IMDb > George Takei > News
Quicklinks
Top Links
biography by votes awardsNewsDeskmessage board
Filmographies
overviewby type by year by ratings by votes awards by genre by keyword
Biographical
biography other works publicity photo galleryNewsDeskmessage board
External Links
official sites miscellaneous photographs sound clips video clips

Connect with IMDb



2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 1991

1-20 of 235 items from 2016   « Prev | Next »


Gene Wilder 'Was In a Class By Himself' Says Young Frankenstein Co-Star Cloris Leachman In Touching Tribute

2 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Gene Wilder, the beloved actor from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, died on Sunday. He was 83. Since then, tributes had flooded in for the legendary comedian. Cloris Leachman, who worked with Wilder on Mel Brooks' classic 1974 comedy Young Frankenstein and other projects, shared her statement with People on Monday. "Gene was in a class by himself. I looked up to him yet on the set he was just one of us. I remember when we were shooting Young Frankenstein there was a scene where I had to get the group up the stairs immediately. I had to say, »

Permalink | Report a problem


Gene Wilder Remembered as Hollywood Mourns the Comedy Icon

9 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sad news came today as legendary comedian Gene Wilder passed away at the age of 83. The actor's nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, confirmed that the cause of death was complications from Alzheimer's Disease. As news of this comedy legend's passing continues to spread, we have more details from Jordan Walker-Pearlman about his uncle's final moments, while several members of the Hollywood community have honored Gene Wilder through social media.

Along with several Twitter tributes, Jordan Walker-Pearlman released a full statement about his uncle's passing. It was never made public that the actor was suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, a decision that was made by both the actor and his family. Here's how his nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman had to say about why it was never revealed that Gene Wilder suffered from Alzheimer's Disease.

"We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones - this illness-pirate, »

- MovieWeb

Permalink | Report a problem


Gene Wilder's Death -- Emotional Response from Celeb Fans

10 hours ago | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Gene Wilder's passing had some huge celebs sharing their condolences and favorite memories of the legendary actor. — Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) August 29, 2016 — Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) August 29, 2016 — Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 29, 2016 — George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 29, 2016 Rip Gene Wilder pic.twitter.com/TuMQheQCa4 Thank you Gene Wilder for the wonderful, the weird, the pure imagination. One of my greatest heroes. »

- TMZ Staff

Permalink | Report a problem


Gene Wilder Dies: Mel Brooks, Josh Gad and More Celebrities Pay Tribute

11 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Gene Wilder's celebrity friends, costars and fans are mourning the loss of the Willy Wonka star, who died Monday at age 83. "Gene Wilder, one of the truly great talents of our time is gone," said Wilder's longtime friend and collaborator Mel Brooks in a statement to People. "He blessed every film we did together with his special magic. And he blessed my life with his friendship. He will be so missed." The Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein star is being remembered by a wide range of celeb fans spanning TV, film, theater and many decades in age. Frozen's »

- Kara Warner, @karawarner

Permalink | Report a problem


Gene Wilder Dies: Mel Brooks, Josh Gad and More Celebrities Pay Tribute

11 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Gene Wilder's celebrity friends, costars and fans are mourning the loss of the Willy Wonka star, who died Monday at age 83. "Gene Wilder, one of the truly great talents of our time is gone," said Wilder's longtime friend and collaborator Mel Brooks in a statement to People. "He blessed every film we did together with his special magic. And he blessed my life with his friendship. He will be so missed." The Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein star is being remembered by a wide range of celeb fans spanning TV, film, theater and many decades in age. Frozen's »

- Kara Warner, @karawarner

Permalink | Report a problem


Celebrities React to Gene Wilder’s Death

12 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

News of actor Gene Wilder’s death spread quickly through Hollywood, with stars taking to Twitter to pay their respects to the comedy legend.

Wilder was best know for his role as Willy Wonka in the 1971 big screen version of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” He had memorable roles in Mel Brooks’ films “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” and “Young Frankenstein.”

According to his nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, Wilder died from complications from Alzheimer’s disease at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83 years old. Walker-Pearlman described his final moments:

“He was eighty-three and passed holding our hands with the same tenderness and love he exhibited as long as I can remember. As our hands clutched and he performed one last breath the music speaker, which was set to random, began to blare out one of his favorites: Ella Fitzgerald. There is a picture of he and Ella meeting at »

- Lawrence Yee

Permalink | Report a problem


Tab Hunter Confidential

26 August 2016 4:42 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

What's the right thing to say about a closeted movie career in an industry that feeds on gossip? There's plenty to say, if you're Tab Hunter. The '50s heartthrob breaks his silence with a remarkably candid and positive account of his astonishing, unique Hollywood experience. Tab Hunter Confidential Blu-ray FilmRise 2015 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 90 min. / Street Date August 23, 2016 / 19.95 Starring Tab Hunter, Allan Glaser, Clint Eastwood, Connie Stevens, Portia de Rossi, Robert Wagner, Debbie Reynolds, Lainie Kazan, George Takei, Noah Wyle, John Waters, Liz Torres, Tab Hunter, Dolores Hart, Terry Moore, Don Murray, Robert Osborne, Darryl Hickman, William Wellman Jr., Rae Allen, Rona Barrett, Venetia Stevenson, Rex Reed, Etchika Choureau, Marilyn Erskine, Henry Willson, Shannon Bolin, Eddie Muller, Ronnie Robertson, Gary Giddins, Tamara Asseyev, Neal Noorlag, Marilyn Gevirtz, Jo-An Cox Bunton, Lou Simon, Evelyn Kramer. Cinematography Nancy Schreiber Film Editor Jeffrey Schwarz Original Music Michael Cudahy Produced by Allan Glaser, Neil Koenigsberg, »

- Glenn Erickson

Permalink | Report a problem


Watch Exclusive Clip From Leonard Nimoy Documentary ‘For the Love of Spock’

25 August 2016 10:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For Adam Nimoy, the documentary “For the Love of Spock” gave him an opportunity to connect with father Leonard Nimoy in the closing months of his life.

“The minute I suggested it to dad, he was in,” Nimoy recalls in an exclusive clip. “That led me on a journey of self discovery about my relationship with my father.”

The clip includes multiple photos of the two in costume and in real life. The son bears more than a passing resemblance to his father, both physically and vocally.

The film will be released nationwide and on VOD by Gravitas Ventures on Sept. 9 — one day after the official 50th anniversary of the first network broadcast of “Star Trek” — and examines the phenomenon of the character Spock and the man behind the character.

Adam Nimoy began working on the film with his father in late 2014 before he passed away on Feb. 27, 2015. The doc »

- Dave McNary

Permalink | Report a problem


Suicide Squad Stays #1 at the Box Office for the 3rd Week in a Row

21 August 2016 12:29 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Most expected Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad to dominate at the box office throughout the month of August before it hit theaters three weeks ago. However, after suffering a huge second weekend drop of 67.4% last weekend, many believed that its reign would come to an end this weekend, with three new releases hitting theaters, the epic remake Ben-Hur, the animated adventure Kubo and the Two Strings and the true story adaptation War Dogs. As it turns out, all three of those newcomers underperformed leading to Suicide Squad winning for the third week in a row with $20.7 million.

Suicide Squad's $133.6 million made it the fourth-highest opening of the year. The debut falls below Marvel's Captain America: Civil War ($179.1 million), Warner Bros./DC's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million) and Disney Pixar's Finding Dory ($135 million). Disney Pixar's Finding Dory is still the highest-grossing domestic release this year so far, with $473.8 million, »

- MovieWeb

Permalink | Report a problem


Why "Kubo and the Two Strings" is Magical!

20 August 2016 9:40 AM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Laika (.Coraline,. .ParaNorman,. .The Boxtrolls.) is back with .Kubo and the Two Strings.. Let.s travel to ancient Japan to learn the story of a boy, a talking monkey, and a giant beetle!

Here's the official film synopsis:

Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio Laika. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of "Game of Thrones") ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling »

- Manny

Permalink | Report a problem


Kubo And The Two Strings Review

19 August 2016 7:31 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When Laika Entertainment emerged on the scene in 2009 with Coraline, moviegoers and critics had no clue what to expect. Specializing in stop-motion, the studio seemed to grasp the medium like few before it truly had, leveraging its surreal yet tangible style to craft stories like no one else in the industry. However, that film was also bolstered by the involvement of The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick and the Neil Gaiman source material. The financial and critical success of Coraline could just as easily been a one-off fluke, a case in which the upstart studio got lucky with its first feature.

Yet, in the years since Coraline, Laika has maintained a high standard for stop-motion animated films, following its debut with Paranorman and The Boxtrolls in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Both films performed modestly at the box office but received similar critical acclaim and awards recognition as their predecessor. Now Laika »

- Robert Yaniz Jr.

Permalink | Report a problem


Film Review: Fulfilling Emotion & Sumptuous Animation Awaits in ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

19 August 2016 3:38 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In our short lives, what do we most need? It’s a hard question to answer sometimes, but the new animated film “Kubo and the Two Strings” does a memorable job of answering the query. The journey of Kubo, like Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” leads to a place where he needs to go.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

I don’t want to compare “Kubo” to anything else, although it was done by the same animation house (Laika Entertainment) that gave us “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls,” and succeeds by having a simple story akin to “Finding Dory.” But where it excels beyond all those examples is in a cumulative glory – it uses the simplicity of origami, Kabuki theater, the Samurai tradition and Japanese prints to establish a atmosphere that is sometimes stunning in its grace. While the character Kubo does have a typical good versus evil conundrum, the use of »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

Permalink | Report a problem


Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (August 19, 2016)

19 August 2016 1:59 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, a bevy of new releases (independent or otherwise), open in theaters. That’s why we created the Weekly Film Guide, filled with basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

For August, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 19. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

Wide

Ben-Hur

Director: Timur Bekmambetov

Cast: Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Nazanin Boniadi, Rodrigo Santoro, Toby Kebbell

Synopsis: The epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army.  Stripped of his title, »

- Steve Greene

Permalink | Report a problem


‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Director Travis Knight Addresses ‘Colorblind’ Casting Concerns

19 August 2016 8:43 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Stop-motion animation studio Laika seems poised to have another critical hit on their hands with this week’s new opener “Kubo and the Two Strings,” but the vividly imagined fantasy has picked up some criticism in regards its casting. The film is set in ancient Japan, yet it features a voice cast that is dominated by Caucasian actors, from Art Parkinson as the eponymous Kubo to Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey as two of his unlikely animal pals. Other cast members include Ralph Fiennes and Rooney Mara, with smaller parts filled by George Takei and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.

When asked about his potentially controversial casting by The Wrap, Laika president and first-time director Travis Knight, spoke candidly on the subject.

Read More: Review: ‘Kubo And The Two Strings’ Is A Stop-Motion Masterpiece

“I think people can take issue with any number of choices that we make,” Knight told the outlet. “I »

- Kate Erbland

Permalink | Report a problem


The Many Faces Of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

19 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

This week, Travis Knight's Kubo and the Two Strings appears in cinemas, and it carries a strong word-of-mouth, like the review by our Jim Tudor. The latest animation by Studio Laika, the film blends stop-motion puppetry with computer graphics, and it looks gorgeous. Its voice-cast is also not to be sneezed at, with the likes of Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, George Takei... and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. While that last name will not ring a bell with everyone, rest assured you have seen him, probably often, and will recognize his face. Few people can look arrogant and cruel as well as Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, so combined with his martial arts skill (and stuntman job experience), he has been one of the standard go-to evil Asian-looking badguys in many,...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »

Permalink | Report a problem


Wamg At The Kubo And The Two Strings Press Day

18 August 2016 5:39 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

 

Kubo And The Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio Laika. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award® nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Recently, I got the chance to sit down with stars Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey, along with director Travis Knight, who also happens to be the President and CEO of Laika. Check out some of the highlights below!

Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on »

- Melissa Howland

Permalink | Report a problem


Interview: Director Travis Knight Strums ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

17 August 2016 9:19 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One of the great benefits of the new Golden Age of Animation has been the emergence of other studios…like Laika Entertainment, which has released “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls,” all nominated for Oscars. Travis Knight directs their latest stop-motion style animated film, “Kubo and the Two Strings.”

“Kubo” is rooted in Japanese samurai myth, but is a wholly new story. A baby loses an eye in a great battle, but his mother manages to save him. In exile, the two live near the ocean, and the baby grows to the boy Kubo, who supports his mother by going into the village with a magical string instrument. With it, he is able to conjure stories that use the style and look of paper folding origami. His magic is drawing attention, from both good and evil sorcery. Kubo ends up in a journey with a Monkey (voiced by Charlize Theron »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

Permalink | Report a problem


Can Ben-Hur Beat Suicide Squad at the Box Office?

16 August 2016 10:03 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last weekend, Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad managed to win the top slot at the box office for a second time in a row with $43.5 million, despite a massive second-weekend drop of 67.4%. This Friday, it goes up against three wildly different movies, the epic remake Ben-Hur, the animated adventure Kubo and the Two Strings and the true story adaptation War Dogs. Regardless of who actually comes out on top, it's shaping up to be a rather close run, but we think Ben-Hur will win this round with $19.6 million, proof that the summer season is indeed coming to a close.

Suicide Squad's $133.6 million made it the fourth-highest opening of the year. The debut falls below Marvel's Captain America: Civil War ($179.1 million), Warner Bros./DC's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million) and Disney Pixar's Finding Dory ($135 million). Disney Pixar's Finding Dory is still the highest-grossing domestic release this year so far, »

- MovieWeb

Permalink | Report a problem


Joe Corallo: The Ray of Light

16 August 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

It’s been brought to my attention that CW Seed (the CW’s digital content hub) will be airing a new animated DC Entertainment series, Freedom Fighters: The Ray, in 2017. What makes the announcement of this new series extra newsworthy is that The Ray himself gay and would be the first gay superhero to be the lead in his own TV series. Pretty neat, right?

Before I discuss the impact the first gay superhero to lead his own TV series has on me, I’d like to talk a little about who The Ray is, since there is a good chance you are unfamiliar with this character. Hell, I was only vaguely aware of this character myself.

The Ray was original conceived by Golden Age artist Lou Fine and premiered in issue #14 of Smash Comics, part of Quality Comics’ lineup. Lou Fine worked on other characters at Quality Comics including The Black Condor, »

- Joe Corallo

Permalink | Report a problem


Why Matthew McConaughey Chose ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ as His First Animated Film

15 August 2016 8:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Although “Kubo and the Two Strings” marks Matthew McConaughey‘s first animated film, the actor admitted that his interest in voice acting preceded his involvement in Laika’s latest stop-motion fantasy.

“I’d been looking for a voice acting role for years. When this came along — it’s a quality production, Laika’s quality, the story’s good — I was in,” McConaughey told Variety at the film’s Los Angeles premiere. “I haven’t made many films lately, in the last 15 years, that are children-friendly so it was nice to make something that [my kids] can go to.”

The Oscar-winning actor plays a light-hearted human-turned-insect in the fantasy epic, which follows a young Japanese storyteller’s mystical quest to defeat evil and protect his family’s legacy. Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Art ParkinsonRalph Fiennes, and George Takei also lend their voices to the film, which marks Laika CEO Travis Knight‘s directorial debut. »

- Alyssa Sage

Permalink | Report a problem


2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 1991

1-20 of 235 items from 2016   « Prev | Next »


IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners