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Archive for October, 2010

Retro Review: Thine Own Self

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Data loses his memory and inadvertently exposes a technologically unsophisticated culture to deadly radiation.

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Video Friday – Drexler And Stewart

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Two videos have been posted today which will be of interest to Star Trek fans; one by Doug Drexler and the other featuring Sir Patrick Stewart.

The nineteen-minute video posted by Drexler, which can be seen at StarTrek.com, has a lot of goodies for fans, with segments about the original series, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Enterprise.

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Battered Pine

Friday, October 29th, 2010

The physical demands of the theater proved to be rather painful for Chris Pine, who is trying to recover from his work on the Lieutenant of Inishmore.

Pine played Padraic, a hard-boiled terrorist, in the play which ran from July 11th through August 8th, but the role took a toll on his body.

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Westmore: Transforming Humans Into Exotic Aliens

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Michael Westmore, who spent almost twenty years using makeup and prosthetics to create Star Trek aliens, shares his memories of his work and the people with whom he interacted.

When Westmore got his job on Star Trek: The Next Generation, one of the draws was that the job meant that he could spend more time with his family. “I was interested in TNG, but I wasn’t overwhelmed by it because I’d been doing movies and traveling around the world, literally,” he said. “But I was getting a little tired of the traveling and actually wanted to stay home because my kids were still young. I thought, ‘If this Star Trek goes like the old one did, I can probably stay home for a year or two and it’ll be fine.’ So, for me, it was another creative, different project that I thought could be interesting and also an opportunity to be home with wife and family.”

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Trek Captains Special To Air Next Week

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

The Captains of the Final Frontier, a new two-hour Star Trek documentary to be aired on the Bio Channel on Wednesday, November 3 at 9 PM, will focus on the “fearless captains of each Star Trek generation.”

In the show, a cast of Star Trek experts will analyze each Star Trek captain, whose “incredible triumphs and epic dark moments” will be discussed with the captains being compared “against each other as leaders and lovers.”

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Pegg To Voice Character In New Game

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Simon Pegg, best-known to Star Trek fans as the new Scotty, will be voicing a character in Spare Parts, a new game developed by EA Bright Light for Xbox and PlayStation.

Pegg will be voicing the voice of supercomputer guide and companion Con-rad in the game, which focuses on two courageous robots.

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Nimoy To Return To Fringe

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

According to TrekMovie.com, Leonard Nimoy isn’t quite retired yet.

At last weekend’s Official Star Trek Convention in Rosemont (Chicago-area), Illinois, actor Christopher Lloyd (Star Trek III: The Search For Spock‘s Kruge) revealed that Nimoy will be returning to Fringe.

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Pine Casting Rumor

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

A new rumor is floating about and it concerns a role for Star Trek XI‘s Chris Pine.

According to the rumor, Pine is one of the possibilities to be cast as the lead in The Flash.

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Bennett On Shatner, Nimoy And Roddenberry

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Harve Bennett, the man credited with reinvigorating the Star Trek movie franchise after the disappointment of the first movie, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, shared his thoughts about some of the people associated with Star Trek.

Speaking to the Southern Oregon Film and Television organization at Varsity Theater in Ashland, Oregon, Bennett explained that William Shatner‘s ego was a cover-up for something else.

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Robinson: USS Enterprise Owners’ Workshop Manual

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

For Ben Robinson, one of the co-authors of the Haynes USS Enterprise Owners’ Workshop Manual, the “real feel” of Star Trek was what attracted him to the book project.

Approached by Haynes through CBS, Haynes decided that having Robinson write the book would be a good idea. “Initially it was just to offer a little advice,” said Robinson, “but as we talked it became apparent that it really would make a lot of sense if I wrote the book. There’s something particularly charming about the idea of a Haynes Manual for the Enterprises. A large part of Trek’s appeal is that it feels very real and that things have been thought out thoroughly.”

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Thompson: Nero’s Wife

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Although her role was small, Scottie Thompson‘s character was important to Star Trek XI as her death was the motivation for Nero’s rage and subsequent actions toward Vulcan.

According to the producer, Thompson’s looks helped land the role. “You have an alien look to you,” he told her, which made her perfect to portray a Romulan.

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No Khan In Star Trek XII?

Monday, October 25th, 2010

The rumor mill is going full steam as the word is that Khan will not be the villain in 2012′s Star Trek XII.

Rumor has it that Star Trek XII won’t be focused on a “traditional” villain at all, but will focus on someone familiar to fans nonetheless.

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Pegg Regrets Saying No To Tarantino

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Had he made a different choice, Simon Pegg might have had a part in a movie which was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Pegg was offered the role of Lt. Archie Hicox in Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds as well as a role as Inspector Thompson in Steven Spielberg‘s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.

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Quinto: More Theater Roles, Less Personal Speculation

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Zachary Quinto, best-known to Star Trek fans as the new Spock, and to sci-fi fans as Sylar, has expressed a desire to have theater as well as movie and television roles become part of his career.

Currently appearing as Louis Ironson in Tony Kushner‘s play Angels in America, Quinto admits that this is part of his plan to achieve that goal. “This is hopefully a declaration of my intention to have theater be a much more significant part of my career from this point forward,” he said. “I look at the work that I’ve done so far as an investment to that end.”

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Star Trek XII Character Hint

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Star Trek fans are abuzz with speculation after the revelation of the race of a potential female character that may appear in Star Trek XII.

Last month, a meeting to plot out Star Trek XII included J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Burk and out of that meeting came a hint as to one of the characters to appear in the film.

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