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CelebWatch: Shatner Honored, Stewart Loses, Bakula Dances, Quinto and Spiner Sing March 13, 2008

by Charles Trotter , Filed under: Celebrity , trackback

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.

Stewart didn’t get the Olivier but he did get the last laugh

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.


In Memoriam
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.


1. Holo J - March 13, 2008

I’ve got to say Doomsday looks pretty bad from the trailer. It looks like a Mad Max rip off. I never did care much for that film either.

2. Cranston - March 13, 2008

#1 – Yeah, I agree — it looks like Mad Max meets 28 Days and/or Escape from New York.

I would’ve like to see a bit of Sid in the trailer, though. I like the idea of him playing the Prime Minister.

3. DJT - March 13, 2008

What, no Vanessa Williams clips?

4. Holo J - March 13, 2008

2. Cranston

yeah thats why I looked at the trailer because I like Siddig,shame it looks like a turkey!

5. Iowagirl - March 13, 2008

Alzheimer’s and BL – an important issue, and a justified honor for a great series as well as a conclusive portrayal.

6. SPB - March 13, 2008


…a few months back when I discovered on IMDb that Walter Koenig’s son played “Boner” on “Growing Pains.” I was shaking my head in disbelief for the rest of the day! Never put 2-and-2 together on that one!

7. Giggler - March 13, 2008

Doomsday looks like it should have been called “Escape from Glasgow”.
Looked good though!

8. Myrth - March 13, 2008

#2 if it really is a combination of thoes three I’m in for a real treat. All three of thoes are great genre classics.

9. ObiWanCon - March 13, 2008

Dick Van Dyke sounds a bit like Nimoy now that he’s older.

10. karanadon - March 13, 2008

Quantum Leap was a fantastic show, I remember my parents watching it when I was a toddler. Shame about the end though….but they should SO consider bringing it back!

And I swear Colm Meaney was meant to be in Life on Mars…what happened to that?!

11. RedShirtWalking - March 13, 2008

“Also starring in the film is Sid’s uncle and fellow Trek alum, Malcolm McDowell (Tolian Soran in Generations). Interestingly, their family relation was not discovered until after both actors had been cast.”

Discovered by whom? I’ve heard Sid talk about that before and it’s been pretty common knowledge for some time…

12. Closettrekker - March 13, 2008

#12—First I’ve heard.

13. ensign joe - March 13, 2008

#10 I rather liked the end of QL…

Oh and Shat is in the movie…

14. Garovorkin - March 13, 2008

#another Librarian movie sounds good maybe frakes might be able to parlay that into a series on TNT, but then again TNt is the same network that canceled Witchblade after 2 successful season and deep sixed Babylon 5 Crusade which would have been successful if they had actually bothered to give it a chance

15. MORN SPEAKS - March 13, 2008

How would Sid and Malcom Mcdowell not know they were nephew and uncle til after casting? That makes no sense.

16. Denise de Arman - March 13, 2008

Gulp… would I be booed if I said that I liked Armegeddon and cried as Bruce Willis was telling Ben what’s-his-face that he loved him as a son and to take care of his daughter?

17. Jay - "The Real Jim Kirk" - March 13, 2008

16# yep…

on another note, doesnt the shat look thinner and more Kirk-ish, or is that just me???

18. ensign joe - March 13, 2008

#16 Not if they were tears brought on by laughter..

#17 Yup he’s getting ready for his big scene..

19. Shaun - March 13, 2008

J.J. a genius or a hack? Tough call… In the one hand, he helped create LOST. That’s more than enough to be called a genius.

OTOH, there’s Armageddon… AND there’s that infamous, aborted Superman script that leaked out. The jury’s still out on the Star Trek movie, of course.

20. Negotiator - March 13, 2008

And what exactly is the matter with Armageddon? Good ol’ popcorn flix as I recall. I go to movies to be entertained and Armageddon did just that.
Nothing more, or less.

21. Charles Trotter - March 13, 2008

#2 Cranston — There is a TV spot that features Siddig prominently, telling people things are under control, but I couldn’t find it on YouTube. I agree, though, the movie doesn’t look that great.

22. Charles Trotter - March 13, 2008

#10 karanadon — Life on Mars is predicted to debut this fall.

#11 RedShirtWalking/#15 MORN SPEAKS — it wasn’t discovered by the filmmakers (i.e. the director) until after the casting. Sorry, should have been more specific.

23. Katie G. - March 13, 2008

Re: #13. ensign joe

How did Quantum Leap end? I lost interest in it along the way.

Re: #16. Denise de Arman

No, it was one of the only good moments in a mediocre movie. I liked it though. Actually it wasn’t Bruce Willis’ acting that got me, it was more Ben Affleck’s response that was good. I still can’t wrap my brain around Bruce going out with Demi and Ashton. What a strange group of people…


How exactly are Siddig El Fadil (Alexander Siddig) and Malcolm McDowell connected, and how did they find out and why didn’t they know (unless they have known and it was just reported incorrectly by someone who doesn’t know what they’re talking about)?

Gotta go.


24. Scott Xavier - March 13, 2008

Good for Brent. Thats how fortunes are made. At least he’s embracing his past.

25. Dierna - March 13, 2008

Ah… I was wondering who Siddig was playing in that film. Wow they pit Siddig and his uncle against each other! Siddig plays the PM and Malcolm McDowell is the ruler of Scotland (or what’s left of it). *lol*

26. TJ - March 13, 2008

#16 I’m so with you, I balled like a baby and Looooovvvveeeeed it! But hey the occassional bit of Hollywood ‘blockbuster’ fluff is fun, I didn’t expect it to be some deep, intellectual epic affair! The only thing crap about it was Owen Wilson’s acting, his character couldn’t die soon enough! But holy crap, 12 writers? That comes to mind as ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’, so JJ is soooo off the hook on that one…though I dont think he has anything to be ashamed of!!

27. orion pirate - March 13, 2008

Doomsday looks incredibly stupid, in my opinion.

Agreed with #24. Good for Brent!!

28. Trek Nerd Central - March 13, 2008

Is it just me, or is Frakes looking more and more like Shatner? He always did a little bit, but that photo gave me pause.

29. MAP - March 13, 2008

Drat, Doomsday looked fairly good in the previews until they got to the part where the survivors turn out to be a bunch of leftover 80’s punk rockers. I just wanted to scream “get a haircut” to that one that was flicking his tongue out ala cunnilingus style. Looks like they spent their 25 years in isolation doing nothing but partying and spraying graffitti over evething. Another wonderful exposition on the nature of modern day humanity. Contrast that with Trek’s vision of human nature. Even the “Saw” horror movies tried to make some small statement about our animal instincts. Perhaps I’ll give Doomsday a try, here’s crossing my fingers that it’s more ‘cerebral’ and less ‘mindless zombie action flick’…

30. CmdrR - March 13, 2008

Bravo, Keonigs.

Nichelle Nichols, Richard Roundtree, Billy Dee Williams… Uhura, Shaft, and Lando Calrissian. Why can’t SNL write THAT skit?

Lord, I had successfully blocked out The Howling and Robert Piccardo’s role (upstaged only by Patrick McNee and Dee Wallace as the ‘cute’ werewolf.)

“Also on hand were Zachary Quinto (the new Spock)”

Yes, I’m a little on the slow side, but I think even I knew that by now.

31. Oregon Trek Geek - March 13, 2008

The Shat is looking really good in those photos! Sometimes his old handsome-ness peaks out. And sometimes…. it doesn’t.

Brent is a lucky man to have seen Sinatra. I got to see him 3 times! 1986, 89, and 1993. All 3 were amazing experiences. The 1989 one was with Dean Martin and Sammy Davis.

32. Jorg Sacul - March 13, 2008

If you ever get the chance to hear Frakes speak, it is truly a treat. He’s an excellent story teller, especially the one about filming in the hot tub with Marina. It sure sounded “arduous”! ;-)

Bravo, Walter & Son!

33. S. John Ross - March 13, 2008

Oooh. “This Bitter Earth” is a great song, one of my faves, and perfectly suited to Nichols’ singing style … if they’re naming a movie that, does it mean Nichelle Nichols will sing it on screen, I wonder? I hope I hope I hope :)

34. Charles Trotter - March 13, 2008

#33 S. John Ross — Well, the movie is about music — specifically, a teenage piano player and a former jazz singer. So, you never know. :)

35. DEMODE - March 13, 2008

Is it just me, or does it look like Frakes has lost some weight?

Also… is that Patrick Stewart’s gilfriend in that video??? If so… WOW!!! He really is the Captain!

36. I Am Morg Not Eymorg - March 13, 2008

15 and 23: The article says the producers of the film didn’t know that Mal and Sid were related, not that they themselves didn’t know.

37. Garovorkin - March 13, 2008

#35 yeah he is starting to show his age a bit, but the man is a pretty good producer/director. He’s definitely put the acting on the back burner.

38. Harry Ballz - March 13, 2008

#37 “He’s definitely put the acting on the back burner” (Frakes)

As he should………….

39. Charles Trotter - March 13, 2008

#36. I Am Morg Not Eymorg — The article was edited to reflect that. When it was first published, it made it seem like Sid & Malcolm didn’t know they were related before being cast. It has since been edited for clarification.

40. Katie G. - March 13, 2008

Re: #36. I Am Morg…

Makes sense.

Oh – – just saw #39. Charles Trotter – – Good catch. Excellent article! I LOVE knowing what everyone is doing outside of Trek. Thanks for the hard work keeping us up-to-date.

Re: #35. DEMODE

I was thinking the same thing when I saw the above pic. Hope so for his sake. It’s not healthy (I speak from experience).


41. noirgwio - March 13, 2008

Bakula is a really cool guy, it sucks ENT really didn’t get a fair shake… I loved it. And it also sucks Patrick Stewart couldn’t be had for Davros, evil creator of the Daleks on Doctor Who… Maybe they’ll bring him in one day, in some other capacity. Alzheimers took my nanny, (grandma) so as a first hand(second hand, third hand) witness to its effects, I applaud any effort to bring awareness of it.

42. Adm.Polli - March 13, 2008

I want to have a long version of Spiner’s interpretation of “Blue Skies” from Nemesis!

43. ensign joe - March 14, 2008

#23 Katie G.

From the quantum leap wiki:

Even in its final episode, the show refuses to resolve many of its own technical and holistic questions, choosing instead to leave things open-ended and focus tightly on what is arguably the series’ overarching message: that a single person can change the world one life at a time. Some feel the bartender in this last episode portrays God and what he tells Sam is that his project was messed up for a purpose: to change history for the better.

44. Katie G. - March 14, 2008

Re: #43. ensign joe

Excellent, joe. Thanks! Typical. “Quantum Leap” never grabbed me like Star Trek did.

I guess that the last episode of TOS was the one where Janice Lester tried to permanently switch places with Kirk. Very unresolved but that’s what happens when a series is cancelled and they don’t have enough time (or weren’t prepared) to finish off things.

Re: #42. Adm.Polli



45. Irish Terran - March 14, 2008

Well, Doomsday certainly looks,,,,,,,,, bad…..

46. The Vulcanista - March 14, 2008

#45 Agreed. Saw the trailer last night, and it just looks stoopid.

According to the Alan Smithee mini-column in today’s paper, the studio deliberately kept Doomsday away from the critics. Very, very telling.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

47. Woulfe - March 14, 2008

BIll, I mean Mr. Shatner isn’t looking as puffy as he used to.

Doing a weekly TV series can do that to you, good exersize and all like that there, possibly he’s looseing the weight due to watching the dalies on BL and he saw how puffy he looked from the start, and has been looseing the weight from that day onward for that show as a direct result.

That and haveing extra weight on you when your older isn’t heathy, doctor possibly told him, loose the extra weight or die as a direct result of that extra weight, something HE doesn’t want to happen as he likes being active and all like that there.

48. DJH - March 14, 2008

What roles did the Trek family members play in Bye Bye Birdie? Conrad is one of my favorite roles to play so it will go a long way in solidifying Quinto in my eyes if he pulled that one off.

49. Harry Ballz - March 14, 2008

Probably wants to stay healthy long enough to appear in Star Trek XII!

50. Denise de Arman - March 14, 2008

Shatner does look good in those pictures, especially considering the recent hip replacement. I wonder if Mr. Nimoy was able to attend the benefit – that would have been a very cool evening indeed.

51. Charles Trotter - March 14, 2008

#48 DJH — Conrad Birdie was played by Steven Weber, judging by the photos of the event. I’m pretty sure Jason Alexander and Vanessa Williams played Albert & Rosie; those are the roles they played in the 1995 TV adaptation of the play. Quinto may have been Hugo.

52. Charles Trotter - March 16, 2008

I’m surprised nobody’s commented on Gayne Rescher’s death. :/ Seems people may have just assumed the TrekBits section was the end of the report… Perhaps I should put the Memoriam section *above* the TrekBit section?

53. Crusade2267 - March 17, 2008

Too bad Stewart didn’t win the award. He deserves it. I just saw Macbeth this weekend at BAM, and it was truely awesome. Probably the darkest thing I’ve seen Stewart do, and he did it so well!

54. DLR - May 2, 2008

Not only does Nichelle Nichols sing “This Bitter Earth” in the upcoming film of the same name… she knocks it outta the park! If you ever wondered if she still has pipes, you’ll be blown away. Wow! And her turn as Clara Watkins in the film is spectacular. What an actress!

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