CelebWatch: Stardate 06.20.08

In this special, late edition of CelebWatch (special because it’s late), we bring you news on what Patrick Stewart is doing now that he lost that Tony Award, an update on Meaney’s Life on Mars, Shatner declaring he is not a hustler, Chris Doohan in concert, plus the Holodoc and Q hosting a concert, and several interviews, so check it all out below.

Patrick Stewart’s moving on
We all know Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) should have won that Tony Award, but he didn’t, so now he’s doing all he can do – moving on. For one, he’ll be attending the London Film and Comic Con next month (see story below for more). Also, according to The Shield Gazette, Stewart will give this year’s prestigious South Shield Lecture in November, although where the lecture will be given has yet to be revealed. In other Stewart news, the actor was one of 70 celebrities who donated their hand prints to be auctioned in an a charity event to raise money to get a pair of myoelectric prosthetic hands to young meningitis victim Tilly Lockey. See ChronicleLive for more info on that. In the meantime, here are some pics of Stewart hanging out with the stars at the Tony Awards on Sunday.

Stewart with Kate Fleetwood, John Lithgow, Glenn Close, and ‘guest’
(click to enlarge)

Shatner on hustling and rehearsing in bathrooms
In a new interview with the Dallas News, William Shatner tries to explain how he will say yes to just about anything…but just don’t say he is a hustler:

The way I see it, from my point of view, it isn’t hustling. It’s, the opportunity is there. And why not avail oneself of it? Like a guy says, ‘Would you like to write a book?’ And I say, ‘OK, I’ll write the book.’ A guy says, ‘I’d like to give you a lot of money if you’ll stand with me and have a picture taken.’ Click, it’s over. A lot of money goes to some kids who could use it. Well, I’m not hustling for that. But if I’m passing a kidney stone, and the guy’s going to throw it out, and someone wants to buy it, I’ll bargain with him for how much it’s worth, and give the money to charity. I’m not hustling.”

In other Shat news, there is a new audio interview conducted at the his appearance at the 92nd St. Y last month, where Shat talks about his appearance in Henry V  for which he had to rehearse in a bathroom. Lastly TV Guide visited with the Shat at the recent LA Book Expo and he tried to explain to them everything he is doing.


Doohan’s Band + Picardo & de Lancie – in concert TONIGHT
Chris Doohan (son of James Doohan and actor in the new Star Trek movie) has a rock band called Muddflaps. They are playing TONIGHT June 20 at 8PM at the Ultra Blue Lounge in Agora Hills, CA. The show is a sort of birthday bash for Chris (whose bday is next week). And if you are in Toronto, then check out Star Trek actors Robert Picardo (The Doctor) and John de Lancie (Q) hosting the Toronto Symphony Orchestra concert entitled Star Trek: The Music. The concert will feature music from TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY, and the Star Trek films. (What, no Enterprise?) The event starts at 8pm tonight at the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto; if you can’t make that performance, though, there’s another one tomorrow, same time, same place, same hosts. See the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for info and tickets.

Doohan (in hat) with band (click to see full flyer)

Picardo Atlantis images + compares SGA to Trek
The first official images of Robert Picardo (The Doctor) from Stargate Atlantis are now available at Gateworld. Bob has joined the Sci-Fi Channel show for the upcoming seasons as a series regular, with his recurring character Woolsey taking over the Atlantis Expedition. In a new interview with Newsorama, Picardo compares Trek and Stargate, saying

There’s a kind of freewheeling humorous, we’re winking a little at the genre thing, that they do on Stargate very well. Star Trek tends to take itself a little too seriously. They were either very dramatic shows, or if we did a humorous show, it was always a little like ‘Oh, we’re doing humor on Star Trek,’ especially on the original series. I shouldn’t say this in print but it was always a little painful when they were funny on Star Trek. My character on Voyager, because of the way he was presented, I could go either way. I could be a real buffoon, a windbag, be self-involved, and we could get a lot of comic mileage from him. However, the audience accepted me with gravity when I was in a dire situation so they would follow me in comic or dramatic stories. What I like about this show is they do both at the same time.

Looking sharp Bob (click to see more photos)

McGillion talks Trek & Stargate
Picardo isn’t the only SGA-Trek crossover.
In an interview with Pop Culture Zoo, actor Paul McGillion described, in great detail, his role in the upcoming Star Trek film. Oh, wait… (reads interview again) uh, strike that, my bad. He actually didn’t reveal a thing. From the interview:

I signed a confidentiality agreement so I can’t talk about it, but I will say I am looking forward to seeing it in the theater myself. It would have been great to have been able to play Scotty, especially with my Scottish background, but Simon Pegg’s a great actor and will do a terrific job in the role. It was an honor to get to work with J.J. Abrams and this film lives up to the legacy of Star Trek.

McGillion also talked a bit about the Stargate: Atlantis episode he was filming at the time, explaining:

The episode I’m filming right now is called “Outsiders” and it’s my third episode this season of the five that I’m doing, or the minimum of five. It’s a lot of Wraiths and a lot of conflict. David Hewlett and I have a ton of stuff, there’s a lot of Beckett and McKay stuff in it. We’re having some really good laughs doing it. It’s been great. David and I are pretty much throughout the episode and we have a lot of stuff together. So it’s a big Beckett and McKay episode.

Cattrall: Valeris is Che Guevera
In an interview over at TV Squad, Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall briefly discussed her portrayal of Vulcan traitor Valeris in 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. From the interview:

[Valeris] was not part of the Enterprise. She was a Che Guevera; she was going to shake things up. [Director/co-writer] Nicholas Meyer and [co-star/co-writer/exec producer] Leonard Nimoy were both so supportive, like when I wanted her to have a Hugenot hairdo and for her to have this very close relationship with Spock but also see that he had clay feet.

Cattral at the premiere for "Sex in the City" (click to enlarge)

Dukat speaks!
Holy crap, how long has it been since we heard anything about anything from actor Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat)? Last I heard, he was shopping at a Lowe’s somewhere. Anyway, SciFi Reporter scored an interview with Alaimo which has been reprinted at SciFi Pulse. It’s a brief interview, but an interview nonetheless. Alaimo tells us what he finds to be the most rewarding thing about being part of Trek:

Having a steady job and having a great character to develop. Meeting up with the people, who actually watch the show.

And on his reaction to the cancellation of Star Trek: Enterprise, included here mainly because he talks about Jeffrey Combs!

Well, I was pretty surprised actually, my first thought was of my friend Jeff Combs who played one of the characters on that show (Shran). It is hard when your show gets cancelled. It makes you wonder where the Star Trek franchise is going to go from here.

Sid and uncle attending LFCC
It has been announced that DS9 star Alexander Siddig will join his uncle and fellow Trek alum Malcolm McDowell (Generations‘ Dr. Soran) as well as Patrick Stewart and VOY guest star Brad Dourif (Lon Suder) at this year’s London Film and Comic Com. The event takes place at Earls Court 2 on Saturday and Sunday, July 19th and July 20th. It is not yet known which day Sid or Malcolm will attend the event, though Stewart and Dourif will be there on Sunday. For more information, check out LFCC’s official site.

Colm Meaney to live on ‘Mars’
Two weeks ago, we reported that the American version of Life on Mars starring TNG/DS9’s Colm Meaney (Miles O’Brien) was hitting some stumbling blocks which could result in a re-shoot of the pilot and even some re-casting. This week, ABC entertainment president Stephen McPherson tells us that the show is on track, that they are ahead of schedule with scripts, and that production is ready to go. Also, the production was moved from Los Angeles to New York. However, there is still no word on whether or not Meaney or any of the other principal cast will be replaced. According to SyFy Portal, however, it is believed that Meaney is still on board. See MediaWeek for more.

Chris Pine is bottle shocked
The trailer for Bottle Shock, the upcoming film starring Chris Pine (James T. Kirk in 2009’s Star Trek), is now available online; you can check it out below, via YouTube. The movie, which chronicles the events leading up to the famous Paris Tastings of 1976, will open in limited release on August 1st.


  • A movie about the Underground Railroad starring LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge) and entitled Follow the Drinking Gourd will be screened at Silver Spring Library’s African American Film Circle on June 19th. (Washington Post)
  • Also according to The Washington Post, DS9 star Avery Brooks (Benjamin Sisko) attended Tuesday’s performance of Antony and Cleopatra at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC, followed a dinner with the director and the American Theatre Critics Association conference.
  • DS9’s Armin Shimerman (Quark) describes the trailer reuse option seen on SAG’s day-player TV contracts in his latest The Fine Print column.
  • Production has wrapped on the Friday the 13th remake starring DS9’s Nana Visitor (Kira Nerys) as the mother of Jason Vorhees. (Bloody Digusting)
  • The Man from Earth, written by Trek writherJerome Bixby and starring ENT regular John Billingsley (Phlox), will be released on DVD on July 7th (DVD Times)
  • Trek movie stars James Cromwell (Zefram Cochrane, ST:FC) and Stephen Collins have voted in support of AFTRA’s tentative primetime TV contract; other actors feel differently. (The Hollywood Reporter)


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Derek Evans

Good Stuff!!

Derek Evans

Oh and Happy Soltice!! Numero Uno!!

Derek Evans

Oop..I mean..Solstice…Sorry!

Bottle Shock looks like a cracking film, and there’s something about Pine that reminds one of early Brad Pitt – great star potential. My guess it’s one of those films that will be critically well recieved somehow.


Well, at least that Bottle Shock preview gives us a taste of what Pine looks like in a hairpiece!


Scott B. out.

c0MmODoRe g0_oFbAlL

l0_oking at Stewart’s “Guest,” it’s time to shave my head. };-D>


And William Shatner is still not in the new movie.
Borrowed from this week in trek

goofball- be sure ta’ send tha’ clippings ta’ charity…


Dukat knows Lowe’s beats Home Depot.



What’s the real story about the “Kim Cattrall/Enterprise bridge/naughty pics” incident I’ve kept hearing over the years? Was this something that ever really happened, or is this a TREK urban legend?

From what I remember reading/hearing, Cattrall snuck onto the closed Enterprise bridge set (during the filming of TREK VI) late at night and had someone snap some pics of her lounging around the Captain’s chair in her “all-together.” Somehow, Nimoy got wind of this, confiscated the pictures & negatives and destroyed them and went ballistic on Cattrall.

Was this ever confirmed by the principals involved, or was this purely a tabloid invention?


Excellent article Charles!! Thanks for the good report!!


SPB — More imporantly, do any copies of those pictures remain, how can I download them, and why is Nimoy such a fussy-pants?


#12 –

LOL!!! Indeed & agreed!

hellllllooooo “guest!”


@ 12

My sentiments exactly!

Orb of the Emissary

What?! No music from ENT in the Toronto concert?! I’m telling ya, ENT always gets disrespected…


If Shatner truly is not in the movie, I know the perfect revenge. He should find a way to get a Priceline commerical run in every theatre showing the new Trek film.


Go rock the house, Mr. Doohan!


Wow this site is really scraping the bottom of the Star Trek bargain barrel! No actual news about the actual trek movie whatsoever.

Chris Doohan

18 Boborci

“Go rock the house, Mr. Doohan!”

Thank you, Bob. I’ll giv’er all I’ve got,Laddie!

Bill Peters

Great Stuff!!!!

Chris Doohan


By the way, tonight we are doing mostly cover tunes from the 80’s and 90’s (Journey, Van Halen, Cheap Trick, Allman Brothers etc.). If you’re coming, just mention that you heard about this show on trekmovie.com and the first drink is on me. ( I hope you like water. :)

PPS Gretchen Bonaduce (next to me in photo) is now single, so all eligible bachelors are welcome (she’s gonna kill me).

When I saw the picture of Stewart and Lithgow I panicked. I thought we were seeing another wedding! Whew.


I believe I made a valid point. I can also see yours. I don’t differentiate between columns and the site, and the site seems to have less and less news about the actual movie, nor is it really going out and trying to scoop any, at least not in recent months. A production still of anything new would seem to be long overdue.


Well Mr Doohan if it was on the this side of the world I would have come to see you play. Unfortunately being on that side of the world it would have of course been a toss up between your gig and the Toronto Star Trek night. I’m afraid you would have lost! Hey-ho, I’m over here in “Good ol’ Blighty”and veiling the up-and-coming trekmovie in a thin film of pessimism and doubt in a way only we British can!
Will XI soundtrack be available prior to movie release?
I am incredibly interested to hear the new score.
In my opinionTrek’s music will be (and always has been) as important as the movie itself. Its true there has been some horrible moments in some of the movies scores, but this next movie really needs a score that can be identified by die-hard fans and new alike

LOL… from the picture there, I halfway thought that Lithgow and Stewart were announcing that they were getting married too.


That Bottle Shock movie looks pretty good.

Ron Mosher

Hey Anthony are you going to be folowing SGA when season 5 starts June 11? I’m hoping since BSG is covered here you’d do the same. Thanks!

Well BSG was a special case because of Ron Moore and space based scifi and i loved the show and there was a large fan crossover

but perhaps we can ‘adopt’ another show. With the Picardo and the McGillion connection.

It is worth thinking about

I believe I made a valid point. I can also see yours. I don’t differentiate between columns and the site, and the site seems to have less and less news about the actual movie, nor is it really going out and trying to scoop any, at least not in recent months. A production still of anything new would seem to be long overdue.

Thank you for your comment, I feel i should clear something up

TrekMovie.com is the number one Star Trek news site. The site started off being about the movie but quickly evolved and is now the premiere source for ALL trek news. I do believe we achieve our mission of doing more stories, more exclusives, and more scoops than any other site. I am sorry about the name but after the movie comes out we are changing to trekhq.com anyway.

But this site continues to go out and get scoops and trust me…the people at Bad Robot and Paramount have heard me beg (I am not too proud) for those images. There will be more movie coverage coming up in June and July. We have more cast confirmations, we will have more interviews, we will have more spoilers. But the movie is 11 months away. STAR TREK is the most secret project in hollywood and we have got what we can…believe me the scoops we have already put out have not gone over well in some quarters of Paramount, but we will still do what we do to bring Trek fans news on the movie and EVERY OTHER ASPECT of Trek.

any more suggestions email us or put them into

John N

Just came back from Star Trek: The Movie here in Toronto.

I had a great time all around, with the my personal highlight being the music from Star Trek II. I took my wife (who thinks that all Star Trek fans are geeks), and even she managed to enjoy herself (albeit that’s a relative term). I can’t say that the transvestites in TNG uniforms really changed her mind about Star Trek fans, though she was genuinely surprised at the diversity of the crowd.

John de Lancie and Robert Picardo were entertaining hosts, though there were far too many Trek in-jokes for my liking. As one trying to convince his new wife that Star Trek is actually cool, they didn’t help me out all that much. If I learned anything tonight, it’s that the makers of the new film are doing the right thing by keeping the non-fans first and foremost in the story-telling.

All in all… I had a great time, and my wife asked me if I could show her the film with her favourite music in it. The film?… Star Trek II. :)

Denise de Arman

Chris#23- Taking into account the person to whom Gretchen use to be married, it might be wise to have a dozen big guys present tonight to, uh, watch over things. Might not be a bad idea to have a couple of those same guys see you home tonight.

Denise de Arman

Anthony- I am constantly amazed at comments by persons who complain about lack of movie info on your site as though you owe it to them. Are these people aware that this is your private site and that everything you and your staff does is purely for the love of Trek and fandom? I would encourage any who want to complain to show some gratitude instead – a little patience for a few more months is not an undue burden.

Harry Ballz

Just got back from the Star Trek concert. Reasonably entertaining, good music, tightly scripted banter between Picardo and de Lancie with a few good jokes…..de Lancie, reading from the script, said the next Star Trek movie “will be out at Christmas”!!!!


Denise de Arman

Harry- Was he corrected by anyone, I hope?

Harry Ballz

Denise-No, not that I heard!


Just saw Star Trek: The Music tonight at Roy Thomspon Hall (I live in downtown Toronto) and I must say it was ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR! My girlfriend took me as an early birthday gift, and we both loved it. She is not even a Star Trek fan; however she does have a love of music and was truly overwhelmed by the emotion of it, and the phenomenal job of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (the energy and enthusiasm of the conductor was fantastic).

We also both loved the hosting job by John de Lancie and Robert Picardo. They were very funny and charming and wove an excellent story around the music that brought us through the whole history of the franchise in a way any non-fan would understand. Although there were certainly a lot of great bits for us die-hard fans to enjoy as well.

My girlfriend has always been very reluctant to allow me to introduce her to Star Trek, but I am pleased to say that she has finally taken a genuine interest and is starting to understand my passion and excitement for it. Her favourite score was from Star Trek 3, but I told her we had to watch 2 first, so 3 would make sense ;)

I HIGHLY recommend it, both for fellow Torontonians, and for people who want to come in and experience both our city, and an incredible evening with some of the greatest musical compositions of all time.


7. Tom – June 20, 2008
“And William Shatner is still not in the new movie.
Borrowed from this week in trek”

Earth- Shatnering news…. keep us up on that would you?


Re: 19, 30
Since the virtual demise of the offical Star Trek.com site this seems to be the best place for stuff (maybe the title should change to trek.com to reflect this and lower expectations during the looong wait). Terrific work Anthony and crew! If there is no Trek movie news there is no Trek movie news, get over it. It isn’t like the TrekMovie folks can fabricate stuff. For that go to AICN (or as Shatner might say, “Get a life! Move out of your parent’s basement!)


Stewart as Big Giant Head: The Next Generation in the Third Rock from the Sun movie?


Whoops, guess I missed the TrekHQ comment–good move.


I am taking my family to the Toronto Symphony tonight to see Star Trek: The Music. We’re all looking forward to it!

shat hands

trekhq- i like it

…You kids running TrekMovie have *got* to be a bit more careful about what photos you pick to go with the initial headline link. My first-glance impression of that photo, following on the heels of George Takei’s finally getting legally married, was that Patrick was now engaged to John Lithgow! :-P :–P




OK thanks for trying your best, and please accept my apology for the comments born out of frustration. I know it’s not your fault, so please JJ throw us a few bones (no pun intended) …


#39 Xai

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