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George Takei: It's 'unfortunate' Sulu's gay in 'Star Trek', Simon Pegg disagrees

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George Takei: It's 'unfortunate' Sulu's gay in 'Star Trek', Simon Pegg disagrees
For many Star Trek fans, it was major news when John Cho announced that his character, Hikaru Sulu, will be revealed as gay in Star Trek Beyond. But the original Sulu, George Takei, was not pleased to hear the news, this despite the fact that he’s gay and an advocate of Lgbt rights. "Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene’s [Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry] creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate,” Takei told THR.com. While Takei did say that he’s “delighted” to have a gay character in the movie, he might just have a point that, of all the characters on the Enterprise, it shouldn’t have been Sulu. While Sulu never had a romantic relationship during the show’s three-year run, he did father a child, Demora. She appeared in the 1994 movie Star Trek: Generations (played by Jacqueline Kim) and also
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George Takei Is Disappointed in Gay Sulu, Simon Pegg Responds

George Takei Is Disappointed in Gay Sulu, Simon Pegg Responds
Yesterday, we reported that Paramount's upcoming sci-fi sequel Star Trek Beyond will make history by revealing John Cho's Hikaru Sulu as the first gay character in franchise history. In the original Star Trek TV series, Sulu was played by George Takei, who had to keep his homosexuality a secret while working on the show, before coming out in 2005. Shortly after it was revealed that this new big-screen Sulu was gay, George Takei spoke out about this revelation, calling it "unfortunate."

"I'm delighted that there's a gay character. Unfortunately, it's a twisting of Gene's creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it's really unfortunate."

The actor went on to add that he first learned about Sulu's new sexual orientation from John Cho himself, but he wanted the filmmakers to create a new gay character, instead of turning a character that had already been established as straight,
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‘Star Trek Beyond’: George Takei Reacts To ‘Unfortunate’ News of Gay Character

‘Star Trek Beyond’: George Takei Reacts To ‘Unfortunate’ News of Gay Character
Star Trek Beyond” will make history by being the first Star Trek film featuring a gay character, but George Takei, the most famous openly gay actor from the original show, is not pleased that his character of Sulu was chosen for that milestone.

“I’m delighted that there’s a gay character,” Takei told THR. “Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene [Roddenberry’s] creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.” Actor Jon Cho plays Sulu for third time in the film, which hits theaters July 22.

Why is Takei disappointed in the decision? Roddenberry had always seen Sulu as a heterosexual character, the actor said, citing the fact that Sulu had fathered a daughter named Demora, who appeared in the 1994 film “Star Trek Generations” and was played by actress Jacqueline Kim. “It was, to put it crudely, a one-night stand with a glamazon,” Takei told THR.
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Oh My: Now Even Mr. Sulu Is Gay

Apparently, gay people exist in the Star Trek future after all. And it doesn't have to be the Mirror Universe, or a Trill, or whatever other way the franchise has sidestepped it over the years.John Cho, who plays Hikaru Sulu in the latest films, says his character will be coming out of the closet in "Star Trek: Beyond.""I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out of it," Cho told the Herald Sun during the Australian premiere of "Beyond" overnight Thursday. It's the kind of way he hopes "we are going as a species, to not politicize one's personal orientations."Early plot details of "Beyond" reveal Sulu will once again talk about his daughter, a character that was actually introduced as Demora played by Jacqueline Kim in 1994's "Star Trek: Generations." But even that film never ...
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'Carol' leads Indie Spirit nominees

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'Carol' leads Indie Spirit nominees
Todd Haynes is in the running for best director and both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are in contention for best female lead alongside Room’s Brie Larson as Carol earned six 2016 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations in Los Angeles on Tuesday.Scroll down for full list of nominations

Close behind were Spotlight and Beasts Of No Nation on five apiece, followed by indie darling Tangerine and Anomalisa on four each.

Not even a glitch that saw the list of nominees temporarily appear on the Film Independent website prior to the official announcement could spoil what turned out by and large to be a recognition of independent film in its myriad forms.

Besides the more predictable contenders like Carol, Spotlight and Room, there was plenty of love for Tangerine, shot on an iPhone, and Beasts Of No Nation from Netflix, whose day-and-date release (and what that portends) infuriated large swathes of the exhibition sector but has clearly
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'Carol' leads Spirit nominees

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'Carol' leads Spirit nominees
Todd Haynes is in the running for best director and both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are in contention for best female lead alongside Room’s Brie Larson as Carol earned six 2016 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Close behind were Spotlight and Beasts Of No Nation on five apiece, followed by indie darling Tangerine and Anomalisa on four each.

Not even a glitch that saw the list of nominees temporarily appear on the Film Independent website prior to the official announcement could spoil what turned out by and large to be a recognition of independent film in its myriad forms.

Besides the more predictable contenders like Carol, Spotlight and Room, there was plenty of love for Tangerine, shot on an iPhone, and Beasts Of No Nation from Netflix, whose day-and-date release (and what that portends) infuriated large swathes of the exhibition sector but has clearly impressed critics.

Magnolia Pictures earned
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Beasts Of No Nation, Carol, Spotlight Among 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the La Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, announced nominations for the 2016 Spirit Awards this morning. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at W Hollywood, with actors John Boyega and Elizabeth Olsen presenting the nominations.

Nominees for Best Feature included Anomalisa, Beasts of No Nation, Carol, Spotlight and Tangerine.

“This year’s nominees are a testament to the strength, vitality and diversity of independent, artist-driven filmmaking,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh. “It’s an astonishingly strong group of films and performances this year and we look forward to celebrating them all at the Spirit Awards.”

Spotlight was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman
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Sundance Hong Kong 2015 Review: Advantageous, Underachieving Sci-Fi For Tiger Mums

Jennifer Phang's ambitious sci-fi drama presents some intriguing ideas about identity and sacrifice in a uniquely female context, but she invests her budget into the wrong elements, and is unable to fashion her final film into anything particularly engaging.In the near future, the economic divide has grown exponentially, with new skyscrapers providing little more than shade for the countless starving masses. Even for the wealthy elite, it is women who are bearing the brunt of this climate, with popular opinion swaying towards them returning to the home, rather than see millions of men put out of work. Gwen Ko (Jacqueline Kim) is a successful spokesperson for "The Center for Advanced Health and Living", an aspirational business peddling the notion of trading bodies to remain youthful. When...

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Star Trek: 47 geeky things about the Next Generation films

From Star Trek: Generations through to Star Trek: Nemesis - here are 47 nerdy spots in the Next Generation films...

Since Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979, the Star Trek cinematic outings have proved to be a smorgasbord of references and famous actors (or those who would go on to be), and often had complex behind the scenes events that stopped some rather, ahem, fascinating moments making it to the final version. We found lots of nerdy spots in the first six films here.

This time out we look at the films featuring the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation and choose 47 factoids. Granted, there's a lot more than that of interest, but we've tried for ones that you might not be aware of.

Oh, and there are some major spoilers...

Star Trek: Generations (1994)

1. The first of the Next Generation films was something of a rush job as principal photography
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Watch: Exclusive Trailer for Trippy Sundance Sci-Fi Drama 'Advantageous'

Watch: Exclusive Trailer for Trippy Sundance Sci-Fi Drama 'Advantageous'
Read More: Sundance Women Directors: Meet Jennifer Phang - 'Advantageous' Marking Jennifer Phang's first feature since the 2008 sci-fi drama "Half Life," "Advantageous" finds the San Francisco-based filmmaker looking into a dystopian near-future. The film, which was co-written by Phang and Jacqueline Kim, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and will be screened in theaters and available on Netflix in late June. "Advantageous" stars Kim as Gwen Koh, a mother who struggles to stay afloat in an economically unstable world. Gwen works as a spokesperson for the Center for Advanced Health and Living, which promotes new technology that allows people to overcome their natural disadvantages and begin a new life. When the company fires Gwen from her job for being too old, she has to decide whether or not to undergo the procedure herself to salvage her career and support her family.  Jennifer Ehle, James.
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Sundance 2015: ‘Advantageous’ wins with stunning visuals and smart sci-fi

Advantageous

Written by Jacqueline Kim & Jennifer Phang

Directed by Jennifer Phang

USA, 2015

Jennifer Phang’s 2012 short film, Advantageous, was a haunting rumination on the nature of existence in a world that no longer needs you. This feature-length adaptation maintains Phang’s assured visual narrative, but a sluggish script makes for some frustrated viewing at times. Still, Phang is a filmmaker to watch. Her impeccable eye yields plenty of surprises, making Advantageous a fascinating little sci-fi gem.

What role can women play in a future crippled by overpopulation and dwindling economic resources? The answer to that question, in dystopian sci-fi fashion, is predictably grim. Gwen (Jacqueline Kim) is a beautiful, intelligent professional whose approaching middle-age has exposed some troubling realities. The company where she works, a biomedical engineering firm dedicated to maximizing physical readiness, is thinking about ‘youth-sizing’ Gwen; replacing her with a younger counterpart that better represents the company’s image.
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Sundance 2015. Awards

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U.S Dramatic

Grand Jury Prize

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)

Audience Award

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)

Directing Award

The Witch (Robert Eggers, U.S./Canada)

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

The Stanford Prison Experiment (Tim Talbott)

Special Jury Award – Excellence in Cinematography

Diary of a Teenage Girl (Brandon Trost)

Special Jury Award – Excellence in Editing

Dope (Lee Haugen)

Special Jury Award – Collaborative Vision

Advantageous (Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang)

U.S. Documentary

Grand Jury Prize

The Wolfpack (Crystal Moselle)

Audience Award

Meru (Jimmy Chin, E. Chai Vasarhelyi)

Directing Award

Cartel Land (Matthew Heineman, U.S./Mexico)

Special Jury Award — Social Impact

3 1/2 Minutes (Marc Silver)

Special Jury Award – Verite Filmmaking

Western (Bill Ross, Turner Ross)

Special Jury Award – Break Out First Feature

(T)error (Lyric R. Cabral, David Felix Sutcliffe)

Special Jury Award – Cinematography

Cartel Land (Matthew Heineman, Matt Porwoll)

World Cinema Dramatic
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Sundance ’15: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Find Friends at Sundance, James White Receives Audience Embrace

Following in the footsteps of Fruitvale Station and Whiplash before it, the most talked about title in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me and Earl and the Dying Girl claimed both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and U.S. Dramatic Audience Award. Crystal Moselle’s audience favorite might not have claimed the Audience Award (Meru), but the family featured in The Wolfpack landed a much coveted U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize. Matthew Heineman’s unfathomably constructed Cartel Land landed to Jury Prizes in Best Director and Excellence in Cinematography. In stellar Next, the unique prize went to Josh Mond’s brilliant directorial debut James White. Here is the press release and all the winners.

The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented by Gordon Quinn to:

The Wolfpack / U.S.A. (Director: Crystal Moselle)

The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic was presented by Edgar Wright to:

Me
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival concluded on Saturday (January 31) night with a Tig Notaro-hosted award ceremony in which it seemed like nearly everything was given an award by one of the Festival's juries. "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, won both the Us Dramatic Jury Prize and Audience Prize, an increasingly less rare double. On the Us Documentary side, Crystal Moselle's "The Wolfpack" won the Grand Jury Prize, but "Meru" won the Audience Award. John Maclean's "Slow West" won the World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, while Chad Garcia's "Russian Woodpecker" was the World Cinema Documentary Grand Prize winner. While "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" was one of the most buzzed-about titles in the Us Dramatic Competition, several other rave-winners picked up key prizes on Saturday night, including the Grand Jury Directing Award to Robert Eggers for "The Witch," the Waldo Salt
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‘Me And Earl And The Dying Girl’ Takes Top Dramatic Honors At Sundance; Is It The Next ‘Whiplash’? – Winners List

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‘Me And Earl And The Dying Girl’ Takes Top Dramatic Honors At Sundance; Is It The Next ‘Whiplash’? – Winners List
Updated with details and quotes: The Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony tonight in Park City saw a dramatic dual decision and strong political voices to put a cap on a hot-deals festival. Like last year, when Whiplash took both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award on its way to an Best Picture Oscar nomination, the much-sought Me And Earl And The Dying Girl took both this year.

“I want to dedicate this to all the young filmmakers in my hometown of Laredo, Texas,” said director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon onstage. Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush teamed to land the pic earlier this week after frenzied bidding, with a 2015 release planned. The Jesse Andrews script follows Greg, who is coasting through senior year of high school as anonymously as possible, avoiding social interactions like the plague while secretly making spirited, bizarre films with Earl, his only friend. But
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Sundance: ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ Wins Grand Jury, Audience Awards

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s visually inventive comedy-drama about the friendship between a misfit teenager and a classmate diagnosed with leukemia, received both the grand jury prize and the audience award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Saturday night. Part cancer-themed tearjerker and part tribute to obsessive movie love, “Me and Earl” was acquired by Fox Searchlight earlier this week in one of the festival’s biggest deals.

This marks the third year in a row that one movie has taken both top prizes at Sundance, following the lead of “Fruitvale Station” in 2013 and “Whiplash” last year. “Me and Earl’s” victory was even more noteworthy given what many considered one of the stronger U.S. dramatic competitions in recent memory, with strong critical and audience buzz for “Dope,” “The Witch” and “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” all of which also received prizes.

In
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Me And Earl triumphs at Sundance

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Me And Earl triumphs at Sundance
Sundance: The 2015 festival approached the end on Saturday (January 31) as Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me And Earl And The Dying Girl capped a sensational 10 days by scooping both the Us grand jury prize and audience awards.Scroll down for full list of winners

Earlier in the week Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush partnered on the acquisition of world rights.

Crystal Moselle’s The Wolfpack won the Us grand jury documentary award days after Magnolia Pictures moved for world rights.

In the World Cinema categories, John Maclean’s UK-New Zealand entry Slow West prevailed in the dramatic strand while there was joy for UK documentary winner The Russian Woodpecker by Chad Gracia.

Meru by Jimmy Chin and E Chai Vasarhelyi triumphed in the Us dramatic audience award. Robert Eggers was a highlight of the directing honours with the Us dramatic prize for The Witch while Kim Longinotto won World Cinema documentary for Dreamcatcher

The festival runs from January 22-February
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Me And Earl triumphs in Park City

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Me And Earl triumphs in Park City
Sundance: The 2015 festival approached the end on Saturday (January 31) as Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me And Earl And The Dying Girl capped a sensational 10 days by scooping both the Us grand jury prize and audience awards.

Earlier in the week Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush partnered on the acquisition of world rights.

Crystal Moselle’s The Wolfpack won the Us grand jury documentary award days after Magnolia Pictures moved for world rights.

In the World Cinema categories, John Maclean’s UK-New Zealand entry Slow West prevailed in the dramatic strand while there was joy for UK documentary winner The Russian Woodpecker by Chad Gracia.

Meru by Jimmy Chin and E Chai Vasarhelyi triumphed in the Us dramatic audience award. Robert Eggers was a highlight of the directing honours with the Us dramatic prize for The Witch while Kim Longinotto won World Cinema documentary for Dreamcatcher

The festival runs from January 22-February 1 and screened 123 feature-length and 60 short films selected
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Sundance: Ken Jeong Says Next Season of ‘Community’ is Better and ‘More British’

Sundance: Ken Jeong Says Next Season of ‘Community’ is Better and ‘More British’
Advantageous,” a brainy new science-fiction film that debuted this week at the Sundance Film Festival, represents a major departure for Ken Jeong.

The comic actor best known for letting it all hang out in “The Hangover,” reveals himself in a whole different way. Jeong plays Han, a restaurant owner who is plagued by guilt after his affair with his wife’s sister results in a child. It’s a small, but pivotal role, and one he plays straight.

“I’m in exploration mode,” said Jeong, who did double duty as a producer on “Advantageous.” “Comedy will also be my first love, but it’s natural for every comedic actor to want to expand their range and see if they can do it.”

Jeong isn’t turning back on the roles that made famous. He’ll return to Greendale Community College as Señor Ben Chang, a former Spanish teacher with a tenuous grip on reality,
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Sundance: Ken Jeong Says Next Season of ‘Community’ is Better and ‘More British’

Sundance: Ken Jeong Says Next Season of ‘Community’ is Better and ‘More British’
Advantageous,” a brainy new science-fiction film that debuted this week at the Sundance Film Festival, represents a major departure for Ken Jeong.

The comic actor best known for letting it all hang out in “The Hangover,” reveals himself in a whole different way. Jeong plays Han, a restaurant owner who is plagued by guilt after his affair with his wife’s sister results in a child. It’s a small, but pivotal role, and one he plays straight.

“I’m in exploration mode,” said Jeong, who did double duty as a producer on “Advantageous.” “Comedy will also be my first love, but it’s natural for every comedic actor to want to expand their range and see if they can do it.”

Jeong isn’t turning back on the roles that made famous. He’ll return to Greendale Community College as Señor Ben Chang, a former Spanish teacher with a tenuous grip on reality,
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