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Earlier this month, while doing press for Star Trek Beyond, star John Cho said that his character Hikaru Sulu is revealed to be gay in this new movie, which opens in theaters today. The news has been quite controversial, with George Takei, who played the original Sulu on the iconic TV series, and is himself homosexual, speaking out against this change, because Sulu is a straight man in the Star Trek canon. Today we have even more details about Sulu, with John Cho revealing that a scene was cut where he kisses his husband, played by screenwriter Doug Jung.
George Takei admitted earlier this month that he was "delighted" to learn that there is now a gay character in Star Trek, but he thought making the long-established character Sulu gay was "twisting" the character Gene Roddenberry created. As for the cut kiss scene, John Cho revealed in an interview with »
Justin Lin didn’t realize he was a Trekkie until J.J. Abrams called him out of the blue. Between a Thursday phone call and what ended up a Monday meeting, Lin had dinner with his family, who had emigrated from Taiwan to run an Anaheim grocery store when he was 8 years old. That’s when it hit him that between age 8 and 18 he had grown up with Gene Roddenberry’s “Star Trek” TV series. It was embedded deep inside him.
Lin had turned away from directing the seventh installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, which grew from 3-6 with worldwide grosses of $158 million for “Tokyo Drift,” $363 million for “Fast & Furious” and $626 million for “Fast Five” to $789 million for “Fast & Furious 6.” (James Wan continued the trajectory when the seventh film earned $1.52 billion.) He was producing and directing TV (“Community,” the “Scorpion” pilot and “True Detective”) and exploring production in China, »
- Anne Thompson
When “Star Trek Beyond” hits theaters Friday it will be the first film in the franchise to feature an openly gay character in actor Jon Cho’s Sulu, but don’t expect to see the Enterprise commanding officer express his affection on-screen.
A kiss between Sulu and his male partner that was filmed ended up on the cutting room floor, Cho told Vulture. “It wasn’t like a make-out session,” Cho said. “We’re at the airport with our daughter. It was a welcome-home kiss. I’m actually proud of that scene, because it was pretty tough.”
“Star Trek Beyond” co-writer Simon Pegg defended the film’s representation of Sulu’s sexuality in an interview with the Guardian. “You have to modulate in such a way that it doesn’t become a big thing,” Pegg said. »
- Graham Winfrey
While it hasn’t reached “Ghostbusters” like propositions, this weekend’s “Star Trek Beyond” has a minor “controversy” (if you can even call it that) all its own. Earlier this month, it was revealed that Sulu would be gay in ‘Beyond,’ but the news was met with disapproval by George Takei, who originally played the character. Even though […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Directed by Nicholas Meyer.
Years after their five year mission, the crew of the USS Enterprise under now Admiral James T. Kirk are pitched against an old adversary, Khan Noonien Singh, seeking vengeance via a devastating potential new weapon…
Without a shadow of a doubt, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is my favourite science-fiction movie. Always has been, always will be, and while critically it’s certainly not the genres best, it would be hard for anyone to deny its place high on the list. Nicholas Meyer’s sequel to the first Star Trek movie remains, even a quarter of a century and eleven movies later, the finest picture in the illustrious franchise’s history, and this brand »
- Tony Black
For 50 years, the many incarnations of Star Trek have been boldly going where other shows wouldn’t.
The recent announcement that Hikaru Sulu (John Cho) will be gay in this weekend’s third installment of the Star Trek reboot films has garnered intense attention, contention, and debate. Many jilted fan boys have cried foul over director Jason Lin and writer Simon Pegg’s decision to pay homage to the original Sulu George Takei, claiming that it ruins the integrity of the character. Many have rejoiced in the “first” Lgbtq character in the franchise. Both of these camps are misguided. Star Trek has always been a place for Lgbtq representation — even when studios and public opinion refused to allow it to be overt.
Star Trek: The Original Series was groundbreaking in many ways. It was the vehicle through which one of the first televised interracial kisses occurred between Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols). The »
- Allison Bigelow
When Zachary Quinto, who plays Mr Spock for the third time in Star Trek Beyond, visits London in the spring, we find ourselves in a strange position. The movie is still three months from release and neither of us has seen it. Had it been ready in time, it would have been nice to ask him how this came to be the most melancholy entry so far in the rebooted franchise, what with Captain Kirk wrestling with ennui and daddy issues while Spock breaks off his relationship with Uhura due to an existential crisis. Why not just go the whole hog and call it Star Trek Manopause?
Detailed questions about its contents, though, can be »
- Ryan Gilbey
A deep sense of nostalgia bookends the latest entry in the fifty year old Star Trek saga, Beyond. First, nostalgia for Earth (the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are space-weary, having been on an exploratory mission for three years); later, nostalgia for a new adventure (certain mid-movie mishaps forces them into a temporary space vacation, and they long to get back out there). In between lies a half decent action movie with engaging if familiar characters, and just enough action to keep you mostly interested. But even the diehard fans of the series may leave the theater with some wistfulness of their own—longing perhaps for the days of J.J. Abrams, when the films really dared go where they had not before.
To its credit, Star Trek Beyond strives hard, successfully, to feel more like an extended episode of the TV show than a modern, soapy Hollywood blockbuster. »
- J Don Birnam
Although the late Anton Yelchin's absence was deeply felt at the San Diego Comic-Con premiere of Star Trek Beyond, his cast members made sure he was there in spirit. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and others honored the late actor, who portrays Pavel Chekov in the rebooted franchise, by wearing black Starfleet pins on Wednesday night. "We wanted to show that we loved him and we're remembering him," actor John Cho tells People. "It's a celebration of him as much as it is the movie tonight." Producer J.J. Abrams told the crowd that despite the excitement of the premiere and »
- Stephanie Petit, @stephpetit_
Debuting exclusively on Google Play today for free (for a limited time) is the paranormal thriller, Ghost Team. The movie will arrive in theaters nationwide on August 12th. Also: a new clip was released for Viral as well as a trailer, poster, and release details For the Love of Spock documentary.
Ghost Team Google Play Release Details: Press Release: “Get prepared for paranormal activity this summer with Ghost Team featuring an all-star ensemble cast that includes Jon Heder, David Krumholtz, Melonie Diaz, Paul W. Downs, Justin Long and Amy Sedaris. The horror comedy, directed, produced and co-written by Oliver Irving (How To Be), debuts today, July 21st, exclusively on Google Play for free for a limited time* before it hits theaters nationwide on August 12th. The film expands to additional on demand platforms on August 30th.
Determined to catch some ghosts on film, a paranormal-obsessed man (Jon Heder) mounts his »
- Tamika Jones
John Cho hasn’t spoken to George Takei since the original Mr. Sulu expressed his displeasure with the portrayal of the character as gay in the franchise’s newest feature-film installment. But he plans to.
“I haven’t talked to him,” Cho said Wednesday at the world premiere of “Star Trek Beyond” at Comic-Con in San Diego. “I’ve been meaning to reach out, but it’s been pretty bananas. There’s no hatchet to bury. I love him. That’s not going to change. And I hope he doesn’t think any less of me, even though he disagrees about the direction that we’ve taken in this movie.”
Cho, who plays Sulu in the current series of movies, revealed earlier this month that the filmmakers decided to include a scene in “Beyond” showing Sulu with his husband and daughter as a hat-tip to Takei, a gay-rights advocate who »
- Daniel Holloway
Leonard Nimoy’s son documents his famous father’s most iconic role as Spock from the Star Trek television and movie series in a new documentary featuring his co-stars William Shatner, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, and the new generation of Star Trek actors Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, and director J.J. Abrams. Famous celebrity fans like Jim Parsons, Jason Alexander and Neil deGrasse Tyson join in remembering the great actor, artist and father.
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Chris Pine continued his press tour for Star Trek Beyond on Wednesday, and his latest stop brought him to San Diego for the movie's premiere. Clad in yet another blue suit, Chris showed off his well-groomed scruff as he posed for photos and later linked up with his costars Karl Urban and John Cho, the latter of whom plays Hikaru Sulu, the film's first gay main character. Most recently, George Takei, the actor who portrayed Hikaru in the original series, revealed he wasn't very happy with this decision, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "I'm delighted that there's a gay character. Unfortunately, it's a twisting of Gene [Roddenberry]'s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it's really unfortunate." Keep reading to see more photos from the night, then check out the final trailer for Star Trek Beyond. »
- Monica Sisavat
To celebrate the upcoming 50th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series and the creation of the Star Trek TV show, film, and comic universe franchise, Idw Publishing has created a new comic book series, Star Trek: Boldly Go, which is set after the events of the latest feature film Star Trek Beyond. Mike Johnson and Tony Shasteen return to write and ink the new comics, with an October 2016 planned release date.The original Star Trek TV series stars William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk; Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock; DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy; Nichelle Nichols as Uhura; James Doohan as Scott; George Takei as Sulu; and Walter Koenig as Chekov. In Star Trek Beyond, those roles are played (respectively) by Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, and the late Anton »
Shortly before Leonard Nimoy died in 2015, his son Adam approached him about a new project: a documentary look back at his life and career, as well as the lasting impact of his most beloved character, iconic Star Trek hero Spock. A year and a half later, Adam Nimoy has released the star-studded first trailer for The Love Of Spock, with everyone from William Shatner and George Takei to Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg weighing in on their feelings for the noted renaissance Vulcan.
Given who it’s by, and who it’s for, you’re probably not going to see any deep, dark revelations about Leonard Nimoy in The Love Of Spock. (The trailer goes so far as to imply that the actor was kind of a workaholic, which is something anybody who glances at his IMDb page would probably know.) No, this is a pure tribute piece, full ...
- William Hughes
Leonard Nimoy passed away on February 27, 2015 at the age of 83. The “Star Trek” legend, known for creating the mixed alien and human outsider, Spock, in the 1966 “Star Trek” television series, will never be forgotten. Now, thanks to a new heartfelt documentary, “For The Love of Spock,” created by his son, Adam Nimoy, his legacy lives on. Gravitas Ventures has released the first trailer that you can check out below.
Read More: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Clip Shows Off New Space-Set Action Sequences
The doc tells the life of the famous Vulcan and Nimoy, who portrayed him for nearly fifty years. The idea for the film began as a celebration of the fifty-year anniversary of “Star Trek: The Original Series,” but after Leonard passed away, his son was ready to tell another story: his personal experience growing up with Leonard and Spock.
Adam, who serves as the project’s director and screenwriter, »
- Liz Calvario
Despite the futuristic tilt in the title, Star Trek Beyond works best when it boldly goes retro. The third chapter in the rebooted Star Trek franchise, with J.J. Abrams ceding the captain's chair to Justin Lin, is plenty fast and furious (Lin directed four of those adrenalized F&F babies). But it also openly gives its heart to what came before; any Trekkie that doesn't choke up at this 50th-anniversary edition is no longer in the club. Feelings run deep stemming from the death last year of original Spock Leonard Nimoy »
A trailer has arrived online for the upcoming documentary For the Love of Spock. Written and directed by Adam Nimoy, son of the late Leonard Nimoy, the film is narrated by Zachary Quinto (who plays the iconic character of Spock in the Star Trek reboot) and features contributions from William Shatner, George Takei, Walter Koenig, J.J. Abrams, Simon Pegg, Nichelle Nichols. Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Jim Parsons and Jason Alexander; take a look below…
- Amie Cranswick
Taking a page from Doctor Who's book, Idw Publishing's Star Trek #59 is dishing up a two-part ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff. Billed as a "two-part series finale," Star Trek #59 features time travel! TrekMovie.com says, "Connection, part one of two, opens with the rarely used but clever split page story, in which two characters are experiencing moments at the same exact time. However, the character this time is only Captain Kirk, and that is where the fun truly begins."Star Trek: The Original Series premiered September 8, 1966, starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan, Eddie Paskey, George Takei, Walter Koenig, and Majel Barret. In addition to all the sequel series and newer films, it also spawned the first six Star Trek feature films, released between 1979 and 1991. Idw's Star Trek #59 features characters from Star Trek: The »
As we reported earlier this month, the choice to make Sulu gay in Star Trek Beyond was met with consternation by George Takei, the openly-gay actor who originated the character on the 1960s TV series. His response, which came in the course of an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, elicited rebuttals from both co-screenwriter/star Simon Pegg and producer J.J. Abrams, the latter of whom dubbed Takei’s opinion on the matter “preposterous.” While Takei’s initial response to the matter was surprising to most of us (he later clarified his comments in a Facebook post), it turns out “new” Sulu John Cho was nervous about how Takei would respond from the very beginning. From the A.V. Club: Avc: Could you walk people through how Simon [Pegg], Doug [Jung], and Justin [Lin] first told you that Sulu would have a husband? What was your reaction? How did you first learn it? Jc: »
- Chris Eggertsen
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