William Shatner Stole Leonard Nimoy's Bicycle

This vintage video clip from a Star Trek convention has been circulating the interwebs today. Leonard Nimoy recounts a story about how William Shatner stole his bicycle on the Paramount Pictures lot. Watch the clip embedded after the jump.

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Alicia Witt Joins Free Enterprise 2

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A sequel to Free Enterprise is finally happening, and over the past couple week’s we’ve been hearing rumblings on the casting front. If you haven’t yet watched Robert Meyer Burnett‘s 1998 indie film, it can be easily described as Swingers for sci-fi geeks. It was about two aspiring LA filmmakers/Trek geeks who meet their screen idol, William Shatner (played by himself), who turns out to be nothing like the person they had imagined. The film has gone on to become something of a cult classic among geeks, and I highly recommend you check it out.

Last week we reported that William Shatner has confirmed that he would be returning for the sequel, with plans to begin shooting later in July. Isaiah Mustafa, the guy who appears in the Old Spice commercials, revealed that he also has a role in the upcoming project while appearing on G4. And last week we noticed some tweets from actresses Eliza Dushku and Alicia Witt talking about a twelve year old movie only a few people have seen. Could they also be involved in the upcoming sequel?

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I’ve been hearing about a possible sequel to Free Enterprise for over ten years now. I really thought it was a pipe dream that would never happen. But apparently the sequel is actually happening, likely thanks to the recent jump in Trek popularity thanks to the JJ AbramsStar Trek-reboot. If you haven’t yet watched Robert Meyer Burnett‘s 1998 indie film, it can be easily described as Swingers for sci-fi geeks. It was about two aspiring LA filmmakers/Trek geeks who meet their screen idol, William Shatner (played by himself), who turns out to be nothing like the person they had imagined. The film has gone on to become something of a cult classic among geeks, and I highly recommend you check it out.

Burnett has been trying to get a sequel greenlit for years now, and it is now falling into place.

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Perfect Casting: William Shatner in Shit My Dad Says

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If you’ve been on twitter, then chances are you’ve run across Justin Halpern‘s popular Twitter account shitmydadsays, a collection of crazy and hilarious quotes the 29-year-old writer¬† father says and he publishes online for all to laugh about. Back in November, it was announced that the twitter account was being adapted into a CBS sitcom, and we called it “the end of the world?” Today we’ve learned a bit more information, and it all of a sudden makes sense:

Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick are getting ready to shoot the pilot and William Shatner has been cast in the sitcom as the father. Isn’t that the most perfect casting ever? I had no interest in watching this show until now. I even hate sitcoms (of almost all shapes and sizes) and I’m willing to give this a chance. Sadly, the title will probably be changed from Shit My Dad Says to Stuff My Dad Says or Things My Dad Says — it is network television after all.

source: THR

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EDIT: When I originally ran this an hour ago, I completely forgot that we’d basically presented this before, a point which the first comments were quick to point out. (It’s not the end of the world, guys, really.) But there is new content here — this is the first time we’ve been able to link to the actual scripted scene, rather than just a description. If that’s bait enough for you, then by all means carry on. Original article follows.

Now that Star Trek is out on DVD you can review the surprisingly successful J.J. Abrams film in all its glory.What you won’t see in any extra material on the disc, however, is the scene scripted early on that would have brought William Shatner into the film as the original incarnation of Captain Kirk. Personally, I didn’t miss him, but it’s easy to say that in hindsight. Check out what might have been after the break. Read More »

The TJ Hooker Movie Is Moving Forward

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Stay with this story for the frightening clue that the TJ Hooker movie is actually going to star William Shatner. It’s worth it for the shudder factor.

Variety have named Chuck Russell as the director out in the lead for the TJ Hooker gig. The screenplay is being written by Brent Maddock and SS Wilson, who previously took up pens for Tremors, Short Circuit and Ghost Dad. While the 80s TV series was a straight up cop action drama, his movie is being pegged as a comedy, perhaps inevitably.

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Star Trek behind the scenes
MTV got a chance to grill Star Trek director JJ Abrams about what we could expect in the inevitable sequel. Of course, screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have not yet started on the announced sequel, so anything at this point is just speculation. But Abrams admits that the alternative universe timeline allows them to deviate from Trek canon.
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Reasons for Sabotage in Star Trek?

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There seems to be more than a few complaints about JJ Abrams‘ use of the Beastie Boys‘ track Sabotage in the new Star Trek film. But it isn’t at all random, and not just inserted twenith centry pop culture. First off, the sequence in question is when 13-year-old James T Kirk steals his step-father’s antique convertable and drives it off a cliff.

I must give screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci credit on this one. I believe this scene to be a multi-layed metaphor, and the choice of music might be a call back to William Shatner, who played the James T Kirk in the original series. Deconstruction and video after the jump.

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