NEW FEATURE: TrekMovie.com presents a new regular column where we stalk your favorite Star Trek celebrities and inform you on what they are up to. This week we have Shatner giving the smackdown, Patrick Stewart getting (yet another) award, Kate Mulgrew opining on the superiority of Voyager, Scott Bakula getting work, and much more!
A whole lotta Shat!
Who better to start off our Trek celebrity column than William Shatner? Captain Kirk (Classic) was among the stars attending the 13th Annual Los Angeles Art Show this week. The Insider talked to The Shat (along with Everybody Loves Raymond star Patricia Heaton) on the death of actor Heath Ledger. You can see that video at The Insider Online. However, Veronica Belmont of the Mahalo Daily wasn’t so lucky. She twice attempted to interview the Shat-man at the art show and failed both times. It seems the Shat was more interested in schmoozing the ladies (shocking)…check out Belmont stalking the Shat.
And we have even more Shatnerific news for you! Shatner’s TekWar series (based on his novels) will be available on DVD on June 10th, according to TV Shows on DVD. In addition, the Shat has a series of interviews at VideoJug. In one such interview, the actor/author discussed his Star Trek books (a transcript is available at SciFi Pulse).
Takei: accept it…you’re dead, Bill
But wait, the Shatner news doesn’t end there! Shatner’s Trek co-star George Takei (he who played Sulu) explained to Starburst Magazine why Shatner will not be in the new Star Trek film:
Kirk’s death was visibly seen on film. Science fiction is wonderful, but to be credible, there has to be some verities. With Spock, he’s got a lot of special Science fiction things. We did one movie, The Wrath of Khan — where Spock dies — but we followed it up with a movie titled The Search for Spock. You can’t finish a movie like that saying “Well, we didn’t find him!” So Spock is a very special character, Kirk is a humanoid and Bill Shatner has to accept that.
For the full interview, pick up the latest issue of Starburst Magazine.
Speaking of Takei, the actor was a guest at the 2008 FX International convention in Orlando, Florida over the weekend. Star Trek director J.J. Abrams‘ best buddy, Heroes star Greg Grunberg, also showed up. Too bad he won’t be showing up in the new movie…
Nichelle Nichols hearts Quinto (and Saldana)
In the latest issue of SFX Magazine, Nichelle Nichols speaks enthusiastically about Star Trek‘s director, J.J. Abrams, and actors Zoe Saldana (who has taken over Nichols’ role of Uhura) and Zachary Quinto (who plays Spock). On Quinto she said:
I saw Zachary in one of the episodes and I said, ‘Oh my God, what an actor’. And then when I met him in person, I said, ‘This is the young Spock!’, so they did a brilliant job in casting him
(Full transcript at SciFi Pulse. )
Everybody Loves Patrick
Moving on to The Next Generation, Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) won the prize for Best Shakespearean Performance from the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards for his performance in Rupert Goold’s production of MacBeth. Stewart actually shared the award with actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (who won for Othello) — the first time the prize has been shared between two actors…or so says WhatsOnStage.com. Stewart is also the subject of a recent article in The New York Times, which TrekMovie highly recommends you read.
What the hell do you mean I have to share it?!
The trailer for Brent Spiner‘s new film, Superhero Movie is now online. In this spoof of superhero films like Spider-Man, Spiner plays a scientist responsible for producing “genetically-enhanced super dragonflies.” You can view the trailer at Movieweb.
Life forms… tiny little life forms… precious little life forms…
You don’t have take my word for it…
LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge) was the keynote speaker at the 26th Annual Black History Month Kickoff Brunch held at the University of New Mexico on January 26th; see UNM’s site for more details. According to EURweb, Burton will next participate in the Pan African Film & Arts Festival’s celebrity read-in at the annual Children Fest in LA on February 9th and 10th.
Janeway or the highway
Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway) discussed Voyager with Star Trek Magazine. In addition to discussing her role of Janeway, she told the magazine that Voyager was one of the most popular Treks.
Voyager is a lot like Next Gen. We were the two most successful ones. Two captains in peril at every turn. We were lost in space on a ship, trying to find our way home, it was a wonderful way to capture the imagination. It had all the key elements of drama.
Of course, we think Mulgrew might be a bit biased… Pick up the latest issue of Star Trek Magazine for the full interview.
Mulgrew was present at the opening performance of the Broadway revival of Come Back, Little Sheba on January 24th, according to Playbill. Recurring TNG performer Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan) and Star Trek: Insurrection star Donna Murphy (Anij) were also present at the event.
Confessions of a Holodoc
In an interview with SFX Magazine, Robert Picardo says he is “perfectly pleased” to let go of his Voyager role as The Doctor, but admits it would be “fun” to return to Trek one day in another role. Asked where he thinks the Doctor would be right now, Picardo replied:
I used to joke that the Doctor and Neelix would open a gay bar in the Delta Quadrant, or that the Doctor and Seven of Nine would open a strip bar in the Beta Quadrant – we had just a million different answers because we got asked this all the time when the show was going off the air. I think if I take the question seriously the Doctor would have been perfectly delighted to be a lecturer at the Academy on medicine or medical ethics, and possibly even the study of holograms.
See the latest issue of SFX Magazine for more.
Bakula in the Dark….and in Boston
When not time-traveling, battling Klingons, feeding cheese to his dog, watching waterpolo, or threatening to knock hot Vulcan women on their asses, Scott Bakula (Jonathan Archer) loves to dance. He loves it so much that he will be starring in a new stage musical called Dancing in the Dark, based on the 1953 film The Band Wagon. Bakula will portray the character of Tony Hunter in the musical, which premieres at the Old Globe in San Diego on March 4th. See Playbill.com for more details.
[UPDATED]Speaking of Bakula, be sure to tune into ABC at 10pm EST on February 12th when the captain of the Enterprise NX-01 boards the show starring the Enterprise NCC-1701. Bakula will be guest starring on an episode of Boston Legal, but it appears he will not have a fateful scene with William Shatner. The episode, entitled “Glow in the Dark,” will also reunite Bakula with his Murphy Brown co-star, Candice Bergen. In the episode, Bakula plays a former lover of Shirley Schmidt (Bergen) who comes back into her life, complicating the relationship she’s currently in with Carl Sack (played by Star Trek III‘s John Larroquette. Should be fun! See the show’s official site for more.
Bakula plays the piano for Candice Bergen
Welcome Back, Braga
Veteran Star Trek writer and producer Brannon Braga will be teaching a three-day television screenwriting course at his alma mater, Kent Statue University, beginning on February 4th. Oh, and in case you didn’t know it, Braga is currently a producer and writer on the Fox series 24. Surprise! Anyway, information on the course can be found at Kent State’s web site.
- Rosalind Chao (Keiko O’Brien) is starring in a production of Neil LaBute’s play Some Girl(s). The play is currently in previews and runs from February 6th through March 9th at the Audrey Skirball Theater. See Playbill for more details.
- The Post-Tribune has a story on David L. Ross, who played Lieutenants Johnson and Galloway on TOS. You can read the article here.
- Yesterday Was a Lie, a film starring and produced by DS9’s Chase Masterson (Leeta), has been getting a lot of buzz according to Hollywood Today.
- Review Journal has a story on TOS guest actor Lawrence Montaigne (Decius in “Balance of Terror;” Stonn in “Amok Time”), who shared some of his memories of working on the original series. You can read it here.
- Veteran Star Trek costume designer Robert Fletcher will receive the 2008 TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony in New York city on March 28th, according to Broadway World Baltimore.
- DS9 guest star Gabrielle Union, Star Trek: First Contact‘s Alfre Woodard, and the new Uhura, Zoe Saldana, were among those listed on AfterEllen’s 11 black actresses to know and love.
- JJ Abrams and his Star Trek star Zachary Quinto made the top 20 of USA Today’s Top 100 people of 2007…both ahead of such notables as Stephen Colbert and Bruce Springsteen.
I am bigger than The Boss!
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