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Archive for July, 2010

August-September Trek Convention And Show Guide

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

There will be six conventions or shows in August and September that feature Trek actors of interest to Star Trek fans. This listing of conventions and shows feature actors from all five televised series, plus from the Star Trek movies, including guest actors.

Five of the conventions will be held in August, the conventions or shows are: Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention 2010 (Las Vegas), SETIcon 2010, Creation Entertainment’s East Coast Official Star Trek Convention (New Jersey), Wizard World’s Chicago Comic Con and FanExpo Canada. In September, fans can see many Trek actors at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Retro Review: Interface

Friday, July 30th, 2010

While testing a new sensor for his VISOR, LaForge is shocked to discover his missing mother marooned on a nearby planet.

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Abrams To Produce Boilerplate

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Paramount has picked up the rights to the Victorian Age story Boilerplate and adding to his already busy schedule, J.J. Abrams will produce an adaptation of the story.

Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel, is an illustrated book by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett that tells the story of Boilerplate, a mechanical man developed in the 1880s and unveiled at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

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Stewart in Sinbad

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Patrick Stewart has a role in Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage.

A new trailer of Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage features Stewart doing a voice-over, with speculation being that he has the role of a “Sinbad from the future.”

In Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage, when the Sultan’s first-born is taken by an evil sorcerer, Sinbad must travel to a desert of “magic and creatures” to save her.

Directed by David Winning, Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage stars Shahin Sean Solimon as Sinbad. The trailer with Stewart’s voice-over can be seen here.

Drex Files Video Addendum

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Star Trek fans are in for a treat with a new video by Doug Drexler showing fans never seen before images and interviews with familiar faces.

The first edition of “The Drex Files – A Video Addendum” features Andrew Probert and his Sphinx shuttle, starship construction sets, an encounter with BarBara Luna and animated ships from the Ships of the Line calendar.

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Shatner: Exploring New Frontiers

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

In his work on $#*! My Dad Says, William Shatner is exploring a whole new frontier in a new age of television show production.

Shatner began his career on live television, but how shows were made was very different back then. “I was there when the cameras were as big as this table had internal fans that were whirring because of the heat of the tubes and had to come as close as this for a close up,” he said. “Now we’re talking about green screen and putting us on locations we’ll never visit, unfortunately. We can put us in Paris on this show and never leave the warmth of Warner Bros. It is beyond irony. It is trying to catch the tiger by the tail. The miracle is our inventiveness and the tragedy of our lives is the inventiveness. It’s beyond irony. It’s whatever term you guys can come up with.”

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Shatner D.C. Sniper Interview

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Interviewing one of the D.C. snipers responsible for seventeen deaths was something that will remain with William Shatner for a long time.

Shatner interviewed Lee Boyd Malvo, who was seventeen at the time of the shootings, for Aftermath with William Shatner, a show that examines “what happens when people are tragically or infamously transformed from unknown citizens into household names overnight.”

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Successful Fan Campaign To Bring Masterson To STO

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

A campaign started by a fan on the Star Trek Online messageboards to have the voice talents of actress Chase Masterson (Leeta) included in Star Trek Online was successful and players can now hear her as “Holo Leeta.”

The campaign began back in March, when the fan, Kirkfat, contacted Masterson and got her permission to try to convince Cryptic. “I’d love to do this,” Masterson said. Kirkfat started a thread on the STO messageboards to gather support.

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Bakula – Quantum Leap Movie In The Works?

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Fans of Quantum Leap may again get to see Dr. Sam Beckett leaping through time and into strange bodies and situations.

At Comic-Con last weekend, Bakula told fans that a film may be in the works for the popular show, which aired from 1989-1993.

“It’s a great piece of TV history,” said Bakula. “[Beckett] is what I’m known for, and it’s a great show to be known for.”

A script is supposedly being written by Quantum Leap creator/executive producer Donald Bellisario.

Nimoy Photography Show Opens in Massachusetts

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Secret Selves, an exhibition of twenty-six color photos taken by Leonard Nimoy, will open August 1 at the Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Although some of Nimoy’s photography can be seen in various museum collections, this is Nimoy’s first solo show at a major museum.

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Hardy Versus Pine

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Tom Hardy, best-known to Trek fans as Shinzon in 2002′s Star Trek: Nemesis, will be replacing Sam Worthington in This Means War.

Hardy will play one of two spies who wages black-ops warfare on each other when they both fall for the same girl (Reese Witherspoon). The other spy will be played by another Star Trek alum, Chris Pine.

This Means War is expected to be released in 2011.

Hemsworth As Thor

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Chris Hemsworth faces the challenge of being involved with Thor, which like Star Trek has a pre-existing fan base.

As with Star Trek, fans of Thor know what they like and Hemsworth is sensitive to that and is hoping to please the fans as well as help to tell a good story. “It’s a challenge,” said Hemsworth. “You walk into something which has a pre-existing fan base. People are very passionate about it and know what they want to see. As far as how you bring the excitement or challenge, a lot of that, the script comes along. That’s not my department. For me it was reading as much as the comic books and things that inspired me.”

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Star Trek Online Season Two Releases

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Star Trek: Online has released its second season, “Ancient Enemies” with new episodes, rewards and content.

In “Ancient Enemies,” players will “encounter and do battle with even more of Star Trek‘s iconic races,” as they enjoy new episodes including eight Klingon episodes.

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De Lancie Answers Fan Questions

Monday, July 26th, 2010

John de Lancie, who portrayed “Q” in Star Trek: The Next Generation through Star Trek: Voyager, talked about his role as the omnipotent troublemaker.

Although Q was a troublemaker and a nuisance for several Trek captains, de Lancie did not consider him a villain. “Q was never a villain as far as I was concerned … I might have been arrogant and badly flawed and all that, but I never thought of the character as a villain.”

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Pinkner Wants Nimoy Return

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Fringe Producer Jeff Pinkner told a Comic-Con audience that he would like to see Leonard Nimoy return as William Bell.

Nimoy’s character was killed off in the second season finale, but that would not be a problem as far as Pinkner is concerned. “Should we be able to convince him to come out of retirement again, we have another story in mind [for Bell].

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