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Archive for February, 2011

Yelchin Joins Odd Thomas

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Star Trek XI‘s Anton Yelchin has accepted the lead role in an adaptation of Dean Koontz‘s Odd Thomas.

Yelchin is the first to sign up for Odd Thomas, which is the “story of an ordinary man (Thomas) with an extraordinary gift,” the ability to communicate with the dead. He must use this gift to prevent a mass catastrophe from occurring.

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Ryan To Reprise Mortal Kombat Role

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Star Trek: Voyager‘s Jeri Ryan will be playing Sonya Blade again in a new episode of the Mortal Kombat digital series.

Ryan played Sonya in 2010′s Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, which featured an alternate version of the Mortal Kombat Universe.

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Spock Cookie Jar

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Star Trek fans who like cookies can now purchase a new, Star Trek-themed cookie jar, featuring Star Trek‘s best-known Vulcan.

The 10.25″ cookie jar, made by Westland Giftware, is a ceramic bust of Spock. The Spock cookie jar will be available beginning April 1 and will retail for $49.99.

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Abrams Super 8 Super Bowl Ad Debut

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Details about J.J. Abrams‘s Super 8 have been few and far between, but fans interested in the movie that will be released on June 10 got to see a thirty-second commercial for it during last night’s Super Bowl.

If Abrams had his way, details would stay under wraps, but he realized that with plenty of competition from other movies this summer, it was time to open up a bit. “Look, I feel we need a little bit of a coming-out party because we are up against massive franchises and brands and most people don’t know what Super 8 means,” Abrams said. “We’re a complete anomaly in a summer of huge films … and we don’t want to be so silent or coy that people don’t care or don’t hear about it.”

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Cowboys & Aliens Ad Debuts

Monday, February 7th, 2011

One of the ads shown during last night’s Super Bowl was for Cowboys & Aliens, the Sci-fi/Western written by Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci.

Cowboys & Aliens, which will be released July 29, stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. In the movie, space invaders land in the Old West and the townspeople will have more to fear than the controlling Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford).

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Retro Review: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Friday, February 4th, 2011

When a Starfleet vessel accidentally finds Khan, who was stranded on Ceti Alpha V decades before by Captain James T. Kirk, the former tyrant steals the ship and comes seeking vengeance.

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Star Trek: Online Feature Episode To Debut

Friday, February 4th, 2011


Tomorrow, at 11 A.M. PST, a new Star Trek: Online episode will be released.

The new episode, The Vault, is the first in the Feature Episode Series 3: Cloaked Intentions, in which “battles between former allies threaten to tear the Romulan Star Empire apart.”

In The Vault, “the crew find themselves in a tight situation when they are ordered to investigate an energy surge on an abandoned Romulan Starbase.”

Episode 2: Mine Enemy, will debut a week later, on February 12.

Siddig: Facing His Background

Friday, February 4th, 2011

After 9-11, Alexander Siddig faced his Arab heritage and learned how to relax.

Half-English and half-Sudanese, Siddig is not sure which side predominates. “I don’t know if it’s an English engine in an Arab body or an Arab engine in an English body,” he said. “I’m not quite sure which way around it was.”

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The Drex Files: Michael Westmore

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Doug Drexler shared his memories of working with Michael Westmore, who transformed the actors into the characters (human and alien) on Star Trek from The Next Generation through Enterprise.

In addition, Drexler takes fans inside Westmore’s house, in a video seen here, where fans can see Westmore’s many awards on his mantel, including nine Emmys and one Oscar.

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Jack Ryan Delays May Affect Trek Production

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The Jack Ryan movie, which will star Star Trek XI‘s Chris Pine as the intelligence agent created by Tom Clancy, may be delayed which will impact Pine’s availability for other projects, including Star Trek XII.

Supposedly the movie, to be directed by Jack Bender, will be rewritten, with Steve Zaillian in negotiations to do the rewrite.

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Star Trek: Online Turns One

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

A year ago, Star Trek: Online, the Star Trek-themed MMORPG, debuted and the game continues to evolve and change.

Star Trek: Online Executive Producer Daniel Stahl updated fans on the progress of the game, and thanked them for their patronage. “This last year has been a great one for Star Trek: Online and I can’t emphasize enough how much fans have contributed to our success,” he said.

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Surma: Casting For Later Trek

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Amongst the casting decisions Ron Surma had to make, were finding suitable actors and actresses for the roles of the Borg Queen and Seven of Nine as well as finding a captain for Star Trek: Enterprise.

Alice Krige wasn’t available to reprise her role of the Borg Queen, and Surma had to find someone to do the job as well as Krige had done. “Alice wasn’t available and we had to find somebody else, and Susanna was really the only other choice for the role,” said Surma. “But that was not easy, for Susanna to come in and do that. Alice had set such a high standard and I think Susanna matched it.”

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February-March Star Trek Conventions

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

There will be five conventions, shows or appearances in February and March 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.

Three conventions of note will take place in February. First up is TrekTrax Atlanta, which bills itself as the “new Star Trek convention in Atlanta.” TrekTrax will take place during President’s Day weekend, February 18-20, and will be held at the Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter.

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Shatner And Tapping To Co-Star Together Online

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Star Trek‘s William Shatner and Stargate SG-1‘s Amanda Tapping will be working together in the online animated series The Zenoids.

The Zenoids will launch on Shatner’s MyOuterspace.com social website, with production on the webisodes to begin later this month.

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Surma: Casting Star Trek

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Before we see the characters we grow to love on the Star Trek series and movies, they have to be cast. From Star Trek: The Next Generation on, that job belonged in part to Ron Surma.

Working with Junie Lowry-Johnson, Surma cast “everybody who spoke. We’d meet with them,” he said, “and we’d have the people we picked then meet with the producers and the director of that particular episode. And we had to move fast because we basically had about five days per episode.”

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