This week we’re bringing you news on nominations for Patrick Stewart and Simon Pegg, Robert Picardo getting more work than he knows what to do with, and it’s ladies night at the Trek Celeb Watch as we have news on Kate Mulgrew, Nichelle Nichols, Zoe Saldana, Jeri Ryan and Terry Farrell! Plus… Shatner for president?
Everybody Still Loves Patrick!
Patrick Stewart‘s (Jean-Luc Picard) acclaimed performance in Robert Goold’s production of Macbeth continues to rack up awards and nominations. Playbill reports that the actor has now been nominated as Best Actor by the Laurence Oliver Awards, going up against his X-Men co-star, Ian McKellen. The actor was also among the guests at the South Bank Show Awards in London, according to The Independent. TrekMovie.com did a little digging (through YouTube) and located the former TNG captain.
Stewart applauds TrekMovie.com for their outstanding detective skills.
Step aside, Judge Judy. Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway) has the gavel, and she’s not afraid to use it. Mulgrew will portray a conservative colonel, one of the three judges in The Response, a 30-minute film which recreates the U.S. military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay. As reported by WTOP, Mulgrew had to push aside her own personal belief that the treatment endured by Guantanamo detainees is “absurd” in order to play the role.
It may not be Starfleet issue, but Mulgrew once again dons a uniform for The Response.
In the meantime, the “A Day with Friends” event that was to be hosted by Mulgrew and fellow Trek alum Samantha Eggar (Marie Picard in TNG’s “Family”) was canceled by the event’s organizers. The event was to take place on March 16th. The reasons for the cancellation is given on the organizer’s website as “circumstances beyond anyone’s control.” Bummer.
A lotta Picardo
TrekMovie.com has already reported that Robert Picardo (The Doctor) will become a full-time cast member on Stargate: Atlantis. Before we see him return to the role of Richard Woolsey, however, Bob will be performing in a concert called “A Beautiful Deception” at the Berger Performing Arts Center in Tucson, Arizona, on February 9th. Then, on June 20th and 21st, he and John de Lancie (Q) will be hosting a Toronto Symphony Orchestra called Star Trek: The Music at the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. See The Star for more information on that.
In addition, Picardo will be seen in a slew of upcoming films, including two from award-winning director/producer Russ Emanuel, Chasing the Green and P.J.. The latter film was screened at the Park City Film Music Festival on January 20th and won the festival’s Bronze Medal for Excellence. Currently, Bob is shooting the independent film Sensored!.But wait, there’s more! Picardo will have a cameo in an independent film called The Assassinator 2. He’s not the only Trek alum doing so, however; Voyager’s former doctor will be joined by Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov) and Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi).
Robert Picardo on the set of Sensored!
Takei’s Musical Trek
George Takei hosted the Minnesota Orchestra’s “To Boldly Go…” concert in Minneapolis this past Friday and Saturday, as reported by The Star Tribune. The concert featured music compositions from the various science fiction films and television shows, including those within the Star Trek franchise. Takei took over hosting duties from his TOS co-star Leonard Nimoy (Spock), who had to back out because was busy filming some movie you may have heard of called Star Trek. During his visit to the Twin Cities, Takei stopped by for an interview with Minnesota Public Radio; you can listen to it here.
Nichols’ Magdalene Scores
Lady Magdalene’s, the independent film starring Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), was named “Best Cutting Edge Film” at the San Diego Black Film Festival. The next screening for Lady Magdalene’s is scheduled to take place at the Los Angeles Backlot Film Festival in April.
Another film featuring Nichols, entitled Tru Loved, is scheduled to premiere at the Sedona International Film Festival in Sedona, Arizona, according to MediaRights. The festival begins February 27th, with Tru Loved scheduled to premiere the following day. Nichols plays the grandmother of a closeted gay football player in the movie. For more information on the film, see its official site.
The ladies of Lady Magdalene’s are ready to celebrate!
Nichols and Burton to Have a Ball
In more Nichols news, the actress will be among the guests at this year’s SF Ball in Boscombe, England, and TNG’s LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge) will be joining her. The event will be held this weekend, Friday through Sunday, at the Carrington House Hotel. See The Dorset Echo for more information.
Speaking of LeVar Burton, Boston.com reports the former TNG star will be speaking at Wellesley College (in Massachusetts… duh) on February 20th. In his talk, entitled “The Making of Roots“, Burton will discuss … well, the making of Roots.
Saldana in the Spotlight….
Zoe Saldana, Star Trek‘s new Uhura, is on the rise in Hollywood. The actress is one of the ten up-and-coming stars gracing the Annie Liebowitz-shot yourself cover of next month’s Vanity Fair. (Click here for a behind-the-scenes look at the cover shoot.)
Zoe Saldana (far right), along with Alice Braga and Ellen Page, on the cover of Vanity Fair. Wow….
…and Incognito (or not)
Saldana is so hot that she’s now being sought by the paparazzi. TMZ caught the actress as she was leaving a party, but she didn’t seem keen on having her picture taken, as this videoshows.
Does Zoe’s ride promote drinking while driving?
Simon Pegg (Star Trek‘s new Scotty) has been nominated as Best Actor by the 2008 Empire Awards for his performance in the film Hot Fuzz, which he also co-wrote. That film is also nominated as Best Comedy and Best British Film. Pegg’s Run, Fat Boy, Run is also up for Best Comedy.
In addition, Transformers (written by Star Trek scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman) is up for Best Sci-fi/Fantasy film, while Ratatouille (featuring music by Star Trek composer Michael Giacchino) is up for both Best Comedy and Best Film. People may cast votes for their favorite nominees through February 25th. For the full list of nominees and to cast your vote, see Empire Online.
Logan Crushed About Crusher
In the latest issue of Star Trek Magazine, Star Trek Nemesis screenwriter John Logan discussed the scene he wrote for the film in which it was revealed that Wesley Crusher had not only returned to Starfleet but would be serving aboard the USS Titan. This scene, of course, was deleted, and even if it had been added, Logan wasn’t permitted to go into as much detail as he wanted regarded Crusher’s mysterious return following the events of TNG’s “Journey’s End.”
I totally accept, as a fan, the idea of him going back to Starfleet – that he’d been through this [Traveler] experience, and it has led him back home again. The idea that he is going to be part of that [Titan] crew and that family, that the Crusher family will continue on with Will and Deanna, I thought was really neat.
For the full interview, pick up the latest issue of Star Trek Magazine (excerpt from TrekWeb).
Shatner For President?
The LA Times has already noted that Leonard Nimoy is supporting Barack Obama’s campaign for president, but his friend and colleague, William Shatner, has been mum on which presidential candidate he is backing. According to The Spoof, however, Shatner has the perfect candidate in mind. Calling a press conference in his living room, the actor stated:
Let me make this clear. I am not a candidate for president. I am not running for anything. I only want to make it clear to all the voters, that if they are not happy with any of the current candidates, I will happily accept their votes, and if elected I will serve in the office to the best of my ability.
[Just in case you hadn’t figured it out, The Spoof is a parody site… i.e., it’s a joke.]
- According to Hollywood Reporter, Kimberly LoCascio has been named Paramount’s senior vp production, visual effects. As such, she will be overseeing the visual effects work on the new Star Trek film.
- Trek writer and producer Eric Stillwell has invited fans to attend a special screening of TNG’s “Yesterday’s Enterprise” on February 8th and a sci-fi TV writers’ workshop presented by himself, Lolita Fatjo, and Mary Conley on February 9th. See TrekWeb for furll details.
- A biography on TOS art director and designer Matt Jefferies, entitled Beyond the Clouds and written by Jefferies’ brother, Richard L. Jefferies, is now available for pre-order at MattJefferies.com.
- Chris Pine (the new James T. Kirk) stars in the romantic comedy Blind Dating, which was released this week on DVD. You can order it now at Amazon.com.
- DS9’s Armin Shimerman (Quark) discusses “Rule One” – essentially the “prime directive” of the various acting unions – in a report at BackStage.com.
- Jeri Ryan‘s Seven of Nine, Michael Dorn‘s Worf, and Terry Farrell‘s Jadzia Dax are among Entertainment Weekly’s 17 Heavenly Bodies of Sci-Fi.
Heavenly doesn’t even begin to describe it…
Viola Stimpson, the 101-year-old actress who played the old lady in Dr. Gillian Taylor’s tour of the Cetacean Institute in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, has that died in her Tarzana, California home on January 14th. Trekkies may remember her for suggesting that the George the whale was singing to Spock, who had suddenly appeared in the whale tank.