Leonard Nimoy and ‘Star Trek IV’ kick off the Hero Complex Film Festival on Friday

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Friday night there’s only one logical place to be -- at the Mann Chinese 6 Theatre in Hollywood where this blog boldly goes into a new frontier with the opening night of the first-ever Hero Complex Film Festival. The guests over the weekend are amazing -- Ridley Scott and Christopher Nolan -- but we’re honored to start the new tradition with one of the few truly enduring icons of contemporary sci-fi: actor and director Leonard Nimoy.

The screening of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home begins at 7 p.m. and then at 9 I’ll interview Nimoy, the film’s director and star, about his long and illustrious career and his just-announced retirement from acting. The 79-year-old walks away on top; his compelling work on the television series Fringe and his linchpin role in the J.J. Abrams film ‘Star Trek’ are a strong finish to a Hollywood career that began in 1951. It should be a wonderful evening and, as I write this, there are fewer than a dozen tickets left, so thanks to everyone for the support. If you tweet about the event, please use the #HCFF hash tag.

-- Geoff Boucher


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Photos, from top: Leonard Nimoy and Geoff Boucher in November 2009. Credit: Christina House / Los Angeles Times; Nimoy and Mona Knox. Gordon Wallace / Los Angeles Times

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