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STLV ’13: Day 2 Report With Alice Eve, Walter Koenig, John de Lancie & A Special Salute To ‘Voyager’

STLV '13: Day 2 Report With Alice Eve, Walter Koenig, John de Lancie & A Special Salute To 'Voyager'

The Las Vegas Star Trek Convention continued on Friday with celebrity guests Walter Koenig, Alice Eve, John de Lancie, Linda Park, Dominic Keating, Catherine Hicks, Grace Lee Whitney, Suzie Plakson, and a special “Salute to Voyager,” with Ethan Phillips, Robert Picardo, Jennifer Lien, Tim Russ, and Garrett Wang.

John de Lancie

John de Lancie

John de Lancie, who played Q on The Next Generation, Voyager, and Deep Space Nine kicked off the second day of the convention in the Roddenberry Theater. John recently returned from an extended boating trip. He went on to talk about a recent project he’s been working on, saying “I have created a documentary about Bronies”. He discussed his acting style and said if you want to see acting, “just turn down the sound.”

Former Voyager castmates, Ethan Phillips, Robert Picardo, Tim Russ, and Garrett Wang, were reunited on stage. Due to travel issues, Jennifer Lien wasn’t able to take part in the panel, as planned.

Salute to Star Trek: Voyager

Salute to Star Trek: Voyager

Prior to the Voyager cast coming on stage, a great fan-made tribute video, entitled “To the Journey” was shown.

Discussing the audition process, Robert Picardo said “I loved Neelix. I thought the role of The Doctor was a snooze.” Going on to say “At the end of the audition I said I’m a doctor not a night light. Thanks to that cheesy line, I got 7 years of work”.

Dominic Keating

Dominic Keating

Dominic Keating of Star Trek: Enterprise was up next. Keating took the stage with his alternate version of the Enterprise theme song and discussed the show, its cancellation and current projects with the fans.

Linda Park

Linda Park

Keating’s Enterprise castmate, Linda Park was welcomed on stage to a great ovation. Park, who doesn’t do many convention appearances was a little unsure of how the questions from the audience worked. After a few minutes, she was doing just fine. When asked what her favorite episodes were, Park told the fans “Mirror Darkly” and “Dear Doctor” were at the top of her list. Park said she would’ve liked to have seen more interpersonal relationships for Hoshi during her time aboard the NX-01.

Alice Eve

Alice Eve

Making her first convention appearance, Star Trek Into Darkness star, Alice Eve, took the stage. The first question for Eve was about her scantily clad underwear scene in the new film. She said she really didn’t expect “all the ruckus” in reaction to the scene. She likened it to Chris Pine’s shirtless appearance in the movie — which received much less attention.

On the topic of doing another Star Trek film to coincide with Star Trek’s 50th anniversary in 2016, Eve said “we’re all looking to make another Star Trek” and noted that she’d like to see Kirk and Marcus’ romance progress. She told fans that she finds the idea of Her character being pregnant and having a baby during the five-year mission very interesting. Discussing J.J. Abrams’ decision not to direct the next Star Trek film, Eve said he had a real affection for Star Trek, but his childhood love was Star Wars.

Walter Koenig

Walter Koenig

Classic Star Trek’s Walter Koenig was up next. Koenig talked about his recent addition to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Koenig told fans “The older I get, the more I appreciate Star Trek, in all its forms”. On the topic of getting beat up so often while on away missions, he said “I wrote that into my contract. I relished those moments.”

A lecture conducted by Dr. Ronald Held of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute discussing the Star Trek multiverse and how the science-fiction of Star Trek compares to known science in our world today.

Catherine Hicks

Catherine Hicks

San Diego State University associate professor, John Putman discussed some of DS9′s most memorable and thought provoking episodes where controversial issues were confronted, in a special “Deep Space Nine and American History” panel.

Connor Trinneer, Roger Lay, Jr., Doug Drexler and Mike and Denise Okuda

Connor Trinneer, Roger Lay, Jr., Doug Drexler and Mike and Denise Okuda

Members of the production team behind The Next Generation and Enterprise’s leap into high-definition talked about the forthcoming releases of each show on Blu-ray. Panelists included consultants Mike and Denise Okuda, producer and director of special features Roger Lay, Jr., and Enterprise visual effects artist Doug Drexler. Mike Okuda told fans that the future releases of DS9 & VOY in HD will be dependent on the sales of TNG and ENT. Roger Lay, Jr. said as they near the final releases if TNG and ENT on Blu-ray “we’ll have to figure out what’s next.”

Towards the end of the discussion, Enterprise star Connor Trinneer joined the panel. Trinneer told fans that he’s been showing his son episodes of Enterprise, but won’t be showing episodes where “daddy isn’t kissing mommy.”

Guests scheduled for Saturday, include William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, Terry Farrell, Gates McFadden, LeVar Burton, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, Jeri Ryan, Brannon Braga, and Ira Steven Behr. Additionally, fans in attendance will attempt to break the Guinness World Record of 1,063 for the most people dressed in Star Trek costumes in the same place.

WATCH: Entire Star Trek: TNG Reunion Panel from Calgary Expo

Watch: Star Trek: TNG Reunion from Calgary Expo

That’s right. The entire TNG EXPOsed panel from last weekend’s Calagary Comic and Entertainment Expo, featuring the reunited cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, is now available to watch for free online.

TNG EXPOsed celebrated the 25th anniversary of the show, which debuted back in September of 1987. The panel brought together all of the primary cast members, including Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Wil Wheaton, Gates McFadden and Denise Crosby. Plus, a surprise appearance from “Q” himself, John de Lancie.

The video comes to us courtesy of Youtube user cid388.

Watch the five-part video below.

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RELATED: Reunited Cast of Star Trek: TNG Share Their Excitement (and Photos) on Twitter

Cast of Star Trek: TNG Reunites at Calgary Expo [Pics & Video]

Cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation Reunites at Calgary Expo

Appearing together for the first time in almost a decade, the principle cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation reunited on Saturday at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The reunited cast included Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Miachel Dorn, Marina Sirtis, gates McFadden, LeVar Burton, Wil Wheaton and Denise Crosby, along with an unannounced John de Lancie. This marks the first official time the cast has appeared on stage together and first time many of the actors have been together since the end of series. The special event was dubbed “TNG Exposed,” as part of the Expo, which was attended by more than 45,000 fans throughout the weekend.

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The Reunited Cast of TNG

The Reunited Cast of TNG
Photo: Flickr user Ricky Leong

John de Lancie joins the cast of TNG on stage at Calgary Expo

John de Lancie joins the cast of TNG on stage at Calgary Expo
Photo: Flickr user Ricky Leong

Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes and Denise Crosby sign autographs at Calgary Expo

Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes and Denise Crosby sign autographs at the Calgary Expo
Photo: Flickr user melodramababs

Watch the video below as the cast bids farewell to the fans in attendance at the Calgary Expo.

UPDATE: WATCH: Entire Star Trek: TNG Reunion Panel from Calgary Expo

Top photo: Calgary Sun

Report: Creation’s Chicago Star Trek Convention with Nimoy, Frakes, Spiner & More

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This weekend, Star Trek history was made as Leonard Nimoy attended his last convention as a guest and retires after almost 40 years of con appearances.

Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek 45th Anniversary Convention in Rosemont, Illinois, was the site of an exciting variety of guests and an emotional weekend of events. Here is a summary of some of the best moments: 
 

FRIDAY:

 
Creation co-owner Adam Malin presided as host during the annual Chicago Star Trek convention. Malin’s genuine enthusiasms for Trek and science fiction add much to Creation’s Star Trek events as he guides fans through costume contests, guest introductions, auctions, trivia competitions, and the general convention experience. As Star Trek is celebrating its 45th Anniversary, Creation Entertainment has its own 40 year celebration this year.
 
The first talk of the weekend was by Richard Arnold, the former assistant to Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek consultant who showed very rare photos from the original show.

Then, Dominic Keating appeared on stage, sharing with fans stories of how he got the role of Malcolm Reed and what it was like to audition for the studio executives. A fun anecdote shared by Keating is that John Billingsley’s initial interpretation of Dr. Phlox was that of a bird like alien who squawked when excited.

John DeLancie discussed his Alien Voices famous science fiction narrative audio dramas produced along with Leonard Nimoy during the 1990s and early 2000s, which are now available for download at http://alienvoices.net/ and featuring many Star Trek actors. He also spoke about his appearance in the original 1970s Battlestar Galactica, telling the funny story of how he got the role and quickly found himself in the middle of a desert with a wild costume and a hoard of people chasing at him.

Connor Trinneer
Connor Trinneer

Connor Trinneer rounded out the day with his appearance. He discussed the differences between his characters of Charles Tucker from Enterprise and Michael from the Stargate programs. Fan participation events included a Yes/No trivia game which was made all the more exciting because for the first time, a Star Trek contestant won all three rounds with a perfect score and earned a more than $1700 prize! The evening was completed with a party featuring Keating, Trinneer, and DeLancie in attendance.

John de Lancie
John de Lancie
 

SATURDAY:

 
Saturday had perhaps the greatest surprise of the weekend. While much of the energy of the convention was directed anticipating Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols was also an absolutely joyous guest. Her stories of how she met Gene Roddenberry, got the part of Uhura, helped name the character, and her especially touching discussion of how racial prejudice affected her in the role resulted in a truly emotional highlight of the convention. There were few dry eyes in the house as this genuine role model left the stage.

Nichelle Nichols
Nichelle Nichols

Richard Arnold returned with a second talk showing amazing photos celebrating the history of Star Trek.

Punctuating the afternoon was the exceptionally funny antics of Jonathan Frakes and Brent Spiner. Beginning with Spiner imitating Patrick Stewart to joking about the first time they saw their action figures, these two have a genuine and easy rapport which translates into laughs and a good time for all. A common theme among all three guests this day was the personal and friendly connection they made with fans during autograph sessions and on stage.

Jonathan Frakes
Jonathan Frakes

Brent Spiner & Jonathan Frakes
Brent Spiner on stage with Jonathan Frakes

Spiner announced that he was filming more episodes of his web program Fresh Hell. The fan participation event was a costume contest, the largest in many years in Chicago with a variety of truly original entries, from a Gorn in a business suit, to a Stormtrooper in a Red Shirt with a sign proclaiming peace between the franchises, to an amazing and grand prize winning Borg Ferengi. 
 

SUNDAY:

 
Beginning with a charity breakfast, the impressive guest list continued at the convention with Rene Auberjonois and Nana Visitor spending time with fans. The duo treated audiences to a performance of love poetry and quotations in an excellent rendition Cross Our Hearts performance, including the rare treat of seeing them perform their DS9 characters during the event.

Nana Visitor & Rene Auberjonis
Nana Visitor and Rene Auberjonis

Both are warm and fan friendly, earnestly answering questions with good humor and kindness. Fans then discussed their hopes for the Star Trek sequel in a fun participation panel.

Leonard Nimoy
 
Leonard Nimoy’s final convention appearance started with an amazing surprise exclusive video featuring all the cast of the new Star Trek (2009) movie and director JJ Abrams sharing their good wishes and roasting Nimoy on his retirement.

Leonard Nimoy

Nimoy appeared on stage to thunderous applause and began to tell his life story through words and photos. Interesting facts included his two years in the military as a infantry solider and how as a cab driver he once drove then Senator John F. Kennedy and the two discussed acting and politics. The advice that future President Kennedy gave Nimoy, that there is always room for one more good actor, was an inspiration to Nimoy.

Leonard Nimoy

As Nimoy left the stage, the audience all produced signs saying “We love you Leonard!  Live Long and Prosper!” to which Nimoy appeared very moved. He waved once last time, and exited the stage. Nimoy then asked that a cake that Creation had made for him be shared with the entire audience. 
 
The weekend was fun filled with fan friendly guests and talks running the gamut of emotions, from tears to laughter. The convention was an honor to attend as it represented a passage in Star Trek fan history as both the past and future of Star Trek was celebrated.

RELATED: Leonard Nimoy Bids Farewell at His Final Convention Appearance in Chicago
 
Creation Entertainment returns to Chicago next October 19-21, 2012.

[Photos: John Tenuto]

Leonard Nimoy & John de Lancie Re-Release “Alien Voices” Through Digital Download

Leonard Nimoy and John de Lancie

Leonard Nimoy and John de Lancie have announced the re-release of their sci-fi/fantasy audio drama series Alien Voices through digital download.

These five original episodes, previously out of print, star Nimoy and de Lancie, along with other Star Trek regulars, such as Roxann Dawson (Voyager), Robert Ellenstein (Star Trek IV), Marnie Mosiman (TNG), Andrew Robinson (DS9), Dwight Shultz (TNG/Voyager), Armin Shimerman (TNG), Ethan Phillips (TNG/Voyager/Enterprise) Kate Mulgrew (Voyager) and even feature a cameo by the one and only William Shatner.

The project, originally launched in 1996, was born from Nimoy’s desire to “branch out” and work independently of Trek and de Lancie’s affinity for the works of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and similar authors of science fiction genre, whose works they use as a basis for their dramatizations.

Episodes are available for digital download individually for $9.99 on the official Alien Voices website.

Press Release:

Leonard Nimoy and John de Lancie re-release Alien Voices audio dramas

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 11, 2011) – Leonard Nimoy and John de Lancie announced today they are re-releasing all five of their original Alien Voices® Audio Dramas as digital downloads. These previously out-of-print titles include “The First Men In The Moon”, “Journey To The Center Of The Earth”, “The Invisible Man”, “The Lost World” and “The Time Machine”.

These fully dramatized performances star Leonard Nimoy and John de Lancie – along with cast members from Star Trek® feature films and TV series including Roxann Dawson (Star Trek: Voyager), Robert Ellenstein (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home), Marnie Mosiman (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Andrew Robinson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Armin Shimerman (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager), Dwight Schultz (Star Trek: The Next Generation and Voyager), Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager and Enterprise), Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager) and a special guest appearance by William Shatner.

Each title is available for download from the Alien Voices® web site for $9.99 each:www.alienvoices.net

Alien Voices titles available now for download

ABOUT ALIEN VOICES
ALIEN VOICES was formed in 1996 by actors Leonard Nimoy and John de Lancie to create multi-media works of science fiction and fantasy. ALIEN VOICES grew out of a long-held desire to present thoughtful and provocative works of science fiction.

“After years of being associated with other people’s projects we wanted to enter the nest century at the helm of our own,” said Leonard Nimoy, best known for his portrayal of Star Trek’s Mr. Spock. “ALIEN VOICES gives us the chance to work with other artists who also want to branch out, yet still provide audiences with the quality they’ve come to expect from us.”

John de Lancie, whose recurring role as “Q” in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager made him the series’ most popular guest star, explained, “I was raised on the classics – Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and others. Now we can bring these to even wider audiences by means of new technologies and old friends. We at Alien Voices feel that the dramatization should remain faithful to the original works. We are presenting Verne, Wells and other giants of the science fiction genre as they, themselves, might have wished to be heard.”

Alien Voices can be found on the World Wide Web at: www.alienvoices.net

Convention Report: The Second Annual Star Trek Day in City of Industry

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On Saturday, Frank and Son’s Collectible Show along with the Realm Cast presented the second annual “Star Trek Day” in City of Industry, California.

The guest list included Star Trek alumni such as Marina Sirtis, Robert Picardo, John de Lancie, Chase Masterson, Richard Herd, Carel Struycken and Manu Intiraymi.

The event wasn’t the standard discussion panel-filled convention many fans have become familiar with — Instead this was a more intimate gathering of Star Trek fans and celebrities trading stories, singing autographs, posing for pictures and discussing the pop-culture phenomenon that brings us all together.

The staff of Frank & Son’s along with the hosts of The Realm Cast made sure everyone in attendance went home happy — Giving away t-shirts, complete ‘Generations’ scripts, and samples of Cryptic Studios’ Star Trek Online. The Los Angeles Cinema Makeup School was also on-hand doing sci-fi makeup effects on attendees.

Every fan I spoke with seemed to enjoy the event and would come back if it returns in 2012. Aside from a few late cancelations (Kevin Sorbo, Kate Vernon, Catherine Hicks, Carolyn Barry and Tim Russ), the event appeared to run very smoothly.

Below are a few photos from the event.

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Marina Sirtis

Robert Picardo

Chase Masterson with Marina Sirtis and Richard Herd

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More photos available on our Flickr stream.

Marina Sirtis, John de Lancie, Tim Russ, Robert Picardo & More to Appear at ‘Star Trek Day’ in City of Industry on June 11

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If you’re in the southern California area next Saturday (June 11th), I highly suggest you check out Frank & Son Collectible Show’s 2nd annual ‘Star Trek Day’ in the City of Industry which has a bevy of Star Trek and sci-fi celebrities scheduled for autographs and photos. Along with the guests, Cryptic Studios will also be on-hand with gaming stations set up and will be giving away free trials of Star Trek Online.

In addition, the Cinema Makeup School of Los Angeles will be on hand doing Star Trek and sci-fi makeup effects for fans in attendance and .

Parking and admission are free.

The scheduled guest list includes:

Marina Sirtis
Counselor Deanna Troi – Star Trek: The Next Generation

Tucker Smallwood
Xindi-Primate Councilor – Star Trek: Enterprise & Voyager’s Admiral Bullok

Tim Russ
Lieutenant Tuvok – Star Trek: Voyager / Star Trek: Generations

Kevin Sorbo
Captain Dylan Hunt – Andromeda & Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Anthony Vitale
Shipyard Welder – Star Trek Movie (2009) teaser

John De Lancie
Q – Star Trek: The Next Generation/ Deep Space Nine/ Voyager

Catherine Hicks
Dr. Gillian Taylor – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Robert Picardo
The Doctor – Star Trek: Voyager, Stargate: Atlantis/ SGU, Smallville

Carolyne Barry
Metron – Star Trek: TOS/ The Next Generation

Richard Herd
Admiral Paris – Star Trek: Voyager, Seinfeld, V: The Final Battle

Larry Hankin
Gaunt Gary – Star Trek: Voyager, Seinfeld

Chase Masterson
Leeta – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Carel Struycken
Mr. Homn – Star Trek: The Next Generation, Men in Black, The Addams Family

Manu Intiraymi
Icheb – Star Trek: Voyager

Kate Vernon
Commander Valerie Archer Species 8472 – Star Trek: Voyager & Battlestar Galactica, Ellen Tigh

The Frank & Son Collectible Show is located at 9649 San Jose Ave, City of Industry, CA 91748

About Frank & Son Collectible Show
For over 20 years Frank & Son’s has been the premier weekly collectible show in the U.S. featuring over 200 of the finest collectible dealers under one roof spanning over 60,000 square feet. From comic books, anime, gaming and toy collectibles to sports, celebrity and movie memorabilia – if you can’t find it anywhere else it will be here. Centrally located to Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and Ventura Counties off the 60 freeway in the City of Industry, CA – Frank & Son’s is sure to have something for everyone. Admission and parking are always free.

John de Lancie Cast in Sci-Fi TV Series Torchwood: Miracle Day

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John de Lancie, who portrayed the character Q on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, has been cast in the new season of Torchwood, titled Torchwood: Miracle Day, which will be seen on Starz in the US and BBC One in the UK beginning in July.

While no information has become available regarding the character De Lancie will play, Torchwood writer, Jane Espenson, said on her Twitter account “He’s not playing Q!!! Let’s be clear!”

Miracle Day will be the fourth season in the multi-awatd winning Torchwood series, a spinoff of the popular and long-running show Doctor Who.

Anaheim Comic Con Kicks Off April 29th with John de Lancie, Denise Crosby, Chase Masterson, Robert Picardo and More

If you’re into the so-called comic culture (really just an amalgam of fantasy, sci-fi, and comic cultures crossing multiple media forms, but who’s paying that much attention) you’ll want to check out the Anaheim Comic Con starting Friday, April 29th and wrapping up on Sunday, May 1st. If you haven’t already purchased tickets, you can still get them. Prices range from $25 for one day to $45 for all three days. There’s also a VIP package for $150 which includes some neat lithographs and a few other perks. All in all, quite reasonable, and if you live in the Los Angeles Metro region or Orange County you really only have to struggle with parking.

There will be plenty of Trek represented at the convention. From the various Star Trek series you’ll be able to see John de Lancie (best known for his extraordinary role as the iconic “Q”), Denise Crosby (the legendary and short-lived Tasha Yar from TNG), Robert Picardo (the cranky but lovable Emergency Medical Hologram, The Doctor from Voyager), Chase Masterson (sexy Leeta of Quark’s bar in several episodes of DS9), Richard Herd (L’kor in TNG’s “Birthright I & II” and Admiral Owen Paris in several episodes of Voyager), Olivia d’Abo (Q’s reluctant student, Amanda Rogers, in TNG’s  “True Q”), Catherine Hicks (Dr. Gillian Taylor, Kirk’s love interest in Star Trek IV: TVH), Rick Worthy (best known as Noah Lessing on Voyager’s awesome “Equinox I & II”), Lee Arenberg (most remembered as Daimon Bok from TNG episode “Bloodlines”), Joseph Culp (Raimus from DS9 episode “Honor Among Thieves”), and the eternally memorable Sally Kellerman (Dr. Elizabeth Dehner on TOS’ “Where No Man Has Gone Before”).

Also on hand will be Star Trek: DS9 comic book artist Jerry Bingham and Star Trek comic book inker Arne Starr. Most personalities appear to be available on Saturday, but some also appear on Friday or Sunday. I’d check out the details on the convention page before committing to a particular time. If that’s not enough, TrekNews will also be attending in order to continue the never-ending quest for more Trek news.

Tickets and further guest information is available at Wizard’s Anaheim Comic Con website.