All Aboard for the "Star Trek" Premiere
Fri May 1, 12:14 pm ET
Jenny Peters



Los Angeles – The summer blockbuster season has officially arrived in Hollywood. If you don't believe it, just ask the celebrity hordes that descended on the Grauman's Chinese Theater on Thursday, April 29, for the jam-packed premiere of "Star Trek," and you'll know for sure.

For unlike most Tinseltown fetes for films where only the actual stars show up, this one brought out not only the stars of the new sci-fi film, the one that boldly goes to the origins of the original '60s television "Star Trek," but also countless other fans and former Enterprise crew members.

Making the scene from the new movie were Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Karl Urban, Rachel Nichols, Winona Ryder, John Cho, director J. J. Abrams, and Leonard Nimoy, who spans the "Trek" generations. From past iterations of the ever-popular series were George Takei, Walter Koenig and Marina Sirtis, Jonathan Frakes.

Also making the scene were Heidi Klum, Leighton Meester, Hayden Panettiere, Amanda Bynes, Emma Roberts, Nicollette Sheridan, Kristin Cavallari, Natalie Maines, Sophia Bush, Tori Spelling, and Michelle Monaghan. Filling out the rest of the audience were secret sci-fi geeks like Matthew Fox, Christian Slater, Neil Patrick Harris, Trent Reznor, Adrian Pasdar, Clifton Collins, Jr., Hank Azaria, Frankie Muniz, Damon Wayans, and Jon Heder.

So what's the draw? As Chris Pine, the new Captain Kirk, posited earlier at a press conference, it's the dream that "Star Trek" represents to the world.

"As trite or cheesy as it might sound, it's the idea that many people can work together as one and achieve great things," he said. "I think it's a wonderful vision of humanity. To have the deck of the Enterprise as a veritable United Nations of faces and sexes and races and people from disparate backgrounds, I think that hopefully the resonance it had in the late '60s will have a similar affect on a world similarly torn by an economic crisis and wars. It seems like we spend more of our time trying to kill one another than anything else. So to present a vision of people working together I think is a quite wonderful thing."

The vision hits movie theaters on May 8.


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