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Archive for January, 2011

Duane: Gerrold Made Me Angry

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Dismissive words from Star Trek writer David Gerrold were exactly what author Diane Duane needed to hear.

Duane mentioned wanting to be a writer to Gerrold when she was working with him as an assistant and his response made her see red. “He rolled his eyes and said, ‘Oy, another one,” said Duane. “I got absolutely furious and went off thinking, ‘You just wait, you SOB: I’m going to show you I’m not just some wannabe.’”

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Original Roddenberry Star Trek Pitch Online

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Back in 1964, Gene Roddenberry submitted a sixteen-page pitch for a new series to be called Star Trek and fans can now see that pitch online in its entirety.

The pitch, part of which has been published before, includes a description of the characters and some ideas which became episodes during the run of Star Trek.

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Kurtzman And Orci To Produce Card Novel Adaptation

Monday, January 31st, 2011

The ever-busy Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have added another project to their schedule; they will be producers of a big screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s novel Ender’s Game.

Orci tweeted about the project this weekend. “Ender’s Game!” said the Twitter entry. “Us (K/O), Oddlot and Gavin Hood taking his amazing script to the town! Who wants some?”

Ender’s Game is the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggins, a boy chosen to attend Battle School, will he is to be trained to be a soldier to help defend the Earth against another invasion by the alien insectioid Formics (also known as the “Buggers”).

Infestation #1 Sells Out

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Infestation #1, the first issue of the Infestation series which will include the worlds of Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Transformers and G.I. Joe, has proven what many science fiction fans already knew, that zombies are popular.

IDW Publishing will be releasing a second printing of the debut comic, which was written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning and illustrated by David Messina.

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Intiraymi: Working With Jeri Ryan

Friday, January 28th, 2011

For Manu Intiraymi, one of the perks of playing Icheb on Star Trek: Voyager was getting to work with Jeri Ryan.

Like many Trek fans, Intiraymi found Ryan to be attractive. “She was awesome,” he said. “I was a young man and I was full of angst because she was such a hot chick.”

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Shatner Charity Show Guest Announced

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

The musical guest for the 2011 Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show has been announced.

For the past two decades, William Shatner has donated his time and fame to Hollywood Charity Horse Show, which has raised money for various children’s charities. This year’s show will be held on April 30.

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Shatner Records With Zakk Wylde

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

William Shatner has a new record, Seeking Major Tom, in progress and Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society will be part of the album.

Wylde, a former guitarist with Ozzy Osbourne, was in the studio working with Shatner, according to Shatner’s Twitter feed. “Just watched tracks being laid down by Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society for my upcoming record Seeking Major Tom,” he said.

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Star Trek Potato Heads

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

For the young or the young-at-heart Star Trek fan, a new toy arriving this summer should prove to be popular.

Star Trek Mr. Potato Heads will be released in August, beginning with a Captain Kirk and the Klingon Kor set.

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Pine To Voice Jack Frost

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Star Trek XI‘s Chris Pine will be voicing a character in the animated Rise of the Guardians, an adaptation of William Joyce‘s The Guardians of Childhood.

Pine will voice the lead role of Jack Frost. He will join other well-known actors such as Alex Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law.

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New Original Series Trading Cards To Debut

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Fans of Star Trek trading cards who are original series fans will be pleased with the latest offering from Rittenhouse Archives.

The latest Star Trek trading cards, “Star Trek: The Remastered Original Series Trading Cards,” will be released on January 26.

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Third Season Of Shatner’s Raw Nerve To Premiere

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

On January 31, the third season of Shatner’s Raw Nerve will premiere with back-to-back episodes on the Bio channel.

Season Three of Shatner’s Raw Nerve will include familiar television and movie personalities, including three of particular interest to Star Trek fans.

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Quinto Reacts To Margin Call Deal

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

For Zachary Quinto, Star Trek XI‘s Spock, good news about his latest project, Margin Call, came as a relief.

Margin Call, which premiered this week at the Sundance 2011 film festival, is the story of a twenty-four-hour period during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis, where “key people at an investment bank struggle to decide how to handle an emergency business situation while examining the personal and moral implications of every action they take.”

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Nimoy To Return To Fringe

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Back in August, Leonard Nimoy claimed that he was retiring, but he has changed his mind about that with the news of a return to Fringe as William Bell.

Nimoy tweeted yesterday about the return to Fringe. “Plans developing for a William Bell return to Fringe,” he said. Stay tuned. LLAP.”

His appearances on Fringe had been a favor to “the people who made the Star Trek movie,” according to Nimoy. When he was finished with his work on the show, Nimoy was asked if he would do more episodes in the future and he said “No, we’re done.” Instead, his plans included devoting time to his photography. “I am totally committed to the photography now,” he said.

TrekToday will provide more details on Nimoy’s Fringe appearance as information becomes available.

Gerrold: Slander, Lies And Tribbles

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

David Gerrold shared more memories of his time with Star Trek, and  his topics included pesky lawyers, untruths and an Abrams-Trek shout-out.

When Star Trek: The Next Generation began filming, Gerrold was on board, staying through the first season. He shared some of his contributions to the show. “I think one thing was the idea of creating a bigger ensemble and splitting the hero-ing between a captain who is older and more thoughtful and experienced and also a first officer who actually leads the mission teams,” he said. “I felt that was the most sensible way to set up a Star Trek show. It was a suggestion I made way back when I wrote those books. I think that was probably one of the best things I added to TNG. Gene liked that idea a lot.”

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Gerrold: Fuzzies, Clouds and Mudd

Monday, January 24th, 2011

When most Trek fans hear David Gerrold‘s name, they think The Trouble With Tribbles, but he also wrote the story for Cloud Minders and rewrote I, Mudd, with one of these episodes proving to be a disappointment for him.

At first, Gerrold called the fertile Klingon-hating furballs “Fuzzies” before changing the name to “Tribbles.” “I made the name change, and in retrospect Tribbles is a much better name because Fuzzies is too cute,” he explained. “I don’t think Fuzzies would have developed the same kind of cultural recognition. You wouldn’t have had people referring to Fuzzies the same way they refer to Tribbles. And I think because Tribbles was a neutral word – ‘Here’s this nice little creature and it’s called a ‘Tribble’ – we added a word to the English language. I made a list of silly-sounding words you could call such a creature and cross off all the ones that were too silly. I wanted people to take them seriously.”

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