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May 4, 2009 | Claudia Eller
To reignite its creaky "Star Trek" movie series this weekend, Paramount Pictures must beam up young moviegoers who may have never heard of Captain Kirk, Spock or the starship Enterprise, and international audiences who have been indifferent. Paramount, despite having one of the most recognizable titles in entertainment, must overcome a perception that its new movie in the decades-old franchise will appeal only to aging Trekkies and not younger Twitter fanatics.
August 1, 2008 | Susan Salter Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
"I'm going to write about the dark times," Adam Nimoy explained to his mother when he began working on "My Incredibly Wonderful, Miserable Life," which he calls "an anti-memoir." "Like when you and Dad were out of town on some 'Star Trek' press junket and I was strung out on the floor of that men's room downtown. . . ." "That . . . that . . . that never happened to you!" Nimoy's mother protested. "No, Ma, I know. But that's what people want to hear."
December 17, 2004 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
Actor Leonard Nimoy of "Star Trek" fame remembers well that mysterious moment on a long-ago Shabbat. Seated in an Orthodox synagogue in Boston with his brother, father and grandfather, Nimoy, then 8, had dutifully done as his father had asked. During a climactic moment in the service, he was told not to look. He covered his eyes with his hands.
March 28, 2004 | Suzanne Muchnic
The Nimoy Foundation -- recently established in Los Angeles by actor-director-photographer Leonard Nimoy and his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, a trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art -- has launched a national grant program to support the work of contemporary artists. Called the Nimoy Visual Artist Residencies, the program will provide funds for arts organizations to administer artist residencies at the institutions' sites or in surrounding communities.
September 22, 2002 | RUTH RYON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leonard Nimoy's Los Angeles home looks more like an art gallery than a starship. "Star Trek" reminders, such as the last pair of pointy rubber ears the actor wore as the half-human, half-Vulcan Mr. Spock, are displayed in his study, but he's quick to say, "There isn't much of that." A Renaissance man, Nimoy has assumed many roles besides the imperturbable alien on the famous sci-fi TV series and spinoff movies.
September 8, 2001
I was delighted to read Howard Rosenberg's column on narrators highlighting Will Lyman ("Sometimes, It's All in the Voice," Aug. 31). He is so good that I will watch a show he is narrating, regardless of what it is about, just to hear him. I think he is to our times what Alexander Scourby was to earlier times. What Rosenberg said about what the narrator adds reminded me of watching a program on Peru's Machu Picchu. It was narrated by Kathleen Turner and was not too interesting. Then I saw one on the same subject narrated by Leonard Nimoy that was much more involving.
After "Star Trek," Leonard Nimoy lost touch with the cosmos. He was grounded in Los Angeles under a shroud of hazy light that obscures all but the brightest stars and planets. He got a really nice telescope and set it up in his backyard, but he found only the astronomical equivalent of pea soup. Even for the intrepid Mr. Spock, the only really good place to see the stars in Los Angeles--the cosmic ones, anyway--is at the Griffith Observatory.
March 20, 1997
Friday evening: My wife and I like to go to Toscana or Divino on the Westside or Pane e Vino in Hollywood. Pasta fagioli is my favorite. We might see a movie in Westwood, Century City or at the Royal on Santa Monica Boulevard. Saturday morning: I hang out, take a deep breath, sit in the backyard, read the newspaper, call my kids and play with the dog. We may venture out to a bookstore, either Borders on Westwood or Book Soup on Sunset.
He may forever be the pointy-eared Mr. Spock to millions of TV and movie fans, or the man who directed two highly successful "Star Trek" films, but 40 years ago, Leonard Nimoy was an L.A. theater person. "I have such a connection, a sense of reconnection with the L.A. theater scene," says the 64-year-old actor who's put on his director's hat for tonight's premiere of Trish Vradenburg's "The Apple Doesn't Fall . . . " at the Tiffany Theatre.
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