Episode 214: Simon Pegg MCM Panel

Here is the full Simon Pegg panel from MCM London.

Simon discusses The Dark Crystal, Star Trek, Star Wars, the Cornetto trilogy, Ready Player One and, Spaced.

Simon Pegg is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He came to public prominence in the UK as the co-creator of the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced, directed by Edgar Wright. He went on to co-write and star in the Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy: Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World’s End (2013). He and Nick Frost wrote and starred in the sci-fi film Paul (2011).



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REVIEW: Star Trek in concert

As part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Films in Concert, two showings of Star Trek were shown over the weekend. Saturday showed 2009’s Star Trek. Sunday showed Star Trek:Beyond.

Both screenings were accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and conducted by Ernst van Tiel.

We attended the Saturday event.

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I’ve attended concerts like this at The Royal Albert Hall, many times. But some how each time feels like the first.

For those who are unfamiliar with these concerts, the films are played on a suspended screen, above the musicians. The dialogue is intact, with the Orchestra performing the soundtrack and sound effects live.

Not only are these amazing musicians a sight to behold on stage, but the evening provided a phenomenal audio experience that no Blu-Ray can possibly live up to.

My personal highlight of the evening was the Orchestras performance of the Star Trek theme, over Leonard Nimoy’s “space the final frontier” speech. They received a seven minute standing ovation for this.

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What I took away from this event, is just how beautiful and timeless Gene Roddenberry’s vision is. This is an experience I will cherish for a life time.

I highly recommend attending one of these screenings. Click here to find out information about the next one.

RIP Anton Yelchin 

Some shocking and sad news has come to light this evening. Actor Anton Yelchin has died in a tragic car accident, aged 27. TMZ are reporting that the Star Trek star was found crushed between his car and his brick mail box at his home, in L.A.

Yelchin was a bright and emerging talent, who oozed screen presence. He was born in Leningrad, under the former Soviet Union in 1989.

He moved to the United States when he was just six months old, he began acting age of 9 in the independent film A Man is Mostly Water, and went on to appear in successful films such as; Alpha Dog, Terminator Salvation, Fright Night, Odd Thomas, Burying the Ex and Green Room. He is perhaps best-known for portraying Pavel Chekov in 2009’s Star Trek reboot and the sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, along with the upcoming Star Trek Beyond.

On behalf of all of us here at Bad Wilf, I would like to pass on our condolences to Anton’s friends, family and fans.

Destination Star Trek Europe heading to Birmingham to Celebrate 50 Years

The premier Star Trek fan event in Europe, will once again open its doors to thousands of Star Trek enthusiasts from across the universe for  a three-day celebration of Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary. Set for October 7-9 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, England, Destination Star Trek Europe will pay tribute to the characters and stories that have inspired generations of fans, joining a year of celebrations in honour of this milestone year for the franchise.

Destination Star Trek Europe, under license by CBS Consumer Products, will offer fans the opportunity to meet cast and crew, explore interactive exhibits, learn about Star Trek’s impact on science, space and technology, and enjoy parties fit for a golden anniversary.
The legendary William Shatner (Captain Kirk), will headline the event and be joined by Christopher Lloyd (Commander Kruge), Walter Koenig (Chekov), Jonathan Frakes (William Riker), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), Alexander Siddig (Dr. Julian Bashir), Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax) and Nicole de Boer (Ezri Dax). Additional guests will be revealed in the coming months.

In addition to autographs, photos and panels, fans will be able to take command of the bridge on the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 or NCC-1701-D, investigate a Borg hive, take charge of a Klingon bird-of-prey, explore a shuttlecraft, and see original props and costumes in the Destination Star Trek Museum.

Tickets are now available at www.DestinationStarTrek.com

“For five decades, Star Trek has influenced the world around us through its voyages to the Final Frontier,” said event organiser, Mark Woollard. “Destination Star Trek Europe will honour the series’ impact and celebrate its legions of fans that are inspired to boldly go where no one has gone before.”

Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016. Born from the mind of Gene Roddenberry, the original Star Trek series debuted on September 8, 1966 and aired for three seasons — a short run that belied the influence it would have for generations. Launching the careers of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, the series also broke new ground in storytelling and cultural mores providing a progressive look at topics including race relations, global politics, the environment, and more. It spawned five more television series and 13 feature films spanning the course of half a century.

Beyond its impact on the entertainment landscape, Star Trek has also inspired some of the greatest minds steering the direction of our modern world and sparking the biggest technological advancements of our time such as the cell phone, universal translator, smart watch, tablet, sonogram, and countless other inventions. Those who cite Star Trek as an influence on their lives include Stephen Hawking, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Elon Musk, and countless others.

Destination Star Trek Europe is organised by Massive Events, in association with Showmasters and Media 10.

Star Trek to boldly go..back to TV

American network CBS announced today, that they will be producing a new Star Trek series that will debut in 2017.

The series will be the first new Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise ended in 2005. The timeline of the new series is currently unknown, but it’s safe to assume it will exist in the new continuity created with 2009’s Star Trek.

Alex Kurtzman, co-writer and producer of both Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness, will act as the executive producer for the new show. 

Episode 126:As yet untitled

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Star Trek:Phase II concept art

Any self respecting Trekker will know that back in the day, there were plans to launch a new Star Trek series entitled Star Trek:Phase II.
The series was later scrapped and a lot of it became Star Trek:The motion picture and some of the scripts were used for the next generation.

The concept art has finally been released, they were made by artist Mark Minor. The designs show the bridge, captain’s quarters, engineering room, rec room and cargo hold.

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Trailer-Selfie

The first trailer for Karen Gillen’s new US sitcom has arrived.
Based on my fair lady, the sitcom follows social media expert Eliza Dooley, who after an embarrassing incident turns to Henry Higgins (John Cho) to teach her how to be a better person.
It is strange not hearing Karen’s Scottish tones but she does a pretty decent American accent.

Episode 95: Star Trek into darkness

In which Martyn and Mark attempt to discuss the film, but find it difficult to stay on course and they travel around the trekverse.

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JJ Abrams to direct Star Wars?

Unless this is the only website you visit, you will have alread20130125-104243.jpgy heard that JJ Abrams is reportedly in talks to bring his lens flare direction to the next Star Wars movie.
According to the Hollywood reporter Abrams is about to sign on the dotted line. The film is slowly gaining memento. A few months ago Toy Story 3 writer, Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) was confirmed as the writer. I’m sure it won’t be long until we hear some casting news.
What do you think about the choice of Abrams as director, leave a comment below.