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Archive for November, 2011

Trek Nation Promo

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

A short promotional video for the forthcoming Trek Nation special by Rod Roddenberry has been posted online.

Airing on November 30 on the Science Channel, Trek Nation, produced and narrated by Rod Roddenberry, is a documentary about Star Trek, the people involved with it and the story of how Star Trek changed lives.

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Yelchin: In The Dark

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Waiting to begin work on Star Trek 2, Anton Yelchin admits that he is in the dark when it comes to details about the sequel, but he is eager and ready to get to work on the film.

The actor also spoke about his Russian accent, explaining that even though he was born in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, his natural accent is long-gone. “I lost my accent years ago,” he said. “My accent is just for the movies. Walter Koenig‘s accent was so fun and wonderful to fool around with. It’s like the original series itself. It’s got this great camp quality to it. I embrace that.”

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Star Trek Online Free-To-Play Details

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

On January 17, 2012, Star Trek Online will go free-to-play, with an optional subscription plan available for those players who wants special services.

Those wishing to take advantage of Star Trek Online‘s change to free-to-play won’t even have to pay to get the game before playing, but will be able to download it for free.

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Picardo In Kiddie Christmas Movie

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Robert Picardo, Star Trek: Voyager‘s EMH, will be seen this holiday season in the newest entry in the Beethoven movie series.

Back in 1992, Beethoven, a movie featuring a St. Bernard dog, arrived in theaters. It was followed by five sequels, and the sixth, Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure, was released yesterday.

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Sirtis in Christmas Play

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Marina Sirtis will be appearing in A Snow White Christmas this holiday season.

Running from November 30-December 18 at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, California, A Snow White Christmas Carol stars Glee‘s Lindsay Pearce as Snow White.

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See Nichols In Lady Magdalene

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Nichelle Nichols‘ suspense-comedy film Lady Magdalene is now available on YouTube.

In Lady Magdalene, Nichols plays Maggie, “the colorful and determined madam of a legal Nevada brothel, relocated from New Orleans after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.”

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A Klingon Christmas Carol Returns To Chicago

Monday, November 7th, 2011

For fans of both the Klingon race and A Christmas Carol, the Commedia Beauregard will offer a holiday show that should be of interest to them.

The Commedia Beauregard will be performing A Klingon Christmas Carol this holiday season in Chicago, at the Greenhouse Theater Center.

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Del Toro For Trek 2 Villain?

Monday, November 7th, 2011

The rumor mill is cranking up when it comes to Star Trek 2, and the latest information to emerge is that J.J. Abrams has an actor in mind for a villain for the movie.

Benicio Del Toro is the actor expected to be offered the part soon. According to Variety, Del Toro has already met with Abrams.

An actor and film producer, Del Toro won an Academy Award for his role as a Mexican cop in 2000′s Traffic. He has recently completed Savages, where he played a drug cartel enforcer. Savages will release next September.

It is not yet known what kind of villain Del Toro will be playing.

Retro Review: Babel

Friday, November 4th, 2011

The station is afflicted with an airborne virus that first causes people to speak nonsense, then triggers deadly fevers.

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Sroka As Laxeth The Talaxian

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Just like his wife Mariette Hartley, actor Jerry Sroka has had a guest spot on Star Trek, in this case a role on Star Trek: Voyager.

Playing Laxeth the Talaxian in Star Trek: Voyager: Investigations gave Sroka a bit of a glimpse of how he might look in the future, at least according to his kids. “You looked just like Grandma!” they told him, after watching the episode.

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Chambliss On Trek 2 Production

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Star Trek 2 Production Designer Scott Chambliss updated TrekWeb on Star Trek 2‘s pre-production.

Chambliss gave a progress report and explained what fans could expect when it comes to production design.

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November-December Conventions and Appearances

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

There will be four conventions, shows or appearances in November and December that feature actors or authors of interest to Star Trek fans. This listing of conventions and shows features actors from all five of the televised series and from several of the Star Trek movies.

November begins with René Auberjonois taking part in A Smut Sampler, at the Harry Ransom Center (Jessen Auditorium) at the University of Texas at Austin on Thursday, November 3 at 7 PM. The program, A Smut Sampler: A Light-Hearted Reading of Selections from Some Notorious Banned Books, is hosted by Isaiah Sheffler and will feature readings from books that were “banned, burned, seized and censored” in the past.

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Star Trek Game In Jeopardy

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Gameforge, creator of various browser-based games including a Star Trek one which is currently in development, is making some changes in the structure of their studio which might affect their games including ones already in development.

These changes follow the merger of Gameforge and Frogster, which took place in August.

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NASA Attempting To Develop Tractor Beam

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

In a case of life imitating art, NASA is trying to develop a tractor beam.

Researchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center have received funding for a project to see if lasers can be used to capture stardust. The tests will be conducted on robotic space missions.

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Hartley: Schtupping Spock

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Mariette Hartley‘s role as Zarabeth in the original series episode All Our Yesterdays is still a fan favorite, and the actress remembers her guest appearance very well, even forty-odd-years later.

But Hartley is surprised that she’s not the only one who remembers the role after so many years. “[People are] still fascinated by [Zarabeth],” she said, after attending last summer’s Creation Entertainment Official Star Trek Convention. “I’m just so stunned. I go there and it’s like going to a foreign country, with so many people in different costumes, dressed as different characters. I’ve met a few Borg, actually. It’s so bizarre and wonderful, and I kept thinking, ‘Are they going to have things like this for Grey’s Anatomy in 20 years?’ This has such a very special heat, still, to it.”

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