Tonight we have a special brief all Kirks edition of CelebWatch. We start off with news on the new Kirk as Chris Pine has just signed on to do a new action comedy. As for Kirk Classic, William Shatner has bee making news this week with a report that he is a multimillionaire many times over, but apparently reports of his $600 Million worth are just not true.
Pine to do comedy
Chris Pine will follow in the footsteps of the first Kirk and add comedy to his resume. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Pine has signed on to star in the FOX action comedy This Means War. This confirms earlier reports that Pine was on the short list to replace Bradley Cooper who dropped out of the project earlier in the year. Pine will play ‘FDR’ one of two roommates battling over the affections of a woman, played by Reese Witherspoon. The other friend has not been cast, but Seth Rogen is reportedly the leading candidate. Shooting will start in July, which means that both Pine and his Star Trek co-star will be working on comedies this summer, with Quinto shooting his supporting role in What’s Your Number, a romantic comedy starring Anna Faris (see previous story).
Chris Pine to do new action comedy, possibly with Seth Rogen
Shatner: Not the $600 Million Man + animated Negotiator
Earlier this week an article in the Toronto Sun stated that even though Priceline would not disclose how much money they have paid William Shatner to be their pitchman, they had "unofficial word" that Shatner was paid in Priceline stock now worth $600 Million. This unsourced article was picked up all over the web, in the mainstream press, and even on TV.
However, it appears that the story is not true, according to the man himself. Today William Shatner made two tweets on the subject
Someone stupid said a stupid thing about me making $600M. It ain’t so. Relatives are coming out of the woodwork. Too bad it never happened.
Wow, I have a lot of Twitter-nieces and -nephews. I don’t know how far I’ll be able to stretch 600M invisible dollars. My best, Bill
Leonard Nimoy decided to join in on the fun and replied to Shatner via Twitter:
@WilliamShatner at least buy me a meal !! LN llap
@WilliamShatner Bill: I swear it wasn’t me. How do these rumors get started? Like the one about you trying to drown me during ST IV. llap
Speaking of Shatner and Priceline, here is the new Negotiator ad.
Priceline has also posted their animated ‘Negotiator’ ads (voiced by Shatner) from Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Comedy. Here is one:
More at Priceline’s YouTube page.