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Archive for January, 2012

Retro Review: Battle Lines

Friday, January 6th, 2012

A shuttle carrying Kai Opaka on a brief tour of the Gamma Quadrant encounters trouble and crashes on a planet where she dies, leaving Sisko to deal with the residents.

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Cumberbatch: Over The Moon

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Just as with the last Star Trek movie, don’t expect the actors involved to give away any secrets.

Benedict Cumberbatch, the latest actor joining Star Trek 2, was asked a question about Star Trek 2 while at a press tour for Sherlock, but while Cumberbatch expressed his emotions regarding signing on for the J.J. Abrams sequel, he was careful not to reveal anything.

“There’s a lawyer standing here saying that I can’t say anything,” he said. “I’m hugely, hugely excited and I’m very, very flattered. I’m very, very excited, but obviously I’m not here to talk about that. I will, in the future, I’m sure. I’m just getting my head around the fact that it’s happened. If you’ll forgive me, I’ll pass on that. But my headline is that I’m over the moon.”

Already known for his role in Sherlock, Cumberbatch spoke about his new visibility. “It’s very flattering,” he said. “It’s very important to remember that whatever scale you’re working at, or your work is being received, or approved of, it is a job. You have to do your job well, so you can’t get carried away by too much of it.”

Nimoy’s Former House Sold

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

The house in which Leonard Nimoy and his wife Sandra resided during the late 1960s while he was working on the original series has been sold.

In 1968, while Nimoy was playing Spock on Star Trek, he and wife Sandra Zober purchased a house in the Westwood-area of Los Angeles.

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Cumberbatch to Play Trek 2 Villain

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Benedict Cumberbatch is the latest actor to sign up for a role in Star Trek 2.

According to Variety, Cumberbatch will be playing the villain in Star Trek 2. He joins other British Trek newcomers Alice Eve and Noel Clarke.

Cumberbatch is best known to British fans as Sherlock Holmes on the BBC Sherlock series, and he recently appeared in Steven Spielberg‘s War Horse, which opened on Christmas Day.

Star Trek 2 will release next May.

January-February 2012 Conventions

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

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

January begins with Albuquerque Comic Con, which will run from January 13-15 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Albuquerque. In attendance will be Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Brent Spiner.

Next up is Oz Trek 7, to be held January 28-29 at the Rydges Melbourne, in Melbourne, Australia. In attendance at Oz Trek 7 will be Walter Koenig and Chase Masterson.

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Curtis: Why Saavik Was Fascinating

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

It’s difficult to follow someone else in a role, but Robin Curtis was called upon to do so in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

It may have been hard to follow someone in a role, but at least Curtis had an easy audition experience due to Leonard Nimoy. “I remember the process very, very, very clearly,” she said. “I interviewed with the casting people. That really wasn’t an audition, because there was nothing to read. Almost a day to two days later I met Leonard Nimoy one-on-one. That was first time I read any sides, as it were, from the script. I did not audition again until the screen test. So it was the gentlest experience.”

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Clarke Joins Trek 2

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

British actor Noel Clarke, known to Doctor Who fans for his role as Mickey Smith on the BBC series, has been signed for Star Trek 2.

Clarke will be portraying a “family man with a wife and young daughter,” and is the third newcomer to be signed for the sequel, the other two being Alice Eve and Peter Weller.

In 2009, Clarke received a BAFTA award in the Orange Rising Star Award. Another Trek actor (Chris Hemsworth) is currently nominated for the same award (the list of eight in which he is included will be cut to five next week) and Star Trek: NemesisTom Hardy won a BAFTA award as Orange Wednesdays Rising Star last year.

Takei Joins Trump Reality Show

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Star Trek‘s George Takei will be one of the eighteen people on the new season of Celebrity Apprentice.

In Celebrity Apprentice, the celebrity contestants vie to raise money and awareness for their charity of choice, with the last person standing “hired” as the “Celebrity Apprentice” who will then have the honor of delivering a check for $250,000 to his or her favorite charity.

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Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes #4 Preview

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

The fourth issue of the crossover comic Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes #4 will release tomorrow, but fans can have an early look today.

In Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes #4, “the Starfleet officers and Legionnaires have split into two teams, with members of both groups on each team.”

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Pegg Ready To Go

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

In an interview promoting his latest movie, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, which released last month, Star Trek XI‘s Simon Pegg spoke briefly about Star Trek 2.

“It’s all a ‘go.’ I’m preparing to fly out to L.A. in the new year and start working on Star Trek,” he said. “I can’t wait to get back to it. I do love Scotty and it’s so much fun playing him.”

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USS Enterprise In Rose Bowl Parade Float

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Star Trek fans tuning into today’s Rose Bowl got a special treat, as the USS Enterprise was part of Paramount Pictures’ 2012 Rose Bowl float entry.

The entry, called Paramount Pictures…100 Years of Movie Magic, paid homage to past studio productions, including Star Trek.

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