Star Trek: BEYOND, World Premiere

 

It's been a moment since the last Star Trek film came out, but with summer hitting and the Con almost here, duty and love to one of the best corners of fandom out there require a little #tbt to when —bless my Trekkie / San Diego native heart—Trek Beyond producers had the brilliant and logistically insane idea to host the world premiere with live film score at San Diego Comic Con. Though undoubtedly inspired by the previous summer's mega win Star Wars Surprise (also awesome / also backstage, so sorry no photos), it was in a league of its own. Credit where credit is due: to the world-class San Diego Symphony (both musicians and artistic staff) for carrying another impeccable summer hit. Resistance is futile, enjoy.

 
 
 What you get when you're close enough to lovingly call out Karl Urban for looking so fine and dapper.

What you get when you're close enough to lovingly call out Karl Urban for looking so fine and dapper.

 
 
 
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Not beholden to any wired media outlet, plus a lucky front row almost center position next to Reuters made for unbelievably easy banter with the talent.  (Photo press pen spots are generally determined by a lottery draw announced a few hours before red carpet. Almost always several rows deep, showing up with a step ladder in tow is the norm. Another female photographer barely 5 feet tall assigned to the back row ended up borrowing mine.)

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Only Idris Elba can pull off the "Saturday Costco Errand Run" look on the red carpet and still look cool.

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(With lens flare. Because J.J. Abrams.)

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J.J. : “Anybody have both Canon and Nikon??”

Other photog: "I have a Nikon strap on my Canon!”

J.J. : “Oh that totally doesn’t count. —And do you guys have enough gear?!"

Me: “That’s a rhetorical question, right?”

J.J. : “Ha! True. I love it.”

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... these guys ...

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Principal cast wore sleek black combadges in honor of the late Anton Yelchin (Pavel Chekov).

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Bezos cameo confirmed.

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Special award for Most Likely Having the Least Fun Among Us goes to:

the PR team.

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Almost showtime.

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Last minute notes before the Conan surprise. #teamcocoforlife

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A moment of silence —Yelchin's parents were also in attendance.

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 Lights off, overture starts. Group impromptu bear hug time.

Then the... fog?? And LASERS. And fireworks. YES.

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Match made in heaven: Michael Giacchino (Film Composer) + San Diego Symphony.

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And then there was a film.

 
 (Most Meta Moment: watching a scene with Uhura, only to be blocked by Zoe Saldana leaving for a restroom break.)

(Most Meta Moment: watching a scene with Uhura, only to be blocked by Zoe Saldana leaving for a restroom break.)

 

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Fin.

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 #ThatFeelingWhen you check off a bucket-list item

#ThatFeelingWhen you check off a bucket-list item

 
 
 

Earlier that day: