From the New York Times
Geeks Gone Wild: Spock’s Surprise Appearance at ‘Star Trek’ Screening
By Mekado Murphy
A group of Trekkers in Austin on Monday had a long, prosperous night to remember at the surprise world premiere of Paramount’s new “Star Trek” film.
Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, long a destination spot for fanboys and home to the annual Fantastic Fest, had planned for a public screening of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” which was introduced by Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News, as well as Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the screenwriters of the new “Trek” film, and its producer, Damon Lindelof. But as the opening credits rolled on “Khan,” scratches appeared on the print, it became warped and seemingly burned up in the projector, according to a report from the Drafthouse blog.
The lights came back up, and Tim League, a founder of the cinema, told the crowd he would go try to fix the print himself. Then an unannounced guest — Leonard Nimoy himself — came to the stage with a print of the new “Star Trek” film to play instead, three hours before what was to be the film’s official premiere in Australia.
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For those not lucky enough to be in attendance, the wait seems too long–especially for any true Trekkies or Trekkers (there’s a difference!). But until the film arrives in theatres for the rest of us, you can get started on your Trek toy collection (or expand your existing one!) with pre-orders of the upcoming Star Trek Movie action figures…