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.
The 2009 Star Trek picked up its second guild award today (making it two for two so far). The Screen Actors Guild awarded Star Trek with the Best Stunt Ensemble Award. And in a ‘small world’, it was Scott Bakula who presented the award, who noted the coincidence.
Roddenberry Productions has entered into a deal with Ron Howard’s Imagine Television to develop Gene Roddenberry’s 1970s pilot "The Questor Tapes" into a new TV series. The announcement was made by Rod Roddenberry on Wednesday night at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences TV Hall of Fame Ceremony where Gene Roddenberry was being inducted posthumously.
Our 15th anniversary celebration continues today with a very special exclusive interview with Captain Janeway herself, Kate Mulgrew. The actress talks about what it was like at the beginning, the end, in between and beyond, including how she still hopes to once again play Janeway. We also talk about hair. You can read the full interview or listen to it, below.
Next week Jolene Blalock, Star Trek Enterprise’s sexy Vulcan first officer T’Pol, begins her stint in a recurring role on the fantasy show Legend of the Seeker. We have a video preview and photos of Jolene playing "Sister Nikki".
Yesterday was Martin Luther King Day, which was chosen for the premiere screening of a new indie film "The Guest at Central Park West", which deals with racial themes. Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols was on hand and while at the premiere she told her famous story about meeting Dr. King and how he convinced her to stay with Star Trek. We have photos from the event plus excerpts of a new interview.
The 67th annual Golden Globes Awards was held tonight in Los Angeles. The 2009 Star Trek movie was actually not up for any nominations, but Star Trek composer Michael Giacchino did win a Globe for his Up score. Also on hand was Star Trek’s Zoe Saldana who was one of the presenters and braved the rain for the red carpet. Photos below.
Tonight the Critic’s Choice Movie Awards, first major awards show of the season, was held at the Hollywood Palladium. The 2009 Star Trek movie was up for five awards and much of the main cast was there, but in the end they went home empty handed. We have pics of the Trek stars at the CCMAs below.
Award season is heating up. This article gives you a preview of tonight’s Critic’s Choice Awards where Star Trek is up for five awards. We also have photos of Chris Pine and JJ Abrams appearing at award shows this week, and news of where Zoe Saldana is showing up. Plus we have the latest Oscar buzz and what some potential Star Trek effects nominees are saying about Star Trek. All that plus video of Kristin Chenoweth’s audition for Spock.
The TNT heist show Leverage came back from hiatus this week, and Star Trek Voyager’s Jeri Ryan became the latest Star Trek alumni to join in, but this time for a recurring role. Jeri participated in a conference call to talk about the show and we have some of her comments about it (and Trek below). Plus today TNT announced they have ordered a second season of Scott Bakula’s new show, Men of a Certain Age.
Let’s start off the day with some more fun with Shatner. The original Captain Kirk was a guest on NBC’s Today Show, where he was promoting his Bio show Shatner’s Raw Nerve. Also on hand was ‘Sweatin to the Oldies’ fitness video guru Richard Simmons, and the pair got a little close for comfort on the couch, check out the videos below. We also have a preview of Shatner’s Raw Nerve with psychic John Edward, airing tonight.
William Shatner was a guest on the Howard Stern Radio Show this morning. Bill was there to promote his talk show Shatner’s Raw Nerve, but Howard wanted to talk about George Takei and JJ Abrams. Much to Shatner’s chagrin, Stern got Takei on the phone to hammer out a future summit meeting where they can finally hash out their differences. Later Shatner talked about the new Star Trek movie (and the next one). Details below.
Star Trek’s new Uhura Zoe Saldana’s star continues to rise. Today the actress was named the newest face of Avon. Zoe will be featured in upcoming promotions for Avon cosmetics and a new fragrance debuting in June. Zoe has also picked up a nomination for her acting work in the mega-hit, Avatar.
Are you ready for more Star Trek sequel news? Well Star Trek’s new Sulu is. In a new interview, John Cho is talking up what he knows about the next voyage of the USS Enterprise and offering his opinion about a certain genetically enhanced individual. Plus Zach Quinto tweets about Star Trek: Something Something sequel. Details below.
Last week TNG’s Brent Spiner and LeVar Burton attended the big Consumer Electronics Show (see previous TrekMovie CES party report and pics). And while they were on the show floor they dropped by the live streaming This Week in Tech show hosted by Leo Laporte. The pair talk Tech, Trek, and more. Watch it below.
Today is a big day for scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, as they have just picked up their first WGA film screenplay nomination for their Star Trek screenplay. However, it wasn’t always easy sailing on the project. The pair are featured in a Honda sponsored short film, talking about the race against time at the beginning of the project. Watch it below.
We are still months away from knowing whether or not JJ Abrams will be directing the 2012 Star Trek sequel, but today it was announced he is going back into the director’s chair for the pilot of his new spy show for NBC, Undercovers. The new JJ Abrams executive produced show will be one of the new dramas to fill out the NBC schedule, now that their 10PM Jay Leno has been cancelled.
Next Gen stars LeVar Burton and Brent Spiner are in Las Vegas this weekend attending the Consumer Electronics Show and were featured guests at Friday nights "It Won’t Stay in Vegas" blogger party. TrekMovie sent our Las Vegas correspondent (and former Star Trek The Experience actor) Lisa Blake to the event, where she got the pair to talk some tech (and some Trek).
Last year Star Trek Enterprise’s Captain Jonathan Archer, Scott Bakula, did a three-episode arc on the second season of the nerdy NBC spy show Chuck, and it appears that he will be returning to the show for even more episodes in the third season, which kicks off on Sunday. Details below, plus a preview of Monday’s episode of Bakula’s current show, Men of a Certain Age.
Fans of the cult UK sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf will recognize Robert Llewellyn, who played the android Kryten on the show, but these days he has a quirky web interview show called Carpool where he chats with celebrities while driving them around. This week’s guest is Sir Patrick Stewart. Watch it below.
According to the producers of the new Star Trek movie, the toughest role to cast was James T. Kirk. Who could step into such iconic shoes and make the role their own? Since his debut as Kirk, Chris Pine has received high praise from critics and fans alike. And when you see the photos below, you can see that he is taking his work home with him.
Star Trek’s new Spock, Zachary Quinto, made our Top 2009 celebrity Stories List for his viral videos, and this week a new one from his friend Tyler Shields was released. Quinto appears with a number of other celebs, as well as a Stormtrooper, Mickey Mouse and all sorts of weirdness. Watch it below [note: video contains adult themes and imagery]
Patrick Stewart may be a knight, but Star Trek’s first captain, William Shatner, is still the king of all media, and he will prove that again in February when he returns to the ring to host WWE Raw. Details below, plus TrekMovie puts the smackdown on The Shat’s history with wrestling.
The knighting of Patrick Stewart this past week has garnered much international attention. While an officer of the fictional Starfleet since 1987, Stewart is now an Officer of the British Empire and has the title of "Sir." Some of those talking about Stewart’s knighthood were his TNG co-stars via Twitter.
Later this week the annual Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas. And visitors to the Dolby Booth will be able get their pictures taken the new Star Trek 2009 movie captain’s chair. Plus you can party with LeVar Burton and Brent Spiner. Details below.
You have have seen the multi-city tour for Star Wars: In Concert, but there is actually a (smaller) Star Trek tour also going on. "Star Trek: The Music," hosted by Bob Picardo and John DeLancie, has been performed by a number of orchestras in North America since 2007. The next stop is next week in Calgary, Alberta. Details below, plus a guide to more January Star Trek events.
The celebrity stars of Star Trek, past and present, are just the gifts that keep on giving. As we continue our year end retrospective today we take a look at the top Star Trek celebrity moments and stories from 2009.
The news leaked out a couple of weeks ago, but today it became official as Patrick Stewart, Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Captain Picard, was awarded a knighthood for his work in drama. Stewart, along with others, was named on the New Year’s Honours List.
The next Star Trek movie is now expected to arrive in the Summer of 2012, or in about 30 months. Before that happens, it has to have a script written, go into pre-production, then production and then post-production. In a recent Avatar related interview, Zoe Saldana gave an update on when she thinks work will begin on the film.
Star Trek’s original Sulu, George Takei was a guest today on the National Public Radio game show Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me. Before playing, the actor had a light-hearted chat with the hosts talking about his time on and after Trek. You can listen to the segment below.