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Originally posted 05/19/2009 01:30PM
While the Star Trek franchise he helped make famous is achieving success at warp speed at the box office, the original Captain Kirk is exploring the final frontier of cyberspace.
In The Gavones, his new YouTube cartoon, William Shatner directs and voices Don Salmonella Gavone, who's struggling to pick an heir from his four misfit sons. The pilot episode has just been posted, with the next installment due out within a month.
Think of the Gavone family as the-Sopranos-meets-Hollywood, says Shatner.
"It's the mafia in Hollywood trying to make a hit – and half the family think it's murder and the other half thinks it's a movie," Shatner told PEOPLE.com exclusively. "It's a comedic Soprano family."
Originally posted 05/12/2009 09:50AM
On the heels of the hit film rebooting the classic Star Trek story, PEOPLE opens hailing frequencies with the classic cast of the original Trek: where they've boldly gone, what the Trek phenomenon means to them – and what they think of their new counterparts.
William Shatner (Capt. James T. Kirk)
RECENT WORK: An Emmy-winning turn as Denny Crane on ABC's Boston Legal; hosts Shatner's Raw Nerve talk show on Bio; 2008 memoir Up Til Now; Priceline.com commercials.
NEXT UP: The documentary Gonzo Ballet, dance performances of six songs written with musician Ben Folds.
Originally posted 01/14/2009 06:55PM
William Shatner has been selected to officially open the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, raising a glass of Taittinger champagne in the pre-show tradition that opens the floodgates for celebrities. The Screen Actors Guild Awards airs Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. on TNT and TBS.
Originally posted 10/24/2008 11:15AM
Star Trek's George Takei says former costar William Shatner has no right to be offended about not being invited to Takei's recent wedding – because Shatner actually was invited but never bothered to show up.
Shatner, 77, recently posted a YouTube rant in which he accused Takei, who worked with and has known Shatner for nearly 40 years, of snubbing him – and possibly being psychotic.
Takei tells Entertainment Tonight that it was Shatner who was being petty about the wedding, which many of the remaining original Star Trek alums attended – but not the man who played Captain Kirk.
"It is absolutely baffling to us because, in fact, we did invite Bill and we didn't hear from him," Takei, 71, says. "But it wasn't surprising because it's true to his history. He's never responded to an invitation. Every time there was something happy to celebrate amongst us ... he never showed up. – Michael Y. Park
Originally posted 05/15/2008 12:35PM
He may have shot into legend 42 years ago, when he first played Captain Kirk on Star Trek, and even have taken home two Emmys for his current role as Denny Crane on Boston Legal, but come time to breathe his last, William Shatner contends he won't be considered special.
"I'm not going to be remembered any more than anyone else," the actor – and Priceline.com pitchman – tells PEOPLE while promoting his new autobiography, Up Till Now.
Adds Shatner: "Maybe on the day there will be a little more fuss than, say, some guy in Poughkeepsie. Fame and remembrance are so fleeting. None of us is remembered."
Originally posted 08/14/2006 08:25AM
William Shatner felt the heat Sunday at a Comedy Central roast in his honor.
Originally posted 01/18/2006 08:00AM
Boston Legal Emmy winner William Shatner has sold an unusual souvenir to a fan for a good cause. The souvenir was his kidney stone. The cause was Habitat for Humanity, which builds houses for the needy. The price was $25,000.
Originally posted 07/29/2004 06:00AM
It's no secret: Brooke Burke has game. The former Wild On hottie tells us about becoming the new face of EA Sports' Need for Speed Underground 2 video game. "I play Rachel, the main character who runs the underground street racing circuit," says Burke, who calls herself "an old school gamer. I'm embarrassed to say I played Pac-Man and I still do. My husband (Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Garth Fisher) and I play everything from Nemo to racing games – with our kids too."
Originally posted 05/18/2004 02:25PM
Maybe it's true: TV comedy is dead.
Originally posted 02/20/2002 01:00PM
Captain Kirk's alter ego has a brand new Web site, a "spectacular" improvement over his old site, his publicist tells PEOPLE.com on Wednesday.
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