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Archive for April, 2011

Jack-of-all-trades Blackburn

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Many fans may not recognize his name, but Billy Blackburn was often seen in original series episodes, sometimes as Lt. Hadley, other times in costume or as other minor characters.

In addition to his various roles, Blackburn did fans a valuable service by shooting Super 8 film footage of cast and crew behind-the-scenes. This footage was finally seen by fans in the original series DVDs as “Billy Blackburn’s Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories.”

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Abrams: Working With Kids

Friday, April 29th, 2011

For J.J. Abrams, it might have been easier to work on a film using aliens from another planet than to work with inexperienced children on Super 8.

When it came to Super 8, some of the children had never been cast before, which was somewhat daunting for Abrams.

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Star Trek Sequel Still On Target

Friday, April 29th, 2011

For anxious fans waiting for news of Star Trek XII, a small bit of news gives hope about the film being completed on time as well as the hope that J.J. Abrams will return to direct.

Chris Pine will be appearing in a new Jack Ryan film and he is expected to begin work on it in January, which means he’ll need to be finished with his Star Trek work by then.

“I’m told the hope is to start production on the Ryan film sometime in January,” said Deadline‘s Mike Fleming. “J.J. Abrams is busy finishing and will be promoting Super 8, but then he’s expected to be back at the helm of the Star Trek sequel, which has Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof finishing the screenplay. That film has a June 29, 2012 release date. Pine would then move right into Jack Ryan.”

Retro Review: One Of Our Planets Is Missing

Friday, April 29th, 2011

When a huge cosmic cloud ingests a planet, Spock must determine whether it is sentient.

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Klingon Monopoly

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Although one might think of Monopoly as a game that a Ferengi would enjoy, move over Quark; Klingon Monopoly is here.

Later this year, USAopoly will offer Monopoly: Klingon Collector’s Edition, sure to please fans of the Klingon Empire.

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Two Trek Mondo Posters Debut Tomorrow

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Fans of the Mondo Star Trek poster series will be happy to hear that two more entries in their original series poster series will be released tomorrow.

One poster, art by Mike Saputo, is from The Menagerie. This 24″ x 36″ limited-edition hand-numbered screen print will be offered for $45.00. Only one hundred-and-twenty-five of these posters will be available for sale.

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Bettis To Be Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

John Bettis, best-known to Star Trek fans for a song in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this summer.

Responsible for writing hundreds of songs, including several for The Carpenters, as well as Promise Me You’ll Remember from The Godfather- Part III, Bettis will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 16.

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Park To Appear In New Play

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Star Trek: Enterprise‘s Linda Park will be appearing in Love in American Times, a new play to debut next month.

Park will be appearing with J. Michael Flynn, who is best-known to Star Trek fans for his guest roles on Star Trek: The Next Generation (Zayner in The Hunted) and Star Trek: Enterprise (Nijil in The Aenar, United and Babel One. Mazarite official in Fallen Hero).

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New Star Trek Game To Debut This Summer

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Star Trek Expeditions, a highly-anticipated Star Trek cooperative play game, will arrive in hobby stores and specialty retailers on June 15th.

The newest Star Trek game is set in the J.J. Abrams universe and features Kirk, Spock, Dr. McCoy and Uhura.

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Fresh Hell: New Spiner Web Series

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Brent Spiner will enjoy his latest comedy web project, Fresh Hell, now available on YouTube.

In Fresh Hell, Spiner plays the part of a celebrity who has fallen from grace after committing some unmentioned faux pas, referred to as “The Incident.”

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David: Blind Man’s Bluff

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Later this month, Peter David‘s Blind Man’s Bluff, the newest Star Trek: New Frontier novel, will arrive in bookstores.

David gives fans a preview of Blind Man’s Bluff, which picks up “where the previous book [Treason] left off.”

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Star Trek XI Replica Phaser Unveiled

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Fans of Star Trek replica weaponry will be pleased at the announcement of a Star Trek XI phaser, due out this summer.

The screen-accurate phaser was produced “from the exact same digital master” used in making the stunt phasers, said QMx CEO Andy Gore. “So the QMx replica and the actual stunt prop have precisely the same geometry and measurements.”

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Takei: Asian-American Actors Slighted

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

A film adaptation of the Akira Manga is being planned and a petition is being circulated to encourage Warner Bros. to include Asian-American actors.

According to a petition on Facebook, the eight actors that are thus far being considered for the roles of Tetsuo and Kaneda in Akira are all non-Asian-Americans.

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Urban To Appear In Priest

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Next month, the post-apocalyptic Priest will debut, featuring Star Trek XI‘s Karl Urban as the evil leader of the vampires.

Priest is the story of a world ravaged by war between humans and vampires.

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Orci: Trek Sequel Needs To Please Two Audiences

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

While writing Star Trek XI meant establishing relationships between the Star Trek characters, writing the sequel means continuing the story without confusing a new audience, according to Roberto Orci.

Just like with Star Trek XI, the sequel, due out next year, must be able to be seen without prior knowledge of Star Trek. “Well, even though it’s a sequel we want to make sure that, again, just like with the first one you don’t have to be a Trek fan to know what’s happening,” said Orci.

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