LOS ANGELES — William Shatner is back as a shrewd, unflappable travel expert in his latest TV commercial for an online company.
But in real life, even Shatner can’t avoid the perils of getting through airport security lines.
“I got patted down one time, wearing loose-fitting clothing, and my pants fell down. It was one of the most embarrassing moments of my life,” Shatner said, recalling the incident at Los Angeles airport.
Shatner returns as the priceline.com Negotiator in a new ad campaign that launches Sunday, with Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (“The Big Bang Theory”) again playing the travel pro’s daughter. He’s unfazed that fans recognize him for the long-running commercial gig as well as the “Star Trek” TV series and movies and his Golden Globe-winning role on “Boston Legal.”
Working with priceline.com is only part of what keeps Shatner busy as he nears his 84th birthday in March.
The original Capt. James T. Kirk just wrapped a national tour of his one-man stage show and is planning for another. He’s got what he calls an “unusual” summer series for NBC in the works; is in the upcoming fact-based movie “The Sunday Horse”; and is collaborating with a custom motorcycle manufacturer on designing a new three-wheeled vehicle.
NEW YORK — The “Ghostbusters” reboot has set its all-female leads with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and a pair of “Saturday Night Live” performers.
Director Paul Feig announced his stars by posting their pictures on Twitter on Tuesday. Joining McCarthy and Wiig are Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
Feig tweeted that Sony Pictures will release the film in July 2016. Production is expected to begin later this year. The new “Ghostbusters” updates the original 1984 film and the 1989 sequel.
Wiig and McCarthy both starred in “Bridesmaids,” which Feig directed. He has since worked with McCarthy on all of his films, including their upcoming action comedy “Spy.”
McKinnon joined “SNL” in 2012. Jones first came to the show as a writer and transitioned into a featured player last fall.