This week, the Watch brings you news on George Takei’s singing lessons, James Cromwell getting presidential, Visitor’s role on Battlestar, Wheatong geeking out on gaming, Eric Bana’s concerns regarding his image, TV appearances for Scott Bakula and Ethan Phillips, a birthday wish for Marina Sirtis, and more!
Sulu Sings (Oh, my… ears!)
Last week, we reported that George Takei (TOS’s Hikaru Sulu) would try his hand at country singing on the CBS reality series Secret Talents of the Stars. Now in a new Trek-themed promo from CBS you can see and (oh my) hear it yourself…if you dare.
It’s madness, Jim, but not as we know it.
Visitor’s BSG Visit + New Movie Screenings
[BSG spoilers] We already know Nana Visitor (DS9’s Kira Nerys) has a recurring role in the fourth and final season of Battlestar Galactica, but io9 has some more info regarding her character. It appears her character, Emily, will be a patient in the same cancer-treatment room as President Roslin (played by Mary McDonnell). Before the two ultimately form a bond, but not before Emily annoys Roslin by religiously listening to all of Baltar’s radio broadcasts. In the meantime, Visitor’s new horror movie Babysitter Wanted will be screened at the Horrorfest in Denver, Colorado, which takes place April 18-20. The festival will run in conjunction with the STARFEST Sci-Fi Convention, which will be honoring Visitor while celebrating DS9’s 15th anniversary. Babysitter Wanted will then be screened Germany’s 12th Annual “Weekend of Fear” film festival on May 2nd and 3rd. (Business Wire)
Cover Boy Bana Concerned About His Profile
Eric Bana graces the cover of the March issue of GQ Magazine which includes an in-depth feature and photos (also available) of Star Trek’s latest bad guy. Bana doesn’t talk Trek, but gives insight into why he has referred to his Nero role as ‘a cameo.’ Apparently the experience working on The Hulk left a bad taste in his mouth for high profile projects and he has become more cautious about roles and his profile in general, telling GQ:
I have been in some high-profile films, but I think I’ve been pretty careful about what my level of involvement is in them. I find the notion so daunting that a movie is actually all about you. I don’t think it’s healthy.
Bana: ‘it’s not all about me’
Wheaton’s WIRED for gaming
Wil Wheaton (TNG’s Wesley Crusher) knows his games (as this video of his keynote at last year’s PAX gaming conference can attest). This week the writer of "Just a Geek" talked to WIRED game blog about his thoughts on the gaming industry, including when he thinks games will be as accepted as films and TV:
Until the barrier to entry is significantly altered, and the growing caricature of gamers as either foul-mouthed teens or psychotic misanthropes is stopped — which is unlikely, because opportunistic politicians have seized on it as the latest version of the Satanic Panic — I doubt videogames will reach the level of popularity and ubiquity that movies currently enjoy.
Cromwell gets presidential
James Cromwell (Zefram Cochrane, etc.) has been cast as former President George Herbert Walker Bush in Oliver Stone’s W, a biographical drama (in the same sense that JFK and Nixon were biographies) focusing on current President George W. Bush and his rise to power. The film should start production in April and is expected to be ready for release by the November elections and should definitely be out by the time Bush leaves the White House in January. (Variety)
Cromwell from Cochrane to ’41’
Ullman Loves Archer
Scott Bakula (ENT’s Jonathan Archer) will be starring with Tracey Ullman on the latter’s new sketch comedy series, State of the Union, which will run for five episodes on Showtime beginning this Sunday night. In the series, Bakula plays Chris Fulbright, the co-worker and lover of an investment banker … one of the many characters to be played by Ullman. See Variety for a review of the first episode.
B’Elanna Up for Hugo
Roxann Dawson (VOY’s B’Elanna Torres) is among those nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. Well, more accurately, the first season of Heroes is up for the award but Dawson, as one of the season’s directors, is included in the nomination list. Dawson directed the fifteenth “chapter” of the season, entitled “Run!” We’ll find out if she wins or not on August 9th; see The Hugo Awards.org for more.
Dawson directs Masi Oka on how to eat lunch
Neelix Doesn’t Want Your Sex
Ethan Phillips (VOY’s Neelix) guest-starred in tonight’s episode of Eli Stone. Phillips plays the principal of a school who expels a student for playing George Michael’s “I Want Your Sex” during an abstinence education assembly. Also guest starring in the episode are Bill Smitrovich (Webb in DS9’s “Past Tense”) and David Burke (Steven Price in VOY’s “Someone to Watch Over Me”). The episode aired tonight at 10/9c on ABC; that means you missed it. Oh, well; see WAPT.com for more information on the episode.
- Nicole de Boer‘s (DS9’s Ezri Dax) old Canadian TV show 9B has been picked up by British Columbian broadcaster VisionTV and will begin re-airing on March 31st. (Broadcaster Magazine)
- Malcolm McDowell (Generations‘ Tolian Soran) will be the guest speaker for the 17th Annual Florida Film Festival at Regal Cinemas Winter Park Village 20 on April 2nd. (eMediaWire)
- Tony Todd (Kurn, etc.) has will be at Fangoria’s East Coast Weekend of Horrors convention, to be held June 20-22 in Secaucus, New Jersey. (Fangoria)
- The new book honoring I Am Legend and TOS: “The Enemy Within” writer Richard Metheson, entitled He Is Legend, will be available February 2009 and is available for pre-order from Gauntlet Press.
- Tyler Perry (Head of Starfleet Academy in 2009’s Star Trek) won’t talk Trek but he did talk about everything else over at Urban Network.
Happy Birthday, Marina!
Yesterday, we celebrated the birthday of Leonard Nimoy; this Saturday will be the 53rd (!) birthday of Marina Sirtis, who is of course best known for playing Counselor Deanna Troi. So, from all of us on the TrekMovie.com staff, happy birthday, Marina!
Sirtis at last month’s Farpoint con
Here are other Trek luminaries celebrating birthdays this week:
- Phillip R. Allen (Capt. Esteban, Star Trek III) is 69
- Melvin Caesar Belli (Steve O’Connel, TOS: “And the Children Shall Lead”) and Paul Eiding (Loquel, TNG: “Liaisons”) will be 51 on the 28th
- Anthony De Longis (VOY’s Culluh) is 58.
- Jon De Vries (Wilson/Victor Granger, TNG: “Up the Long Ladder”) is 61.
- Lisa Lord (Alijon Prime nurse, DS9: “Nor the Battle to the Strong”) is 44
- Sarah Marshall (Janet Wallace, TOS: “The Deadly Year”) is 75
- Tony Papenfuss (Yeln, DS9: “Second Skin”) is 58
- Michael Reisz (William Tefler, VOY: “Good Shepherd”) is 40
- Richard Sarstedt (veteran Trek stand-in) is 66
- Norman Snow (Torin, TNG: “Rightful Heir”) will be 58 on the 29th
- Jon Steuer (Alexander Rozhenko, TNG: “Reunion”) is 24
- Brenda Strong (Rashella, TNG: “When the Bough Breaks”) is 48
- Jesús Salvador Treviño (DS9/VOY director) is 62)
- Lark Voorhies (Leanne, DS9: “Life Support”) is 34
- Dell Yount (Tilikia; B’Rat Ud) will be 48 on the 28th.