Exclusive Clip From William Shatner’s Get A Life! Doc + Free Epix ‘Star Trek Celebration’ On XBox Live

On Saturday William Shatner’s new documentary "Get A Life!" premiers on Epix. For his latest doc, Bill dives deep into Star Trek fandom to find out why Trek fans do what they do and today we have an exclusive clip from the doc to show some of Bill’s research. We also have details on how XBox 360 owners will be able to see all 11 Star Trek movies via Epix this weekend too.      



Exclusive Clip from William Shatner’s ‘Get A Life!’

"William Shatner’s Get a Life!" premieres on the EPIX channel on July 28 at 8pm EST. Here is the official description:

Based on Shatner’s hugely popular book (in response to his now infamous skit on SNL), this film examines the mystery, longevity and the cultural phenomena of Star Trek and its long-obsessed fans known as “Trekkers.” On the surface, the film is an exploration of strangers who have for years attended conventions which looked foolish and almost laughable to some – but Shatner discovers the many secrets and hidden motives behind these individuals’ compulsion to attend these events. The end result is a film that reveals a fun and touching side of the fanfare surrounding Star Trek, and examines the thrill of what’s happening at these fantasy conventions and the enduring popularity of the film and TV series as Shatner further embraces his role as Captain James T. Kirk and his own impact.

Epix has provided TrekMovie with an exclusive clip from the doc where we see Bill talking to Robert Walter, President of Joseph Campbell Foundation, about mythology and Star Trek fans.

If you don’t have Epix on your cable or satellite system you will be able to watch the documentary (and all Epix programming) for free online by signing up for a free 2 week trial at epixhd.com/freetrial.


Get A Life!, all Star Trek movies and more coming to XBox Live Subscribers

Epix has also just announced a free preview of the EPIX app on Xbox 360® along with a special programming event, Shatnerific: A Celebration of Star Trek Fandom, bringing together EPIX Original Documentaries about the franchise with 11 popular Star Trek movies to be made available July 28 – 29. A featured event on the Xbox LIVE dashboard, the Star Trek Celebration will make premium programming normally available only to Xbox LIVE Gold customers accessible to all Xbox LIVE subscribers.

Following up the success of the EPIX Original Documentary The Captains, an in-depth look at the Star Trek franchise through the experiences of each actor who has played a Starfleet captain, Shatner returns with William Shatner’s Get a Life! which explores the flip side of the coin in the Star Trek phenomena: the fans.

Along with the EPIX Original Documentaries, the Celebration of Star Trek Fandom will also feature an Xbox 360® exclusive presentation of all 11 Star Trek films, from the original Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) to the most recent Star Trek (2009).

“Xbox is a great partner for EPIX and we are thrilled to offer this unique experience to the massive fan base that the Star Trek franchise enjoys. Through this partnership we are able to reach an expanded audience that is using Xbox 360 and engage fans with our content to drive even greater awareness of our multiplatform offering,” said Mark Greenberg, EPIX CEO and President.


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hmmm… cant seem to get the Xbox Live Epix app here in Canada. oh well at least we get all the advertisements and commercials. well worth the 60 bucks a year.

The Shatner EPIX panel at Comic Con was a blast; a great trio of Shatner, Roger Corman and Kevin Smith.

I will definitely give his new “Get A Life” documentary a look; the previous “Get A Life” book was a nice read…

Mr. Shatner looks healthy especially for a man of 81, and it looks like he’s lost some weight!

“We also have details on how XBox 360 owners will be able to see all 11 Star Trek movies via Epix this weekend too.”

Oh great when I get home after work here in England I’ll give it a look!…..what’s that? US only? figures.

Some rock band should do a tribute song to William Shatner. The man is a legend.

If you are on XBOX LIVE, please help me remind RARE LTD, Bandai Namco, and Digital Extremes to ensure there will be XBOX Live Avatars with the game coming in January or with this new release of movies. Please email/tweet to them that you want Star Trek themed XBOX Live Avatars! Thanks!


Tweet: @rareLtd, @bandainamco (< — not sure about about exact address).

So if I understand right, we can see Get a Life on the Epix app? Or only the movies?

#3 yes he does, doesnt he? he looks fab for a guy his age. and must give this a look…LOVED the captains doc he did

Nice to see some friends in the preview :Erik and Louie (aka Soval) from the con last year. Bill did spend a lot of time filming there so he must have hours worth of footage yet to be seen. It was great when he came by and filmed in McFadden’s Pub at the Rio. Although it is now called The Irish Pub at Rio, I hope they will still serve the Star Trek drinks from Quarks like they did last year and show ST films or at least clips.

Ah, Shat always embraces Kirk when there are $$$$$$ involved. Gotta love the Shat.

@chrisfawkes.com. There is a band that does Shatner tributes. Check out Warp 11 at warp11.com, they have several Star Trek rock albums. They’re a great band. Shat looks great.

As I said in another thread,….Shatner has become quite the Trek historian. Hitting it at new and different angles, and with an artistic eye. I just saw ” the Captains” and thoroughly enjoyed it. I wanna see all of this one.

My only beef about about “The Captains” is he didn’t talk to Captain Ron Tracy (Morgan Woodward). He talked to other non captain people.

He keeps goin’ and goin’… boldly even.
Keep it up, Bill.

Mr. Shatner definitely deserves a cameo in the next movie for all the free publicity he’s been generating for them over the years.

Cheers Michael, i will check them out.

10. Indeed.

15. “Mr. Shatner definitely deserves a cameo in the next movie for all the free publicity he’s been generating for them over the years.”

See post 10. :)

The Captains was definitely a Bill Shatner movie by and about Bill Shatner, but, that said — the interviews themselves were surprisingly intimate and gave some neat insight into acting and the business. I wish there had been more of them and less business about Bill on planes and in cardboard boxes, but whatever (it was his movie, after all).

17. Orion slave girls or dollar bills, who cares the man just loves green. :-) Nothing wrong with that. Or do you suppose Chris Pine works for free?

Does this documentary examine the “fun and touching” side of when he charges $70 to sign an autograph in an impersonal line moving lightning fast or when he and the organizers charge $100 for the “privilege” of sitting beside him for literally 4 seconds to have a photo taken with him; while he refuses to look at you or acknowledge you?

Look, the man provides a service. He probably doesn’t enjoy it, so he charges money for it, like every other working Joe I can think of. In the end, the buyer still wins because his autograph will probably be worth more in years to come. Surprise! Not every actor is a humanitarian, and that doesn’t bother me at all, I. still. enjoy. his. performance.

I just watched “Get a Life” via the Epix app but can’t find a single one of the movies… what are those details on how to see them? If you search for them on the epixhd.com site it says “this movie is not currently showing on Epix” – what gives?

18. I didn’t say anything was wrong with it — just agreeing that Shatner isn’t doing this to give JJ free publicity. He’s an actor, they get paid.

Quite a good little documentary. Sure it covers some familiar ground, but the examination of Trek and myth and why Trek appeals to people on a primal level was very good… and obviously was a bit of a revelation to Shatner too.

Good stuff, and it’s clear Bill is having a good time in his new role as Trek historian.