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You need a lot of wall space to be a serious Star Trek fan these days, and the reason why is Juan Ortiz. The designer and comic book artist has created 80 movie posters – one for each episode in the original Trek TV series starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy (or Star Trek: The Original Series in the parlance) – all of them illustrated by Ortiz in a retro style that evokes the sci-fi pulp and psychedelic pop of the far-out, space race sixties. He began making the images just for himself, and just for a few episodes. But then Ortiz showed them to CBS Studios (which owns the Trek trademark), and the company commissioned him to tackle the entire series. (You can read more about the backstory at startrek.com).
Zachary Quinto opened up for the first time about his relationship with Glee and Boss star Jonathan Groff in Out magazine’s October issue. While declining to give specifics, he said, “I’m incredibly happy, I’m incredibly lucky.”
Quinto also spoke of his decision to come out last year. “I thought about it as coming out from behind the wall,” Quinto told the magazine. “Walls now are only as high or as thick or as strong as we allow them to be.” Later, he further explains, “One of the defining conversations that I had with myself was that absolutely no good can come from me staying quiet about [my sexuality]. Literally, no good can come from it. But if I take the step to make the acknowledgment and be honest, so much good could potentially come from it.”
As the obsessives among us surely already know, this year is the 46th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series. To mark the occasion, Google has created a special Doodle — going live right now on Google’s homepage.
Yesterday, EW talked with Ryan Germick, who headed up this particular Google Doodle, about Star Trek’s pop-culture significance. “We often talk at Google about how awesome it would be to talk to a computer and get exactly what you want and have that kind of engagement, where the computer just knows all [like in Star Trek], and that’s what we’re moving toward,” Germick said. “Other than that, it just seemed like a perfect fit. There are so many Star Trek fans, myself included, it seemed like such a fun thing to celebrate.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you watch Star Trek growing up?
RYAN GERMICK: I did, yes. I’m early 30s and I grew up watching the original series with my dad, and I kind of realized, the guys on the Enterprise were like family friends to me. I’d watched so many episodes of the show that Spock and the others have a space in my mind like my uncles and my aunts. [I also liked the idea] that technology could be a hope for the future. It was a part of my childhood and it’s awesome to try and bring that to life on the homepage. READ FULL STORY
Your favorite TV shows just got hotter: Game of Thrones, Mad Men, and Doctor Who have been given a makeunder by a New York City burlesque troupe.
Hotsy Totsy Burlesque’s rotating cast hosts themed performances every third Tuesday of the month. Last week’s tribute show to Game of Thrones pushed the TV show’s R-rated envelope further with booze, blood, fire, and flesh (lots and lots of bare flesh). In the burlesque act, host Cyndi Freeman (AKA Cherry Pitz) drank a toxic alcoholic concoction that landed her in the hospital. GoT played in her mind during her unconscious state and she channeled the character Tyrion Lannister during her risqué performance.
Well, I just lost my afternoon. In honor of Paramount’s 100th anniversary, Vanity Fair has “assembled 116 of the greatest talents ever to work at the studio.” That means Leo, Bob, and Marty, some icons of the studio’s golden age (hello, Eva Marie Saint, Jerry Lewis, and Michael York!), almost the entire casts of Transformers and Star Trek, and even that Canadian whippersnapper Justin Bieber, whom you might remember from a little indie film called Never Say Never. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg (Titanic zing, hey-yo!).
Because Vanity Fair knows you want to see every one of those 116 faces up close and personal, they’ve installed a zoom function on their site. Fair warning, PopWatchers: This thing is addictive. Click through at your own risk. Below, we scope out a few of the famous faces and hand out our portrait honors. READ FULL STORY
Leonard Nimoy has been talking retirement for a couple years now. And why not? His 2009 appearance in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot felt like a valediction for Nimoy’s most iconic role and for his entire era of Star Trek history — not to mention an implicit assertion that, in modern geekdom, Spock/Nimoy has probably become a more important and popular figure than Kirk/Shatner. Then, in 2010, the season 2 finale of Fringe featured a send-off for Nimoy’s mysterious William Bell that seemed like an appropriately cosmic exit. The problem is that, like Jay-Z before him, Nimoy just keeps on working through his retirement. And although his output lately has been limited to voice roles — on Fringe, in Transformers: Tokyo Drift, and most recently on The Big Bang Theory — Nimoy might be staging a full-scale return. READ FULL STORY
Nichelle Nichols played Lieutenant Uhura on the original Star Trek, a role that cemented her place in history. (When she was considering leaving the show after the first season, Martin Luther King convinced her to stay. Ask your parents, kids.) Nichols swung by the Oval Office in late February to hang out with President Obama, and she just posted a photo of the encounter on Twitter. (Click on the photo on the left for a better look.) In the photo, the president and the actress are both flashing the Vulcan “live long and prosper” salute.
Can we talk about how freaking good Obama’s salute is? That’s the kind of Vulcan salute you only get by practicing in the mirror. Now if only Avery Brooks could swing by the Oval Office and convince Obama to grow a season-3 beard. Deep Space Nine was so awesome, you guys.
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I would love to be spending this time celebrating Leonard Nimoy’s fabulous guest spot on last night’s The Big Bang Theory. With Nimoy retired from on-camera acting, it was an inspired decision to have him play the voice of Sheldon’s Spock action figure, helping his owner through the thorny moral dilemma of whether to play with a vintage Star Trek toy, and what to do after Sheldon (Jim Parsons) does play with it — and it breaks. Placing Spock in various pensive and expressive poses as he guided and scolded Sheldon had me giggling throughout the episode. Better yet, there’s no reason why Spock-as-Sheldon’s-conscience can’t show up again at some point down the road.
Alas, what could have been one of the best Big Bangs of the season was marred by the episode’s other plotline: The increasingly woebegone romantic tribulations of Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar). READ FULL STORY
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