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Archive for September, 2010

De Lancie To Offer Opera Master Class

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Fans know him as the mischievous Q, but John de Lancie will take on a different role when he presents an opera master class at Texas State this week.

De Lancie, who can list opera director as well as actor on his resume, will be presenting the master class this week. The class will focus on acting as it relates to roles in opera.

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$#*! My Dad Says Sweepstakes

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

A new sweepstakes offers William Shatner fans the chance to win a trip to Los Angeles to see the taping of CBS’s $#*! My Dad Says.

Fans are urged to “send us the funny sh*t your dad says…(in no more than one hundred-and-forty characters, of course)” to have a chance to win the trip for two which will be scheduled for this fall.

Although only one lucky person will win the trip, don’t despair. Three runners-up will each receive a signed copy of Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern. In addition, Justin will pick some of the best entries received to appear on his blog.

To Boldly Go To The Great Beyond

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Star Trek fans who prefer to be cremated when their time comes can now have their ashes stored in a Star Trek-themed urn.

Eternal Image, Inc, a company who designs, manufactures and markets officially licensed memorial products, has announced the Star Trek urn, which will be available in two models.

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Williams-Crosby As The Klingon Vixis

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The actress who played Vixis, the first officer aboard Captain Klaa’s Klingon Bird-of-Prey in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, wanted to turn down the role at first.

Spice Williams-Crosby was disappointed when she found out that she was not going to play the love interest of Captain Kirk as she had hoped. “I was so excited because I just knew that I was finally going to play Capt Kirk’s love interest,” said Williams-Crosby. “Once I got the script I asked the casting director, ‘Could you please tell me a little bit about Vixis?’ Bill Shepard, the casting director said, ‘Well, Vixis is the first office Klingon on the Bird of Prey.’  I gasped! Oh no, not a Klingon.”

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Braga Sole Terra Nova Writing Executive Producer

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Terra Nova, the Stephen Spielberg prehistoric dinosaur drama, has undergone an executive producer change.

David Fury (24, Lost) is leaving the series, due to “creative differences.” According to a source, Fury was “beloved by the producers on the show, but it just didn’t work out.”

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Klingon Casting Call

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Klingon wannabes who live in the D.C. area are invited to an open casting call for Klingon and Shakespeare extras for By Any Other Name: An Evening of Shakespeare in Klingon.

The performance, by the Washington Shakespeare Company, will be held on September 25 but the casting call is for seven days earlier, September 18.

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Catching Up With Frakes

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Jonathan Frakes‘s acting days are mostly behind him, fortunately, his training as a director has kept him in the business and provided for his family.

Frakes found out, as happens to so many actors and actresses, that sooner or later, the acting jobs peter out and one must turn to other ways of earning a living. “Thank God I learned this second craft [directing],” he said. “I really don’t know how I’d be supporting my family. I’d be looking for another kind of gig.”

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Trek Sequel Update

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

In the 200th issue of SFX Magazine, published in the UK, J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman discuss what may or may not happen in Star Trek XII.

As reported by TrekMovie.com, Abrams spoke generally while Kurtzman and Orci described another possible choice for the possible villain.

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Yesterday’s Enterprise’s Stillwell To Be On Radio

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Eric Stillwell, best-known to Star Trek fans as the co-writer of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Yesterday’s Enterprise, will be part of a one-hour live conversation this weekend.

The talk is scheduled for Sunday, September 12 at 10 PM ET at blogtalkradio.

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Retro Review: Force of Nature

Friday, September 10th, 2010

A brother-sister team attempts to demonstrate that the use of warp engines is destroying the fabric of space.

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Brown: And The Children Shall Lead Child Actor

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Mark Robert Brown shares his memories of working on the original series episode And The Children Shall Lead as a ten-year-old boy.

Although he was only ten, Brown was no novice when it came to acting. “I did And the Children Shall Lead in 1968, when I was 10,” he explained. “I had started in 1965 and I’d already done I, Spy and Andy Griffith and Please Don’t Eat the Daisies and Family Affair and The Flying Nun and Bewitched and The Monkees.”

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Happy Anniversary, Star Trek

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Forty-four years ago tonight, Star Trek was one of three shows airing at 8:30 on that Thursday night, and those tuning in saw The Man Trap, a story about a strange creature who killed to obtain salt.

Airing on NBC, Star Trek was up again ABC’s The Tammy Grimes Show, and the still-popular My Three Sons which was airing on CBS.

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Biller And Sussman Drama Pilot In The Works

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

TNT has picked up the pilot for Perception, a new drama written by Kenneth Biller and Mike Sussman.

Perception was one of three potential series pilots chosen; the other two being an untitled Allan Loeb crime project and Dallas, an updated version of the classic TV series which ran from 1978-1991.

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Shatner: They’re Out There

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

William Shatner believes that aliens exist, and is puzzled as to why they haven’t yet communicated with humanity.

Shatner’s recently launched series, William Shatner’s Weird or What? addresses such topics, trying to “explain the unexplainable.”

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Saldana: No Rescue Needed

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Zoë Saldana may look small and fragile, but don’t mistake that seeming fragility for weakness.

The actress, best-known as Uhura in Star Trek XI and Neytiri in Avatar, is perfectly able to take care of herself. “I can be tough,” she said. “I learned to ride a dirt bike when I was nine, and I can be deadly with a bow and arrow. Don’t mess with me.”

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