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Slice of SciFi: Inside the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society

Slice of SciFi‘s Zoe Hewitt goes Inside LASFS, the Los Angeles Science and Fantasy Society ~ the longest continuously operating Science Fiction club. For more than 75 years, LASFS has been home to…

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Another Spielberg Classic Headed Back To Theaters

E.T. will attempt to phone home again from the big-screen.


Fox Green Lights Sci-Fi Project From "Life on Mars'" Creator

Life on Mars creator Matthew Graham’s new sci-fi project Para Time has found a home at Fox.


Star Trek TOS Guest Star Warren Stevens Dies At 92

Warren Stevens, known to Trek fans as Rojan from the original Star Trek episode “By Any Other Name,” passed away last week. The actor, also famous for his role in Forbidden Planet, died of lung disease at his Sherman Oaks home. He was 92.

After success on Broadway Warren Stevens began his career in Hollywood in the 50s. Stevens found regular work as a character actor on film and television with over 100 roles to his names over the decades. Among his more than 40 films, the actor appeared in The Barefoot Contessa, Gunpoint, Madigan, Red Skies of Montana and Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell. He is probably best known for his role as Doc Ostrow from the classic 1956 sci-fi Forbidden Planet, which had a big influence on Star Trek.

And a decade later Stevens found himself on Star Trek, playing Kelvan, the leader of an expedition from the Andromeda Galaxy in the episode “By Any Other Name.” He also appeared in episodes of The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, The Man From UNCLE, and many more series. His most recent appearances were with Lou Diamond Phillips, Ernest Borgnine and Lee Majors in the 2004 TV western The Trail to Hope Rose and a 2006 episode of ER.


Pegg: Breaking Security

During Star Trek XI, Simon Pegg decided to circumvent the strict security on the set.

Some people may enjoy trying to get around restrictions, but Pegg was not one of them and the actor worried about the repercussions had he been caught sneaking a photo.

Star Trek XI was a closed set, with the actors wearing cloaks and being ferried about furtively to keep details of the Abrams reboot from being leaked to an avid public.

A photo of Zachary Quinto had already leaked out, and Abrams was determined to keep this from happening again. But Pegg wanted to show his wife what he looked like in uniform so he snapped a picture of himself, and then he began to fret.

“I thought I was going to get arrested,” he said. “I took the picture with my phone because my wife was with me in Los Angeles and I thought I would show her the picture when I got home. She had been on the set anyway.

“But as I was leaving the Paramount lot that night, I was convinced that someone would say, ‘Excuse me, sir’… and stop me and arrest me.”

Pegg spoke about J.J. Abrams‘s secrecy in another interview with the A.V. Club Austin. “J.J.’s incredibly secretive,” said Pegg. “He’s brilliant like that. I used to try to get him to tell me stuff from Lost when we were filming, and he never would. Even though he knew I wouldn’t tell anybody. He’s the absolute soul of discretion.”


Park: Enterprise Was Amazing Opportunity

For Linda Park, being offered the role of Hoshi Sato in Star Trek: Enterprise meant deciding whether to accept that part, or to fulfill a dream by taking a role in a play that was being performed in her home town.

Raised in San Jose, Park had been offered a role in Cyrano de Bergerac in 2001, but Hollywood beckoned. “I was fresh out of drama school, and I really didn’t know what the right thing to do was,” said Park “My agent said I was crazy. This was a TV gig, and I could always do a play.”

But it was not an easy choice for Park. “But it’s very symbolic and meaningful to me to come home and do a play at the Rep [San Jose Repertory Theatre],” she said. “The Rep had a huge influence on me. It opened my eyes to the world of the stage. It’s where I realized I wanted to be an actor.”

Park realizes now that she was lucky to land the Sato role. “I was given an amazing opportunity being cast in Enterprise when I was so young,” she said. “It was my first real acting job. At the time, I thought that luck was just talent meeting opportunity, but now I see that I was given a real gift, and I’m grateful.”

When Star Trek: Enterprise ended, Park worried about being typecast. “I was afraid that I might be pigeonholed,” said Park. “But then I got another show and then another one, and I realized that it wasn’t a fluke.”

As for her dream of playing at the Rep? Park is currently in rehearsals for Love in American Times, which will be playing at the Rep in San Jose, California, from May 12-June 5.


Shatner To Receive Honorary Degree

Star Trek‘s William Shatner will return home to receive an honorary degree from McGill University.

Shatner graduated from McGill University in 1952, with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

According to the McGill University website, “McGill University will mark the achievements of one of its most celebrated alumni, Emmy-winning actor William Shatner, with the awarding of an honorary degree at Spring Convocation ceremonies on June 2.”

“Shatner…has made a stellar contribution to the arts, on stage, television and film. He is also an accomplished director, a best-selling author and dedicated philanthropist and environmentalist, whose compassion, creativity and irrepressible sense of humor are an integral part of his life and work.

“The honorary degree will be presented during Convocation ceremonies for the Faculty of Arts, at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 2 on the lower field of McGill’s downtown campus.”


Mulgrew Returns Home For Film Screening

Dubuque-born Kate Mulgrew will be at the Julien International Film Festival in Dubuque, Iowa on April 21st to promote The Best and the Brightest.

Mulgrew and director Josh Shelov will be featured guests and after the screening of the film, will participate in a brief question and answer session with the audience.

In The Best and the Brightest, Jeff and Samantha, a young couple, move into New York City and find that they must go to great lengths in order to get their five-year-old daughter into the “right” school.

Mulgrew portrays “The Player’s Wife,” a former attorney-turned politician who sits on the board of the elite Coventry Day School. “I’m ‘The Player’s Wife,’” said Mulgrew. “I play a politician and more of them are like that. She’s pretty oily, but not nearly as oily as her husband. They’re a charming, creepy and ambitious duo. It’s a send-up of everybody in New York.”

Trying to get a child into an elite school has “…brought many a marriage down in New York City,” said Mulgrew.

Mulgrew believes that her hometown audience will enjoy the movie. Iowa audiences have “a hell of a sense of humor. They’ll appreciate the naughtiness of the film. It’s not cute, not Disney. It’s for the sophisticated belly laugh.”

For ticket information, head to the link located here.


New Paul Trailer

Another trailer for Paul, the alien-UFO comedy adventure starring Star Trek XI‘s Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) has been released.

In Paul, Pegg and Frost are two British men visiting the U.S. in search of their favorite UFO landmarks, including Area 51. The duo meets up with a real alien, who has been stranded on Earth for the past sixty years and who wants to go home.

Paul released in the UK on February 14. The US and Canadian releases are March 18 and April 14th, respectively, and April 14 will also see the movie released in Germany and the Netherlands.

The trailer, which runs slightly under two-and-a-half minutes, contains profanity and sexual references, so might be best viewed at home and not at work.


Peterman Passes

Cinematographer Don Peterman died earlier this month at his home in Hollywood of complications from myelodysplastic syndrome, a “pre-leukemia” bone marrow disorder.

Peterman was nominated for an Academy Award for 1986′s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, losing out to Chris Menges (The Mission). He was also nominated for an Academy Award in 1983 for Flashdance.

Born in 1932, Peterman served in the Army after high school. When his service was completed, he began his Hollywood career as a film loader at the Hal Roach Studios.

Film credits for Peterman include Flashdance, Splash, Cocoon, Star Trek IV: The Voyager Home, Addams Family Values, Get Shorty, Men in Black, Mighty Joe Young and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Peterman is survived by his wife Sally, a daughter, three sons and ten grandchildren.