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Star Trek: New Cast, New Crew…Not for You?

Star Trek - William Shatner, Chris Pine

It’s impossible to compare actor Chris Pine with William Shatner…but sadly, neither actor will escape the inevitable. When Pine steps into the space suit made famous by Shatner’s quintessential Kirk, how can fans help but to notice marked changes in the character, the story and the universe itself?

Star Trek, which is scheduled to beam into theaters on May 8, will focus on the younger years of the crew aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. For the first time, fans will see the formative first meeting between Captain James T. Kirk and Lt. Spock (whose first name, a Vulcan conglomeration, is unpronounceable). The flick will also detail Kirk’s rise to Captain, a role that the character held for many, many, many years.

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Star Trek Movie Franchise, Version 2.09

After much delay and many false starts, the new movie is slated to arrive in theaters on May 8. With a new cast and a new take on the Trek universe, the movie’s goal is to convert a whole new generation into a world of Trekkies. Paramount is so sure of the movie’s success, in fact, they’ve already ordered a second helping.

Director J.J. Abrams and the Trek writing staff are already on board with the second movie project, which is aiming for a tentative release in the summer of 2011.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released in 1979 by Paramount Pictures, featuring the main cast members from the original television series Star Trek. Five subsequent movies featuring the same cast followed; a seventh mixed with cast member from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Three movies featuring this “new” cast followed.

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Star Trek: Going into the Future…a Little Too Boldly?

Star Trek I’m not old enough to have watched the original when it first appeared on TV…but I was around for at least some of the first episodes of the Next Generation. In fact, I’ve seen all those episodes. I’ve watched every re-run of every Trek ever created. I’ve seen the movies (one of them in theaters). I’ve played the games. I might have looked through some of the literature. And maybe I once looked up a few words in the online Klingon dictionary.

Okay, fine. So I’m a Trekkie. And that’s the biggest reason why I think I may not like the new take on Trek. Is going to be the one who shoves me out of the scifi genre for good…or will he simply open the door for all the Trekkies of the future?

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Casting Corner: Harrison Ford, Reese Witherspoon, Gerard Butler and More

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Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Harrison Ford: Indiana Jones will be soon be revisiting comedy in a film co-produced by J.J. Abrams. The 66-year-old will star as a news anchor recruited to work on a low-rated morning talk show. Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes) is in talks to play the producer who must handle Ford and his rival/cohost. No start date has been announced for Morning Glory.

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New Watchmen and Star Trek Trailers

Did ‘s mixed reviews keep you from the theaters this weekend? If so, here are two trailers you might have missed.

First up, Watchmen. This clip for the Zack Snyder film gives us what the earlier teaser had been missing: a sampling of the characters’ voices. After watching the video, tell us what you think. Are the actors living up to your expectations? Or do you find the casting choices a bit disappointing?

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J.J. Abrams Clarifies Confusion Over Shatner Snub

In case you aren’t aware of the ongoing Abrams/Shatner war of words, here’s your opportunity to get caught up:

J.J. Abrams makes plans to direct/produce new Star Trek movie. William becomes upset about not being involved. J.J. claims they tried to include the original Captain Kirk. Shatner denies ever receiving an offer.

So now here we are with Round 4. In this interview with , Abrams says the Boston Legal star never received an offer because they never tried to make him one. J.J. explains (once and for all?) that the writers wanted to include him in the film, they just couldn’t see a feasible way to make the script work.

So do you agree with Abrams’ reasoning…or do you think they should have included Shatner anyway?

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William Shatner Denies Being Offered Star Trek Role

William Shatner as James T. Kirk

So was William Shatner’s omission from the upcoming Star Trek movie a choice J.J. Abrams made…or was it ultimately Shatner’s decision? Well, the answer differs depending on who you ask.

Last year, the actor admitted he was bothered by his exclusion from the highly-anticipated prequel.

“I couldn’t believe it. I’m not in the movie at all. Leonard [Nimoy], God bless his heart, is in, but not me. I thought, what a decision to make, since it obviously is a decision not to make use of the popularity I have to ensure the movie has good box office. It didn’t seem to be a wise business decision.”

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New Star Trek Posters

Star Trek Posters

Those lucky enough to have a ticket for this week’s Comic-Con gathering in San Diego will get their chance to own a new set of posters. Four different portraits - Eric Bana (Nero), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Chris Pine (Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock) - were compiled to create the above image.

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Cloverfield Sequel Might Not Happen

CloverfieldAlthough Paramount was quick to greenlight a Cloverfield sequel back in January, the director of the original monster flick says plans are currently on hold. Smartly enough, the filmmakers (Matt Reeves, producer J.J. Abrams, writer Drew Goddard) have decided they’d like to wait until they actually come up with an interesting story.

While ideas for a sequel - or a prequel - have been tossed around, Reeves told SCI FI Wire that nothing has really stood out so far. “We’re still kind of toying with what it’s going to be and whether or not we’re going to find something that will be as exciting for us to make and, hopefully, for an audience to watch. So we’ll see. It’s really in the baby, baby stages. And right now it’s definitely on hold until we come up with what that would be.”

Well, whatever the trio eventually decides - the film better not have a shaky cam involved. Otherwise, they can simply count me out.

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Several Star Trek Films Potentially on Tap

Star Trek's Scotty, Simon Pegg

Although details about the future film have been kept closely guarded, there is one thing we do now know:  the movie may eventually become one of three.

In an interview with MTV, actor Simon Pegg admitted that the decision to lock himself into the role as Scotty was something that initially worried him.

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