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Archive for September, 2010

Cho In New Funny Or Die Video

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

John Cho can be seen in Funny or Die‘s G.A.Y.S. (Guys Against You Serving), a two-and-a-half minute long video.

In G.A.Y.S. (Guys Against You Serving), the topic is “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Cho appears with Dave Holmes, Sarah Silverman, Alex Fernie and Thomas Lennon to point out the absurdity of some of the reasons for some of the public’s support for the current “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

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Sussman Talks Voyager And Enterprise

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Writer-Producer Mike Sussman, who began as an intern on Star Trek: Voyager, and ended up as a producer on Star Trek: Enterprise, shares memories of his time working for both shows.

Sussman was noticed because of a Star Trek: The Next Generation script submission that caught the attention of Ken Biller. “He liked it,” said Sussman, “[and] gave me a call and asked if I’d like to do an internship with the Voyager writing staff. Of course I jumped at the chance.”

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Pine In Talks For Welcome To People

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Last month, TrekToday reported on Alex Kurtzman‘s first film directing job, Welcome to People; and now word comes that Chris Pine is in talks for the lead role in the movie.

Welcome to People was written by Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Jody Lambert, and is the story “of a struggling twenty-something man who, after flying home to L.A. for the funeral of his estranged record-producer father, discovers that the will stipulates that he must deliver $150,000 in cash to a 30-year-old alcoholic sister he never knew existed, and her troubled twelve-year-old son. Determined to keep the money to solve his own problems, he’s nonetheless fascinated by his unknown kin and makes contact with the two without revealing who he really is.”

Pine is currently filming FOX’s This Means War and will next appear in November in the Fox thriller Unstoppable.

Trek Or Treat

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Halloween is approaching, and some Star Trek fans like to step out to parties dressed as their favorite Star Trek character.

Howard Beige, executive vice president of Rubie’s Costume Company, shares details on planning of and the making of Star Trek-themed costumes.

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Quinto Reacts To Heroes Movie Cancellation

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

When Heroes was canceled, fans hoped that a movie would provide closure, but the word is that there will not be a Heroes movie after all, much to the disappointment of Zachary Quinto.

Quinto played Sylar in the NBC hit show that lasted for four seasons, and would have been on board for a movie. “It’s disappointing that there was such a lack of resolution,” said Quinto. “But unfortunately, that’s just the nature of network television. Nothing really surprises me in terms of network and studio bureaucracy. It’s the way it goes.

“If it was in their best interest, I’m sure they would have done it. And for whatever reason, they didn’t think it was. So that’s a bummer. But we have to just accept it and move on.”

Rachel Nichols Cast On CBS Drama

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Rachel Nichols, best known to Star Trek fans as Gaila the Orion Starfleet cadet who had a fling with James T. Kirk, has been cast on Criminal Minds.

Nichols will play FBI cadet Ashley Seager, who will appear in several episodes of the police drama.

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Star Trek Magazine #29

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Star Trek Magazine #29 will arrive both in stores and online tomorrow, and included in this issue will be an interview with Sir Patrick Stewart and details on the first title in a four-novel miniseries, Star Trek: Typhon Pact.

Stewart spoke about his pleasure in finding that Star Trek would allow themes to be explored that would encourage viewers to think, not just passively watch and be entertained.

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Chad And The Alien Toupee

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Two Star Trek: Voyager actors can be seen in a Funny Or Die video as they try to save the world from an alien invasion.

Fans of Robert Picardo and Tim Russ will enjoy a new Funny or Die video in which government agent Chad Ford (Picardo) and fellow agent Heather (Alma Saracias) are called upon to save the human race from an invasion of aliens who have a unique way of blending in with humanity.

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Picardo Answers Fan Questions

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Robert Picardo, Star Trek: Voyager‘s EMH, answered questions ranging from his time on Voyager, to his present-day work.

Some of the cast from Voyager gathers together several times a year and one of the topics is the future of Voyager. “The only talk of a Voyager reunion project that I hear about is when the guys from Voyager get together,” said Picardo. “We get together twice a year to have dinner, and we’ve done that since the show ended.”

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Star Trek: Infinite Space Game

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Next summer, Gameforge will release Star Trek: Infinite Space, a game set in the StarTrek: Deep Space Nine timeline.

Star Trek: Infinite Space will be a “free-to-play casual browser-based game” developed by award-winning keen games.

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Abrams On Inspiration For Star Trek

Monday, September 27th, 2010

J.J. Abrams may not make The Wrath of Khan Part II for the Star Trek sequel, but the original Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan was part of the inspiration for Star Trek XI.

Although one element of The Wrath of Khan particularly caught Abrams’ attention, Abrams can’t really think of anything else in the Trek universe that specifically inspires him when it comes to planning the sequel to 2009′s Star Trek XI.

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Urban Backs New Zealand Union

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Union demand for better working conditions for actors has won the backing of Star Trek XI‘s Karl Urban.

Urban is backing the New Zealand Actors Equity, which has joined with Australian-based unions such as the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) in calling for a boycott of Sir Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit movies.

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Pegg To Voice Soldier

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Simon Pegg, Star Trek XI‘s Scotty, will be voicing a character in Fable III, the third chapter of Lionhead Studios’ Fable computer game series.

Pegg will join Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds), John Cleese (Monty Python), Bernard Hill, Nicholas Hoult and Naomie Harris. Two actors who voiced characters in Fable II, Zoe Wanamaker and Stephen Fry will return for Fable III.

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Star Trek Enterprise Bottle Opener

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Recently, TrekToday reported on a unique merchandise item, an Enterprise pizza cutter. Today,  another Enterprise-based item can be purchased which will complement the pizza cutter, an Enterprise bottle opener, perfect for cracking open a bottle of Romulan ale to go with a slice of pizza.

The officially licensed Star Trek Bottle Opener is modeled on the NCC-1701. Four and 3/4 inches long, the bottle opener weighs five and a half ounces. The Enterprise bottle opener has a shiny chrome finish, with “U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701″ printed on the hull.

The bottle opener sells for $19.99 and can be purchased here. In a pinch, the heavy bottle opener can be used as a weapon “if diplomatic relations fail you,” but purchasers are encouraged not to use them against Klingons. “They’re more likely to laugh at you. Thick skulls, don’t you see.”

Starfleet Academy Teen Book Series

Friday, September 24th, 2010

The Delta Anomaly, the first in a new series of youth-oriented Star Trek books, is due out November 2.

Editorial Director Kara Sargent is not surprised with the continuing popularity of Star Trek books aimed at the young. “I’m thrilled at it, but not really surprised,” she said. “Star Trek has resonated with people of all ages for years and years. That’s the mark of a truly outstanding franchise. It’s not surprising to me that teens are embracing it today.”

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