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Archive for August, 2010

Shakespeare In Klingon

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

First there was Klingon opera. Now fans of both Klingons and Shakespeare can see selections of Shakespeare classics performed in the Klingon language as well as in English.

On September 25 in Arlington, Virginia, the Washington Shakespeare Company will perform an evening of Shakespeare, featuring selections from Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing.

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Burton Wins NAACP Award

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Last night, the NAACP’s 20th Annual Theater Awards ceremony was held and Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s LeVar Burton walked away with an award for his work in The Caterer.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Ron Jones Project

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

A mammoth fourteen CD box set containing forty complete episode scores by Star Trek: The Next Generation composer Ron Jones will debut in September.

The box set, limited to a run of five thousand copies, and retailing for $149.95, contains over sixteen hours of music.

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September-October Trek Convention And Show Guide – Updated

Monday, August 30th, 2010

There will be six conventions or shows in September and October 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.

In September, fans can see many Trek actors at Dragon*Con, which will be held on Labor Day Weekend, from September 3-6 in Atlanta, Georgia. Trek guests of interest in attendance at Dragon*Con will be: René Auberjonois, Scott Bakula, Robert Beltran, Avery Brooks, LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby, John de Lancie, Michelle Forbes, Jonathan Frakes, J.G. Hertzler, Robert O’Reilly, Mark A. Sheppard, Armin Shimerman, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Garrett Wang.

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Bakula: Enterprise Five Years On

Monday, August 30th, 2010

It has been five years since Star Trek: Enterprise ended and Scott Bakula shares his opinion on what was good and what went wrong. Plus: Will a Quantum Leap movie happen?

In spite of Star Trek: Enterprise ending too soon, plus the ending which was more of a Star Trek: The Next Generation show, Bakula looks back fondly on his time as Captain Archer. “Oh, it was a fantastic experience,” he said. “I had a ball. We had some fantastically talented people on all sides of the camera. We had great actors, tremendously creative effects people and set people and makeup people and… It was fantastic. You were working with some of the most talented people and ground-breakers in the industry, and I got to do it for four years.”

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Retro Review: Dark Page

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Lwaxana Troi collapses from repressing a secret that Deanna must use telepathy to uncover.

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Block And Erdmann Talk Star Trek 365 Book

Friday, August 27th, 2010

A new illustrated Star Trek book, Star Trek The Original Series 365 will be appearing in bookstores between now and early September, and the authors of the book, Paula Block and Terry Erdmann tell fans to expect new photographs.

Star Trek The Original Series 365 is a “definite, authorized guide to Star Trek,” and will cover all seventy-nine episodes of the original series.

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Kurtzman To Direct Drama

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Alex Kurtzman will soon have his first film directing job, courtesy of Steven Spielberg.

Kurtzman will direct Welcome to People, a film written by Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Jody Lambert.

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Cameron: Competing With Trek

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Writer-director James Cameron would like to see the Avatar world of Pandora be ranked up with the Star Trek Federation, Star Wars Empire and Tolkien worlds.

If Cameron had his way, Avatar, the highest-grossing film in history, would remain in the hearts and minds of fans for decades, with the inevitable toys, games and books to appear in due course.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Casting Memo Unearthed

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Had things gone differently, fans might have seen Tim Russ or Wesley Snipes as Geordi La Forge.

An old casting memo dated April 13, 1987 from Paramount shows the actors and actresses who might have been chosen to play the roles of Picard, Ryker and La Forge instead of Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes and LeVar Burton.

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Koenig: What To Do After Trek

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov) turned to writing after the original series of Star Trek ended production.

Sitting around waiting for that next job to appear was not working out well for Koenig. “When the series ended,” he said, “I was without any employment. The phone didn’t ring, and I found myself having no reason to get up in the morning. It was that depressing.”

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Burton To Host Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

LeVar Burton, best known to Trek fans as Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Geordi La Forge, will be hosting this year’s IndieCade Red Carpet Awards Ceremony and Reception.

IndieCade, “dedicated to bringing together the freshest, most innovative and creative minds and works in independent game design,” was founded in 2005 and holds an annual international festival and series of exhibitions, conferences and other “happenings for the future of independent games.”

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Shatner’s Raw Nerve: Gene Simmons

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

KISS’s Gene Simmons finds out that William Shatner is very good at finding the “raw nerve” of his guests, even if they don’t realize that they have one.

In a clip featuring an episode of Shatner’s Raw Nerve seen earlier this year, at first Simmons claims that he doesn’t “have any raw nerves to touch,” but he soon found out that that wasn’t the case.

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Kurtzman And Orci Locke & Key Update

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Back in February, TrekToday reported that Star Trek XI co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci would be working on an adaptation of Locke & Key and it was expected to be made into a movie.

An update to this news reveals that the adaptation will be a television project instead.

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Lindelof: Star Trek XII Like Dark Knight

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Damon Lindelof spoke briefly about Star Trek XII last weekend, sharing the goals of the writers and comparing the creation of the sequel to Star Trek XI to the sequel to Batman Begins.

The first movie was easier in some ways, as all one had to do was to introduce the characters to the audience. But after the success of Star Trek XI, expectations are high and Lindelof does not want to disappoint.

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