Actor William Shatner fears the theatrical release of his one-man theatre show will be a flop. The Star Trek legend performed his show, Shatner's World, for three weeks on Broadway in 2012 before touring it around the U.S., and a film of the production will be released in selected cinemas across America for one day only, on 24 April (14).
However, Shatner admits he is feeling under pressure for the project to succeed and has taken to Twitter.com to urge his fans to buy tickets.
He writes, "So I'm having one of those 'actor' moments when you begin to doubt if Shatner's World is going to be successful... The success of the US showing will bear in determining foreign and DVD releases. Hence my angst."
The actor then encourages his fans to attend a showing by offering to tweet anyone who posts a photo of their tickets, adding, "I encourage folks to reach out and find other local fans and make a party of it by going to dinner or coffee and then to #ShatnersWorld... Keep trying to find friends to go to #ShatnersWorld on 4/24 (24 April) and then tweet me your receipts or tickets and I'll say hello."
Tributes are flooding in from celebrities following the death of Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney on Sunday (06Apr14).
The acting veteran, whose career spanned over nine decades, passed away aged 93. His cause of death has not been released.
Stars took to their Twitter.com pages to mourn the actor and pay their respects on Sunday.
Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin wrote, "A lovely man, talented actor & friend, Mickey Rooney has passed at 93. He is with his dear friend Judy Garland putting on shows in heaven". Star Trek actor William Shatner adds, "My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mickey Rooney. One of the greats!"
Anna Marie 'Patty' Duke adds, "RIP Mickey Rooney. Having spent time in Mickey (sic) presence, I am grateful. He led a long and wild ride, bring (sic) joy to millions. He will b (be) missed."
English actress Finola Hughes writes, "Mickey Rooney RIP. An unforgettable week working with him on Jacks (sic) Place. One of the greats! Thoughts go out to his loved ones."
In a statement, Rooney's former co-star Carol Channing wrote, "I loved working with Mickey on Sugar Babies. He was very professional, his stories were priceless and I love them all... each and every one. We laughed all the time."
Rooney was working with fellow former child star Margaret O'Brien on a new movie at the time of his death. She writes in a statement, "Mickey was the only one at the studio that was ever allowed to call me Maggie. He was undoubtedly the most talented actor that ever lived. There was nothing he couldn't do. Singing, dancing, performing... all with great expertise. Mickey made it look so easy. I was currently doing a film with him, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - I simply can't believe it. He seemed fine through the filming and was as great as ever."
Actor James Spader accepts he's often difficult to work with, because his "strong obsessive-compulsive issues" make him very particular on film and TV sets. The former Boston Legal star, who is now enjoying success on U.S. TV thriller The Blacklist, admits he relies on "a certain routine" and that can prove difficult as he's preparing for a scene.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "It's very hard for me... It makes you very addictive in behaviour, because routine and ritual become entrenched. But in work, it manifests in obsessive attention to detail, and fixation. It serves my work very well - things don't slip by. But I'm not very easygoing."
His Boston Legal co-star William Shatner recalls one of Spader's "idiosyncrasies": "Our craft service (catering) table was located near the stage entrance, so he had to avoid walking by and watching people licking their fingers or spreading butter on a bagel. He'd react with horror."
And The Blacklist screenwriter Jon Bokencamp quickly became aware of the actor's issues when they started working together.
He tells the magazine, "On his birthday, we were on the phone for two and a half hours, and on Thanksgiving, when I was in Colorado, I was out pacing on the phone for two hours. This stuff (character details) keeps him up at night. He can dig his heels in. The conversations can be frustrating."
Star Trek legend William Shatner has baffled fans by quitting Twitter.com and rejoining just hours later. The veteran actor bid farewell to his followers on the social networking website on Wednesday (12Mar14), writing in his final post, "My dear friends, after much deliberation I've made the decision to leave Twitter. It's not an easy decision but it's the right one for me... I wish you all my very best. Bill."
However, Shatner reactivated his account just hours later in a move which left his 1.8 million followers confused.
After returning to the website, the star branded the move a "mistake", adding, "Made a bad midnight decision. Pressured by too many things on my plate. In a pique, I quit Twitter. Boy did I make a mistake."
"Has everyone wished Josh Groban a happy birthday? It's also the birthday of one of my favorite actresses @DameElizabeth". Star Trek icon William Shatner marks pal Groban's 33rd birthday on Thursday (27Feb14), the same day the late Elizabeth Taylor would have turned 82.
"Mocha is doing a bit better. This past weekend was tough. She was in bad shape, we thought about putting her down. Took her to the hospital. The hospital rehydrated her and we brought her home and she started eating a little and drinking. She's on human medication right now." William Shatner has been worrying about the health of his poorly pooch Mocha, who suffers from an autoimmune disease.
Charlie Sheen, Susan Sarandon, Kirstie Alley and Juliette Lewis are among the stars who have called for an end to the annual slaughter of dolphins off the coast of Japan after the hunt kicked off again this week (beg20Jan14). Activists have long campaigned against the yearly cull of bottlenose dolphins, which are herded into Taiji Cove and speared by fishermen, and the barbaric practice was highlighted in Academy Award-winning 2009 film The Cove.
As the hunt got underway again on Monday (20Jan14), a number of stars took to Twitter.com to express their outrage.
Cheers star Alley pleaded with Japanese citizens to take a stand against the practice, writing, "The Japanese people need to stop the slaughter in Taiji... We can not bully them into stepping up. We can just bring it into their view."
Hollywood actress Sarandon called the cull "heartbreaking and infuriating" and Lewis urged fans to tweet their opposition, adding, "Stop this insanity... Tweet 4 dolphins."
Other stars to have spoken out against this year's (14) cull include Sheen, who threw his support behind the The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's campaign against the dolphin slaughter, as well as rocker Matt Sorum, Yoko Ono, William Shatner and illusionist David Blaine.
After Tina Fey and Amy Poehler got the masses excited for the Golden Globes and made Leonardo DiCaprio blush -- not an unsubstantial feat on either count -- it's easy to feel like there's a run of strong hosts taking over the awards season. Ellen DeGeneres is back to bring sweetness to the Oscars and Neil Patrick Harris has made the Tonys relevant to viewers that have never seen a Broadway show. It wasn't that long ago, however, that the wrong host for the wrong awards show has made for an uncomfortable audience both at home and in the auditorium. In fact, it was just last year. Here's a look at the five worst hosts to grace an awards show stage.
Seth MacFarlane, Academy Awards, 2013
The Family Guy creator made many actresses squirm in their seats as he sang a ditty about seeing their breasts on screen. McFarlane was perfectly willing to poke fun at himself. In one bit, a time-traveling William Shatner warns MacFarlane he'll be dubbed the worst host ever. It's hard to argue with Captain Kirk.
David Letterman, Academy Awards, 1995
The very things that have made Letterman a fixture of late night television -- his acerbic wit and panache for slightly off-kilter humor -- led to his downfall in front of the Hollywood elite. His repeating of Uma and Oprah, ostensibly to introduce Thurman to Winfrey, was painful. It was hard to tell who was more uncomfortable, Letterman or his audience.
Reality Show Hosts, Emmys, 2008
There was already a legitimizing of reality shows by the Emmys adding a category to honor the best host of one of the shows. Having the five nominees in the category actual serve as hosts for the broadcast, as it turns out, was one step too far. Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst and Ryan Seacrest were so out of place and lost they could have been Amazing Race contestants.
James Franco and Anne Hathaway, Academy Awards, 2011
A studio could probably make a cute rom-com with Franco and Hathaway, even if they reportedly left their Oscar hosting night not on the best of terms. Unfortunately, there aren't multiple takes allowed to get things right on a live broadcast. Franco came across as stoned and Hathaway as over excited, and neither did young Hollywood any favors.
Chelsea Handler, MTV Video Music Awards, 2010
Handler seems like she would be the perfect fit to host what amounts to a big party, and claimed to stay sober for a week to get ready for it. The comedian, as expected, didn't straddle the line of good taste, but instead plowed through it with jokes that weren't merely off-color but downright offensive, even for the network of Jersey Shore and Teen Mom.
3rd Rock From the Sun is by far one of the best sitcoms in television history. It’s the perfect blend of the outlandish sitcom premises of the 1980s and the ensemble driven comedies of the 1990s. In the '80s, sitcoms had wildly illogical premises – a Buckingham Palace butler moves in with a Pittsburgh family (Mr. Belvedere), an alien moves in with a family (Alf), or a scientist makes a robotic daughter (Small Wonder). The '90s were chock full of ensemble comedies like Seinfeld until Friends brought about the dark ages of sitcoms. 3rd Rock merged the two and lasted a shocking six seasons and resulted in multiple Emmys and Golden Globes for the cast and crew.
Dick Solomon (John Lithgow) is the High Commander of an alien expedition to Earth. The creatures have been given human bodies and it brings a lot of humorous hi-jinks. Sally Solomon (Kristen Johnston) is the Security Officer and the one chosen to be “the woman” and is conveniently stunningly attractive. The Information Officer and oldest of the group gets placed in the body of a teenager in the form of Tommy Solomon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Harry Solomon (French Stewart) was not intended to take the trip but joins the crew and acts as the communicator to their home planet. Solomon teaches at the local college and has a very tense relationship with Dr. Mary Albright (Jane Curtin) and secretary Nina Campbell (Simbi Khali).
The series is genius. It finds the humor and irony in the mundane things we take for granted. The Solomon family has a unique perspective on the simplest of human customs and experiences. The cast is also full of amazing actors. Not only are Lithgow and Curtain comedy veterans, but since the series Levitt has proven himself to be an A-list actor. Stewart and Johnston are also still on television in the series Mom and The Exes, respectively.
The series has some pretty great recurring guest stars including William Shatner as their alien leader, Jan Hooks as Harry’s love interest, and John Cleese as a rival alien for Dick. The series also features appearances by Roseanne Barr, Phil Hartman, Christine Baranski, and Jane Lynch.
3rd Rock is worth a thorough binge watching for jokes that stand the test of time, an ensemble of amazing actors, and episodes that, for lack of a better term, are light years ahead of some series that are currently on television. All six seasons of the series are available to Hulu Plus subscribers.