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Long Live Spock!

4/22/2015 1:11pm EDT
Simon Pegg Hopes 'Star Trek 3' Will Pay Tribute To The Late Leon
Some of our favorite stars are returning for "Star Trek 3," and many are wondering whether it will include a tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock on the original series as well as several films, including 2009's "Star Trek."

During an interview with during CinemaCon earlier this week, Simon Pegg (Scotty) was asked if there would be a tribute to the iconic actor in the upcoming movie.

"It would be crazy not to pay a tribute to Leonard in some way. His part in Star Trek and his effect on the world through Star Trek has been enormous," Pegg commented. "It's also ...

William Shatner On Missing Leonard Nimoy's Funeral

4/7/2015 12:02pm EDT
William Shatner Explains Reasoning For Missing Leonard Nimoy's F
When beloved Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy passed away in late February at the age of 83, an outpouring of grief was felt worldwide. But another Star Trek actor who made headlines that week was Nimoy's good friend William Shatner. Shatner announced that he would not be attending Nimoy's funeral because he had a commitment to a charity event.

The decision caused controversy with some fans saying that Shatner was disrespecting his friend's memory, and Shatner responding that Nimoy would have wanted him to keep his word to the charity.

Now, Shatner has spoken out on the controversy for the f...

Did You Catch The Touching Tribute To Leonard Nimoy On The 'Big Bang Theory'?

3/6/2015 8:21am EST
'Big Bang Theory' Pays Touching Trubute To Leonard Nimoy
CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" paid its respects to it's favorite Vulcan, Leonard Nimoy, on Thursday.

Instead of sharing his usual weekly insights, Chuck Lorre's vanity card featured an image of Nimoy and one simple sentence: "The impact you had on our show and our lives is everlasting."

The television series "Star Trek" had been referenced many times on the series. Jim Parsons (Sheldon) dressed as Spock in one episode and all of the main male characters including Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Raj (Kunal Nayyar) and Howard (Simon Helberg) could all recite the Vulcan character's dying words.


Atlanta Fans Honor Leonard Nimoy With Touching Billboard

3/2/2015 4:00pm EST
Atlanta Fans Honor Leonard Nimoy With Touching Billboard
Leonard Nimoy passed away at the age of 83 last week, and fans all around the world have spent the last few days sharing their favorite memories while mourning the beloved Star Trek actor. Nimoy's Star Trek co-star William Shatner led the charge by talking to fans about Nimoy directly on his Twitter after some questioned why he will not be present at Nimoy's funeral.

Nimoy was well known for his Star Trek catchphrase of "Live Long and Prosper." He even signed all of his tweets on Twitter with "LLAP" in recent years. Now, it seems that some fans in Atlanta have latched on to the iconic phra...

William Shatner Upset Over Missing Pal Leonard Nimoy's Funeral

3/1/2015 11:01am EST
William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy
William Shatner will be forced to miss Star Trek co-star Leonard Nimoy funeral on Sunday because of a prior commitment that will leave no time for him to travel cross-country and arrive in time for the memorial service.

Shatner had a commitment to attend a charity ball in Floriday Saturday night, while Nimoy's burial is happening in California.

“I am currently in FL as I agreed to appear at the Red Cross Ball tonight. Leonard’s funeral is tomorrow. I can’t make it back in time,” the 83-year-old wrote on Twitter.

"I feel really awful. Here I am doing charity work and one of my dearest fri...

We Bet You Didn't Know This About Leonard Nimoy

2/28/2015 6:03pm EST
RIP Leonard Nimoy: 15 Things You May Not Know About The 'Star Tr
The world lost a Hollywood icon on Friday when Leonard Nimoy, 83, passed away at his home in Bel Air, Calif., after suffering from COPD. Nimoy was forever linked to his role as Spock on the original "Star Trek," but the actor was more than just a guy who played a half-human, half-vulcan on the small and big screens.

1) He was born in Boston, Mass., in 1931 to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. His mother was a stay-at-home mom, and his father was a barber. Nimoy began acting at age 8.

2) He had his pilot's license and owned an airplane.

3) He was a vegetarian.

4) He was an alcoholic while wor...

Ugly Dress Causes Online Debate Over Its Color -- What Do You Think?

2/27/2015 10:42pm EST
Celebs Join The Viral Debate Over The Color Of '#TheDress'
A Scottish woman posted an image of a dress to her tumblr page on Wednesday that has caused the entire internet to freak "the f*** out."

21-year-old Caitlin McNeill shared an image of what appears to be a white and gold dress, er, we mean a blue and black dress. That happens to be white and gold.

Or blue and black.

Anyhow, Caitlin, who lives on the island of Colonsay in the Inner Hebrides -- an archipeligo that's a few miles off the west coast of the mainland -- went to a friend's wedding last weekend, and the bride's mother wore the dress that's in her photo.

She asked one simple quest...

'Star Trek' Star Leonard Nimoy Dead At Age 83

2/27/2015 12:52pm EST
'Star Trek' Star Leonard Nimoy Dead At Age 83
Leonard Nimoy, the idol of millions of "trekkies" who worshiped his iconic character of the logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise, Mr. Spock, died on Friday morning at his home in Bel Air. He was 83.

His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Mr. Nimoy announced last year that he had the disease. He revealed it was caused by his many years of smoking. Nimoy had given up his habit almost 30 years earlier. The actor tweeted on Jan. 14, 2014, that he had lung disease.

“I quit smoking 30 years a...

Why Was Leonard Nimoy Hospitalized?

2/24/2015 8:33am EST
Leonard Nimoy Hospitalized For Severe Chest Pains, But He's Stay
Leonard Nimoy has been rushed to the hospital after suffering chest pains severe enough to warrant a 911 call.

The incident reportedly took place last Thursday- according to the LA Times, firefighters rushed an ailing Nimoy from his home in Bel-Air, early in the morning.

It's shocking news, but it shouldn't come as a complete surprise.

Early last year, the "Star Trek" legend revealed via Twitter that he had COPD- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease- caused by the smoking habit he gave up thirty years before.

I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit...

Leonard Nimoy Takes On Zachary Quinto In New 'Star Trek' Spock-Themed Audi Ad

5/8/2013 6:33pm EDT
Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto Spock Audi ad
Star Trek stars Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto, who have both portrayed the Vulcan Spock in the series and on film, star together in a new ad for Audi that's filled with nostalgic Trek references.

The two stars begin by playing chess against each other on tablets before betting on who can make it to the local country club first for lunch. Loser has to buy.

"Stand by to have your wallet emptied by a tractor beam," Nimoy says.

"Anything's possible," Quinto laughs, "but probably not that."

The two get into their cars -- Quinto eases into his Audi S7 while Nimoy struggles to get his clubs...

Leonard Nimoy In Talks To Appear In 'Star Trek' Sequel

5/2/2012 9:17am EDT
Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy is set to come out of retirement to reprise his Spock role in the new Star Trek blockbuster.

The 2009 sci-fi reboot cast younger actors as the series' famed characters, with Zachary Quinto stepping into the role of Spock.

Nimoy still featured in the hit movie as an older version of the character, but he announced in 2010 he was retiring from acting and was happy to let Quinto take the reins of his iconic hero.

However, new reports have indicated that he will star in the sequel to the reboot.

When asked by CNN whether he would appear in the follow-up, Nimoy replied, "We'...

Stephen Hawking To Guest Star On 'The Big Bang Theory'

3/13/2012 9:12am EDT
Stephen Hawking
Famous physicist Stephen Hawking has signed up to make a cameo appearance in geeky sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

the British cosmologist has frequently been name-checked by the show's scientist characters, and now the lovable losers are set to meet their hero.

Producer Bill Prady says, "When people would ask us who a 'dream guest star' for the show would be, we would always joke and say Stephen Hawking - knowing that it was a long shot of astronomical proportions."

"In fact, we're not exactly sure how we got him. It's the kind of mystery that could only be understood by, say, a Stephen H...

Leonard Nimoy Attends His Last 'Star Trek' Convention

10/4/2011 8:35am EDT
Leonard Nimoy
Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy has retired from the show's hugely popular conventions after almost 30 years.

The actor made his name playing half-Vulcan Spock in the original Star Trek TV series back in 1966.

Nimoy, along with other beloved stars of the show, has been a regular at the annual conventions set up by Creation Entertainment over the last three decades.

However, the 80 year old has decided to step down, and has confirmed his last appearance was at the 45th anniversary event in Chicago, Illinois last weekend.

At the convention, he spoke to fans about his life and thanked th...

'Modern Family' Dominates The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards (See List Of Winners)

9/19/2011 7:41am EDT
Modern Family
Modern Family came full circle at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, winning the very first honors of the night and closing the show by topping the prestigious Comedy Series category.

Mad Men looked set to dominate the night, going in with 19 top nominations, and it continued its winning streak for the best drama title for the fourth year in a row.

But the stars of the period drama didn't fair so well - Jon Hamm was a four-time loser for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Kyle Chandler claimed that prize for his role in Friday Night Lights, while Julianna Margulies beat t...

'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' Blasts Off On Blu-ray & DVD Friday, September 30

9/13/2011 9:26pm EDT
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon
Spectacular action, stunning visual effects, non-stop thrills and fan-favorite characters including Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Sam Witwicky rocketed Transformers: Dark of the Moon into the stratosphere, with the latest installment of the wildly popular Transformers franchise surpassing its predecessors to earn over $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office. From Paramount Pictures in association with Hasbro, the breathtaking film redefines the scale, scope and emotional impact of what a blockbuster can be with the ongoing epic story of the mighty Autobots in a thrill-packed adventure that...

'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' Moscow World Premiere Photos

6/23/2011 5:00pm EDT
Transformers Dark of the Moon
Check out photocall and red carpet photos from the "Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon" global premiere, which took place today in Moscow, Russia.

The interstellar war between the Autobots and Decepticons shifts into overdrive following the discovery of Sentinel Prime (voice of Leonard Nimoy) in this sequel from director Michael Bay.

Only a precious handful of officials in the government and military realize that the 1969 moon mission was the result of an event that threatened profound repercussions for the entire human race. When the Apollo 11 astronauts discover the wrecked remains...

Leonard Nimoy To Voice Sentinel Prime In 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon'

3/31/2011 9:48pm EDT
Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy has been cast in the new Transformers movie - he'll provide a voice for robot warrior Sentinel Prime in the sequel.

Prime, the predecessor of Optimus Prime, is found crash-landed on the moon by the Apollo 11 astronauts in 1969. After being brought to earth, he takes the disguise form of a fire engine and takes part in the film's climactic battle scenes, according to

Nimoy, who is related to director Michael Bay through marriage, is no stranger to the Transformers franchise - his was the voice of Galvatron in 1986's The Transformers: The Movie.

Bay admits he wanted N...

Spock's Ear To Go Under The Hammer

3/26/2011 9:00pm EDT
 Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek fans have the opportunity to get their hands on a piece of sci-fi history as a prosthetic ear worn by Leonard Nimoy as Spock goes up for auction.

The veteran actor wore the distinctive pointed ear to play his most famous character in the 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

The iconic memento has been carefully preserved for more than 30 years and is now set to be sold off at an auction of Hollywood memorabilia next month.

Dan Levin, a spokesman for Premier Props, the company behind the sale, says, "This ear was kept by the prop master from the film. It was carefully wra...

Happy 80th Birthday Leonard Nimoy!

3/26/2011 3:00pm EDT
Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy is following in the footsteps of his Star Trek co-star William Shatner as he turns 80 years old this week.

The veteran actor celebrates the landmark on Saturday, just four days after his longtime friend reached the milestone. Nimoy, like Shatner, shot to fame in the 1960s TV series in his career-defining role as Spock, which he last reprised in 2009 for a brief cameo appearance in J.J. Abrams' film Star Trek, alongside Zachary Quinto as a younger version of his pointy-eared character.

We now celebrate Nimoy's long running career and hope that he can 'live long and prosper'...

Master Thespian William Shatner Turns 80

3/22/2011 8:07am EDT
William Shatner
Star Trek legend William Shatner is preparing to boldy go into his eighties this week - the veteran actor becomes an octogenarian on Tuesday.

After starting out as a classically-trained Shakespearean actor, Shatner swapped the theatrical stage for the bright lights of Hollywood in the late 1950s and went on to win the part that has defined his career - Captain James T. Kirk in classic sci-fi TV show Star Trek.

When the series came to an end in 1969, he reprised his role as Kirk on numerous occasions, including seven Star Trek movies, but has continued to find success on the small screen...

'Avatar' Dominates Saturn Awards

6/25/2010 11:46am EDT
James Cameron's Avatar was the toast of the sci-fi world on Thursday after scooping a massive 10 prizes at the Saturn Awards.

The innovative epic triumphed in categories including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Music and Best Special Effects, while Cameron took home the Best Director and Best Writing trophies, as well as The Visionary Award.

The movie's stars were also honored at the event, held by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films in Burbank, California. Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana led the best actor categories and Sigourney Weaver was named Best Supporting Ac...

Leonard Nimoy Retires From Acting

4/21/2010 9:34am EDT
Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy has announced plans to retire from acting after 60 years in the movie business. The Star Trek icon began his acting career in the early 1950s and rose to international stardom as Mr. Spock in the sci-fi series.

But now the 79 year old, who is currently starring on TV show Fringe, has decided to give up working in front of the camera. He says, "I've been doing this professionally for 60 years. I love the idea of going out on a positive note. I've had a great, great time."

And he's happy to let actor Zachary Quinto, who played Spock in last year's Star Trek prequel, continue...

Expect More Nina Sharp On 'Fringe' And Possible Romance With Agent Broyles

10/13/2009 11:16am EDT
Fox's sci-fi show Fringe is full of surprises. Leonard Nimoy is the mad scientist William Bell. Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) is traveling to an alternate dimension. Peter (Joshua Jackson) is really an imposter but he doesn't know it. Charlie (Kirk Acevedo) is an imposter and he DOES know it.

But the big shocker from this season's premier that nobody is talking about is the implied romance between FBI agent Broyles (Lance Reddick) and Massive Dynamic maven Nina Sharp (Blair Brown).

"The question for me is: is it completely in the past or is it something that's starting up again?" Reddick...

'Fringe' Panel At Comic-Con Gives Season Two Insight To Fans

7/28/2009 11:41am EDT
At last year's San Diego Comic-Con, science fiction fans were spoiled with previews into a new FOX show titled "Fringe." Headed by fan favorite J.J. Abrams and compared to "X-Files," the show starred Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, and John Noble. After a very positive first season, the show is returning in the fall for its second, so this time the "Fringe" actors and writers were welcomed to Comic-Con as successful stars. I was lucky enough to check out the panel on Saturday in a room completely packed full with diehard fans.

All the major actors and the production staff were there and excit...

'Star Trek Scene It?' Bursts Into The Galaxy (Win It!)

6/20/2009 8:00am EDT
Scene It? Star Trek Deluxe Edition
Screenlife Games, creator of Scene It?, the number one DVD game, recently announced the release of the "Scene It? Star Trek Deluxe Edition". Featuring trivia questions, on-screen puzzlers and authentic clips from your favorite live-action TV series and movies, the game will challenge and entertain everyone from casual "Star Trek" viewers to the most die-hard fan.

"'Star Trek' is one of the biggest phenomena in pop-culture history, and a Scene It? game that fans have consistently been requesting. We're thrilled with how well it has all come together," said Dave Hoffman, President of ...

Leonard Nimoy On The 'Fringe' Finale

5/11/2009 10:04am EDT
Leonard Nimoy
The season finale of Fringe promises many answers and new questions. The second season has already been assured, so there's plenty of room to tease things for next year. One thing we know for sure though is that Leonard Nimoy has been hired to play William Bell, the series long-alleged conspirator.

"I have done one scene in what will be the final episode of Fringe for this season, introduced as the character named William Bell, who was talked about in earlier episodes," Nimoy said. "I have agreed to do two more in the next season, we'll see where it goes from there."

Fringe marks...

'Star Trek' Takes Top Box Office Spot

5/10/2009 6:00pm EDT
Chris Pine
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Star Trek" beamed itself up to the top of the box office, earning $76.5 million in its opening weekend.

Paramount Pictures had estimated that the movie would make about $50 million for the weekend, but figured that strong reviews helped carry it to the bigger opening.

Director J.J. Abrams' reboot of the beloved sci-fi franchise made $72.5 million from Friday through Sunday, plus $4 million just in pre-midnight screenings Thursday, the studio said Saturday. That cumulative figure includes a record $8.2 million in IMAX showings.

"Star Trek," which reveals th...

Another Look At the Cast Of 'Star Trek'

5/9/2009 10:41am EDT
Star Trek
The reviews for Star Trek have been mostly positive, so it's okay to assume the sequel that Paramount gave the go ahead to a few weeks ago is going to happen. Here's a quick look at the "cast of unknowns" who actually have a lot of acting credits between them.

Chris Pine starred opposite Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries 2

and Lindsay pre-rehab trips Lohan in Just My Luck. He was nearly unrecognizable in Smokin' Aces, but his least hated project was probably the little seen Bottle Shock.

After a few the less said the better television show appearances, Zachary Quinto joined ...

Leonard Nimoy On Letterman: Top 10 Lines Never Said In 'Star Trek' (Video)

5/8/2009 1:10pm EDT
Letterman Top 10 Star Trek Leonard Nimoy video
Leonard Nimoy was on 'The Late Show With David Letterman' promoting the Star Trek movie and read the Top Ten Lines Never Before Said in a 'Star Trek' film. Watch and read the Top 10 list below.

Watch Leonard Nimoy read "Top Ten Lines Never Before Said in a 'Star Trek' Film"

Text transcript of Letterman Top Ten:

10. Warp factor 8! Arby's closes in 10 minutes.

9. We're entering a breach in the space-time continuum or a wormhole or some crazy crap like that.

8. Set phasers to fabulous!

7. Welcome aboard...

Faran Tahir Talks 'Star Trek' And 'Iron Man' Rumors

5/4/2009 10:51am EDT
Faran Tahir
Faran Tahir, who played the the villainous Raza in the first Iron Man, gets to play something in the new Star Trek film that he usually doesn't ... a character that does not have the adjective "villainous" preceding said character's name. Faran discusses his role as Starship Kelvin Captain Robau (warning: minor spoilers) and talks about some persistent Iron Man rumors as well as the future of that franchise.

Mike: In Iron Man, what was it like working with Jon Favreau as a director?

Faran: The great thing about Iron Man was that the people that were involved in it -- Robert ...