Steve from Collider is a good friend of mine. At least a few times a week we talk about upcoming movies, TV shows, what gossip each of us have heard, and anything else we might find exciting. Since a number of our conversations cover things you also might find interesting, we’ve decided to start recording certain conversations as video blogs. Past video blogs have included The Future of the Batman Film Franchise, The Box Office Prospects of Watchmen, thoughts on the first 46 Minutes of Pixar’s Up, and a four part preview of the Summer 2009 movie season.
Star Trek came out this weekend and beat all the box office expectations, which got us talking about what could possibly come next. But the new video blog is more than that, we also discuss the Star Trek Premiere, Pixar’s Up, how one of the stars of Terminator Salvation watched our video blogs, and a shocking fact: how more people paid to see the original 1979 Star Trek film in theaters than will likely pay to see this new film on the big screen.
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Star Trek stars Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine made an appearance during Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update to respond to the harsh criticism and annoyance of hard-core Trekkies. Watch the clip after the jump.
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Paramount Pictures has released a batch of trading cards for Star Trek, which reveal some cool unseen sequences and characters. Most notable is Diora Baird as the Orion slave girl. You’ve seen her before kissing Kirk in the trailers, but this is the first time we get a real good look at the character. Other images include Old Spock (Leonard Nimoy) coming face to face with Young Spock (Zachary Quinto), and Scotty’s weird alien sidekick friend. Check those two photos out after the jump.
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In a posting on the Don Murphy forums , it was revealed that the screenwriting team of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman might not return for Transformers 3.
“Time for fresh blood!” writes Orci. “The main reason we would move on is because we risk getting stale and comfortable. If you only sing one song for too long, you miss the opportunity to sing news songs. We’ll see.”
Orci also admitted that he has talked with Leonard Nimoy about providing the voice of the Fallen.
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AICN has an exclusive slightly remixed version of the Star Trek trailer. The huge difference is the addition of Leonard Nimoy as Old Spock, making his first big screen appearance as the character since 1991. How very epic! You can watch the three second clip below, but head on over to AICN to see the reedited trailer in High Definition with a couple little changes.
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The cover of Empire Magazine‘s Star Trek issue is a callback to the classic Kirk and Spock photo from years past. The magazine also offers a few new photos (click to see the full size versions over on Empire). The first photo below shows Kirk (Chris Pine) and Sulu (John Cho), both in armored EVA suits in some kind of space shuttle. TrekMovie believes the guy on the left to be Greg Ellis who is playing Chief Engineer Olsen
The second photo shows Spock (Zachary Qunito) standing infront of a window on the bridge. I say window and not viewscreen because there is noticeable reflection on the glass, and if you look closely at the bottom of the window, you will see the Enterprise’s saucer. It appears the viewscreen UI is over-layed like in Iron Man’s helmet.
The third photo shows Uhura (Zoe Saldana) talking with Kirk and Chekov (Anton Yelchin).
Screenrant has a report from a Star Trek panel this past weeknd at Creation Entertainment’s 16th Annual Grand Slam: The Sci-Fi Summitin Burbank, CA. Here are some highlights:
- The movie will be rated PG-13 and have a budget “far below” $200 million. A $160 million price-tag has been floating around the web for months now.
- The most interesting tidbit revealed a story (I had yet to hear) about of how JJ Abrams came onto the project. Apparently Steven Spielberg read the script and helped convince J.J. Abrams to sign on to the project. TrekMovie reports that Spielberg also visited the set during shooting scenes on the Enterprise and helped JJ Abrams work out a scene to help ‘with the action’
- Leonard Nimoy also admitted that “it would have been damaging to the story to put Shatner in the film.” As much as I want to see William Shatner in the film, an attemp to erase Captain Kirk’s death from Star Trek: Generations would waste valuable screen time, and just serve to sidetrack the story.
- The USS Enterprise will be assembled in space, although parts of it will be assembled on Earth.
- Screenwriter Roberto Orci claims that the film was pushed back because “Paramount really wants it to be a summer blockbuster.”
- There is at least one Star Trek reference in Transformers 2
You can read the full report on Screenrant.
Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy has confirmed a story-point for the story of the upcoming JJ Abrams prequel/reboot. The actor revealed to CBS 2 in Los Angeles that the film actually features not one, not two, but THREE Spocks.
“I am Spock, and there is another Spock and there is another Spock. There are a total of three Spocks in the movie and that is all I will say about it”
While at face value, this might seem like a major spoiler, it likely just confirms our previous speculation that a young Spock will also be featured in the film. And I don’t mean Zachary Quinto, who is playing the character as a young adult.
When the announced the casting of Winona Ryder as Spock’s mother Amanda Grayson, I commented on how she was too young to play the part. Ryder is only a few years older than 30-year-old Quinto. I speculated that Ryder must actually be featured as part of Spock’s origin story (ie birth), as part of a flashback to his childhood, or part of a time travel storyline. While time travel elements are rumored to have a part in the new film, I don’t think this is part of it. One thing is for sure, a younger child or baby-aged Spock will be featured in the new film.
59 year old British actor Ben Cross has been cast as Spock’s Vulcan father Sarek in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek. Mark Lenard played the role in the original series and feature films (Jonathan Simpson played a younger Sarek in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier). Cross, best known for his starring role in Chariots of Fire, will play the husband of Amanda Grayson (played by Winona Ryder), the human mother of Spock (played by both Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy).
I originally believed that Spock’s parents would show up in some sort of flashback, as Ryder is only six years older than Quinto. Cross, at age 59, is a lot more age appropriate. So maybe Ryder will be aged older for the role? The character of Sarek appears in the original Star Trek series, the animated series, four Star Trek movies, two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and numerous Star Trek novels. He was a legendary Vulcan ambassador to the United Federation of Planets. Spock was his second son.
Star Trek hits theaters on December 25th 2008.