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Archive for January, 2011

Saldana Eager For Movie Sequel News

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Star Trek XI‘s Zoë Saldana wants information about the sequels to both Avatar and Star Trek XI.

“You can expect them to be amazing but we’re going to have to wait,” she said.

However, Saldana herself is not content to wait. “I email Jim [Cameron] and J.J. [Abrams] to see if I can get a little bit of information,” she said, “and I don’t know if it’s a trend of mine or if I just psychologically gravitate towards these directors that are very secretive, but they’re definitely talented.”

Saldana’s most recent film, Burning Palms, premiered last night and releases tomorrow.

New Photos From Terra Nova

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Terra Nova, the Steven Spielberg dinosaur drama, will have a two-day preview on May 23-24, to be followed by the premiere this fall and thirteen photos from the series can be seen now.

Brannon Braga is an executive producer on the show which features a family traveling back in time to prehistoric Earth, in hopes of saving the human race.

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Koenig: Life Beyond Star Trek

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

In the second part of an interview with Star Trek‘s Walter Koenig, the actor talks about other roles in his career and what he is doing today.

Star Trek fans know Koenig as Chekov, but he found the role of Bester on Babylon 5 to be a better and more satisfying role. “[A]s sacrilegious as it might be for Star Trek fans, Bester was a more exciting opportunity and a more challenging role,” said Koenig. “It was a fleshed-out character, which was fun to play.”

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Abrams: Directing Star Trek XII?

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

While at a Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour party, J.J. Abrams spoke about his projects past and present and his thoughts regarding the Star Trek sequel.

Star Trek XII will begin filming this summer and the fans are curious to know whether Abrams will be sitting in the director’s chair again.

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Pfeiffer Joins Welcome To People

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Michelle Pfeiffer has signed to appear in Welcome to People, joining Chris Pine and others already cast in the film to be directed by Alex Kurtzman.

Welcome to People, scheduled to begin production next week, is the story of a struggling twenty-something man, played by Pine, who has to deal with family matters after the death of his estranged record producer father.

Pfeiffer will play the mother of Pine’s character.

Koenig Talks Chekov, Shatner.

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Walter Koenig took time recently to answer fan questions; with topics including his favorite moment on set, his character and public reaction to his character and Koenig’s relationship with William Shatner.

Although word was put out that the Russians complained that there were no Russians on the original series, Koenig says that was nothing but a P.R. story. “Star Trek wasn’t being played in the Soviet Union,” he said. “That whole promotion thing they did about Pravda complaining that there weren’t any Russians on Star Trek was exactly that; it was a promotional thing by the P.R. department at NBC. They were really interested, of course, in having somebody that would attract the same fans that The Monkees did. And that’s really why they added the character.”

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Hardy Is A BAFTA Nominee

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Tom Hardy, best-known to Star Trek fans for his role of Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis, is one of five nominees for the Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award for 2011.

The Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award is the only British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award to be voted on by the British public.

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Rumor Mill: X-Men: First Class Trailer

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Although X-Men: First Class won’t debut for another five months, details on the first theatrical trailer are rumored to have been released.

According to the report, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan will voice over the opening lines speaking about destiny and asking “which side will you stand for,” as scenes of their respective characters from earlier X-Men movies are shown.

X-Men: First Class, directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring James McAvoy as Professor X and Michael Fassbender as Magento, will be released on June 3.

Takei Joins Nickelodeon Show

Monday, January 10th, 2011

George Takei, the original series’ Sulu, has joined the Nickelodeon channel’s Supah Ninjas.

Supah Ninjas is a comedy about three kids who are “drafted into a secret world of crime fighting.”

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Retro Review: Preemptive Strike

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Sent on assignment to infiltrate the Maquis, Ro Laren finds her loyalty to the Federation pitted against her hatred for Cardassia.

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Eaves: Working on Star Trek Was Fun

Friday, January 7th, 2011

In the quarter century that he was worked in Hollywood, his time on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and then Star Trek: Enterprise was the most fun for production artist John Eaves.

Eaves had to wait a bit before his chance to work full-time on Deep Space Nine came about. “It was 1992/1993 and I was just making the transition from the model shop to the art department when DS9 was in the works,” said Eaves. “My friend Phil Edgerly was working with production designer Herman Zimmerman on some side projects, and he set up a meeting between Herman and I. Herman had me bring in some movie miniatures and a handful of drawings from SeaQuest DSV to show him. Sadly, the art department was already full, but he told me he’d keep me in mind if anything changed and they needed somebody else”

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Moldly Going

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

A Star Trek-themed apartment battled a mold and fungus war which was caused by heat and humidity from another tenant’s apartment.

Trek fan Tony Alleyne had been fighting the unexplained mold and fungus without success until the police paid a visit to the apartment directly below his. “I had no idea what was causing it,” he said, “but there was mold in the bathroom and the transporter. It was a nightmare.”

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Star Trek Online Wins Awards

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Star Trek Online has won five “Best of 2010″ award from the Massively MMO blog, beating out such games as Lego Universe and Final Fantasy XIV.

The Star Trek Online MMORPG was released in January 2010 and has been continuously updated with new seasons and episodes.

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Pine: Auditions Are Not Fun

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Walking into an audition can end up deflating the ego of an actor, as Chris Pine found out during one memorable audition.

According to Pine, an actor has to be “born masochist.” “The audition room is one of the most awkward, uncomfortable places to be, period,” he said. “I don’t even know how producers do it, quite honestly.”

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Hertzler: Being Different Wins Role

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

After more than a dozen attempts to land a Star Trek role, J.G. Hertzler scored by thinking outside of the box.

Although he had worked on Star Trek before (Star Trek: The Next Generation: Emissary) Hertzler found it difficult to land the next Star Trek role. “I’d auditioned for Trek a lot,” he said. “I’d guess about fourteen times. I’d come in, punch my card and people would say, ‘Good to see you again. What are you reading this time?’ I’d say, ‘Oh, a Cardassian,” or whatever it was. I finally told my agent, ‘Don’t send me up to Star Trek anymore. They’ve seen everything I could possibly ever do and I haven’t gotten a role. Don’t waste their time or my time.’”

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