F. Scott Fitzgerald once said that there were no second acts in American life, and although that one line’s been continually disproved, we revisit the idea whenever someone of note begins their second act. Even their third act. I’m not sure what act George Takei is on in his play of life, but at 77 years old he’s enjoying rare universal popularity, and it’s not just because he’s one of the beloved members of the original cast of Star Trek. As an advocate for marriage equality, a living historical resource detailing the internment of Japanese-Americans, and a working actor with over 175 credits to his name (and growing), Takei’s got more to offer at 77 than some men less than half his age. Just about all of it, is touched on in some way in the documentary To Be Takei. (more…)
When a recent photo of Leonard Nimoy (82) making his way through JFK in a wheelchair wearing an oxygen tube surfaced on the Internet, many fans were rightfully concerned about their favorite pointy eared Vulcan. Nimoy took to the Twitter-verse to let fans know that while he has been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), he was currently doing well. (more…)
Zachary Quinto recently appeared at the 2013 Galway Film Fleadh last Friday to discuss his career and some of his current and future projects. There were a couple of interesting tid-bits that came out of the talk. When asked about his role as Spock in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek films, Quinto told the audience:
Star Trek 3 should be filming, I suppose, next year. It’s going to be made a lot quicker than the last one. That’s the plan, although nothing is confirmed yet.
He was then asked if he would want to appear in Abrams Star Wars Episode VII, and Quinto said he would not, without providing any specific reason. Why no one followed up on that question is anyone’s guess. The other interesting Star Trek bit was that Quinto also mentioned Abrams plans to direct Star Trek 3. Many were of the opinion that Abrams might hand off those reins while working on the new Star Wars movie and take a more executive producer type role.
Quinto then went on to discuss his current project, directed by Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz) and his wife Jocelyn Towne. Quinto called it “a semi-autobiographical romance” and used it to explain the beard he is currently sporting below.
Later, he went into great length about his relationship with Leonard Nimoy and his wife, recounting the ways the veteran actor inspired him, in both his acting and his personal life. An audience member then asked if he would follow in Nimoy’s footsteps and make a cameo on The Big Bang Theory, Quinto said he would love to.
My cardboard cutout has already been on it, you know. I had to give my permission for them to use it. I love Simon and I also worked with Johnny (Galecki) on a new film called The Invitation (also starring Luke Wilson and Topher Grace). I have been mentioned two times on it, actually.
Looking to laugh? Well, I hope you’re a fan of Star Trek or like to pick on the franchise mercilessly. Gathered here for your amusement are three videos, all hilarious for their own reasons. First, it’s Spock, Leonard Nimoy, versus Spock, Zachary Quinto in this funny sketch about a bet that’s somehow supposed to be selling Audi’s.
Too funny. My first thought, though? Holy shit, is Nimoy’s hair long! And, I about died when he started singing that Bilbo Baggins song.
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This day in 1966 Star Trek first beamed its way on to American airwaves and however unlikely it seemed, began leaving its mark on pop culture. The voyages of the Enterprise crew – Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty, Uhura, Sulu, and Chekov (and occasionally Nurse Chapel or Yeoman Rand) – were only transmitted for three years but thanks to years of syndication Star Trek eventually involved into a phenomenon of six movies, later birthing six more movies and five other television series. The most fervent fans – Trekkies, or Trekkers as some preferred to be called – spearheaded the convention-going culture we today enjoy across many fandoms. Basically, much of what comprises our “geek” culture owes a large debt to Star Trek. It’s been a tent pole among nerdy interests for over four decades!
But even with all that rich history, it’s the original crew that has become the most iconic. Those actors – William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, and Walter Koenig – were forever typecast and depending on when you asked them it was either for better or worse. It was their Enterprise crew J.J. Abrams sought to re-imagine in his 2009 reboot of the series, a film almost universally loved by fans old and new. And today, fans internet-wide are still putting their own stamp on Gene Roddenberry‘s original “Wagon Train to the stars,” with fan fiction, fan art, cosplay, and even fan produced movies and web series.
Star Trek is more alive now than it ever was, and it seems the days of being ashamed by your intense love for phasers, red shirts, and Romulans – not to mention their ale – are far behind us. If you’ve never given Star Trek‘s original series a shot because you thought it looked campy – it is – then you’re missing out on what is genuinely a fantastic show with wonderful writing, heartfelt performances, and excellent explorations of the relationships between its characters. You’re allowed to laugh when the set looks a little shaky, or an alien monster’s zipper is clearly apparent, or when Shatner performs a little too enthusiastically. That’s part of the charm. And sure, there will be truly awful, almost unwatchable episodes, too. But for every “Spock’s Brain” there’s plenty of “Balance of Terror,” “Amok Time,” or “The City on the Edge of Forever.”
Today every episode of Star Trek can be streamed online, for free, from a variety of sources. The most free, meaning you don’t have to already have a subscription to Netflix or Amazon Prime, is on CBS’ own TV.com. You could even renact history by tonight at 8:30 pm ET watching “The Map Trap,” the first aired episode of Star Trek. I like it because it heavily features Dr. McCoy, my favorite character, but I’m not kidding you when I say the villain is salt-sucking vampire creature. Seriously.
To sign off, I’ll leave with the immortal words of Phillip J. Fry from Futurama‘s “Where No Fan Has Gone Before,”
‘Cause it-it taught me so much. Like how you should accept people. Whether they be black, white, Klingon, or even female. But most importantly, when I didn’t have any friends, it-it made me feel like maybe I did.
An inspiration to his fans, many of which became engineers because of him, James Doohan famously played Scottish Chief Engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the television and film series Star Trek. Since his untimely passing due to pneumonia, James’ ashes have been resting comfortably at their final rest place except for the one-quarter ounce now floating in high above the planet.
Shortly before his death in 2005, James requested that the portion of his ashes be saved, continuing the tradition of sci-fi heroes launching themselves into the great beyond. According to TrekMovie.com, after a failed attempt in 2008 and a launch delay this past Saturday, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was successfully launched yesterday, holding a payload of canisters – one of which held the ashes of the former TV and movie star.
Check out the launch below:
Several members of the Hollywood community including long time friends Leonard Nimoy and Nichelle Nichols, as well as current Scotty, Simon Pegg, paid their final respects to the sci-fi icon via Twitter. The capsule containing James’ ashes will continue to float aimlessly in Earth’s atmosphere, until harmlessly burning up upon reentry next year.
Technically these still classify as rumors. In my opinion, rumors don’t become facts until they’ve been proven by either the movie itself or those involved in making the movie, and even then studios have been be prone to misdirection before. But Trek Movie, the ever reputable Star Trek movie website, has been able to confirm these spoilers through “multiple sources”, giving them a bit more credence than your usual rumor.
What are they? They’re BIG spoilers, I can tell you that! Hit the jump to learn three very interesting “facts” about Star Trek 2.
Obvious spoiler warning is obvious.
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Leonard Nimoy will be heard and not seen when he guest stars on this weeks episode of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. CBS just released a pair of photos and a episode teaser of Nimoy’s time on the set.
“I thoroughly enjoyed myself, they’re a talented company and a smart show; they made me welcome.”
Nimoy has been at the top of the shows producers’ wish list for guest stars, as Sheldon’s obsession with Star Trek has been well documented on the series, with the Nimoy-signed napkin Penny (Kaley Cuoco) gave Sheldon framed on the set. When Nimoy saw the piece he said:
Executive producer Steve Molaro told The Hollywood Reporter at the time of the casting:
“For years, we thought it would be fantastic to have Leonard Nimoy appear on the show and we think we’ve found a really different and fun way to make that happen, as thrilled as we are he’s doing it, we’re even more thrilled just to get our pictures taken with him.”
Check out the cast’s photo with the icon and a teaser for this week’s episode, below.
Doctor Sheldon Cooper for the win!
The esteemed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has been confirmed as a guest star on the April 4th episode of The Big Bang Theory according to EW. Big claps and Arsenio-era Dog Pound “Woof Woofs” to EW, but I’m pretty sure Leonard Nimoy scooped them via the twitter, when he wrote “Spock on Big Bang Theory on 3/29. Stephen Hawking the following week. Logical. LLAP” yesterday afternoon. LLAP, of course stands for Live Long and Prosper, and if you didn’t know that you sicken me to the core of my being.
As for the episode, no details are being released so the forces of nature demand that we speculate, so with that said — who else thinks Dr. Cooper will take umbrage with something in The Grand Design and storm off thanks to his indefatigable sense of superiority? Who else hopes Dr. Hawking puts him in his place? I see a lot of hands raised, and that should trouble you since I am in your computer.
EDITORS NOTE: Article written by Nerd Bastards contributor Jason Tabrys