Howdy, folks. This week, the Watch brings you news on Zachary Quinto and other Trek stars singing (with William Shatner in attendance), Patrick Stewart losing an award but winning a chair (no, not a captain’s chair), Brent Spiner discussing Sinatra and online communities, a new movie for Alexander Siddig, Walter Koenig’s thoughts on his son’s arrest, and more!
A Trek for Alzheimer’s
A bevy of Trek stars attended the 16th Annual Alzheimer’s Benefit, “A Night in Sardis,” in Beverly Hills on March 5th. William Shatner and his Boston Legal castmates (including Star Trek III co-star John Larroqutte) were on hand at the event where his show was being honored for its portrayal of Alzheimer’s disease. Also on hand were Zachary Quinto (the new Spock), Jason Alexander (Kurros in VOY’s “Think Tank”) and DS9 guest stars Vanessa Williams (Arandis, “Let He Who Is Without Sin…”), Steven Weber (Colonel Day, “The Siege”), and Tony Plana (Amaros, “The Maquis”) — all of whom performed in a stage production of Bye Bye Birdie (directed by Alexander). For more on the event check out USA Today, here are some pics and video:
Vanessa Williams and Jason Alexander perform.
Shatner and Quinto take the stage at Alzheimer’s Benefit
(VIDEO: click to open window…more video at YouTube)
Stewart Takes a Chair and a Stroll (but not an Olivier Award)
Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) didn’t pick up the 2008 Best Actor Laurence Olivier Award for his Macbeth since he lost to Chiwetel Ejiofor (for Othello), as reported by the Official London Theatre Guide. Oh, well… you can’t win ’em all, Patrick. In the meantime, Stewart has been named an honorary co-chair at the 74th Annual Drama League Awards, to be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on May 16th, according to TheaterMania and Playbill Lastly, TMZ.com tagged along with Stewart as he took a stroll in New York. The actor wouldn’t answer a question about the new Star Trek movie, but did try to warn photographers of an impending tumble over a pile of trash bags. They didn’t listen.
Bakula Busts a Move
Playbill has an interview with Scott Bakula (Jonathan Archer) discussing his current role in the play, Dancing in the Dark in addition to his past work. Asked whether people associate him with Quantum Leap or Star Trek, Bakula replied, “Both, although Quantum Leap probably carries the day.” He also didn’t rule out the possibility of returning to William Shatner‘s show, Boston Legal, laughingly stating “I didn’t die at the end.” There’s been talk that Dancing with the Dark might make it to the Broadway stage. “That’s what they’ve talked about since day one,” says Bakula. “I hope to get there.” The full interview can be found here with more from Playbill on the show here.
Bakula with co-star Mara Davi.
Nichols’ New Movie
Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) is currently filming a low-budget, independent film called This Bitter Earth in Phoenix, Arizona. The film’s director David Lee Rawlings explained to the AZStarNet the process for rounding up Nichols and the rest of his cast.
I was very fortunate to have Richard Roundtree, Billy Dee Williams and Nichelle Nichols in the cast — three people with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. You just contact a manager, make an offer and go from there. I was really very fortunate (that) all these stars I contacted … really liked the material and thought it was an important story to tell.
“See, Miss Nichols? The line “Hailing frequencies open” is nowhere in my script."
Frakes to Direct Third ‘Librarian’ Movie
TNT is gearing up for a third Librarian TV movie, called The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice, with Jonathan Frakes (Will Riker) set to direct. Frakes previously directed the second Librarian, 2006’s Return to King Solomon’s Mines. Among the actors Frakes will be directing in Librarian 3 is Star Trek: Voyager and Enterprise guest star Bruce Davison. For more info on the movie, see the original report by United Press International.
Frakes with Noah Wylie filming “Librarian 2”
Data in ‘Dreamland’
SFX has an exclusive interview with Brent Spiner (Data) in which the actor/singer discusses his new CD, ‘Dreamland,’ and the music legends who have influenced him. He discusses one particular event he shared with his fellow TNG castmates:
I saw Sinatra live! Actually it was at LeVar Burton’s bachelor party. We all went to Las Vegas. There was Jonathan [Frakes], Michael Dorn, LeVar and myself, and we went to see Sinatra – he was at the end of his run. It was incredible: he wasn’t at the top of his game because it was really near the very end, he would lose the lyrics and vocally a lot of it was gone. But every now and then there would be a line or a phrase and you would go, ‘That’s Sinatra!’ It was quite incredible and a wonderful experience.
On his relationship with the online community:
Some people said, ‘I bet he just made a website so he can sell his disc.’ But I don’t feel ashamed of selling my CD. I say to them, ‘When you work, don’t you get paid for it?!’ I discovered this aspect of the way online fandom communicates: for the most part people are really nice. But you know, anonymity makes people brave! They feel able to be really nasty if they want. But I guess that’s all part of the deal; love and hate are really close, there’s a fine line and sometimes they overlap. People can hate you because they love you. It is an interesting thing
Dreamland’ is available for download now at Spiner’s official site….If only Nemesis were just a dream…
Bashir’s Back in Theaters Tomorrow!
Alexander Siddig (Dr. Julian Bashir) returns to the big screen in Doomsday, an apocalyptic action-adventure sci-fi/thriller which opens in theaters tomorrow. Sid plays John Hatcher, the Prime Minister of a future England facing the resurgence of a deadly plague thought to have been quarantined 25 years before. Also starring in the film is Sid’s uncle and fellow Trek alum, Malcolm McDowell (Tolian Soran in Generations). Interestingly, the filmmakers weren’t aware of the family relationship until after both actors had been cast. For more on the film, see it’s official site. Trailer below:
Picardo to Have ‘Weekend of Horrors’
Robert Picardo (The Holographic Doctor/Lewis Zimmerman) has signed up to appear at Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors at the Los Angeles Convention Center in, um… Los Angeles. Picardo is no stranger to the horror genre which Fangoria magazine represents, having starred in such horror films as The Howling and 976-EVIL (I recommend them both). Also appearing at the Weekend of Horrors are Trek guest stars Sid Haig (TOS: “The Return of the Archons”) and Ray Wise (TNG’s “Who Watches the Watchers” & VOY’s “Hope and Fear”). See Fangoria.com for a complete listing.
Picardo in ‘The Howling’
Koenigs happy to get the day in court for Burma
As reported in last week’s CelebWatch, Andrew Koenig, the actor/filmmaker son of TOS star Walter Koenig (Chekov) and himself a Trek alum (having appeared in DS9’s "Sanctuary"), will be heading back to court April 7th to argue that his right to free speech was violated when he was arrested for protesting during a parade. Well, Koenig tells the Pasadena Weekly "I’m fine with it going to trial because it just brings more attention to the cause, which is freedom for people in Burma." And his dad agree,s Watler Koenig praised his son, stating:
I’m very proud of his action. My son has a very strong social conscience and believes that people who are deprived and people who are unfairly subjugated should have the same rights that all people should have. … When he saw the opportunity to express his objection to what was transpiring, he took advantage of it and I applaud him totally on that endeavor.
- A Colm Meaney (Miles O’Brien) movie called A Lobster Tale has been picked up for worldwide distribution by Peace Arch Entertainment. (MarketWire via CNN Money)
- Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway) will participate in a reading of three Greek tragedy Agamemnon on March 17th. (Playbill)
- Ben Cross (the new Sarek) is starring in a two-part telefilm for the Sci-Fi Channel called Lost City Raiders. With a $6.4 million budget, it better be good. (Hollywood Reporter)
- TNG/ENT guest star Mark Rolston has joined the cast of Saw V, the fifth entry in the annual bloodfest known as the Saw movies. (Shock Till You Drop)
- The title of Starfleet Academy Superintendent Tyler Perry‘s The Family That Preys Together has been shortened to The Family That Preys. (ComingSoon)
- There’s a new film coming out called Obsessed which is scripted by Star Trek V: The Final Frontier screenwriter David Loughery. Joy! (Variety)
- Is Star Trek director/producer J.J. Abrams a genius or a hack? The site io9 tries to answer this question that has been plaguing man’s mind since the dawn of Felicity. (io9). TrekMovie.com is on the side of ‘genius’ but JJ still has to answer for being one of a dozen or so writers on "Armageddon."
Cinematographer Gayne Rescher, the Director of Photography on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, died following a long illness on February 29th at the age of 83. (LA Times) Rescher is the recipient of three Emmy Awards and five Emmy nominations. One of those nominations was for his cinematography on the 1983 TV movie The Day After, which, like Star Trek II, was directed by Nicholas Meyer. For more info on Rescher, see his pages at IMDb and Memory Alpha.