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Archive for October, 2010

Giacchino: It’s The Story

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

According to Star Trek XI composer Michael Giacchino, composing the music for a movie is more than just writing music.

Giacchino, who won an Oscar for his work on Up, knows that telling a story is part of the process of composing for movies such as Star Trek XI and television shows such as Lost. “As a film composer, your job is not to write music,” he said. “Your job is to tell a story.”

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VSS Enterprise Test Flight

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Several months after the WhiteKnightTwo (VMS Eve) made its first test flight to the stratosphere, the VSS Enterprise eight-person suborbital spaceship, which had remained attached to the mothership during that test flight, has made its own solo flight.

The VSS Enterprise, named after Star Trek‘s USS Enterprise, will be taking passengers, who will pony up $200,000 for the privilege, on short trips above the atmosphere.

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Ryan Fans Will Have To Wait

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Fans hoping to see Jeri Ryan in the new medical mystery series Body of Proof will have to wait a while longer to see the former Seven-of-Nine.

Ryan will be playing Dr. Kate Murphy, who will be the boss of the main character Megan Hunt (Dana Delany). Hunt, once a neurosurgeon, has gone back to being a medical examiner in hopes of finding out who killed the victims in a car accident.

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Abrams Super 8 Footage

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Recently, YouTube user wblankenship found out that J.J. Abrams’/Steven Spielberg Super 8 was being filmed in his hometown of Weirton, West Virginia, so he went down to have a look at the set during filming and has posted a six minute YouTube video of the filming.

Not many details have emerged about Super 8, but it is known that while using their Super 8 camera, a group of kids find and film something unexpected, alien life.

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Urban: Getting Into Character

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Following DeForest Kelley‘s Leonard McCoy was a challenge for Star Trek XI‘s Karl Urban.

Being a long-term Star Trek fan gave Urban a different perspective on playing McCoy than might have been true for actors who were not fans of the original series. “Yeah, well I have to say that it was daunting from the perspective that I was already a long-term fan of the show,” said Urban. “I was one of the older cast members who actually was into it and knew the original series, so for me to approach such an iconic character that was so wonderfully-crafted by DeForest Kelley for over forty years was daunting to say the least.”

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Retro Review: Homeward

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Worf’s human foster brother uses the Enterprise to violate the noninterference directive in order to save a primitive race.

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Haynes Enterprise Manual To Debut

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Fans of the Haynes Manuals who are also Star Trek fans will be pleased to know that one of the D.I.Y. illustrated guides will be released in several weeks which will focus on Star Trek ships.

The U.S.S. Enterprise Owners’ Workshop Manual will be released next month, and will include illustrations, cutaways and technical information about the NX-01, NCC-1701 and NCC-1701A through NCC-1701E.

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Catching Up With Cirroc Lofton

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Cirroc Lofton, who went from teenager to young adult during his years on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, has taken the same route taken by his fictional Deep Space Nine grandfather.

Deep Space Nine ended in 1999, and looking back, working on the show seems unreal to Lofton. “It feels like a dream now,” he said. “It was an amazing time. I loved the time that I spent with those people and my time with Avery (Brooks), and that still resonates to this day.”

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New Burke And Hare Trailer

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

A trailer for the John Landis black comedy Burke and Hare, in which Simon Pegg plays grave robber/serial killer William Burke, is online for fans to watch.

In Edinburgh, Scotland, William Burke and William Hare murdered seventeen people between 1827-1828 so that they could sell the bodies of the victims to Edinburgh Medical College for research purposes.

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Stewart: TNG Could Have Had Fifth Movie

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

If all had gone well, there could have been another Star Trek: The Next Generation film after Star Trek: Nemesis.

While Nemesis was being filmed, another film was being planned that would have involved more than The Next Generation according to Sir Patrick Stewart. “While we were filming Nemesis an idea was being developed by John Logan, the screenwriter of Nemesis, and Brent Spiner for a fifth and final movie,” said Stewart. “It was a very exciting idea for a screenplay.”

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Abrams’ Trek And Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan Comics

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Two comics featuring Star Trek movies including Star Trek XI and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan are available for fans to enjoy.

The comics are part of a series in which a boy and his robot “mysteriously gain the power to jump in and out of movies.” In the course of the comic strips, some of the plot holes and flaws of the movies are ridiculed. The comics are the work of Josh Edelglass.

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Shatner Answers Fan Questions

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

In a series of questions posed by Time Magazine, William Shatner‘s answers were sometimes expected, but other times surprising.

Asked if he felt he had put the Captain Kirk stereotype behind him, Shatner said, “Probably not, but who cares? It was a wonderful show and so if you want to say ‘beam me up’ I’m prepared to nod in assent and poke you in the eye.”

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CafePress To Launch Official Star Trek Merchandise

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Star Trek fans will be able to design, sell and buy authorized merchandise relating to their favorite Star Trek shows.

According to the press release, fans can “boldly go where no one has gone before” to design custom apparel and gifts, after following official guidelines, and having their designs approved.

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October-November Conventions And Appearances

Friday, October 1st, 2010

There will be nine conventions, shows or appearances in October and November that feature Trek actors of interest to Star Trek fans. This listing of conventions and shows feature actors from all five televised series, plus from the Star Trek movies, including guest actors.

October will feature six events of note to Star Trek fans. First up is Con-Version, which will be held October 15-17 in Calgary, Canada. In attendance will be John de Lancie, Chase Masterson, Ethan Phillips, Robert Picardo and Marina Sirtis.

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Retro Review: The Pegasus

Friday, October 1st, 2010

An admiral who was once Riker’s captain orders him to keep the nature of a salvage mission a secret from Picard.

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