September 7th, 2010

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All the Shat That's Fit to Print: NY Times Article on William Shatner

This article is so, so good, I ate up every word. Enjoy! I was going to pull quotes from it but there are far too many gems here; list your faves in the comments!

Jeff Minton for The New York Times

The Many Iterations of William Shatner
By Pat Jordan
Published: September 3, 2010

He’s late. He calls to explain. “A mix-up,” he says, and then, “I read all your stories.” Pause. “You. Are. A. Grrreat. Writer.” Another pause. “What’s your name?” I tell him. He says, “Of course it is.” I ask what his name is. “MY NAME? I. Am. William. Shatner!”

Well, yes, but which William Shatner? The child actor from Canada, descended from Eastern European rabbis? The 23-year-old Shakespearean whom Sir Tyrone Guthrie called the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s most promising actor? The young actor who made his debut on Broadway two years later, in 1956, in “Tamburlaine the Great,” then appeared in his first Hollywood film, “The Brothers Karamazov,” with Yul Brynner in 1958 and starred on Broadway in “The World of Suzie Wong” that same year and “A Shot in the Dark” in 1961? That actor was mentioned in the same breath as his contemporaries Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Robert Redford — until, without explanation, his career faded before it bloomed. The great movie roles weren’t coming his way, so in the ’60s, waiting for stardom, he took parts in forgettable movies like “The Outrage” and “Incubus”; guest roles on TV dramas like “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “The Twilight Zone”; parts on TV serials like “Route 66,” “Gunsmoke” and “Dr. Kildare.” At 35, he was a working actor who showed up on time, knew his lines, worked cheap and always answered his phone. In 1966, he accepted a starring role in a sci-fi series called “Star Trek,” joining a no-name cast, some of whom later accused him of being pompous, self-aggrandizing, clueless and insufferably William Shatner, which became his greatest role once he finally accepted the fact of it.

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And link to a screen test of him here (I cannot get the code to embed, sad):

(Is it bad that when I read about Shatner going to Starbucks, my very first thought was OMG, Chris and Zach would be so scandalized? :D I may have a problem, people. And of course the man needs decaf, OF COURSE.)
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Interview with Michael Giacchino

This past weekend was the final screening in the Star Trek Saturday Screening series here in LA. (Except now they are going to go back and show a few of the movies again?? IDK...) Anyway, the guest at this week's Q&A was Michael Giacchino who scrored the Star Trek reboot. He was interviewed by Jeff Bond, author of The Music of Star Trek.

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In case you missed them, here are the previous Q&As I have uploaded:
George Takei on 7/24/10
Walter Koenig on 7/17/10
Nichelle Nichols on 7/10/10
Leonard Nimoy on 6/11/10
And a few more Q&As (Ralph Winter, Nicholas Meyer, Herman Zimmerman etc.) are on my You Tube page if you want to hear more from the people behind the camera.

Character Appreciation: Dr. Leonard McCoy

That's right, bitches, it's time to show some appreciation for


He's not an escalator, a bricklayer, or a physicist -- he's a DOCTOR, dammit!  Show some love for the one and only Bones!

Next week's character: WORF

Poll for two weeks out:
Poll #1616159 Character appreciation 21 Sept

Who should be our appreciated character for 21 Sept?

Khan Noonien Singh
Gul Dukat
The Gorn