Star Trek — Y'All Come Back

The potential blockbuster film wrapped production on Tuesday, celebrating at the low-key Pleasanton bar.

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.

Michelle May 10, 2012 at 07:40 PM
While I love the fact that they are here filming in the city of Livermore and that they thought of us. I do think it's poopy that all of the business that it was to drum up for the city of Livermore all went to other cities. Hotel business went to the Rose Hotel in Pleasanton, breakfast - Pleasanton, dinner - Pleasanton and Dublin, shopping - Pleasanton. I think a couple of Livermore restaurants got to do some lunch catering, but that's it. I think that most of that is because they wanted a upscale Hotel and Livermore doesn't have that. Yes we have Marriotts, Hiltons, etc. but not one single boutique type hotel. Probably the closest would be the Purple Orchid Inn, but that just recently got remodeled and probably wouldn't have been able to accommodate the whole cast and crew. I'm sure that the other cities got the business because it was local to where they were staying. It's just a bummer to see the Livermore Filming Commission do all the work to convince them to come here to our beautiful city but not get any of the benefits.
Tanya Rose May 10, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Michelle - good points! It's a bummer that people in Livermore didn't get more of a chance to see them. I for one am bummed that I never got to. Next time!
Cherry May 10, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Sigh... I agree.
Jow May 10, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Michelle, good point!
Roger May 12, 2012 at 03:23 PM
LOL! Maybe we need to bring some lower-budget movie shoots to Livermore; where the production simply doesn't have the funds to cater to the cast and crew... OH, I got it! How about a 'Slasher' movie shoot done at the Orchid? That'd be good start, don't you think?


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