Name your dream Star Trek cast and win Windows Live OneCare 2.0
The 11th Star Trek film - a prequel, chronicling the early days of one James T Kirk - is currently shooting. It's directed by JJ Abrams (Mission Impossible III, TV's Lost) and the cast includes unknown journeyman Chris Pine as Kirk (Kirk wannabe Matt Damon was apparently spurned by Abrams), deranged hottie Winona Ryder as Spock's human mother, Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz) as Scotty, and Leonard Nimoy who is co-billed as Spock (no doubt indicating one of Star Trek's patented time-travel scenarios or similar).
Also New Zealand's own carbon-based lifeform that makes its living from acting, Karl Urban, (Shorty Street) who plays a Tribble ... sorry, McCoy.
Who would you have cast? Leave a comment listing the actor you would have placed in any of the roles (check out the full line-up here) and you'll be in to win one of six copies of Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare 2.0.
You'll notice that while Leonard Nimoy gets a cameo, there's no William Shatner. It's one of the great regrets of my life that a photo taken of me with the Shat at an Intel IDF forum in San Jose never came out. This was before his ironic-mode comeback with Boston Legal, and although it was a morning book signing, he seemed to be several sheets to the wind, uncannily like Tim Allen's burnt-out Shatner-clone in the brilliant roman a clef Galaxy Quest.
After a brief speech and some Q&A (during which star-struck Intel and Dell developers actually asked him serious questions about future technology. Sample reply: "Biotech? It's just like ... now ... DON'T EAT THE CORN!), Shatner started his "book signing". This consisted of him walking down the line of people hopefully holding up his latest master work, holding out his pen so he drew a continuous scribbly line across each book as we went, wobbling but never stopping.
A PR materialised to say "Mr Shatner will not be signing at this time", and quickly started to lead him away by the elbow. At which point I grabbed him and he agreed to a photo, or at least came to a confused halt. I threw my disposable camera to a passerby who snapped a pick of me grinning like an idiot and the Shat sucking in his gut, but alas it never came out.
Anyhow, I will officially decide the winners when I return from holiday on Monday January 14 and resume this blog. Meantime I will be attempting to live a non-digital lifestyle. Happy new year, everybody.