What's New June 2012


May 09, 2009
By Derrik J. Lang

For Nimoy, 'Fringe' was comfortable fit

LOS ANGELES - Outside of Leonard Nimoy's Bel Air home, workers are busy constructing a new driveway, replacing flagstone with sleek cement as part of an ongoing conversion from Mediterranean to modern. Though the 78-year-old actor is also undergoing a metamorphosis of sorts, he isn't paving over his past.


"I've never played America's richest man before," Nimoy cooed.

He has filmed one scene so far in New York with actress Anna Torv, who plays Olivia Dunham, an FBI agent assigned to investigate unexplained phenomena with Bishop and his son. After production moves to Vancouver for the second season later this year, Nimoy will appear in additional episodes "when they call me."

Something about Bell is very different from any character Nimoy has ever played, but he wants to keep that under wraps. What's not a mystery is why Nimoy was offered the part: He bonded with "Fringe" cocreator Abrams during his "Trek" resurrection. Nimoy had never seen "Fringe" before but was impressed with the show after watching a few episodes.

"It's not unlike any other show that's ever been done," said Nimoy. "It's just that the execution is so much more thoughtful and theatrical than what I've seen in the past."

Nimoy, surrounded by art in his house - including many of his own photographs - said the version of Spock he's portraying in the new film is more like who he is more than ever before because "I know where I'm going, and I know where I've been." Other than the "Fringe" role and possibly another "Trek" film, Nimoy doesn't have other on-screen commitments.

And that's exactly the way he wants it.

"I like being here," he said. "This is a great place to spend time."


Star Trek TiVo app from Virgin Media

Virgin Media’s revolutionary TiVo service today sees the arrival of a brand new interactive Star Trek app courtesy of CBS Action. The app will thrill aficionados of the legendary show as well as take newcomers behind the scenes of one of the world’s most successful television franchises.
Every episode of Star Trek: The Digitally Remastered Original Series which is exclusively broadcast on CBS Action (Virgin Media channel 192), will be featured in the app following each original broadcast. Additionally, the app will showcase cast interviews, the classic 1970s Star Trek animated series and rare documentaries on demand, plus a host of exclusive and original content including footage from the hottest Star Trek conventions, interactive games and monthly quizzes.


Starfleet Interviews

A vault of behind the scenes interviews with the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise and its creators, including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, DC Fontana and Walter 'Matt' Jefferies.

Source: Virgin Media




He’s sci-fi royalty, the man who has lived long and prospered unlike any other, and the greatest Vulcan of all time – we have a close encounter with Spock himself, the mighty Leonard Nimoy." (SFX)

Now hitting the newsstands.

Leonard Nimoy on the Sgt. Jack Show, WBMG, Channel 42

Sgt. Jack was a TV kid's show local to Birmingham, Alabama. According to Grace, who dug up this little gem, the show could also be watched in Chicago. More information about Sgt. Jack at birminghamrewound.com. Leonard Nimoy must have appeared in 1971 or sometime thereafter, since the show went from a police station set which by 1971 was replaced by a "psychedelic backdrop that definitely showed the influence of the flower power age (and perhaps a few other substances as well)." Source: Hi There, Boys and Girls! I'd say that description fits the photo.

Currently on Ebay

“Leonard Nimoy Star Trek Handwritten SIGNED Theatre World Bio Biography Form #2” Ebay.





Leonard Nimoy, host of The Next Wave, with a Google representative. On his Google page Rick Klau writes: "This was a TV show he hosted, I was there on my company's behalf (a stand-in for our CEO, who had to leave town last-minute)."


For better or worse, here are two costumes that didn’t end up in the hands of a fan-girl but a serious prop collector. More costumes and props here.


Rare behind the scenes photo of Leonard Nimoy directing Mark Lenard as Sarek in Star Trek IV.


"January 4, 2007 - Leonard Nimoy visits to promote his book, "The Full Body Project". An accomplished photographer, his photos of Rubenesque nudes take a stand against the rail-thin fashion model as the current standard of feminine beauty."

L.A. Film Fest



The Die Hard poster has been around for a while, especially on Tumblr. Since Mr. Nimoy has professed in the past that he doesn't like to do too much running and jumping and getting into fist fights (hence the invention of the Vulcan nerve pinch) in his movies/ TV shows, I'd agree with author's assessment of his believability as John McClane. Which in no way takes a way from the fun of it. William Shatner in Avatar? I totally buy it.

“Movies from an Alternate Universe”: What If Recent Films Had Been Made Decades Earlier?

by Matt Goldberg Posted:January 17th, 2012

Classic films are getting remade left and right, but what if it went the other way? What if our original films of recent years were thrown back to an earlier era? Who would star? Who would direct? What would the poster look like? Artist Peter Stults ran with that idea and came up with some wonderfully creative and thoughtful posters based on recent movies. I’m not sure if I see Leonard Nimoy as John McClane, but I can absolutely see James Dean starring in a 1950s version of Drive.

Source: Collider


L.A. Film Fest

Short clip of Mr. Nimoy onstage.

L.A. Film Fest

Leonard Nimoy On 'Star Trek II''s 30th Anniversary
The Actor Wanted to Beam Out of the Role of Spock - But Changed His Mind

On the first signs that there might be something unexpected happening:

I went to work for [‘Star Trek II’ executive producer] Harve Bennett on another project in Israel called 'A Woman Called Golda' that was about Golda Meir, the woman who became Prime Minister of Israel. I was playing her husband. They sent me the script while I was in Israel. I read it and I was not terribly impressed. I didn't feel very good about it. I contacted him and I told him so. He said, 'You have a week off. You come to L.A. and let's deal with this.' I said that I would. I came to Los Angeles and by then he had hired Nicholas Meyer, who was a very talented writer and a good director. I had a meeting with the two of them and I told them what my concerns were about the script, and I got a very refreshing response. Particularly in television, you go to the producer and say, 'I have a problem with the script,' and they go, 'Well, let's sit down and see what the problem is. Page 17, what's your problem there? Page 22, we'll change that line, change that moment,' and what you end up with is a script with a lot of band-aids on it. When I told Harve and Nick what my concerns were, Nicholas Meyer to my delight said, 'I agree with you. I'm doing a rewrite. When do you have to go back to Israel?' and I said, 'Friday.' He said, 'I'll have a script ready for you to take back on the plane.' He did, and it was wonderful. So I thought, 'Okay, we're going to make a movie.'

On going from wanting out of “Star Trek” to suddenly wanting back in:

Working on the film I felt very strongly that the film was a good 'Star Trek' movie – if not a terrific 'Star Trek' movie. We came to the day when we were going to film the scene that Harve Bennett had talked about and it was a very powerful scene. It was playing very well, and I thought to myself, 'I think I've made a terrible mistake!' Thankfully, Harve came down to the set as I was about to go in to the chamber – this will be a spoiler for some of you who haven't seen the film: He said, 'Is there something you can do that can give us a thread to continue this story?' I came up with the one word that you'll see in the movie, and those of you that know what the word is – you'll ‘remember,’ won't you? Yeah. So I did that. I picked the word and I did the piece of business that was called for, and the movie was a very good movie and very successfully put 'Star Trek' back on track. We were all very grateful for that, because it gave me the opportunity to direct the next two films and to produce the sixth, and a lot of great things happened as a result. That film really, in my opinion, saved the 'Star Trek' franchise, because it was really in trouble at that moment.

Source: 4 NBC New York

He also speaks about Kirstie Alley as Saavik, NBC doctoring the very first publicity photo of him as Spock, retouching the ears and working on the first Star Trek movie by J.J. Abrams.

From the context, I think this is a recap of what was said at the screening of The Wrath of Khan and not an interview. Hope the video Mr. Nimoy spoke of on Twitter will be uploaded.


L.A. Film Fest Updated


Thanks to Grace for spotting those pictures. More on the L.A. Filmfest and Wrath of Khan here. More photos on Flicker here.

Update: more photos at MSN Entertainment.


Leonard and Susan Nimoy at the “Made in LA” exhibition at the Hammer Museum. A review of the exhibition is here.


ET Flashback: 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan'

Contains scenes of "Nimoy's final moments on the set when he's wrapped from the film." ET


Last month Leonard Nimoy read a story for the Selected Shorts series. Thanks go to Bonnie and Bobbie for sharing their impressions of the reading and trip to the R.Michelson Galleries.

Upon hearing that Mr. Nimoy would be appearing in New York City for a ‘Selected Shorts’ appearance, my friend, Bobbie Reno invited me to come up to the Albany, NY area to stay with her. From there, we would take a train to New York City on May 23rd to ‘Symphony Space’, where the performance would be held. On Friday, we planned to drive to Northampton, Massachusetts to see Rich Michelson, Mr.Nimoy’s gallerist, collaborator and friend, at the R.Michelson Galleries. My flight to Albany was uneventful and it was great to finally meet Bobbie face-to-face. We had both been members of the Leonard Nimoy Association of Fans back in the  1960’s and 70’s and were both at the MASS MoCA for the “Secret Selves” exhibition. We had recognized each others’ names over the years, but actually connected via twitter and phone after “Secret Selves.” (read more)



Fringe Season 5: William Bell could be back, says Leonard Nimoy

“It was explained to me that we’re opening up a whole world, and William Bell is being recreated as something else,” Nimoy told us of his Season 4 role. “He’s in another universe and has taken on other characteristics. There were challenges in the character itself that were attractive to me. I could play aspects that I haven’t played in a long time, so it was very welcoming to me.”

“The William Bell character started as a very intelligent and rational character,” says Nimoy of Bell’s arc. “I think he’s still very, very intelligent, but I’m not quite so sure that he’s rational anymore. I think you’ll see some behaviour in the finale that have taken him quite a distance from where he started.”

Source: SciFiNow




Infosys - Confluence (2009) Updated with Video

"Keynote Address: Leonard Nimoy, Acclaimed Actor, Director and Photographer: 'Horses, Trains and Spaceships'"

Horses, Trains and Spaceships
By Leonard Nimoy, Acclaimed Actor, Director and Photographer

Executive summary

Leonard Nimoy’s life is one of seemingly small opportunities seen, seized, and turned into huge payoffs. But it is also a life guided by several powerful principles. The sense of honor he gained from his two years in the military. The appreciation for how the little things, the small moments – like a chance exchange with John F. Kennedy after an even more serendipitous cab ride together – can have an outsized impact and literally change your life. The realization that we all have some bit of creativity within us – we just need to take the path of discovery, and learn how to tap our creativity and where best to apply it.

For only by finding our creativity and successfully applying it can we truly "live long and prosper."

Sound bites
"Then my father gave me some advice, the only piece of advice he ever gave me. He said ‘Learn to play the accordion. You can always make a living if you can play the accordion.’"
"In search of honor, I got on a train and went to that citadel of honor: Hollywood."
Re: Picking up John F Kennedy in LA while driving a cab: "Your business [acting] is a lot like mine. But keep in mind: There’s always room for another good one.’ And that made a big impression on me."

Confluence 2009 - Keynote Summaries

Leonard Nimoy - the most quotable man yet!

Leonard Nimoy speaks not only about his experience bringing to life "Spock," but also about how he made ends meet pre-Star Trek (stints in Bonanza and taxi driving), advice he received from his father and never followed ("learn to play the accordian"), and what virtue motives him the most ("virtue"). Simply unforgettable!

Confluence: The most quotable...

Confluence 2009 - Speakers

Confluence 2009 - Gallery There is a video, but I can't get it to work.

Update: venusgreenlove at Tumblr got the video to play (which by this appears to be region blocked and only available in the U.S.) and gave us this summary.

Mr. Nimoy’s talking about the JFK quote and how you have to put yourself in the work-things he’s mentioned before. His voice sounds a little softer than usual.

Update No. 2 mrssylargray made the video available on her YouTube channel. Many thanks to the two of you!




May 08, 2009
By Scott Huver

Spock on Spock: Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto Sound Off

Leonard, was it fun to see someone else have to deal with the Vulcan ears, eyebrows and haircut?
Nimoy: Yeah, it was! I didn't have the severe problem with the eyebrows because mine weren't so prominent to begin with. I would pencil in the missing portion of the eyebrows so that I could get away with it.

Quinto: The eyebrows for me were probably the biggest challenge, just because my eyebrows are such a big part of my face. There's really no way around it and to lose three-quarters of them for six months...! Did you have any irreparable eyebrow damage over the years? Did they always grow back?

Nimoy: I asked about that before they shaved them: Will they grow back? They told me that they would and they did, but I think that over the years the more and more I shaved them the less and less they came back!

Do you have a favorite encounter with the intensely devoted fans of Star Trek – or Heroes?
Nimoy: People talk about the positive influence that Star Trek and the character have had on their lives. A lot of people will tell me that they're in the sciences because of Spock, [or] that during adolescence they used Spock as a role model on how to function with some dignity and equilibrium, dealing with the logic versus the emotional issues that all of us feel sometimes. It's just good to hear that.

Quinto: We spent a day [in Kuwait] screening the film for the troops. There was one encounter that I had with a soldier who told me that she would ration her episodes of Heroes and she would only watch them at a half-hour at a time on her breaks when she was in the thick of fighting a war because it was something that she really looked forward to and really, really took her out of the horror that she was in.

Where you surprised by Spock's emergence as a sex symbol, both then and now?
Nimoy: Are you going to write about that? I think that my wife might get upset! [Laughs] There's a truth in that, yeah. I didn't see that coming. I really didn't see that coming.

Quinto: It's really a fascinating thing to have happen when it's the last thing that you would ever expect. I've already gotten messages from people that I know either well or not so well saying, "If you put on those ears, I don't even know –!" It's a strange phenomenon.

Leonard, what did you take away from your Star Trek experience that you also hope Zach gets to enjoy?
Nimoy: Ever since the show went on the air in 1966 I've had all kinds of wonderful opportunities. I've never had to search for work or be concerned with work. I've gotten to have work of all kinds beyond my wildest dreams. I've acted all over the place and in all kinds of characters that aren't as well known as Spock. The opportunity that's going to come to him is going to be extraordinary.

Quinto: Cool!

But even as you pass the baton, are you truly done with Mr. Spock?
Nimoy: I've said time and time again: If J.J. Abrams calls me, I have to take the call!

I could have sworn I'd already added this interview to the page. Thanks to Grace who noticed the omission. Note: the title of the online edition differs slightly from the printed one, Spock meets Spock!.

Games Updated

Leonard Nimoy will reprise his part as Master Xehanort in a new Kingdom Hearts installment to be released on July, 20th 2012. Xenahort functions as the main antagonist in the game.


One of the hardest but most rewarding parts of developing games is not just bringing it to audiences of different speaking countries, but giving it the localisation it deserves. Discovering the right voice actor to represent the much-beloved characters of our games is taken very seriously. It's also very important for us to remain consistent throughout with our voice talent throughout the entire series so that you never lose the emotional connection you've developed with the characters.

In KINGDOM HEARTS 3D we're very pleased to confirm a number of fantastic voice actors who will be reprising your favourite characters.

Leonard Nimoy as Master Xehanort

Probably most renowned for his role as Spock on Star Trek (and Most recently as William Bell in Fringe), Leonard Nimoy is one of the industry's most distinctive voices.

Source. Square Enix

Characters of Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts is a crossover of various Disney settings based in a universe made specifically for the series. The series features a mixture of familiar Disney and Final Fantasy characters, as well as several new characters designed by Tetsuya Nomura.[1] In addition, it has an all-star voice cast which includes many of the Disney characters' official voice actors.

Source: Wikipedia

Master Xehanort

Xehanort is the main antagonist of the Kingdom Hearts series. First seen in Kingdom Hearts II, his influence in the storyline began many years earlier, during the events of Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. Xehanort, or Master Xehanort as he is originally called, is a Keyblade master and colleague of Master Eraqus. However, unlike Eraqus, who seeks the containment of darkness in favor of light, Master Xehanort seeks power by accepting darkness. As a part of his plan, he takes in an apprentice of his own, a boy named Ventus, with the goal of training him to accept the darkness in his heart and become capable of summoning the X-blade (pronounced Keyblade).

Master Xehanort's plans hits a snag, however, as Ventus proves to be too pure to accept the darkness in his heart. In response, Xehanort takes the drastic step of extracting the darkness from within Ventus and gives it a physical form. He takes this new being, Vanitas, as his new apprentice, and leaves a now amnesiac Ventus with Eraqus. He also manipulates the feelings of Terra, a Keyblade apprentice and Eraqus's own son, in an effort to cultivate the darkness in the young man's heart.

Source: Giant Bomb


I've added a few videos with Master Xehanort from the last installment of the game, Birth by Sleep, that would better illustrate how the character acts and sounds.

Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep - Radiant Garden (Terra's Story)


Terra journeys to the world of light. there he meets Merlin who shows him the Hundred acre wood book. he reunites with Ven & Aqua while chasing a piece of the Trinity Armor. after they destroy the Unversed Terra is hurt when he finds out that Aqua has been spying on him then he meets Braig who has been holding Master Xehanort prisoner below the outer gardens. after defeating the sarcastic sniper Terra shoots Braig across the face with dark energy, then Master Xehanort appoints Terra as a Master


Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep - Xehanort's Ambitions (Terra's Story)

Master Xehanort summons Terra to the Badlands. Terra learns about Ven's secrets. In the Land of Departure when Master Eraqus was about to destroy Ven, Terra intervenes and struck Eraqus down and the world is swallowed by darkness. Xehanort tells Terra to go to the Keyblade Graveyard


Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep - A New Calling (Terra's Story)

Terra goes to the Mysterious Tower to talk to Master Yen Sid. Somehow Master Xehanort and the Unversed are connected. On the Badlands Xehanort is ashamed of the demon boy named Vanitas, said to come from Ventus. Xehanort sends Terra to Radiant Garden, which is where Vanitas is headed


Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep - The Keyblade Graveyard (Terra's Story)

Terra heads for his Battle with Master Xehanort on a battlefield where countless Keyblade Wielders gave up their lives for the X - Blade. When Master Xehanort has been weakened he unlocks his heart and takes over Terra's Body, but a part of Terra still lives in his armor


Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep [English - Part 31 ~ Terra ~ Vanitas / Xehanort]



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