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Leonard Nimoy: Diagnosis Felt Unfair

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Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy felt it was "unfair" when he was diagnosed with chronic lung disease.

The 82-year-old actor recently revealed he has developed obstructive pulmonary disease, despite quitting smoking 30 years ago, and he admits he has learned a "lesson" about his former deadly habit.

Discussing his diagnosis last May, he said, "I thought, 'This is unfair. I quit a long time ago. Why is this happening to me?' But it's a lesson that I had to learn. I damaged the lung cells many years ago and then as age begins the damage of lung cells as well you begin to feel it. So, it's something that can stick up on you later."

The Star Trek star has to carry a special machine around with him to help when he struggles to breathe. "This is an oxygenator. I don't carry a tank of oxygen. This machine gives me oxygen by it extracts oxygen out of the atmosphere and I get it up my nose when I need it. I'm still using it sporadically but a couple of years ago I didn't need it at all. Now, there are days when I needed it several times a day. I get short of a breath and suddenly feel like I can't get a full breath, I can't catch my breath. So, I have to go to the machine," he said, speaking on Piers Morgan Live.

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Leonard Nimoy Bids Good-Bye to Acting

recently made an appearance at the Hero Complex Film Festival, where he confirmed what many people were hoping wasn’t true: he’s retiring from the acting game. From now on, the man best known as Mr. Spock will concentrate on photography, collecting art and spending time with his family. In the video above, you can hear some of Nimoy’s comments from the event.

Well, I hope Paramount is happy with their poorly-penned relaunch. After decades of donning the Vulcan ears, Nimoy’s been driven out of the franchise - likely because he was so disappointed with the terrible, terrible plot of Trek 11. How do you define cop-out? Being unable to come up with a continuous, sensible storyline for a forty-four year franchise - and &%!!ing all over it instead.

It’s no wonder Spock has decided to wash his hands of the whole Hollywood business.

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Quote of the Day: Leonard Nimoy on Directing William Shatner

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“I had been wanting to direct for some time. I had been told many times, ‘You should be a director,’ and I always took it as an insult; there must be something wrong with my acting. When heard I was going to direct a Star Trek movie he went into deep shock. He was really worried. Look, everybody knows that we have become very, very good friends. But we’ve always been like two competitive siblings. But [as for me directing him] it worked out pretty well.”

-Retired actor Leonard Nimoy on working behind the camera for two different Star Trek films (The Search for Spock, The Voyage Home).

(Make sure to check out other notable quotes.)

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TV Talk: David Canary Leaves All My Children, Leonard Nimoy Retires

David Canary-After 27 years on All My Children, actor David Canary officially said goodbye to the soap opera today. Canary played both Adam and Stuart Chandler on the ABC series.

-Speaking of retirement, that’s what Leonard Nimoy says he’ll be enjoying very shortly. The Star Trek legend says he plans to give up acting altogether after his last Fringe appearance this season.

-The Idol Gives Back special helped raise $45 million for its efforts on Wednesday night. While still impressive, the amount was down $15 million from two years ago.

-If the world is still here in 2024, college basketball will be as well. The NCAA has signed a new 14-year deal with both CBS and Turner Broadcasting worth $10.8 billion.

-Meanwhile, CBS has not yet signed a new deal with Charlie Sheen. An insider claims if Sheen doesn’t sign a contract soon, Two and a Half Men will be officially over.


J.J. Abrams Wants to Work with Nimoy Again

Leonard Nimoy as Spock Prime is likely to return for the next Star Trek movie. Although the veteran actor recently said he didn’t think he’d be invited back, director J.J. Abrams is having a hard time envisioning the sequel without him.

“I can’t imagine a movie not needing Leonard. I’m sure that what he’s saying is a combination of modesty and honesty. He may actually feel that way. But, the truth is, we could never have made this movie without him, and working with him again would be a joy,” the filmmaker said. “It is clearly too early, given that we are just now talking story, to conclude whether or not Spock Prime is in the film or not. Do I want to work with him again? Of course, 100%. I’d love to.”

The director also admits he is open to the possibility of bringing back characters from the original sci-fi series, but doesn’t want to run the risk of alienating new fans. “In going forward, the fun of this movie series is that we will have the opportunity, given its alternate timeline, to cross paths with any of the experiences, places and characters that existed in the original series, but we have to be really careful, doing that,” he added to Collder.com.

Abrams added: “I don’t want to do something that is so inside that only die-hard fans will appreciate. We’re just now working on the script and just beginning the process of story breaking, but I guarantee you, whatever the story is and whatever the final movie ends up being, I know it will be something that will work on its own terms and be something that you don’t need to know and study Star Trek to get, but if you are a fan, there will hopefully be gift after gift of connections, references and characters that you hold near and dear. At least, that’s the intent.”

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: September 22, 2009

Observe and Report DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Battle for Terra: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Ghosts of Girlfriends Past: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Hot Fuzz: Blu-ray
  • Lymelife: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Observe and Report: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Shaun of the Dead: Blu-ray
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation Motion Picture Collection: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection: DVD
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country: DVD, Blu-ray

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TV on DVD: September 22, 2009

Castle Season 1 DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday.

  • 30 Rock (Season 3)
  • Brotherhood (Final Season)
  • Castle (Season 1)
  • Friday the 13th: The Series (Final Season)
  • Ghost Whisperer (Season 4)
  • Law & Order: SVU (Season 10)
  • The Mentalist (Season 1)
  • Star Trek: The Original Series (Season 2)  **Blu-ray**
  • Taxi (Season 4)
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Season 2)
  • Ugly Betty (Season 3)

Make sure to also check out the DVD and Blu-ray film options for this week.

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Star Trek Writers Detail Rejected William Shatner Scene


Interested in knowing how William Shatner might have been incorporated into Star Trek? Well - if you haven’t seen the movie yet, don’t read any further. The details involve an alternate ending for the film.

In an interview with MTV, the prequel’s two writers - Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman - explain that the ultimate decision to leave out Shatner was a difficult one. In fact, the two even disagree on whether the idea could have worked.

“We did write a Shatner scene,” Orci revealed. “But we didn’t want it to be a gimmick. We didn’t want it to be….to really bring him back in the right way would have required an entire movie to devote itself to that plot similarly to The Search for Spock (Number 3).” He added, “But we did write a scene and I think ultimately we all decided internally that it….We were split. But I think the decision was that it wasn’t quite enough to justify wasting [Shatner’s] time.”

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: May 12, 2009

Here are some of the options available this Tuesday:

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  • Big: Blu-ray
  • Black Sheep: Blu-ray
  • Fargo: Blu-ray
  • Force 10 from Navaraone: Blu-ray
  • Galaxy Quest (Deluxe Edition): DVD
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Blu-ray
  • The Grudge: Blu-ray
  • Licence to Kill: Blu-ray
  • The Man with the Golden Gun: Blu-ray
  • The Pianist: Blu-ray
  • S. Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Star Trek: Motion Picture Trilogy: DVD, Blu-ray

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This Week on TV (5/11-5/17)

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(You can view TV Envy’s Programming Schedule here.)

 

MONDAY 5/11)
  • Gossip Girl (CW, 8pm):  “Serena’s run-in with the police upsets Lily.” She only expected her daughter to be cuffed and shamed, not frisked and strip-searched.
  • Weaponizers (Discovery, 9pm):  Season premiere. “An RV takes on a shuttle bus, after the teams equip them with rockets, machine guns and medieval weapons in this reality series featuring vehicle face-off competitions.” The only thing missing in this equation is .
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS, 9:30pm):  “Alan and Chelsea bond, and their time together gives Charlie a needed break to do the things he loves doing on his own.” A wingman can help you score a woman….and keep her busy too.
  • Medium (NBC, 10pm):  “After Allison slips into a coma while working on a case, her spirit transfers into the body of a middle-aged man (Jeffrey Tambor).” The sexual reassignment process was much easier than the one Alexis Arquette went through.

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