Trek Celebs are all over the place this week. Colm Meaney is getting tough, Kurtzman and Orci are going underwater, and Quinto is hanging with C-3PO. And in captain news we got Patrick Stewart taking the subway, Avery Brooks in mass, and William Shatner flipping off motorists. Plus lots of Trek celebs are headed to Germany this weekend for the big FedCon.
Kirk Meets Number Six + Shatner Autobio Dish
William Shatner and Tricia Helfer (BSG’s hot Cylon, Six) were on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno April 11th. The Shat talked about his recent hip surgery, his new autobiography, the April 26th charity horse show, and more. He recounted a story about getting in a motorcycle accident and then dealing with some fans to whom he gave a special salute (see below for vid). Bill stuck around for Helfer who noted it was “quite the event” for Captain Kirk to meet Number Six. Speaking of Shatner’s Auto biography, The New York Daily News gossip column has some salacious previews from the book about Shatner dealing with ex-co-stars ‘dislike’ of him and his ex-wife’s alcoholism (with help from Leonard Nimoy).
DreamWorks has picked up the rights to a film adaptation of the comic book mini-series Atlantis Rising, to be produced by Star Trek 2009 scribes and exec producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. As you can guess by the title, Atlantis deals with an underwater civilization that rises up against us dry folk. Don’t expect The Little Mermaid III, though; as the producers tell The Hollywood Reporter:
Kurtzman: The comic brings a fresh, techno-thriller approach to a story that holds all the tenets of a classic us-vs.-them alien invasion movie.
Orci: No sea horses or tridents here.
Quinto Groks Data
Zachary Quinto (the new Spock) was in attendance at the Carnegie Mellon University’s Robot Hall of Fame induction ceremony this week. Quinto (himself a Carnegie Mellon alumnus) represented TNG’s Lieutenant Commander Data, who is one of the four robots inducted. I would tell you the others being inducted but I’ve never bloody heard of them. Instead, enjoy this lovely image of Quinto with C-3PO and the voice of C-3PO (Anthony Daniels). More info at Carnegie Mellon.
Anthony Daniels (left), C-3PO (center), and Zach Quinto
Meaney Wins Award, Breaks Co-star’s Rib
Colm Meaney (Miles O’Brien) and his co-stars from the Irish film Kings walked away with the Palm Beach Festival Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast, according to The Hollywood Reporter. However, things didn’t go so well for one of Meaney’s current co-stars, Mackenzie Crook (of Pirates of the Caribbean fame) on the set of their movie, Three and Out. In an interview with The Daily Mail, Crook explains how grappling with Meaney cost him a rib:
There’s a scene in the film where Colm Meaney’s character catches me in bed with his daughter and chases me across the Lake District wearing only a pair of pants and a kimono. In the end he catches me, slams me over the side of a bridge and dangles me over a waterfall. That was when I broke the rib. It was horrible. The pain you see in the movie is real.
Patrick Stewart’s Day Off + Chatting With Conan
Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) never takes a break from Shakespeare, not even on his day off. The actor told The Associated Press that he recently had a day off from his acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and, finding himself with nothing to do, began reading Hamlet. Stewart also said he won’t be done with Shakespeare even after Macbeth ends on May 24th.
You’re never done — that’s the great thing. I know come the 24th of May, we’re going to be feeling like Liam Neeson’s character in ‘Schindler’s List’: ‘I could have done more.’ You can never say this job is done, mission accomplished. That’s impossible with Shakespeare.
In the meantime, Stewart paid a visit to Conan O’Brien on April 11th to discuss Macbeth. He also discussed how he wore hairpieces during auditions and why he likes taking the subway in New York City. You can see the full exchange at
Avery Brooks at Mass
DS9’s Avery Brooks (Ben Sisko) isn’t commanding a space station anymore but he still knows how to take charge. The Associated Press reports that Brooks was the stage director of a jazz and gospel mass at Lincoln Center in New York City from April 10-12. The event served as “a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York State’s oldest African-American congregation.” I wonder what the Prophets think of their Emissary directing a Christian concert…
Marina Visits Holby City
Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) guest-starred on the British medical drama Holby City in an episode which aired on BBC1 this past Tuesday. Last week we used a stock photo of Marina, but if you missed it (as I did living in the USA), Marina’s official site has posted images…
TNG stars (and Odo!) in Germany
DS9’s Rene Auberjonois (Odo) will be joining TNG stars Brent Spiner (Data), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge), and Michelle Forbes (Ro Laren) at FedCon in Bonn, Germany… which starts TOMORROW! Also at the event will be John de Lancie (Q), TNG/DS9 guest star Julie Caitlin Brown, VOY guest star Mark Sheppard, and veteran Trek guest William Morgan Sheppard. For a complete list of guests, see goto the FedCon site.
- John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox) guest-starred on an episode of Eli Stone which aired this past Sunday… yeah, probably should have gotten that news to you earlier…
- Teaser trailer for The Boundary, a short film starring Alexander Siddig, is available at the film’s official site.
- Robert Picardo (VOY’s Holodoc) discussed his Stargate character’s transition to the head of the Atlantis project in an interview with GateWorld.
- Enterprise‘s second season writer and co-producer John Shiban has been tapped to executive produce the upcoming syndicated series Wizard’s First Rule, based on the books by Terry Goodkind. (Variety)
- Michael Ansara (Kang) is 86
- Erick Avari (B’iJik, TNG: “Unification I;” Vedek Yarka, DS9: “Destiny;” Jamin, ENT: “Terra Nova”) and Kenneth Messeroll (McDowell, TNG: “The Next Phase”) are 56
- Jay Baker (Stevens, DS9: “Starship Dow”) is 47
- David Bell (DS9/VOY/ENT composer) is 54
- Jeff Bornstein (STVI stuntman) is 48
- Bob Clendenin (Vidiian surgeon, VOY: “Deadlock”) and Darin Cooper (Cardassian, DS9: “Sacrifice of Angels”) are 44
- Alicia Coppola (Stadi, VOY: “Caretaker”) is 40
- Ousaun Elam (DS9 stuntman) and Jon David Weigand (Borg drone, Star Trek: First Contact) are 38
- Michael Forest (Apollo, “Who Mourns for Adonais?”) is 79
- Edward French (TNG/STVI/VOY makeup artist) is 57
- Jake Garber (veteran Trek make-up artist) is 43
- Joel Grey (Caylem, VOY: “Resistance”) is 76
- Brent Hinkley (Butch, VOY: “Future’s End, Part II”) is 46
- Elizabeth Lindsey (Louisa Kim, TNG: “Home Soil”) is 52
- Kenneth Mars (Colyus, DS9: “Shadowplay”) and Charles Napier (Adam, TOS: “The Way to Eden”; Rex Denning, DS9: “Little Green Men”) are 72
- Arlene Martel (T’Pring, TOS: “Amok Time”) is 74
- Johnny Miller (TNG stuntman) is 73
- Jennifer Morris (Winona Kirk, 2009’s Star Trek) is 29
- Ron Perlman (Viceroy, Star Trek Nemesis) and William Sadler (DS9’s Luther Sloan) are both 58
- Courtney Peldon (Karen Farris, DS9: “Valiant”) and Kevin Derr (MACO stuntman on ENT) are 27
- Peter Mark Richman (Ralph Offenhouse, TNG: “The Neutral Zone”) is 81
- Jay Robinson (Petri, TOS: “Elaan of Troyius”) is 78
- Julia Rose (Cpl. McKenzie, ENT: “Anomaly”) is 35
- Joseph Ruskin (Galt, TOS: “The Gamesters of Triskelion;” DS9’s Tumek; etc.) is 84
- Faith C. Salie (Sarina Douglas, DS9: “Statistical Probabilities” and “Chrysalis”) is 37
- Douglas Spain (young Chakotay, VOY: “Tattoo”) is 34
- Paul Sorvino (Nikolai Rozhenko, TNG: “Homeward”) is 69
- Robert Walker, Jr. (Charlie Evans, TOS: “Charlie X”) is 68
Have an honorable birthday Mr. Ansara