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George Takei scores an unlikely defender: William Shatner

14 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

So, George Takei called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas a "clown in blackface" for writing the following passage in his dissent on last week's historic gay marriage ruling: Human dignity has long been understood in this country to be innate. When the Framers proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal” and “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” they referred to a vision of mankind in which all humans are created in the image of God and therefore of inherent worth. That vision is the foundation upon which this Nation was built. The corollary of that principle is that human dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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George Takei Calls Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas ‘Clown in Blackface’ (Video)

2 July 2015 10:09 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Star Trek” actor George Takei doesn’t believe Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas deserves his seat on the bench. “He is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court,” Takei said in an interview with Fox 10 in Phoenix. “I mean, this man does not belong in the Supreme Court. He is an embarrassment. He is a disgrace to America.” Takei’s comments are in response to Thomas’ dissent in Friday’s Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. Also Read: George Takei Blasts Donald Trump on Same-Sex Marriage: 3 Wives Isn't Traditional The actor, who is openly gay, took offense to the justice’s reasoning. »

- Kathy Zerbib

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George Takei Takes Down Donald Trump's ''Interpretation of Marriage,'' Says Having 3 Wives Is ''Not Traditional''

1 July 2015 12:28 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

George Takei is more than happy to have a rational, reasonable debate about marriage equality. In fact, he did just that with Donald Trump about two years ago.  "As a matter of fact, I did have a conversation with him [Donald Trump]. As you may know, I did the Apprentice show, and during a press conference, I challenged him to have lunch with me so that we can discuss marriage equality," he shared during a Monday appearance on MSNBC's The Last Word. "This was, I think, two years ago. And I fully expected him to demur, saying I'm too busy, but he did accept. And we had that lunch.  "And when I, again, met him, he said, you »

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George Takei Blasts Donald Trump on Same-Sex Marriage: 3 Wives Isn’t Traditional

30 June 2015 6:08 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

George Takei took Donald Trump to task Monday on the Gop presidential candidate’s opposition to same-sex marriage, telling MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Trump contradicts himself in his arguments. Recounting a lunch conversation he had with Trump on the subject two years ago, Takei, who appeared on Trump’s “The Apprentice,” told the story of Trump attending a same-sex marriage, saying what a nice time and what a “beautiful marriage” it was. “That is not traditional-i approve of his three time marriage because you want to find the person that you love, but the important thing here is to »

- Jordan Chariton

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Why Gay Movie Stars Are Staying Locked in the Closet

29 June 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There’s a vast and growing list of prominent gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender media and entertainment figures — just don’t count movie stars among them.

Celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Caitlyn Jenner and Neil Patrick Harris have kicked open the closet door with little to no damage to their careers. In some cases, they’ve found themselves more in demand after revealing their sexual preferences or gender identification.

Yet there’s one glass ceiling that remains stubbornly resistant to cracks.

No A-list film actor has yet to come out publicly while at the pinnacle of his or her career. Sure, Jodie Foster gave an elliptical Golden Globes speech about being a lesbian, and out actors Ian McKellen and Zachary Quinto helped anchor the “X-Men” and “Lord of the Rings” series, and the rebooted “Star Trek” films, respectively. Yet despite their prodigious talents, none of them has the power to »

- Brent Lang

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Leonard Nimoy's Son Seeks Help With Spock Documentary, and Time Is Running Out

26 June 2015 9:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Star Trek" icon Leonard Nimoy died this past February 27, and his son Adam is now fighting for the Spock doc they both wanted to live long and prosper.

The documentary, called "For the Love of Spock," has a Kickstarter page with a goal of $600,000. So far, 6,830 backers have pledged just under $490,000. The project will only be funded, it states, if $600K is pledged by Wednesday, July 1. That's less than a week away, so time is running out. Part of the deadline is due to the goal that both Adam and his father had of releasing the doc in time for the 50th anniversary of the original "Star Trek" series in 2016.

Here's Adam's description of how the campaign started:

Last year, just before Thanksgiving, I approached my dad, Leonard Nimoy, about the possibility of working together on a film about Mr. Spock. I had skimmed through some of the books »

- Gina Carbone

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Supreme Court overturns ban on marriage equality; Celebrities erupt into cheers on Twitter

26 June 2015 8:02 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It’s been a historic week for America. First universal healthcare was upheld by the Supreme Court and now, as of this morning, they’ve overturned the ban on same-sex marriage. Marriage Equality for all! Via “Parks and Rec” And what better way to celebrate this historic leap forward into the 21st century than by taking to social media to show solidarity? Which is exactly what celebrities around the world are doing! Lance Bass We are so proud to be American today! All of our #Lgbt brothers and sisters can now love freely! Ty #SupremeCourt! pic.twitter.com/RO10N8knfj — Lance Bass (@LanceBass) June 26, 2015 Ellen Love won. #MarriageEquality — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 26, 2015 Ricky Martin Breaking: #Scotus has just announced that love is equal across the nation!!! #MarriageEquality #LoveAlwaysWins #Loveislove — Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) June 26, 2015 Wanda Sykes I am overwhelmed with joy! It's feels good to be an American in all 50 states! »

- Donna Dickens

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Hollywood Blows Up Twitter Over Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage

26 June 2015 7:39 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled on Friday that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right for every American, regardless of what state they live in, and people have taken to social media to share in the love. “Oh Happy Day!” former “Star Trek” star George Takei, a well-known Lgbt activist, wrote on Facebook. “The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that marriage equality is the law of the United States. Yes, All of these United States. I have waited decades for this day, and my heart is full of joy and my eyes wet with tears. Let the celebrations. »

- Joe Otterson

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George Takei on Same-Sex Marriage, Why ‘Star Trek’ Fans Are Gay Friendly

26 June 2015 7:32 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

George Takei has been a leading advocate for Lgbt rights since he announced to the world he was a gay man in 2005. Best known for his role playing Starship Enterprise helmsman Hikaru Sulu in the beloved “Star Trek” TV series and through six films, Takei reports he’s more in demand than ever after kicking open the closet door.

Variety spoke with the actor in the weeks leading up to the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on Friday that legalizes gay marriage nationwide. At the time, Takei, who is married to Brad Altman, said he was “optimistic” the court would endorse same-sex couples’ right to wed. He also talked about his years in the closet and the reaction “Star Trek” fans had to the news he was a gay man.

Were you hesitant to come out of the closet?

George Takei: I was closeted most of my adult life and most of my career, »

- Brent Lang

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George Takei on Same-Sex Marriage, Why ‘Star Trek’ Fans Are Gay Friendly

26 June 2015 7:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

George Takei has been a leading advocate for Lgbt rights since he announced to the world he was a gay man in 2005. Best known for his role playing Starship Enterprise helmsman Hikaru Sulu in the beloved “Star Trek” TV series and through six films, Takei reports he’s more in demand than ever after kicking open the closet door.

Variety spoke with the actor in the weeks leading up to the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on Friday that legalizes gay marriage nationwide. At the time, Takei, who is married to Brad Altman, said he was “optimistic” the court would endorse same-sex couples’ right to wed. He also talked about his years in the closet and the reaction “Star Trek” fans had to the news he was a gay man.

Were you hesitant to come out of the closet?

George Takei: I was closeted most of my adult life and most of my career, »

- Brent Lang

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First Look at George Takei's Broadway Debut! Will William Shatner Show Up on Opening Night?

19 June 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It may have taken some time, but George Takei is finally going to be making his Broadway debut. The 78-year-old actor stars in the upcoming musical Allegiance, a musical inspired by his real-life childhood when he and his family were among the Japanese-Americans who were sent to U.S. internment camps during World War II. "We saw the marquee go up about 10 days ago," Takei tells me. "What a thrill! It's been my aspiration throughout my life." And only E! News has the exclusive sneak peek at the first TV ad for the musical, which also stars Lea Salonga and Telly Leung. Previews begin Oct. 6 followed by the official opening on Nov. 8. Takei may be most known for his television work »

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Exclusive Poster for 'Do I Sound Gay?' Will Leave You Tongue-Tied

8 June 2015 9:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Watch: 'Do I Sound Gay?' Trailer Explores Meaning in Voice David Thorpe's self-exploration documentary "Do I Sound Gay?" has released a tasteful poster celebrating its Lgbt subject matter. The film, which features some famous names like Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn and George Takei, premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. With its theatrical and On Demand release coming up next month, Indiewire is excited to premiere the colorful poster for the documentary below. The film's official synopsis reads: "After a break-up with his boyfriend, journalist David Thorpe embarks on a hilarious and touching journey of self-discovery, confronting his anxiety about 'sounding gay.' Enlisting acting coaches, linguists, friends, family, total strangers and celebrities, he quickly learns that many people -- both gay and straight -- often wish for a different voice. In Thorpe's feature-length documentary debut, what starts as a personal journey becomes a chance to. »

- Kaeli Van Cott

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George Takei: Nichelle Nichols is ‘Resting Comfortably’ After Stroke

7 June 2015 2:48 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

George Takei gave a brief update on Nichelle Nichols, who suffered a minor stroke earlier this week, on the Tony Awards red carpet on Sunday.

Nichols’ “Star Trek” co-star Takei said she’s “resting comfortably” and is able to converse with people. The two did a “Star Trek” convention together just two weekends ago.

Takei and Nichols have remained close friends since “Star Trek,” and Takei said the prognosis for her condition is “optimistic,” though he noted that “she had been slowing down” even before the stroke.

“We’ve sadly had a lot of losses,” Takei said of the “Star Trek” community, referencing Leonard Nimoy, who died in February, and show producer Maurice Hurley, who died just a few days before Nimoy.

Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura on “Star Trek,” suffered the stroke in her Los Angeles home on Wednesday night.

“She is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was, »

- Alex Stedman and Cynthia Littleton

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Get Well Nichelle Nichols, Fans Unite For Trailblazer Actress

5 June 2015 9:26 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Beautiful Nichelle Nichols, the trailblazing actress who played Lt. Nyota Uhura on the original Star Trek series, suffered a mild stroke on Wednesday.  The Star Trek nation has collectively sent well wishes for the woman who with William Shatner, broke a barrier on television with a single kiss. Good friend #NichelleNichols was hospitalized late Wed night. We are sending her all our good thoughts and well wishes.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 5, 2015“Last night while at her home in L.A., Nichelle Nichols suffered from a mild stroke,” said Zach McGinnis of Galactic Productions in statement on Nichols’ Facebook page on […] »

- April Neale

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A new documentary asks: Do I sound gay?

4 June 2015 6:20 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's a question a few of us have asked ourselves throughout our lives: Do I sound gay? Well, in the new doc "Do I Sound Gay?" we find out what that question (and our answer) means. And so does Tim Gunn! Interesting, unconventional doc subject. The movie also features Margaret Cho, George Takei, and writer/commentator Dan Savage. "Do I Sound Gay?" is in theaters and on VOD July 10. »

- Louis Virtel

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Watch: 'Do I Sound Gay?' Trailer Explores Meaning in Voice

4 June 2015 12:43 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Sundance Selects Picks Up Doc NYC Opener 'Do I Sound Gay?' David Thorpe's "Do I Sound Gay?," which started out as a personal project and grew into a feature-length documentary, opened Doc NYC after screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. This trailer, ahead of its theatrical release on July 10, explores the implications of the stereotype of "the gay voice."  The documentary addresses the self-consciousness often associated with voice, and further discusses distinctive vocal sounds and their cultural roots. An exciting and intriguing venture in self-discovery and identity through interviews and talks with scientists and speech pathologists, "Do I Sound Gay?" explores a familiar cultural phenomenon in a personal way. The film also features Margaret Cho, Dan Savage, David Sedaris, Tim Gunn, Don Lemon, and George Takei.  Read More: First-Time Director Digs Deep to Trace Origins of the So-Called Gay Voice in 'Do »

- Meredith Mattlin

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Movie Review – Entourage (2015)

3 June 2015 2:57 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Entourage, 2015.

Directed by Doug Ellin.

Starring Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Jeremy Piven, Emmanuelle Chriquil, Perrey Reeves, Rex Lee, Mark Wahlberg, Ronda Rousey, Gary Busey, Billy Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment, Emily Ratajkowski, Liam Neeson, T.I, Piers Morgan, George Takei, Jessica Alba, Ed O’Neill, Common, Mike Tyson, David Arquette, Pharell Williams, David Spade, Bob Saget, Jon Favreau, Andrew Dice Clay and Kelsey Grammer.

Synopsis:

Movie star Vincent Chase, together with his boys Eric, Turtle, and Johnny, are back – and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold on a risky project that will serve as Vince’s directorial debut.

Rolling into theaters after the hit HBO comedy series overstayed its welcome with a few underwhelming seasons, the Entourage movie is both a little too late to revitalize the property in any meaningful way, but a nice enjoyable piece of fan service that is both »

- Robert Kojder

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Darren Criss, Laura Osnes to Host Tony Awards First-Ever Red Carpet Show

29 May 2015 7:39 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Tony Awards’ first-ever “Live! From the Red Carpet” production will be hosted by Broadway stars Darren Criss and Laura Osnes, with George Takei serving as an official fan correspondent, the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing announced on Friday. Randi Zuckerberg will serve as the tech/social correspondent, Playbill editor Blake Ross will be the theater correspondent, and “Project Runway” alum Emilio Sosa will talk to the nominees about their outfits as the fashion correspondent during the 2-hour-and-30-minute live stream. Viewers can watch the red carpet action on TonyAwards.com, CBS.com, Playbill.com and TimeOut.com »

- Greg Gilman

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Classic Star Trek games boldly go to Gog

8 May 2015 2:43 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Three classic Star Trek games have boldly gone to Gog.

Fans can pick up the trio of classic titles for the first time ever as digital downloads.

Star Trek: 25th Anniversary is a point and click adventure in which users play as Captain Kirk and take control of the Starship Enterprise.

It was followed up by Star Trek: Judgement Rites, a direct sequel in which the five-year voyage comes to a conclusion.

Finally, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy is a choose-your-adventure space sim with appearances by William Shatner and George Takei.

Each individual game is available for £4.09, while the bundle is available for £12.27.

"Sci-fi fans and Trekkies of Gog.com, we've got you covered," reads a Gog statement.. "We're beaming Star Trek straight onto your computers starting now. It's Star Trek's turn to shine on our digital store shelves!

"Today, we boldly go where no store has gone before, »

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Grace Lee Whitney, Yeoman Janice Rand on ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 85

3 May 2015 8:18 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actress Grace Lee Whitney, who was most well known for playing Yeoman Janice Rand on the original “Star Trek” series, died May 1 in Coarsegold, Calif. She was 85.

A recovering alcoholic, she helped many people with addiction problems through women’s prisons or the Salvation Army. Her family told NBC News that she would prefer to be remembered more as “a successful survivor of addiction” than for her “Star Trek” fame.

Her death was announced by StarTrek.com, which recounted that she was dropped from the show after the eight first episodes and turned to drugs and alcohol before getting treatment and regaining her career with help from Leonard Nimoy.

Whitney was cast as the personal assistant to William Shatner’s Captain Kirk in the first season of “Star Trek” in 1966. She told StarTrek.com about her character’s crush on Kirk, “It could not be consummated. It had to be love from afar, »

- Pat Saperstein

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