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Jeri Ryan Talks 'Star Trek' Stalkers and Conventions on 'Kimmel' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 7th 2011 3:00AM
Jeri Ryan, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'Jeri Ryan's Seven of Nine was at the same time one of the most popular 'Star Trek' characters and one of the most polarizing among hardcore fans. Plus, as is evident by anyone who saw her on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC), Ryan is a beautiful woman. This is a dangerous combination, as she learned when she picked up a couple of stalkers along the way.

It got so bad that she had to stop going to conventions for awhile, but the actress admits that she's back to going to them, with one minor change. "Now they've beefed up the security so I can go again," she said.

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'Heroes' Star Zachary Quinto Comes Out, Says Anti-Gay Bullying Must Stop

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 17th 2011 9:45AM
Zachary QuintoZachary Quinto hit the headlines after coming out publicly as a gay man in an interview with 'New York' magazine, and the actor says he was motivated to do so by the recent suicide of bullied gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer.

Writing on his blog, Quinto says that "in light of jamey's death -- it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it -- is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality."

He adds: "gay kids need to stop killing themselves because they are made to feel worthless by cruel and relentless bullying. parents need to teach their children principles of respect and acceptance."

The 'Heroes' and 'Star Trek' actor has played gay characters several times on TV but has not previously discussed his sexuality publicly.

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Live Long and Prosper, Spock: Leonard Nimoy Attends His Last 'Star Trek' Convention

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 4th 2011 8:45AM
Leonard NimoyTake a deep breath and pull up a chair, Trekkies: Spock has beamed off the ship.

While his evergreen erstwhile 'Star Trek' co-star William Shatner keeps on working like he's still in his 60s, Leonard Nimoy has decided it's time to hang up the pointy ears for good.

Last month he announced that he'd be attending his last 'Star Trek' convention in Chicago this week, and now it's happened. The AP reports that Nimoy parted from fans with the traditional four-fingered Vulcan salute and salutation: "Live Long and Prosper."

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William Shatner on 'Weird or What?,' the Cosmos and How Everything Is Just Plain Odd

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Sep 12th 2011 2:00PM
If you think about it, there's really no one more appropriate to host a show of this nature than sci-fi legend William Shatner. Each episode of 'Weird or What?' contains several stories of bizarre or otherwise unexplained events or phenomena -- such as a man surviving a several-storey fall, or killer ice balls from the sky -- and each is narrated by the former 'Star Trek' star in his own distinct Shatner-esque manner.



This isn't just moonlighting for him, either; Shatner has always been borderline-obsessed with the unexplainable, even when he was a little boy. AOL TV caught up with him to talk about 'Weird or What,' the cosmos and how everything in our world is extraordinary.

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Massive 'Stark Trek' Collection for Sale on 'Pawn Stars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 2nd 2011 6:19AM
'Pawn Stars'Hardcore 'Star Trek' fans had to be salivating at the collection that walked into the shop on 'Pawn Stars' (Mon., 10PM ET on History). The owner had a massive collection of figures of varying sizes, and many of them were signed by the stars of the various shows and movies.

Corey brought in an expert to appraise it after hearing the $14,000 opening offer from the seller. After the appraisal came in at $8-9,000, the negotiations began.

The owner tried playing on Corey's sympathy by telling him he has a wedding to pay for, but Corey wasn't playing that game. "It's not my issue, man," he said. "You can get married for 99 cents in the Prius right down the street."

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Leonard Nimoy Decides to Retire from Acting

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 21st 2010 7:00AM
leonard_nimoy_smiling_star_trekLeonard Nimoy has had one of the more distinguished and iconic television careers. He'll always be known first and foremost as 'Star Trek's' Mr. Spock, but in a six-decade long run that began with movies like 'Them' and 'Kid Monk Baroni,' Nimoy has proved that he's much more than just Spock. He's a man who's made his mark as an actor, writer, director, musician and artist. And he has decided now, at the age of 79, to call it day.

In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Nimoy responded specifically to the question of whether he would play Spock again in the next J.J. Abrams' 'Star Trek' movie. He said, "I want to get off the stage. Also, I don't think it would be fair to Zachary Quinto. He's a terrific actor, he looks the part, and it's time to give him some space. And I'm very flattered the character will continue."

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Patrick Stewart Talks About 'Hamlet,' 'Macbeth' and His IT Guy... Wil Wheaton

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 20th 2010 2:02PM
Sir Patrick StewartMost people know the recently-knighted Patrick Stewart from his movie and TV roles, many of which are of the sci fi / fantasy variety. Of course, there's Jean-Luc Picard of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation,' but there's also Charles Xavier in the 'X-Men' series and the voice of Avery Bullock on 'American Dad.'

But back in his native England, Sir Patrick is just as well known for his Shakespearean work, both on-stage and on the screen. Some of that work will be on display on April 28, when he reprises the role of Claudius (he first played the role on TV 30 years ago) in PBS's production of 'Hamlet' on 'Great Performances.' As Nick mentioned yesterday, the production, with David Tennant in the title role, mixes the classic dialogue with modern dress and settings to give the play a more contemporary feel.

Stewart will also perform in the title role of 'Macbeth' for a similarly-staged production airing on PBS later this year. I sat down with Sir Patrick in January, when he presented at the TCAs; we spoke about the two productions, what his classic training brought to his 'Star Trek' role, his guest turn on 'Extras' and how his first ever IT guy was none other than Wil Wheaton.

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Religious 'Star Trek' Badly Goes Where No 'Star Trek' Has Gone Before

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 19th 2010 7:02PM
All amateur 'Star Trek' videos and movies possess a certain visceral tone that can make even the most nerve damaged human being cringe in pain. This one, however, might just kill them.

The not-at-all terrible people from the "Everything is Terrible" blog uncovered a video from some unidentified church group (can't say I blame them) who produced an absolutely awful Christian-themed 'Star Trek' parody that attempts to teach their flock the morals dangers of producing their own badly acted 'Star Trek' tribute.

It's so bad that it's either making Jesus laugh or God cry in that order. Jesus just always struck me as a bigger Trekkie than God.

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Ion-Beam Me Up, Scotty! Enterprise Model Made in Ion Micrograph

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 18th 2010 7:15PM
A one-billionth scale model of the Starship Enterprise done with a focused-ion-beamNo, you aren't looking at the world's most accurate model of the U.S.S. Enterprise done in dust bunnies. It's actually much smaller than that.

You are looking at a one-billionth scale model of the Enterprise (the one from 'Star Trek: The Next Generation,' not the original 'Star Trek') made from "30 kV Ga+ focused-ion- beam CVD using phenanthrene gas."

The model won the 2003 "Best Ion Micrograph" award at The 47th International Conference on Electron, Ion and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication. And if you think that's enthralling, you should see the models they put together for their 'after dark' show. Let's just say you should bring your wide angle lens for your electron microscope.

[via Discover Magazine]

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Andrew Koenig's Parents Walk Off 'Larry King Live'

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 25th 2010 11:29AM

Walter KoenigThe parents of Andrew Koenig, best known for playing Richard "Boner" Stabone on the television series 'Growing Pains', walked off the set of 'Larry King Live' when their segment was interrupted by a breaking news story. Andrew's father is Walter Koenig, who is best known for playing the character of Pavel Chekov on the original 'Star Trek' series (and is only slightly less known for playing the evil telepath Alfred Bester on 'Babylon 5').

If I were the parents of a missing child, no matter what age, and I was invited to a major news program to plead for his safe return only to have the segment delayed, I'd be pissed off too. It's tough to blame the Koenigs for their behavior, particularly with a missing child. CNN should have rescheduled or at least pre-taped the segment like they did with Andrew's sister. It seems like Larry is getting a little insensitive in his old age.

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Walter and Judy Koenig Abruptly Leave 'Larry King Live' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 25th 2010 2:00AM
Larry King Live, Andrew Koenig, Walter KoenigThings are getting more interesting in the case of Andrew Koenig, missing since Valentine's Day when he was last seen in Vancouver. His parents, Judy and Walter Koenig (he played Chekhov in the original 'Star Trek') are in Vancouver helping police search for their son.

Apparently, they were all set to appear on 'Larry King Live' (weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN), but abruptly left the studio without explanation.

You have to wonder if they received information at the last minute that they couldn't talk about. Or maybe they're just too distraught to talk about it. Either way, it's all very sad, and we hope Andrew turns up safe and sound.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Hawaii Five-0' Has Booked O'Loughlin

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 11th 2010 11:22AM
alex_oloughlin_the_shieldThere's something very satisfying when speculation and inside word turns out to be right on the money. That's the case with the casting for CBS's 'Hawaii Five-0.' Hollywood Reporter confirms that the man who will lead the detectives for this new CBS version 'Hawaii Five-0' is going to be Alex O'Loughlin.

Do you hear that sound? That's millions of 'Moonlight' fans exploding with joy that their favorite star has gotten the Steve McGarrett role. They're giddy with excitement because Alex is a star who as been searching for just the right role, just the right project, just the right hit that would keep him on the air. 'Hawaii Five-0' has a really good chance to succeed. Make that extremely good.

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Greatest TV Kisses: 10 Best Smooches in Television

by David Hofstede, posted Feb 10th 2010 1:00PM
Friends best kissA kiss is still a kiss, as the old song goes, but many of the most memorable TV kisses packed a much bigger punch than your standard smooch.

Some were unlikely, a few were unexpected, and a couple were delayed for years, boosting both sexual tension and viewer frustration. Just in time for Valentine's Day, here are 10 pop culture lip-locks for the ages.

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'Star Trek' Writers Orci and Kurtzman Sign With Fox TV

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 2nd 2010 5:02PM
orci kurtzman tv dealRoberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the writing team behind last year's best and worst blockbusters ('Star Trek' and, you know, 'Transformers 2'), have inked a three-year deal to develop new shows for 20th Century Fox.

The 'Fringe' scribes will write and produce TV projects under their own company, which Fox hopes they'll populate with creative moneymaking geeks like themselves.

The duo is gonna be very busy for the next few years. They've already signed to write and produce a 'Hawaii Five-O' reboot for CBS, and they're also launching a new 'Transformers' cartoon for Hasbro's The Hub. (Not to mention 'Fringe', which is still going strong on Fox.)

Orci and Kurtzman's movie projects include the much-anticipated 'Star Trek' sequel and the big budget graphic novel adaptation 'Cowboys & Aliens'.

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Remake of Gene Roddenberry's The Questor Tapes in the works

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 24th 2010 11:30AM
Gene RoddenberryStar Trek creator Gene Roddenberry is still having his concepts used for television series. In this case it's not so much a creation as a remake. Imagine Entertainment is working with his son Rod Roddenberry to make The Questor Tapes, a series he created in 1974 which made it to the television pilot phase.

The series is about an android named Questor that is created with incomplete memory tapes. It then searches the world for its creator and purpose. A lot of the concept went into the Star Trek: the Next Generation character of Data. Maybe they could get Brent Spiner to play Questor, or would that be typecasting? I recall reading ages ago that Roddenberry originally wanted Leonard Nimoy to play Questor.

Tim Minear, who was behind The X-Files and much Joss Whedon stuff, is being pursued to produce the series. What do you think? Is it another Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda? Who should play Questor?

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