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March-April 2011 Star Trek Conventions

Monday, February 28th, 2011

There will be six conventions, shows or appearances in March and April that feature Trek actors of interest to Star Trek fans. This listing of conventions and shows features actors from all five of the televised series and several of the Star Trek movies.

March kicks off with The Official Star Trek Convention: The Celebration of the 45th Anniversary. This convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport from March 11-13, and features plenty of guests of interest to Trek fans. In attendance will be: Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Gwynyth Walsh, Barbara March, Connor Trinneer, Nana Visitor, Dominic Keating, Grace Lee Whitney, Rene Auberjonois, Eric Menyuk (Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s The Traveler) and Richard Arnold.

There will be plenty of events at the Official Star Trek Convention, including an optional photography seminar with Leonard Nimoy, and a special performance by Rene Auberjonois and Nana Visitor in a play.

Also in March will be MegaCon 2011 which will be held March 25-27 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. In attendance at MegaCon 2011 will be: William Shatner, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn, Robin Curtis and Marina Sirtis.

Two Australian Supanova Pop Culture Expos will start off the month of April. Brisbane 2011 will be held from April 1-3 at the RNA Showgrounds and Melbourne 2011 will be held from April 8-10 at the Melbourne Showgrounds. Guests of interests to Trek fans include Star Trek XI‘s Simon Pegg, and Christopher Lloyd.

On April 9, the two-day The Official Star Trek Convention: The Celebration of the 45th Anniversary will be held in Phoenix, Arizona at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel. In attendance will be: J.G. Hertzler, Max Grodenchik, Robert O’Reilly, Armin Shimerman, Gwynyth Walsh, Barbara March, Jeffrey Combs, Casey Biggs, and Vaughn Armstrong.

Events include an optional Star Trek “Rat Pack” performance by Grodenchik, Armstrong, Combs, Biggs and Shimerman; Breakfast with the Klingons, an on-stage makeup workshop, and a costume parade.

Wrapping up the month of April will be the Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con will be held April 29-May 1 at the Anaheim Convention Center. In attendance will be Robert Picardo, Chase Masterson, John de Lancie, Catherine Hicks, and Lee Arenberg.

Retro Review: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Spock’s long-lost half-brother lures the Enterprise as well as diplomats from the Federation, the Klingons, and the Romulans to the mysterious force at the center of the galaxy claiming to be God.

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Burton Big Bang Theory TV Alert

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Fans of LeVar Burton need to tune in to CBS tonight at 8 PM.

Burton will be appearing on The Toast Derivation episode of The Big Bang Theory, where it appears that he will be playing himself on the episode.

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Mack: Writing For Trek

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

David Mack, national bestselling author of more than twenty novels and novellas, including Wildfire, Harbinger, Reap the Whirlwind, Precipice, Road of Bones, Promises Broken, and the Star Trek Destiny trilogy: Gods of Night, Mere Mortals, and Lost Souls, was interviewed recently for UFOP: Starbase 118, where he spoke about writing for Star Trek and writing in general.

In the interview, located here, topics included: writing as a sole author vs. writing with a group of authors, canon, avoiding stereotypes, villains and advice for aspiring writers.

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New Paul Trailer

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Another trailer for Paul, the alien-UFO comedy adventure starring Star Trek XI‘s Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) has been released.

In Paul, Pegg and Frost are two British men visiting the U.S. in search of their favorite UFO landmarks, including Area 51. The duo meets up with a real alien, who has been stranded on Earth for the past sixty years and who wants to go home.

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Bakula To Appear On Shatner’s Raw Nerve

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Two former Star Trek captains will be together when Scott Bakula is interviewed on Shatner’s Raw Nerve next week.

On Monday, February 28 at 10:30 PM on the Bio Channel, Golden Globe-winner Scott Bakula joins host William Shatner on Shatner’s Raw Nerve.

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Vereen: Playing Geordi’s Father

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

For Ben Vereen, stepping into the 21st century was an emotional moment.

Recovering from a serious accident, Vereen welcomed the chance to appear on Star Trek: The Next Generation. “It was LeVar’s idea. I was out of rehab after my accident in 1992,” said Vereen. “I got this letter from Paramount saying that they wanted me to do The Next Generation. And I flipped out. What they didn’t know was that all through my recovery I was watching, every day, episodes of The Next Generation that a friend had given me. When I was working my way back, I’d been putting on Star Trek, and now I was being asked to do an episode. It was overwhelming. Then I went to Paramount and they gave me a uniform and bars, and I was Dr. La Forge, Geordi’s father. I was honored and, to this day, I thank LeVar Burton for that. It was a great, great gift.”

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CBS And Netflix Ink Deal

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

CBS Corporation and Netflix, Inc. announced a two-year, non-exclusive licensing agreement that will enable Netflix users to stream select TV shows from CBS’s library, including Star Trek.

Netflix will begin offering the shows beginning in early April and the monthly cost for a subscription will be $7.99.

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Klingon Korkscrew

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Klingon Warriors can now open their bottles of bloodwine with a new Klingon Korkscrew instead of with their teeth.

Last year, Klingons across the Empire growled with annoyance when they heard that the Federation had released a Star Trek Enterprise bottle opener.

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Peterman Passes

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Cinematographer Don Peterman died earlier this month at his home in Hollywood of complications from myelodysplastic syndrome, a “pre-leukemia” bone marrow disorder.

Peterman was nominated for an Academy Award for 1986′s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, losing out to Chris Menges (The Mission). He was also nominated for an Academy Award in 1983 for Flashdance.

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Retro Review: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Friday, February 18th, 2011

The Enterprise picks up a distress call from Earth and travels back in time to recover some extinct humpback whales to save the planet.

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Frakes To Direct Francis

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Last week, TrekToday reported that Jonathan Frakes would be directing the ninth episode of Bar Karma, and it has just been announced that amongst the guest stars for that episode will be Frake’s own wife, Genie Francis.

The episode will “center around a woman, in the present day, who either has multiple personalities, or she’s a twin. In previous roles, Genie Francis has accidentally killed a few people, suffered a mental breakdown and been in a catatonic state. What will her character be up to in Bar Karma? And what is her karma dilemma?”

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Stillwell: Yesterday’s Enterprise Was Vindication

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Eric Stillwell, one of the writers responsible for one of the most popular episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, started writing scripts because he was told it was the quickest route to becoming what he really wanted to be, a producer.

Stillwell began his Star Trek career as a production assistant on The Next Generation, after he was first turned down for a Trek job. “I sent my resume to Susan Sackett, who worked for Gene Roddenberry,” he said, “and during one of my trips to Los Angeles, I landed an interview with producer Bob Justman. I didn’t initially get the job, but I got a lovely letter from Bob which was very encouraging.”

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Star Trek: The Animated Series Now Online

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Fans eager to watch Star Trek: The Animated Series online will now be able to do so at TV.com.

All twenty-two of the episodes are online, including the popular Yesteryear. Two episodes of the animated series – Mudd’s Passion and More Tribbles, More Troubles – are sequels to episodes from the original series.

The Animated Series featured voice work from all of the original series actors except for Walter Koenig. Episodes were written by writers such as David Gerrold, D.C. Fontana, Larry Niven and Larry Brody.

The shows can be seen here.

Masterson: Leeta, Rom, Trek Fans And Homeboys

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

In the second part of a two-part interview, Chase Masterson talked more about Leeta, including her sexuality, relationship with Rom and what Leeta might be doing today in the Deep Space Nine universe. Masterson also shares the good and the bad of Trek fandom and her other non-Trek projects.

Masterson sometimes gets comments about Leeta’s sexuality, but for a Dabo girl, Leeta was rather demure. “As far as being scantily clad during the run of the series, yes, of course, my Dabo girl uniform was meant to be sexy, but they purposely didn’t make it as overt as most of the other Dabo girls, and I’m glad.”

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