William Shatner Fights the Gorn Again in Promo for STAR TREK: THE VIDEO GAME

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William Shatner should probably never reenact anything he did from Star Trek.  It only calls attention to the fact that he’s really old, and also has a love-hate relationship with the franchise that made his name but also reduced his opportunities as an actor (although late in his career he won Emmys for The Practice and Boston Legal).  He’s the guy who will make a self-congratulatory movie like The Captains but then turn a cold shoulder to individual Trek fans.  A new promo for Star Trek: The Video Game highlights this dichotomy as Shatner provides fan service by reenacting his famous battle with the Gorn from “Arena”, but is still about highlighting “Look what a good sport I am!” even though he’s collecting a paycheck for selling the upcoming video game, which re-imagining Shatner out of his famous role.  It’s interesting to watch.

Hit the jump to check out the promo, and click here to pre-order the game on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.  Star Trek: The Video Game is due out on April 23rd.

William Shatner Talks ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH, THE BIG BANG THEORY, His 2013 Projects, STAR TREK/STAR WARS, Priceline, and More

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Now playing in theaters is the 3D animated feature, Escape from Planet Earth.  The story centers on some aliens who get captured during a mission to Earth and are tossed into the secure holding site of Area 51, but they quickly find that they are not alone.  Escape From Planet Earth features the voices of Rob Corddry, Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, William Shatner, Jessica Alba, Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Craig Robinson, George Lopez, Steve Zahn, Chris Parnell, Ricky Gervais and Jonathan Morgan Heit.

During the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Shatner (who voices General Shanker).  During the interview we talked about making Escape From Planet Earth, why he wanted to do a voice, will he ever do a guest spot on The Big Bang Theory, what’s it like for him when he attends conventions, what his schedule is like nowadays as he’s working on a wide variety of projects, why Star Trek and Star Wars have stood the test of time, does he get free flights via Priceline, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

William Shatner on What It Would Take for Him to Guest Star on THE BIG BANG THEORY

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While I’ve been able to interview a number of amazing people while working for Collider, last weekend I finally talked to one of my favorite childhood heroes: William Shatner.  Like many of you, I grew up watching Star Trek.  Sitting in my grandmother’s living room and watching the original episodes with my father is actually one of my earliest memories, and it will always be one of the biggest influences on why I grew up being a nerd.  Which I am very proud of.  So when I was offered an extended video interview with Shatner for the animated feature, Escape from Planet Earth, I jumped at the chance.  Thankfully, he was in a great mood and we talked about a wide variety of subjects.   As I sit here editing the interview for posting tomorrow, I decided to offer a small tease of what’s to come.

If you watch The Big Bang Theory, you know many Star Trek actors (Leonard Nimoy, Wil Wheaton, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton) have made guest appearances on the show.   When I put on Twitter that I’d be talking to Shatner, a few of you asked if he’d be willing to also guest star on the CBS sitcom.  He told me he’s been asked a few times but he didn’t want to go on the show.  However, it sounds like he’s warming to the idea, because he said “if they came up with a really good reason for being on there…a really funny reason…I would do it.”  Hit the jump to watch and look for the full interview tomorrow.

3 Clips and 5 New Character Posters from ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH, Opening February 15th

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We have three new clips and five character posters to share from Cal Brunker’s animated sci-fi family film, Escape from Planet Earth.  Brendan Fraser and Rob Corddry voice two alien brothers who get into all sorts of hijinks when a mission leads them to the notoriously dangerous title planet.

Also featuring the voices of Jane Lynch, Craig Robinson, George Lopez, Sofia Vergara, Steve Zahn, Chris Parnell, Jonath Morgan Heit, James Corden, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker and William ShatnerEscape from Planet Earth opens February 15th.  Hit the jump to check out the clips and posters.

Comic Con: William Shatner Talks GET A LIFE, Discusses Fandom and His Lifelong Journey with Trekkies, and His Legacy As Captain Kirk

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It’s not often one has the chance to sit down with a living legend, but when you have the opportunity, it’s not something you pass up.  William Shatner surpassed everything I had heard about him.  Perhaps he plays goofy to the crowd because he knows his audience, but when promoting his movie, Get a Life, a documentary examining in greater detail the subject of his book by the same name, he was all business.  It may have taken him a lifetime to understand the historical impact he had on pop culture due to his role as Captain Kirk on the phenomenal Star Trek, but he’s not letting what he discovered go to waste one second longer.  Continue reading about his discovery after the jump. 

“Movies from an Alternate Universe”: What If Recent Films Had Been Made Decades Earlier?

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Classic films are getting remade left and right, but what if it went the other way?  What if our original films of recent years were thrown back to an earlier era?  Who would star?  Who would direct?  What would the poster look like?  Artist Peter Stults ran with that idea and came up with some wonderfully creative and thoughtful posters based on recent movies.  I’m not sure if I see Leonard Nimoy as John McClane, but I can absolutely see James Dean starring in a 1950s version of Drive.

Hit the jump to check out some of the posters.

Trailer for William Shatner’s STAR TREK Documentary THE CAPTAINS

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William Shatner has taken it upon himself to create a documentary about Star Trek, specifically focusing on the many captains that have spearheaded the series over the years. In The Captains, Shatner sits down for interviews with head honchos Patrick Stewart (The Next Generation), Kate Mulgrew (Voyager), Scott Bakula (Enterprise), Avery Brooks (Deep Space Nine) and Chris Pine, who took on the role of Captain Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot.

A trailer for Shatner’s documentary has been released, and it’s pretty entertaining. The actor’s sensibilities are perfect as the host and star of the film, and the idea of interviewing each of the Star Trek captains is pretty genius. Plus, Shatner being Shatner, his reaction to a fan towards the end of the trailer is definitely a highlight. The Captains will premiere on July 21st on the cable channel EPIX HD.

Install STAR TREK Sliding Doors in Your Home

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It’s definitely not our usual story, but this is just too cool to pass up. Want to prep your home for the next generation with style? A step-by-step guide to installing air powered sliding doors, as seen on Star Trek, has surfaced over at Instructables. The doors are normal in appearance (presumably to appease the designers wife), and maintenance free. They function using a hidden air compressor, a nifty concealed control panel, and a switch to activate the air. Hit the jump for a video of the futuristic doors in operation.

William Shatner “Sings” Cee Lo’s “Fuck You”

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On Lopez Tonight, guest William Shatner got up and “sang” some of Cee Lo’s fantastic song, “Fuck You”.  I put “sang” in quotation marks because Shatner’s version was the loosest interpretation of the word “singing” I can image.  His rendition of “Rocket Man” had more musicality.  And as far as “Let’s get Shatner to say something crazy on a late-night show,” his beat-poetry of Sarah Palin’s tweets on Conan’s The Tonight Show was much better.

Hit the jump to check out Shatner “singing” Cee Lo’s “Fuck You”.  I’ve also included the music video for “Fuck You” if for some reason you haven’t heard the best song of the millennium.

$#*! MY DAD SAYS Series Premiere Review

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To say that the new CBS comedy series $#*! My Dad Says is weakened by the fact that its source material is that of a Twitter-feed-turned-book would be irresponsible if only because it presumes that there isn’t an abundance of other problems that make the show an unbearable sitcom. If you’ve been enjoying William Shatner’s Priceline commercials and need something to watch with your grandparents then the show will likely tickle your funny bone. But if you’re like me and prefer your comedies lack a laughtrack while still sustaining quality hilarity, then stay far away from CBS on Thursday nights. Find out the real reason why $#*! is not only the title, but an apt description of the series, after the jump.

William Shatner Interview S#*! MY DAD SAYS

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Based on the popular Twitter feed by Justin Halpern, the new CBS comedy S#*! My Dad Says follows Ed Goodson (William Shatner), a forthright and opinionated dad who relishes in expressing his unsolicited and often wildly politically incorrect observations to anyone within earshot. His own children – Henry, a struggling writer-turned-unpaid blogger, and Vince, the meek half of a husband/wife real estate duo – are often on the receiving end of his verbal assaults, so when Henry finds he can no longer afford to pay rent and he moves in with his dad, he knows there will be no escape.

In a recent interview to promote his first sitcom, actor William Shatner talked about the appeal of this character, trying something he’s never done before and what gives him the desire to continue to act, when so many of his peers have retired. He also mentioned that he plans to continue releasing music and books, and that even though he’s friends with J.J. Abrams now, he knows that working him into the next Star Trek film just might prove too difficult to do. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

STAR TREK Beams Aboard Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok”

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If anyone has the right to wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy (aside from the P. Diddy), it’s definitely Captain Kirk.  YouTube user MissSheenie’s Star Trek (The Original Series) fan-video set to Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” is amazing, complete with Kirk sluttiness, Spock’s awkward tapdancing, Scotty and Chekov being ridiculously adorable, and even Pon Farr.  And oh dear God, the slash.

Hit the jump to check out the video.

William Shatner Directing THE CAPTAINS, a Documentary About Himself

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Not only will master thespian William Shatner star in the CBS sitcom $#*! My Dad Says this fall and host Raw Nerve on the Biography channel, he will also direct a feature-length documentary about his early career in Canada as well as his rise to fame as Captain Kirk entitled The Captains.  The doc will start production this July, and is scheduled to air in winter 2011 on Canada’s Movie Central Channel.  The network has also slated a fall airdate for Gonzo Ballet, a documentary that chronicles the ballet based on Shatner’s album Has Been with Ben Folds.  More info on The Captains after the jump.

CBS 2010-11 Clips: $#*! MY DAD SAYS, MIKE & MOLLY, HAWAII FIVE-0, THE DEFENDERS, BLUE BLOODS

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With the release of CBS’s 2010-11 schedule comes a whole bunch of preview clips to promote the network’s new shows.  Here we have short promos for freshman shows $#*! My Dad Says, Mike & Molly, Hawaii Five-0, The Defenders, and Blue Bloods.  You can see that CBS is working in their wheelhouse here (three-camera sitcoms and procedural dramas), resulting in a slate with a good chance of success in the fall.  Check out the clips for yourself, as well as full synopses for each show, after the jump.

The Buzz on Network Pilots, Including Projects from J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg, and Brett Ratner(!)

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Pilot season is a wonderful time in TV Land; countless fledgling writers and would-be stars compete for the few slots available on the fall network lineup, where the survival rate of new shows making it to a second season is 31%!  Recently, both The Live Feed and Deadline put together a report on the series that have risen through the ranks and stand a good chance of making it to air.

After the jump, you’ll find a breakdown of the hottest pilots at FOX, NBC, CBS, and ABC, including projects from producers J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg, and Brett Ratner as well as stars Kathy Bates, Forest Whitaker, and William Shatner.

Thanks to The Futon Critic for all the plot synopses and cast information.

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