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Archive for August, 2010

Harve Bennett: Putting Trek Back On Track

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

After Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Harve Bennett was called in to see if he could make a better movie for less money. The result was the critically acclaimed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan followed by three Star Trek movies after that.

Bennett was a successful television producer with shows like Mod Squad, The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman already under his belt. When asked if he could do a better Trek movie for less money by Gulf & Western boss Charles Bludhorn, he told them he could make four or five such movies. “Do it,” said Bludhorn.

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Picardo In Monsterwolf

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Roberto Picardo, Star Trek Voyager‘s EMH, will be starring in SyFy’s Monsterwolf, which will air this autumn.

Monsterwolf, an original SyFy movie, will feature Picardo as Mr. Stark in a movie about what happens when an animal spirit is inadvertently released.

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The Real Marina Sirtis

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

In a new interview with Kougar Magazine, Marina Sirtis lets her hair down and discusses everything from her career and the expectations of Hollywood, to middle-aged sexuality.

One of the benefits of being a Hollywood actress that Sirtis enjoyed was being a sex symbol. Even though she is a feminist, she did not find the two incompatible. “People say to me, because I’m a bit of a feminist with a small ‘f,’ people say, ‘How can you be a feminist when people regard you as a sex symbol?’” To answer those people, Sirtis refers back to her past.

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Braga: Darker Enterprise And Different Voyager Finale

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Brannon Braga and Rick Berman had a different Star Trek: Enterprise in mind than what actually ended up airing, plus Braga says that if he could redo the Star Trek: Voyager finale, he would make a surprising change.

Had Berman and Braga had their way, fans would have seen some Earth-bound shows for Enterprise, especially in the beginning. “Rick Berman and I had a little bit more of a raw conception of Enterprise than maybe the studio was comfortable with,” explained Braga. “It was actually set on Earth for a while – the building of the first starship, kind of like J.J.’s. We wanted to do the launch of the first starship and take it maybe a little bit more retro, and we initially didn’t have the futuristic temporal cold war aspect of it.”

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Koenig Returns To Comic World

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Walter Koenig, best-known to Star Trek fans as Pavel Chekov, will be writing a new four-issue comic miniseries which will be published in 2011.

The miniseries, titled Things To Come, will be published by Bluewater Productions and features a story set in a post-apocalyptic world where vampires have become the dominant species.

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Legohacker: Star Wars Into Star Trek

Friday, August 20th, 2010

One twelve-year-old boy, known online as “Legohacker” has figured out the trick of turning official Star Wars Lego sets into Star Trek ships.

Some four-year-olds will create art with Play-Doh or use crayons to create artistic masterpieces, but Legohacker was a bit different than his age-contemporaries, according to his father, Jon Ippolito. “When I had kids I was eager to see what kind of creativity they would spill on a page full of crayon drawings or a lump of Play Dough or, in this case, a bunch of Legos,” he said. “I was pretty astonished to see how sophisticated the kind of thinking outside the box they did was.”

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Ryan: Trek Technobabble Useful

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Jeri Ryan, Star Trek: Voyager‘s Seven of Nine, found that her work on Voyager has helped her in learning her lines for her newest role.

Ryan, who plays Dr. Kate Murphy on ABC’s Body of Proof, now has to learn complicated medical jargon for her role as the boss of medical examiner Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany).

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Trek Auction Fetches Almost $300,000

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Earlier this month, a Star Trek auction by Propworx was held at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel, as reported by TrekToday; featuring props, furniture, artwork, models and costumes.

Two pieces from the original series era commanded the highest prices, while a photo of Data’s cat Spot brought in more than ten times its estimated value.

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Billingsley On Controversial Enterprise Finale

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Star Trek: Enterprise‘s Dr. Phlox shares his opinion regarding the series finale of Star Trek: Enterprise.

Many fans may not have been happy with the finale to Star Trek: Enterprise, and Billingsley himself had mixed feelings about it, but he urged fans to rethink their annoyance toward Rick Berman and Brannon Braga.

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New Trek T-Shirts To Debut

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Hybrid Apparel will be unveiling a new line of Star Trek T-shirts at the Magic Marketplace show in Las Vegas this week.

The new collection will begin with t-shirts and in time other apparel will be added, all aimed at mid-tier and mass-market retailers.

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Shatner: Aftermath, $#*! And Twitter

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

At seventy-nine, most successful actors might want to kick back and enjoy retirement in some pleasant locale, but that’s not the case for William Shatner, who is busier than ever with his established and new television shows.

Shatner spoke recently about his most recent show, Aftermath with William Shatner; a new show to debut this fall, $#*! My Dad Says; and his experience with Twitter.

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Greenwood: Pike Essential To Trek

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Bruce Greenwood, who played Captain Christopher Pike in Star Trek XI, would like to see more of Pike in future Trek.

Greenwood would love to return to Trek, and he couldn’t resist giving his tongue-in-cheek opinion of Pike’s importance to the Star Trek franchise in a recent interview. “I think Captain Pike is an essential component to the whole franchise,” he said. “I think there should be a whole offshoot of Pike’s adventures.”

But what about Pike’s physical impairment? Would that make a difference? Not according to Greenwood. “There’s nothing that says Pike can’t get up and out of that wheelchair, get his own ship and go off on some adventures of his own. I’m now an admiral, but I want to get out of the wheelchair.”

It is not known if Pike will be back in Star Trek XII, but fans, as well as Greenwood, can only hope.

Takei on Gay Marriage

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

For George Takei, being able to say that he is legally married has influenced how others perceive his relationship.

Takei, a strong proponent of gay marriage who opposes California’s Proposition 8, which would only recognize marriage in California as being between a man and a woman, spoke about the controversial proposition and what legal marriage has done for himself and his husband Brad Altman.

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Billingsley: Star Trek: Enterprise Days

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

John Billingsley recently answered fan questions regarding his time on Star Trek: Enterprise, including what he considered to be the best and worst episodes of the series, his attempt to provide story material for Phlox and more.

Playing the cheerful and amiable Dr. Phlox was a nice change from the actor’s usual roles and reflected more of Billingsley himself. “Because I’d played so many psychopaths and sociopaths and serial killers and tormented souls and drug addicts and lunatics,” said Billingsley, “Dr. Phlox is perhaps my favorite part if only because it was a chance to be giddy and delightful for four years. I rarely have the opportunity to be that kind of guy.”

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Urban Confirmed as Dredd

Monday, August 16th, 2010

A rumor from last month that Karl Urban would play the lead role in Judge Dredd has turned out to be confirmed.

Judge Dredd producers Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich confirmed that Urban had been cast for the role in the film, which will begin shooting soon in South Africa.

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