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9/14/12 – Not the robots you are looking for

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Why Transformers 4 might not have the robots you know and love
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Stories covered this week

.Which mega-director almost made a ‘much nastier’ Jurassic Park?
.Official RoboCop synopsis shows OmniCorp will still be to blame
.Intriguing title for 300 sequel revealed (it’s not what we thought)
.Why Transformers 4 might not have the robots you know and love

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Pegg: Serious Scotty

In a new video interview at TrekMovie.com, Simon Pegg spoke about being a Star Trek fan and how he wants to play Scotty in Star Trek 2.

Unlike many Trek fans, Pegg didn’t start out with either the original series or with Star Trek: The Next Generation. He entered the world of Star Trek while watching the animated series as a child. “It was my gateway into Star Trek because I didn’t actually start watching the original series until I was about nine,” he said. “I definitely came across the cartoon first.”

When portraying Scotty, Pegg did not want to channel James Doohan. “I certainly didn’t want to do an impression of James Doohan [but] approach it like [he] did. I’m going to say ‘this is the character and this is how I am going to play it.’”

Even though Star Trek XI showed a humorous Scotty, Pegg would like to show a more serious side of the engineer in Star Trek 2. “When I took the role of Scotty, I never looked at him as a comic character as such,” said Pegg. “He has always been a whimsical character, because of his background, and is almost like an ethnic minority on board ship. There is something lyrical and fanciful about him. There is something about him that has whimsy; they all do at times even Spock. But I always thought that was what was in the script, he was marooned on that planet for a long time and he got on the ship and everything was kicking off and his reaction was almost like our reaction to it all. So yeah I absolutely hope so. I don’t think Scotty is a comic character at all. In this Star Trek he was thrust into everything, and he learned all this stuff about his own discoveries. He was brought on board the ship where everything was crazy and for him, that was a comic situation.

“I would like to hope that in future adventures he can find the sort of depth and seriousness that James Doohan had to tackle in the series.”

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The Captains At Comic-Con

Another treat is in store for fans attending next month’s San Diego Comic-con, they will be able to get a preview of William Shatner‘s The Captains documentary and will also be able to participate in a question and answer session with Shatner.

For those not attending Comic-Con, The Captains makes its world premiere on July 22 at 8:00 P.M. EDT on EPIX and EpixHD.com. The showing will be part of “Shatnerpalooza,” which will also include William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet, the first six Star Trek movies and various movies and television show guest appearances featuring Shatner.

EPIX announced that a preview of The Captains would be shown at Comic-Con on Friday, July 22. In addition, William Shatner will talk about his documentary and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s Avery Brooks will join Shatner on a Comic-con panel moderated by Kevin Smith where exclusive clips will be shown and the audience can participate in a Q&A session.

According to a press release, “Following the panel, Shatner will participate in EPIX Live from Comic-Con, an online Q&A on EpixHD.com which will allow fans across the U.S. to interact with the iconic writer-actor-producer-director. EPIX Live from Comic-Con with William Shatner will be produced by EPIX in partnership with San Diego affiliate, Cox Communications, which carries EPIX as part of its ‘Movie Pak.’” offering.

“Comic-Con attendees will be invited to see The Captains on EpixHD.com as part of a two-week free trial offer.”

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Look Inside Cowboys & Aliens With Bob Orci & Alex Kurtzman

JJ Abrams (with Super 8) isn’t the only Star Trek honcho who has teamed up with Steven Spielberg for sci-fi adventure this summer. Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof are the scribes behind the sci-fi western Cowboys & Aliens, com…

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Star Trek 2 Update

Roberto Orci gave an update regarding the progress of Star Trek 2, due out next year.

As reported by TrekMovie.com, those working on the Trek sequel have completed an outline and are waiting to see if J.J. Abrams signs on as director.

The main news is that the script for Star Trek 2 is not yet complete. “Just been waiting for J.J. to be free to really decide if he likes the story and hear his suggestions before we finish the script,” said Orci. “Once he says go, we’ll have it in no time.”

They’ll have it in “no time” because although a script is not finished, a lengthy outline has been written. “Meanwhile,” said Orci, “our outline is detailed enough (70+pages!) to do some prep.”

Although Abrams is not yet officially on board, he is still providing input to the Trek writers. “In the meetings we’ve had with J.J.,” said Orci, “he’s already given us amazing input and ideas and that’s been while he’s up to his eyeballs in Super 8.”

Meanwhile, Empire Online is reporting that Zoë Saldana is ready to go and she has two wishes for Star Trek 2. “I can tell you what I’d like to see happen,” she said, “[which is] for Spock and Uhura to really hook up. Or to get to do whatever physical activities. Kick some butt, some Romulan butt.”

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EXCLUSIVE – Orci: Star Trek Sequel Being Prepped Off 70-Page Outline + Abrams Giving Writers Script Input

Today, exclusively with TrekMovie.com, Star Trek sequel co-writer/producer Roberto Orci explained that while they are waiting for JJ Abrams to wrap Super 8, he is still working with the writers on the script, and their “detailed” outline h…

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Exclusive: Robert Duncan McNeill On How He Would Improve Star Trek Voyager + Chuck Renewal Chances + More

Since his seven seasons on Star Trek: Voyager wrapped up a decade ago, Robert Duncan McNeill has transitioned to TV directing and producing. In an exclusive FedCon interview with TrekMovie.com, Robbie explains how he would have done things differently …

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WATCH: ‘Pax Romana’ (Sanctuary S03E11)

Sanctuary: “Pax Romana” Season 3, Episode 11 Aired: April 15, 2011 Watch this episode now courtesy of Hulu! (U.S. only) New episodes are available 30 days after air. You can download this and more recent episodes to own from iTunes or Amazon.com: Buy in HD: $2.99 | Buy in SD: $1.99 Sanctuary airs Fridays at […]

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WATCH: ‘Lysergic Acid Diethylamide’ (Fringe S03E19)

Fringe: “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide” Season 3, Episode 19 Aired: April 15, 2011 Watch this episode now courtesy of Hulu! (U.S. only) The episode will expire after about five weeks, but you can download it to own from iTunes or Amazon.com: Buy in HD: $2.99 | Buy in SD: $1.99 Fringe airs Fridays at 9/8c on […]

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WATCH: ‘You Bury Other Things Too’ (The Event S01E16)

The Event: “You Bury Other Things Too” Season 1, Episode 16 Aired: April 4, 2011 Watch this episode now courtesy of Hulu! (U.S. only) The episode will expire after about five weeks, but you can download it to own from iTunes or Amazon.com: Buy in HD: $2.99 | Buy in SD: $1.99 The Event airs […]