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It’s Almost Shatnerpalooza Time!
Holy Shat! If you’re like us and just can’t get enough of William Shatner, then you’ll be with us in Shatner heaven as EPIX presents an all-encompassing, multimedia all-Shatner event called – what else? – Shatnerpalooza. It’ll kick off with a 48-hour marathon of Shatner’s work airing Thursday, July 21 to Friday, July 22, including the world premiere of Shatner’s documentary The Captains, and the world television premiere of William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet, as well as several Star Trek films, other Shatner-centric features and episodes, and even Comedy Central’s Roast of William Shatner. But that’s not all, as the celebration continues at Comic-Con, with a panel for The Captains on July 22 and a live Shatner Q&A. And there’s more! EPIX will screen The Captains in Los Angeles, on July 25 at Hollywood Forever Memorial Park, and then beam to New York City for a screening on Saturday, July 30 at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum. Shatner will attend both events and costume contests will be held at each event. The grand prize: a meet and greet with William Shatner.
Where to begin when getting into detail on all this Shatner-y goodness? How about The Captains? Shatner produced and directed this original documentary, which finds him sitting face to face with his Star Trek counterparts, namely Patrick Stewart, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, Avery Brooks and Chris Pine. Shatner speaks candidly with each of them, trading stories and getting to know them on a personal level. The Captains will premiere at 8 p.m. ET/PT on July 22. And then there’s William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet. Again wearing the producer-director hats, Shatner follows choreographer Margo Sappington as she set about staging a ballet based on Shatner’s 2007 album, Has Been.
And now on to Comic-Con. Anyone in San Diego should be sure to head over to Room 6BCF from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. PST on Friday, July 22, for The EPIX Pictures: The Captains Comic-Con Panel, hosted by Kevin Smith, featuring William Shatner, Avery Brooks and a surprise guest. There will also be an autograph signing in Room 28C from 12:30 to 1 p.m PST. Later, at 3 p.m. PST, fans can participate in EPIX Live: Ask Shatner Questions, a live, online forum via Twitter and Facebook. Go to Epixhd.com/epix-live for details.