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For David Williams, the Final Frontier was just a beginning.
On paper, J.J. Abrams’ 2009 “Star Trek” is one of those movies that should have crashed and burned. A reboot of a beloved franchise with younger, lesser-known actors stepping into the shoes of an iconic cast of characters. The fact that Abrams went on record stating that he was never a huge “Star Trek” fan didn’t bode well either. Against all odds, though, Abrams not only produced a great “Star Trek” picture, but quite possibly the best “Star Trek” ever made. That’s right, even better than “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.”
"Star Trek Into Darkness" is like fan-boy fiction on a $185 million budget. It's reverential, it's faithful, it's steeped in "Trek" mythology.
This undated publicity film image released by Paramount Pictures shows Chris Pine as Kirk, Zoe Saldana as Uhura and Zachary Quinto as Spock in a scene from the movie, "Star Trek Into Darkness," from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.
He might as well have said, “Ahead, warp factor one, Mister Sulu,” so familiar was the voice at the other end of the line. Instead, it was, “Hello, this is Bill Shatner,” a friendly greeting from “Star Trek’s” once and always Capt. James T. Kirk.
This undated publicity film image released by Paramount Pictures shows, from left, Zachary Quinto, as Spock, Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison, and Chris Pine as Kirk, in a scene in the film, "Star Trek: Into Darkness," from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Zade Rosenthal)
SPOILER ALERT: If you have not seen Nov. 14's episode of "American Horror Story" and want to be surprised, read no further.
When a trusting young mother asks me for parenting advice I’m simultaneously flattered and terrified because while it is a compliment, it’s a lot of pressure. I didn’t Ferberize, or do “attachment,” or read Dr. Spock. I let the kids watch as much “Star Trek” as they liked, but I’m not sure that counts, so I don’t feel particularly qualified to be handing out advice.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Known to the Twitterverse and the president of the United States as "Mohawk Guy" of the Mars mission, Bobak Ferdowsi could be the changing public face of NASA and all of geekdom.
LOS ANGELES — Chris Pine is boldly going where Capt. Kirk has never gone before. In his sibling drama "People Like Us," he gets slapped around by his mom and pummeled by his sister.
Members of the audience join the newly formed Starfleet Academy in an exciting adventure steeped in the grand tradition of Star Trek in “Star Trek Live: Starfleet Academy”, an interactive show featuring cutting-edge effects and on-screen appearances from Captain Kirk and Spock.
DETAILS >> 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. $14. (480) 644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com.
WASHINGTON (AP) — He shows a fascination with science, an all-too deliberate decision-making demeanor, an adherence to logic and some pretty, ahem, prominent ears.
In this Oct. 23, 2009, file photo President Barack Obama tours a research laboratory with professor Alex Slocum at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. "We're going to show young people how cool science can be," the president said on Nov. 23, 2009, and announced that the White House would hold an annual science fair as part of a $260 million private push to improve math and science education.
In this Oct. 7, 2009, file photo NASA personnel set-up models representing the solar system and other astronomy equipment on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington in preparation for the night's event with President Barack Obama and the first lady, joined by local area middle school students using telescopes to star gaze. The White House Lawn had: 20 telescopes, an inflatable dome with a three-dimensional tour of the universe, moon rocks, a couple of astronauts, several astronomers and even two science teachers dressed as Isaac Newton and Galileo.
In this Oct. 7, 2009, file photo President Barack Obama looks through a telescope during an event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington with local area middle school students to star glaze. Obama's interest in science wasn't apparent until he reached the White House. Now, privately he is known to relish the ability to call on smart people, especially scientists, to come to the White House to talk about their fields.
William Shatner's James Kirk disliked formality, always pestering people to call him "Jim."
They have Leonard Nimoy, and they have all the trappings, gadgets and crew members of the starship Enterprise.
It took just a few seconds of footage — a single trailer, dropped from the heavens with great fanfare — for the hue and cry to rise on Trekmovie.com, the top fan site for J.J. Abrams' new "Star Trek" movie. By the hundreds they weighed in, a contentious cacophony that would have jammed even Lt. Uhura's comms system.
Zachary Quinto was the first star of the new "Star Trek" movie to get cast -- he plays Spock as a young Starfleet officer. We spoke with him by phone.
In this film publicity image released by Paramount, Zachary Quinto stars as Spock in a scene from "Star Trek."
Nerdvana: Chandler Cinemas on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will host a screening of three classic "Star Trek" movies: "The Wrath of Khan," "The Search for Spock" and "The Voyage Home."
ROME - Trekkies, perk up your ears, both pointy and regular: We are about to reveal how it all started.