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He Was the Cosmos: How Leonard Nimoy Made Spock a Mystical Force

The actor, who died Feb. 27, leaves a legacy of friendship, mindfulness and understanding

As an acting challenge, Mr. Spock was—to borrow an adjective from the Enterprise’s science officer himself—a curious one: a central figure in a drama whose chief characteristic was not showing emotion. And yet he became the character that Star Trek‘s audience loved most of all. That owes much to his creator, Gene Roddeberry, of course, but also to Leonard Nimoy, who died Feb. 27 at age 83, who invested into Spock every ounce of his own humanity.

Though Spock was the embodiment of logic—the counterweight to swaggery Capt. Kirk and hotheaded Bones McCoy—Nimoy himself felt a spiritual, mystical bond to the alien character. Nimoy created Spock’s signal gesture, the Vulcan salute, from the Jewish priestly gesture that represented the letter shin, and thus the name of the Almighty. (Nimoy was born to Orthodox parents in Boston and witnessed the blessing himself as a child.)

This choice meant a lot: in the hands of another actor, Spock’s rigid reserve might have played as an absence—the cold nothingness of logic in place of human heart. As Nimoy interpreted it, it was a presence, the suggestion of greater currents of wisdom beyond the electrical jolts our hearts and brains pump out.

Combined with Nimoy’s mellifluous voice and wry stage presence, this gave Spock a kind of hipster beat-poetry character that was oddly in step with the times in the fiery, spiritually questing ’60s. The idea of subordinating one’s own passions to the larger universe was a spiritual idea that goes beyond any particular religion, even beyond religion itself. Part of the reason Spock’s counsel was so effective was not just his intelligence, loyalty and logic, but his ability to see beyond the ego—the self-subjectivity that drove Kirk—to focus on a larger and more eternal whole. (Or as he put it in his death scene in the film The Wrath of Khan: the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few—”or the one.”)

To say that Spock had no emotion wasn’t true. He was in fact part-human, constantly wrestling to keep his emotion in control. This gave drama to his very being, and Nimoy, with his careful cadence, showed how being Spock was a job that required constant mental effort. Watch clips of Star Trek, and you quickly see that Nimoy’s performance is in fact full of emotion: there are knowing smiles, rapt pauses of concentration, deliberate speeches that play musically like prayers. What Nimoy did was to strip his performance not of emotion, but of “feelings”—the little flailings of affect that most actors (and non-actors) rely on.

The cliché is to say that this made Spock “more human than any of us,” but again, he after all was partly human in ancestry. He occupied a space between us and the purely alien, giving us perspective on ourselves. That job, honestly, probably required an actor who was himself a bit of an eccentric, in the best, unashamed way; beyond his acting work, he recorded music and spoken-word albums and composed free-verse poetry. Artistically as well, he was an explorer.

Many actors who become so wholly identified with single characters spend a lifetime running away from them. Not Nimoy, who embraced Spock (and reprised him many times) and welcomed the hold the character had on generations. And why shouldn’t he have? In his quizzical alien, he created something bigger than himself, a figure of friendship, mindfulness and understanding that, long after Leonard Nimoy is gone, will keep spreading ripples across the universe.

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Leonard Nimoy’s Final Tweet Will Make You Cry

The Star Trek star passed away on Feb. 27

Leonard Nimoy, who won over an obsessive fan-base with his logical, pointy-eared Mr. Spock on Star Trek, died on Feb. 27. He was 83.

His final tweet from Monday was exceptionally poignant:

Nimoy signed all his tweets “LLAP” or “Live Long and Prosper,” his character’s catchphrase from the Star Trek series and films.

Nimoy had announced via Twitter last year that he had been diagnosed with COPD, a chronic respiratory disease caused by smoking that has no cure. He encouraged his followers to stop smoking.

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This Is How Scarlett Johansson Really Felt About John Travolta’s Kiss

John Travolta (L) and Scarlett Johansson (R) at the 87th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif. on Feb. 22, 2015.
Anthony Behar—AP John Travolta (L) and Scarlett Johansson (R) at the 87th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif. on Feb. 22, 2015.

The actress says the red carpet kiss was "totally welcome"

Scarlett Johansson is sticking up for John Travolta.

Although the actress wasn’t smiling as Travolta leaned in for a smooch on the Oscars red carpet, she tells the Associated Press she hadn’t “seen John in some years and it is always a pleasure to be greeted by him.”

“The image that is circulating is an unfortunate still-frame from a live-action encounter that was very sweet and totally welcome,” Johansson said. “That still photo does not reflect what preceded and followed if you see the moment live.”

Johansson, 30, also called him “a class act” and said “there is nothing strange, creepy or inappropriate about John Travolta.”

Later in the night, Travolta poked fun of himself during the Oscar’s broadcast for his infamous flub of Idina Menzel’s name with a rehearsed bit in which he caressed the singer’s face.

“I loved finishing it. It came full circle,” he told Vanity Fair of the Oscars moment.”I loved it because it means I come back [to the Oscars] next year.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Robin Williams’ Daughter Zelda Speaks Out on Losing Her Dad

"You have to continue to live," she said.

When beloved comedian Robin Williams took his own life in August 2014, his fans, costars and loved ones all had one question: Why?

But his daughter Zelda Williams says there’s no point in trying to determine what drove the actor to suicide at age 63.

“It’s not important to ask,” Williams, 25, said through tears while speaking out for the first time since her father’s death to NBC News correspondent Kate Snow.

“A lot of people who have been through it and lost someone, the ones that I’ve found who have gone on to lead very full lives, found that they just had to know that there’s no point questioning it,” she said in the segment, which aired on the Today show Thursday, “and there’s no point blaming everyone else for it, and there’s no point blaming yourself or the world or whatever the case may be, because it happened, so you have to continue to move and you have to continue to live and manage.”

Instead, the young actress is focused on carrying out the charitable causes near and dear to her dad’s heart. On Friday, she’ll present a Noble Award for the Challenged Athletes Foundation and establish the Robin Williams Fund.

As for his comedic legacy, Williams said she has been touched by the outpouring of support from the public.

“They knew a dad that he was proud of them knowing because he was an incredibly kind and incredibly caring man, and he was also private and very calm and very subdued,” she said. “The side of him that people know and love and that is attached to their childhood is the characters that he had so much fun being, and that’s what’s important, and I think that’s what a lot of people will hold on to.”

Williams also explained the meaning behind her new tattoo(“Hummingbirds are fun and flighty and strange – it’s hard to keep them in one place, and Dad was a bit like that”) and how she hopes to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health.

“People are finally starting to approach talking about illnesses that people can’t really see,” she said. “Nothing happens immediately, but I think we’re on our way.”

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Detectives Are Investigating the Theft of Lupita Nyong’o’s Pearl Dress

Mladen Antonov—AFP/Getty Images Actress Lupita Nyong'o poses on the red carpet in this combination image for the 87th Oscars on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

No arrests have been made yet

Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the theft of Lupita Nyong’o’s $150,000 gown.

The department received a call reporting the missing dress around 11:30 pm on Wednesday, the L.A. Times reports. Thursday morning, they were investigating around the London West Hollywood Hotel, but have not yet made any arrests.

The dress, whose 6,000 pearls made headlines during the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday, was designed by Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein.

[L.A. Times]

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Kardashians Ink $100 Million Mega-Deal with E!

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Craig Barritt—Getty Images Kim Kardashian, North West and Kanye West attend the Alexander Wang Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Pier 94 on Feb. 14, 2015 in New York City.

Keeping up with the Kardashians for the next four years isn't going to be cheap for the E! channel

Kris Jenner has officially signed a $100 million contract with the network for four more seasons of the hit reality show, Page Sixconfirmed on Thursday.

The details of the deal – which an insider confirms to PEOPLE are accurate and would make the stars among the highest paid in the history of reality television – was vehemently denied by E!’s parent company, NBC Universal.

“The story that ran this morning is grossly inaccurate,” E! spokeswoman Christel Wheeler said in a statement.

“E! is now freaking because others are calling trying to get a better deal – like Guilana [Rancic],” an insider tells PEOPLE.

Jenner’s daughters – Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, and Kylie Jenner – are all set to appear in the upcoming seasons, as well as in a slew of possible spinoffs, and even a YouTube channel, according to Page Six.

Bruce Jenner was reportedly not included in the deal, as he plans on launching his own show on the network, chronicling his transition to become a woman.

The new season of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians premieres on Sunday, March 15

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Harrison Ford Will Once Again Play Rick Deckard in the Blade Runner Sequel

Harrison Ford attends the 12th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, Jan 16, 2015, in Los Angeles
Rob Latour—Invision/AP Harrison Ford attends the 12th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, Jan 16, 2015, in Los Angeles

Denis Villeneuve of Prisoners looks likely to direct

Harrison Ford will grace the silver screen as Rick Deckard in the upcoming sequel to Blade Runner, Alcon Entertainment announced on Thursday.

Ridley Scott, the original director of the 1982 sci-fi thriller, will not be coming back to direct the latest version but he has signed on as a producer, according to Variety.

Alcon Entertainment is currently in negotiations with Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve to replace Scott as the man behind the camera.

“We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners,” said producers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Apparently, Ford said the script to the sequel is the “best thing he’s ever read.”

The original film depicted a dystopian Los Angeles in the year 2019, and despite a poor showing at the box office became a cult classic and today is lauded for its production design.

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Katy Perry Visits Auschwitz: ‘My Heart Was Heavy Today’

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin—FilmMagic Katy Perry arrives at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2015

While in between shows on her European tour, Katy Perry paid a visit to concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland.

The “Dark Horse” singer, 30, stopped by the World War II landmark site Wednesday, which she acknowledged in an Instagram photo of the prisoner barracks.

“My heart was heavy today,” she captioned the image.

“For ever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity, where the Nazi murdered about one and a half million men, women and children mainly Jews from various countries of Europe,” she wrote.

She ended the caption with a quote from Spanish-American writer George Santayana: “The one that does not remember history is bound to live through it again.”

The tribute to the memorial and museum came after Perry took the stage at the Kraków Arena in Poland on Tuesday as part of her Prismatic World Tour, with “Boom Clap” artist Charli XCX. Perry has also been documenting her European adventures with sillier photos of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a selfie with the famed Italian sculpture David and some hanging puppets in Prague.

Her next stop? Vienna, Austria. The pop star has already acknowledged her Austrian arrival – she will perform there Thursday night – by posting a photo of the Arnold Schwarzenegger documentary Pumping Iron, which lightened the mood on her photo feed.

The singer wrote, “Nothing says welcome to Austria like a hot, young, cocky Arnold Schwarzenegger. Hello, VIENNA!”

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

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Another Woman Accuses Bill Cosby of Sexual Assault

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Brennan Linsley—AP Comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Buell Theater in Denver, Jan. 17, 2015

Another woman has come forward claiming Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her, CNN reports.

Heidi Thomas claims she went over to Cosby’s house in 1984 to read lines, and he handed her a glass of Chablis to drink. According to CNN, “her memory of the next few hours is ‘foggy’ ” but she remembers waking up to find Cosby “next to her in bed, naked and ‘forcing himself in [her] mouth.’”

Thomas is coming forward with her story because she recently learned her mom knew about the alleged incident all along. Thomas doesn’t remember the conversation, but her mother says she called after the encounter and said “I did something wrong and … I got away and slammed the door.”

“I finally find out that she knows, that Dad knows, that they are supporting me if I want to go public,” she told CNN. “Then it became full steam ahead. I want to empower people.”

Thomas is one of many women who’ve come forward in recent months claiming Cosby drugged and/or sexually assaulted them. Cosby’s lawyer, Martin Singer, did not respond to EW’s multiple requests for comment.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Bill Cosby Says His Career Is ‘Far From Finished’

The comedian and his legal representation have continued to deny all claims

Bill Cosby says his career is not finished.

The comedian, 77, has canceled numerous shows amid the sexual assault allegations made against him by more than a dozen women. But he is scheduled to perform at a Louisiana venue on Friday, and issued a written statement thanking the performing arts center and fans for welcoming him:

“Dear Fans: For 53 years you have given me your love, support, respect and trust. Thank you! I can’t wait to see your smiling faces and warm your hearts with a wonderful gift – LAUGHTER. I’m ready! I thank you, the theatre staff (Heymann Performing Arts Center), the event organizers and the Lafayette community for your continued support and coming to experience family, fun entertainment. Hey, hey, hey – I’m far from finished.”

Cosby and his legal representation have continued to deny all claims, while also lashing out at the media for publicizing “decades-old events” that are “completely illogical.”

Some celebrities have weighed in on the scandal, including talk show host Jay Leno – who said he did not understand why “it’s so hard to believe women” – and fellow comedian Eddie Murphy, who opted not to impersonate Cosby during the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special.

“Eddie decides the laughs are not worth it. He will not kick a man when he is down,” fellow SNL actor and “Weekend Update” host Norm Macdonald explained on Twitter a few days after the special aired.

Cosby’s statement was first received by the AFP.

The Heymann Performing Arts Center did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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