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Sep. 19, 2008by:
After J.J. Abrams' comments about why William Shatner was not to appear in his upcoming STAR TREK movie, Bill has taken it upon himself to clarify the whole issue for us. You can check the video out BELOW:


I'll be honest I wanted to make some jokes but Shatner scares the shit out of me. I truly cannot determine if he is being sincere or snide. I think it's sincere but I just can't tell. So naturally my next port of call is to ridicule Trek fans. But you guys scare me too. Just looking down the comments on that Youtube video, people are debating the plausibility of Spock having a time machine, or Kirk appearing via the Q continuum or whatever that shit means. I'm pretty sure if I offended you all you'd have no problem fashioning some kind of program that materializes a foot underneath my keyboard and boots me in the nuts whenever I search for porn or something. And that's just not a risk I'm willing to take.
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2:13PM on 09/23/2008

Whaa!?

Can't find a plot device to bring Kirk back? JJ, I'm laughing at the superior intellect. This is Trek! Enterprise NX-01 was newer looking than 1701, they ran into Ferrengi, the future never heard of the Suliban, Archer or his ship! Plot device - you don't need one! It's Star Trek! Do whatever! Kirk did warp 10+, warp 5 tears up space, Voyager crew de-evolves at warp 10! Are we getting the picture?
Can't find a plot device to bring Kirk back? JJ, I'm laughing at the superior intellect. This is Trek! Enterprise NX-01 was newer looking than 1701, they ran into Ferrengi, the future never heard of the Suliban, Archer or his ship! Plot device - you don't need one! It's Star Trek! Do whatever! Kirk did warp 10+, warp 5 tears up space, Voyager crew de-evolves at warp 10! Are we getting the picture?
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6:03PM on 09/22/2008

Boo Trek...

Star Wars and only Star Wars.
Star Wars and only Star Wars.
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10:18AM on 09/22/2008
Who give's a Shat if he's in it or not? He had a good run in the TV show and the movies, he should be happy enough to be remembered as Kirk.
Who give's a Shat if he's in it or not? He had a good run in the TV show and the movies, he should be happy enough to be remembered as Kirk.
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5:08PM on 09/21/2008
Yes, Lost is great, certainly the first couple of seasons are anyway, but JJ Abrams had very little to do with that. He came up with the idea of the pilot, and convinced ABC to pick it up. That's it. It was David Fury and the rest of the original writing staff that came up with the flashback structure and wrote all the best episodes. JJ is not a very good writer, and he was smart enough to know that, not writing many episodes and snatching up half of Buffy/Angel/Firefly's writing staff when
Yes, Lost is great, certainly the first couple of seasons are anyway, but JJ Abrams had very little to do with that. He came up with the idea of the pilot, and convinced ABC to pick it up. That's it. It was David Fury and the rest of the original writing staff that came up with the flashback structure and wrote all the best episodes. JJ is not a very good writer, and he was smart enough to know that, not writing many episodes and snatching up half of Buffy/Angel/Firefly's writing staff when those ended. He depended on his employees for his other shows too, which don't exactly have a consistently quality track record. He's a producer -- a money guy -- not an artist. He's no Aaaron Sorkin or Joss Whedon, I wish he'd stop getting the credit for doing the same job that Joel Silver did with The Matrix, and George Lucas did with Empire Strikes Back -- very, very little.

So will the new Star Trek be any good? Who knows, it depends on what kind of people Abrams surrounded himself in this time.
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9:16PM on 09/20/2008

dinosaur DNA

he's wrong about dinosaur DNA...we may have found some DNA but there is not enough to clone a dinosaur. That's never goin to happen.
he's wrong about dinosaur DNA...we may have found some DNA but there is not enough to clone a dinosaur. That's never goin to happen.
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3:21PM on 09/20/2008

Yes

I threw around lots of swears below, but come on Shatner. Just stick to your dumb commercials, this is JJ not Bryan Singer. Hopefully this new movie isn't some fan service jerk-off session like Superman Returns so JJ isn't going to go out of his way to toss in Kirk just cause. Fucking guy.
I threw around lots of swears below, but come on Shatner. Just stick to your dumb commercials, this is JJ not Bryan Singer. Hopefully this new movie isn't some fan service jerk-off session like Superman Returns so JJ isn't going to go out of his way to toss in Kirk just cause. Fucking guy.
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3:21PM on 09/20/2008

Yes

I threw around lots of swears below, but come on Shatner. Just stick to your dumb commercials, this is JJ not Bryan Singer. Hopefully this new movie isn't some fan service jerk-off session like Superman Returns so JJ isn't going to go out of his way to toss in Kirk just cause. Fucking guy.
I threw around lots of swears below, but come on Shatner. Just stick to your dumb commercials, this is JJ not Bryan Singer. Hopefully this new movie isn't some fan service jerk-off session like Superman Returns so JJ isn't going to go out of his way to toss in Kirk just cause. Fucking guy.
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3:19PM on 09/20/2008
shut the fuck up Shatner, bitching about being typecasted for so longer, then he comes back and has a successful TV career. Now all of a sudden he wants back on the Star Trek boat. Fuck you, and your argument is fucking stupid, "omg dinosaurs" no one gives a fuck.
shut the fuck up Shatner, bitching about being typecasted for so longer, then he comes back and has a successful TV career. Now all of a sudden he wants back on the Star Trek boat. Fuck you, and your argument is fucking stupid, "omg dinosaurs" no one gives a fuck.
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2:42PM on 09/20/2008

A great response from Bill

As you can see, he's got a great sense of humour. He's clearly very witty and charmingly self-deprecating. Plus, he's obviously very intelligent. He understands the movie business and he's open to whatever the future holds. If only we could all have such a great attitude toward life!
As you can see, he's got a great sense of humour. He's clearly very witty and charmingly self-deprecating. Plus, he's obviously very intelligent. He understands the movie business and he's open to whatever the future holds. If only we could all have such a great attitude toward life!
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7:29AM on 09/20/2008

I agree w/homelessjogger

It's JJ and crew trying to throw us off the scent of a moment with Shatner on screen in the new Trek flick.
It's JJ and crew trying to throw us off the scent of a moment with Shatner on screen in the new Trek flick.
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1:50AM on 09/20/2008
How do they let you write for this site, your a fake... movies were not made for people like you.
How do they let you write for this site, your a fake... movies were not made for people like you.
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1:41AM on 09/20/2008
How do they let you write for this site, your a fake... movies were not made for people like you.
How do they let you write for this site, your a fake... movies were not made for people like you.
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1:06AM on 09/20/2008

Reboot? -laughs ass off-

How in the hell are you going to 'reboot' Star Trek? This is a prequel, of the early days of the crew of the orginal series, but it is not a reboot.
How in the hell are you going to 'reboot' Star Trek? This is a prequel, of the early days of the crew of the orginal series, but it is not a reboot.
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12:36AM on 09/20/2008

wait a min

i thought this was a total reboot thing

is it

and jj seems like a bit of a credit hog how much does he really have to do with lost
i thought this was a total reboot thing

is it

and jj seems like a bit of a credit hog how much does he really have to do with lost
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8:58PM on 09/19/2008

not a big fan of trek but i like it

i mean if spock has a cameo shatner better have a cameo, i mean the two together would just be great. I think J.J. jus wants the revisioning to be solely his credit.
i mean if spock has a cameo shatner better have a cameo, i mean the two together would just be great. I think J.J. jus wants the revisioning to be solely his credit.
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8:36PM on 09/19/2008

SHATNER IS THE MAN!

What a class guy. I think he handled it quite nicely. I din't feel any animosity or bitterness whatsoever. I'm pretty sure Abrams and co. will find a way to get him back in the sequels, provided he isn't actually in this new version already... :)
What a class guy. I think he handled it quite nicely. I din't feel any animosity or bitterness whatsoever. I'm pretty sure Abrams and co. will find a way to get him back in the sequels, provided he isn't actually in this new version already... :)
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7:28PM on 09/19/2008
What are you talking about? He sounds like the kid who got picked last for kickball!


I would like him to come back somehow for a star trek movie butI'm okay with the shat just taking one out. I'd be okay with Nimoy not coming back either. But as long as it serves the story... fuck it. let it go.

The Shat isn't 25 anymore. If they want to put a story of him at that time frame let them. As long as it's good and I think JJ will bring it.
What are you talking about? He sounds like the kid who got picked last for kickball!


I would like him to come back somehow for a star trek movie butI'm okay with the shat just taking one out. I'd be okay with Nimoy not coming back either. But as long as it serves the story... fuck it. let it go.

The Shat isn't 25 anymore. If they want to put a story of him at that time frame let them. As long as it's good and I think JJ will bring it.
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5:35PM on 09/19/2008

C'MON SHAT ...

... take it like a man. Kirk died in Generations movie so if this movie's story is a prequel, just let it be.
... take it like a man. Kirk died in Generations movie so if this movie's story is a prequel, just let it be.
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3:13PM on 09/19/2008

Did anyone ever think

This is just a viral ploy by JJ for Star Trek now? I haven't followed this film for one second. Know absolutely nothing about it. But since this story broke in the last week or two my first thought was 'it's a swerve.'

Who wants to bet money all the Trekkies go to see the movie and piss their pants when he shows up in a cameo?
This is just a viral ploy by JJ for Star Trek now? I haven't followed this film for one second. Know absolutely nothing about it. But since this story broke in the last week or two my first thought was 'it's a swerve.'

Who wants to bet money all the Trekkies go to see the movie and piss their pants when he shows up in a cameo?
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3:08PM on 09/19/2008
Has anyone read his autobiography UP TILL NOW? If you haven't you should definitely give it a read it is VERY good. I couldn't put it down.

He mentioned, towards the end of UP TILL NOW, about him not being in Abrams STAR TREK and he said he wasn't angry that he's not in it, just sad that they didn't want to include him.

That's what I got from this video too. He's just sad they couldn't find some way to include him in the film. I mean, whether you like it or not, Shatner is a big part
Has anyone read his autobiography UP TILL NOW? If you haven't you should definitely give it a read it is VERY good. I couldn't put it down.

He mentioned, towards the end of UP TILL NOW, about him not being in Abrams STAR TREK and he said he wasn't angry that he's not in it, just sad that they didn't want to include him.

That's what I got from this video too. He's just sad they couldn't find some way to include him in the film. I mean, whether you like it or not, Shatner is a big part of STAR TREK and I feel he deserved to be in the movie just as much as Nimoy.

Also, in his defense, it seems to me that Abrams and co. didn't really try all that hard to work Kirk (well, Shatner's Kirk) into the flick. I've heard rumors it will deal a lot with Time Travel and if that's true I don't see how they couldn't include Shatner. Sure, they might have to de-age him or they could just have him be an older Kirk.

I've been hoping that all of this is just a really clever ruse and Shatner will show up in the film. If so, well played sirs. If not, I say shame on you Abrams and you better put him in the sequel.
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2:05PM on 09/19/2008

Agreed...

I don't think Shatner came across as snide either. And I have a huge amount of respect for the man. Star Trek and the character of Kirk turned him into a bad actor by reputation, but anyone who saw him before Star Trek or afterwards (Boston Legal?) knows that he is a good actor, and a gifted comedian too.

Still, it doesn't really make sense for him to be in the new movie, but I'm with Shatner. If they do a sequel, they need to find a way to bring him back for something. But for continuity's
I don't think Shatner came across as snide either. And I have a huge amount of respect for the man. Star Trek and the character of Kirk turned him into a bad actor by reputation, but anyone who saw him before Star Trek or afterwards (Boston Legal?) knows that he is a good actor, and a gifted comedian too.

Still, it doesn't really make sense for him to be in the new movie, but I'm with Shatner. If they do a sequel, they need to find a way to bring him back for something. But for continuity's sake they better de-age him!
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1:40PM on 09/19/2008

Billlllly!

See? The Shat is a solid guy.

Whatever snide things you have to say about his acting, the man is decent. Instead of flipping out and being a prima donna, he was calm and spoke with thought.
See? The Shat is a solid guy.

Whatever snide things you have to say about his acting, the man is decent. Instead of flipping out and being a prima donna, he was calm and spoke with thought.
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1:27PM on 09/19/2008

Snide?

How could you read that as snide? He was very polite and gentlemanly, and clearly making a joke with the whole 'you know that machine' thing. What's the prob?
How could you read that as snide? He was very polite and gentlemanly, and clearly making a joke with the whole 'you know that machine' thing. What's the prob?
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1:11PM on 09/19/2008
Shatner looks a lot like my uncle.
Shatner looks a lot like my uncle.
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1:04PM on 09/19/2008
I'm glad that piece of bloated Shat won't be in the Star Trek film. JJ made the right decision.
I'm glad that piece of bloated Shat won't be in the Star Trek film. JJ made the right decision.
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12:49PM on 09/19/2008
"Lincoln?"
"Big guy, big reach. Skinny guys fight 'til they're burger."


God I love that movie.


I think JJ is a classier guy than to respond to the Shat's comments. I cannot wait for this movie.
"Lincoln?"
"Big guy, big reach. Skinny guys fight 'til they're burger."


God I love that movie.


I think JJ is a classier guy than to respond to the Shat's comments. I cannot wait for this movie.
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12:30PM on 09/19/2008
Well thats strange. I wonder what will be JJs answer to that...if hes ever to respond.
Well thats strange. I wonder what will be JJs answer to that...if hes ever to respond.
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