Rumor of the Day: from Variety.com . J. J. Abrams has found his mystery Trek villain
Has Benicio Del Toro moved from being a wolfman to an intergalactic threat? Director J. J. Abrams may have his eye on the Oscar-winning actor to play the new bad guy in his highly anticipated Star Trek sequel.
Sources close to Star Trek claim that Abrams has met with Del Toro and is interested in offering him the villain role. But supposedly, the actor doesn’t know the character’s name or how he’ll fit into the story. It sounds as if the meeting was on a need-to-know basis.
Who could the villain be? The most wanted baddie mentioned is Khan, played famously by the late Ricardo Montalbán. If that is the case, Del Toro has a tough act to follow. Talk about pressure! At the moment, Del Toro’s casting is regarded as a rumor. Neither him or Abrams have confirmed this story.
But if the casting’s true, and he’s chosen to play the new thorn in Kirk’s side, we’re all for it! Del Toro is extremely talented and he knows how to bring intensity to a role.
the Star Trek: Enterprise series finale, aired in May of 2005. Next Generation’s Jonathan Frakes, who memorably guest-starred in the episode, goes so far as calling ”These Are the Voyages” “an unpleasant memory.”
The actor-director, who played Cmdr. William T. Riker on seven seasons of Star Trek: Tng, as well as a handful of appearances on Star Trek: Voyager, Deep Space Nine and that Enterprise finale, was in attendance at this year’s Central Canada Comic-Con in Winnipeg, where Star Trek’s 45th anniversary was celebrated.
During a Q&A with the audience, the man who made Star Trek: First Contact one of the best Star Trek films of the series items asked about the Enterprise finale.
If you guys remember, it’s the one where the episode actually takes place on the Enterprise-D’s holodeck, where Riker, who needs to make a difficult personal decision, observes the final mission of the original Enterprise (the NX-01) under the command of Capt. Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) by playing—among others—the never-before-seen Chef. It also guest-starred Marina Sirtis, back in her role as Counsellor Deanna Troi, and the voice of Brent Spiner as Data.
This is Frakes said:
“Do you want to know the truth about that whole Enterprise thing as the show was called? Rick Berman, executive producer of all things Star Trek, called Marina and myself and said ‘we’d like you to do the last episode of Enterprise’ … They said it would be a Valentine to the fans, but all of it ended up doing I think was hurting Scott Bakula’s feelings. He was such a gentleman about it and I said to Scott this is weird for me to be on your show and your show is being taken off before it should be taken off and he was such a gentleman about it and said “no, glad you’re here” so it was awkward on all accounts, except with working with Marina again which is always lovely. But I wasn’t crazy about it. And it was so thinly connected, I thought too. Thanks for bringing up such an unpleasant memory”
So there you go, Jonathan does not have good memories of that particular gig.
For those you didn’t catch William Shatner’s documentary “The Captains” on Epix, EpixHD.com or on DVD, the documentary is now available to stream on Netflix.
in North America
The Captains, which features William Shatner interviewing fellow Star Trek captains Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Jane Mulgrew and Scott Bakula, has been available on DVD since October 18.
it is also available on the U.S iTunes , roll on next year when Netflix crosses the pond.
Germany’s browser-based gaming company Gameforge today revealed that it is set to realign its current studio structure, eliminating 100 jobs in the process.
In a statement, the company explained that the realignment follows the merger of Gameforge and Frogster earlier this year in August, and is key to making a “sustainable future” for the studio.
As part of the realignment, Gameforge has decided to cancel development of HellBreed and Mythos, and is also considering shutting down development of Star Trek: Infinite Space if it cannot find a co-publisher.
Alexander Roesner, CEO at Gameforge, explained, “Through a more efficient organizational structure, we can optimize our use of resources and great potential for further growth increase. This will strengthen our long term position in the dynamic market for online games.”
The company said instead of keeping the current divisions of “client-based games” and “web games,” the Gameforge Group will be split into “development” and “publishing” divisions. The development division will focus on internal development, the publishing side will be in charge of “the games portfolio and platform strategy.”
100 staff positions will also be terminated, with the company noting that adjustments to the workforce were “inevitable” in light of the restructure.
I’m sure this news will please perfect world the new owners of the Star trek online franchise via cryptic studios.
There will be four conventions, shows or appearances in November and December that feature actors or authors of interest to Star Trek fans. This listing of conventions and shows features actors from all five of the televised series and from several of the Star Trek movies.
November begins with René Auberjonois taking part in A Smut Sampler, at the Harry Ransom Center (Jessen Auditorium) at the University of Texas at Austin on Thursday, November 3 at 7 PM. The program, A Smut Sampler: A Light-Hearted Reading of Selections from Some Notorious Banned Books, is hosted by Isaiah Sheffler and will feature readings from books that were “banned, burned, seized and censored” in the past.
Next up is the Comikaze Expo which will be held on November 5-6 at the LA Convention Center. In attendance will be: Robert Beltran, Jennifer Lien, Tim Russ, Gary Graham, Robert Picardo, Garrett Wang, Marina Sirtis, Catherine Hicks, Richard Herd, Tony Todd, Celeste Yarnell, Bobby Clark and Chase Masterson.
Rounding out November is The Great Allentown Comic Con, which will be held from November 19-20 at the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown Pennsylvania. In attendance at The Great Allentown Comic Con will be Star Trek Voyager‘s Robert Picardo, and Star Trek author Peter David.
In December, Starbase Indy will take place from December 9-11 at the Indianapolis Marriott East. In attendance at StarBase Indy will be: John Billingsley, Tony Todd, Bonita Friedericy, Deborah Downey (Hippie in The Way to Eden) and cartoonist David Reddick (The Trek Life).
Staying with con news Fed con has the following actors and actresses confirmed
Lt. Cmdr. Data
Star Trek: TNG
Star Trek: TNG
Codex, The Guild
Star Trek: TOS
Garrett Wang ( of voyager )
Master of Ceremonies
Details of tickets and accommodation on can be found at http://www.fedcon.de
Star stores .com has some new collectables for November
The Star Trek USS Enterprise NCC-1701 HD Ship
Star Trek USS Enterprise NCC-1701 HD Ship! The U.S.S. Enterprise has seen more than her share of interstellar adventures over the years and now the all-new High Definition ship can be yours! Featuring a design based on the digitally-remastered Star Trek television series, this sixteen-inch starship sports additional details now visible on the classic U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701! Each Star Trek USS Enterprise NCC-1701 HD ship includes light and sound effects plus a removable display stand. A Diamond Select Release!
You can also get the ISS version for £29,97 which is £5 cheaper despite being the same ship, I guess the Terran empire is cheap, oh and they do ship.
The ambitious Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes crossover continues with Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #2, the second of six adventures that teams up Star Trek’s legendary Enterprise crew with such DC Comics favorites and is out on november9th
The Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes tale finds Kirk, Spock and crew transporting down to a planet, only to discover that they’re not only not on the right planet, but rather that they’re in an entirely different universe. At the same time, a band of “Great Darkness Saga” Legionnaires in a time sphere is thrust into the 23rd century, though it’s not what they’re expecting, either. Soon enough, the teams join forces, but can either team uncover what’s gone wrong in time? Adversaries include the Klingons, Khunds and Borg, plus the Imperial Planets of Terra.
Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes #2 has been written by Chris Roberson and features art by Jeffrey Moy and Philip Moy. Two regular covers will be shipped in a 4-to-1 ratio (4 by Phil Jimenez and 1 by Steve Lightle). The title will run 32 pages, cost $3.99 and be available at comic retail stores.
Finally Think geek.com are having a sale on certain items. One of which is a Star trek bathrobe with 33% off, prices range from $39.99 to $59.99depending on size, they do ship but check the site for costs if your outside the USA.
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