This week, CelebWatch brings you news on William Shatner going live, Patrick Stewart going Broadway, Whoopi’ going weepy over an Oscar snub, Mulgrew going political, Takei going snarky, Blalock going trooper, Greenwood going artistic… and Orci and Kurtzman going to ‘Michael Bay Jail’ (see artists rendition…right) Read below for more!
William Shatner has been doing videoblogging for over a year, but next week he finally will go live. ShatnerVision goes live with a special Live Video chat with Bill Shatner and his daughter Lisabeth
on Monday March 3, 2008 at 2:30PM Pacific [UPDATE: Chat has been postponed until later in the week…will update again when new time is set]. To participate you will need a LiveVideo.com account (it’s free). On Monday there will be a special ShatnerVision Live room set up on the front page of LiveVideo. Bill will be taking questions from the chatroom and answering them on the video stream. More info at WilliamShatner.com
Shatner recently revealed on Oprah (see story+ video) that he recently had hip replacement surgery, but it appears he is now well enough to be outside, since the actor was reported by the San Francisco Chronicle to have attended the ceremony to place a posthumous star on the Walk of Fame for Newhart actress Suzanne Pleshette. He was also spotted with his wife Elizabeth at the Fruits to Remember Pre-Oscars party on February 19th and 20th.
Check out the size of Shat’s strawberries
Stewart headed to Broadway and Comics
Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) is preparing to bring his acclaimed, award-winning performance as Macbeth to the Broadway stage. Playbill reports that Stewart’s Macbeth will play at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre for a limited eight-week engagement, beginning March 22nd. That’s the same day Macbeth‘s current sold-out engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music is scheduled to end. The Broadway run is guaranteed to be sold out, as well, so I would suggest keeping an eye on this page to find out when you can buy tickets. In the meantime, Birmingham Mail claims that Stewart has given his “seal of approval” to the concept of adapting Shakespeare plays into comic books. Classical Comics is intending to do just that in order to encourage children to read Shakespeare and acquire a love for literature. And, let’s face it, there’s nothing kids love to read about more than murder, mayhem, and death. And maybe the occasional sonnet.
Shakespeare comics: kid tested, Patrick Stewart-approved.
Orci & Kurtzman in jail
If you are wondering where our old friend Bob Orci is…apparently he is locked up. According to director/producer Michael Bay, Star Trek (2009) scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (along with co-writer Ehren Kruger) are currently hard at work writing the sequel to last summer’s blockbuster hit, Transformers. Bay tells Variety:
They did a detailed outline before the writer’s strike, and now they are in Michael Bay jail, holed up in a hotel and working feverishly. We’re paying for a beautiful suite and they are getting a lot of work done.
Sources say Michael Bay Jail…is ‘awesome’
Greenwood gets arty
Last month the new Captain Pike dropped by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus when it was at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim. The actor opines on ‘what is creativity’ and other things artistic. His video was just uploaded, check it out below. More info on the Lennon Bus at lennonbus.org.
Greenwood gets deep
Takei’s Toupee Tease
Cinefantastique has put up the third and final part of their interview with George Takei where he talks about the William Shatner Roasting satisfaction, and his new found stardom on the Howard Stern Show and Heroes. Here is a snippet of Takei on roasting The Shat:
I was finally able to take my shots at him at this thing and really let it out. Over all the years, he really could just not pronounce my name right; everyone else could, but not him. But after the roast, he is getting the name correct now. I could not get it into his noggin then, but I got it onto his noggin now … It is George Takei … just think of it as “toupee.”
You can read the full interview here.
In case you missed it…George lets Bill have it (NSFW)
LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge) spoke at Lamar State College-Port Arthur on Thursday, where he said he was proud of his work on Star Trek and its philosophy. “You know ‘Star Trek’ had the first interracial kiss on network TV?,” he said. “That’s getting it done.” He also admits he still has the VISOR he wore on the show, saying “Don’t be surprised if you ever see those on eBay. They’re going to put my daughter through college.” For more on LeVar’s visit to Lamar, check out The Beaumont Enterprise.
Lookin sharp LeVar
Whoopi Weepy Over Academy Snub; Oscar Apologizes
Academy Award winner and four-time Oscar ceremony hostess Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan) was saddened that she was not included in a montage aired during this year’s Oscars which featured past Oscar hosts. On The View the following Monday Goldberg showed disappointment and got teary-eyed over the apparent snub (see video below. Access Hollywood later reported that Oscar producer Gil Cates offers his apologies for what he calls an “absolute oversight.”
Ladies of the View back Whoopi
Blalock’s A Real Trooper
As we reported on Sci-Fi Friday, Enterprise star Jolene Blalock attended WonderCon last weekend to promote the direct-to-DVD release of her film, Starship Troopers: Marauder. If you missed it, io9 quotes the actress explaining her typecasting:
The reason I’ve done a lot of science fiction is because my first big job was Star Trek, [so] a lot of the offers i get are science fiction. The universe shines down on me, in a psychobabble way. That’s what’s inside me, and so that’s what the universe offers me.
Jolene looking cute at WonderCon
In the meantime, the trailer for Starship Troopers 3 is up and running… and it even includes a famous quote from Mr. Worf! Check it out below.
Think this is bad? You should see what Brent Spiner’s doing!
Top Banana Bana
Star trek‘s new villain, Eric Bana (Nero), has two movies opening tomorrow. The Other Boleyn Girl, a historical drama in which he plays King Henry VIII of England opposite Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman as sisters Mary and Anne Boleyn, opens nationwide. In addition, the award winning Australian film Romulus, My Father is opening in limited locations around the US, check local listings. This is the film Bana for which Bana recently won the Australian Film Institute’s Best Lead Actor award.
Bana in Romulus…with hair
After a few delays, the thriller Pathology, which features John de Lancie (Q) as the head of a medical residency of forensic pathologist, has received a release date of April 18th. The catch is that it will only open in limited release, meaning it will open in less than 600 select theaters nationwide. To learn more about the film, visit the official site; you can watch the trailer (with an introduction by star Milo Ventimiglia) below.
I didn’t know Q had a medical degree…
JJ loves Colm
Last week we reported that JJ Abrams was one of the attendees at the “Oscar Wilde: Honoring The Irish in Film” event honoring Colm Meaney. Abrams was later quoted as saying he was open to putting Colm in a future movie and now we have a picture from the event…they look good together (along with actress Fiona Shaw and producer James L Brooks).
O’Brien’s ancestor for Abrams’ Star Trek 2?
Mulgrew Sets Phasers to Obama
Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway) was on hand at the Democratic primary at Cleveland State University on February 26th, according to Cleveland.com. Mulgrew cheered for Senator Barack Obama as her Presidential Candidate of choice, and has some select words for Obama’s Democratic rival, Hilary Clinton:
She’s cornered. Over-extended. Strident. She’s showing her hand.
Mulgrew prepares for next debate
Spiner Credited on Superhero Movie Poster
ComingSoon.net has unleashed the poster for Brent Spiner‘s (Data) new latest outing, Superhero Movie. Spiner doesn’t appear on the poster, but at least his name can be seen in the credit block at the bottom. Brent’s “Yesterday’s Enterprise” co-star Christopher McDonald (Lt. Castillo) and VOY guest star Robert Joy (Yerid, “Workforce II”) also received poster creds but are also lucky enough not to be seen on the poster. As the poster warns, Superhero Movie opens “March 28 everywhere.”
Spiner would probably be better off without this kind of recognition…
- Connor Trinneer‘s (Trip Tucker) reprises his role as wraith Michael in the Stargate: Atlantis two-parter “Kindred,” which began last Friday and wraps up tomorrow on the Sci-Fi Channel.
- Michelle Forbes (Ro Laren) is “In the Limelight” this week over at TV Squad
- Armin Shimerman (Quark) continues his “The Fine Print” column at BackStage.com with a description and analysis of the union agreement known as Phase One.
- The Palisadian-Post has an interview with newly-minted Oscar-winner and TMP vfx photographer Michael Fink; you can read it here.
- AZStarNet chats with Star Trek (2009) science adviser Carolyn Porco; check it out.
- TrekWeb.com has an interview with Trek production associate and script coordinator Eric Stillwell in which he discusses the TNG episode, “Yesterday’s Enterprise,” and his book, The Making of “Yesterday’s Enterprise”
- The Hudson Reporter has a piece on TNG/DS9 writer William Stape.
- And finally, former Star Trek: Voyager star Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) turned 40 years old last Friday. Happy birthday, Jeri… you’re still hot!
Jeri…40…does that make her a ‘cougar?’