Anton Yelchin: Dead at 27 – Freak Accident Ends Talented Actor’s Life

Anton Yelchin dead at 27

Anton Yelchin died age 27 in what has been described as a freak accident by police.  His own vehicle rolled back and ended the talented actor’s life in the early hours of Sunday morning, 19 June, 2016.  Yelchin was a busy and exceptional actor who worked steadily in Hollywood.

Anton; born Anton Viktorovich Yelchin in St Petersburg, Russia, had over 65 credits under his belt and three projects in post production at the time of his death. (Star Trek Beyond, Rememory and Thoroughbred)  Yelchin had major roles in Terminator: Salvation, Fright Night and Alpha Dog.

But it was Star Trek,  where Anton played Chekov,  that threw the young actor into the limelight.  Although fans of his work could point to other films that he starred in where his performances were above and beyond.

He was quite adept at  “horror/comedy.”  Playing the title roles in Odd Thomas and Burying the Ex showed he could do more than play Kyle Reese or the rebooted Charley Brewster or the newly imagined Chekov in the Star Trek franchise.

Anton Yelchin as Chekov
Yelchin as Chekov

Anton Yelchin was convincing in whatever role he played and was comfortable in any genre. Comedy horror – Fright Night,  Science Fiction – Star Trek, Terminator: Salvation,  Drama – Alpha Dog and Romance – Like Crazy The Russian born actor also worked in television and did voice over work for video games.

Tributes to Yelchin have been pouring in via social media with reactions from Chris Evans, Tyler Shields and Fran Kranz to name but  a few. The shocking news of Anton’s death is trending on Twitter as fans and friends alike rush to share their grief.

Fran Kranz @frankranz

Anton Yelchin was a very talented actor who would have graced our screens for many years  to come. The 27 year old actor’s death was confirmed by spokesperson Jennifer Houser from the LAPD.

Chekov, Odd Thomas, Jacob, Max, Kyle Reese, Charley Brewster and all the other characters Yelchin portrayed will live on. RIP Anton Yelchin.  Gone far too soon with so much left to give. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the friends and family of this talented actor.

 

 

Leonard Nimoy: Saying Goodbye to a Pop Culture Icon

The news that Leonard Nimoy has died at age 83 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, something he told his many fans about last year, met his legion of fans on the Internet this morning. Now the world must face saying goodbye to a pop culture icon, one that has spanned decades to become one of the most beloved characters in the Star Trek verse. Nimoy brought the part-human Vulcan to life back in the 1960s and his Spock, complete with “satanic” earpieces, caught fire with the show’s audiences rather quickly…

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Leonard Nimoy LLAP No More

Leonard Nimoy as Spock
Leonard Nimoy, the man who maintained an image as cultural icon across several generations, is gone. The talented individual who signed off on his Twitter feed with LLAP (Live Long and Prosper) will do so no more.The 83 year old actor became a household name in the 1960s when he portrayed Spock, half human, half Vulcan, who was the first officer on the bridge of the USS Enterprise in “Star Trek.”

The character became a hit with audiences, although not with producers who wanted the role written out of the show. The show struggled to find enough fans overall but Spock became so popular that the show’s touted star, Bill Shatner, was a little put out that the Vulcan got more fan mail than he did. There were rumors of quibbling between the two stars when the show was on its short three year run.

Later on, in the 1999 comedy “Galaxy Quest,” Tim Allen and Alan Rickman would play character’s based upon Shatner and Nimoy, respectively, and both did a brilliant job parodying the “rumored” relationship of the two.

Nimoy became so connected to the role in Roddenberry’s space opera that it was shocking to see him without the “elf” (or satanic as the producers called them) ears of his character. The actor was, however, believable in whatever role he played.

Whether he was a villainous “mercenary” gunslinger (1971 “Catlow”) or a shrink (1978 “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” [remake]) he was entertaining and watchable. But it was Spock that Nimoy was best known for and while he would leave the logic bound alien behind in his twilight years, most notably in the 2009 – 2012 television science fiction show “Fringe.”

Leonard was rushed to hospital with severe chest pains last week and this morning the world learned that the multitalented performer had died at home. Nimoy tweeted more than a year before his hospital visit, in January 2014, and told his fans that despite quitting smoking over 30 years ago, that he had COPD and he should have quit sooner. He ended his tweet saying “Grandpa says, quit now!” and finished, as with all his missives on Twitter, with LLAP.

That the actor had a “love/hate” relationship with his character on “Star Trek” in the beginning was a well known fact, back in the day. His two autobiographies related his search to “live” or come to terms with the consequences of being Spock, the first “I Am Not Spock” was followed later with “I Am Spock.”

One thing is certain. Bill Shatner has more than a fair share of those who worked with him in the TV series and the films who do not get on with him. Shatner is a larger than life character off set who makes no apologies for his opinions or for stepping on the toes of others. As he has aged, he has mellowed very little and is still one exciting individual to witness at conventions. Leonard Nimoy, on the other hand seems to have more than his fair share of friends from both small screen and large.

Nimoy, apart from spending a lot of time directing, doing one-man shows and playing Spock in various mediums, had become a sort of elder statesman for Science Fiction and “Star Trek,” as well as an almost mythic pop culture icon. It only takes the sound of the actor’s voice to bring back memories of his performances as the Vulcan so loved on screen.

The perfect example of this was the screening of the 2009 Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg and Zoe Saldana “Star Trek.” Watching the film in England, when Spock (Leonard) starts reciting the “boldly going” speech at the end of the film, I was engulfed in goosebumps and the rest of the usually reserved British audience stood up in the theatre and cheered.

The loss of Leonard Nimoy at 83 is devastating. It almost feels like the spirit of Spock has died and in essence it has. The actor was the one who brought the half-alien character to life. It was his embodiment of the role that made the pointy eared chap so real. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and wife Susan and we will all miss those LLAP tweets from the man himself.

27 February 2015

Justin Lin to Make Star Trek Three Fast & Furious?

Justin Lin to Make Star Trek Three Fast & Furious?

Following the somewhat disturbing news that Paramount want the next installment of Star Trek, number three to be exact, to be more like Guardians of the Galaxy the latest development has Fast & Furious helmsman Justin Lin now sitting in the driver’s seat. There appears to be a story that J.J. Abrams replacement Roberto Orci walked after rumors that the studios got over excited at the relationship of Groot “I am Groot” and Rocket in the Marvel space picture. Apparently they looked at Scotty’s little hairy sidekick, Keenser and want to feature the “cutesy” little alien a lot more, “I am Keenser!”

Haven: Mommy Dearest (Review)

Haven: Mommy Dearest (Review)

Haven this week seems to prove that Charlotte Cross really is Mara’s mommy dearest and at the start of the episode one can only wonder what the woman is really up to. Vince is very happy that he guessed all along that the CDC doc was not who she claimed to be. Dave is not impressed because, as he points out, Vince did not know that she was from another world. Audrey looks increasingly ill and Mara drops by to pop her in the head with a pistol and demands that Parker tell Cross to open a thinny so Mara can leave alone, sans her mother. Duke’s tears are infecting people in the town with troubles that are like “nothing seen before” or at least that is what Mora promises.