When the California Supreme Court made the historic decision to strike down a ban on same-sex marriage earlier this year, Star Trek actor George Takei and his partner, Brad Altman, were some of the first in line for a license. This Sunday, September 14, the pair made it official in a Los Angeles ceremony that included nearly 200 of their friends.
No one can deny the immense effect that Star Trek has had on the worlds of science fiction, television, and popular culture. Another thing one can deny: The popular show was slightly cheesy. Creator Gene Roddenberry continued to pursue television in the 1970s, and the results were every bit as ridiculous as you'd expect.
The remains of actor James Doohan, who played the starship Enterprise's chief engineer Scotty on Star Trek, will be blasted into space next month, the company organizing the flight said Friday.
The Canadian-born actor who inspired the catch phrase "Beam me up, Scotty"--even though it was never actually uttered on the television show--died two years ago at the age of 85.
Houston-based commercial company Space Services Inc. said some of Doohan's remains were packed into a rocket at Las Cruces, New Mexico, Friday, ahead of the flight scheduled for April 28.
The company originally had planned to blast Doohan's remains into space two years ago. But the flight was delayed by tests, then by a misfire during a practice launch last year.
Space Services spokeswoman Susan Schonfeld said Doohan's ashes will be sent up along with the remains of some 200 other people, including astronaut ...Read more
Majel Barrett Roddenberry is the first lady of Star Trek and the widow of franchise creator Gene Roddenberry.
To commemorate Friday's 40th anniversary of the original series debut on NBC, on which she appeared, the matriarch of Trek-dom discussed the enduring universe that Gene Roddenberry wrought.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: WHAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT 40 YEARS HAVING PASSED SINCE STAR TREK HIT TELEVISION?
Majel Barrett Roddenberry: Well, the first thing is probably how much we had to struggle in the ratings all of those years, which is easy to forget now. We weren't close to being a hit. But we managed to run for three years and 79 episodes anyway.
THR: AS YOU KNOW, THE ORIGINAL SERIES IS COMING BACK TO BROADCAST SYNDICATION ON SEPTEMBER 16 FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1990--AND ALL 79 EPISODES ARE BEING DIGITALLY REMASTERED WITH NEW COMPUTER-GENERATED EFFECTS. A ...Read more
Star Trek has a habit of turning ordinary
people into trivia-spouting bickerers, but now four
whole towns are getting into a nerd feud. The Scottish
towns of Aberdeen, Linlithgow, Elgin, and Edinburgh are
all claiming to be the birthplace of Montgomery
"Scotty" Scott, the fictional chief engineer of
the starship Enterprise on the original
Star Trek series. The Canadian actor
James Doohan, who played Scotty, recently
Trekkies in all four of the burgs attest to having proof to back up their claim. In one episode, Scotty describes himself to be an "Aberdeen pub crawler," but in an interview in the '70s, Doohan said Scotty was from Elgin, near Aberdeen. Each of the four towns has plans to erect a memorial for Scotty.
Whatever the outcome, this just proves there is no better way to honor someone's memory than with a fight.Read more
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The actor - the original Captain Kirk - will also be selling his Golden Globe nomination certificate and his Hollywood Walk Of Fame plaque as part of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's auction of his own collection of personal effects and show memorabilia.
Hand-annotated scripts, costumes from the show and Roddenberry's own studio pass are among the items available at the auction at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on June 27, which will be administered by Julien's Auctions.
Proceeds will benefit the Roddenberry Foundation, which makes grants to support children, education and the environment.
Shatner plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from his goods to the Hollywood Charity Horse Show, which helps handicapped children.
The ...Read more
The Star Trek actor plays genius gazillionaire William Bell in the season finale of the supernatural series, a mysterious character who has often been mentioned, but never seen.
The 78-year-old said: "I had a delicious time on this episode - I like the position they have given me, I like the enigma of this character."
Leonard will appear in additional episodes "when they call me".
The actor came to the part after bonding with the show's co-creator JJ Abrams when he reprised his most famous role of Spock in the new Star Trek film, which Abrams directed.
The actor had never seen Fringe before but was impressed with the show after watching a few episodes.
"It's not unlike any other show that's ever been done," he said. "It's just that the execution is so much more thoughtful and theatrical than what I've seen in the past."