William Shatner, NASA BFFs on Twitter

William Shatner, NASA BFFs on Twitter

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 (UPI) --William Shatner asks NASA how it's doing on Twitter, and NASA responds.
Danielle Haynes
NASA reveals Star Trek-like spacecraft concept

NASA reveals Star Trek-like spacecraft concept

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) --New drawings show what a NASA spacecraft capable of warp speed might look like.
Brooks Hays
'Vulcan' wins Pluto moon name vote

'Vulcan' wins Pluto moon name vote

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- In a voting campaign to pick names for two of Pluto's smallest moons one clear winner is "Vulcan," proposed by U.S. actor William Shatner of "Star Trek" fame.
Chris Pine to take over Jack Ryan role

Chris Pine to take over Jack Ryan role

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Paramount Pictures has announced actor Chris Pine will play Jack Ryan in the next installment of the film franchise inspired by Tom Clancy's novels.
'Star Trek' to premiere in Australia

'Star Trek' to premiere in Australia

SYDNEY, March 20 (UPI) -- J.J. Abrams' film "Star Trek" is to have its world premiere at the Sydney Opera House.

Shatner may eye Canada prime minister role

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Actor William Shatner, possibly following the footsteps of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ronald Reagan, said he might consider running for Canadian prime minister.
New 'Star Trek' flick to get IMAX release

New 'Star Trek' flick to get IMAX release

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Paramount Pictures and IMAX Corp. Friday announced that Hollywood's new version of "Star Trek" will be released in both IMAX and conventional theaters May 8.

Shatner admits to skipping 'Star Trek'

LONDON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Actor William Shatner has admitted he never watched a single episode of "Star Trek," the U.S. TV series that propelled him to international fame.

Shatner miffed he won't be in 'Star Trek'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. actor William Shatner, who played Capt. James T. Kirk for decades on TV and in movies, is unhappy he won't be appearing in the new "Star Trek" prequel.

Simon Pegg to play Scotty in 'Star Trek'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- British actor Simon Pegg has signed on to play Scotty in the new "Star Trek" movie, Variety.com reported Friday.

Bana to play 'Star Trek' baddie

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Australian actor Eric Bana is set to play bad guy Nero in J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Trek" film, Variety.com reported Wednesday.

J.J. Abrams to direct 'Star Trek XI'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- J.J. Abrams is now officially director of the next of the "Star Trek" films, "Star Trek XI," The Hollywood Reporter said Saturday. Abrams also has been working as a writer and producer of the science fiction film, which revolves around a young James T. Ki

Simpson, Shatner DirecTV ads pulled

NEW YORK, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A New York judge ordered DirecTV ads featuring Jessica Simpson and William Shatner pulled while Time Warner Cable's false advertising lawsuit proceeds.

William Shatner will help out Space Camp

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Actor William Shatner, who played the famous captain James T. Kirk on the original "Star Trek," will host the Space Camp Hall of Fame Induction.

William Shatner kicks off Jewish Book Fest

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- William Shatner was the keynote speaker at the 11-day 28th annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, where he was very James T. Kirk-oriented.
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James Tiberius "Jim" Kirk is a fictional character in the Star Trek media franchise. Kirk was first played by William Shatner as the principal lead character in the original Star Trek series. Shatner voiced Kirk in the animated Star Trek series and appeared in the first seven Star Trek movies. Chris Pine portrayed a younger version of the character in the 2009 Star Trek film, with Jimmy Bennett playing Kirk as a child. Other actors have played the character in fan-created media, and the character has been the subject of multiple spoofs and satires. Kirk also appears in numerous books, comics, and video games. The character has been praised for his leadership traits, but also criticized for his relationships with women.

James T. Kirk was born and raised in Riverside, Iowa in the year 2233. Diane Carey's novel Best Destiny identifies Kirk's parents as George and Winona Kirk. Best Destiny and Carey's Final Frontier novel describe George Kirk's adventures aboard the USS Enterprise under the command of Captain Robert April. Although born on Earth, Kirk for a time lived on Tarsus IV, where he was one of nine surviving witnesses to the massacre of 4,000 colonists by Kodos the Executioner (Arnold Moss). James Kirk's brother George Samuel Kirk is first mentioned in "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" and introduced and killed in "Operation: Annihilate!", leaving behind three children.

At Starfleet Academy, Kirk became the only student to defeat the Kobayashi Maru test, garnering a commendation for original thinking by reprogramming the computer to make the "no-win scenario" winnable. Kirk was granted a field commission as an ensign and posted to advanced training aboard the USS Republic. He then was promoted to lieutenant junior grade and returned to Starfleet Academy as a student instructor. Students could either "think or sink" in his class, and Kirk himself was "a stack of books with legs". Upon graduating in the top five percent, Kirk was promoted to lieutenant and served aboard the USS Farragut. While assigned to the Farragut, Kirk commanded his first planetary survey and survived a deadly attack that killed a large portion of the Farragut's crew. He received his first command, the equivalent of a destroyer-type spaceship, while still quite young.

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