Tag Archives: William Shatner

Leonard Nimoy No Barrel of Laughs on the Set, Recalls ‘Star Trek’ Stunner

Seems there was a method to Dr. Spock’s logic—but it almost drove one of his fellow Star Trek-ers mad.

Interviewed on SciFiPulse, veteran screen beauty Celeste Yarnall, who played Yeoman Martha Landon on a 1967 episode of the classic sci-fi series, recalls working with William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk, and Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock.

Celeste: Victim of Vulcan's cold shoulder.

Celeste: Victim of Vulcan's cold shoulder.

“Bill had such an amazing sense of humor, and I adored his wife, Liz. We were very good friends,” she tells host Ian Cullen.

“And I mentioned it to Liz. I said, ‘I just get his sense of humor. His sense of humor’s too fast for me. I go, ‘Oh, wait a minute, I got it!’

“It was just so much fun to work with Bill. On the other hand, Spock was Continue reading

It’s a TV-licious Edition of ‘The Mix’

Tonight on The Daily Mix, the boob tube finally gets the respect it deserves.

But don’t think for a moment that this will be the first and last TV-licious edition of the show that brings you the best moments from BlogTalkRadio’s unmatched mix of social-radio programming.

Nope. We’ve got more little-screen content sitting in our vaults than you can shake a remote control at.  So, as the cliché goes, stay tuned.

CAPTION: "If the right part came along, I definitely would take a long hard look at it," Taylor (above) tells us of tackling additional stage or screen roles.

"If the right part came along, I definitely would take a long hard look at it," Taylor (above) tells us of tackling additional stage or screen roles.

Until then, here are just some of the fascinating tidbits you’ll absorb this evening:

-In his role as Teen Angel in the national tour of Grease, which of the following instruments does American Idol champ Taylor Hicks play: (1) harpsichord, (2) bassoon, (3) viola da gamba or (4) harmonica?

-When Wendy Raquel Robinson, who played Principal Grier on The Steve Harvey Show, says, “I love you more, mama,” whose mama she’s talking about.

-Why Marla Sokoloff, who played Lucy Hatcher on The Practice, refers to one caller as a “pedophile on the loose.”

-How Aziz Ansari, who plays Tom Haverford on NBC’s Parks and Recreation responds when Continue reading

‘Freaks and Geeks’ Star Samm Levine: William Shatner Is a Gigantic %&?@$#!

Call it The Revenge of the Geek.

For years, Samm Levine – whose starring role in Judd Apatow‘s short-lived NBC series Freeks and Geeks rendered him a cult hero – had been a William Shatner fan.

CAPTION: Samm: Goin' where few Shatner fans have gone before.

Samm: Goin' where few Shatner fans have gone before.

But after coming face-to-face with the man, Samm isn’t exactly singing his praises.

Interviewed on BlogTalkRadio, the one-time standup comic recounts how his impersonation of the original Captain Kirk helped him land the role of geek Neal Schweiber on Freeks.

“I finished my read and I turned to the casting director and said, ‘Can I do it now?’  And I did – I did my Shatner,” Samm, who’s also featured in Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming WWII Nazi-hunting flick Inglourious Basterds, tells Movie Geeks United host Jamey DuVall.

“And then she showed that tape to Judd Apatow… He didn’t particularly care for my read, but he liked that I did the Shatner, and that I knew that [co-executive producer Paul Feig] was coming into New York the next week.

“So he put me on the call-back list, with the only intention of having me do Shatner for Paul to make him laugh. And, mercifully, Paul had the bright idea of having me read for the character Neil. And the rest is history.”

William: I'm moo-vin' out (of Samm's way).

Shatner: I'm moo-vin' out (of Samm's way).

Then, after Jamey asks, “Is Shatner aware that he’s responsible for your acting career?” Samm launches into this story:

“I don’t think he is. And I tried to talk to him recently. I ran into him at a Billy Joel-Elton John concert out in Anaheim [Calif.] and, apparently, he has mad cow disease.

“Because I said, ‘Oh, ah, William.’ And I’m standing, literally, right in front of him, and he did not turn to acknowledge me.

“And then I said, ‘Mr. Shatner.” And, again, he would not turn to acknowledge me.

“And then I finally said, ‘Bill!’ And he just walked on by, as if I wasn’t there.

“So there are only two reasonable excuses for that. One: He’s a gigantic a – - – - – -.

“Or two: He’s clearly just an old man with mad cow disease.

“And since he is beloved to us all, it must be the latter.”

To hear Samm’s full interview, click here.

Inglourious Basterds, starring Brad Pitt, opens Aug. 21.

It’s An Exploratory Edition of ‘The Mix’

This week, The Daily Mix boldly goes where no edition of the show has gone before.

That means we’ll be unearthing the answers to such questions as:

—Which cast member of the smash-hit Star Trek prequel all but admits to having explored Brad Pitt in the Biblical sense.

—Why another cast member from the Star Trek prequel says, “I don’t think we’ve discovered a Latino planet yet.”

CAPTION: “I’ve never had a hot flash, I’ve never had any kind of dryness, I’ve never had loss of libido,” Marilu (above) ‘fesses up to us.

“I’ve never had a hot flash, I’ve never had any kind of dryness, I’ve never had loss of libido,” Marilu (above) tells us unsolicitedly.

—Why R&B bad boy Ray J claims to have down away with his one-night explorations of the fair sex – but in the very next breath says, “It at least gotta be two nights.”

—Which Beverly Hills 90210 cast member introduced Prom Night star Brittany Snow to Ryan Rottman – who in turn wound up exploring the actor/producer in great detail.

—How come, despite being 57 years old, Marilu Henner never got to explore the wonders menopause?

—Why – despite having explor- ed countless galaxies – William Shatner can never seem place Leonard Nimoy’s son when he sees the younger Nimoy on the street.

So don’t miss The Mix, hosted by everyone’s favorite pod jockey, Shaun Daily, tonight – and every Monday – at 9 p.m. ET!

To tune in, click here.

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