On Thursday, at San Diego Comic-Con, members of the production team working on the remastering of Star Trek: The Next Generation discussed the project.
Panel members included Roger Lay, Jr. (producer/director, Blu-ray), Mike and Denise Okuda (project consultants), David S. Grant (vice president, multimedia, CBS Television Distribution), Ryan Adams (director, multimedia, CBS Television Distribution), Craig Weiss (creative director, CBS Digital), Eric Bruno (lead compositor), and Wade Felker (film transfer technician).
Of the topics discussed, the most interesting may be the possibility of remastering Deep Space Nine, after the TNG project has been completed.
Watch the entire 26-minute panel below:
Special thanks to Vimeo user Daniel Koelsch, who recorded the panel.
TNG’s own Wil Wheaton, who is currently starring in the web series Tabletop has released a video of himself, along with actor Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl on The Walking Dead. The video spoofs the ultra-popular AMC show and even includes one of Jean-Luc Picard’s famous lines.
As we first reported last month, William Shatner’s Get A Life! is set to premier at San Diego Comic Con on July 14th and later on EPIX and EpixHD.com on July 28th.
Watch a special preview of the film below.
Trailer of William Shatner’s insightful documentary on the passion of the fans of Star Trek. What drives them, how had it affected their lives and shaped their futures. Premieres on Xbox Live Wednesday July 25, 2012 and on EPIX TV on Saturday July 28, 2012 at 8PM ET
While promoting his new film People Like Us, Star Trek‘s new Captain Kirk, Chris Pine discussed the evolution of his Kirk character and how he’s changed since the 2009 film with MTV News.
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“There is so much happening in their script. I can’t say much of anything,” Pine told MTV News during the interview. “They come from TV land, all of them: J.J., Bob, Alex and Damon. They’ve worked together in the highest-pressure situation in television for years. That machine is well-oiled.”
“What you also get in that circumstance is it’s a constantly evolving beast — the script, the material, how it’s going to look, how J.J.’s going to shoot it,” he said. “There is nothing set in stone, which is tremendously frightening, but also extremely exhilarating, especially when it’s like a finely tuned racecar. They just know how to do it. In this constantly evolution, the script that they had written kept getting better and better.”
Pine went on to discuss the film’s crew and screenwriters, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof.
“What they’re so good at is this kind of mythic reinvention. They’re really good at writing myth, and these characters — I think what people will find with everybody — is that these characters go on mythic arcs,” Pine said. “It’s all about growing up. These are young men and young women, and they are not the crew that we know from the series. They’re developing into that. It’s a long way to go there.”
“It is structured so that the antagonist brings out all of the qualities in Kirk that need to happen in order for Kirk to grow,” Pine said. “As you know from Benedict, just watching him, vocally, he’s fascinating. He’s got this deep resonate voice. He’s a fascinating face. He’s a lovely guy and just super smart. You want to see something firing in his brain, so he’s not just a blood-dripping-from-the-fangs bad guy. Benedict brings those kinds of smarts.”
On Monday July 23rd, two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation in HD will beam into theaters across the United States, the day before the first season of the now 25-year-old show’s first season on Blu-ray hits store shelves.
The theater events will include the two first season episodes “Where No One Has Gone Before” and “Datalore,” plus a look at some of the behind the scenes features from the Blu-ray release.
Tickets are on sale now through the Fathom Events website for $12.50.
Last weekend, all five Star Trek television captains, William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and Scott Bakula, appeared together for the first time at Wizard World’s Philadelphia Comic Con.
Geek Nation was on hand at the historic event and provided us with footage of the entire panel.
If you’ve ever wanted to mash-up your passion for Star Trek with your your artistic skills, “Glue Guns and Phasers” is right up your alley.
Hosted by Mary “Televixen” Czerwinski and Brandi Clark, the first episode of “Glue Guns and Phasers” will teach you how to create your very own Star Trek Scrabble tile charm adorned with an image of Kirk or Spock’s face.
In the first episode of “Glue Guns and Phasers,” hosts Mary Czerwinski and Brandi Clark show you how to make your very own Scrabble tile charm. It can be worn as a necklace, a pin or made into magnets! This is an “Ensign Level” mission (easy).
Watch the first episode below.
You can follow the “Glue Guns and Phasers” girls on Twitter at @gluegunsphasers.
Sunday night, Star Trek sequel director J.J. Abrams discussed the film’s production during an interview with MTV during the annual MTV Movie Awards show. As you can see in the image above, over Abrams’ right shoulder is a glimpse of a Klingon. A well-placed discussion-started, which may appear in the 2013 blockbuster.
While Klingons were initially planned to be included in the 2009 film, they ultimately ended up on the cutting room floor.
Take a closer look at the armored Klingon below.
If you missed the MTV Movie Awards, watch the clip with Abrams below.
Leonard Nimoy delivered an inspirational convocation address at the Boston University (BU) College of Fine Arts on Sunday. He said when he was asked to speak at this memorable event, by BU President Dr. Brown, the “yes” came back so fast the President may have thought he was “stunned by a phaser” and that refusing the invitation would have been “highly illogical.”
He discussed his life growing up in Boston, including memories of going to sports games, selling newspapers on a windy Arlington Street in the winter, and his Italian and Jewish neighborhood called the “West End.” He said he remains grateful to this day that the city of Boston surrounded him with an environment for academia, the arts and a “powerful wave of immigrant energy.”
Nimoy told the class of 2012 that he first stepped on stage when he was 8 years old at the Elizabeth Peabody playhouse on Charles Street, a community house established to help immigrants find their way into the culture. The establishment had a small space for theater performances and 8-year old Leonard was asked to sing a song, probably, “God Bless America,” and was cast as Hansel in a production of Hansel and Gretel.
Later, when he received his first adult role at the age 17, he thought acting gave a sense of illumination to the audience, and was convinced that if he could do that for the rest of his life, he would be happy. He was fortunate to receive a scholarship from a Jesuit priest at Boston College for the summer where the students worked so hard they sometimes they even fell asleep on stage He then ended up selling vacuum cleaners on Boylston Street in order to save money for theater school in California, but he ultimately dropped out because he was not feeling inspired. He then started looking for work on his own and played a Zombie in a project called “Zombies of the Stratosphere,” an endeavor which may have sunk because of its very title.
During the years while he was still establishing his career, he worked various jobs, joined the army for two years, and drove a cab at night in order to be available for auditions. As a cab driver, he picked up the future president John Kennedy and after chatting briefly, the two of them agreed that politics and entertainment had a lot, maybe too much, in common. Kennedy then said to Nimoy: “Just remember there is always room for one more good one.”
“Did I really want to put those pointy ears?”
It took 15 years before his famous Mr. Spock role came along but during that time Nimoy found a way to learn more than the craft of theater, but to learn about theme and subtext and about how to add something personal to a role. He admitted to the graduates that the role of Spock was not easy to accept, “ I hesitated. I took my work seriously. Did I really want to put those pointy ears?” Later, he thought that Spock was much like the immigrants from his childhood, a half-human, half-Vulcan alien with a complex inner life, a character that stimulates thought about how we establish our identity and integrity. Spock reminded Nimoy of another quote by John Kennedy, “Art is not a form of propaganda. It is a form of truth.” To Leonard Nimoy, Spock was a form of truth. Art itself, as a form of truth, demands that one walk on a “razor’s edge” between logic and emotion in order to remain truthful, a struggle and a balance that nobody embodies better than Spock.
Nimoy shared that after the last season of Star Trek, he rejected other roles that failed to carry the inner complexity and emotional depth of Spock. That’s why he encouraged graduates to try to both find and provide illumination through their art. He also asked them, somewhat in jest, “for the sake of culture, for the sake of mankind, not to create any more reality shows.”
“Since Star Trek went on the air, 46 years ago, I have never been without work.”
In another funny and touching moment during the speech Nimoy pleaded “Scotty, please, beam me out of here.” He then went on to share that, although he never worked drunk or high, he did smoke cigarettes and drink, and he was glad he gave up drinking 23 years ago. He urged graduates to respect their bodies.
The three words he wanted them to remember were “persistence, persistence, persistence. “ Even more importantly, he urged them to try to be both “creators and curators” of their own lives and, as artists, to enlighten others: “Give us your best, give us the best of your art. We hunger for it. Help us to seek ourselves, to know ourselves. “
The speech ended, logically, with the all-time favorite Vulcan salute, “Live long and prosper.”
Watch Leonard Nimoy’s entire speech, courtesy of Boston University, below.
Top photo: Boston University’s Facebook page. All other photos: Alexandra Grashkina/TrekNews.net
Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Brent Spiner is back with a new episode of his web series, Fresh Hell. In the sixth episode of season two, Brent finds himself asked to entertain as a Star Trek character at a children’s birthday party.