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Archive for February, 2011

Burton: Roots, Trek And Behind The Camera

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

LeVar Burton celebrates his fifty-fourth birthday today, and in addition to reminiscing about his good fortune in landing the role of  Kunta Kinte in Roots, he shares several things about himself that fans might not know.

Burton was a young and aspiring actor who lucked out when offered the role of Kinte. “Mine is truly one of those unbelievable Hollywood stories,” Burton explained. “Roots was my first professional audition. I was a sophomore at USC, working towards my BFA in Theater. My goal at the time was Broadway, not Hollywood. The producers had been on an exhaustive search all over the country and still had not found what they were looking for so they came back to LA and broadened the casting net. They contacted Drama schools in the area. I was in the right place at the right time.”

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Shatner To Host Canadian Award Show

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

CBC Television and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announced that William Shatner will be hosting the 31st Genie Awards this spring.

The Genie Awards began in 1980 and are given annually to honor Canada’s film industry. Joining Shatner at this year’s ceremony will be Rachelle Lefevre (Barney’s Version), who will “act as the voice of the show.”

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Masterson Answers Fan Questions

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

In the first part of a two-part interview, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s Chase Masterson answers fan questions which include sexuality, favorite Deep Space Nine moments and her life outside of Star Trek.

Masterson came from an acting family so it was natural that she gravitated towards acting. “My mom was a theater director and actress while I was growing up,” she said. “I did my first play when I was five, and continued working throughout high school; instead of going to standard activities after school, or just hanging out with friends.”

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Star Trek UFP Gamer Magazine

Monday, February 14th, 2011

The Winter 2011 issue of The Herald, an online magazine created by The United Federation of Planets, an online community of Star Trek gamers, features interviews with Star Trek: Online‘s lead developer Dan Stahl and a developer of RPG-X, a mod for the Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force game.

In the interview with Stahl, UFP gamers were able to have their questions about the future of Star Trek: Online answered.

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More Mortal Kombat Casting News

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Although those who regularly follow Jeri Ryan‘s Twitter feed already knew that she would be playing Sonya in a new series of the digital Mortal Kombat, a press release from Warner Premiere confirmed the news and provided more information on the project including which other actors have been cast.

Kevin Tancharoen who directed and produced the popular, unofficial Mortal Kombat: Rebirth fan short that garnered over 10 million views worldwide,” said the press release, “is bringing the same immersive directing style to this live-action digital new media series. Fans will be able to delve deep into the history of the warriors they know and love including ‘Sub-Zero’ and ‘Scorpion.’ Shooting for Mortal Kombat is currently underway in Vancouver.”

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Hardy Wins BAFTA Award

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Tom Hardy, best known to Star Trek fans for his role as Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis, won an award at the Orange British Academy Film Awards 2011 ceremony.

Hardy was named the Orange Wednesdays Rising Star at a ceremony held in the Royal Opera House in London. His competitors for the award were Gemma Arterton, Andrew Garfield, Aaron Johnson and Emma Stone.

The busy Hardy was last seen in Inception, and will be seen in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy next year. He will play a villain in The Dark Knight Rises, also due out next year.

Star Trek XII Script Due In Soon

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Roberto Orci has updated fans on the progress of the script for Star Trek XII.

“Aiming to turn in first full draft of Star Trek in six weeks or so,” Orci tweeted in response to one of his followers. Six weeks from Orci’s tweet puts the date around March 26.

And Simon Pegg, appearing recently on the Chris Moyles show (video at the referring source) , told the audience that he expected to be doing “Star Trek in August.”

Retro Review: Star Trek III: The Search For Spock

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Upon learning that Spock’s consciousness is alive and housed in the brain of Dr. McCoy, Kirk and his crew steal the Enterprise to retrieve Spock’s body.

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Berman: TNG Movie Hits And Misses

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

In looking back at the four Star Trek: The Next Generation movies, Rick Berman sees where things went right and where mistakes were made, but the response to Star Trek: Nemesis baffles him.

In Star Trek: Generations; Berman, Brannon Braga and Ron Moore made the jump from a television series to a movie, but angered both Leonard Nimoy and original series fans.

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CBS Orders Person of Interest Pilot

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Person of Interest, a CIA drama to be executive produced by J.J. Abrams, has received the go-ahead for a pilot episode.

Created by Jonathan Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight) and Abrams, the series is a “crime drama centered around an ex-CIA hitman and a scientist who team up to prevent crimes before they happen.”

The CIA agent, supposedly dead, is recruited by a “reclusive billionaire” to “wage war” against New York City criminals.

This is the second pilot order for Abrams recently. Several months ago, FOX ordered a pilot for Alcatraz.

Berman: Too Much Trek

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

If Rick Berman had had his way, new Star Trek television series would have been spaced out a little better and not put right on top of each other, and Berman would not have done the Star Trek: Enterprise finale that angered many viewers.

Once Star Trek: The Next Generation ended, the network wanted more Trek, even though Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was still on air. “We asked them to wait a couple of years,” said Berman. “They said, ‘We have all these time slots available. We don’t want to lose them.’ They felt very strongly about a new series.”

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Berman: The Next Generation And Life After Star Trek

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

In the first part of a multi-part interview, Rick Berman talks about his eighteen years working on Star Trek.

Coming into Star Trek and not having seen the original series turned out to be an asset when it came to Rick Berman as far as Gene Roddenberry was concerned.

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Star Trek Groom’s Cake

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

For one wedding couple, a Star Trek “groom’s cake” puts the groom in the Captain’s chair on the Bridge of the USS Enterprise.

Step aside, Captain Kirk, one (unnamed) groom is the star on a special Star Trek groom’s cake created by a talented cake maker, who goes by the online name of Cakesue.

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Star Trek: Infestation #1 Preview

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

For fans awaiting the Star Trek: Infestation comic series, a sneak peek is now available.

Star Trek: Infestation #1 from IDW Publishing will be released tomorrow, February 9.

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Frakes To Direct Bar Karma Episode

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Jonathan Frakes will be directing an episode of Bar Karma, a new series to debut on Current TV at the end of this week.

Bar Karma is being billed as “the world’s first community-developed television series.” Bar Karma, “created by world-renowned video game designer Will Wright (creator of The Sims and SimCity) and Worldwide Biggies’ CEO, Albie Hecht, the twelve-episode series creates a new benchmark in television programming by inviting a community of fans to drive the show’s content – from story lines to art direction, soundtrack to brand integrations.”

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