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Archive for the ‘Star Trek Movies’ Category

Murdock Passes

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Veteran character actor George Murdock passed away last week at the age of eighty-one.

The actor, best-known for his roles on Barney Miller and Battlestar Galactica, was familiar to Star Trek fans for his appearances in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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Joel Goldsmith Passes

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Joel Goldsmith, son of Star Trek composer Jerry Goldsmith, passed away yesterday at the age of fifty-four.

Gateworld broke the news on their Twitter feed this morning, promising more information later today.

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First Contact Day

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

For Star Trek fans, April 5, 2063 will be an eventful day, as this is the day that the first contact between humans and Vulcans will take place.

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Star Trek First Contact Score Released

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

GNP Crescendo Records has announced the release of a limited-edition collector’s CD of Star Trek: First Contact.

The CD, featuring the complete score by Jerry Goldsmith (with additional music by Joel Goldsmith), has been newly remastered by recording engineer Bruce Botnick.

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Plummer Wins Oscar

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Christopher Plummer, best known to Star Trek fans as General Chang in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, won an Oscar last night at the 84th Annual Academy Awards.

The Oscar, for Best Supporting Actor, was for Plummer’s role in Beginners, where he played an elderly widower who comes out of the closet after the death of his wife.

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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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Easton Passes

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Character actor Robert Easton, best-known to Star Trek fans for his role as the Klingon judge in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, died last week.

Easton was eighty-one, and died of natural causes at his home in Toluca Lake, California.

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Rosenman Star Trek IV Score Released

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

For fans of the music from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the complete Leonard Rosenman score to the movie has just been released.

The CD is seventy-one minutes long, and includes twenty-four tracks, including bonus tracks.

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Hicks: It Was My Idea To Kiss Kirk

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Twenty-five years ago, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, with Catherine Hicks as Dr. Gillian Taylor, was released, and today, the actress recalls her memories of auditioning for and appearing in the movie.

Hicks wasn’t familiar with Star Trek or its history before landing the role of Dr. Taylor. “I think it charmed [Leonard Nimoy] that I was like the character,” she said, “utterly naive of the genre and the history of it.”

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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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Sternbach: Designing Trek

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Rick Sternbach created starships, weapons, props and more during his years with Star Trek, in a timeframe ranging from Star Trek: The Motion Picture through Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Nemesis.

Sternbach’s interest in Star Trek dates back to 1974, and a meeting with Gene Roddenberry after a showing of The Cage at Yale University. “We spent a couple of hours talking about everything from Star Trek to the real space program to the future of humans in the galaxy,” said Sternbach. A 1977 move to California meant Sternbach was in the right place when it was time for Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

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Bana to Play King of Rock and Roll

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Eric Bana, Star Trek XI’s Romulan Nero, will take on the role of Elvis Presley in Elvis & Nixon.

Elvis & Nixon is the story of a visit by Presley to the White House in 1970, where he met President Richard M. Nixon.

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New Mondo Poster Debuts Tomorrow

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Another Mondo Star Trek poster will be released tomorrow, and this will be of interest to fans of the original series.

The latest poster, titled Star Trek: The Motion Picture, is black, blue and white, and features the scene towards the end of the movie where Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Decker and the Ilia probe have left the Enterprise to investigate V’Ger.

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Shatner Movies On Epix July 21-23

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Beginning tomorrow, Epix will be showing the Shatnerpalooza movies, including William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet (Thursday at 8 PM and on Friday at 12:00 AM and 7:00 PM), and The Captains Documentary (Friday at 8 PM and Saturday at 3:15 AM).

Before and after William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet and The Captains, there will be a mix of Star Trek movies and the movies and shows in which Shatner appeared that were not Trek-related.

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