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Archive for July, 2010

Trek Actors To Appear At Tweet House

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

William Shatner, Brent Spiner and LeVar Burton will be at the Tweet House at Comic-con party on July 23.

This year’s Tweet House at Comic-Con has panels, several bands and is located on the USS Midway aircraft carrier. The Tweet House is a “celebration of the real-time Web and Twitter’s pervasive role within it, bringing together those who create and evangelize the technologies that are defining the future.”

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Urban: New-found Fame And Star Trek XII

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Karl Urban has taken lessons from another actor on how to handle being recognized in public, and is ready to see where Star Trek XII will go.

After the success of Star Trek XI, Urban has to deal with people recognizing him, and uses a strategy that Bruce Willis uses. “Yeah, I do get [recognized] a bit,” he said. “But it wouldn’t be like Bruce walking down the street. I mean, he would attract a crowd of people. He’s got the rule of  ‘no eye contact.’  That’s it. Think about it, if you make eye contact with someone, then they will, more likely than not, come up to you and want to interact with you. So that’s how he gets through situations like that.”

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New Trek iTunes Application

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Fans of the classic communicator from the original series of Star Trek who own an iPhone will be pleased with a new offering from the iTunes store.

A new app, released last week, replicates “the personal communication device used by Starfleet personnel.”

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Saldana: The New Face of Calvin Klein

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Star Trek‘s Zoë Saldana will be the new face of Calvin Klein Underwear’s Fall 2010 global advertising campaign.

Saldana will also be part of the advertising campaign for Calvin Klein Envy, a new product launch according to Calvin Klein Underwear Chief Creative Officer Bob Mazzoli.

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New Yelchin Spider-Man Rumor

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Even though Anton Yelchin was passed over for the role of Peter Parker in Spider-Man, he may yet appear in the film, which is due out in 2012.

Rumor has it that Yelchin is up for the role of Harry Osborn, which was previously played by James Franco in the original series.

Did Yelchin, who was on the short list for the role of Peter Parker, impress the producers enough during that process to be considered for another role in the movie?

Time will tell.

Retro Review: Timescape

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Picard and several others return from a conference to find the Enterprise frozen in time and apparently on the brink of destruction by a Romulan ship.

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Summer Trek Convention And Show Guide

Friday, July 9th, 2010

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

Three of the conventions will be held in July: Shore Leave 32, The Super Mega Show & Comic Fest and The London Film & Comic Con. 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) and Wizard World’s Chicago Comic Con.

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Pine Gets More Good Material Thanks To Trek Role

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Starting this weekend, Christopher Pine (James T. Kirk) will be appearing in The Lieutenant of Irishmore, a dark comedy playing at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Speaking to OC Register to promote the play, Pine said that his Trek role has allowed him to take on a wide variety of interesting roles:

“I’ve been really blessed from Star Trek to get more opportunities than I had previously in my career. And I just wait for the good material. I’ve been lucky in that I’ve gotten to play on the really big stage with [Denzel Washington] and Tony Scott [Pine will star in the upcoming Scott film Unstoppable with Washington]. Counter that with these theater productions, which are a whole different thing. I just try to follow what’s good and what interests me and challenges me and makes me think and engages a part of me. It’s so rare to get all of your muscles firing at once. That’s what I look for in any role.

For Pine’s thoughts on his play, head over to the full article.

Producer Burk Compares ‘Trek XII’ To ‘Dark Knight’

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

The upcoming Star Trek sequel is likely to benefit from the recent trend to make new installments in major movie franchises even bigger than what came before.

“I can tell you as we go into it, that our aspirations are for the movie to be even bigger and better than the first one,” Star Trek XII producer Bryan Burk this week told TrekMovie.com. “I don’t mean that just in scope, I mean content and characters and emotionally. We had a lot of conversations about Batman Begins and how that movie kind of re-invented that franchise, and we looked at what The Dark Knight did and how that really ramped it up and they went to a different place with that film, and how those two films keep re-inventing themselves and are not the same thing every time. So we have strong ideas of what we want to do and we are hoping that this one is an even bigger film than the last one.”

Burk explained that making the film bigger does not just mean throwing extra money at the production, but that it would also affect the kind of story the film will be telling: “I feel like, particular with the last film, we brought a lot of people into the Star Trek universe who either hadn’t been there before or hadn’t been there in a while, and now that you know who these characters are, we are hoping to take grander and bigger steps with the characters, emotionally. The stakes will be bigger and people will be more invested.”

The producers still have some time to develop their plans, as they’re not expecting to begin shooting until this time next year, and still have until December before they want to start pre-production.

For more from Burk, head over to the full interview at TrekMovie.com.

Retro Review: Second Chances

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

When he returns to the site of a mission from years earlier, Riker is shocked to find a duplicate of himself trapped on the planet.

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McIntyre: Writing Early Star Trek Novels

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Vonda McIntyre, author of The Entropy Effect and several other Star Trek novels, ran into an unexpected problem when writing The Entropy Effect.

She had created a first name for Hikaru Sulu, but Paramount wasn’t happy about the idea at first.

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Shatner Jets Off To Interview Trek Captains

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Recently, TrekToday updated the story about The Captains, a documentary produced by William Shatner.

Initially thought to be strictly about Shatner’s career, Shatner explained that The Captains would be about “all the captains of Star Trek.”

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Zinkievich To Leave Cryptic Studios

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Star Trek: Online Executive Producer Craig Zinkievich posted his farewell letter on the official Star Trek: Online site today.

After seven years at Cryptic Studios and two-and-a-half working with Star Trek: Online, Zinkievich will be leaving to be replaced by Daniel Stahl.

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No Spidey For Yelchin

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

The role of Peter Parker has been cast for Spider-Man and Anton Yelchin didn’t get the role.

Andrew Garfield (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) will be playing Peter Parker in the 3D film, written by Jamie Vanderbilt and to be directed by Marc Webb.

Yelchin was one of the finalists for the role. Other finalists included:

  • Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot)
  • Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass)
  • Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief)
  • Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro)
  • Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince)
  • Michael Angerano (Lords of Dogtown)

Spider-Man will release on July 3, 2012.