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William Shatner’s One-Man Show Coming To Theaters

William Shatner's One-Man Show Coming To Theaters

This April, fans of William Shatner will have the opportunity to see his one-man show “Shatner’s World,” which toured live in recent years, in select US theaters.

The special engagement, which will be shown in more than 630 theaters on Thursday, April 24th and will feature Shatner on-stage as he walks through the story of his life and career.

“I’ve done this one-man show on Broadway and in many cities across the United States,” said Shatner. “At the curtain call, the audiences’ reaction, their love and appreciation, moved me to tears. This show has been one of the highlights of my life.”

“William Shatner takes fans on a unique and exciting journey where they’ll see the human side of his larger-than-life persona,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of Fathom Events. “This Hollywood icon truly offers us an intimate glimpse into the man behind the icon in ‘Shatner’s World’.”

In addition to the two-hour show, fans will also be shown an exclusive welcome from Shatner.

To purchase tickets, visit Fathom Events.

via Broadway World

Happy Birthday, William Shatner!

Happy Birthday, William Shatner!

Today, William Shatner, the actor who played the legendary Captain James Tiberius Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series and seven Star Trek motion pictures, turned 83 years old.

The Montreal-born actor started his career as a Shakespearean stage performer in Stratford, Canada and on Broadway in New York City in the early 1950’s. Though his first appearance in cinema was that of a minor role in the 1951 Canadian film The Butler’s Night Off, Shatner’s prominence in film did not arrive until his second debut in 1958 as Alexey Karamazov in The Brothers Karamazov, a film adaptation of one of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s literary works. During that time, he played a major role as Jim Whitely in The Glass Eye, an episode form the third season of the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In 1959, William Shatner performed on stage in Broadway once again as Lomax in The World of Suzie Wong; his outstanding performance was received very well by critics, which earned him greater repute in the theatrical and film community. In fact, his initial stardom was a precursor to greater achievements in film and television for the next several years before he took on more exploratory, original roles: where no man has gone before.

Shatner in The Twilight Zone

Shatner in The Twilight Zone

His more prominent contributions on-screen during the early 1960’s, though not highly recognized by today’s standards, included an episode of The Twilight Zone entitled “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”, in which Shatner played a paranoid airline passenger who is seemingly the only person aboard aware of a gremlin sabotaging the propeller engines on the wing of the plane (and yes, this WAS the original screenplay that was remade in the fourth segment of the 1983 film Twilight Zone: The Movie, starring 3rd Rock from the Sun’s John Lithgow sitting in Shatner’s seat on the plane (and quite possibly terrified by the same gremlin). In 1964, Shatner guest-starred in The Man from U.N.C.L.E, in which he played as Michael Donfield, an ex-businessman employed by the main character, Napoleon Solo, to expose a plot that would bring the United States and the Soviet Union on the brink of war. In the episode, Solo and Donfield discover co-conspirators Madame Kurasov and her assistant, Vladeck. Interestingly, Vladeck was played by Leonard Nimoy, who would later fill the shoes of Spock from the classic Star Trek: The Original Series. Though these two actors played the roles of enemies in a single episode, fate would unite them in the roles of close friends for an entire series, both on- and off-screen.

Shatner as Kirk in “Where No Man Has Gone Before”

Shatner as Kirk in “Where No Man Has Gone Before”

In 1966, William Shatner was cast as Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek’s second pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” a role in a series that lasted until its abrupt cancellation in 1969. His exceptional performance impacted science fiction for years to come. Despite the low financial status of the show’s budget and its poor reception of the audience at the time, Shatner’s portrayal of Kirk set the standard for many leadership roles in films and shows, from Battlestar Galactica to Star Wars.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

By 1979, Gene Roddenberry and Paramount Pictures resurrected Star Trek and brought Shatner and his old crew back to work in another round of space-faring adventures; this time, William Shatner would not star in a TV series, but in a full-fledged film saga, beginning with Star Trek: The Motion Picture and ending with the sad, though heroic death of James T. Kirk in Star Trek: Generations.

After his film career as Captain Kirk ended (though his acting career was no where near finished), William Shatner refused to let the spirit of Kirk end at just one movie. He continued the Kirk legacy in a series of Star Trek novels wherein Captain Kirk was resurrected to continue his adventures to explore and save the galaxy once again, this time in the 24th century. He also authored the science fiction series TekWar, which was adapted into a video game, a made-for-TV movie, and a comic book series.

He is scheduled to appear at multiple conventions this year, including Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention in Chicago (June 6-8) and Las Vegas (July 31-August 3).

Ever-busy, he is also scheduled to star in a new home-improvement show The Shatner Project, which is set to premiere on the DIY Network in October.

William Shatner, writer, actor, stage performer, and science fiction enthusiast, is a man of many talents. His popularity as the legendary Captain Kirk earned him a reputation that not only lasted for half a century, but will endure for centuries to come. Look anywhere, Star Trek or not, one can still see the mark of Captain Kirk in everything, from television series and movies to music and art. Today, we shall celebrate Mr. Shatner’s turning of age as well as the great fortunes he has laid out for us.

Captain, today we at TrekNews.net wish you a very happy and healthy 83rd birthday.

You can follow William Shatner on Twitter at @WilliamShatner.

William Shatner To Star In New DIY Network Home-Renovation Series ‘The Shatner Project’

William Shatner To Star In New DIY Network Home-Renovation Series 'The Shatner Project'

Star Trek’s original Captain Kirk, William Shatner is set to star in a new home-renovation show, The Shatner Project.

Produced by Scott Sternberg Productions, The Shatner Project, will be a five (possibly six)-episode series on the DIY Network.

Each episode of the series will follow Shatner and his wife, as they “gut their 1970s-style California home, including the kitchen, living room and dining room. The couple also will renovate the front patio area in order to create the perfect place for big family parties, as well as remodel Shatner’s favorite hangout spot, the media room.”

“I am embracing change,” said Shatner. “Our home will be unfamiliar territory for a while but I am excited by all of it.”

The Shatner Project is slated to debut on the DIY Network in October.

via Variety

Shatner, Urban, TNG Crew Appear At ‘Destination Star Trek Germany’ [Report]

Shatner, Urban, TNG Crew Appear At 'Destination Star Trek Germany' [Report]

Destination Star Trek Germany (DSTG), which took place in Frankfurt last month, featured an impressive lineup of stars, including Karl Urban, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, William Shatner, and a host of other Star Trek franchise actors.

During the press conference, the Next Generation crew was asked, “Why did they get along so well as a cast?” Burton commented, “No one knows.” While Sirtis added it was serendipity. From their joking with each other back and forth it was obvious that their TNG camaraderie continues to today.

Karl Urban

Karl Urban

Karl Urban has been viewed by many to have captured the true character of Dr. McCoy, in the last two rebooted Star Trek movies. He was asked how he got so close to the true nature of Bones. Urban, a native of New Zealand, stated, “I grew up watching Star Trek”, and as a kid he was a big fan of science fiction.

The DSTG was held in the huge Hall #3 of the Messe convention center in Frankfurt Germany. While inside the hall one was reminded of actually being aboard a star ship as it is a very modern building. As compared to most hotel based SciFi conventions in the United States, there was lots of room for everything to fit under one roof without the claustrophobic feeling common in the states.  On the other hand, it may be a long walk from one’s hotel to the convention as opposed to rolling out of your Rio hotel suite in Vegas and heading straight down to the convention floor.

DSTG's Klingon Zone

DSTG’s Klingon Zone

Some unique things to DSTG were: the Klingon Zone, Borg Regeneration set, and Enterprise-D bridge, with the last two reserved for paid photo shots.  Both Friday and Saturday nights finished with Trek themed parties at an added cost but based upon reports they were received with mixed reviews.  Alas jet lag and middle age prevented me from taking part.

Day two of Destination Star Trek Germany quickly got going with morning talks consisting of the TNG cast, followed by Karl Urban, the Enterprise comedy duo of Trinneer & Keating, William Shatner, the DS9 team, and the night’s highlight with Shatner moderating the TNG reunion event. The hall was noticeably more crowded with the Saturday fans turning out in force. Shatner’s afternoon discussion was most touching and sad when he told of his one year old Doberman puppy, Mocha, being put to sleep just that morning. He was obviously still grieving. Mr. Shatner told the audience that death is part of life plus he wanted to keep the memory alive of this beautiful dog.

Wandering through the vendor’s area one is struck by how few there are, as compared to events in the United States. At the same time these venders did have a larger footprint and more merchandise vs. the domestic events. One of the most interesting and unique vendors was Martin Netter from Germany. In addition to his business of selling Trek goodies, his vast collection of original Star Trek props, wardrobe, and scripts formed the museum exhibit. It was fascinating viewing these Trek artifacts and added a unique draw for the convention.

Appearing daily on Stage B was the UK’s Trekkie Girls, Sam and Carole who are YouTube experts on all that is Trek. They kept the crowd entertained with their insights into the “Ladies of Trek” as well as a rather challenging trivia smack down. Finding out there was to be no costume contest; the Trekkie Girls boldly went where no girl has gone before and took it upon themselves to organize a contest for those dressed up as their favorite Trek characters. So kudos to Trekkie Girls!

William Shatner

William Shatner

Saturday night was capped off with the patriarch of Star Trek, William Shatner, acting as the moderator of the TNG Reunion. The mood was set at the start when Shatner repeatedly expressed his lust for all aspects of life. When asked by a fan if they were stranded on a deserted island who, from the TNG characters they would choose to be with, it went downhill fast. The ladies showed their intelligence with Gates having Wesley look after her and Marina selecting Dr. Crusher to take care of her medical needs. Michael Dorn showed his masculine side in refusing to answer as his mind was overwhelmed by all sorts of lustful thoughts according to his costars, thus making him mentally and physically unable to participate in the rest of the discussion. Marina then kissed up to LeVar Burton and thus he selected her to be with him on the island. Shatner then jumped in and said he would choose to be stranded with LeVar so that he could then be with Marina.

Michale Dorn, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis, and Gates McFadden

Michale Dorn, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis, and Gates McFadden

Sir Patrick Stewart then made an appearance as he channeled his consensus into Brent Spiner’s most excellent imitation of his majesty. The silver haired Spiner then got the audience laughing their backsides off with his all too accurate spoof of Sir Patrick. When talk turned to Asia, Marina in her typically restrained, introverted, and soft spoken manner, chastised China and Japan for their abuse of animals. For the rest of the talk she frequently mentioned the sake of the dolphins. Kudos number two to Marina. The group’s collective banter, humor, and camaraderie capped off another fun day at DST Germany.

The final day of the convention started off strong Sunday morning with Brent Spiner on Stage A talking about the subject he loves best, Brent Spiner. As always Herr Spiner keeps the audience in hysterics as he makes fun of himself, former cast members, stories of the TNG set, and his general twisted yet enjoyable view on life. The always reserved and shy Spiner got the crowd laughing by proclaiming, “I’m a brilliant human being.” When asked what was his favorite episode, he recalled “Brothers”, as it afforded him the opportunity to work with his favorite actor, namely himself as Data, his evil brother Lore, and his father Dr. Noonien Soong.

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner was then kind enough to lend a helping hand by pranking the next stars on Stage A, Michael Dorn and Marina Sirtis. Posing as Helmuth from Germany, Spiner asked Michael Dorn if, “In real life are you an idiot as you were in the show?” Confusion, realization, and uncontrolled laughter were the reactions of both Dorn and Sirtis as they struggled to keep calm and carry on. Marina then went on a tangent of her love for the Tottenham Hotspur, one of London’s five soccer teams that yet again finished behind London’s premier team Arsenal. Having a Hotspur tattoo on her shoulder she is truly a fanatic and proceeded to mad mouth the German national soccer team, who by the way utterly destroyed England 4 – 1 and sent them back home with their tails between their legs in disgrace during the last World Cup in 2010. Marina, better luck this summer in Brazil.

Michael Dorn and Marina Sirtis

Michael Dorn and Marina Sirtis

Karl Urban, the best damn Dr. McCoy since Bones, was a hit who brought us all into the present and future of all things Star Trek. Standing before a sea of uber geeks he was asked what he was geeking out in general. In reply, “I love live music.”, and he was soon to see the godfathers of rock, the Rolling Stones. Asked about his bucket list, Urban mentioned: owning a Porsche, travel, spend as much time as possible with his family, and laughing until it hurts.

Queried in regards to his icons, he first mentioned: Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Harrison Ford and Leonard Nimoy. Later Urban changed tracks and spoke about his real life heroes such as: the 9-11 fire fighters who ran into buildings as others ran out, New Zealand’s Rob Hall an Everest guide who died trying to save his clients lives, and Ernest Shackleton whose inspiring leadership saved his entire expedition from the Antarctic ice. Whilst he is of course a top shelf Hollywood star, me thinks Karl Urban is also a very human and real person one could easily call friend.

Many of our favorite DS9 crew took the stage to not only entertain us with Trek nostalgia but also to highlight just how talented these actors are. Rene Auberjonois was kind enough to highlight a comment of Armin Shimerman, “Our bench was deep.” In contrast to other Trek TV series the talented DS9 costars could and often carried episodes on their own without the leading cast. When asked if there will be a DS9 movie, they collectively shouted “NO!”.

Warping up the convention were BFFs Connor Trinneer and his trusty sidekick Dominic Keating of Enterprise. The two Enterprise “boys” kept us in rapture with their insights into Enterprise, yet their comedic connection was obvious not only as cast members but also as friends. When asked about the premature demise of Enterprise both commented about the politics between Paramount, CBS and the defunct UPN. Talk about bad timing for Enterprise and all Star Trek fans! As Connor “Trip” Trinneer was asked if he was ever surprised by what the writers produced he mentioned being pregnant in “Unexpected” and “These are the Voyages” where Trip dies. His sidekick Dominic was more than happy to take credit for putting forth the plot for both episodes.

Where does the Destination Star Trek journey lead us in Europe? Media 10 Ltd., the company behind Destination Star Trek Germany, successfully launched the events in October 2012 launch of Destination Star Trek London. While speaking with Media 10’s Marketing Director Rob Nathan, I was told that they are in it for the long haul and have signed a contract with CBS, to authorize them to promote the Star Trek branded conventions in Europe. It is a very good sign that they have the pockets to continue and expand their Star Trek convention business in Europe. All too often many Trek and SciFi conventions die after just one event. Nathan stated that, “We are not one hit wonders.” Two years ago, DST London had 18,000 individual customers buy tickets, while there were over 30,000 visits during the three day convention. While not official, DST Germany has taken in approximately 8,000 tickets with 10,000 visits.


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In comparison to conventions in the US — one must compare and contrast the experience in the American hotel format favored by Creation Entertainment and the vast convention hall venue of Media 10. To be honest both have their positives and negatives. American hotel venues allow one to experience everything in a concentrated space and the opportunity to roll out of bed into the convention fun, whilst the Media 10 format provides a vast area for everything without the crowds yet your night’s lodging might be trek away.

I truly enjoyed the space afforded by the cavernous Messe Hall #3 and did not miss the jam packed crowds of the US hotel formats. However, putting everything under one continuous space left something to be desired. For example the acoustics were not the best. The events on Stage A continually interfered with that of Stage B and likewise. Also in the Klingon Zone there was a 4 foot diameter gong that interrupted the actors and various events throughout the entire convention. NO MORE GONG, Media 10! On the other hand, the extra room allowed for the autographs and the star photo ops to be very well organized.

Media 10 is in it for the long haul. Nathan expects there will be another Destination Star Trek within the year and most likely to be held somewhere in the United Kingdom. All in all DST Germany was a solid Star Trek convention and I’d give them a B+. I look forward to attending the third Destination Star Trek sometime next year.

photos: Carolin Jennings, Randy Jennings/TrekNews.net

WATCH: “Eat, Fry, Love” a Turkey Fryer Fire Cautionary Tale By William Shatner

WATCH: "Eat, Fry, Love" a Turkey Fryer Fire Cautionary Tale By William Shatner

William Shatner along with the folks at All Hands Fire and State Farm Insurance have released a video to explain the danger associated with frying turkeys.

Entitled “Eat, Fry, Love”, the video features the former Captain Kirk as he ignores the recommended precautions associated with safely frying a turkey.

Shatner warns “it’s a great taste, but you’ve got to be safe.”

Official description:

“Eat, Fry, Love” is presented by William Shatner and State Farm. It is a turkey fryer cautionary tale with excellent video of the dangers associated with using turkey fryers. It shows how fire can rapidly intensify, spread, destroy and cause serious injury. Enjoy this video, learn from it and stay safe.

Check out the video below.


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William Shatner Talks New TNG Documentary, Killing Off Kirk, New Star Trek TV Series

William Shatner Talks New TNG Documentary, Killing Off Kirk, New Star Trek TV Series

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Star Trek‘s original Captain Kirk discussed a myriad of topics, including his new TNG documentary, killing off Captain Kirk, J.J. Abrams and why he hasn’t appeared in any of his films.

On the topic of Whacky Doodle, his upcoming documentary on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Shatner said:

That’ll be the ninth documentary that I will have made. We are editing it now and calling it Wacky Doodle. All of the writers in the documentary said the show was all wacky doodle, so that’s what I’m calling it. It’s about the shenanigans that went on in the first two years of making Star Trek: The Next Generation. I did The Captains, which also got wonderful notices. And I’ve made other documentaries involving science fiction.

He went on to briefly speculate why a new Star Trek series isn’t currently on television.

That’s because they’re making the movies.

On why he hasn’t appeared in either of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek film, he said:

Well, I said to [Leonard] Nimoy, “You know you’re old when you go back in time and you’re still old.” I don’t know how they’d handle the aged captains.

Shatner as Kirk in Star Trek: Generations

Shatner as Kirk in Star Trek: Generations

In Star Trek: Generations, Captain Kirk was killed off. Discussing the character’s death, he said:

Well, it wasn’t my choice. Although, I wrote a series of books where the character goes on, followed by autobiographical things that happened to me, I foisted on the fictional character.


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With the announcement of Abrams taking over the directorial reigns of the Star Wars franchise, Shatner gave his opinion of whether he thinks Episode VII will be any good, saying:

Yes. J.J. is a wonderful director.

William Shatner’s fifth studio album, Ponder the Mystery will be released next Tuesday, October 8th. The album is a collection of progressive rock songs coupled with Shatner’s original spoken word poetry.

To read the entire interview, visit Rolling Stone.

William Shatner and Jeri Ryan Headline Creation’s Official Star Trek Convention In San Francisco This November

William Shatner and Jeri Ryan Headline Creation's Official Star Trek Convention In San Francisco This November

Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention is set to beam down to San Francisco this November for three days.

Taking place November 8-10 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, the convention’s guests will include William Shatner, Jeri Ryan, Jonathan Frakes, Robert Beltran, Gates McFadden, Robert Picardo, John de Lancie, Tim Russ, James Darren, Ethan Phillips, Lee Meriwether, Suzie Plakson, Michael Aron and Jon Stuer. In addition, Max Grodenchik and Aron Eisenberg will appear in costume as their Deep Space Nine characters, Rom and Nog.

Other weekend events include a music video competition, a costume contest, and a character make-up workshop with John Paladin.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Creation Entertainment.

STLV ’13: Day 3 Report With William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, Jonathan Frakes & Terry Farrell

STLV '13: Day 3 Report With William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, Jonathan Frakes & Terry Farrell

The Las Vegas Star Trek Convention continued on Saturday with special guests William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, Jeri Ryan, Terry Farrell, Gates McFadden, LeVar Burton, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, Brannon Braga, and Ira Steven Behr.

The day’s events kicked off with a special “Creating the World of Star Trek” panel — featuring Michael Westmore, Andre Bormanis, Rick Sternbach, and Mike and Denise Okuda. Some of Star Trek‘s most influential and creative minds discussed their process, obstacles that were overcome and comical moments they experienced while working on the Star Trek franchise.

Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

Deep Space Nine star Terry Farrell, looking beautiful in a red dress, hit the stage with tons of energy. Farrell discussed Michael Dorn, her DS9 co-star, saying he was a massive flirt on the set of the show. She talked about playing Jadzia Dax, saying “I wanted to be the female Indiana Jones,” she said of Dax. “I wanted to be Lara Croft.”

Farrell went on to discuss her choice to leave DS9 at the end of the sixth season and the rocky relationships she had with the show’s producers Ira Steven Behr and Rick Berman. She told the fans that while she’s recently mended fences with Behr, she still blames Berman for her leaving the show. She joked about a discussion she recently had with Behr to reshoot the seventh season of the show — to which he warned “Don’t tempt me.”

“I loved every minute I played Dax” Farrell told the audience.

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Gates McFadden, Jonathan Frakes and LeVar Burton

Gates McFadden, Jonathan Frakes and LeVar Burton

Gates McFadden and LeVar Burton were up next. The former TNG stars began their on-stage appearance by auctioning off McFadden’s communicator from First Contact. After a flurry of offers, the winning bid was $2,100.

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Burton discussed the Geordi character, saying that he heard rumors he was originally written to be gay — but never by anyone associated with the show. “Geordi’s kind of a creeper,” he said. On the topic of episodes, Burton picked “Code of Honor” as his favorite and “Relics” as his least.

Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes

Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes

Burton and McFadden’s fellow TNG stars, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, and Marina Sirtis were up next. Frakes demonstrated the “Riker Maneuver” for the fans as he sat down on stage.

“My method is learn the lines and don’t bump into the furniture.” joked Spiner. When asked what her favorite scene, Sitis jokingly said it was her drunk scene in First Contact.

The former castmates, who had been joined on stage by Terry Farrell, bid farewell to the Las Vegas audience by saying “Thank you. We love you!”

Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew

Welcomed by thunderous applause, Star Trek‘s original Captain Kirk, William Shatner began by updating the fans on his recent projects. Shatner told the fans a TNG documentary will follow last year’s release of The Captains. Never one to slow down., Shatner told the fans that he’s also working on a new album with Billy Sherwood, entitled “Ponder the Mystery”.

Kate Mulgrew joins Shatner on stage. After some brief catching up, Mulgrew discussed her new hair color, saying “Red is the new black.” Mulgrew asked Shetner what he thinks would have happened in his life if he was never cast as Captain Kirk, to which he responded “We don’t know.”

“There are things that I’m not proud of and things that I am proud of” Shatner said of choices he’s made in his life.

Discussing mortality, Mulgrew told him that she doesn’t believe he’s scared of death, but instead afraid of not living life.

William Shatner, Joel Grey and Kate Mulgrew

William Shatner, Joel Grey and Kate Mulgrew

Joined by actor Joel Grey, the two discussed their Star Trek characters. “I loved her spirit — I loved that she was brave,” Mulgrew said of Janeway.

Brannon Braga

Brannon Braga

Subsequent panels included former Star Trek producers Brannon Braga and Ira Steven Behr.

Terry Farrell is number 1,085

Terry Farrell is number 1,085

With an original record of 1,041, set back in 2011 and broken by 1,063 fans during the Star Trek London event last year, the Las Vegas fans were determined to break the Guinness Book of World Records for most people in one place in Star Trek costumes. In the course of an hour, 1,085 fans — along with DS9 star Terry Farrell — poured into the DeForest Kelley Theater to once again recapture the award.

RELATED: Terry Farrell & Las Vegas Star Trek Fans Break Guinness World Record

Sunday’s guests included Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Jeri Ryan, and a special Deep Space Nine 20th anniversary reunion panel, with Avery Brooks, Terry farrell, Cirroc Lofton, Nana Visitor, Armin Shimerman, Michael Dorn, James Darren, Rene Auberjonis, Nicole de Boer, Chase Masterson, Andrew Robinson, Casey Biggs, Max Grodenchik, Jeffrey Combs, Marc Alaimo, and Aron Eisenberg. We’ll have a full report and photos from those events, here on TrekNews.net later today.

PREVIEW: Las Vegas Star Trek Convention 2013 With Over 100 Guests, Including Shatner, Brooks, Mulgrew, Takei

PREVIEW: Las Vegas Star Trek Convention 2013 With Over 100 Guests, Including Shatner, Brooks, Mulgrew, and Takei

Next week, thousands of Star Trek fans will descend upon Las Vegas, Nevada for the world’s largest Star Trek convention as Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention returns to the Rio Suites Hotel & Casino.

Kicking off Thursday, August 8th, the convention runs through Sunday, August 11th with over 100 celebrity guests. Announced guests include William Shatner, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Jeri Ryan, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, LeVar Burton, Alice Eve, Terry Farrell, Nicole de Boer, Alexander Siddig, Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating, John de Lancie, Robert Picardo, Linda Park, Denise Crosby, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonis, Garrett Wang, Tim Russ, Chase Masterson, and many more.

TNG reunion panel from STLV 2012

TNG reunion panel from STLV 2012

Kate Mulgrew at STLV 2012

Kate Mulgrew at STLV 2012

Fans attending this year’s convention will be able to purchase tickets for a wide variety of meet-and-greets, autographs, and photo ops. Some of the special food funtions include a Voyager/Enterpise lunch with Tim Russ, Jennifer Lien, Linda Park, Dominic Keating, Garrett Wang, Ethan Phillips, and Robert Picardo, along with a 20th Anniversary of Deep Space Nine luncheon with Rene Auberjonois, Alexander Siddig, Nana Visitor, Terry Farrell, Armin Shimerman, James Darren, Aron Eisenberg, Nicole de Boer, Casey Biggs, Chase Masterson, Jeffrey Combs, Marc Alaimo, Max Grodenchik, and Andy Robinson.

Restored Enterprise-D Bridge

Restored Enterprise-D Bridge

In addition to the guests, the dealers’ room will be filled with vendors from around the world and will give fans the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of Star Trek and sci-fi memorabilia. Huston Huddleston’s restored Enterprise-D bridge will also be on display for fans to sit down and take photos, thanks to a fundraiser spearheaded by our friends at Trek Radio.

Fans during the 2011 Guinness World Record attempt in Las Vegas

Fans during the 2011 Guinness World Record attempt in Las Vegas

This year, the fans in Las Vegas will attempt regain the world record for the most people in Star Trek costumes in one place. The current record of 1063 was set at least year’s Star Trek London event.

TrekNews.net will be updating and tweeting live from the convention. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with all the happenings, sights and sounds live from the show floor.

Will you be attending the Las Vegas convention? Tell us what you’re most looking forward to this year, in the comments below.

To purchase tickets and to see a complete schedule of events, visit Creation Entertainment.

William Shatner’s ‘Captains Close Up’ Series Coming To DVD

William Shatner's 'Captains Close Up' Series Coming To DVD

Captain’s Close Up, a five-part mini-series, which premiered on EPIX earlier this year, is set to be released on DVD later this summer.

Featuring interviews conducted by Shatner himself, former Star Trek captains Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Patrick Stewart, Scott Bakula, and Chris Pine are featured. The series builds upon Shatner’s 2011 documentary, The Captains.

Captain’s Close Up is set to be released on August 13th and is available for pre-order now on Amazon.

Description:

Since first soaring onto TV screens in the 1960s, Star Trek has become one of the most beloved franchises of all time. Now, the original Captain Kirk, William Shatner, travels around the globe in this new five-part series to interview the elite group of actors who have portrayed the role of Starfleet Captain, giving fans an intimate and exclusive look at the pop culture phenomenon.

Captains Close Up DVD cover art

Captains Close Up DVD cover art

Boston Star Trek Convention Recap with William Shatner, George Takei, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis and More

Boston Star Trek Convention Recap with William Shatner, George Takei, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis and More

Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention returned to Boston last weekend, after a year-long hiatus.

The event, which took place at the Hynes Convention Center, included a variety of Star Trek actors, writers, and personalities. William Shatner, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden, Denise Crosby, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonis, and more appeared on stage and were available for autographs and photographs with the fans throughout the two-day event.

The convention kicked off on Saturday with Morgan Gendel’s “Journey to the Inner Light,” a presentation discussing the Hugo Award-winning episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “The Inner Light.”

In the early afternoon, Michael Dorn and Suzie Plakston took the stage. Plakston discussed her involvement with the show; playing both the Klingon K’Ehleyr in The Next Generation and the female Q on Voyager. Dorn was asked about the Star Trek television series he pitched last year, saying “unfortunately, it won’t happen,”.

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Suzie Plakston and Michael Dorn

Suzie Plakston and Michael Dorn

Suzie Plakston and Michael Dorn

Suzie Plakston and Michael Dorn

Star Trek: The Original Series star George Takei was up next. When asked which was his favorite, Takei answered “Star Trek: VI,” and joked that it should have been named “Captain Sulu to the Rescue.”

George Takei

George Takei

Gene Roddenberry’s former assistant and Star Trek historian Richard Arnold discussed the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Arnold talked about the initial concept of the show and showed rare photographs. He talked about the evolution of Quark’s makeup and Cirroc Lofton’s mid-series growth spurt, which made him the tallest member of the DS9 cast.

Former TNG costars Brent Spiner and Gate McFadden were up next. Spiner told fans that one of the best parts of working on TNG was being able to meet NASA astronauts and some of the world’s brightest scientists, including Stephen Hawking — whom appeared on the show in the sixth season episode “Descent.”

Spiner said that while they were filming TNG, he had almost no time to decompress after filming — only time to sleep.

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

McFadden talked about her tap dancing scene with Spiner from the episode “Data’s Day.” She said that while filming the episode she was four months pregnant. She noted that her son, whom she was pregnant with at the time, is now 22-years old.

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

When asked if he ever watches old TNG episodes, Spiner said he’s tried to show some to his son, but at this point, he’s more interested in watching Star Wars.

Brent Spiner and Gates McFadden

Brent Spiner and Gates McFadden

On Sunday, the second day of the convention kicked off with former Deep Space Nine castmates Rene Auberjonis and Nana Visitor discussing their time on the show and the relationship between Odo and Kira.

LeVar Burton and Marina Sirtis

LeVar Burton and Marina Sirtis

Next up, LeVar Burton and Marina Sirtis were welcomed to the stage to huge applause. The former TNG castmates discussed Star Trek’s impact on society and technology. Burton talked about the J.J. Abrams films, saying they lack Gene Roddenberry’s original vision for Star Trek.

Discussing the casting process, Sirtis said she auditioned three times for Tasha Yar and three times for Deanna Troi before she was offered the role of the counselor aboard the Enterprise-D.

Both Burton and Sirtis said they were incredibly thankful for Star Trek: The Next Generation and how playing those characters has positively affected their lives.

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Star Trek‘s original Captain James T. Kirk, William Shatner was up next. Shatner began by talking about projects he’s currently working on. He told fans that his new album, a follow up to “Seeking Major Tom,” will be released later this year. He briefly discussed Fan-Addicts, the documentary series he began work on back in 2011, saying he hopes to launch the series in the near future. He went on to talk about a podcast project he’s working on.

William Shatner

William Shatner

Shatner closed by mentioning his friend and Boston native Leonard Nimoy, saying they were “like family.”

William Shatner

William Shatner

The next guest was Denise Crosby, who played Tasha Yar on TNG. Crosby said she was honored to be the Grand Marshal at yesterday’s Boston Pride Parade. Her favorite episode, she admitted, was “Yesterday’s Enterprise.” She said she loved the vulnerability and mystery of the Tasha character. She went on to say that Gene Roddenberry understood her desire to leave TNG after the first season.

“I didn’t want to just stand on the horseshoe bridge and say ‘Aye aye, Captain,’” Crosby said of her decision to leave the show.

Denise Crosby

Denise Crosby

The final guest of the convention was Nichelle Nichols. She was welcomed onto the stage with huge applause and a standing ovation from the crowd. Nichols discussed her time on Star Trek along with the her career in the performing arts.

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

The Official Star Trek Convention will return to Boston next summer, June 21 – 22, 2014, and will again be held at the Hynes Convention Center.

Photos: Brian Wilkins/TrekNews.net

William Shatner’s ‘Captains Close-Up’ Coming to EPIX on May 16 + Win a Limited-Edition Poster

William Shatner's 'Captains Close-Up' Coming to EPIX + Win a Limited-Edition Poster

On May 16th, a new series called ‘The Captains Close-Up’ will premier exclusively on EPIX. Featuring interviews conducted by William Shatner, former Star Trek captains Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Patrick Stewart, and Scott Bakula will be featured. The series builds upon Shatner’s 2011 documentary, entitled The Captains. In addition, the series will kick off at 8PM on Wednesday with a close-up interview with Shatner himself.

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'The Captains' poster

‘The Captains’ poster