Interview: One On One With William Shatner

- 08-14-13Featured, Film, Interviews Posted by Jason Tabrys

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I will admit that after I had the chance to speak with William Shatner yesterday, I hurriedly thumb-typed out the words “Captain Kirk said my name!” to my father, the man who had first introduced me to Star Trek when I was a 7 year old sitting in a theater watching Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Star Trek was and is one of those things, those shared interests that remain strong as they reach across the years and the distance. Like baseball, it is an institution and an heirloom to be loved and one day passed on.

For almost 50 years, William Shatner has served as Star Trek‘s greatest ambassador. It is, despite notable roles as TJ Hooker and Denny Crane, his life’s work and something he has taken a magnifying glass too over these last few years as an underrated documentary filmmaker and interviewer.

In this one on one interview with Mr. Shatner, we touch on his affinity for intimate interviews and how it shines in his new DVD The Captains: Close Up, inspiring young minds with Star Trek‘s thirst for exploration, JJ Abrams, the need for a Star Trek TV show, the recent fan ranking of Star Trek films, and whether Star Trek V got a raw deal.

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Shatner and Gorn Have Rematch… Playing ‘Star Trek’ Video Game

- 03-29-13Film, Funny Videos, Videogames Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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An epic rematch more than 45 years in the making, actor and original Captain Kirk William Shatner comes face-to-face again with The Gorn as they play the new Star Trek video game in this viral video from Namco Bandai.

In the spot, The Gorn (taking a break from haunting Sheldon’s dreams) takes on against Shatner as they play the game. One misunderstanding leads to a fight and… Well, you can see the results for yourself. The video pays tribute to the classic original series episode “Arena,” which featured the first appearance of The Gorn and his often discussed and parodied showdown with Captain Kirk. The Gorn reappears in the new Trek video game as an enemy. In the game, they attack the new Vulcan colony and Kirk and Spock have to stop them.

“What better way to spotlight the adventure and fun everyone can have actually playing as Capt. Kirk in the new game, than to team up the legendary former captain himself to play one of his old foes,” said LeeAnne Stables, President of Consumer Products at Paramount Pictures, in a press release. “Mr. Shatner is such a great sport and that Gorn had absolutely no chance of coming out on top this time.”

“It never ceases to amaze me how many people still ask me about that scene,” added Shatner.  “It’s 46 years later, and he hasn’t aged as well as I have.”

The Star Trek video is available for pre-order now and will released on April 23, 2013 on X-Box 360, Playstation 3 and PC. The promotional video is below along with the original Kirk/Gorn face-off from 1967.

‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Trailer is Pegged to ‘The Hobbit’

- 11-16-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Perhaps those of you frustrated by lack of IMAX facilities in your home town, and thus fuming about the inclusion of 9-minutes of Star Trek: Into Darkness preceding the IMAX screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, can take heart that your regular, 2-D or 3-D theater will be running some kind of Star Trek before The Hobbit, the film’s first trailer. (more…)

5 Classic ‘Star Trek’ Characters Who Won’t Be In ‘Star Trek 2′

- 06-26-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

According to Ain’t It Cool News (via JoBlo) there are five characters from the original Star Trek series that rebooted Star Trek screenwriter Roberto Orci says are not in Star Trek 2.

You’ll notice that the one name is conspicuously absent from the list and is Khan Noonien Singh, the potential identity of the frequently debated about villain of the upcoming sequel that’s being played by Benedict Cumberbatch. I wouldn’t take this as confirmation though because I think at this point J.J. Abrams and the gang is having fun yanking the chains of over-anxious geeks.

So here is the Orci’s list:

1. Gary Mitchell – In the original series’ second episode, “Where No Man has Gone Before,” Mitchell is introduced as the Enterprise’s navigator and an old Academy friend of Kirk’s. After being exposed to the Galactic Barrier, Mitchell begins being consumed by god-like abilities, and Kirk is eventually forced to kill him on the surface of Delta Vega. Mitchell would be a compelling character for a villain in the sequel, but the story’s already been done in the IDW comic book follow-up to Star Trek. I highly doubt that Abrams et al would have allowed IDW to roll with the story if they were saving something for the movie.

2. Charlie X  – From the episode of the same name, Charlie was a teenager who survived a transport ship crash as a 3-year-old, was stranded on an alien world, and given superpowers by disembodied aliens. The Enterprise is transporting him to relatives on a nearby world when the kid loses his $#!% and tries to take over the ship. As you may have notice, no teenage actor has been cast in Trek 2.

3. Ruk – An android from the episode “What Are Little Girls Made Of?” Technically, he kind of filled the sidekick role in the episode as the real antagonist was Dr. Roger Korby (former finance of Nurse Chapel), so it’s kind of heard to think this character would be the heavy in Trek 2.

4. Janice Rand – Rand was played by Grace Lee Whitney in several episodes of the original series and was a Yeoman, someone who does clerical or administrative work according to the U.S. Navy system of ranking. It would have been understandable to assume than maybe Rand had a part in the sequel because of the casting of Alice Eve, who, like Whitney back in the day, is a stacked blonde. But I guess it wasn’t met to be.

5. The Borg – Thank God! The Borg were done to death on Star Trek: Voyager and milked of any lasting villainy or conflict from their collective bad asses. Resistance, apparently, is consistently not futile. Besides, The Borg were Next Generation villains.

Source: /Film

56 Channels & All Of Star Trek TOS Is On

- 04-24-12Funny Videos, TV, WTF? Posted by Mark Poynter

YouTube user twilight1138 is one of those creative nerds with lots of time on his hands. Not satisfied with the “Single Episode” experience of watching Star Trek, twilight1138 smashed all 56 episodes of the first two seasons of Star Trek (TOS) onto one screen, playing simultaneously with sound!

It’s like being in a crowed Star Trek Mall with voices all around you. Could this be what schizophrenia feels like?

You have to watch,

some small corner of your brain must know . . .

is there ever a time,

when all the screens show the same image?

NerdBastards.com Salutes William Shatner as he Turns 81

- 03-22-12Featured Posted by Jason Tabrys

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There is no grey area, no subtlety — William Shatner is, and today the man who will forever be known as Captain James T. Kirk, turns 81 years old.

In my life I’ve been both thrilled and horrified by the Shat. A man who co-exists in my memory as this energy infused swagger machine with a baby-making smile in re-runs of Star Trek: TOS and also as the Priceline guy, whose self respect hurdled to it’s demise long before the “character” did. Should I have spoiler alerted that? Oh well.

Shatner has played a lawyer, a cop, a dad who says shit, and a man cursed with the ability to only speak in Esperanto, and through it all he did barely any of it convincingly. Still, he did it because he so clearly loved the sound of applause and the benefits that come from it. Shatner has long been a joke, a ham, but he is our ham, loveable in how eagerly he wants to please, and so on his special day, we say thank you and well done to William Shatner with these 5 signature moments from his 5 decade long career.

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When Shat Took a Dump On Wang at a Trek Con

- 11-09-11TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

When it comes to William Shatner and his fellow Star Trek alum, there’s always been a, shall we say, rocky relationship between the Captain and some members of the Enterprise crew. Well, it seems some of that animosity extends to the crew of the starship Voyager as well.

This past weekend at Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles, Voyager‘s erstwhile Ensign Harry Kim, Garrett Wang, related to the crowd his experience meeting the original Captain of the Enterprise the previous year:

“I was at the Tulsa Trek Expo, I was in the green room, so this is a backstage room where only the actors are. So I walked up to him and said ‘Mr. Shatner, I finally get to meet you.’ [Shatner’s handshake] it was limp wristed, he gave me this, like he was the Queen of England or something. So he gives me that, then in the middle of the handshake, he looks away, then he pulls his hand away and he wipes it off on his shirt, right in front of me.”

But you don’t diss Wang! Because he will seriously, think about, messing you up… Yeah, he won’t do much.

“All I saw was red. You know what? God help me, I want to punch his fat belly right now. I was so mad. I want to tell you guys, I love Captain Kirk, but I fricken’ cannot stand William Shatner. I’m gonna say that right now. That is no way to treat someone.”

In summation, Wang told the crowd that he also hates the way Shatner treats the fans, adding that if you’re going to pay $90 for an autograph, the guy you’re getting it from could at least look you in the eye. “Without the [Star Trek] fans here, there would be nothing. It’s you guys that make this thing roll.”

I hate to say it, but considering Shatner’s nearly 50 year beef with George Takei, maybe The Shat just doesn’t like Asian people. Thoughts?

Source: Blastr

Nyan Cat Even Pisses Captain Kirk Off

- 07-10-11Funny Videos Posted by NickBungay

By now you’ve seen the dreaded Nyan Cat, the latest in annoying Memes sweeping the Internet. A weird blend of a cat, pop-tart and Japanese pop. Nobody is immune to it’s level of annoyance, not even Captain James T. Kirk. Watch as the Captain and his merry lovers crew match wits with Nyan in a highly illogical encounter. Just another video of Kirk beating some poor pussy(cat), Roddenberry would be so proud.

Via: The Mary Sue

Star Trek II Script Writer Responds to Fans’ Criticisms

- 04-05-11Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Roberto Orci was caught coming out of the Cowboys and Aliens panel at Wondercon by Coming Soon and gave these comments about incorporating some fan criticisms of the first Star Trek reboot movie into the sequel.

“Everyone said [Kirk] is too young to become Captain,” he explains, “So maybe in the next movie, somebody goes, ‘Man, you sure became Captain young and fast.’ You start to incorporate people’s opinions… If it’s organic to the story and you find someone who doesn’t think too highly of Kirk because he maybe skipped a few steps, that’s maybe a fun thing to consider. That comes from a fan reaction and maybe gives you a story point.”

[Fans] wanted more character time with everybody,” he adds, “and, because that was an origin story for ‘Star Trek,’ everyone had to come in at a certain point. Now everyone is going to be there from the beginning, so they’re going to get that. Everyone sure hated engineering. They thought it looked like a brewery, which it was. I’ll pass that on to J.J. [Abrams] and see what he says.”

Star Trek 2 (No subtitle yet) is expected to hit theater screens in July of 2012. The entire cast, including Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto, are expected to reprise their roles.

Yeah, those fan criticisms were tough. That’s sarcasm for those of you in the South, (We don’t use it much down here below the Mason-Dixon line). I’ll be happy if they have engineering fix all those damn reflective glares on the bridge. It looked like the bridge crew was in a tanning booth. McCoy should have been yelling, “I’m a Doctor Dammit! Not an optometrist!”

My big problem was the whole Spock must be unfit for command story line and how it was handled. Putting Kirk down on an ice planet wasn’t enough to prove that Spock wasn’t firing on all cylinders? What, there isn’t a brig on the Enterprise? Having Kirk in the brig when the ship is attacked, escaping the brig due to damage from the fight to get to the bridge and relieve a floundering Spock would have been much better storytelling, and explained why Kirk is a natural fighting commander.

Oh well, they’re gonna do what they want to and what the Hollywood money people tell them and we will fill the theater seats and the movie will be a big hit.
“Make It So!”

UPDATED! Chris Pine Talks ‘Star Trek 2′ Script, Hints at Romance for Kirk

- 03-24-11Film, TV Posted by Sarah Moran

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We’ve already heard praise about the Star Trek 2 script from Simon Pegg, in fact, I’m quoting here, “the new script is AMAZEBALLS!” Today Chris Pine, Captain Kirk 2.0, posted a message on his Facebook page of his reactions to the script,

After a thousand questions regarding the Star Trek sequel I can finally say I am holding the draft script in my hand. I can also now tell you I have a love interest and it’s all looking very exciting. Sorry but I cant give you a date for filming yet, but you guys are going to love it!

A love interest for Captain Kirk? FINALLY! Anyone  familiar with Trek know there’s only one thing that can distract Kirk from his captaining duties, women. A new planet, a new woman to woo, and often they’ll be all sorts of colors and species. Kirk seeks equality among all the women he beds. In J.J. Abrams‘ first Star Trek Kirk hooks up with an green-skinned, Orion slave girl…err space cadet before being busted by her roommate, Uhura. But hinting at a love interest for the Captain implies something less one-night-standy. Could this be the long-awaited appearance of Dr. Carol Marcus? First appearing in The Wrath of Khan Marcus was a woman Kirk had a previous relationship with years prior. Of course, in Wrath we also learn Marcus has a child who oh-so-coincidentally is Kirk’s son, David.

Blastr figured out the space math,

We know the two of them were involved in the late 2250s or early 2260s, with David born in 2261. Abram’s Star Trek film took place between 2255 and 2258, so it’s highly possible if they keep elements from the original timeline.

But remember this Star Trek is occurring in a completely separate and new time line thanks to Spock and the Romulans (great band name, no?) coming back in time and mucking everything up. Meaning this love interest could be a whole new character, Carol Marcus might not even exist in this reality! The possibilites are endless but I know one thing for sure, this Star Trek movie is gonna rock. If Abrams and crew can pull off even a fraction of the incredible awesomeness of their first film I’m going to love it. One part fan appeasement, one part enough newness to make it feel fresh, mix in a dramatic score and some lensflare and we’ve got another fantastic Star Trek film. Something to make us Trekkies (Trekkers?) proud and say “Haha! The most recent film incarnation of our beloved sci-fi franchise is better than yours!” to Star Wars nerds.

source: Blastr

UPDATE: Trek Movie is reporting that the Facebook post in question was a fake. The page has already been removed. So, damn. The internet pulled one over one us.