With all the news going on in the world of Star Trek it is only natural to ask, what is William Shatner up to? And if adventure had a name it wouldn’t be Indiana Jones – it would be William Shatner. This edition of ShatWatch tracks the Shat’s latest adventures on horseback, in a Phaeton, with Gonzo (not the Muppet Gonzo), and more. Oh and there may be news on how William Shatner does tie into all this new movie stuff.
Shatner’s Hollywood Charity Horse Show – Shatner to do special stunt!
On April 25th at the Equestrian Center of Los Angeles, fans of Shatner and horses gather to enjoy some of the best equestrian entertainment with all proceeds going to a variety of charities including Ahead With Horses and Camp Max Strauss. Shatner started the annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show about 20 years ago after learning how horses were being used in therapy to help the severely disabled. The arena show is free, but for an extra donation, there is evening entertainment including a Willie Nelson performance and food prepared by Top Chef winner Fabio Vivani (who was also Shatner’s personal chef). For more information, including how you could donate and help this wonderful event visit horseshow.org
Normally, Shatner serves as MC at the Hollywood Charity Horse Show and performs some of his award winning equestrian rides. However, this year, NBC News is reporting that Shatner is boldly going…you know the rest. At the charity event, Shatner will perform a dangerous "kind of scary" stunt where he rides full gallop towards a wall and stops at the last minute. For those unaware of Shatner’s history, he is an award winning equestrian with years of experience. That he is doing this both for charity and at 78 years old is why we love the Shat so much.
Here is Bill promoting the show on a morning show in LA.
JJ Abrams and cast to attend horse show dinner?
While on the same morning show, Bill also talked about the new Star Trek movie and he mentioned (jump to around 5:00 in), that JJ Abrams and Paramount had purchased tables for the dinner at the horse show.
Shatner does say he isn’t sure if they would be attending, but this could be the first public Abrams/Shatner summit (and maybe a meeting of the Kirks). However, people often buy tables in order to make a donation to the charities, and there is a wrinkle as Paramount is holding a Star Trek press event on Saturday so the timing may not allow Abrams and others to be in two locations at once.
Speaking of Shatner and the new movie, Bill has a new interview at Wizard Universe promoting his upcoming TekWar and other comics. The interview also gets into talking about the new Star Trek movie, here is what Bill had to say about the ‘feud’ with Abrams:
Wizard: We hear you’ve been calling out director J.J. Abrams in a series of online videos.
Shatner: Well, I’ve been pulling his leg on the Web a bit. Pulling the Web over his eyes! I believe he said something like, "I don’t know when my life became answering Shatner on the Web!" So I’ve just been keeping at him. He has to call me!
Wizard: Were you ever approached to be in the film?
Shatner: When they were thinking about doing the movie, they talked to me a couple of times, I don’t know what it really was all about, and then they stopped talking to me and went their way. But you just know it’s going to be wonderful because J.J. Abrams is such a good moviemaker.
Wizard: We think it’s kind of silly that they’re using the excuse that you died in "Generations." Dude, everyone on "Star Trek" died at one time or another and came back!
Shatner: Yes, including the ship! I keep thinking about amber, how they have these insects that are trapped in this liquid for millions of years, fossilized, and how they’re talking about being able to extract DNA from them. And therein lies the mystery of Kirk’s return!
Gonzo Ballet and a Customized Gibson
April 17th the documentary "William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet" premiered at the Nashville Film Festival. Shatner was a producing partner on this film that is about how his acclaimed "Has Been" album was transformed into a ballet by award-winning artist Margo Sappington performed by the Milwaukee Ballet. Attending the premiere were Sheryl Crow, Ben Folds (who produced the "Has Been" album), Scott Hamilton, and Vincent D’Onofrio. According to reports, the documentary received an extended standing ovation. Also, while at the event, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean presented the Shat with a customized Gibson acoustic guitar. Gonzo Ballet will be available on DVD or TV soon, and there is a plan for a limited theatrical run.
Here is a coverage Nashville’s Channel 5.
And Gibson.com has a photo gallery from the event as well:
Bill rocks the Gibson guitar
Shatner’s Favorite Car
Ever wonder what Shatner’s favorite car is? Its the Volkswagen Phaeton (Phaeton…photon? Hmm….) Learn about this, how Shatner feels about the being party to TV’s first interracial kiss, his college career, and his nickname Tuffy by checking the newest videos at the award-winning Shatner Project.
More Raw Nerve coming
Shatner started filming the second season of Raw Nerve on April 9th. The episodes will be shown later this year on the Bio Channel. There is still no confirmation that the new season will have the ‘bury the hatchet’ show with George Takei. However, one guest we know of for sure is Tony Danza who has a short vblog about his taping at the Daily Danza.
Invasion Iowa DVD coming in May
If you can’t wait that long for your Shatner fix, then you can look forward to the Invasion Iowa DVD coming out in May. This is the reality television show where Shatner played a practical joke on the entire town of Riverside, Iowa (aka ‘future birthplace Captain Kirk’). TrekMovie will have an early review of Invasion Iowa soon.