Hey, paisanos! It’s a special, Zoe Saldana-centric edition of CelebWatch. We have several Zoe-related news for you this week, including new awards, new projects, and, of course, new pics! But it’s not all about the lady; we also have bits on the other Star Trek movie stars, including Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, and Anton Yelchin.
Zoe named Face of the Future
Things are going fairly well for the lovely Zoe Saldana (Uhura in ST09). In addition to being the star of the highest-grossing film of all time (Avatar) and receiving recent Saturn and Empire nominations, she has now been named “Face of the Future” by Italian luxury fashion brand MaxMara. According to The Daily Telegraph, Saldana was chosen for this title "in recognition of her talent, style and grace." Saldana "will receive her award at the Women in Film Crystal & Lucy gala, in Los Angeles, in June." Over the weekend Zoe attended various shows at Milan Fashion Week (in Milan, Italy… duh) earlier this week, including sitting front row a the Max Mara event. She looked as radiant as always at the event; photos are below.
Zoe talks doc shoot and ‘Losers’
Zoe may be in the biggest movie of all time, but she’s not slowing down at bit. According to WWD Fashion that she will be heading to India later this year to direct an episode of the U.S. documentary series Half the Sky, which focuses “on women’s education in Afghanistan. In the meantime, she has several movies arriving this year, one of which is The Losers, an actioner based on the graphic novel, in which she co-stars with Star Trek: Enterprise guest star Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Damron, “Carpenter Street”). In her chat with WWD Fashion, Saldana summed up her work on The Losers thusly:
Me in underwear shooting guns!
Zoe + underwear + guns = good times
As if that weren’t enough of a selling point, a new TV spot for the movie has just hit the web. You can check it out at Trailer Addict.
Zoe loses, but Neytiri doesn’t
You may recall that Zoe received a nomination from the NAACP Image Awards as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. Well, the awards were held on February 26th, and as you can see in the winners list at Zap2It, Saldana lost the award to Mo’Nique for Precious. However, Saldana’s Avatar alter-ego, Neytiri, was named Best 3D Character of the Year at the International 3D Society‘s first ever “Lumiere Awards.” For a complete list of winners, head on over to PR Newswire.
Pine for Haiti
Chris Pine (ST09’s Jim Kirk) continues to do what he can for the people of the earthquake-devastated Haiti. As reported last month, Pine (along with co-star Zoe) helped to operate the phone lines at the Hope for Haiti Now telethon. Now Pine has become involved with the Habitat for Humanity and the Ricky Martin Foundation in their effort to help rebuild Haiti. One thing Pine has done is autograph a Habitat for Humanity hardhat (yes, you read that right — a hardhat!) as part of the group’s Hardhats for Haiti auction. The hardhat is currently up for auction, proceeds from which will go directly to help families affected by the earthquake in Haiti. The bid for the hardhat is currently $150, and the maximum next bid is $175. If you’d like to place a bid of your own, head on over to charitybuzz.
This Pine-signed hardhat is up for auction now
Pine also participated in a video for Habitat for Humanity/Ricky Martin Foundation to raise awareness for the need of “long-term solutions” in the rebuilding of Haiti. You can see that video below.
Pegg going body-snatching in London
Simon Pegg (Scotty) is currently in London shooting the film Burke and Hare, a black comedy in which he and Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, The Prestige) portray body-snatchers who start a business of sorts providing cadavers for a medical school in Edinburgh… any way they can. A number of photographs of Pegg and Serkis on the set have emerged via ShockTilYouDrop, The Daily Mail, and Edinburgh News.
Serkis (l. in both pics) and Pegg on the set of Burke and Hare
Burke and Hare also stars Tom Wilkinson and Tim Curry. It may be awhile before we see the movie, though. As Pegg wrote yesterday on Twitter:
Due to an extensive post production schedule you won’t be seeing our little desert caper any time soon. Rest assured it will be worth it.
Yelchin spotted at premiere…who is the babe?
On February 22nd, Anton Yelchin (Chekov) attended the premiere of the film Defendor in Los Angeles. While there, he was spotted and photographed with one of the film’s stars, Kat Dennings. Could there be some sort of romantic involvement here? Probably not, but let’s start spreading the rumor!
Dennings and Yelchin at a film premiere
JJ and Damon at storytime
It isn’t just the stars of Star Trek that are spotted around the town (and world). Today Star Trek producers JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof were spotted at the Milk & Bookies Story Time Celebration fundraiser
Lindelof & Abrams supporting children’s reading