On Friday, October 19 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA, Spike TV held its second annual Scream Awards, celebrating the horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres in film, television and comic books. The star-studded event was attended by all manner of luminaries from the entertainment world, and CBR News was on hand to talk to the stars as they made their way down the red carpet.
Honorary Scream Awards were bestowed upon original "Star Trek" cast members William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, Walter Koenig and Nichelle Nichols, commemorating the 25 th anniversary of the release of "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." Khan himself, Ricardo Montalban, could not make it to the awards ceremony, and Shatner solicited a riotous "Khan" from the crowd in his honor.
TV phenom J.J. Abrams is helming a new Star Trek film scheduled for release in 2008, chronicling the adventures of Captain Kirk and company during their time at Starfleet Academy. Walter Koenig admitted he was not familiar with actors cast in the roles of the young Enterprise crew, but he wishes Anton Yelchin (who will be portraying Koenig's Chekov) and the rest of the cast the best. "I'm sure he'll be terrific," Koenig told CBR News. "I'm sure he'll make it his own and not have to answer to anybody."
|Walter Koenig, George Takei - All photos by CBR Staff Photographer Pinguino Kolb|
Several of Koenig's former "Star Trek" cast members have already made appearances on NBC's "Heroes." As to the possibility of him garnering a role on the hit show, Koenig said, "I consider that a rhetorical question, because I have no idea."
|Nichelle Nichols, Brandon Routh|
Nichols' involvement in Abrams' "Star Trek" prequel has been a little more hands on than Koenig's, having sat down and talked with Abrams about the project. "And I was just delighted that this young woman, Zoe Saldana, has been chosen for the young Uhura, and I'm really looking forward to it," said Nichols.
"Heroes" fans will also be happy to learn the hit NBC drama took home this year's Best TV Show Award at the Screams, and "Heroes" star Hayden Panettiere won for Breakout Performance.
At Comic-Con International this year, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon told fans the long-rumored Giles project, named "Ripper" after the watcher's one-time nickname, may finally come to fruition. Head confirmed that Whedon was in talks with the BBC. "It would be a one-off, and it would probably be a two hour movie, or a 90 minute movie for TV," Head explained. "We're looking at maybe something in the summer, just kind of depends on the availability of rights and things."
Head admitted his exposure to Dark Horse's comic book continuation of the series, "Buffy: Season 8," was limited to what little Whedon had shared with him. "But by all accounts everyone's raving about it, it's great stuff," the actor said.
Lou Ferigno, the Hulk to Bill Bixby's Bruce Banner in the 1970s "Incredible Hulk" TV series, confirmed he'll be making a cameo appearance in next year's "Hulk" sequel of the same name. "I can't really talk about the roll, but it's a great thing," Ferigno said. "You won't be disappointed."
A few months ago in CBR's Lying in the Gutters, Rich Johnston reported that a new Neil Gaiman "Sandman" miniseries, originally planned to commemorate the 25 th anniversary of the ground-breaking title, fell apart when publisher DC Comics and Gaiman couldn't come to a suitable arrangement. "Basically, there were people at DC who wanted to make it happen, and there were people at DC who were not prepared to do very much to make it happen," Gaiman told CBR News. "They were perfectly happy for me to write it as long as we wrote it on the same terms that I started writing 'Sandman' on in 1987, but nothing better than that. And they wouldn't move on it."
|Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino|
The writer said that whether or not the story ever sees the light of day depends primarily on his schedule and DC Comics' willingness to negotiate a more equitable deal.
Though Scream 2007 did feature a Best Cameo award, Bruce Campbell's turn as the variously helpful maitre d' in "Spider-Man 3" was conspicuously absent from the nominations. "I was robbed, that's fair to say," Campbell said when CBR News caught up with him on the red carpet. "I've been robbed before."
"It's a dumb idea, it's a 12-year-old idea," the actor remarked. "It's a derivative, bad idea. Because who would win? That's my only question. And if you say Ash, you're very confused. I don't support any of that derivate bullshit, I don't sign any of that stuff. If it ain't Ash, it ain't Ash."
Campbell is promoting a film he directed and starred in called "My Name is Bruce." "It's about a small town that's having problems with a monster, and they kidnap Bruce Campbell to help them out," Campbell explained. "And it turns out to be a really bad idea." "My Name is Bruce" is due out sometime next year.
|Steve Niles and Sara Wilkinson|
Niles' "30 Days of Night" took home the Best Comic Book Award this year, and co-creator Ben Templesmith was honored to accept the honor. "But it's a bit weird, because it's a five-year-old book," the artist admitted. "It was some of my first work." Templesmith said that it was "very cool" to see his artwork realized on screen, but that seeing it on set in person was even better. "It looked as good on set in real life as it does in the movie. Although they made the colors look even better. [Director] David Slade did a great job. More than expected."
|IDW Publishing Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall and Ben Templesmith|
Neil Gaiman and the cast of "Star Trek II" weren't the only ones to win honorary Scream Awards this year: Harrison Ford and Alice Cooper each took one home as well. Cooper closed out the proceedings with a live performance of "School's Out For Summer" featuring guest performances by Rob Zombie and Slash.
The remaining comics-related categories broke down thusly:
"300" took the Ultimate Scream Award and was voted the Best Comic-To-Screen Adaptation.
|Zachary Quinto, Thomas Jane|
Frank Miller was named Best Comic Book Writer of the past year for his work on "All-Star: Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder" and "Frank Miller's Robocop."
John Cassaday's work on "Astonishing X-Men" won him the award for Best Comic Book Artist.
"28 Days Later: The Aftermath" was named Best Screen-to-Comic Adaptation.
Steve Rogers' death in the pages of "Captain America" was named this year's Most Shocking Comic Book Twist.
CBR News will post later today an enormous gallery of even more photos from Spike TV's Scream Awards 2007.
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