RIP Sally Kellerman

Sally Kellerman, the Oscar and Emmy nominated actor who played Margaret ‚ÄúHot Lips‚ÄĚ Houlihan in director Robert Altman’s 1970 film ‚ÄúMASH,” died yesterday. Kellerman died of heart failure at her home in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles, her manager and publicist Alan Eichler said. She was 84. Kellerman had a career of more than 60 years in film and television. She played a college professor who was returning student Rodney Dangerfield’s love interest in the 1986 comedy ‚ÄúBack to School.‚ÄĚ And she was a regular in Altman’s films, appearing in 1970’s ‚ÄúBrewster McCloud,” 1992’s ‚ÄúThe Player‚ÄĚ and 1994’s ‚ÄúReady to Wear.‚ÄĚ But she would always be best known for playing Major Houlihan, a straitlaced, by-the-book Army nurse who is tormented by rowdy doctors during the Korean War in the army comedy ‚ÄúMASH.”

Born in Long Beach, California, on June 2, 1937 she made a number of television-series appearances in the 60s. She was in an episode of the western Cheyenne¬†as well as a role as a waitress in the¬†John Forsythe¬†sitcom¬†Bachelor Father. Struggling for parts in television and films, Kellerman acted on stage. She debuted in¬†Henrik Ibsen’s¬†An Enemy of the People,?¬†followed by parts in a¬†Pasadena Playhouse¬†production of¬†Leslie Stevens’s¬†The Marriage-Go-Round¬†and¬†Michael Shurtleff’s¬†Call Me by My Rightful Name (1962). A big claim to fame is that she played psychiatrist Elizabeth Dehner (who studied the long-term effects of space on a crew) in “Where No Man Has Gone Before“, the second pilot for¬†Star Trek. Three months after that, Kellerman played Mag Wildwood in the original Broadway production of¬†Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Kellerman received her breakthrough role as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in Robert Altman’s¬†M*A*S*H in 1970. Her performance earned Academy Award¬†and¬†Golden Globe¬†nominations, winning the Kansas City Film Critics Circle (KCFCC) Award for Best Supporting Actress, the¬†Golden Laurel¬†for Best Comedy Performance (Female) and a second-place¬†National Society of Film Critics (NSFC) Award for Best Supporting Actress. Kellerman was featured in¬†Life¬†magazine. She again collaborated with Altman in Brewster McCloud¬†as Louise, guardian angel to¬†Bud Cort, and recorded “Rock-a-Bye Baby” for the film’s soundtrack. The actress’s next role was a hostile, chain-smoking, sex-addicted woman who was trying to have an afternoon affair with¬†Alan Arkin’s character in¬†Gene Saks’s film adaptation of¬†Neil Simon’s comedy¬†Last of the Red Hot Lovers.

Her next roles included a woman involved in a deadly plot in the¬†slasher film¬†A Reflection of Fear; an eccentric woman in the¬†road movie¬†Slither¬†opposite¬†James Caan, and a tormented journalist in¬†Charles Jarrott’s musical¬†remake¬†of¬†Frank Capra’s¬†Lost Horizon¬†(also contributing to the latter’s soundtrack). Two years later, she played Mackinley Beachwood in¬†Dick Richards’¬†Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins, also singing “Honky Tonk Angels”. In the 80s she n¬†Adrian Lyne’s¬†Foxes¬†(1980); Martha, a six-times-married eccentric, in¬†Bill Persky’s¬†Serial, and the silly-but-sophisticated Mrs. Liggett in¬†Jack Smight’s¬†Loving Couples. The actress hosted¬†Saturday Night Live in 1981, and a few made for tv movies, Secret Weapons¬†(1985); the sadomasochistic Judge Nedra Henderson in¬†Moving Violations¬†(1985);¬†Rodney Dangerfield’s love interest in¬†Alan Metter’s comedy¬†Back to School (1986).

She then played Julie Andrews’ and Jack Lemmon’s eccentric neighbor in Blake Edwards’ That’s Life (1986); a porn star trying to get into heaven in Meatballs III: Summer Job (1986); Kerri Green’s mother in Three for the Road (1987), and an actress in Henry Jaglom’s Someone to Love. She would work into her 80s, with several acclaimed television performances in her final years. She starred in the comedy series ‚ÄúDecker‚ÄĚ with Tim Heidecker and played comedian Mark Maron’s mother on his series ‚ÄúMaron.‚ÄĚ And in 2014 she was nominated for an Emmy for her recurring role on ‚ÄúThe Young and the Restless.‚ÄĚ Kellerman was married to television producer Rick Edelstein from 1970 to 1972 and to movie producer Jonathan D. Krane from 1980 until his death in 2016. She is survived by her son Jack and daughter Claire.

The Captain James T Kirk In The Captain’s Chair Funko Pop

This Star Trek: The Original Series Captain Kirk in Chair Funko Pop! Vinyl Figure measures approximately 3 3/4-inches tall. Comes package in a window display box. Your collection of¬†Star Trek: Original Series isn’t complete without Pop! Captain Kirk seated in the captain’s chair. Enlist Pop! Captain Kirk and the rest of the crew to serve in your Star Trek collection. I have ordered mine on 4th Jan and just received it today. I will do the unboxing later.

The Star Trek collection can’t explore the final frontier and discover new civilizations without its captain and crew! Funko is here to help you recruit your Starfleet personnel as Pop! vinyl figures for your Star Trek: The Original Series collection. There’s Pop! Captain Kirk in Chair, Pop! Khan, Pop! Kirk (Mirror Mirror Outfit), Pop! Spock (Mirror Mirror Outfit), Pop! Sulu (Mirror Mirror Outfit), and Pop! Uhura (Mirror Mirror Outfit). Capture and commemorate some of the most iconic moments of the original series for your set today! The Funko exclusive in this collection is Pop! Spock with cat. Pop! Gorn with weapon is a Target exclusive.

RIP Joanne Linville

Joanne Linville, who made a memorable Star Trek appearance as a¬†Romulan¬†commander in the original TV series,¬†died Sunday in Los Angeles.¬†She was 93. In a statement to USA TODAY, her family said Linville “lived a full life.” “One whose spirit, passion for art and life was an inspiration to all who had the pleasure of knowing her,” the statement continued. “A loving mother and proud grandmother.”

The actress,¬†born Beverly Joanne Linville on Jan. 15, 1928, in Bakersfield, California,¬†stood out in an acclaimed 1961 episode of¬†“The Twilight Zone.” She played a Southern belle in¬†the final days of the Civil War who learns the cost¬†of war and hatred in one of the classic series’ famous twists. Linville’s motion-picture credits include¬†The Goddess¬†(1958),¬†Scorpio¬†(1973),¬†Gable and Lombard¬†(1976),¬†A Star Is Born¬†(1976),¬†The Seduction¬†(1982), and¬†James Dean (2001). In 1968, she guest-starred as a¬†Romulan¬†commander in¬†Star Trek episode “The Enterprise Incident”. Her other television appearances include¬†Decoy,¬†Alfred Hitchcock Presents,¬†Have Gun Will Travel,¬†Coronado 9,¬†Checkmate,¬† Gunsmoke (three episodes), Bonanza¬†(“The Bridegroom”),¬†The Fugitive, Hawaii Five-O (three episodes,¬†Charlie’s Angels,¬†CHIPS,¬†Mrs. Columbo,¬†Dynasty,¬†and¬†L.A. Law.

 She and actress Irene Gilbert co-founded the Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles in 1985.Linville was married to actor/director Mark Rydell from 1962 until their divorce in 1973. Linville played gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in the television movie James Dean (2001), and Rydell directed the film and also played Jack L. Warner. Linville had two children with Rydell: Amy and Christopher, both actors.

Star Trek Jokes : Lightbulbs

Q: How many Ferengi does it take to change a light bulb? Two: one for changing it and another one to sell the broken one

Q: How many Klingons does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: TWO: One to screw it in, and one to stab the other in the back and
take all of the credit.

Q: How many Klingons does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: NONE: Klingons aren’t afraid of the dark.

Q: What do the Klingons do with the dead bulb?
A: Execute it for failure.

Q: What do the Klingons do with the Klingon who replaces the bulb?
A: Execute him for cowardice.

Q: How many Romulans does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: ONE HUNDRED FIFTY_ONE: One to screw the light bulb in, and 150 to self-destruct the ship out of disgrace.

Q: How many Vulcans does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Approximately 1.00000000000000000000000000000000

Q: How many Borg does it take to change a light-bulb?
A: All of them!

RIP Grant Imahara

Actor Grant Masaru Imahara (October 23, 1970 ‚Äď July 13, 2020) was an American electrical engineer, roboticist, and television host. He was best known for his work on the television series MythBusters, on which he designed and built numerous robots and specialized in operating computers and electronics to test myths. Prior to his television career, Imahara worked at Lucasfilm in the THX division as an engineer and in the Industrial Light and Magic division in visual effects.

Imahara also appeared on the television show BattleBots, for which he designed and competed with his robot Deadblow and later returned as a judge. Imahara starred in the 2016 Netflix series White Rabbit Project alongside his MythBusters co-stars Kari Byron and Tory Belleci.

One of Imahara’s independent projects, during early 2010, was constructing a robotic¬†sidekick¬†for¬†Craig Ferguson, host of¬†The Late Late Show. The robot, named¬†Geoff Peterson, was unveiled on the April 5, 2010¬†Late Late Show¬†episode and is controlled and voiced by comedian and voice actor¬†Josh Robert Thompson.

Imahara portrayed¬†Hikaru Sulu¬†in all 11 episodes of the web series¬†Star Trek Continues. This the only project of his that I have seen and I think that he did a fine job. He also played Lt. Masaru in the 2015 fan movie¬†Star Trek Renegades. In 2014, Imahara appeared in a series of videos showing the behind the scenes process of how several¬†McDonald’s¬†foods are made. In 2015, he appeared in the TV movie¬†Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! In December 2016, Imahara became engaged to his long-time girlfriend, costume designer Jennifer Newman. Imahara died on July 13, 2020, at the age of 49 as a result of a¬†brain aneurysm.

Star Trek : Strange New Words Announced

We seem to be getting a lot of Star Trek theses days on television even if the movie world has been let without a proper answer (as to will we see another Trek movie any time soon). Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will be a fresh addition to the franchise. CBS All Access has announced a fifth new series called Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which will star Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Number One, and Ethan Peck as Science Officer Spock. The trio originally appeared in said roles on Star Trek: Discovery season 2. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will be set aboard the famed USS Enterprise a decade before Captain Kirk’s time ‚ÄĒ a similar starting point as Star Trek: Discovery ‚ÄĒ and follow the aforementioned three in Spock, Pike, and Number One as ‚Äúthey explore new worlds around the galaxy.‚ÄĚ

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds co-creator and executive producer Akiva Goldsman is also the writer on the first episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, off a story by Jenny Lumet, Kurtzman, and himself. Lumet, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth also serve as executive producers on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds in addition to Goldsman, Kurtzman, and Alonso Myers. Aaron Baiers, Akela Cooper, and Davy Perez will serve as co-executive producers. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is a production of CBS Television Studios, Secret Hideout, and Roddenberry Entertainment.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds joins an ever-growing list of Trek series on CBS All Access, alongside the aforementioned Star Trek: Discovery, which kicked things off in September 2017, followed by Star Trek: Picard in January 2020. Beyond that, we’ve the animated series, Star Trek: Lower Decks, from Mike McMahan (Rick and Morty), and the Michelle Yeoh-led spin-off series from Star Trek: Discovery writing duo Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt. And if we’re counting Trek for kids, there’s an animated series in the works at Nickelodeon as well.

There’s no word on a filming start date, let alone a release date, on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. There’s also no word on the international platforms for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. (CBS All Access is only available in the US, Australia, and Canada). Previous Trek shows are split between Netflix (Discovery) and Amazon Prime Video (Picard) in India.

Both Discovery and Picard share a highly serialized format, however, the new series set on Captain Pike‚Äôs U.S.S. Enterprise promises a return to classic Trek storytelling. In the announcement video from yesterday, Strange New Worlds star Anson Mount (Captain Pike) described the new series as a ‚Äúclassic Star Trek show that deals with optimism and the future.”

Here is what I want – more episodic and more optimism, Klingons, Vulcans, Andorians, Tellerites & Orions, no changing of cannon, stop messing with the Klingons, introduce new interesting alien races and perhaps bring them as recurring characters, cut out lens flares and finally and more importantly, bring back the excitement & fun elements.