Nothing says “Hollywood wrap party” like a trip to the in P-town.
The “Star Trek” crew shot their final scenes for the still untitled "Star Trek" movie — scheduled to be released this time next year — at the on Tuesday. The traditional celebration was held at the Hopyard bar, where cast and crew including Simon Pegg, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine hoisted a few in honor of the end of production.
Pegg (Scotty), Quinto (Spock) and Pine (Capt. Kirk) all starred in the 2009 “Star Trek” film, which featured the same characters as the original Star Trek franchise. Cumberbatch, best know for his role as Sherlock Holmes in the series now airing on PBS, came on board as the villain Khan for this sequel.
The film is being produced by J.J. Abrams, who also directs, and Bryan Burk, the prolific team behind such TV series as “Fringe,” “Lost,” “Persons of Interest,” and films “Super 8,” “Cloverfield” and the previous “Star Trek.”
They used the lab’s enormous and very futuristic-looking National Ignition Facility (NIF) for various scenes.
Burk, a really great guy, said they all had a good time in Livermore and Pleasanton during the weeklong shoot at the lab. No scenes were shot outside, although he was impressed with the green rolling hills.
I told him to just wait until next week. They crisp up to a nice russet brown in almost minutes.
Burk didn’t get a chance to do any sightseeing, but said he wished he could have seen the . Impressed that he knew about the historic bulb, I told him how close he was to the old .
“That was around here?” he said. “I didn’t know that.”
Bulb yes. Iconic concert, nope.
The shoot pumped money into the local economy and the cast, including Zoe Saldana (Uhura), stayed at downtown , which Burk gave high marks. Although he sounded slightly more impressed by the cast’s favorite breakfast spot: .
“Love Dean’s,” Burk said. “I’d eat there all the time if I lived here.”
They didn’t seem to spend much time in Livermore outside of filming. I told Burk we’d have to change that when he returned to Livermore. He laughed.
While in the area, and over the weekend Pegg and Pine caught the evening showing of “The Avengers” at .
And Quinto made a good impression on an employee at the Apple store at when he dropped in to pick up a few things.
Hats off to those folks who are making Livermore the new Hollywood North. Last year, a scene for the movie starring Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen, which premieres at 9 p.m. on May 28 on HBO.
This past January, told me that she would love to come back to film here again, and said again how much she enjoyed talking to the folks who gathered at the gates after she finished filming the war scenes off N. Livermore Road, near Morgan Territory Road.
“Those children with the flowers were the best,” she said, smiling.