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Star Trek icon Shatner announces documentary of his life
William Shatner has unveiled his forthcoming documentary You Can Call Me Bill while reflecting on the “limited” time he has left. From the Star Trek franchise to the TV series TJ Hooker, the 91-year-old acting legend has appeared in dozens of films and shows. Now, after having “turned down a lot of documentaries before”, Shatner is ready to put his life on the big screen for audiences and fans to enjoy.
In a new interview with Variety, the Canadian actor explained why he finally decided to make the documentary, saying: “I’ve
turned down a lot of offers to do documentaries before. But I don’t have long to live. Whether I keel over as I’m speaking to you or 10 years from now, my time is limited, so that’s very much a factor.”
According to Shatner, his family also played a role in his decision, as he noted: “I’ve got grandchildren. This documentary is a way of reaching out after I die.”
Dallas police hunt man filmed dumping dog on road
A man caught on video dumping a dog on a road before the animal forlornly chased after his vehicle is being hunted by police in Dallas. The incident was caught on camera on a road near the Texas city that has become notorious as a dumping spot for unwanted animals.
Authorities said the surveillance footage shows a man stopping on Dowdy Ferry Road in an older model Chevrolet SUV, before opening the tailgate and taking out a young German Shepherd mix. The man then calmly gets back into the vehicle and drives off, as the dog gives chase and narrowly avoids getting hit by other cars.
“That was an intentional dump and he did not want to be caught. And he did not want that dog and he made that clear,” said Jeremy Boss of the Dowdy Ferry Animal Commission, whose cameras captured the incident. The group has installed hidden cameras in the area to try to prevent the dumping of dogs there. Dallas police said they are searching for the suspect, who could be charged with a class A misdemeanour offence.
Biden ditches Trump’s Air Force One colour scheme plan
Renderings of the new Air Force One presidential jet show some new additions to the iconic plane, but confirm that the US Air Force and its contractor Boeing have decided to ditch Donald Trump’s proposed new red, white and blue colour scheme.
In June 2022, news broke that the Biden administration wouldn’t be going with Mr Trump’s original design for the two new planes specified in the 2018 contract. “The Trump paint scheme is not being considered because it could drive additional engineering, time and cost,” an administration official said.
According to the US Air Force, Mr Trump’s embrace of dark colours on the outside of the plane would attract extra heat that could threaten the craft’s array of sensitive electronics.
Instead, as CNN reports, new renderings show that “Next Force One” will have a slightly darker blue than the current “robin’s egg” panels on the plane, which have been around since the days of the John F Kennedy administration.
Hanks and Blonde among winners at Razzies film awards
Blonde and Elvis were among the winners at the 2023 Golden Raspberry Awards. The awards, known as the Razzies, take place on the same weekend as the Academy Awards and celebrate the very “worst” in film.
While many of the films nominated did not make it near this year’s Oscars, there is some crossover, with Ana de Armas’s Marilyn Monroe drama Blonde picking up the gong for Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay. De Armas is nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars for her performance in the film.
This year’s Razzies have been mired in controversy following backlash for the decision to nominate 12-year-old Firestarter star Ryan Kiera Armstrong for Worst Actress. Following the backlash, the organisers apologised and removed Armstrong’s name from the public ballot. Going forward, there will be a lower age restriction of 18 on nominees.
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