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
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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
George Takei has accomplished what was once thought seemingly impossible and figured a way to settle one of the oldest nerd scores: The epic Star Trek vs. Star Wars debate. Prompted by the ongoing showdown between William Shatner (“First of all, Star Wars was derivative of Star Trek… derivative!”: Point Shatner) and Carrie Fisher (“Klingon? It just sounds like a laundry detergent”: Point Fisher), the great Mr. Sulu opted to take charge and become a Broker of Peace to put an end to the galaxy-and-decade-spanning feud once and for all.
But how does one do that for a embittered battle in which both sides have such dedicated, unflappable supporters? It’s quite simple, really: Call out Twilight and urge both Star Trek and Star Wars fans to come together to mutually hate on it. (All the points: Takei.) READ FULL STORY
Carrie Fisher fires back at William Shatner, says 'Star Trek' is 'not in the same league' as 'Star Wars' -- VIDEO
Carrie Fisher fired back at William Shatner for comments he made in September that Star Trek is better than Star Wars. In an interview posted on her YouTube, Fisher said, “They’re not in the same league. I mean, they have the word ‘Star’ in the title.” She knocked Star Trek‘s budget: “Maybe [it's] just their ‘effects,’ they’re not called ‘special effects’ in the case of [Star Trek].”
In response to Shatner’s claims Fisher never fit into Princess Leia’s famous metal bikini, she cracked, “By the way, Bill has borrowed it,” and she challenged him to a costume-off. Oh snap, it’s about to get real in here. Watch Fisher’s full comments, including digs at Shatner’s nether regions and Leonard Nimoy’s Spock ears, after the jump. READ FULL STORY
No matter what your thoughts are on the great Kris/Kim Marital Katastrophe, we can all agree that the fact that Star Trek‘s George Takei — Mr. Sulu himself — chose to address the Kardashian Kalamity by posting this picture on Facebook is very likely the only good thing will will emerge from this Konflagration.
Yes, it’s an old joke, but freaking George Takei is making it.
(Also, we can all agree that Cardassians > Klingons, korrect? Discuss.)
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Reading Zachary Quinto’s interview with New York magazine in which he says the words “as a gay man,” twice, I was reminded about the cover story Out magazine published back in 2007 called “The Glass Closet.” It was about A-list celebrities who were openly gay in their personal lives but had yet to make any public declaration about their sexuality, and the cover featured models holding up signs on sticks with Jodie Foster and Anderson Cooper’s faces. When EW asked Foster a couple months later if she had any response to the story, she demurred. “Was that the one with the Popsicle sticks?” she said. “No, I have no response.”
Just a few months after that interview, however, Foster acknowledged her then-longtime girlfriend in a non-televised acceptance speech, thanking “my beautiful Cydney, who sticks with me through all the rotten and the bliss.” And that’s all Foster had to do. READ FULL STORY
In response to Netflix’s recently released list of the “Top 10 Movie Rentals of All Time,” BitTorrent has release its own — albeit utterly illegal — list of the “Top 10 Most Pirated Movies” of all time. The usual suspects were there, with Avatar (21 million downloads) taking top (dis?)honors, and The Dark Knight tying for second place with Transformers at 19 million downloads apiece. And, yes, of course there’s a Pirates of the Caribbean installment on there. It’s only right.
Still, there is surprisingly little overlap between the lists (only Inception and The Departed). Apparently Netflix users favor Oscar bait while Internet thieves go for tentpole popcorn movies, with the Venn Diagram overlap between those two strangely being Leonardo DiCaprio. So what other movies made the list, and which were the most head scratch-inducing? See the full list after the jump. READ FULL STORY
Break out the Romulan ale! This fall marks the 45th anniversary of Star Trek.
Trek’s humble origins are almost hard to believe. When TV producer Gene Roddenberry pitched his “Wagon Train to the Stars” to NBC, it had already been rejected by CBS in favor of Lost in Space. Then, even after the Peacock finally did pick it up, they dismissed the pilot, starring Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike of the USS Enterprise, as “too cerebral,” and demanded a re-shoot. Only Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock survived the cast change for a new pilot built around a hammy Canadian named William Shatner, who, so far, had only scrounged together a career out of bit parts in movies like Judgment at Nuremberg and a couple very memorable Twilight Zone appearances.
Needless to say, expectations for Star Trek were low. And though it did face cancellation after just three seasons, it’s become one of our most venerable franchises, having spawned five subsequent series and eleven movies. READ FULL STORY
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