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March-April 2011 Star Trek Conventions

Monday, February 28th, 2011

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

March kicks off with The Official Star Trek Convention: The Celebration of the 45th Anniversary. This convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport from March 11-13, and features plenty of guests of interest to Trek fans. In attendance will be: Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Gwynyth Walsh, Barbara March, Connor Trinneer, Nana Visitor, Dominic Keating, Grace Lee Whitney, Rene Auberjonois, Eric Menyuk (Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s The Traveler) and Richard Arnold.

There will be plenty of events at the Official Star Trek Convention, including an optional photography seminar with Leonard Nimoy, and a special performance by Rene Auberjonois and Nana Visitor in a play.

Also in March will be MegaCon 2011 which will be held March 25-27 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. In attendance at MegaCon 2011 will be: William Shatner, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn, Robin Curtis and Marina Sirtis.

Two Australian Supanova Pop Culture Expos will start off the month of April. Brisbane 2011 will be held from April 1-3 at the RNA Showgrounds and Melbourne 2011 will be held from April 8-10 at the Melbourne Showgrounds. Guests of interests to Trek fans include Star Trek XI‘s Simon Pegg, and Christopher Lloyd.

On April 9, the two-day The Official Star Trek Convention: The Celebration of the 45th Anniversary will be held in Phoenix, Arizona at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel. In attendance will be: J.G. Hertzler, Max Grodenchik, Robert O’Reilly, Armin Shimerman, Gwynyth Walsh, Barbara March, Jeffrey Combs, Casey Biggs, and Vaughn Armstrong.

Events include an optional Star Trek “Rat Pack” performance by Grodenchik, Armstrong, Combs, Biggs and Shimerman; Breakfast with the Klingons, an on-stage makeup workshop, and a costume parade.

Wrapping up the month of April will be the Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con will be held April 29-May 1 at the Anaheim Convention Center. In attendance will be Robert Picardo, Chase Masterson, John de Lancie, Catherine Hicks, and Lee Arenberg.

Retro Review: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Spock’s long-lost half-brother lures the Enterprise as well as diplomats from the Federation, the Klingons, and the Romulans to the mysterious force at the center of the galaxy claiming to be God.

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Peterman Passes

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Cinematographer Don Peterman died earlier this month at his home in Hollywood of complications from myelodysplastic syndrome, a “pre-leukemia” bone marrow disorder.

Peterman was nominated for an Academy Award for 1986′s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, losing out to Chris Menges (The Mission). He was also nominated for an Academy Award in 1983 for Flashdance.

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Retro Review: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Friday, February 18th, 2011

The Enterprise picks up a distress call from Earth and travels back in time to recover some extinct humpback whales to save the planet.

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Hardy Wins BAFTA Award

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Tom Hardy, best known to Star Trek fans for his role as Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis, won an award at the Orange British Academy Film Awards 2011 ceremony.

Hardy was named the Orange Wednesdays Rising Star at a ceremony held in the Royal Opera House in London. His competitors for the award were Gemma Arterton, Andrew Garfield, Aaron Johnson and Emma Stone.

The busy Hardy was last seen in Inception, and will be seen in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy next year. He will play a villain in The Dark Knight Rises, also due out next year.

Retro Review: Star Trek III: The Search For Spock

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Upon learning that Spock’s consciousness is alive and housed in the brain of Dr. McCoy, Kirk and his crew steal the Enterprise to retrieve Spock’s body.

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Berman: TNG Movie Hits And Misses

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

In looking back at the four Star Trek: The Next Generation movies, Rick Berman sees where things went right and where mistakes were made, but the response to Star Trek: Nemesis baffles him.

In Star Trek: Generations; Berman, Brannon Braga and Ron Moore made the jump from a television series to a movie, but angered both Leonard Nimoy and original series fans.

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Retro Review: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Friday, February 4th, 2011

When a Starfleet vessel accidentally finds Khan, who was stranded on Ceti Alpha V decades before by Captain James T. Kirk, the former tyrant steals the ship and comes seeking vengeance.

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February-March Star Trek Conventions

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

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

Three conventions of note will take place in February. First up is TrekTrax Atlanta, which bills itself as the “new Star Trek convention in Atlanta.” TrekTrax will take place during President’s Day weekend, February 18-20, and will be held at the Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter.

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Retro Review: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Friday, January 21st, 2011

As the refurbished Enterprise under the command of Captain Decker prepares for launch, Admiral Kirk learns of a threat to Earth and summons his old crew for assistance.

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Hardy Is A BAFTA Nominee

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Tom Hardy, best-known to Star Trek fans for his role of Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis, is one of five nominees for the Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award for 2011.

The Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award is the only British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award to be voted on by the British public.

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McCune Passes

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Grant McCune, known to Star Trek fans for his visual effects work on Star Trek: The Motion Picture, passed away Monday from pancreatic cancer at the age of sixty-seven.

McCune, Douglas Trumbull, John Dystra, Richard Yuricich, Robert Swarthe and Dave Stewart were nominated for an Oscar for their work on Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979.  The visual effects for Alien won instead.

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Murphy – Star Trek: Insurrection’s Anij

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Twelve years ago, Star Trek: Insurrection debuted and fans were introduced to the Ba’ku Anij, played by Donna Murphy.

Murphy jumped at the chance to have a role in a Star Trek movie, playing the Ba’ku woman who looked to be only in her thirties, but in reality was over three hundred years old. “It was a no-brainer,” she said. “I thought that the opportunity to step into that world, if you will, was too good to pass up. I loved the part. I thought it was an interesting script.”

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Perlman: A Trek Fan

Monday, December 13th, 2010

When the call came for a part in Star Trek: Nemesis, Ron Perlman was ready and willing to take on the role of the Reman Viceroy.

It was eight years ago today that Star Trek: Nemesis debuted, and Star Trek fans had their first glimpse of the Remans, a slave caste of the Romulans, and their leader.

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Wheaton Cool With Star Trek: Nemesis Cut

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Although his Star Trek: Nemesis scene was left on the cutting room floor, Wil Wheaton didn’t mind, as he was interested in something other than just appearing on film.

The deleted scene, which can be seen in the Star Trek: Nemesis DVD extras, had Wesley Crusher in attendance at the Riker-Troi wedding.

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