William Shatner and Star Trek fans around the world chased the SETI Institute Pluto Moon Naming Contest “round the moons of Nibia and ’round the Antares Maelstrom and ’round perdition’s flames” and although Vulcan was the hands down winner vote wise, it was not chosen as one of the two moon names. The SETI Institute announced that the two smallest moons of Pluto will from this day forth, be called Styx and Kerberos.
The small moon labeled P4 was named Kerberos after the three-headed dog of Greek mythology and the moon labeled P5 was named Styx, after the mythological river separating the land of the living from the land of the dead.
SETI said that Vulcan was rejected because there is already something named Vulcan and the character of Vulcan has little to do with the mythology of Pluto. The Institute has had a long-standing tradition of naming moons in relation to the planet’s name, (Does this make Pluto a planet again?). The other moons of Pluto, Charon, Nix and Hydra, are all characters associated with the Greek and Roman Mythological Underworld.
Shatner tweeted his displeasure at the announcement:
I think they used us for promotional purposes! They’re probably Star Wars fans!
Star Trek fans have had it rough. First JJ blows up Vulcan and now SETI finds a loophole to deny it from coming back!
Who’d ever thought I’d be betrayed by geeks and nerds? 😉
Of course it’s all in jest for Shatner, who is an old hand at outrageously obvious simulated outrage. Whichever way this was going to turn out Shatner was going to have some fun with it. I wonder what Shatner’s next target will be?
SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) began an online poll a few days ago to find names for two tiny moons of Pluto, recently discovered thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope, and designated P4 and P5 thus far.
SETI proposed a list of mythology-inspired monikers, in keeping with the naming traditions of planetary bodies within our solar system, and so far, Vulcan is leading the race. Approximately 347,000 votes have been cast, with more than 120,000 for Vulcan. Cerberus and Styx are in second and third place, respectively, and other candidates include Hercules, Orpheus, Sisyphus, and Persephone (not enough Firefly fans voting, apparently).
It was William Shatner himself who proposed this addition to SETI. The Shat never misses a chance to pimp out Star Trek, and suggested not only Vulcan, but Romulus as well–but it seems that one’s already taken (along with Remus), it’s the name of one of Asteroid 87 Silvia’s moons (I didn’t even know asteroids HAD moons! Who says this site isn’t educational?)
Keep in mind, this poll itself will not choose the names of these moons. The candidates with the most votes will be presented to the International Astronomical Union, but they will make the actual decision.
If you’d like to add your two cents, the poll is open until 12:00 PM EST on Feb. 25 at Pluto Rocks! (one vote per day, please).
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ABOVE: Over the morning horizon, beautiful nuclear power plants are producing giant AT-AT steam clouds for the greatness of the empire. [ObviousWinner]
J.J. Abrams isn’t happy we’ve seen photos of Zachary Quinto (Spock) and Benedict Cumberbatch filming an epic fight scene on the set of Star Trek 2. Well, he’s really not going to like this. Here’s video of the two battling it out, complete with an annoying Hollywood insider-type voice over. Enjoy.
That annoying voice over does make some good points, though. If Cumberbatch’s character is able to hand Spock such a spectacular beating he can’t be human, can he? I really doubt he’ll end up being Khan because that seems weird, but whoever he is he must have superior strength. Also, judging from the wind machines this set piece is probably supposed to appear high up in the film. Either it’s a ship’s exterior or some high up platform.
Cumberbatch spoke with MTV News a bit about his role, but more so about filming with the cast and crew of Trek 2,
I think they are brilliant on that show, and it’s a real privilege to be on that set. There’s a patter and a kind of knowledge of who they’re playing and the other main characters, which I’m learning a lot from. It’s just good fun. It’s great to work with Chris. He’s very professional. So is Zach [Quinto], who I’ve been working a lot with; I adore him, he’s a brilliant, brilliant guy. I’m kinda getting busy with the film now. I’ve been away doing other things – ‘The Hobbit,’ which was fantastic. And so my part of the film is really sorta kicking in now. It’s great fun, great, great fun. But what I’m trying to say is it’s a great thing to come into something that everybody’s familiar with and knows each other very well. So it’s [in] a weird way a very easy thing to get up to speed with, because everybody is so welcoming and gets along with one another.
After the video and the photos I don’t believe Cumberbatch could be playing any role but the villain. What do you think? Hell, he might be making a career of villainous roles if the rumor of him playing The Doctor’s arch nemesis, The Master, in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary is true.
Source: Comic Book Movie, io9
In a recent interview with io9, Zachary Quinto chatted about his thoughts of the Star Trek sequel (No, he doesn’t have any secret, spoilery knowledge; he’s just as in the dark as we are) as well as how Spock will need to fulfill his duty and help populate the Vulcan race. Ooh, yeah. Bom chicka wah wah.
Would Mr. Spock feel it logical to begin a family with a human now that Vulcans are an endangered species? Will we not get the hook up scene with Zoe Saldana fans are craving!?
Where do you think your character is in the second film, where do you think his character journey is going?
I wonder about that. I would imagine (this is just speculative), his planet’s been destroyed, he feels a real imperative to rebuild his race. But he’s in love with a human. There’s probably some potential conflict in that dynamic, I would not be surprised, and I would be intrigued and excited by that if that were the case. Again, I have such implicit trust in all of those guys: Damon, Bob and Alex, and J.J. I feel like they’re going to take us where we need to go. And we’re going to follow them whole-heartedly.
Come on, Quinto. We want the dirty details! At least it’s safe to say Saldana will be in Star Trek 2, no fear, her and her mini skirt will still have plenty of screen time.
Do you think they’ll keep the romance story alive with you, and do you want them to?
I do think [so]. I don’t see how they could just drop it. It may be fraught, I don’t know!
Well in Aliens 3 they just killed Michael Biehn off. Crazier things have happened.
What, are they going to kill me or Zoey?
No we just mean, things can change between movies…
Things can change but nobody is getting rid of Zoe Saldana, that’s for sure. So I guess I had better be afraid.
Somehow, and I’m just speculating here, but I’m pretty sure they won’t be killing off Quinto, either. He’s important to that whole, plot thing. Besides, if they kill him off he can be resurrected with a genesis device and a saved katra, as long as Karl Urban is as obligining as DeForest Kelley. I’ve seen it done before.
Anywho, hit the jump for more remarks from Quinto about what’s he most excited for in Star Trek 2, besides shacking up, Pon Farr style.
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This week’s edition: Ghostbusters imagined in Pixar, first teaser poster for Brave, Soviet war memorial vandalized with super heroes, Hoth Tauntauns, Damian misses DickBatman, Han’s hangover, puppy plays Bowser, $10,000 Space Invaders watch, Star Wars lawn fertilizer, sexy N64 controller tattoo, epic Lego recreation of Sauron’s tower, Lens Flare: The Movie, the Bat has landed, Tardis observatory, Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ in 8-bit, Harley Quinn’s new costume on a man, Super Mario Bros. car, E.T. vs Predator, Darth Vader riding a pony cake, sappy nerd proposal, Contra’s henchmen’s strategy, Vulcan oven mitt, original 150 Pokemon according to my boyfriend, Lord of the Rigs, Yoda pasties, women react to Duke Nukem Forever, Dalek dress, Doctor Who flesh bits, ducks the original Transformers, all inclusive bathroom signs, 10 biggest flops illustrated, Weird Al’s ‘Perform this Way.’
See the whole Ghostbusters crew imagined as the stars of the next Pixar feature. Can this collaboration really happen? An animated feature would fare better than the long rumored Ghostbusters 3. For more check out artist, Fabrizio Fioretti. (GeekTyrant)
A mere four days after William Shatner hit the big 8-0 his friend and fellow Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy turns 80. Kind of creepy, isn’t it? As if these two were destined to do great things together.
Leonard Nimoy, as if you didn’t already know, warped in to our American consciousness with his life-altering performance as Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek series. It’s a role he’s been fighting with every day since, initially hating the pointy-eared bastard for typecasting him and later embracing the role and it’s impact on television and science fiction history. He’s written two autobiographies illustrating this, the first I Am Not Spock the second, I Am Spock. Clever, Leonard. In addition to his acting chops Nimoy is a celebrated photographer. His photo series, Secret Selves, allowed his subjects to break free and strut their true selves for the camera. Something I think any nerd or geek can appreciate. His work from this series is available in t-shirt form at his Etsy shop.
Recently Nimoy has appeared on FOX’s show Fringe (which was just, surprisingly, renewed) and of course the newest Star Trek film, again reprising his most famous role. In an interview with StarTrek.com he says he has no plans of reprising the role in the 2012 sequel and that his time in the last movie gave him great closure.
I think I was useful in the last film and I think for me it really was the last film. I think the torch has been very successfully passed to a bunch of very talented young people, and not just Zachary, but Chris Pine and all of them. I think they’re very talented and will have a lot of fun, and I wish them well.
You can read the massive and in depth interview here, here and here. Yes, it comes in three parts. What can I tell you, the man has a lot to say. He’s been around for 80 freakin’ years!
So bust out your Vulcan ears, Romulan ale and old VHS tapes of the coveted Star Trek blooper reels and celebrate Nimoy’s birthday in style. You can even wish him a happy one via Twitter. He, like Bill Shatner, has embraced the new social media often tweeting personal photos from his childhood or behind the scenes of Trek. He also has his own sign off, Shatner’s is ‘My Best, Bill’ or MBB. To no real surprise it’s LLAP, better known as ‘Live Long and Prosper.’ And we wish him nothing more.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEONARD! LIVE LONG AND PROSPER!
Don’t blow your load trekkies. This isn’t an opportunity to boast your knowledge, the things in here are more so trivial and even I knew half of them. But it’s still pretty awesome to get some fresh info and statistics. Hop on over the jump to see the entire graphic. (more…)