Trek Alumni Featured In Upcoming MoviesBy Caillan
January 29, 2002 - 3:49 PM
Fans will soon be able to catch Star Trek alumni in film projects ranging from Hollywood blockbusters to low-budget indie flicks.
William Shatner (James T. Kirk) plays himself in 'Showtime,' a new comedy spoof that lampoons buddy cop movies. The film stars Robert DeNiro and Eddie Murphy as a detective and failed actor who are forced to star in a new reality TV show in order to improve the image of the Los Angeles police department.
In a recent chat at StarTrek.com, Shatner talked about the experience of working on such a high-budget film. "It was hilarious," he said. "They [DeNiro and Murphy] are the best in their field and I never saw so much money spent for so much before. The catering fee alone was the amount I spent on several movies."
The Quicktime trailer, which prominently features Shatner in several sequences, can be downloaded here. 'Showtime' will be released this spring.
Wil Wheaton's (Wesley Crusher) new film in 'Jane White is Sick and Twisted' will debut on the festival circuit in February.
The road movie follows the adventures of Jane White as she sets out to appear on an outrageous talk show where she will be reunited with her long-lost father.
Wheaton plays Jane's romantic interest alongside well-know TV faces such as Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Alley Mills (The Wonder Years) and Maureen McCormick (The Brady Bunch).
The film began screening in Orange, California last week; details on how to book tickets can be found at the official web site.
Robert Picardo last September took part in the experimental film 'Until Morning,' currently in post-production.
Picardo plays Brad, a writer who invites nine friends to his mountain retreat for a reading of his latest screenplay. One by one they disappear through the night, until only one is left standing in the morning.
The film, which was shot over four days in the California mountains, adheres to the Dogme 95 school of filmmaking. Founded by a group of directors in 1995, the philosophy seeks to free films from the "illusion" and "trickery" of Hollywood and return to the fundamental basics through the use of location shooting and hand-held cameras. The Blair Witch Project is a well-known example of Dogme-influenced filmmaking.
Full details of the film as well as a director's journal are available at UntilMorning.com. Thanks to Matthew Klaehn for some of this!