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Archive for April, 2011

Writers Hired For New Abrams Project

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Another one of J.J. Abrams‘s many irons in the fire has been revealed and as is often the case with an Abrams production, not much information is being released to the public.

Monica Breen and Alison Schapker, two writer/producers who have worked with Abrams on Fringe, Lost and Alias, will be rewriting the script for Zanbato, another Abrams project.

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New Set of Trek Potato Heads To Debut

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Last month, TrekToday reported that a set of Mr. Potato Head figures of Kirk and Kor the Klingon would appear in August, and now a new set of Mr. Potato Heads will join that first set just in time for the holiday season.

The second set of Star Trek-themed Potato Heads will feature Mr. Spock and Lieutenant Uhura. This Potato Head set will be one of the first Potato Head sets to incorporate a new Potato Heads redesign.

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De Lancie To Appear In Torchwood: Miracle Day

Monday, April 18th, 2011

John De Lancie, Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Q, will be a guest star on Torchwood: Miracle Day.

Torchwood writer Jane Espenson shared the news via Twitter. “I just this minute got permission to tell about the Torchwood guest star I was tweeting about,” she told her followers. “Two great Sci Fi fandoms collide.”

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Meaney To Appear In Irish Comedy

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s Colm Meaney has signed up to appear in a comedy set in Belfast.

Meaney will appear with Yaya DaCosta (The Kids are Alright) and Brendan Fraser in Whole Lotta Sole, written by Terry George and Thomas Gallagher.

In Whole Lotta Sole, a man in debt to the mob (Martin McCann) decides to rob a fish market, but when the robbery goes “horribly wrong,” he takes a group of oddball characters hostage.

The movie was due to begin shooting last week.

Stewart On Right To Die

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Sir Patrick Stewart made known his views on assisted suicide recently for a documentary to air on BBC Two.

A patron of Dignity in Dying, an organization which is actively campaigning to have the law changed so that mentally competent, terminally ill adults may choose assisted suicide, Stewart’s views on the matter were formed after his own health issues and that of a family friend made him think about mortality.

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Retro Review: Yesteryear

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Spock must travel back in time to save his younger self from dying during a Vulcan maturity ritual.

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McIntee: Indistinguishable from Magic

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Indistinguishable from Magic was released several weeks ago and author David A. McIntee shares his thoughts on his latest Star Trek: The Next Generation book.

The main character in Indistinguishable from Magic is Geordi La Forge, according to McIntee. “Geordi is, I guess, pretty much the lead,” said McIntee. “In fact the original pitch was just about him, and the others were added when CBS asked to have a few other familiar faces in it.”

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Back To Space-Con

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

A new documentary shows the early days of Star Trek conventions in the Bay Area.

In Back to Space-Con, fans are transported back in time to Northern California’s first Star Trek convention, held on February 22, 1975.

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New Drex Files Episode

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

A new episode of The Drex Files has been posted, which should be of interest to Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek: Voyager fans.

The first part of the episode features the Reliant/Saratoga model, and in the second part of the episode, Drexler takes one last look at the Star Trek: Voyager sets.

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Mulgrew Returns Home For Film Screening

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Dubuque-born Kate Mulgrew will be at the Julien International Film Festival in Dubuque, Iowa on April 21st to promote The Best and the Brightest.

Mulgrew and director Josh Shelov will be featured guests and after the screening of the film, will participate in a brief question and answer session with the audience.

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Nimoy Returns To Fringe Tomorrow

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Fans of Leonard Nimoy will be able to see him reprise the role of William Bell on Fringe on Friday.

Fox has released a new promotional video for Friday’s episode, titled Lysergic Acid Diethylamide.

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Shepherd: Trek Fans Love Morn

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Even though Star Trek: Deep Space Nine has been over for years, fans still remember and love the character of Morn.

Mark Allen Shepherd, who portrayed the silent character, was surprised and gratified at how popular Morn became. “I was so amazed that I had to collect at least one copy of every magazine that had Morn on the cover or featured somehow inside: covers of Entertainment Weekly, Starburst, MAD magazine, Fangoria, DS9 comic books, as well as Newsweek, TV Guide, Star Trek Magazine, Starlog, Deep Space Nine Magazine, etc. It was unbelievable when the studio started delivering me large manila envelopes filled with fan mail.”

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Shatner: Searching For Major Tom

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

The song line-up for William Shatner‘s Searching for Major Tom album has been released.

Fans of Shatner’s music will soon have nineteen new space-related songs to listen to when Searching for Major Tom is released, including a remake of a Shatner classic, Rocket Man.

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Crispin: Writing For Star Trek

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

The author of several Star Trek books, Ann Crispin found that her knowledge of Star Trek acquired from being a fan of the original series came in handy when it came to writing Trek tie-in stories.

“I was a Star Trek fan from the early days of the show,” Crispin explained. “I’d watched all of the episodes many times. I had read many of the novels and all of the James Blish novelizations. So I knew Star Trek inside and out when I wrote Yesterday’s Son on a whim.”

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Shepherd: Being Morn

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

In the first of a two-part interview, Mark Allen Shepherd shares what it was like to play one of more amusing characters on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

A Star Trek fan, Shepherd was always happy when there was another episode in which Morn was to appear. “I grew up watching the original Star Trek series,” he said. “Kirk and Spock were my heroes. So whenever I got a call to come in I was excited to be there.”

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