The first CelebWatch of the year, and boy do I have some goodies for you! There’s plenty of Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto news, including a join appearance tomorrow at the Golden Globes. There’s also movie news for the likes of Simon Pegg, Colm Meaney, and Marina Sirtis. Plus LeVar Burton and Wil Wheaton ‘twittering’ to each other, and much more.
Pine and Quinto to present Golden Globes
The stars of the upcoming Star Trek movie are boldly going to the Golden Globes awards tomorrow night. Chris Pine (James T. Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock) are set to be presenters at this Sunday’s 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards, according to GoldenGlobes.org. That’s one more reason to watch the event… well, okay, that’s the only reason to watch it. The show will be telecast on NBC and its starts this Sunday – that’s tomorrow – at 8pm EST.
UPDATE: Pic of Quinto and Pine from Sunday’s rehearsals
And the winner is?
Pine is ‘Star of Tomorrow’, but not star of ‘Tron 2’
And there is more on Pine, the actor was named the male “star of tomorrow” in an annual poll of movie theater owners and film buyers, according to Reuters. Pine’s selection is (obviously) the result of his being cast as Kirk in Star Trek and the attention he attracted because of it. As if that weren’t enough (maybe it isn’t), Pine was also named as one of Entertainment Weekly’s nine rising stars to watch in 2009, and ABC News named him one of 2009’s Top 12 Break-Out Stars. Despite this recognition, however, Pine lost out on playing the lead role in the highly-anticipated, much-buzzed about sequel to the movie Tron. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pine and fellow actor Ryan Gosling (who, incidentally, was also up for the role of Jim Kirk in Trek ’09) were both potential leads on the project, but the part ultimately went to Garrett Hedlund (Friday Night Lights, Four Brothers). But with all his buzz, it seems Pine will survive.
Quinto short film at Sundance
And in other Quinto news, Zach is appearing in a new short film screening at the Sundance Film Festival called Boutonniere. For more information on this film and a screening schedule, check out this page here.
Lastly, TV Squad has a prediction about Quinto: that he will star in his own TV series. From the site:
Following his success as Mr. Spock in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, Quinto will be elevated to star status and give his own show by NBC. It might be a Heroes spin-off, if there’s a way to make Sylar into a sympathetic lead — which might be possible although the recent developments don’t seem to be going in that direction. Still, NBC is not about to let Zach go.
Pegg joins ‘Tintin’
Star Trek‘s new Scotty, Simon Pegg, has joined the cast of Steven Spielberg’s Tintin, based on the European comic book series The Adventures of Tintin. According to AICN, Pegg and his best friend and frequent colleague, Nick Frost, have both joined the production as Thomson and Thompson, a couple of bumbling detectives who look like twins. The movie is being planned as a motion capture 3-D production, like Beowulf and The Polar Express, so Pegg and Frost could be made to look more alike than they are in real life.
See the resemblance? Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (left image) will be playing Thomson and Thompson (right image).
Meaney’s a ‘Law Abiding Citizen’
As announced by The Hollywood Reporter, Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O’Brien) has joined the cast of the film Law Abiding Citizen, a thriller to be directed by F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job, The Negotiator). The film involves a man seeking justice from the district attorney who orchestrated the plea bargain that set his family’s killers free. The film, which also stars Jamie Foxx (Ray), Gerard Butler (300), and Meaney’s Layer Cake co-star Michael Gambon, is set to begin shooting in Philadelphia on January 21st.
Wheaton gripes over Festivus + takes on Britney
Actor, writer, blogger, and Prince of Geeks Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) is apparently a fan of “Festivus,” the fictional holiday created in a classic episode of Seinfeld which involves aluminum poles in place of Christmas trees and airing grievances in place of exchanging gifts. But Wheaton and other fans of Festivus are apparently not happy with the way faux holiday is being treated. Talking to the LA Times, Wheaton says:
When I air my grievances this year, they’re all about how commercial Festivus has become. And don’t even get me started on the new ‘designer’ aluminum poles.
In other Wheaton news, the former Mr. Crusher is a finalist as “Best Celebrity Blogger” in the 2008 Weblog Awards. He currently leads the pack of ten finalists with 39% of the votes, but be sure to cast your vote for Wil nonetheless. If you don’t, Britney Spears may overtake him, and we definitely can’t have that. The polls close January 13th at 5pm EST.
Follow Burton and Wheaton’s chats on Twitter
Earlier this week TrekMovie.com invited readers to start following us on Twitter, and you should because all the cool kids are doing it, including Wil Wehaton and his former TNG co-star LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge). Wheaton is a long time ‘tweeter’ with over 30,000 followers. Burton is a newer entry and just today you can watch the two ‘tweeting’ to eachother, including seeing how they are going to get lunch next week. Burton has been updating his Twitter all week long while he has been attending the big CES show in Las Vegas, and he has even been uploading pictures in real time. Last night he put up a pic from himself with Stevie Wonder, backstage at the Diana Ross concert.
Bakula’s ‘Certain’ update
Wondering what’s going on with Men of a Certain Age, that TNT pilot starring Scott Bakula (Capt. Jonathan Archer) we reported on back in July? You aren’t the only one. Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that TNT promises "an immenent decision" on the show and that the outlook is "hopeful." Well if things don’t work out, Scott can always go back to The New Adventures of Old Christine.
A look at Bana in ‘Funny People’
Universal Pictures has released the first official production still from Funny People, the upcoming dramedy film which stars Eric Bana, who previously played the villainous Nero in the upcoming Star Trek. Check out the image below (thanks to ScreenCrave). Funny People is set for release on July 31st.
If they’re so funny, why isn’t anyone laughing? The cast of Funny People, from left: Leslie Mann, Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, and Eric Bana.
Montgomery and Woodard make ‘Blacktrospective’ lists
EURweb has published its “EUR Blacktrospectiive 2008,” an assessment of the best (and worst) in black cinema, and three Trek alumni made the grade. Anthony Montgomery (Ens. Travis Mayweather) ranked #3 in the “Best Actor (Lead Role)” category for his performance in the independent film I’m Through with White Girls, while Alfre Woodard (Lily Sloane, Star Trek: First Contact) placed ninth for “Best Actress (Lead Role)” for The Family That Preys. Tyler Perry (the Starfleet Academy president in this year’s Star Trek) was also listed for The Family That Preys, placing sixth for “Best Actor (Supporting Role)” and second for “Best Director” (the latter for both Family and Meet the Browns). You can see the full list here, enjoy.
Tuvok to direct Neelix and Kurn
Tim Russ (Tuvok) has again worked with his Star Trek: Voyager co-star Ethan Phillips, this time on a new independent film called A Night at the Bijou. According to Moviehole, Russ directed Phillips and veteran Trek guest star Tony Todd (Kurn, etc.) in the film, which involves a group of friends who are in a rock band and work at a movie theater “who race to find a replacement for their injured drummer in time for their ‘Big Break’ show.” Sounds like it could be fun, especially if Phillips and Todd play the band members.
New projects for Sirtis
Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi) has two new movies coming out soon. The first, according to JoBlo, will be The Grudge 3, which arrives on DVD on March 24th… despite the fact everyone asked for the franchise to end after #1. Next, as reported to her personal website, Sirtis will be appearing in an upcoming Sci-Fi Channel movie called Doomsday. Note that this is not to be confused with the 2008 film of the same name which starred DS9’s Alexander Siddig (Dr. Julian Bashir). In fact, it will probably be much worse. Also according to her website, Sirtis completed voice over work on Seth MacFarlane’s The Cleveland Show, a spin-off of Family Guy starring the Griffins’ African-American neighbor, Cleveland. The show will premiere this fall. While you’re waiting for all that, though, Sirtis will be a guest on SyFy Radio on January 21st, according to SyFy Portal. She will apparently be the last guest which Michael Hinman will interview as host of SyFy Radio.
Beat up Bill in PS game + Coffee Talk with Shatner
Have you ever felt the need to punch William Shatner? Well if you own a PS3 you will get your chance as Bill Shatner will follow in the footsteps of David Hassleoff to become a downloadable character for the Playstation game Pain. The Shatner download should be available March 19th. (more info at videogaming247). In other Shat news Bill sat down to coffee with his family on his recent trip to Seattle and the little get-together was recorded and put up on YouTube as part of The Shatner Project, see below. The Shatner Project also has a new clip behind the scenes at the Jimmy Kimmel Show (click here).
A nice Shatner family get-together at a Seattle coffee shop.
- TNG cameo-maker Kelsey Grammer (Capt. Morgan Bateson) will star in a pilot for a potential sitcom at ABC about a corporate tycoon who reconnects with his family after being downsized out of his powerful job. (Variety)
- VOY guest actress Virginia Madsen (Kellin, “Unforgettable”) talks about voicing Queen Hipolyta in the new, animated Wonder Woman movie. (SuperheroFlix)
- Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher) will have a cameo in a family comedy called Make the Yuletide Gay, according to set decorator and Star Trek fan film actor J.T. Tepnapa. (TrekWeb)
- Michelle Forbes (Ro Laren) will return to HBO’s In Treatment for its second season, reprising her role of Kate, the wife of the main character. (Zap2it)
- James Cromwell (Zefram Cochrane, etc.) presented the award for Breakthrough Performance Award at the 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. (The Desert Sun)
- Chase Masterson (Leeta) attended the premiere of Yesterday was a Lie this week at the 2008 Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Fest at The Fine Arts Theater. (Monsters and Critics)
Chase Masterson at the Hi-Def Film Fest in Beverly Hills.