The 81 year old promised to treat one lucky user on the site to a meal if they helped him clock up a million fans, and he kept true to his word.
Uploading footage from the Tuesday night (17Apr12) dinner onto YouTube.com, Shatner revealed, "I had the opportunity to have dinner with Troy who was my one millionth Twitter follower and his wife while on tour with my one man show in Charlotte (North Carolina)."
Last year William Shatner produced the documentary The Captains in which he interviewed every captain from the Star Trek franchise, but the only way fans could actually see the crew together was to line up their action figures. However, that's about to change. On Monday the organizers of "Destination Star Trek London" announced that in October, William Shatner, Sir Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, and Scott Bakula, will appear on stage together.
10,000 to 15,000 are people expected to attend, and organizers promise a variety of other Enterprise-themed activities, including stunt displays and set recreations. In other words, this will be the Star Trek convention to end all Star Trek conventions. Yet, it could all wind up being more disastrous than asking a Ferengi to watch your purse if the meeting of the captains fails to deliver. Sure, fans would be excited about even a photo op with Starfleet's best, but this event is too special for just a boring Q & A session. Here are some suggestions for how to make this an event that really goes where no one has gone before:
Star Trek fanfic roulette: Select random fan stories from the Internet and have the captains act it out, no matter how terribly written or sexually disturbing. Invite every living actor who's played Doctor Who to join the captains on stage, and see what happens when 10,000 plus geeks have a heart attack. As a finale, squeeze all 13 actors into the TARDIS (it shouldn't be too hard, since it's bigger inside than it is outside).Have the captains form an Avengers-like crew to solve all of the world's problems. Sir Patrick Stewart can make inspiring speeches about the importance of respecting other cultures, and William Shatner can be in charge of creating distractions by making out with every buxom local he encounters. Captains answer every question with a Shatner impression and do a group reenactment of his druggy "Rocket Man" performance. Settle the age-old question of who's the best captain with a UFC-style cage match.
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Destination Star Trek London is the first official Star Trek live event in the U.K. for 10 years and to mark the occasion, organisers are preparing to stage a special event.
William Shatner, Sir Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and Scott Bakula - who have commanded operations in each of their respective series based on the TV franchise - will appear together for fans, according to Reuters.
Liz Kalodner, general manger of CBS Consumer Products, which owns the TV franchise, says, "The Star Trek fan base in the U.K. is one of the biggest in the world, and it has waited a long time for the convention to return, so we wanted to make sure we did it right."
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The actor has been filming new movie The Campaign with Zach Galifianakis in the city since last autumn (11) and on Sunday he showed off his love for the area by donning a gold crown and boarding a festive float to serve as King of the Bacchus parade.
Declaring New Orleans "arguably the best city in the world", Ferrell waved to the crowd as hundreds of party goers and fans lined the streets to usher in the Christian holiday of Mardi Gras, which officially begins on Tuesday (21Feb12).
Rocker Bret Michaels, actress Patricia Clarkson, and pop veteran Cyndi Lauper are also currently in town for the festivities, as is New Orleans native Harry Connick, Jr. and his new Law & Order: Special Victims Unit co-star Mariska Hargitay.
Ferrell is the latest star to take on the royal duty - actors Nicolas Cage, James Gandolfini, William Shatner and Elijah Wood have all played Bacchus, the Roman God of Wine, in previous years.
The Star Trek actor last took a Big Apple bow in 1961 production A Shot in the Dark and on Thursday he returned for the first time in 50 years to raise the curtain on new play Shatner's World: We Just Live in It.
The veteran's one-man show was met with a standing ovation and rave reviews but his night of celebrations were cut short after he fell ill.
Looking a little worse for wear, Shatner appeared on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America on Friday (17Feb12) to recount his magical evening, saying, "Opening night on Broadway... Well I'd love to say I absorbed every second of it but I got food poisoning. So the lack of absorption was really good."
The Star Trek legend is preparing to take his one-man show, Shatner's World: We Just Live In It, on the road later this month (Feb12), but he's not looking forward to travelling as he loves being at home so much.
He tells the New York Post, "It's a limited engagement. Just to March 4th. Why, I don't know. Maybe if everybody comes and we sell more tickets, we'll stay longer. I only know I love my wife, children, grandchildren and don't want to be away from home.
"I've booked a 15-city tour, but in between I'm home for a week. See, I love my own food and bed and cars and horses. I own horses that I ride. I talk about them in the show. Like the one who wanted to be a wild stallion. Horses talk non-verbally, communicate by their ears, tail, expressions and body language... Who else could write about things, funny or sorrowful, happening to me in my life?"
The Star Trek actor was last seen on the New York stage in a 1961 production of A Shot in the Dark, and he will return this year (12) with a show called Shatner's World: We Just Live in It.
A statement from producers reads, "The two-hour show will take audiences on a voyage through Shatner's life and career, from Shakespearean stage actor to internationally known icon and raconteur."
The 80 year old will begin previews of the production on 14 February (12) at the Music Box Theatre in Manhattan.
"The dogs knew I wasn't very serious about the commands and you could see them not wanting to be bothered with this stuff. They'd have this look, 'Oh God, I'd rather be stroked. You're not serious about having me sit down.' But when I started using a sterner tone the response was, 'Oh you're serious. All right. I'll sit.'" William Shatner has finally managed to train his unruly pooches.
This month will mark Betty White's 90th birthday. In celebration of the actress' long and prosperous career, and her continued prominence in the media, NBC is hosting a special televised event, Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl, on Jan. 16 (the night before her actual birthday). The tribute, which was announced back in the Fall, continues to attract a large variety of celebrity appearances. New prominent names reported to be paying a visit, and possibly offering some of their talents as showpeople, include Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey, Morgan Freeman, Seth Meyers, Tracy Morgan, Ray Romano, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Carl Reiner, Vicki Lawrence and John O'Hurley. Other attendees you may have already heard about include White's Hot in Cleveland costars Jane Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli and Wendy Malick, her old The Mary Tyler Moore Show castmates Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner, Valerie Harper and Gavin McLeod, as well as other notable stars including Amy Poehler, Joel McHale, Jay Leno, Carol Burnett and William Shatner. Not too shabby, Betty. -NBC
The Voice returns to television for a second season early next month, and it is bringing with it a wide assortment of celebrity advisors to help its next string of contestants along with their stint on the musical competition series. Appearing on the show this year will be musicians such as Lionel Richie, Kelly Clarkson, Alanis Morisette, Ne-Yo, Jewel, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Robin Thicke and Miranda Lambert. This array of noteworthy musicians will be joining the judging panel of Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton to make for an exciting second season. The Voice's second season premiere will air Sunday, Feb. 5 on NBC, immediately following the Superbowl. -NBC
This has been a season of changes for Law & Order: SVU. Old detectives have left, new ones have arrived. And now, we'll be meeting another new character: Assistant District Attorney David Haden, played by none other than actor/musician Harry Connick, Jr. Best known for his music career, but also for acting gigs like his recurring stint on Will & Grace, Connick, Jr., will be enjoying a multi-episode arc as an attorney who strikes up a beyond-professional relationship with Mariska Hargitay's Det. Olivia Benson. As you can see in the video below, things are already starting to heat up between the pair. Hargitay also confirms that she has no intentions to leave SVU, much to many a fan's relief. Connick, Jr., will join the cast starting on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. -NBC