William Shatner, who played Samuel Halpern, the father of Justin Halpern who created the now-cancelled “Shit My Dad Says,” but it best known as Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, (shown eating with co-star Leonard Nimoy) gets his own giant party at Comic Con 2011: Shatnerpalooza!
Shatnerpalooza is the idea of the Epix production company, which created a documentary called The Captains. This is how Epix describes the event:
At Comic-Con, Shatner will show clips of his two new Epix Original documentaries and field Q & A from fans. Shatner will also expand his Comic-Con appearance through EPIX Live,epixhd.com’s online interactive feature, and by Tweeting from San Diego. EPIX Live, provides a true social TV experience. Viewers can submit and have questions answered in real time; interact, share and comment with one another; and broadcast their participation to their friends via integrations with Twitter and Facebook. The hour-long event will be open to the public and streamed live at www.EpixHD.com/event-theatre
William Shatner will talk about the original documentary he produced and directed, an in depth look at the actors who have played Star Trek Captains in the films and television shows. Avery Brooks, who played Captain Benjamin Sisko in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, will join Shatner on a panel at Comic-Con moderated by Kevin Smith Friday, July 22, which will include exclusive clips and an audience Q&A.
The centerpiece of “SHATNERPALOOZA” will be the World Premiere of The Captains – an Epix Original Documentary produced and directed by William Shatner. In The Captains, he travels the world to connect with each of the actors who have played Captains over the long life of the Star Trek franchise. Shatner recalls his own experiences in the role that made him a star by interviewing Patrick Stewart, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, Avery Brooks and Chris Pine while interweaving clips from their respective shows and movies.
The event takes place July 22nd, but there’s a 48-hour online Shatner marathon starting Thursday, July 21st here: http://www.epixhd.com/
There’s also a free screening of The Captains Monday, July 25th, at Hollywood Foreever Memorial Park in Santa Monica at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. It starts at 8 PM.
Then The Captains moves to New York City, with a free screening at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, One Intrepid Square, 12th Ave and 46th Street, that starts at 8:15 PM.