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Zachary Quinto Invites You To Ask Him Anything: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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FascinatingStar Trek’s Zachary Quinto is braving the wilds of Reddit today, participating in an AMA — “Ask Me Anything” — on the popular site beginning at 1 pm Eastern. If you’re interesting in picking the actor’s brain, you can hit up the main AMA page for the link at the appropriate time. Given how divisive the Abrams Trek movies are, I’m sure at least one question will just be “YOU SUCK?” Even if you’re a hater, be kind, folks. If you’re hoping to contribute in a more productive way, here are some upcoming projects Quinto is attached to, in addition to, you know, that whole Star Trek 3 thing.

  • Untitled George Gershwin project – First announced back in 2010, Quinto would be in the lead role as the legendary composer for director Steven Spielberg. It’s been a while since there’s been any news, plus it’s a Spielberg project and that guy stays busy.
  • Lucid – He’s executive producing this project, based on a graphic novel by Michael McMillian. “A secret agent uses his skills as a covert spy and Combat Mage to defend the world from evil forces, using magic if necessary.” Can’t go wrong with a good Combat Mage.
  • Imperial Palace – A romantic movie set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Imperial Palace has Quinto attached as producer. It tells “the story of a man who manages a casino used as the headquarters for relief efforts and is caught up in a love triangle with his ex-girlfriend and another man.”
  • He’s starring in The Girl Who Invented Kissing alongside Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Adelaide Clemens (The Great Gatsby, and Stephen Graham (This Is England). The romance is about “two brothers whose lives are upended when they both fall for a mysterious young woman who drifts into their small town.”

And if the Quinto event puts you in an overall Reddit mood, you can return later this evening for another AMA, this time with Dante Lauretta, NASA OSIRIS-REx principal investigator. In addition to probably looking awesome on a business card, those acronyms mean that Lauretta works on NASA’s Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer project. The mission will launch in 2016, traveling to the asteroid 101955 Bennu, studying it, and returning with a sample from the rock. It will hopefully provide scientists with further insights into the origins and formation of our solar system. You can find out more on NASA’s official OSIRIS-REx page. Lauretta’s AMA will begin at 9 pm Eastern.

Today in Television

Almost Famous (Fox, 8/7c) — “Blood Brothers”

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Happy Birthday, Michael Dorn (December 9, 1952)
Mr. Worf himself, actor Michael Dorn celebrates his 61st birthday today, presumably by letting people in Klingon makeup hit him with the blunt side a bat’leth or something. Best known for his role as Worf beginning in Star Trek: The Next Generation, he holds the record for appearing onscreen as the same character in more Trek episodes and movies than anybody else. (For the record: Next Gen, Deep Space Nine, Generations, First Contact, Insurrection, and Nemesis.) He’s also done a ton of voice work over the years, most notably as Kalibak in the ‘90s Superman animated series and as Coldstone in the fondly remembered Gargoyles cartoon. He is also, for the record, not this guy. More recently he’s popped up in several episodes of Nathan Fillion’s Castle and he’s still trying to get that Worf movie/spinoff series going. We wish him well, and wish him a happy birthday!

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