When I arrived at Starbase Indy 2011 and was getting my con badge, one of the staff asked me where I was staying. I jokingly told them that I had a deal worked out with my buddy Bill for a hotel about 15 minutes away. She asked me “Bill who?” and I told her, “William Shatner. He gets me some great deals.”
After her eyes popped back into her head she said, “Oh! You mean Priceline!” and I realized that a Star Trek convention was not the best place to joke about having just worked out a deal for a motel with William Shatner.
I have been using Priceline so much that I see William Shatner doing price negotiations for me a couple times a month. Now with Priceline as my first advert, mentioning it comes natural, but I haven’t met the man in spite of having covered a few events where he was in attendance.
While, sad to say, he wasn’t in attendance at Starbase Indy (his loss!) they did have some great stars and I had the opportunity to meet a few of them.
John Billingsley is best known for his work in the Star Trek Enterprise series but he has been in many great TV programs and movies and has played various diverse characters from Professors to bums.
John has a movie, Red Line, coming out where he plays a High School History teacher that survives a terrorist bombing of a train. He and the others are trying to escape the twisted mass of the train and crumbling tunnel all the while knowing that there is a second bomb and that the terrorist could be among them.
Bonita is currently filming a drama based on a true story called The Prop Is the Girl in which she is both producer and plays the part of Debbie.
I have to admit that I didn’t know that John and Bonita were a couple until I asked if I could get a photo of them and they embraced with one of those soul-shuddering embraces that left me in one of those major warm-fuzzy moments where I just thought, “Awwwwww…” From the freshness of their relationship I figured it was a new romance but according to his IMDB profile they have been together since 1988 and according to hers it has been 1998. Either way it is great that they keep their marriage fresh after a decade or more.
I also had a fun conversation with Dean Haglund who, in addition to having been in a number of television shows (X-Files and Lone Gunmen being a couple big ones!) he is also an artist.
I happily walked away from Starbase Indy with his autograph on a print of his artwork. Dean is coming soon to theaters as a magician in a Delaney Dragon flick called Rough Hustle.
Last but not least, I had a little chat with Tony Todd. Tony is also known for his work on Star Trek, Star Gate SG1, Candyman and many other roles in movies and on television. During the Q and A session at Starbase Indy Tony’s eyes sparkled as he mentioned the actress that he hoped to lure into playing a role in the apocalyptic movie Catalytic that he is working on, but when I spoke to him later he preferred that I mention the movie Sushi Girl that is due to be out soon. So I will say Catalytic sounds awesome and leave it at that.
Sushi Girl is a thriller that Tony produced and stars in along with such notables as Mark Hamil, James Duval, David Dastmalchian, Noah Hathaway and Cortney Palm as the Sushi Girl.
The Sushi Girl is an interesting dining situation where sushi is served on a nude woman as a platter for the sushi. It is her job to remain placid and oblivious to the dinner conversation and actions as the men conduct business over their dinner.
In this particular instance the conversation and actions that surround the Sushi Girl relate to a jewel heist that the men had performed in years past and that they are celebrating the release of the one that didn’t get away and his keeping silent on their identities.
The Sushi Girl definitely looks to be worth seeing (the movie too!)
Even as they were shinning at Starbase Indy 2011 I expect they will be shinning for many years to come!