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Third Star Trek Trailer Will Be Released on March 6th February 11, 2009 7:14 pm

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startrekkirk-011309As if we needed another reason to go check out Watchmen on March 6th.  Paramount Pictures yesterday announced that they will be debuting a third trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek film in theaters attached to Watchmen on March 6th.  The trailer, which will feature new footage, will also be available online on Apple.com in HD starting on the morning of March 9th.

Star Trek hits theaters on May 8, 2009.

Super Bowl Spot: Star Trek February 1, 2009 1:33 am

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The 30-sec Super Bowl spot for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek is now online.  While short and containing several elements seen previously in other trailers/spots, there’s also a fair amount of new content including more of Kirk in a bar fight, more interaction between Kirk and McCoy and more space and Earth footage including San Francisco.  Watch the TV spot after the jump. (more…)

Esurance Star Trek Featurette January 31, 2009 10:53 pm

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Esurance, a new promotional partner for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, has launched a new website for the film and has a new featurette.  The featurette doesn’t have any new footage, but does include some cast and crew commentary.  While on the site, you can also sign up for Esurance’s “Biggest Trekkie Contest”, where you can create a short video explaining what makes you the Galaxy’s biggest Trekkie.  Click the image above to check out the featurette and browse the site.

Chris Pine Talks Trek January 13, 2009 2:30 pm

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startrekkirkbridge-011309Chris Pine, who plays James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, spoke with The Associated Press about the upcoming film.  Here are some excerpts:

“For Kirk and Spock, it’s charting their lives to a small extent from boyhood and their first encounter, which is a bit contentious, to kind of the beginning of the relationship we all know,” Pine said.

“They are at odds at first. The conflict of the relationship actually gives Zachary a couple moments where he’s not as controlled and rational as Mr. Nimoy’s character was. He has a couple of outbursts that aren’t exactly the classic Spock.”

Star Trek hits theaters on May 8, 2009.

via ComingSoon.net

First Look at Star Trek Movie Props January 8, 2009 4:22 pm

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Lenovo, a promotional partner for Paramount’s Star Trek, is displaying three props from the new film at CES in Las Vegas. TrekMovie has the first look at Kirk’s communicator, Dr. McCoy’s medical tricorder and Uhura’s communications unit:

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Click here to read more about the props and to get a closer a look.

Abrams Updates Star Trek; Film Will Be Finished By End of the Week December 26, 2008 11:56 pm

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startrekbanner-121608Star Trek director J.J. Abrams has put up a production update on the film’s official Facebook page:

“We’re just making final tweaks to the movie — we should be totally locked next week. Then we’re going to flash-freeze it so it’s totally fresh for you in May. I can’t wait for you to see the movie. The cast is awesome. The action and effects pushed the stunt team and ILM beyond their limits. I’m so grateful to this cast and crew — and to all of you for your interest and patience. We’ll continue to update this page with new info and exclusives, so check back when you think of it. In the meantime, have a happy, healthy, fun holiday! From the last days of the sound mix, JJ”

Star Trek hits theaters on May 8, 2009.

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry Passes Away December 19, 2008 6:44 pm

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majelbarrettroddenberry-121108Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, the widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, passed away from leukemia yesterday at the age of 76. Majel passed away peacefully at her home in Bel Air, surrounded by her son Eugene ‘Rod’ Roddenberry along with family and friends.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to the CARE Organization or Precious Paws.  Both organizations shared her love for animals and dedication to animal rescue.

Majel recently completed voice work for J.J. Abrams’ upcoming film Star Trek, where she reprised her role as the voice of the Starship Enterprise computer.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.

Abrams Talks Star Trek + New Banner December 16, 2008 4:00 pm

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startrekbanner-121608Abrams conducted a short interview with MTV where the Star Trek director discussed several aspects of the film, including its humor, Leonard Nimoy’s involvment and the difference between his ‘Trek’ and Trek films of the past.

Paramount also released a new banner of the crew, which you’ll find posted above.  Click to enlarge.

Here’s some of the interview, click here to read the rest.

MTV: Having been fortunate enough to view a few scenes recently, do you think fans will be surprised by the amount of humor in the film? [Editor’s note: In one sequence, an allergic reaction to medication results in massive swelling of Kirk’s hands and face … think “Nutty Professor.”]

Abrams: It’s funny, because when you see a quarter of something or less, it’s easy to draw conclusions about what the whole thing is. The thing with the hands is probably the most extreme sort of borderline-silly thing that happens in the movie. But the humor in the movie is constant within the wit of the characters. And I think when you look at the original “Star Trek” show, there was actually a great deal of humor.

MTV: We’ve seen Nimoy delivering his classic “Live long and prosper” line in the trailer. Is he fundamental to the story line, or is it more or less a glorified cameo?

Abrams: No, it’s no cameo. He’s in the movie, and his role is critical. I always think “cameo” feels like a role that the movie could exist without. This is critical, emotional and also a story element.

MTV: When you look at the other “Star Trek” films, what are they missing that you wanted to bring to yours?

Abrams: There are a number of things that I think are unique to this movie. There’s a level of relevance that I think is really because of the actors playing the part. I didn’t want to just re-create or reset everything, I thought going back to those characters was important. [In previous films] when we met those characters, we met them pre-established. They’d already been working together, they already knew each other. They had this history. And for some reason, the origin of those relationships of those characters was something that probably would have helped me, at least, connect to them and understand why I should care about them and who they were.

So on those fundamental levels, none of the movies have had that before. But on a much more practical level, “Star Trek” has never had the opportunity, nor the resources, to be realized in this way. Things like the ships and the battles and the planets and the chases and the action sequences … and do them in a way that felt thrilling and terrifying and entertaining in a way that the show and the prior movies simply couldn’t afford to do. I feel we were able to bring to life, in a way we’ve never seen before, what it is to be a member of Starfleet. And that’s kind of cool.

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry to Voice Enterprise’s Computer in Star Trek December 11, 2008 6:14 pm

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majelbarrettroddenberry-121108Majel Barrett-Roddenberry will be reprising her role as the voice of the Starship Enterprise computer in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming film Star Trek.  Roddenberry has voiced the role in four of the six Star Trek television series and three films.

Star Trek hits theaters on May 8, 2009.

Source: Variety

New Star Trek Trailer Features First Look at Leonard Nimoy November 25, 2008 1:25 pm

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AICN has a slightly edited version of the recently released Star Trek trailer.  The big edit?  The inclusion of Leonard Nimoy as Spock.  Click the teaser image below to download and watch the trailer in high definition.

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Details and Promotional Image for Star Trek Prequel Comic, Countdown November 25, 2008 11:53 am

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startrekcountdown-112508IDW Publishing is teaming with Paramount Pictures, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, Kurtzman/Orci Productions and CBS Consumer Products to publish a four-issue comic book series tied to next summer’s Star Trek.  The first comic in the series, Star Trek: Countdown #1, will be released in January 2009.  The story is written by Mike Johnson (Superman/Batman) and Tim Jones, featuring art from David Messina (Star Trek: Mirror Images).  Messina will also be providing the covers for the series.  Check out a promotional image on the right hand side (click to enlarge).

“There was a lot of back and forth about doing this project, how to do it, what it would be about, but what all parties agreed on was that we needed the right story and that it needed to matter. It had to count both on its own merits and when read in conjunction with the new movie,” said series editor Andy Schmidt. “I couldn’t be happier with the project and what it means to the overall Star Trek franchise!”

“‘Star Trek: Countdown’ lays the groundwork for what happens in the movie,” said Roberto Orci. “It’s our way of passing the baton from the ‘Next Generation’ characters and their movies to the new film.”

Source: IDW Publishing (via ComingSoon.net)

Star Trek in IMAX? November 25, 2008 11:25 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in IMAX, Movies, News, Star Trek.
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enterprise09-111208FirstShowing.net is reporting that J.J. Abrams’  Star Trek will be released in IMAX theaters next year.  The site reports that the film will be converted to 70mm for projection on IMAX screens, since Abrams didn’t use IMAX cameras to shoot the film.  That means it’s just going to be a straight large-screen conversion, with no additional features.  That contrasts with other high-profile IMAX releases including The Dark Knight, which had a few segments shot with IMAX cameras and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which will have several minutes of bonus footage.

It’s going to be a crowded summer 2009 for IMAX.  Here’s what’s currently in store for the large screen format:

  • Star Trek (May 8, 2009)
  • Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (May 22, 2009)
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (June 26, 2009)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (July 17, 2009)

Source: FirstShowing.net

New Star Trek Posters November 21, 2008 6:40 pm

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Paramount has released two new character posters for J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek film.  The two posters feature Uhura and Nero.  Click to enlarge.  They’re done in the same style as the Kirk and Spock posters released several days ago.  Since I missed out on posting those, I’ve included them below.

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Star Trek hits theaters on May 8, 2009.

New Star Trek Movie Trailer Online November 17, 2008 3:14 pm

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startrektrailer-111708The second trailer for the new Star Trek film from J.J. Abrams is now online.  I’ve embedded the trailer below.

It’s safe to say this is a trailer that is best watched on the big screen, but watching it in High Definition (over at Apple.com) is a solid alternative for those not willing to watch it attached to Quantum of Solace.

Star Trek hits theaters on May 8, 2009.

Star Trek Enterprise Revealed November 12, 2008 4:03 pm

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Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first full photo of the Enterprise from director J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek.  Click to enlarge.  The magazine also spoke with Abrams:

Abrams wanted to take the original TV series Enterprise and the movie franchise Enterprise and fuse them together into a new yet familiar Enterprise. His ambition was a ship that felt very realistic, that could “stand up” to today’s f/x standards—and beyond. “If you’re going to do Star Trek there are many things you cannot change. The Enterprise is a visual touchstone for so many people. So if you’re going to do the Enterprise, it better look like the Enterprise, because otherwise, what are you doing?”

Source: Entertainment Weekly

New Star Trek Photos October 28, 2008 11:58 pm

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It looks like Paramount is finally ramping up their advertising efforts on what they hope will be next year’s hit summer film, Star Trek (May 8, 2009).  A week after Entertainment Weekly’s feature on the film (click for related article), the British magazine Empire has their own cover feature.  Check out the cover (click to enlarge), three new in-film photos and two new publicity stills of Zachary Quinto (Spock) and Chris Pine (Kirk), as well as an excerpt from the article.

The cover shot is actually a re-creation of a classic Kirk (Shatner)/Spock (Nimoy) pose (click to ‘energize’):

Director J.J. Abrams on the film’s wardrobe:

“For me, the costumes were a microcosm of the entire project, which was how to take something that’s kind of silly and make it feel real. But how do you make legitimate those near-primary colour costumes? How do you make legitimate the pointy ears and the bowl haircut? It’s ridiculous and as potentially cliched as it gets. How do you watch Galaxy Quest and then go make a Star Trek movie?”

And here are the pictures (click to see full size at Empire):

Kirk (Chris Pine) in an EVA suit along with Sulu (John Cho) in a shuttle. (TrekMovie notes that the actor to the left of Pine could be Greg Ellis, who plays Chief Engineer Olsen)

Spock (Zachary Quinto) in front of what appears to be a window (note the visible saucer)

Uhura (Zoe Saldana) talking with Kirk (Pine) and Chekov (Anton Yelchin) in the forefront

Spock (Quinto) and Kirk (Pine) publicity shots

Source: Empire

“Star Trek” Details and Photos Revealed October 26, 2008 9:30 pm

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Star Trek was featured in last week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, including a nice cover photo Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) which you can check out on the right.  Director J.J. Abrams told the magazine that they “weren’t making a movie for fans of Star Trek,” he said. ”We were making a movie for fans of movies.”  More after the jump.

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William Shatner Responds to J.J. Abrams September 18, 2008 9:27 pm

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You’ve likely read the report in which J.J. Abrams noted that Captain Kirk was originally written into Star Trek, but the idea was scrapped after William Shatner expressed his reluctance to do a cameo.  Now, William Shatner has responded to Abrams in his latest video blog and is claiming he was never offered a role.  The video is below.

Shatner Is the Reason for the Absense of Kirk in Star Trek September 10, 2008 4:02 pm

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Turns out that William Shatner’s Kirk was originally written into JJ Abrams new Star Trek film.

“We actually had written a scene with him in it that was a flashback kind of thing,” Abrams told AMC SciFi Scanner. “But the truth is, it didn’t quite feel right. The bigger thing was that he was very vocal that he didn’t want to do a cameo. We tried desperately to put him in the movie, but he was making it very clear that he wanted the movie to focus on him significantly, which, frankly, he deserves. The truth is, the story that we were telling required a certain adherence to the Trek canon and consistency of storytelling. It’s funny — a lot of the people who were proclaiming that he must be in this movie were the same people saying it must adhere to canon. Well, his character died on screen. Maybe a smarter group of filmmakers could have figured out how to resolve that.”

Co-writer Roberto Orci chimed in over at TrekMovie.com with the following note:

Alex [Kurtzman] and I did indeed come up with a sequence for Shatner that we wrote before the strike, although technically it wasn’t a flashback.

Orci also promised that once the movie comes out, he’ll “post the sequence in question.”

Sources: AMC SciFi Scanner and TrekMovie.com

Kevin Smith’s Possible “Star Trek” Review August 25, 2008 1:39 pm

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Kevin Smith has been getting some pretty sweet exclusives recently.  First he got a chance to check out The Dark Knight before anyone else, calling it “an epic film”, “the ‘Godfather II’ of comic book movies” and “close to a masterpiece” then he got the opportunity to watch an advanced screening of Zack Snyder’s Watchmen calling it “fucking astounding” now he’s is hinting that he’s seen J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek.  The writer-director was a guest recently on KROQ’s Kevin and Bean show and this exchange took place:

Host: So thumbs up on The Watchmen, what else you got?

Smith: I saw a movie last night that I cannot talk about.

Host: Was it good?

Smith: It was phenomenal.

Host: Any stars, any break out stars, and do they trek?

Smith: The stars absolutely trek in this film. It is fantastic. Anybody who was worried doesn’t need to be worried–about this film I cannot talk about…It was in very capable hands. The director did a phenomenal job–the director and his crew. Top notch cast and the guy that plays the lead is an instant star. That dude is going to be so famous. He is so wonderful. He picked up a role that I would say is pretty challenging for someone to step into the shoes of, because it is a role that has been played before many times by the same guy.

Host: How do you out Shatner, Shatner?

Smith: I don’t know what you are talking about.

Host: I was just saying that as an expression.

Smith: Yes, absolutely, in a world of expressions, I would agree with that…I am so not good with this game, you are going to bury me man.

Host: We had you on before The Dark Knight and I remember asking you if you could direct a movie like Dark Knight and you said ‘hell no’ it was so far out of your sphere…but I bring that up to preface this. Let’s say a franchise like Star Trek, not that you have seen the movie or we are talking about the movie, but we are talking about it for example. That is something that is so dangerous to attempt. Is that the kind of project you would like to do? Would you like to be the guy who gets to do a movie like that?

Smith: I would not like to be the guy. In the case of something like Star Trek, it would take a really insanely talented filmmaker–storyteller. Like in the case of Star Trek, JJ Abrams. So leave it to the people who are best equipped for it. I am just the guy who should be watching those movies.

Click here to download and listen to the entire August 22nd episode of the Kevin and Bean show.

Source: TrekMovie

“Star Trek” Movie Site Updated August 18, 2008 12:54 am

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The official website for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek has been updated with the four recently revealed new posters, featuring John Cho (Sulu), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Karl Urban (McCoy) and Anton Yelchin (Chekov), which I posted about in this article.  You’ll find the high-resolution posters after the jump.

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Comic-Con 2008: J.J. Abrams on “Cloverfield” Sequel (“It’s not a literal sequel”) and the “Star Trek” Movie July 27, 2008 2:00 am

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During the Comic-Con panel for the Fox television series Fringe, an audience member asked J.J. Abrams if there were any updates on a Cloverfield sequel, to which Abrams responded with the following nugget according to /Film:

“There’s something we’re playing with now that may or may not happen. There’s an idea we have that plays with… it’s not a literal sequel.“

Unfortunately, as is almost always the case with Abrams who is very tight-lipped on his projects, that’s all he would let slip.

Abrams and crew were also asked about the upcoming Star Trek movie and though nothing major was revealed, he did indicate that the reason no footage was shown from the film was because the trailer sequences don’t have the special effects added in yet, and they are heavily covered in SFX.  He went on to say that had the movie’s original release date of December 25, 2008 still been a go, they would have hustled to get those sequences ready for release.

TrekMovie.com also debunked the recent footage report that was posted on AICN.  The site, however, could not debunk the rumor that J.J. and crew had wanted to bring some footage from the film to show the crowd at the Fringe panel, but Fox nixed the idea because they didn’t want it to upstage their Fringe presentation.

StarTrekMovie.com Updated With New Design and Downloads July 18, 2008 10:20 pm

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The official site for the upcoming Star Trek movie, StarTrekMovie.com, has been updated. The new look incorporates the recently revealed character teaser posters. At the newly designed site, you can download wallpapers (or icons) of each poster. Check it out here. I’ve included the high-res posters after the jump.

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New “Star Trek” Movie Poster July 18, 2008 5:46 pm

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In this week’s edition of Entertainment Weekly (which is fantastic, so be sure to pick it up if you haven’t already), a new poster for Star Trek was unveiled in their Comic-Con ’08 Preview Section (read it online here).  The poster showcase’s the film’s four main characters: Kirk, Spock, Uhura and Nero.  It actually consist of four mini-posters that when put together form the Star Fleet Federation logo.  Visitors to this year’s San Diego Comic-Con will receive one part of the poster.  Paramount will have other Trek related material at the convention but haven’t indicated what exactly will be shown. (click the poster on the right to enlarge)

EW Comic-Con ’08 Preview: Star Trek
Last year at Comic-Con, Abrams (creator of TV’s Lost) touted his big-screen Trek reboot — which will follow the early adventures of Captain Kirk (Pine) and his boldly going Enterprise crew. So this year, with the movie 10 months away, Abrams is bringing…almost nothing? ”Sorry,” Abrams says. ”But hopefully when [fans] eventually do see more, it will be that much more exciting.” (Hits theaters May 8, 2009)

The magazine also has some new photos from Terminator Salvation, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Watchmen which Warner Bros. has released hi-res versions of.  Check them each out by clicking on the above links.

“Star Trek: The Experience” Closing in September July 6, 2008 12:34 am

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After a 10-year run at the Las Vegas Hilton, the interactive ride “Star Trek: The Experience” will be ending on September 1, 2008.  The ride included several actors from the various Star Trek TV series, and was designed in two parts: the Klingon Encounter and Borg Invasion 4-D (which was added in 2004).

Chad Boutte, Operations Manager and Director of Marketing, said the following in a press release: “Hailing frequencies open. We’d like to thank all the fans and friends of Star Trek, whose constant and amazing support we’ve enjoyed throughout our tenure at the Las Vegas Hilton. As we boldly go into the futures that await, know that we take your love of Star Trek: The Experience with us. We share the memories of time spent in the most unique place in the Galaxy, and we carry those memories into our futures with us. Live long, and prosper. Hailing frequencies closed.”

CBS also confirmed the news, though a spokesperson for CBS Consumer Products told TrekMovie.com they are still holding out hope for the future of the product:

We’re extremely proud of the 10-year run Star Trek The Experience had in Las Vegas. We’re currently exploring several options to continue The Experience for the public to enjoy for years to come.

Source: TrekMovie.com