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Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Force Is Not With Me

I Ride with Trekkies

4/21/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Nerd demigod and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn't mess around when it comes to science or sci-fi ... which is why there's one clear winner for him in the 'Stars Wars' vs. 'Star Trek' debate.

Tyson was leaving 30 Rock when we asked him if he was excited about the recently released "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer. 

He admits he's never been a big supporter of the Jedi due to scientific inaccuracies -- but says there is ONE thing correct about George Lucas' universe. Just one.  

Let the nerd battle begin!

William Shatner

Jets Back to L.A.

Mum About Nimoy Funeral

3/1/2015 1:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

030115_william_shatner_launchWilliam Shatner made a surprising return to Los Angeles Sunday ... but was quiet about whether he would attend Leonard Nimoy's funeral. 

Shatner tweeted on Saturday ... he would not be able to go due to a charity event he had scheduled in Florida -- however our photog shot Captain Kirk after his flight landed around 11:30 AM today. 

He remained tight lipped about whether a backlash from fans made him change his mind about paying his last respects to Spock. We reached out to his rep ... but so far no word back.

Shatner did talk to us about Terry W. Virts ... the astronaut who paid tribute to Spock by giving Earth a Vulcan salute from space.

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2:50 PM PST -- Nimoy's rep says the funeral was at 9AM this morning ... which means Shatner was still in the air during the service.

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William Shatner

I Can't Attend Spock's Funeral

2/28/2015 1:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0228-nimoy-shatner-getty-02Captain Kirk says he won't be there when Mr. Spock beams up for the last time ... despite their decades of friendship.

William Shatner says he's in Florida for a Red Cross Ball -- a commitment he had made prior to Leonard Nimoy's death on Friday morning -- and, regretfully ... will have to miss the funeral service on Sunday.

Shatner adds, "I feel really awful. Here I am doing charity work and one of my dearest friends is being buried." He says he will take time on Sunday to celebrate Nimoy's life ... and encouraged fans everywhere to do the same.

Leonard Nimoy

Lived Long, Prospered

... Dies from COPD

2/27/2015 9:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Leonard Nimoy, who famously played Mr. Spock, died at home Friday morning in Bel-Air... after battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The "Star Trek" star announced last year that he was battling the disease and attributed it to years and years of smoking. He had given up the habit 30 years ago.

TMZ broke the story ... Nimoy checked into UCLA Medical Center last week for intense chest pains -- but was eventually released.

Nimoy started playing Mr. Spock when the TV show debuted in 1966 ... and is the only actor to appear in every episode of that original series. He continued in the Spock role through most of the movies -- including the most recent reboot in 2013.  

022715_star_trek_spock_launchAside from acting ... Nimoy also wrote books of poetry, 2 autobiographies, and even recorded albums ... mostly cover songs. 

Nimoy tweeted for the last time on Feb. 22, saying ... "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP"

He was 83.

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The Trekkie In Chief, President Obama released a statement saying ... "Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy ... I loved Spock."

Nimoy's longtime co-star William Shatner tells us, "I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, this talent, and his capacity to love." 

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Leonard Nimoy

Hospitalized for

Severe Chest Pains

2/23/2015 11:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Leonard Nimoy was rushed to the hospital after severe chest pains prompted a 911 call ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources say the legendary "Star Trek" star was transported to UCLA Medical Center last Thursday.

We're told paramedics weren't taking chances with Captain Spock and got him in front of a doctor ASAP. Nimoy's been in and out of hospitals multiple times in the last few months.

Nimoy announced he was suffering from COPD back in 2014, and even though he quit smoking more than 30 years ago ... he blames his illness on decades of lighting up.

We've reached out to Nimoy's rep for comment ... but no word back yet. 

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'Star Trek: Voyager' Actor

I'm Scared For My Life

My Wife's Gun Was Used in MURDER

11/25/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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"Star Trek: Voyager" actor Robert Picardo says his estranged wife is under investigation in a murder case, and he now believes his own life is in imminent danger.

Picardo -- who's in the middle of an ugly divorce from Linda Pawlik -- asked a judge to throw Pawlik off his property STAT, because he's deathly afraid of her. She's currently living in a guest house on the property -- after Picardo got a restraining order against her.

In new court docs, Picardo says Pawlik was questioned by cops after her friend, Edward Mello, was found dead Oct. 29 in a hotel room -- killed with a handgun he says was registered to Pawlik.   

Picardo claims Pawlik was ordered to turn over all 10 of her handguns when he got the restraining order ... but he claims at least 4 guns were never turned in -- and one was used to murder Mello. He also claims Pawlik hangs out with violent criminals and drug users.

A judge sided with Picardo ... and ordered Pawlik to move out of the guest house and off the property by Dec. 7. ... but Picardo has to pay $10K toward her moving expenses. 

We tried several times to reach Pawlik ... but so far no word back.

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Bill Nye

Defends 'Star Trek' Buddy

in Bizarre, Unprompted Rant

11/5/2014 7:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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110514_bill_nye_launchNo one asked Bill Nye about his "Star Trek" pal's messy divorce ... or about Nye's ongoing battle with his former fiancée -- but the Science Guy couldn't wait to tell us all about it.

You'll recall ... Nye ended up in the middle of "Star Trek Voyager" star Robert Picardo's divorce -- because Picardo's estranged wife Linda claimed he and Nye were having an affair.

Nye himself has been fighting with his former flame, Blair Tindall, over $57,000 she owes him stemming from their split in 2006. 

Well, according to Nye ... there's been a major development in this war of exes.

Hint: it's bad news for the fellas, but Bill was dying to spill the beans, anyway.

'Star Trek' Actress

Companion Busted at LAX

In Meth Suitcase Blunder

10/31/2014 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1101-nichelle-nichols-splash-01Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura in the '60s TV version of "Star Trek," did better on spaceships than planes because her travelling companion was busted at LAX after meth fell out of his suitcase ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

We've learned the 81-year-old actress was with a male companion in his 20's at the American Airlines terminal.  We're told he had attached his luggage to hers and her name tags were on his bags.

Here's the rub:  Law enforcement sources tell us, his suitcase fell to the ground, opened and a bag of meth and drug scales spilled out.

The guy was arrested for drug possession.  The unsuspecting Nichols was in the clear and allowed to make her flight.

Nichols rep tells TMZ ... the companion is her assistant and all cops found was an e-cigarette.  Our law enforcement sources beg to differ ... they say they found meth.

'Star Trek: Voyager' Actor

Cops Respond to Domestic Violence

After 911 Hang Up

7/8/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Robert Picardo -- who played The Doctor on "Star Trek: Voyager" -- got more fireworks than he bargained for July 4 ... cops are investigating a domestic violence incident at his home. 

Law enforcement sources tell us ... cops went to Picardo's residence Friday night after someone in the house called 911 ... then hung up. We're told officers interviewed Picardo and his wife, Linda Pawlik ... who claimed he hurt her during a fight ... he denied it and no arrests were made.

Picardo filed for divorce from Pawlik back in 2012 but the case went nowhere until May ... when Picardo hired a new lawyer.

A source close to the couple tells us ... the divorce is definitely on and every once in a while things get a little heated.

'Star Trek' Writer

Settles Capt. Debate ...

Kirk vs. Picard

6/5/2014 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Star Trek Captain Kirk vs Captain PicardThere was no way in the world "Star Trek" writer Brannon Braga would dare pick sides in the eternal nerd debate of who was the better "Trek" captain between James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard ... oh wait, YES HE DID!!!

Our photog caught up with Braga in New York City on Wednesday night and popped the question, 'cause let's face it ... dude's qualified. Braga's written for the TV shows ... "Next Generation," "Voyager," "Enterprise" ... and two of the Star Trek movies!

So, yeah ... no one is better suited to weigh in on the battle of the captains. He admits his choice might be controversial, but also explains why he made the pick.

Rosario Dawson

Causes Star Trek Nerdgasm

... With Her Tongue

3/21/2014 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Rosario Dawson must be tired ... 'cause she's running around the heads of millions of Trekkies now -- after showing off her Klingon language skills.

Yes, it's an actual thing ... and yes, we're about to tell a story in the native tongue of those beautiful bastards (subtitles included).

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Rosario Dawson

The Hottest Woman

to Speak Klingon Ever

3/21/2014 6:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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032114_rosario_dawson_launchIt was only one word, but noted "Star Trek" fan Rosario Dawson busted out a little Klingon for us last night ... thus becoming the hottest woman to do so in recorded history.

Dawson has never appeared in a Trek movie, but is famous for being a super fan. Her IMDB profile even refers to her as "a huge fan of the Star Trek franchise, and even speaks broken Klingon language."

If any Trekkies want to debate Dawson's Klingon, have it out in the comments section.

Han Solo

Blaster for Sale

... In Epic Prop Auction

12/6/2013 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Just ask Han Solo -- or any other intergalactic smuggler you know -- "hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side" ... and now you can own the one Harrison Ford used a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Profiles in History, the auction company from the SyFy show "Hollywood Treasure" ... is putting Han's piece on the auction block -- it's the one he used in "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi."

And it's not just "Star Wars" stuff collectors will be able to bid on, come Dec. 21. Other highlights include:

- a Hoverboard from "Back to the Future II"
- Michael Keaton's batsuit from "Batman"
- used Wilson from "Castaway"
- a Golden ticket from "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory"
- LeVar Burton's cool visor glasses from the "Star Trek" flicks.

You're on notice, sci-fi lovers -- save up your galactic moon coins (yeah, we know nerd stuff)!

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