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Archive for September, 2010

Retro Review: Parallels

Friday, September 24th, 2010

When Worf finds reality shifting around him while no one else seems aware of the change, he concludes that he is moving from universe to universe.

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Shatner: Fame Brings Wariness

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

For William Shatner, being a famous actor means being on guard against people wanting something from him.

Shatner, who plays a character on his new series who is a bit of a curmudgeon, is aware that fans might consider him to be a bit of a curmudgeon himself, so he explained why sometimes actors are guarded when it comes to dealing with fans. “…what I have to do is protect myself in public from people who want something because they see in the celebrity something that could be useful to them,” he said. “The actors who are popular always have to be on guard because somebody’s always wanting something, so that may appear to be unfriendly or curmudgeonly but the fact is we’re not.”

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Slice It Up, Scotty

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

A new gadget, courtesy of ThinkGeek, is one of the more interesting Star Trek merchandise offerings to come along in a while.

The gadget is the Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Cutter, modeled after the original series Enterprise.

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Special Price Offer For Shakespeare In Klingon

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Star Trek Klingon and Shakespeare fans who wanted to see the Washington Shakespeare Company’s production of By Any Other Name: An Evening of Shakespeare in Klingon, but who balked at paying $150-$250, will be happy to hear of a new special discount price.

The production, which will feature selections from Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing, will take place this Saturday, September 25 at 8 pm.

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An Evening With Leonard Nimoy

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Leonard Nimoy will appear next month in Long Beach, where the topic of discussion will be Star Trek.

On October 23, at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, Nimoy will “share his portrayal of the rational and emotionally suppressed Vulcan as part of a remarkable and diverse career.”

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Ryder Cast In Frankenweenie

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Winona Ryder, best known to Star Trek fans as Spock’s mother in last year’s Star Trek movie, will be voicing a character in Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie.

Written by John August (Charlie’s Angels, Corpse Bride), Frankenweenie is the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young boy who resurrects his dog Sparky after the dog is hit by a car and killed. The original Frankenweenie was made by Burton back in 1984 as a half-hour stop-motion animated short for Disney.

Ryder will voice Elsa, starring alongside Martin Landau, who will voice Mr. Rzykruski. Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara will each voice four characters.

Frankenweenie is slated for release on March 9, 2012.

Shatner: $#*! My Dad Says’ Ed Goodson

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Fans of William Shatner‘s Denny Crane may notice some similarities between the political incorrect and larger-than-life character from Boston Legal, and $#*! My Dad Says’ Ed Goodson.

That is not exactly just a coincidence, according to Shatner, who explained the relationship between the two characters. “Third cousin by his mother’s marriage,” he said.

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Urban: Darker Dredd

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Karl Urban‘s portrayal of Judge Dredd will be much darker than the one portrayed by Sylvester Stallone back in 1995.

Urban explained that there was a reason they would be able to make the film darker than the 1995 version. “We’ve got the benefit of modern filmmaking and technology to help us,” he said.

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Rumor Mill: Abrams Pitching New Drama

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Fans of Lost‘s Linus and Locke will be happy if rumors of a new show being pitched by J.J. Abrams, Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec are true.

The trio is pitching a comedic drama to the networks which would have Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn playing former black-ops agents.

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Bormanis: Getting The Science Right

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Having a science background in addition to writing experience helped Andre Bormanis land a job on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Bormanis was no stranger to Star Trek, having watched the original series when it was in syndication. “I grew up watching the original series, in reruns,” he said. “I probably watched every episode a dozen times when I was a kid. Even today, when I come across an episode on TV, I’ll watch for a few minutes – or more. So I was very familiar with the original series and naturally started watching TNG when it premiered.”

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Wheaton And Scalzi Launch Clash Of The Geeks

Monday, September 20th, 2010

A new e-book, Clash of the Geeks, including stories by Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Old Man’s War), is available for download with all donations going to a charitable cause.

Clash of the Geeks is the result of a writing contest, which received hundreds of submissions, both amateur and professional. “We were originally supposed to have just one winner,” said Scalzi, “but when it came down to it we couldn’t decide between the final two (by Bernadette Durbin and Scott Mattes). Then we realized we didn’t have to choose between them, and picked them both.”

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Retro Review: Inheritance

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Data meets a woman who claims to have been Dr. Soong’s wife and co-worker, and therefore Data’s “mother.”

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Kellerman And Lockwood: Where No Man Has Gone Before

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Forty-four years after Where No Man Has Gone Before aired, Star Trek fans still remember Sally Kellerman and Gary Lockwood and still ask them questions about the episode.

The actors had no idea that what was just another job for them would still be reaping benefits in 2010, when both actors would appear at Star Trek conventions to talk about their appearances in the episode. “We had no idea we’d be talking about it forty-four years later,” said Kellerman, “but it’s really great. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving. We really had nothing to do with it. We just happened to be in the episode.”

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Damaged Shatner Star To Be Replaced

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

William Shatner‘s star on Canada’s Walk of Fame has been damaged and is slated to be replaced.

The stone, made of red granite, suffered damage due to weather and wear and tear. Shatner’s star wasn’t the only stone needing attention; four-time hockey Stanley Cup winner Gordie Howe‘s star was also in need of replacement. Damage to other stones has also been noted.

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Fox Commits To Abrams Pilot

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

J.J. Abrams, who co-created the popular Lost along with Jeffrey Lieber and Damon Lindelof, is working on another project which will be set on an island.

The pilot for Alcatraz, the new “top secret” project by Abrams, has been picked up by Fox.

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