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Neil deGrasse Tyson is debuting a new late-night talk show. “StarTalk,” an evolution of his popular podcast of the same name, launches Monday, April 20 at 11 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel. For 10 episodes, the astrophysicist will put a smart spin on late night offerings. Tyson, whose day job is as director of the Hayden Planetarium, welcomes Star Trek’s George Takei as his first guest Monday night. The two will discuss the sci-fi show’s legacy along with astrophysicist Charles Liu and comedian Leighann Lord. Future episodes, which are filmed with a live studio audience in the Hayden Planetarium »
- Lia Haberman
Wracked with insecurity following a breakup in his 40s, journalist and first-time director David Thorpe set out to tackle the question of whether he sounded "too gay," speaking with many other gay men along the way about their own distinctive voices. The documentary, aptly titled "Do I Sound Gay?" played last weekend at the Dallas International Film Festival and opens July 10 in select theaters. Thorpe meets with speech pathologists, talks with friends and men off the street and interviews famous gay icons like Dan Savage, David Sedaris, Tim Gunn, Margaret Cho, Don Lemon and George Takei to about their struggles with sexuality, identity and the way their voices sound. Thorpe investigates the way our society perceives men with effeminate speech, and delves deep into the history of the "gay voice," and the myriad ways it has spurred harassment and disdain. "Do I Sound Gay" follows Thorpe's process in putting his own voice back into. »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
Neil deGrasse Tyson has a new late-night talk show. “StarTalk,” an evolution of his popular podcast of the same name, launches Monday, April 20 at 11 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel. For 10 episodes, the geek fest will put a smart spin on late night offerings. The astrophysicist’s first guest is Star Trek’s George Takei, who will discuss the sci-fi show’s legacy. But first, Tyson will join TheWrap‘s Facebook page Friday at 9 a.m. Pt for a Q&A. Join the conversation here! Also Read: Neil DeGrasse Tyson to Host Nat Geo’s First-Ever Late-Night Series »
- Lia Haberman
For an astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson is certainly having his media moment, and then some. Beyond being the go-to guy for space talk in venues like “The Daily Show,” he’s become the host of the revived “Cosmos,” and this week not only narrates a National Geographic Channel special about the Hubble telescope but adds a weekly talkshow, “StarTalk,” to his media menu. Yet the series, at least, represents a case of stretching the Tyson experience a dimension too far, as well as demonstrating the limits of transforming something as static as a radio show/podcast into television.
Tyson amiably hosts the festivities out of his perch as director of the Hayden Planetarium, promising a discussion “where science and pop culture collide.” Given the initial guest roster — “Star Trek’s” George Takei and director Christopher Nolan, fresh off the space-and-time-bending “Interstellar” — so far, so good.
Still, what emerges is a disjointed affair, »
- Brian Lowry
Neil deGrasse Tyson wants to boldly go where no latenight host has gone before.
When the astrophysicist and “Cosmos” host takes to the National Geographic Channel on Monday night to launch TV’s latest ’round-midnight entry, “StarTalk,” he will do so without a monologue or a set of humorous skits poised to go viral across the digisphere. All he will have at his disposal is his vast store of knowledge about the realm of science, his inner geek, a few guests and a tie festooned with the trappings of distant galaxies.
NBC has Jimmy Fallon. ABC has Jimmy Kimmel. CBS will soon have Stephen Colbert. Starting Monday at 11 p.m., National Geographic will, for 10 episodes, have Tyson, who could bring with him a new wrinkle to TV’s latenight wars.
No one pretends the director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium will draw the numbers of »
- Brian Steinberg
It’s been nearly a decade since NBC’s Heroes burst onto the scene with its stellar first season, and five years since it limped to the finish line of its four-season run. Despite its initial status as a critical darling and ratings success, the show’s forcibly truncated second season – resulting from the 2008 Writer’s Guild Strike – put the series into a rut that it never recovered from.
Throughout its time on the air, Heroes had a huge cast of characters that many still remember, from series mainstays like Hiro, the Petrellis, Claire, “Hrg” and, of course, Sylar, to memorable minor characters like The Haitian. Its roster of characters, many of whom were often dealing with their own storylines, meant that the supporting cast was expansive.
- Geoff Cox
Kim Kardashian shared her Easter preparations and George Takei posed with the Easter bunny to wish fans a Happy Easter on Sunday, April 5. Kardashians Celebrate Easter Easter prep! A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Apr 4, 2015 at 4:24pm Pdt Kardashian shared the above photo on Saturday, showing her preparing special […]
- Olivia Truffaut
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence approved an overhaul of the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday. The week-old law sparked outcry with claims that it discriminated against the Lbgt community. Now for the first time in the state’s history, it has enacted protections based on sexual orientation. Pence had asked lawmakers to clarify language in the law earlier this week as businesses and sports associations canceled conventions and governments banned travel to the state, according to the Associated Press. “Star Trek” alum George Takei called on his fans to stage a boycott of Indiana, while Isaiah Washington, »
- Debbie Emery
Welcome to the April 2, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: One Direction fans are not at all happy with Zayn Malik's awesome vacation. In the unfolding saga of the hottest 1D member's recent departure from the top-selling boy band, some fans are now blasting Malik for engaging in fun with girlfriend Perrie Edwards and his family in some fabulous place, as revealed by the lucky lady on Instagram Wednesday: A photo posted by Perrie Edwards ?????? (@perrieeele) on Apr 1, 2015 at 5:47pm Pdt Gee, aren't we all glad he's convalescing from the rigors of fame? No? so you have been to the studio, looked for a new house, and now on a vacation but you don't have time to say a word to your fans? @zaynmalik — Ariel (@lightskinzayn) April 2, 2015 @zaynmalik @LittleMix I Paid For That »
- Chris Eggertsen
George Takei is back with a new web series. The activist and ex-Star Trek actor will take viewers behind-the-scenes of his life with husband Brad in the series It Takeis Two, premiering on April 7, 2015.
Entertainment Weekly reported on the Takeis’ upcoming show, self-described as a “heightened reality” series. George and Brad will show viewers what it’s like to live their very unusual daily lives, complete with everything from jetpacks to human hamster balls.
In the debut episode, dubbed “Seriously?!”, George tries to get his husband to embrace the craziness of the internet after Brad freaks out about a meme of himself and tries to expunge it from across the digital world. The theme of the first It Takeis Two episode is fitting, as George is a social media whiz. The ex-Star Trek actor boasts over 8.4 million likes on his Facebook page, as well as 1.6 million followers on Twitter. »
- Bree Brouwer
Monsters and Critics loves the witty George Takei, who is coming to your computer screen in a new heightened reality series “It Takeis Two” with husband Brad Takei. Everyone’s favorite social media maven is sharing some semi-scripted highlights from domestic life with the man most well known as Sulu and his husband, and career architect.Beginning on Tuesday, April 7th the short form web series will be available for streaming select episodes on George Takei’s YouTube channel. Subscribe to the channel to catch each episode.In this “reality”-series, actor and activist George Takei (Star Trek’s Sulu) and husband Brad Takei navigate their […] »
- April Neale
Given that roasts represent something of a cultural dinosaur, Comedy Central is perhaps to be forgiven for engaging in blatant demographic pandering, as it did by devoting its latest litany of one-liners to Justin Bieber. For Bieber, of course, the showcase represented an opportunity to show off a lighter side given his public-relations woes, while assembling a roster of comics and celebrities seemingly intended to make those viewing at home feel lightheaded even without assistance from mood-altering drugs.
Kevin Hart served as roastmaster, kicking off the festivities after a taped piece devoted to high- and lowlights from Bieber’s career, including his various legal troubles. And while jokes about Paul Walker were omitted from the broadcast due to issues of taste, the promotional aspect of that »
- Brian Lowry
Following the success of Disney's live-action takes on Maleficent and Cinderella, the studio is developing a remake of their 1998 animated hit Mulan. The studio picked up the screenplay by writing team Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, which centers on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the female warrior who was at the center of Disney's animated adventure. Chris Bender and J.C. Spink are on board to produce the Mulan live-action remake.
The original Mulan centered on the title character, voiced by Ming-Na Wen, who disguises herself as a man to take her ailing father's place on the battlefield. With the help of her beloved dragon sidekick Mushu (voiced by Eddie Murphy), Mulan becomes a brave warrior who becomes one of her country's most honored heroines. The original Mulan voice cast also included Miguel Ferrer, Harvey Fierstein, June Foray, James Hong, Pat Morita, B.D. Wong and George Takei. Mulan earned over »
Tonight, The Roast of Justin Bieber will air on Comedy Central and the masses will get what they’ve long been waiting for: a public shaming of Justin Bieber. Of course, some of the special’s most notable put-downs of the pop star have been publicized, including insults from the likes of Roast master Kevin Hart (“Justin’s Canadian. He’s actually considered American, because no Canadian has ever been this much of an asshole”), Shaquille O’Neal (“Last year you were ranked the fifth most hated person of all time. Kim Jong-un didn’t even score that low, and he uses your music to fuckin’ torture people”), and Jeffrey Ross (“You’ve become a cocky little shit. You are the King Joffrey of pop”).
While Bieber’s burns are definitely scorching, he’s hardly the only Roastee to get royally humiliated during their special. As we count down to The Roast of Justin Bieber, »
- Aly Semigran
Welcome to the March 27, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: "Get Hard" is getting slammed. The Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart prison preparedness comedy has been dogged by controversy since its SXSW premiere, when an audience member asked Hart, Ferrell and director Etan Cohen, "Were you nervous -- and/or how nervous were you -- presenting this in front of a live audience being completely, absolutely and unapologetically ... racist and hysterical at the same time?" during an audience Q&A. Not only that, but it's been deemed homophobic by a number of critics and journalists, and our own Drew McWeeny had this to say in his review: "I just couldn't bring myself to laugh at something that will reinforce hatred, that plays into this idea that gay sex is somehow inherently more disgusting than regular sex. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Miley Cyrus, Dustin Lance Black and Andy Cohen join a growing list of Hollywood power players who are condemning an Indiana law that critics say will allow businesses to discriminate against Lgbt customers based on religious objections. “You’re an asshole @govpenceIN,” Cyrus posted on Instagram, along with a photo of Republican Gov. Mike Pence, who signed the controversial bill into law on Thursday. “A sad day for all in #Indiana,” “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black wrote on Twitter. “Gov. Pence, you did not lead today. You were not courageous,” he added. Also Read: George Takei Calls for Boycott of Indiana Over Anti-lgbt. »
- L.A. Ross
“Star Trek” alum George Takei is calling upon his fans to stage a boycott of Indiana over a new law that many fear will allow businesses to refuse service to Lgbt customers. “I am outraged that Gov. Pence would sign such a divisive measure into law. He has made it clear that Lgbt couples, like Brad and me, are now unwelcome in his state,” Takei wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday. “I will join many in demanding that socially responsible companies withdraw their business, conferences and support from his state and that LGBTs and our friends and supporters refuse to visit. »
- L.A. Ross
It is a well-known fact here at Thn that I’m somewhat a fan of Firefly. The sci-fi western starring Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk combined a great world, intriguing narrative and some utterly brilliant characters with a typically snappy Joss Whedon script. What’s not to love? Who knows, but Firefly was cancelled after a limited run in 2002, despite its Browncoat army of fans protests.
Since the show’s farewell movie Serenity, Joss Whedon has successfully assembled The Avengers on the silver screen already and is overseeing the upcoming sequel Avengers: Age Of Ultron, while it’s cast has been busy on films like I, Robot, Dodgeball and Wreck-it Ralph, not to mention starring in hit shows Castle, Suits and Homeland. Had everybody moved on and forgotten their love of Firefly and its cast? Of course not!
- Mike McCarthy
Following on from a teaser a few months back, the second full trailer for the film based on HBO's cancelled comedy series "Entourage" has hit and shows actor Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), his boys, and his agent Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) getting into their usual antics.
The trailer also shows off pretty much all the star cameos in the film including Ronda Rousey, Liam Neeson, Mark Wahlberg, Billy Bob Thornton, Pharrell, Armie Hammer, Tom Brady, Kelsey Grammar, George Takei, Ed O'Neill, T.I., Haley Joel Osment, Jessica Alba, Andrew Dice Clay, David Spade, Emily Ratajkowski, Calvin Harris, Russell Wilson, and even Warren Buffet. The film is slated to open June 5th.
- Garth Franklin
The boys are back in the much-anticipated big-screen version of Entourage, the award-winning hit HBO series, which reunites the show’s original cast, led by Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven. Take a look at the second trailer for the new preview which features a dozen cameos from Jessica Alba, T.I., George Takei, Tom Brady and of course Mark Wahlberg.
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