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Archive for December, 2010

New Star Trek TAS Shirts To Appear

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Fans of Star Trek‘s Animated Series will be pleased to hear that a new line of t-shirts will be designed based on the cartoon series.

Spanish fashion company Cool Think Licensing and CBS Consumer Products have teamed up to offer a t-shirt line, designed for men, which “includes Mr. Spock’s character as the highlighted icon.”

The shirts will be available in more than six-hundred-and-fifty stores worldwide, in forty-five countries.

Wheaton Cool With Star Trek: Nemesis Cut

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Although his Star Trek: Nemesis scene was left on the cutting room floor, Wil Wheaton didn’t mind, as he was interested in something other than just appearing on film.

The deleted scene, which can be seen in the Star Trek: Nemesis DVD extras, had Wesley Crusher in attendance at the Riker-Troi wedding.

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Win A U.S.S. Enterprise Artisan Replica

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

A new contest on the Official Star Trek Facebook page offers a prize sure to be of interest to Trek fans, a U.S.S. Enterprise Artisan Replica ship.

Made by QMx and valued at $4,000, the ship is a replica of the one seen in Star Trek XI, and is “accurate in every way, from the subtle airbrushing to the special lighting effects to the detailed hull plating.”

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Star Trek: Khan: Ruling In Hell #3 First Look

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Tomorrow, Star Trek: Khan: Ruling in Hell #3 will arrive in stores, but readers can have a sneak peek now.

Star Trek: Khan: Ruling in Hell #3 is written by Scott and David Tipton, with art by Fabio Mantovani and the cover by Michael Stribling.

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Wheaton: Took Heat For Crusher

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Although he took heat and criticism while playing the part of Wesley Crusher in the Star Trek: The Next Generation Days, Wil Wheaton is proud of his Star Trek experience.

One of the toughest things for Wheaton was having his adolescence play out in front of the cameras. “I joke a lot online about how we all have had awkward teenage years,” said Wheaton. “Most people are really lucky because their awkward teenage years are evidenced only in photo albums that mom pulls out at holiday gatherings to embarrass you in front of your new spouse. But for me, it played out in front of the world and it’s preserved on the pages of teen magazines and in videotapes from the old days.”

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Rachel Nichols In Negotiations For Criminal Minds

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Rachel Nichols, best-known to Star Trek fans as Gaila the Orion girl, is in negotiations to join the cast of CBS’ Criminal Minds as a series regular.

If Nichols does join Criminal Minds as a regular, she will be the first regular addition to the show since 2007, when Joe Mantegna (David Rossi) took over for Mandy Patinkin (Jason Gideon).

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Trek Quest Game Releases

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Trek Quest HD for the iPad and Trek Quest 2.4 for the iPhone and IPod Touch were released today by SchoSoft.

Based on the classic 1970s computer game, Super Star Trek, Trek Quest “recreates the excitement of early gaming while bringing it into the twenty-first century with modern themes and advanced graphics.”

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Collins – Star Trek: The Motion Picture Disappointing

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Star Trek: The Motion Picture was disappointing for Stephen Collins, who played Willard Decker, but it wasn’t all because of the lack of box office success.

Getting the role was no big deal for Collins, who didn’t know that getting a role in the new film was a coveted thing. “Little did I know that tons of actors in Hollywood had been lining up around the block to get in and meet Robert Wise,” he said. “It’s just such a perverse thing about life and especially about show business, but when you don’t need the job that badly is when you seem to get it, and when you desperately want the job and know you can be brilliant in it, you usually don’t get it. Life isn’t fair that way and show business isn’t fair that way. Obviously there are great exceptions to the rule, but those are relatively few and far between. So I went in kind of cool as a cucumber. ‘Hi, Mr. Wise.’ I wasn’t nervous and when you’re not nervous you tend to do your best.”

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It’s Life, Jim, But Not As We Know It

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

A new bacteria discovered in Mono Lake in California is found to be unlike any other organism on the planet.

The bacteria, named GFAJ-1, has only trace elements of phosphorus, one of the so-called building blocks of life, instead, GFAJ-1 uses arsenic to live and arsenic is “embedded into their DNA, RNA and other basic underpinnings.”

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Retro Review: Journey’s End

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

On a mission to relocate a group of Native American settlers from a planet ceded to the Cardassians, Wesley Crusher decides to leave Starfleet.

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Dorn: I Had A Blank Slate For Worf

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

For Michael Dorn, one of the appeals of taking on the role of the Klingon Worf was taking on a character with no backstory so that Dorn could make the character his own.

When Dorn went to audition for the role of Worf, all had was the name of the character, not even being given a description of what Worf should be. “No, it was seriously just a name,” said Dorn. “They didn’t tell you what to do. They didn’t tell you how they wanted the character to be – nothing. You went in to audition for this character name and that was it. When I started, before I came onto the set, I went to Gene Roddenberry and said: hey, what do you want from this guy? Who is he? And being as smart as he is, he said: don’t listen to what you’ve heard or read or seen in the past, nothing. Just make the character your own. And that’s what I did.”

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December-January Star Trek Conventions

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

There will be two conventions, shows or appearances in December and January that feature Trek actors of interest to Star Trek fans. This listing of conventions and shows features actors from four of the five televised series.

In December, there will be a convention and a cruise. For Star Trek fans living in Hawaii or looking for a good excuse to go to Hawaii, Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention in Hawaii will take place December 4-5 in Honolulu. Celebrating the 45th anniversary of Star Trek, celebrity guests will include: Armin Shimerman, J.G. Hertzler, Robert O’Reilly, Max Grodenchik, Casey Biggs, Vaughn Armstrong, Jeffrey Combs, BarBara Luna and Bobby Clark. Entertainment will include the Star Trek “Rat Pack” Performance with Grodenchik, Armstrong, Combs, Biggs and Shimerman, and Breakfast With The Klingons, where “Martok and Gowron have agreed to sit down at the table with humans for a ‘blood brunch.’”

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Shatner’s Star Replaced

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

William Shatner‘s damaged Canadian “Walk of Fame” star has been replaced.

The original star, installed in 2000 and seen in the accompanying photo, was damaged by a sidewalk snow plow. It was replaced this morning with a new red granite star.

Shatner’s star was not the only one replaced today. A cracked star belonging to legendary hockey star Gordie Howe (Detroit Red Wings) was replaced and stars belonging to the Canadian rock group Nickelback and Deal or No Deal game show host Howie Mandel were reset.

The Walk of Fame is located outside of the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

Star Trek: The Exhibition Heads East Next Month

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

For fans in or within easy distance of Louisville, Kentucky, Star Trek: The Exhibition will open on January 23 at the Louisville Science Center.

Featuring original costumes, props from shows and movies, recreations of sets from all five Star Trek television series and eleven films, Star Trek: The Exhibition has something for any Star Trek fan.

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