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Star Trek –The Movie: Spock & Spock

Startrekmovie_2Star Trek fans will no doubt be rejoicing today with news that Leonard Nimoy will be recast as Spock, for the Christmas 2008 Star Trek movie. Directed by Alias and Lost producer and director J.J. Abrams, the movie has been long awaited by Trekkies.

With the San Diego Comic-Con currently in full flight, there has been an endless stream of updates for some of the most eagerly anticipated movies of all time. The Dark Knight, the next in a new generation of Batman films, went viral-campaign crazy. With some defaced dollar bills found, people were then instructed to call a phone number that, when dialed, played the following conversation played for them (thanks to IESB for the coverage);

"Hello? Hello? Can anyone hear me? Please—please help—


Okay, okay, I’ll read it! I’ll read it.

How many clowns does it take to get a good laugh? Four hundred and one.

I—I. . I don’t get it. Th—these jokes aren’t funny. I can’t—


Please, please, I’ll keep going! I’ll keep going!

If you want to be part of my crew, you’re going to need to prove you’re up to the challenge. Tell your lackeys at home that the first punch line is “inside joke.” And if they complain, tell them to button it, they’ll get something out of this too. Remember, this is not a race. Real crooks do it with style, not speed.

One final joke: What’s the last thing I’ll ever—ever say? No, no wait! Wait—wait! NO! NO DON’T!!"


After some more instructions, people were lead to a website that provided a new photo of the villain holding a knife to Rachel Dawes (played by Maggie Gyllenhall) and eventually lead to a teaser-trailer that has now made its way on to the internet.

The Spock news made a similar debut, with J.J. Abrams introducing Nimoy to a gathering of over 6,500 fans. Introduced with Nimoy was "Heroes" star Zachary Quinto, who thanks to an uncanny resemblance to the 76 year old veteran actor, will be portraying the younger Spock in the upcoming movie.

With the stereotypical Vulcan salute, a “Live Long and Prosper” and a mention of the word “logical”, one can’t but help and be reminded of Simpsons episodes where similar actions give geeks an unsavory appearance.

Needless to say, with Comic-Con in full swing, these two items are hardly going to be the last, though possibly the biggest.

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Neutron Stars & the Physics of Star Trek

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