Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Patrick Stewart is set to star in the upcoming comedy Hunting Elephants, an Israeli film from director Reshef Levy.
Stewart plays an eccentric Brit who finds himself involved with a group of Israelis planning to rob a bank in order to save their family home. The film also stars veteran Israeli actors Sasson Gabbay and Moni Moshonov.
With post production already underway, the film is expected to be released in July.
Hunting Elephants centers on a 12-year-old Israeli boy named Jonathan, who is dealt a cruel double-blow by fate. First his father is killed in a freak accident while working at the local bank. Then, not only does the bank deny fault, they also declare they’ll repossess the boy’s home. Pushed to the brink, the boy must find money fast, and so decides to rob the bank that’s offended him. But he needs a team. Unfortunately for Jonathan, the only crew he has access to is three senior citizens.
Alice Eve, who stars in Star Trek Into Darkness as Carol Marcus, appeared as a guest on Tuesday’s episode of Conan on TBS.
During the appearance, Eve talked about where she was when director J.J. Abrams called her about the role and how she was initially confused if she had gotten the role or not.
When asked by host Conan O’Brien, if she knew from a young age that she wanted to be a performer. Eve responded by saying that she “did know” and that she was a bit of an exhibitionist as a child.
Eve talked about having a hard time in school and getting in trouble when she was growing up, saying “as much as I enjoyed school, I guess I didn’t see the point of it at the same time.” She went on to tell a story about her and some of her high school friends would cause trouble when one of her teacher’s backs were turned.
In a recent interview with Business Insider, world-renowned astrophysicist, Star Talk Radio host and admitted Trekkie, Neil deGrasse Tyson discussed the age-old battle of Star Trek versus Star Wars.
“I never got into Star Wars,” Tyson said. “Maybe because they made no attempt to portray real physics. At all.”
He does appreciate one aspect of George Lucas’ creation, saying “I like the double star sunset scene (on Tatooine). Most stars you see in the night sky are double and triple stars, so that’s a very common thing we would expect in the universe.”
Check out the clip below to watch Tyson talk Star Wars, Star Trek and who his favorite captain is — Kirk or Picard.
This year, TV Guide celebrates its 60th anniversary with six collectable covers — one of which features William Shatner as Captain Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Spock. The special Star Trek cover is composed of a mosaic of TV Guide covers from the 1960s.
Other 60th anniversary covers include I Love Lucy, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Cosby Show, The Simpsons and LOST.
Marina Sirtis, who played Deanna Troi for seven seasons on Star Trek: The Next Generation along with four feature films, has landed a role on the CBS procedural drama NCIS.
Sirtis’ character, Orli Elbaz, will take over the Israeli intelligence organization Mossad, following the death of Ziva’s father Eli David (Michael Nouri).
“The search to replace Eli David as Mossad Director was tricky for us, but we ended up with a true find in Marina Sirtis,” said NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg on casting Sirtis. “I’ve always been a Star Trek fan, but Marina really owns this part. And the cast loves her. She’s everything I wanted for the role and then some. We are lucky to have her.”
According to TVLine, the first episode with Sirtis will air sometime in April.
NCIS, now in it’s 10th season, airs Tuesdays at 8/7c.
The National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) has chosen Star Trek Into Darkness star Chris Pine to receive the CinemaCon Male Star of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the annual NATO convention during the closing night gala on April 18th.
“With this summer’s Star Trek Into Darkness … and then at year’s end, with the release of Jack Ryan, without a doubt 2013 is going to be Chris Pine’s year,” CinemaCon managing director Mitch Neuhauser said Thursday. “Chris Pine has emerged as one of Hollywood’s hottest and most accomplished young actors, and CinemaCon is thrilled to honor him as its 2013 Male Star of the Year.”
CinemaCon takes place April 15-18 at Caesers Palace in Las Vegas.
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller, Bruce Greenwood and Alice Eve, will be in IMAX, 3D and 2D theaters everywhere on May 17th.
On Sunday night, William Shatner made a surprise appearance at the 85th annual Oscar Awards. Shatner, in full Captain Kirk uniform, appeared on the large onstage screen as host Seth MacFarlane kicked off the show.
“Enterprise to Dolby Theatre–come in Dolby Theatre. This is Captain James T. Kirk,” Shatner shouted as he made his first on-screen appearance as Kirk in almost 20-years.
Shatner told MacFarlane “I’ve come back in time from the 23rd century to stop you from destroying the Academy Awards.” He went on to read newspaper headlines from the future, including “Seth MacFarlane Worst Oscar Host Ever.”
Shatner as Kirk talks to Oscar host Seth MacFarlane
The Captain Kirk uniform Shatner wore was last seen on screen in 1994′s Star Trek: Generations and had been on display at Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas until its closing in 2009.
Regardless of the situation, it was great to see Shatner back in Starfleet uniform once again.
Following an earth-to-space Twitter exchange last month, William Shatner spoke to Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency, who is currently aboard the International Space Station, on Thursday.
Shatner began the conversation by telling his fellow Canadian “I’m so moved to be able to speak to you for this brief moment,”.
The entire 20+ minute conversation was captured by NASA and is available for you to watch below.
After the call, both Shatner and Hadfield tweeted about the monumental experience.
So did I do OK? I felt like I kept interrupting him but time was short and I wanted to ask some questions.
It’s all but official. After months of speculation, Variety, along with several other sources, is reporting that J.J. Abrams will indeed take the helm of the Star Wars franchise.
Following a $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm Limited by Disney last fall, we reported that Abrams, along with The Incredibles’ Brad Bird and Raiders Of The Lost Ark‘s Steven Spielberg, were in the running to direct Star Wars Episode VII. Last December, Abrams himself put some of the speculation to rest, when he told Empire that his loyalty to Star Trek would keep him from directing the next Star Wars film.
“I declined any involvement very early on. I’d rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them.” he said then.
The Variety story reports that Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy continued to court Abrams for the job, until he ultimately accepted the challenge.
J.J. Abrams with the cast of Star Trek (2009)
Where does this leave the Star Trek franchise following the release of Into Darkness on May 17th? Only time will tell and we’ll be sure to report on any future developments.
In a new Priceline commercial which is set to hit the airwaves next week, Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco is revealed to be the daughter of William Shatner’s character, the Negotiator.
In a press release, Cuoco said “It’s definitely exciting working with Bill, and being part of a campaign and a brand that I’ve pretty much grown up with,”
“He has single-handedly built the Priceline Negotiator into a pop culture icon. I think there’s a lot of overlap in our fans, who will appreciate seeing us together as a father and daughter team. And who wouldn’t want to be William Shatner’s daughter?” she added.
The release goes on to imply that both Cuoco and Shatner will appear in future Priceline ads. So, for now the Negotiator isn’t as dead as we may have previously thought.
While the commercial won’t hit TV until January 14th, you can check it out now in the embedded Youtube video below.