What's New December 2012
Happy New Year
Leonard Nimoy Extended Q&A for his play "Vincent"
A Belated Happy Holidays
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1. Article mentions Mr. Nimoy was pitched the movie while appearing at a Star Trek convention.
2. Article mentions Mr. Nimoy’s performance as Morris Meyerson in A Woman Called Golda. (Sorry, the rest of it is missing.)
3. ST III Review
Pioneers of Television
Backstage with television’s pioneering actors
Acting for television drama is a surprisingly challenging craft. The need to create an hour-long program each week means actors often work 12 hour days, 6 days a week. There’s no time for rehearsal and no tolerance for performers who don’t know their lines.
The most successful television actors convey an innate likability that can’t be faked. Only a small number of performers have the disposition, drive, and personality to succeed in this distinctive art form. This collection, from the archives of the “Pioneers of Television” series, includes some of television’s most beloved icons discussing the unique art of television acting.
More information about about this series can be found on Pioneers of Television.
- DeForest Kelley (seated) and Leonard Nimoy (standing) finish up in the makeup room in the morning before a “Star Trek” shoot.
- Creating believable Vulcan ears was a major challenge for the makeup artists of the original Star Trek. In this extreme closeup, the hidden seams are visible.
Submitted by Jackie, thanks.
Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Pilots That Never Made it to Series
Morgan le Fay and Godzilla (“in his first and only speaking role”) team up to wreak havoc on Earth? How could that not have become a series?! What a loss! Baffled, starring Leonard Nimoy also gets a mention. Thanks, Grace, I'm still in hysterics.
The Hobbit’s Martin Freeman on dwarves, Gollum and Leonard Nimoy
There is a lot of fun Hobbit memorabilia and things in the fandom, did you perchance listen to Leonard Nimoy's "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins?"
Yeah a long time ago, I'm still baffled by it.
Did it help you prepare for the character at all?
No it didn't. [Laughs] It helped me enjoy that three minutes of listening to it.
Interviews/ George McGovern Campaign
46 second film clip of Leonard Nimoy being interviewed about campaigning for presidential candidate George McGovern. This film sequence is an excerpt of AAF-6017 from the KTVF Collection held by the Alaska Film Archives, a unit of the Alaska & Polar Regions Department in the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Submitted by Bonnie. How could that have escaped me???. Well, Google video search is not as good as it once was... Thank you so much!
Sound Off Updated
Source: Sound Off. Without wanting to diminish Mr. Nimoy's contribution, the organization has its critics too: Boldly Going Nowhere: An Open Letter to William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and Sir Patrick Stewart. Thanks, Grace, for the update.
Leonard Nimoy Visioneering Video: Office-level (excerpts) - HOTM
Many thanks to mrssylargray who pointed me to the photos and video.
Profiles in History Auction, Saturday, December 15th, 2012 (Updated)
Source: Movie Prop Collectors. Download the auction catalogue with more Star Trek items here: Profiles in History, Drama, Action, Romance : The Hollywood Auction 53. Many thanks to Grace for the info.
The closest I will ever come to that famous pair of pointed ears. (Taken while visiting Bonnie this year.)
Just seen Gatz at Redcat Theatre here in LA. Bonus highlight I met Leonard Nimoy.— Raza Jaffrey (@RazaJaffrey) December 8, 2012
Grace mailed me with news of Twitter reports that Mr. Nimoy was sighted at the play Gatz. Since Mr. Nimoy donates to Redcat one would expect him to get tickets to the company's productions, right?. No pictures of him at the event out yet, though.
‘Fringe’ Final Season: Will Leonard Nimoy Return?
With each passing episode, ‘Fringe‘ gets closer and closer to its series finale and 100th episode “An Enemy of Fate,” which began production this week following a celebration of the cult sci-fi hit’s five-year run. The final season will resume with this Friday’s “The Human Kind,” but plenty of mysteries are left between now and then. In particular, we’ve been wondering; will sci-fi icon Leonard Nimoy’s William Bell return, more than just his hand? New details from show-runner J.H. Wyman inside!
‘Fringe’s final season has reprised a number of plot threads and elements from its previous years, as it works toward its inevitable endpoint next year. One return that has ‘Fringe’ fans brimming with anticipation is the possible return of “retired” ‘Star Trek‘ vet Leonard Nimoy, who was last seen frozen in amber in last year’s 2036-centric “Letters of Transit” before Walter Bishop relieved him of his hand to use as a key to a storage facility.
With the final season of ‘Fringe’s rapid 13-episode pace, there may not be much room for Nimoy’s character William Bell, as show-runner J.H. Wyman clarified to IGN in a recent interview. Spoilers beware:
“You know, I’m not going to lie. You don’t see him anymore. He’s been such an iconic part of the program, but the secrets and elements that he was involved in are now on the wane. Now it’s about keeping everybody alive and trying to get there. But his legacy lives on, and what he stands for lives on in a very big way — and his influence on Walter.
Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time we’ve been told that Nimoy planned to stay retired, or we’d been surprised by the return of the character. With only 6 episodes left in the entire series, do you think ‘Fringe’ will find a way to include Leonard Nimoy, or have we really seen the last of William Bell?
Silent Snow, Secret Snow by Conrad Aiken MP3 download
Performed by Leonard Nimoy
The story tells of a boy named Paul Hasleman, who finds it increasingly difficult to pay attention to his classwork, and grows more distant from his family. He is, instead, becoming more and more entranced by daydreaming about snow.
The Catbird Seat by James Thurber MP3 download
Performed by Leonard Nimoy
The story of a man who is so disturbed by a change in his life that he plans to commit murder.
Readers & Writers
Evelyn Waugh's "The Man Who Liked Dickens"
performed by Leonard Nimoy
A dark, vintage Evelyn Waugh tickler about a stranded jungle explorer forced to read Dickens aloud.
All are available here. Submitted by Grace. Many Thanks.
Star Trek: Evolution of the Enterprise
Introduction by Leonard Nimoy. According to the description on YouTube, it's from the "Star Trek Enterprise" DVD Extra's. (Thanks, Grace, for submitting.)