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  misc/tca02_3shot.jpg   07.16.02 Hollywood Parties Draw Star Trek Celebs

Two prominent Hollywood parties Sunday night divided the attentions of the Enterprise cast and drew out a slew of other Star Trek stars.

Paramount Pictures Celebrates 90th Anniversary

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Scott Bakula at Paramount's 90th Anniversary Party One of the biggest to-dos of the year took place Sunday on Paramount's lot as the studio celebrated its 90th anniversary with a glamorous guest list billed as "90 Stars for 90 Years." Among the 90 so honored were some of our favorite starship captains, including Scott Bakula (Jonathan Archer of Enterprise), Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway of Star Trek: Voyager) and William Shatner (James T. Kirk of the Original Series). Also scheduled to attend was Avery Brooks (Benjamin Sisko of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine).

They joined Hollywood's biggest stars — including the likes of Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Harrison Ford, Al Pacino, Jim Carrey, Charlton Heston, Mary Tyler Moore, etc., etc. — in front of Paramount's famous "Blue Sky" backdrop where they were treated to a dinner prepared by Wolfgang Puck, with music by a 40-piece orchestra and a gift basket that included a $200 bottle of Dom Perignon engraved with the Paramount 90th Anniversary logo.

Other celebrities spotted on the red carpet with ties to Star Trek included Star Trek: The Next Generation veterans Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan); James Cromwell (Dr. Zefram Cochrane in "Star Trek: First Contact" and other characters); Ashley Judd (Robin Lefler in "Darmok" and "The Game"); and Kirsten Dunst (Hedril in "Dark Page").

If you saw Monday night's edition of Entertainment Tonight, you might have spotted Goldberg and Bakula together in the same shot. The feature also commented on the elegant eveningwear worn by Dunst and Judd. More coverage of the event can be found here at Entertainment Tonight Online.

UPN Throws Party for Television Critics Association

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During the recent Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer Press Tour, each network had an opportunity to treat the attending reporters from around the country to a party, so UPN had its event on Sunday with several dignitaries from the network's hit Enterprise participating.

UPN party on Buffy set Connor Trinneer (Trip Tucker), John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox) and Anthony Montgomery (Travis Mayweather) came to partake in the festivities and mingle with the press at the party's interesting locale: the set of that other UPN hit, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in a tucked-away production facility in Santa Monica. Joining the actors were Enterprise creators and executive producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga.

The party took place literally in the streets of Sunnydale, Buffy's hometown. Behind the exterior facades, though, were the interior sets for the show, including Buffy's house and Spike's crypt, which guests got to visit in organized tours. (Did you know Xander has a Geordi action figure in his bedroom?)

Of course, the event was arranged primarily for reporters to visit with the stars and producers, and the Enterprise people took a few moments to speak with STARTREK.COM about their upcoming sophomore season.

"We've got some great stuff coming up," Berman said. "We've written about six episodes to date. Brannon and I are writing our third now, which is kind of a 'La Femme Nikita'-type episode. We also have a very humorous episode that has our good captain going and spending some time in Sickbay, because his dog gets sick. He moves into Sickbay the same way a mother will move into the hospital when her child gets sick, and it ends up being an 'Odd Couple' kind of an episode between the captain and Dr. Phlox. It's a lot of fun."

Brannon Braga at TCA party Braga elaborated further on some of the upcoming highlights. "We've got part II of the cliffhanger, which resolves all of the story elements [of 'Shockwave'], but we also learn a little bit about what role Archer and his crew are going to play in the future of Star Trek history. We hint at the formation of the Federation," he said. In addition, "We've got a show that takes place in 1957, where we learn that Vulcans actually made first contact with Earth long before Zefram Cochrane. The whole show takes place in the 1950s, with T'Pol's great-grandmother." (The episode, "Carbon Creek," was the first to go into production this season as previously reported. In it, Jolene Blalock plays T'Pol's ancestor.) "And we've got a terrific episode coming up in which Reed gets pinned to the hull of the ship by an alien mine, and Archer has to go out and save him."

Braga also confirmed that there's a close encounter with the Romulans in the works. "You will be seeing Romulans early on in the season. I won't say how, but we will have our first deadly brush with the Romulans. And the continuity's airtight, so I don't want to hear any complaints!" he laughed.

Anthony Montgomery speaks to press He won't be getting any complaints from the cast members in attendance, all of whom enthused about suiting up for season 2. "I don't know what Travis is about to do, but it's going to be exciting, that I do know," said Montgomery. "This first season was me getting my feet wet and figuring out exactly where it was I was going as a person. I grew so much as an actor over this first year, I just look forward to whatever's in store."

For his part, Trinneer has a few ideas for his character's development. "I think [Trip] should actually get in real trouble for putting his foot in his mouth, for some of the things he says," the actor said. "He gets away with a lot, and it might be nice to see him reeled in a bit. And, I don't know ... [I'd like to] win a lot of fights and meet a lot of hot alien chicks!"

Trinneer does have one question for the producers, however. "I tend to ask, 'Am I gonna be in my underwear?'" he chuckled. "Let me know a few weeks in advance."

Connor Trinneer & John Billingsley joke around "I tend to ask that too!" chimed in Billingsley. "'Is Connor going to be in his underwear?' Let me know, so I can make sure I'm not on the set that day! I would like it noted that I'm the only actor on the show who has not appeared in his underwear so far. Even when I had a chance to be in my underwear, when I was sleeping in bed, they gave me pajamas that covered me from head to toe." ("Two Days and Two Nights")

When asked about his potential love interest, Ensign Cutler (played by Kellie Waymire), Billingsley noted the odds are slim that we'll be seeing her much in the future. "Kellie now has her own show called The Pitts, which is a midseason replacement on FOX, so I don't know whether or not she would be available to [the producers] anymore," he said. "If they were going to use her, they'd have to use her quickly, and I don't think she's scheduled to appear in the first six. And I don't want to wish her any ill luck on her show, so I think we may not see Ensign Cutler, sadly. I would love to see her again, because never in my wildest imagination did I think I would be the one on this show to actually couple up first!"

Story by Sarah Kuhn & Sandy Stone
Photos by Sandy Stone & Dani Bartov

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