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Collins – Star Trek: The Motion Picture Disappointing

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Star Trek: The Motion Picture was disappointing for Stephen Collins, who played Willard Decker, but it wasn’t all because of the lack of box office success.

Getting the role was no big deal for Collins, who didn’t know that getting a role in the new film was a coveted thing. “Little did I know that tons of actors in Hollywood had been lining up around the block to get in and meet Robert Wise,” he said. “It’s just such a perverse thing about life and especially about show business, but when you don’t need the job that badly is when you seem to get it, and when you desperately want the job and know you can be brilliant in it, you usually don’t get it. Life isn’t fair that way and show business isn’t fair that way. Obviously there are great exceptions to the rule, but those are relatively few and far between. So I went in kind of cool as a cucumber. ‘Hi, Mr. Wise.’ I wasn’t nervous and when you’re not nervous you tend to do your best.”

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Winter: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Movie producer Ralph Winter got his start with the Star Trek movies and was executive producer on one of the more popular Star Trek movies featuring the original series crew, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home was popular, both with fans and with the mainstream audience and the intent of those making the movie was to reach out to fans and non-fans alike. “We had a great feeling making the movie,” said Winter. “The script was well developed and we were having fun shooting it. I finally got to go on location for a couple of weeks, and we used the back lot extensively, using the tank for the first time in many years for the museum and some underwater work. We designed the picture to cross over. We developed a story that would connect with an audience that was not steeped in Star Trek.”

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Krige’s Borg Queen

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Fourteen years ago today, Star Trek: First Contract was released and audiences were introduced to the Borg Queen, played by Alice Krige.

Krige found that the Star Trek: The Next Generation actors were a fun bunch who genuinely liked one another. “What pops is what a truly joyful experience it was,” she said about making First Contact. “They were like the best repertory theater, that cast. They hadn’t worked together, the Next Gen group, for about two years, I think, and they were really delighted to see each other and to work with each other again. It was just a ball. It was just flat-out fun from beginning to end for me. ”

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Behind-The-Scenes

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation will enjoy over one hundred photos from the seven years of the show as well as from The Next Generation movies.

Courtesy of TrekCore, the photos feature Gene Roddenberry, actors, guest stars such as Leonard Nimoy, behind-the-scenes cast and crew and even a former President of the United States!

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Bennett On Shatner, Nimoy And Roddenberry

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Harve Bennett, the man credited with reinvigorating the Star Trek movie franchise after the disappointment of the first movie, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, shared his thoughts about some of the people associated with Star Trek.

Speaking to the Southern Oregon Film and Television organization at Varsity Theater in Ashland, Oregon, Bennett explained that William Shatner‘s ego was a cover-up for something else.

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Lloyd: Playing A Far-Out Character

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

For Christopher Lloyd, playing Kruge in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock was fun, even with the makeup and prosthetics he was required to wear for the part.

Lloyd is still a fan favorite and appears at conventions to talk about the role he played back in 1984. “[Conventions are] part of the Star Trek mystique, I guess” he said. “It’s a role that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was fun to play an evil character that has no remorse about anything he does. The conventions are very interesting. They’re a lot of fun. It means a lot to the fans to come and meet the people from the shows and the films that they appreciate. It’s a chance to say hello and to have something signed.”

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Hardy In Next Batman Film

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Tom Hardy, best known to Star Trek fans for his role as Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis, will be appearing in the third Batman film.

The delay in Mad Max: Fury Road, in which Hardy will be playing Mad Max, left room in Hardy’s schedule to take on another role.

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Williams-Crosby As The Klingon Vixis

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The actress who played Vixis, the first officer aboard Captain Klaa’s Klingon Bird-of-Prey in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, wanted to turn down the role at first.

Spice Williams-Crosby was disappointed when she found out that she was not going to play the love interest of Captain Kirk as she had hoped. “I was so excited because I just knew that I was finally going to play Capt Kirk’s love interest,” said Williams-Crosby. “Once I got the script I asked the casting director, ‘Could you please tell me a little bit about Vixis?’ Bill Shepard, the casting director said, ‘Well, Vixis is the first office Klingon on the Bird of Prey.’  I gasped! Oh no, not a Klingon.”

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Harve Bennett: Putting Trek Back On Track

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

After Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Harve Bennett was called in to see if he could make a better movie for less money. The result was the critically acclaimed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan followed by three Star Trek movies after that.

Bennett was a successful television producer with shows like Mod Squad, The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman already under his belt. When asked if he could do a better Trek movie for less money by Gulf & Western boss Charles Bludhorn, he told them he could make four or five such movies. “Do it,” said Bludhorn.

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Hardy Versus Pine

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Tom Hardy, best-known to Trek fans as Shinzon in 2002′s Star Trek: Nemesis, will be replacing Sam Worthington in This Means War.

Hardy will play one of two spies who wages black-ops warfare on each other when they both fall for the same girl (Reese Witherspoon). The other spy will be played by another Star Trek alum, Chris Pine.

This Means War is expected to be released in 2011.

Nimoy: Quinto And Shatner Movie Worries

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Leonard Nimoy was once worried about Zachary Quinto taking on the role of Spock. William Shatner‘s concerns from an earlier movie were about Nimoy himself.

Nothing was wrong with Quinto, according to Nimoy, but he had concerns when he heard that the actor had landed the role.

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Alley: Getting Fat Was The Greatest

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Being overweight is no fun, but the road from slim to overweight was enjoyable according to Kirstie Alley.

Alley weighed 114 pounds when she appeared as Lt. Saavik on Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, and she felt the pressure that Hollywood puts on women to be slim. “Being thin does make a difference, I told myself,” she said. “In my head I got that role because I was 114 pounds, not because I was a good actress or looked like a Vulcan.”

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Kirstie Alley’s Big Life

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Kirstie Alley, the former Lt. Saavik, is due to star in a new reality series, in which her struggle to lose and keep off the seventy-five pounds she gained since her time on Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan will be shown.

Most actresses in Hollywood who gain a lot of weight after being thin choose to fade away into obscurity, but not Alley. She is including her experiences with weight gain and loss in Kirstie Alley’s Big Life, a new reality show set to air on A&E on Sunday.

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture: Behind The Scenes

Friday, March 5th, 2010

A ten minute behind-the-scenes “making of” documentary featurette reel for Star Trek: The Motion Picture has been posted to YouTube.

“Space, the final frontier. Gene Roddenberry invites you to go where few have gone before, behind the scenes of Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” says the narrator of featurette, before taking fans on a trip to the movie-making world of 1979.

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McCall Passes At 90

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Robert McCall, best known to Star Trek fans for his work on Star Trek: The Motion Picture, passed away Friday, February 26 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

McCall was also well-known for his space paintings that have appeared on U.S. postage stamps, for NASA mission patches and for his 2001: A Space Odyssey posters.

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