CelebWatch is back, baby! This week, we have news on Star Trek vets lending a hand for Haiti, more gossip for Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana’s revealing secrets and more in a new (and provocative) photo shoot, and Sir Patrick Stewart on his upcoming knighthood. Plus: the passing of an acting legend who graced the set of TNG. For all this and more, just click below.
Pine, Saldana, Ryan and other Trek vets for Haiti + more Pine dating gossip
If you watched the fund-raising telethon Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief on Friday, you may have noticed some Trek figures amongst the celebrities who were operating the phones. Star Trek (2009) stars Chris Pine (Kirk) and Zoe Saldana (Uhura) were there, as was their co-star, filmmaker Tyler Perry (Admiral Bennett). Voyager‘s Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) was also answering the phones, along with Star Trek VI cameo-maker Christian Slater (Excelsior comm officer). For a complete list of celebrities who manned the phone lines, click here.
Chris Pine at the Hope for Haiti Now benefit
On a side note last week Chris Pine was burning up the gossip press with reports of his break up with actress and G4TV hostess Olivia Munn (see People Magazine article that kicked off a frenzy). But the pair were spotted dining together on Thursday, as reported by JustJared, but last night Pine was spotted with actress Nathalie Walker, so perhaps the Captain continues to play the field. As reported from his recent Laker game spotting, Pine has an eye for the ladies.
Saldana on Leno + Makes Most Desirable Women List + New (NSFW) Pics
On Thursday, the beautiful Zoe Saldana (Uhura) made an appearance on The Jay Leno Show as part of the ultra-boring show’s “Ten @ Ten” segment. Leno asked Saldana ten questions about her life and career; for the last question, Saldana described her most bizarre Trekkie experience. As lovely as Saldana is, the interview was not worth watching the entire show for; fortunately, we have the Ten @ Ten segment itself below:
In more Zoe news, the new Uhura was — not surprisingly — included in the AskMen.com poll for the Top 99 Most Desirable Women, ranking at #33 according to PR-USA.net. In addition, some new photos of Saldana have surfaced which prove that she belongs on that “Most Desirable” list… only these photos show a bit of Zoe you may not have seen before. In other words, the pictures in the following link are *not safe for work*. You’ve been warned.
Quinto seeks ‘Laughter’
On Thursday night, Zachary Qunito (Spock) attended the opening night of the Broadway play Present Laughter at the American Airlines Theatre. Quinto looked sharp in a Navy blue suit and black tie… yet still managed to maintain some of that Sylar creepiness. For the record, Present Laughter stars Victor Garber, who shot a scene as a Klingon in Quinto’s Star Trek, only to be cut from the final film.
Quinto (and his shiny suit) attending the opening night of Broadway’s Present Laughter
Sir Stewart talks knighthood, Shakespeare, and art
Sir Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) will be on American TV again this year, this time on PBS who will be airing performances of RSC’s Macbeth and Hamlet featuring the actor.
In an interview with Canwest Stewart discussed his knighthood. And, naturally, he found a chance to throw in a Shakespeare reference in doing so.
There’s a line in Macbeth, spoken, I think, by Macduff, where he says, ‘Lest our old garments fit more easily than our new.’ And that’s how I’m experiencing it at the moment.
Stewart’s knighthood, which will officially occur in the spring, has also given the actor a nice advantage when it comes to traveling. He explains:
I can tell you, though, that it did get me an upgrade on British Airways. And, with my American girlfriend, we were fast-tracked through immigration — for which she was grateful. I’m finding this distinction a little bemusing, actually.
Stewart also talked a bit about Shakespeare, including why he feels it endures and his take on the “Macbeth curse.” Having acted in two Shakespeare plays in the past year (Hamlet and Macbeth), Stewart describes why this has been “the grandest year of [his] life.”
This is my 52nd year of [acting] professionally, and all I ever wanted to do was act in Shakespeare. … The depth of personal satisfaction that comes from having this language in your mouth every day, in your head and heart, being able to take oneself out of one’s ordinary life and examine and explore the richness and complexity of these lives created for us by the genius of Shakespeare, is such a huge privilege.
Macbeth and Hamlet will be broadcast by PBS later this year as part of WNET/New York’s Great Performances showcase. For the full interview with Stewart, head on over to Canada.com.
Patrick Stewart gets Shakespearean at the Winter TCA Tour on January 13, 2010.
RIP: Jean Simmons (1929 – 2010)
Finally today, we have some sad news to report. Legendary British actress Jean Simmons, who played Rear Admiral Norah Satie in Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s “The Drumhead,” died of lung cancer yesterday at her home in Santa Monica, California, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. While Trek fans may know her best from her TNG performance, Simmons is mostly known for starring in such films as Guys and Dolls, Elmer Gantry, and Spartacus. She received two Oscar nominations (for 1948’s Hamlet and 1969’s The Happy Ending), an Emmy Award (for the mini-series The Thorn Birds), and six Golden Globe nominations (winning one). Simmons was 80 years old.
The late Jean Simmons as Norah Satie