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Archive for December, 2010

Retro Review: Emergence

Friday, December 31st, 2010

When the Enterprise begins to develop intelligence of its own, crewmembers use the holodeck to try to decipher the sudden system changes.

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McCune Passes

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Grant McCune, known to Star Trek fans for his visual effects work on Star Trek: The Motion Picture, passed away Monday from pancreatic cancer at the age of sixty-seven.

McCune, Douglas Trumbull, John Dystra, Richard Yuricich, Robert Swarthe and Dave Stewart were nominated for an Oscar for their work on Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979.  The visual effects for Alien won instead.

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Hemsworth Married

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Chris Hemsworth, best-known to Star Trek fans for portraying George Kirk, father of James T. Kirk, has married his longtime girlfriend, Elsa Pataky.

The Australian actor and his Spanish girlfriend were married over the Christmas holiday, according to a representative for Hemsworth. The wedding location was not revealed.

Pataky will be familiar to movie audiences for her role as Maria in 2006′s Snakes on a Plane, which starred Samuel L. Jackson.

Star Trek Magazine #31

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Fans of Star Trek: Voyager‘s Roxann Dawson and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s Chase Masterson will enjoy the latest issue of Star Trek Magazine.

In Star Trek Magazine #31, as well as interviews with Dawson and Masterson, there will be a “look at the Haynes Enterprise Manual” and an article on Star Trek‘s strong females, featuring Lieutenant Uhura.

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Star Trek Novels To Debut In 2011

Monday, December 27th, 2010

The Simon & Schuster Digital Catalog features four Star Trek books of interest to fans to be published in 2011.

The four new books, the first of which will debut at the end of May, are: Star Trek: Children of the Storm, Star Trek: Vanguard: Declassified, Star Trek: Cast No Shadow, and Star Trek: A Choice of Catastrophes.

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Martel: Star Trek’s T’Pring

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Although fans know her for playing the woman who rejected Spock, Arlene Martel was up for two other Star Trek roles before she landed the role of T’Pring.

Martel originally auditioned for Where No Man Has Gone Before, but she had to say “no” to the role due to her sensitive eyes. “I couldn’t do it because I would have had to have worn contact lenses,” she said. “My eyes are very sensitive and I said, ‘I can’t do it.’ They said, ‘Well, something else is coming up…’”

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Saldana Website Revamped

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Zoë Saldana‘s website has had a make-over, and there is plenty of content for her fans to enjoy.

The redesigned website has six sections, including: Film, Fashion, Charity, Photo Gallery, About Zoe and Press.

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Sadler’s Sloan: Like Ollie North

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Section 31′s Luther Sloan, played by William Sadler, who appeared on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, is remembered by Star Trek fans as the man who would do whatever it took to keep the Federation safe.

Eventually appearing in three episodes, Sadler leapt at the chance to take on the role, partly because he was a fan of the original series. “I was offered the role and I remember thinking, ‘How cool is this? They’re offering me something in the Star Trek franchise.’ I grew up on the original show and I’ve always thought Star Trek was such a great part of the American tapestry. And to be a thread in that tapestry, I just said, ‘I’ll do it!’ I said I’d do it before I even knew what the job was.”

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Fall 2010 Voyages eMagazine Now Online

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

A new editor and graphics staff have meant a “new look” and a “new feel” for Voyages, the eMagazine of The Federation Star Trek fan club.

The revamped Voyages is now “focus[ed] on the fans,” said Editor Kelly Rowles. “You see more photos of fans in action at conventions, doing public service and much more.”

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Four New Trek Uniform Replicas To Debut

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Fans of the original series and Star Trek XI will be able to buy Star Trek costume replicas based on the uniforms seen the original series and the movie.

Two shirts and two dresses will be offered; a dress and a shirt in red, and a dress and a shirt in blue.

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Shatner Captains Documentary Update

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

The ever-busy William Shatner gave an update on the highly-anticipated documentary, The Captains, which will include interviews with Star Trek TV captains Sir Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and Scott Bakula.

According to Shatner, the movie has been shot and is now being assembled. “Captains is being edited as we speak,” he said. “We’ve got a great film, there’s a lot of it and we’re passionately putting it together. We’ll have it ready in the near future.”

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Behr Named Showrunner For Syfy Series

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Ira Steven Behr, best-known to Star Trek fans as executive producer for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, will be executive producer for Syfy’s Alphas.

Alphas is the story of “ordinary citizens with extraordinary mental abilities” who tackle cases that the CIA, FBI and Pentagon can’t solve.

Starring David Strathairn as a psychiatrist leader of the group, the series pilot for Alphas will debut in summer of 2011 to be followed by eleven episodes.

Wheaton Book Debuts

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Fans of Wil Wheaton will be pleased to hear that he is releasing a new collection of short fiction stories, titled The Day After and Other Stories.

The fifty-page book of short stories will be available in both paperback (for a limited time only) and as a PDF version.

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Murphy – Star Trek: Insurrection’s Anij

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Twelve years ago, Star Trek: Insurrection debuted and fans were introduced to the Ba’ku Anij, played by Donna Murphy.

Murphy jumped at the chance to have a role in a Star Trek movie, playing the Ba’ku woman who looked to be only in her thirties, but in reality was over three hundred years old. “It was a no-brainer,” she said. “I thought that the opportunity to step into that world, if you will, was too good to pass up. I loved the part. I thought it was an interesting script.”

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Bana Vies For Vampire Hunter Role

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Eric Bana, Star Trek XI‘s Romulan Nero, is in contention for the role of a famous U.S. President, and one who hunts vampires.

If all goes well with his meeting with director Timur Bekmambetov, Bana would play Abraham Lincoln in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the film version of Seth Graham-Smith‘s novel.

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