Close your eyes and run like hell, it’s CelebWatch time again! This week brings news on a snub from the Shat, yet another award for Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks acting for President Bush, Colm Meaney’s Life on Mars status, a health scare for Kelsey Grammer, good news for Wil Wheaton (and bad news for Wheaton’s fans in Tulsa), Zoe going to the dogs, and much more!
Another award for Stewart + waiting for Godot with McKellen?
Well, surprise, surprise, surprise! Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) has won yet another award for his performance in Macbeth. This time it’s an Audience Award for Favorite Leading Actor in a Broadway Play. To see the full list of winners, click here. In the meantime, Stewart and his X-Men co-star Ian McKellen may be reuniting for a West End revival of the play Waiting for Godot. According to the Daily Mail, Stewart and McKellen are amidst “delicate negotiations” which could result in these two titans of the theater pairing up on the stage for the first time.
Stewart and McKellen at Cannes 2006
…the pair could be sharing the stage for the first time.
Shat snubs autograph seekers + Talks Playboy with Leno
Last year Autograph magazine named William Shatner one of the 10 worst Hollywood Autograph signers, and it looks like he may make their list again this year. In Autograph’s most recent email newsletter, they have some bones to pick with the Shat:
William Shatner rejected 200 phone orders from fans who weren’t able to attend his book signing for his new autobiography, Up Till Now, at Book Soup bookstore in West Hollywood, Calif. on Saturday May 17. Bookstores normally take phone orders for signings, so Book Soup was quite surprised that Shatner declined to sign the books, according to a representative of the store. Autograph seeker Stephen Duncan reported that Shatner’s reasoning for cancelling all the phone orders was because fans could turn around and sell the signed book on eBay for $100. A visit to his website shows Shatner himself is selling signed copies of his autobiography for $94.95
One person who did get a signed copy was Jay Leno, who showed it off when Shatner visited him on The Tonight Show this week, below is a section of Shatner’s segment where he talks about freaking out on game shows, his Playboy shoot and the ‘interwebs’
If you want to get your own signed copy of his book, Shatner will be at the Comic Book and Sci-Fi Convention at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles this Sunday. Just make sure to show up in person…Bill doesn’t like it when you phone it in.
Shatnerless Takei wedding makes news
Speaking of Shatner and snubs, earlier this week TrekMovie reported that George Takei had included Walter Koenig and Nichelle Nichols into his upcoming wedding and the Leonard Nimoy was also invited. The world media quickly picked up on the fact that there was a certain name missing from the list. Sparking headlines like "Trekkie Star Kirked Off" and "Sulu Disses Capt. Kirk". But perhaps there is some hatchet burying going on. George’s partner Brad Altman tells AP they only have 200 seats and "Our contact list has, like, 3,500 names, so we have to whittle it down and I don’t know if William Shatner is going to make the cut." and William Shatner released a statement wishing "the happy couple all the best" and "George deserves a moment of happiness."
Fox News covers Trek politics
Will Meaney still enjoy ‘Life on Mars?’
Exactly what the hell is going on with Colm Meaney (Miles O’Brien)’s new series, the US version of the UK’s Life on Mars? Will the pilot be reshot? Will Meaney or anyone else be recast? This is what ABC producers and executives are currently discussing… at least, that’s what a source tells The LA Times. The Times also fully explains why David E. Kelley left the project and how it also involved Kelley’s current series, Boston Legal, starring William Shatner (James T. Kirk).
Kelley wanted a renewal for “Boston Legal” so that he could close out the drama’s storylines. ABC just wanted its way on “Life on Mars.” So a deal was struck: Kelley would essentially give up stewardship on “Life on Mars” if ABC would agree to 13 more episodes of “Boston Legal.”
Is this the cast you’ll see when “Life on Mars” arrives this fall?
Brooks performs for the Pres
Avery Brooks (Benjamin Sisko) performed at the National Theatre in Washington, DC for President George Bush on June 1st, according to The Associated Press. Brooks and other celebrities performed pieces from the play The Civil War as part of a gala benefiting the Ford’s Theatre (currently under renovation); Bush said it was “by far the best” Ford Theatre gala he’s attended thus far. According to Washingtonian, Brooks played Frederick Douglas.
If you squint you can see Avery (right)
Shimerman & wife see Summer & Smoke
Armin Shimerman (Quark) and his wife (and two-time DS9 guest star) Kitty Swink have joined the cast of the LA Theatre Works production of Summer and Smoke, which runs June 18-22 at the Skirball Cultural Center. (TheaterMania) In the meantime, Shimerman has written another “Fine Print” column for Backstage; you can read it here.
Bana to stand-up for Apatow?
Will Star Trek ’09 villain Eric Bana (Nero) be returning to his comic roots? CHUD is reporting that writer/director/producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) is looking to cast Bana in his new movie, a dramedy about stand-up comedy. Bana, who started out as a stand-up comic in his native Australia before turning to ultra-serious fare like Black Hawk Down and Munich, is apparently in talks to play some guy named Clarke, the boyfriend of the character being played by Leslie Mann.
The tagline doesn’t really fit the story, but hey, it’s still funny. (Image from /Film)
Wheaton remembers Justman + book goes to #1 (at one store)
Various sites have been reporting on the deaths of composer Alexander Courage, director Joseph Pevney, and TOS/TNG producer Robert Justman, three people who helped make Star Trek the cult phenomenon it is today. Wil Wheaton wrote his own personal remembrance of Bob Justman, here is an excerpt:
When I talk about the things that make Star Trek what it is, that set it apart from other science fiction on television, I’m usually talking about something that was directly created or heavily influenced by Bob. His contributions to this thing we all love so much are difficult to overstate.
In the meantime, Wil’s book, Happiest Days of Our Lives, is currently the top best-selling paperback at the Mysterious Galaxy bookstore. Wheaton is pretty happy about that, stating on his blog:
To keep this in perspective, Mysterious Galaxy is just one store, where I did a heavily-attended reading and signing last month, so I’m not under the delusion that I’ve grabbed a brass ring here, or anything like that . . . but it still feels pretty damn good to see this.
Tulsa Trek this weekend
Unfortunately Wil Wheaton had to cancel his appearance at the Tulsa Trek Expo due to personal family matters. There are still many other Trek personalities attending, however, including Walter Koenig (Chekov), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), and Linda Park (Hoshi), so if you’re in the area, why not drop by? Should be fun!
Trekkin to the book show
Last weekend’s Book Expo in Los Angeles seemed to be a good place to run into Trek luminaries. William Shatner, Wil Wheaton and Leonard Nimoy were all there signing copies of their recent books.
Authors John Scalzi (left) and Wil Wheaton at the 2008 Book Expo. Lookin’ sharp, guys! (Media Bistro)
Shatner ran out of copies of his autobio at the show
Nimoy shows off "The Full Body Project" (WireImage)
Grammer suffers ‘mild heart attack’
TNG cameo-maker and former Frasier star Kelsey Grammer (Capt. Morgan Bateson) had a health scare over this past weekend. People Magazine broke the news that the 53-year-old actor suffered what’s being called a “mild heart attack” after paddle boarding with his wife near their home in Hawaii. He was admitted to a Honolulu hospital, from which he was released on Wednesday, and is set to be resting comfortably (again according to People).
Zoe’s for the dogs
Star Trek’s new Uhura, Zoe Saldana was one of the celebrity judges at the 7th annual Nuts for Mutts Dog Show, which is put on by the animal rescue group New Leash on Life. Photographer and friend of TrekMovie, Albert L. Ortega sent in this shot.
Isn’t she cute (and Zoe is cute too)
- The Shakespeare Theatre has a nice article on Rene Auberjonois (Odo), currently hard at work on The Imaginary Invalid. You can read the article here.
- The official Stargate site has a close-up interview with Robert Picardo (The Doctor), which you can read here.
- Tim Russ (Tuvok) will be appearing at the Louisiana Star Trek Convention and Sci-Fi Expo this weekend, where he will also partake in a band performance, according to his official site.
- John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox)’s new film, Ripple Effect, will be premiering at the Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville, Maine, on June 20th; VOY guest actress Virginia Madsen (Kellin, “Unforgettable”) also stars. (Morning Sentinel)
- Jennifer Morrison (Winona Kirk) is currently filming the movie Table for Three for Starz Productions. (Hollywood Today)
- Veteran Trek performer John Schuck and his fellow cast members from the Broadway musical Annie were on hand for a signing of Annie: The 30th Anniversary Cast Recording CDs at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square on June 4th. TheaterMania)
- Stephen Collins (you know, Will Decker?) is returning to Broadway for the first time in 14 years to play King Arthur in Spamalot, beginning June 24th. (National Ledger)
- Actor and writer Robert Schenkkan (“head exploding guy”, aka Dexter Remmick, from TNG’s “Coming of Age” & “Conspiracy”) gave an exclusive interview to if Magazine, primarily regarding his adaptation of The Andromeda Strain; you can read the interview here.
- A musical play called An Italian Straw Hat will make its world premiere at the Segerstrom Stage in Costa Mesa, California, on September 5th. Why does this matter? Because it features music by veteran Trek composer Dennis McCarthy. That’s why. (Playbill)
- Trek VFX supervisor Dan Curry and TMP photo effects director Douglas Trumbull are part of a team whose goal is to raise public awareness of something called The Overview Effect and who are calling for the creation of an Overview Institute. You just can’t make this stuff up. (Carolina Newswire)
- JoBlo rates the various, um… attributes of actress Rachel Nichols, who plays an Orion in the upcoming Trek film. You can see what JoBlo thought of Nichols by clicking here.
How can anyone NOT find her sexy? I mean, seriously???
Happy birthday: Rene, Anthony, and Zach!
Among the Star Trek alumni who had birthdays this week are DS9’s Rene Auberjonois (Odo), ENT’s Anthony Montgomery (Ens. Travis Mayweather), and Zachary Quinto (Spock in 2009’s Trek). Auberjonois turned 68 on June 1st, while Montgomery and Quinto both celebrated their birthdays on June 2nd: Montgomery turned 37, while Quinto turned 31. Other Trek veterans who had birthdays this week include: “Pen Pals” actress Nikki Cox (30); Star Trek: The Motion Picture effects man John Dykstra (61); “Where No Man Has Gone Before” actress Sally Kellerman (72); “We’ll Always Have Paris” guest star Michelle Phillips (64), actress Suzie Plakson (50), whose roles include Dr. Selar and K’Ehleyr; and the latest Alexander Rozhenko, Marc Worden (32). To these and everyone else with a birthday this past week, happy birthday from TrekMovie.com!