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Archive for March, 2011

Cloverfield Director Talks Sequel Possibility

Monday, March 21st, 2011

A sequel to Cloverfield is being discussed and Star Trek XI’s J.J. Abrams is involved in the discussions according to Cloverfield Director Matt Reeves.

Cloverfield, the story of a group of young adults documenting the rampage of a giant monster through New York City, was released in 2008 and did well in the theaters and with critics.

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Alley To Appear In Dancing With The Stars

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan‘s Kirstie Alley is nervous about tonight’s appearance in Dancing With the Stars.

Alley will be taking to the ballroom floor tonight in the season premiere of Dancing With the Stars. Her dancing partner will be Ukrainian Latin ballroom dance champion Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

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Bakula Trek Radio Interview

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Scott Bakula fans will be pleased to hear that the actor best-known as Dr. Sam Beckett on Quantum Leap and Captain Jonathan Archer on Star Trek: Enterprise will be interviewed on Trek Radio this week.

The versatile Bakula sings as well as act, and came from a musical family. His musical career began early; in the fourth grade, he started a rock band and wrote songs for that band.

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Retro Review: Star Trek: First Contact

Friday, March 18th, 2011

As the Borg attempt to change history by preventing the first human warp flight, Picard and Data face off against the Borg Queen.

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Mack: Writing For Star Trek

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Author David Mack explains the freedoms and restrictions when it comes to writing Star Trek novels.

A fan since the original series syndication days, Mack came out of film school hoping to write for Star Trek: The Next Generation. “I hit a lot of obstacles,” he said. “[Editor] John [Ordover] gave me a copy of the writers’ guidelines for the novels. I went home, read them, realized my proposal-in-progress violated every instruction on the page, and decided not to waste John’s time with it. He appreciated this gesture so much that we became friends.”

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Win A Kirk Tunic

Friday, March 18th, 2011

One lucky fan will win a Star Trek Captain Kirk formal green tunic in a new StarTrek.com sweepstakes.

From now through March 21st, fans have the opportunity to enter once a day for a chance to win the tunic, valued at $515.

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Trek Actor Casting News

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

A former Star Trek: Voyager actress will be appearing in Law & Order: Criminal Intent and the director of an adaptation of the 1990s Vertigo series wants a Star Trek XI actor in his film.

Jeri Ryan has signed for a guest star role in the final season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, where she will be playing a former CIA agent with a security film of her own, but with a “dark secret.”

D.J. Caruso will be directing Preacher, an adaptation of the Vertigo series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.  If Caruso has his way, Star Trek XI‘s Chris Pine would be cast in the lead role of Jesse Custer.

TrekBBS Nominated For SFX Blog Award

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The nominees for the first ever SFX Blog Awards have been announced and TrekBBS has been nominated in one of the six categories.

The SFX Blog Awards are where fans “celebrate the best that SF and fantasy fan-driven and insider-developed internet activity has to offer.”

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Pegg: Paying Homage To Other Movies

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Paul, Simon Pegg‘s newest movie about a pair of pair of sci-fi fans (Pegg and Nick Frost) headed to Comic-Con, contains plenty of references to other sci-fi franchises, including Star Trek.

The references are sure to please science fiction fans, but Pegg is also aware that trying to please everyone is a futile effort which often results in an inferior movie. “The trouble is that a lot of the time people try to just blanket appeal to everyone,” said Pegg, “and in doing so, the material just gets dumber and broader and things end up being bland because it’s obviously a desperate attempt to please everyone.”

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Pegg: Trek Typecasting

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

For Simon Pegg, signing on with Star Trek meant facing the fact that it might lead to him being typecast.

When Pegg got the call for the role of Scotty, he had to think about whether taking the part would be good or harmful for his career. “I deliberated for a few days,” said Pegg. “J.J. [Abrams] just dropped it on me out of the blue. He kind of just emailed with it. I didn’t expect to get it.”

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Creation Entertainment Star Trek Convention Highlights

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Last weekend, fans who attended the Creation Entertainment Official Star Trek Convention were entertained by many actors from various Star Trek series, including Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, Grace Lee Whitney, the Duras Sisters, Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonois and other guest stars.

On the first day of the convention, held in San Francisco, Richard Arnold, former assistant to Gene Roddenberry, started things off with a 45th anniversary slideshow and reminisced about 1970s fandom and the birth of the Star Trek conventions.

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Trek Actors On Shatner’s Raw Nerve Tonight

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Star Trek fans take note; William Shatner will be interviewing two Star Trek actors tonight on Shatner’s Raw Nerve.

Trek fans are in for a double treat, as the original series’ Walter Koenig and Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s LeVar Burton will be the guests appearing on Shatner’s Raw Nerve tonight.

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Siddig: Trek and Religion

Monday, March 14th, 2011

While promoting his latest film, Miral, which debuted in the US and UK last autumn, Alexander Siddig spoke about religion, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how Star Trek dealt with religion.

In Miral, Siddig plays the father of a Palestinian woman raised at the Dar Al-Tifel Institute after the death of her mother. Siddig chose to take part in the movie for two reasons. “Firstly it was to be directed by Julian Schnabel, an eminent director,” he said. “The second reason was that I thought the trouble in Israel had been going on so long that the reasons why the whole thing started in the first place had been forgotten by everybody. Arguments have a way of morphing over time. This film doesn’t outline all the reasons for the conflict in Israel but it does focus people’s attention on its origins. I thought that might be useful.”

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Retro Review: Star Trek: Generations

Friday, March 11th, 2011

When a madman tries to destroy a star so he can enter a utopian Nexus, Picard seeks the help of a captain who vanished in the Nexus a generation earlier.

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Weinstein: The Pirates of Orion

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Howard Weinstein began writing Star Trek stories in high school for his friends and his perseverance over the years paid off when a story written during his senior year was finally purchased and aired on The Animated Series.

Weinstein credits a Star Trek book as his inspiration to become a writer. “When Trek started in 1966,” he said, “I was twelve, and already interested in the real space program, so Trek grabbed me – both the stories and the characters. Stephen Whitfield‘s book The Making of Star Trek, one of the best making-of books ever, really inspired my desire be a TV writer.”

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