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Cho Talks Trek And Sequel

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Star Trek XI‘s John Cho (Sulu) is excited about the new movie and has his own idea about what he would like to see in the sequel to J.J. Abrams‘s blockbuster.

Cho acknowledged that Star Trek XII will appear in 2012 and although he doesn’t know any details on the movie yet, is confident that it will be good, no matter what the story is. “Those are clever cats they’ve got over there and I’m excited about what it will be,” he said. “Whether it will be something we’ve seen in the Star Trek universe, whether it will continue to go into new directions…it will be interesting. I think they must have locked down a concept or an idea because I heard there was a big meeting, but I haven’t seen them since and I haven’t heard where they’re going with it.”

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Star Trek: Online Klingon Video

Monday, January 11th, 2010

A new promotional video has been posted for Star Trek: Online which features playing the game from the Klingon viewpoint.

The short, minute-and-a-half video opens with a shot of the Klingon homeworld. A Klingon warrior is seen bowing before a huge statue of Kahless, the ultimate Klingon warrior.

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Star Trek XI In Running For Makeup Oscar

Monday, January 11th, 2010

The seven finalists for the makeup Oscar have been announced and Star Trek XI is one of the seven films nominated.

Star Trek XI is one step closer to an Oscar for makeup, on a list along with six other sci-fi, fantasy, drama, history and apocalypse films.

The seven nominees are:

  • Star Trek XI
  • District 9
  • Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
  • The Road
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  • The Young Victoria
  • Il Divo

The seven nominees will be narrowed down to just three on February 2. The Academy Awards will air on March 7.

Star Trek XII Set For 2012

Friday, January 8th, 2010

121109STXA tentative release date for J.J. Abrams‘s second Star Trek movie has been announced by Paramount Pictures.

Many fans were hoping for a 2011 release for Star Trek XII, but they will have to wait until June of 2012 for their next chance to see Star Trek on the big screen.

At this time, Star Trek XII is the only movie scheduled for the pre-4th of July weekend of June 29, 2012.

Retro Review: Time’s Arrow, Part Two

Friday, January 8th, 2010

While Data is reunited with Guinan in 19th century San Francisco, the Enterprise bridge crew tries to stop aliens from interfering with Earth’s past.

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New Star Trek Novel Covers Preview

Friday, January 8th, 2010

The most recent catalog from Simon and Schuster provided synopses and black-and-white tentative covers for four forthcoming Star Trek novels set in the J.J. Abrams universe.

The novels are: Refugees, by Alan Dean FosterSeek a Newer World, by Christopher L. Bennett; More Beautiful Than Death, by David Mack; and The Hazard of Concealing, by Greg Cox.

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Star Trek Magazine Preview: Jon Povill

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Star Trek: The Motion Picture‘s associate producer Jon Povill shares his experiences of making Star Trek‘s first movie.

Povill’s involvement with Star Trek dates back to 1972, when fresh out of UCLA film school, he wrote a feature adaptation of a short story and presented it to Gene Roddenberry.
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Star Trek Magazine Preview: Walter Koenig

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Issue twenty-three of the official Star Trek magazine celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and original series’ Walter Koenig (Chekov) shared his memories of the film.

Koenig recalled seeing Star Trek: The Motion Picture at a premiere in Washington, D.C. “The preamble to it all was great,” he recalled during a wide ranging interview in a North Hollywood restaurant to acknowledge the upcoming 30th anniversary of the film and his journal of the experience, Chekov’s Enterprise. “The limos and the red carpet were extraordinary. The film started and I thought the first five minutes were terrific. The music was driving. It was almost like the beginning of Jaws.”

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Star Trek Online: Meeting Old Friends

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Star Trek: Online Executive Producer Craig Zinkievich revealed in a new video interview that players may run into familiar names and faces while playing Star Trek: Online.

Even though Star Trek: Online is set in the future from the time-frame most familiar to Star Trek fans, it will still be possible to reconnect with famous personalities from the past. “In the future, most of the characters that you know and love from the series, from the shows, maybe they’ve died, passed, moved on,” said Zinkievich, “but obviously it wouldn’t be a Star Trek game without time-travel so you may run into some of them in the past.”

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Art Directors Guild Nominations

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Another Star Trek XI-related person received a nomination for his work on the film.

Scott Chambliss was nominated for a 2009 Art Directors Guild awards for his work on Star Trek XI.

010810ScottChamblissThe Art Directors Guild Awards are given out for three categories of films; contemporary, period and fantasy films. Star Trek XI is classified in the fantasy film category.

The other contenders for the award in the fantasy film category are:

  • Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg (Avatar)
  • Philip Ivey (District 9)
  • Stuart Craig (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
  • K.K. Barrett (Where the Wild things Are)

Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel on February 13.

Star Trek XI On BAFTA Long List

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced its long list of nominees for their 2010 awards and Star Trek XI has received ten nominations.

The first round of voting for BAFTA, the equivalent of the UK’s Oscars, has reduced a field of two-hundred-and-twenty films down to fifteen nominees in each category.

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Vampires Beat Trek At People’s Choice

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Star Trek XI received five People’s Choice nominations, but failed to bring home any awards.

In three of four categories, Star Trek was up against Twilight and in each category, Twilight walked away with the awards.

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