What's New January 2010
Nimoy transports to Ohio arts center (2006)
Leonard Nimoy and his wife beamed up for a visit to the contemporary arts center at Ohio State University, which will receive $40,000 from their charitable foundation.
The gift to the Wexner Center for the Arts is the largest share of the $425,000 being distributed to 21 U.S. art organizations.
The actor, best known for his role as Spock on "Star Trek," is also a movie director and art photographer. The Nimoy Foundation, founded in 2003, has given the Wexner Center $90,000 in grants for artist residencies.
Nimoy, 75, and his wife, Susan Bay-Nimoy, 63, who serves as vice chairwoman of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, toured the center Tuesday. In an interview with The Columbus Dispatch, Nimoy said contemporary art leads to the exploration and expansion of one's mind.
"And to go to that rather than run away from it is where the excitement is - to explore it, ask questions about it, research it, talk to people about it," he said.
Nimoy, who enjoys black- and-white photography, said it allows him to create an object.
"I love the idea that I can get up in the morning with an idea and by the end of the day have something that I can give to you, hang on the wall or give to a gallery," he said.
Source: OC Register
Just some NuSpock fluff. If anyone likes to leave me feedback, please go here. There won't be a YouTube upload since Paramount has asked YouTube to block content from the movie from now on, it seems. So many people paying tribute to the success of the new Trek and all they know what to do with it is to squash it. What a shame.
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Under No Circumstance I Want to Be Like Mr. Spock
Fear, rage, euphoria? He doesn't feel them! Because as a Vulcan, Mr. Spock doesn't allow feelings. The first officer of the Enterprise, with his trademark pointed ears and dry humor, bases his decisions on logic only. "I'm the blatant opposite of him," Leonard Nimoy (78) explains - the man who played the cool pop culture icon for decades. But, does the famous Hollywood star really see clear on this?
Das Goldene Blatt: Your own ears are almost as large as Mr. Spock's in real life!
That way the make-up artists had less to do. Large ears with long earlobes are a symbol of long life. What else is there to want? And the more harmonious the ear is sculpted, the more harmonious the person.
Is that true for you?
My wife Susan says so. Since I'm a polite person, I'm not going to dispute her.
You've been married for 21 years to this woman!
And often regret that we wasted 23 years of our life, for we first met 44 years ago.
But you didn't fall in love?
It wasn't in the cards at the time. I was married to my first wife, Susan was in a relationship, too.
This year one could spot you in "Star Trek" at the cinema...
... and this after I left the film business years ago.
Because I came to the realization that I had achieved everything, if not more. At some point I was shooting in Morocco, the air conditioning in my trailer was broken, I was angry and asked myself: "Why do I do this to myself. Why aren't Susan and I not enjoying life before it's too late?" And that's why I left Hollywood behind.
You're 78 years old, what does time mean to you?
It's important, it's something irretrievable that I value highly and therefore try not to waste it on nothing and nobody!
Does it work?
Notably well! Because I've learned to live each hour as best as I can as if it was my last. I'm being so explicit about this because it influences my life with my wife positively in a most fundamental way. I don't want us to fight even for a second because our life together could end from one day to the next.
That sounds great in theory - how does it work out on a daily basis?
We talk quietly then, try to convince the partner using rational, objective arguments.
That requires a lot of discipline!
Right. Don't you think that's something I should've mastered at 78 years of age?
What if you and Susan disagree?
We don't argue, because Susan and I are sensible people, who acknowledge who got the better argument. If it me too long, I get out my death watch, as I call it. I had it made to my specifications because on it time runs backwards. That way I'm conscious about time running out without mercy until the hands come to a standstill at some point. At my hour of death.
Doesn't thinking about your death depress you at all?
No, because I'm a rational being and know that our time on earth starts running out at the time we are born.
What's your motto in life?
Always be aware that everything changes all the time!
Sounds like you try to be on the safe side...
I want to live my life with open eyes and take it all in with a conscious mind and, if possible, enjoy it.
Who is Leonard Nimoy?
I'm not Mr. Spock, I don't talk like him, act not like him, don't live like him, and under no circumstance want to be like him!
In his article "President Obama: Learn from Mr. Spock!" William Astore uses the TOS episode The Galileo Seven to argue that it's time for some desperate measures.
Review by Jackie Stone. (Thank you very much.)
Update: For some reason YouTube didn't let me upload both excerpts yesterday. I tried 5 times and 5 times I got an error message for the second video. Today it worked and I've added it to the review.
EW.com has some first news about the season finale, which once more will feature an appearance by Leonard Nimoy.
“William and Walter will finally face off in the finale,” confirms consulting producer Akiva Goldsman, who is directing the two-part episode (written by exec producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman). “These [characters] have so much that they’re bringing to bear. And Leonard and John are two fantastic actors.”
The William/Walter reunion is just one of several mythology-related payoffs Fringe has in store in this season’s final episodes. “We’re going to be looking very closely into Peter’s [Joshua Jackson] identity, Walter’s choices in the past, and Walter’s choices in the future,” reveals Goldsman. “And by the end of the season, we’re all going over to the other side.
Star Trek Online
Listen to Leonard Nimoy outline the objective of the game as Spock.
Leonard Nimoy talked to CBC News about visiting Vulcan and having his roots in Boston torn down
"I'm looking forward to making a root connection to Vulcan," said Nimoy, adding he wants to "shake some hands" and "make some friends" during his visit.
Nimoy said he no longer feels rooted to the neighborhood he grew up and began his acting career in.
"I grew up in the city of Boston in a neighborhood I felt very connected to," Nimoy told CBC News on Sunday from his home in Los Angeles, Calif. "The neighborhood was subsequently torn down and replaced by many expensive high-rise condominiums. When I go back there I feel rootless."
Leonard Nimoy will be attending convention in Vulcan
"It can be confirmed," said Dayna Dickens, tourism co-ordinator on Friday. "Leonard Nimoy is definitely coming to Vulcan."
The actor who played Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek series is scheduled to attend the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo in April, but he will first make an appearance in Vulcan on April 23, she said.
"We don't know any details of what he'll be doing when he gets here," Dickens added. "That's still being negotiated."
However, Nimoy's visit is not a Vulcan Tourism event — it's a Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo event hosted in Vulcan, she said.
Read more here.
Review: Steve Canyon
The View from the Bridge
In a phone interview with Coast to Cost Nicholas Meyer, who wrote a book about making the Star Trek films, talked about working with Leonard Nimoy on The Wrath of Khan:
"Well, for some reason I always managed to say the wrong thing around Leonard, or do the wrong thing. There was a clumsiness on my part for which for which I cannot entirely account. Leonard is a highly intelligent, extremely talented, and very professional guy. And for a long time we worked very well, and earnest, together, and then, for whatever reason or series of reasons, we sort of rubbed each other funny, and I read his memoir, and he said he was very upset shooting Star Trek II the day they shot the death of Spock, when I showed up dressed as Sherlok Holmes to shoot the scene."
(Meyer goes on to say he never dressed up as Sherlok Holmes in his life. But he was going places after filming had finished for the day, and had simply shown up for work already dressed in his finest.)
"That's what I mean when I say we somehow, sometimes we'd get out of sync with each other. I have nothing but the greatest respect for him. But for some reason he made me feel or act clumsy."
There is a Livejournal entry where you can overdose on screencaps from the movie. (Thank you, Anna, for the find.)
Leonard Nimoy on What's My Line
iF Magazine chatted with J.J. Abrams about his new and old projects, Fringe among them, and he still keeps us dangling with promises that Leonard Nimoy might be back.
ABRAMS: No, we’re right on track with the story that we’re going to tell, and there’s a strong chance he’ll be back.
Review: Alien Voices - First Men in the Moon
So much stuff, and so little time to write about it all. So my heartfelt thanks go to Jenn, who reviewed First Men in the Moon for this page. In addition, I uploaded another clip to YouTube featuring the 'surprise guest' for the performance.
Writing for Leonard Nimoy
Airlock Alpha interviewed Fringe scribe Ashley Edward Miller, who had a fans dream come true:
In a much younger version of himself, Ashley Edward Miller used to set up the camera in front of his television as a way capturing the magic of the original "Star Trek" series that he could play back whenever he wanted.
Watching the voyages of Kirk, Spock and McCoy on the USS Enterprise inspired Miller to do many things. But never did he expect he would actually put words into the mouth of Leonard Nimoy, a legend in his own right. Miller however got to do that not just once, but twice on the Fox series "Fringe." That included the most recently aired episode "Grey Matters," which aired Dec. 10 penned by himself and regular writing partner Zack Stentz.
"It was certainly exciting, and it has been exciting that we've been able to have him" on the show," Miller told Alpha Waves Radio in a show that premieres online Thursday. "We've actually written three [episodes] now, and had two air. Of the two that have aired, Leonard was in both of those episodes, and that is tremendously exciting for a geek to write for Leonard."
City Limits: Spock Speaks
Premiere: Nimoy's New Enterprise
Forever Young: Once More Without Feeling
Science In Science Fiction (1998)
An NPR interview with Leonard Nimoy by phone on the subject:
Many of our recent scientific advances were first predicted by science fiction: cloning, genetic engineering, even a computer that can beat you at chess. Does science fiction help us prepare for the future or fill us with fear? And are real scientists influenced by science fiction? This hour, we'll talk about the relationship between science and science fiction with special guest Leonard Nimoy.
Guests: Leonard Nimoy Actor, Director, Author Beverly Hills, California John Cramer Professor, Physics University of Washington Seattle, Washington Robert Sawyer Science Fiction Writer President Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Toronto, Canada
NPR also did an interview with George Takei. The subject was gay rights and in the 2006 interview it was mentioned that Leonard Nimoy came to see Takei in Equus:
Mr. TAKEI: I did a run in Equus here in Los Angeles. And Leonard came to see me. Leonard Nimoy.
Mr. TAKEI: ...who had done the play in New York. And he came back stage, and grinned his wry and very diplomatic grin at me, and said, You were better.
SIMON: Aw. Yeah.
Mr. TAKEI: I mean, what else could he have said?
SIMON: Well, what a compliment.
Mr. TAKEI: He is such a great diplomat.
Jewish Short Stories from Eastern Europe and Beyond (1995)
Leonard Nimoy does the introduction and reads In The Mail Coach by I.L. Peretz: "A traveler meets two men who tell similar stories about unhappy Jewish wives. Is it the same woman they are speaking about, or could there be many Jewish women who long for a different life?" You can listen to the introduction to the series and the story read by him or download it here. (The buttons aren't displayed properly because of broken links to the respective graphics, I think, but they still work, as I was able to download the Real Media files for both just fine.)