After a break, CelebWatch is back and today brings you news on Colm Meaney getting a beat-down, Trek alumni say YES (and some saying NO) to the new SAG contract, one Trek alum receiving a Life Achievement Award, and a couple really weird videos featuring the two stars from the new Star Trek film. All this and more await you below!
Meaney gets mean butt-whoopin’ in new film
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O’Brien) was spotted getting a staged beat-down on the set of his new movie, Get Him to the Greek. As reported by Celebrity Gossip, Meaney was in Las Vegas on May 12th shooting a scene for the movie in which he and his co-star, Sean “Diddy” Combs, get into a brawl on the hood of a car. From what I can tell from the photos, Combs is winning. Get Him to the Greek is a spin-off of Forgetting Sarah Marshall about a record company intern (played by Jonah Hill) who is hired to accompany out-of-control British rock star (played by Russell Brand) to a concert at L.A.’s Greek Theater; the movie is set to open in April of 2010. In other Meaney news, the actor is now the star of a new advertising campaign for Halifax kicking off in June, according to Irish Times.
The fightin’ Irish ain’t putting up much of a fight: Combs (l) and Meaney on the set of Greek.
Trek actors vote NO on proposed SAG contract
Nichelle Nichols (the original Uhura), Bill Mumy (Kellin in DS9’s “The Siege of AR-558”), and Clancy Brown (Zobral in ENT’s “Desert Crossing”) joined several other actors to voice their concerns about the new proposed Screen Actors Guild contract in a video that was posted online over the weekend. All involved are opposing the proposed contract, which states, among other things, that actors would not receive new media compensation for their work in television shows made before 1974 or films made before 1971. This means that Nichols and Mumy would not be paid for new media distribution of their work on Star Trek and Lost in Space, respectively (among other works). I don’t know about you, but that just doesn’t sound right to me. You can check out the video below.
These actors are mad as hell and they’re not gonna take it anymore!
In the meantime, other Trek vets like Stephen Collins (Will Decker in Star Trek: The Motion Picture) and Ed Begley, Jr. (Henry Starling in VOY’s “Future’s End” two-parter) are voting YES on the proposed contract and are urging others to do the same. You can find their video here.
Nichols at Star Trek 09 Roddenberry showing
Earlier in the month Rod Roddenberry held a special screening of Star Trek at Catalina, with George Takei and Nichelle Nichols in attendance. Here is a video of Nichelle from the event.
Auberjonois receiving Lifetime Achievement Award + talks Trek 09 and new video game
Deep Space Nine star Rene Auberjonois will be presented with the Dell’Arte 2009 Lifetime Achievment Award by the Dell’Arte Theatre School in northern California on June 20th. To read more about award dinner and ceremony, and to purchase tickets to the event, head on over to the official Dell’Arte site. In more Auberjonois news, the actor discussed his experience with acting and voicing in video games, particularly his latest project, the PS3 game Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, in an interview with Geek.com. However, the interview kicked off with his early impressions about the new Star Trek. Here’s what he had to say:
I’m really hoping it’s great. I think it’s a franchise that has gone through a few manifestations and it’s time for a new look. It has to be a whole fresh look and I’m really hoping it’s very successful. I’m looking forward to seeing it. In some ways, the technology that we’re working with today in this videogames are right out of the old “Star Trek” shows.
Quinto’s got milk… all over him
So, um… there’s, like, this new video where Zachary Quinto (the new Spock) is being hosed down with…um…milk. It is not part of the "Got Milk?" campaign. According to E! Online, it’s a video portrait by artist Tyler Shields, who has more pics of Zach on his blog. Apparently the video’s purpose to get people scratching their heads… and getting people’s minds into the gutter, as it were. It’s, um…. you, you know what, just watch it, you’ll see what I mean. [Not safe for work… er, maybe. I don’t know.]
I wish I could explain… but there are no words…
Pine’s a sex offender
Speaking of weird YouTube videos featuring actors from the new Star Trek movie, we also have this video of the second episode of a new web-based comedy series called Vicarious, created by the movie studio Triple Threat.
“We are a sex offender.” Classic.
Tim Russ talks Trek 09
Tim Russ (Tuvok) also discussed his impressions of the new Trek movie in an interview with Mania.com. It’s clear from his comments that he hadn’t seen the movie yet and that he is unaware that the movie takes place in an alternate reality. Here’s a brief excerpt from the interview.
Well, I personally don’t care for prequels. I just don’t like them. It’s like reading the end of a book first. We know Spock is not going to die because we have seen him later on in other shows. We already know what is going to happen. You know that he can’t die so automatically the suspense of them making it or not making it is lost. What was so intriguing about the Wrath of Khan was that Spock got killed. They killed him off and people were stunned! That is movie making and great storytelling. You kill one of the most popular characters on your series?! That was powerful stuff. That was one of the best of the series of films. People talked about that over and over again because of the fact they were rolling the dice! From my standpoint, I am not really that intrigued, from a story standpoint, in prequels of any kind. I like to go forward – parallel or forward. I have heard that the story for the new film is supposed to be really amazing and really good. It may very well be a good story and very exciting. I certainly wish them the best and hope the film does fantastic. It looks good. But I, traditionally, don’t like prequels.
I would love to see his thoughts after viewing the movie, especially [SPOILER] his reaction to Vulcan’s destruction. [END SPOILER] For the full interview, in which Russ also discusses acting, his experiences on Trek, and Of Gods and Men, just go here.
Frakes, Ruck and Picardo are ‘Unknown’ + Interview with Bob
The upcoming Fox series Unknown Persons hasn’t aired yet but it already has several Trek connections. Jonathan Frakes (William T. Riker) is directing the pilot of the show, according to Back Stage, while Alan Ruck (Capt. John Harriman in Star Trek Generations) is one of the main cast members. And guess what? Robert Picardo has filmed a guest spot on the show, which may become a recurring role if the series goes beyond 13 episodes, according to Sci-Fi Wire. Persons Unknown will premiere on Fox this fall. In the meantime, Picardo gave an interview over at Moviehole, where he talks about Stargate: Atlantis (including a bit about the upcoming movie) and his upcoming appearance on Castle, among other topics. Enjoy that.
Bakula helps hype ‘Men
Scott Bakula (Capt. Jonathan Archer) took part in TNT’s upfront presentation for advertisers on May 20th, where he joined his Men of a Certain Age co-stars Ray Romano and Andre Braugher to try and sell their show to advertisers. It was said that their presentation received the most positive reaction from the audience. Men of a Certain Age is now set to premiere on TNT sometime in December, according to Variety.
Collins to reunite with Hemsworth on ‘Thor’?
You may recall that Chris Hemsworth, who played George “Daddy” Kirk in 2009’s Star Trek, has been selected to play the title role in the upcoming film version of Marvel Comics’ Thor. Now we have learned that Clifton Collins, Jr., who played Ayel in Star Trek (where, SPOILER, he had a hand in Daddy Kirk’s death, END SPOILER), will be auditioning for a part in Thor. At 11:36AM on May 26th, Collins left the following message on his Twitter:
Studying my ass off for THOR, gonna be a late night, well worth the loss of sleep!
Collins has not yet revealed what role he read for, but I for one hope he gets it! I also hope he has more screentime in that movie than he did in Star Trek. He’s a talented actor (check out Capote) and he was seriously underused in Trek. Okay, moving on.
- Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) and the rest of the cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company version of Hamlet will be performing the play one more time for a 180-minute televised version to air on BBC Two. (The Press Association)
- Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar) guest-starred on the season finale of NBC’s Southland, which aired on Friday, May 22nd.
- Alexander Siddig (Dr. Julian Bashir) lent his voice to the season finale of Family Guy (“Peter’s Progress”), which aired May 17th.
- Michael Dorn (Worf) voiced Kru’ll the Caveman (as well as Bane) in an episode of Batman: The Brave & the Bold called “Menace of the Conqueror Caveman!”, which aired on Cartoon Network on May 8th.
- A new film starring Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher) called Make the Yuletide Gay made its world premiere at the at the InsideOut Toronto Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, which ran from May 14th through May 24th. (BlogTO)
- Robert Beltran (Chakotay) is currently starring in Boleros for the Disenchanted at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco… at least he will be through tomorrow. Yeah, probably shoulda gotten this message to you sooner. (RobertBeltran.com)
Robert Beltran (l) gets a check-up in Boleros.
- Avery Brooks (Ben Sisko) was in attendance at the New Jersey Hall of Fame induction ceremony held on May 11th. (Mangalorean.com)
- Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax) was a presenter at the first annual Apollo Awards in Pennsylvania on May 18th. (Pennlive.com)
- Jonja.net has a video interview with Voyager co-stars Robert Picardo (The Doctor) and Ethan Phillips (Neelix); you can check it out here.
- Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway) co-presented the award for Best Play at this year’s Obie Awards, which were held on May 15th. (MetroMix)
- LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge) directed a master class in film directing at California State University, Long Beach, on May 15th. (Daily 49er)
LeVar Burton directs a student at Cal State Long Beach