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Archive for January, 2012

Hemsworth And Wife Expecting

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

The actor who played James T. Kirk’s father in Star Trek XI will become a father himself later this year.

Chris Hemsworth and actress wife Elsa Pataky (Fast Fives, Snakes on a Plane) were married in December of 2010.

The couple is “delighted and very excited,” said Pataky, and “having the person that you love by your side and starting a family with them is the best thing that can happen to you in this life. You can’t ask for more.”

This will be the first child for the couple, who have no children from previous relationships.

New Spock Days Guests Announced

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

For those attending the annual Spock Days this June, several familiar Trek names will be in attendance.

Spock Days is held once a year in Vulcan, Alberta, Canada, and this year, the event will run from June 8-10 and feature five Trek-related guests.


Star Trek Online Now Free-to-play

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

For those Star Trek gamers who have not yet played Star Trek: Online, now is the time with the news that the game is now free-to-play.

Star Trek: Online went free-to-play yesterday, and those wishing to play need only to download the game to get started.


Masterson And Kerwin: R.U.R.

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s Chase Masterson and director James Kerwin have a new science fiction project in the works, a remake of R.U.R., a Czech play originally written by Karel Capek.

Kerwin had been interested in the play since taking a college literature course. “I had studied the play in a college lit course, and was even in a production of it in Dallas years ago,” he said. “The story always stuck with me: a play which Karel Capek started writing in 1919, set fifty years from then, which predicted advances in biotechnology and served as an inspiration for masterpieces like Blade Runner and Metropolis. R.U.R. contains an important sociopolitical message, one which is as valid today as it was back in the early 20th century, and I was surprised that it had never been turned into a proper feature film.”


Sirtis On Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-ray

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012


Marina Sirtis may not be a technology geek, but she liked what she saw when introduced to the Blu-ray version of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

“I’m a total Luddite, not good with any technology at all,” she said. “I was not prepared to be impressed when I went to CBS to see what they were doing with the Blu-ray, but it was amazing.”


Comic Review – Star Trek #5

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Star Trek #5 will release tomorrow, but fans can see a preview of the issue today.

IDW Publishing describes the issues as follows: “The voyages of the new crew of the Enterprise continue in this re-imagining of the classic episode Operation: Annihilate! Captain Kirk comes face to face with the ghosts of his past when a rescue mission reunites him with the last person he expects to see: his brother.


Cumberbatch As Villain: Just Supposition

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Last night at the Golden Globes, Benedict Cumberbatch spoke about Star Trek 2 and his possible role in the J.J. Abrams sequel.

“I start next week, which is really exciting,” said Cumberbatch. Filming on Star Trek 2 began last Thursday.


Retro Review: The Storyteller

Friday, January 13th, 2012

O’Brien visits a Bajoran village where he is mistaken for a raconteur who can keep a monster from attacking the population.


Frakes Joins Interactive Web Series

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Jonathan Frakes has joined Beckinfield, an online science fiction series, billed as the “first mass participation television program.”

Beckinfield, created by Theatrics, premiered last year and is the story of a small town that is anything but ordinary, where there are “snooping scientists, alleged UFOs, a seemingly haunted library,” and an “earthquake that ’caused no damage.'”


Trek Shooting Begins Today

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Star Trek 2 has begun filming today, and several facts about the production have emerged.

According to, the movie is being shot on Sony Studios stages in Culver City as well as at the Hollywood Paramount lot.

One place the filming will not be happening is Hawaii. Although J.J. Abrams went to Hawaii to check it out as a possible place to film a “jungle planet” scene, a location in Southern California was ultimately chosen for those scenes.

Star Trek 2 will use more sets, including sections of the USS Enterprise not seen in 2009’s Star Trek XI, than were used in the first film.

Two New Trek Collectibles

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

An Enterprise plush toy and a door chime are the two latest Star Trek collectibles to hit the market.

The two officially licensed products come courtesy of ThinkGeek. “It’s a true honor for us to add to the line of great Star Trek products we’ve already created,” said Ty Liotta, head of ThinkGeek’s GeekLabs custom products development group. “We know fans will appreciate and adore these products as much as we do.”


Hemsworth On BAFTA Short List

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Star Trek XI‘s Chris Hemsworth (George Kirk) is a finalist for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) 2012 Orange Rising Star Award.

The others on the finalist list with Hemsworth include Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), Adam Deacon (Casualty), Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn) and Tom Hiddleston (Thor).


Perry: Tomorrow Is Yesterday’s Captain John Christopher

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Roger Perry, who played Air Force Captain John Christopher in the original series episode Tomorrow is Yesterday, remembers landing the job and he shares a Shatner makeup room moment.

Being cast as Christopher was a snap for Perry. “I remember that it was one of the easiest jobs I ever got,” he explained. “To this day, I don’t understand why it was so easy.”


Abrams: Trek 2 Filming Begins This Week

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Filming on Star Trek 2 will begin on Thursday, according to J.J. Abrams.

Although Star Trek 2 will eventually be converted to 3D, it will first be filmed in anamorphic format. “We’re shooting on film,” said Abrams, “and the reason for that is that I wanted to shoot with anamorphic, and you can’t shoot 3D in anamorphic.”


Two More For Trek 2

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Several newcomers have signed up for roles in Star Trek 2.

The actors are Nazneen Contractor (24) and Joseph Gatt (Thor).