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Director/writer Jennifer M. Kroot documents one of America’s most beloved national treasures, Star Trek star and civil rights activist George Takei, in To Be Takei. The actor is of course most known for his role as Hikaru Sulu of the USS Enterprise, though in recent years, he has become a recognized face in the equal marriage community in addition to supporting human rights in general. He was one of the more than 100,000 people of Japanese descent — many of them Americans — who were confined to internment camps after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Takei starred in the 2012 musical Allegiance, based on this experience. This unique list of personal attributes, accomplishments and allegiances makes Takei the perfect theme for Kroot’s documentary, a light-hearted affair despite the weightiness of some of its issues. Fans of Takei, who love him not only as Sulu but also as a Facebook and Twitter legend, won »
- Emily Estep
When George Takei came out in 2005, he brought Brad Altman into the public eye with him. Nearly a decade later, Takei's now-husband is fully ready for his close-up. Beloved from his run as Sulu in the “Star Trek” movies, Takei's career largely went silent in the 90's and early parts of last decade, thanks in part to his age and the lack of quality roles for Asian actors. But when California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a gay marriage bill in 2005, Takei, then 61, felt a responsibility to speak out. At that point, he had been with Altman nearly two »
- Jordan Zakarin
Jennifer M. Kroot’s To Be Takei is an affectionate portrait of the hardest-working member of the original cast of Star Trek, George Takei. That’s pronounced tuh-Kay, not tuh-kai, as so many have misspoken it over the years, including but not limited to William Shatner, whose strained non-relationship with Takei — particularly Shatner’s absence from Takei’s wedding — is one of the film’s many running threads. Others include Takei’s recent Internet fame, his intimate partnership with his husband, Brad, how Takei’s campaigning for marriage equality contributed to them being able to get married in the first place, and, perhaps most poignantly, Los Angeles–born Takei’s time spent in internment camps as a c »
George Takei is an easy man to like. Even in his late seventies, the Star Trek actor and activist has seen a meteoric rise in the popular consciousness. His Facebook page, filled with wry photos and Lgbt-friendly articles, has amassed nearly seven and a half million followers. His face and voice is a familiar sight to anyone who has turned on a television set, either from his playful, purry exclamations of “Oh my!” in commercials or playing himself on programs like The Big Bang Theory. Meanwhile, he boldly went where few public figures had gone before: a path to become an ardent advocate for gay marriage equality. (Today, Takei is married to his longtime boyfriend, Brad.)
In the pleasant and entertaining biographical doc To Be Takei, director Jennifer M. Kroot shows a different side of celebrity. Beloved by more fans by the day, the 77-year-old look like the most down-to-earth celebrity in Los Angeles. »
- Jordan Adler
Anyone who follows George Takei on Facebook, has tuned in to his frequent appearances on “The Howard Stern Show,” or marveled at one of his amazing Amazon reviews (seriously, look them up), knows that the former “Star Trek” actor lives life with an unprecedented amount of zippy good humor, especially for a man well into his seventies. And this isn’t even taking into account his tireless humanitarian efforts, mostly on the subject of gay rights. For a tiny, elderly, Japanese man, he’s also an unstoppable force of nature. In the new documentary “To Be Takei,” it becomes clear that Takei is a man who defies expectations and subverts stereotypes at virtually every turn. It’s just a shame the movie wasn’t as progressive as its subject. Most will remember Takei as Sulu from the original “Star Trek” series, helming the starship Enterprise during the entire television run »
- Drew Taylor
She was a regular on numerous television shows, however Martel is arguably best know for her appearance in Star Trek: Tos as the would be mate for Spock.
The second season première develops Vulcan culture, and sees Spock (Leonard Nimoy) experiencing the “pon farr” – a mating ritual that requires a return to his home planet in search of a mate. Martel was stunning as T’Pring, the Vulcan lady in question. The role brought cult status to Martel, and she often appeared at conventions.
The New York actress also appeared in The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Battlestar Galactica (1978), and Brothers and Sisters, while film credits include Hong Kong and The Glass Cage. In Robert Altman’s documentary, »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Every day seems to bring a new release celebrating the anniversary of some well known movie from the past. Moontrap may not be that well known, but Olive Films is honoring the Walter Koenig/Bruce Campbell sci-fi horror flick’s 25th anniversary with its first ever DVD/Blu-ray release.
It would probably be fair to call Moontrap an obscure film these days since it has never been released on DVD or Blu-ray (at least in the Us) since its brief theatrical run and video release all the way back in 1989. VHS and gray market DVDs have been the only way to see the movie until now.
George Takei has helped a Los Angeles-based production company crowdfund $100,000 to produce a web series, which will take place at a Boy Scout camp and spotlight the organization's discriminatory policies toward the Lgbt community. Also read: Disney World Pulls Funding for Boy Scouts Over Lgbt Ban “As a former Boy Scout myself, it pains me deeply that the Bsa still boots out gay Scouts when they turn 18. This web series will help educate and inform, as well as entertain. That gets a big thumbs up from me,” the former “Star Trek” star, who is openly gay and a gay rights advocate, »
- Greg Gilman
William Shatner is reportedly set to cameo as himself in the upcoming "Ted" sequel which is currently filming in Boston.
Shatner will be appearing at a superhero fan convention to answer questions about his role in "T.J. Hooker," and will grow quickly annoyed as fans keep asking him about "Star Trek". [Source: Moviefone]
Huffman plays Ellis Tynes, a wealthy student dating popular girl »
- Garth Franklin
One of the more memorable moments in the raucous 2012 comedy Ted is where Flash Gordon star Sam J. Jones appears in a cameo as himself. It seems the sequel Ted 2 will have a similar scene featuring William Shatner as himself.
The Boston Herald reports that the actor will be appearing at a superhero convention, where he is taking questions from fans about his cop series T.J. Hooker. The actor gets annoyed when attendees keep asking him Star Trek questions. It's stated that there was also a recent Boston casting call for the sequel, with the production seeking a number of extras wearing superhero costumes.
Ted stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis are reprising their roles as John Bennett and his girlfriend Lori Collins, although Mila Kunis is said to have a smaller role in the sequel. We reported in February that Amanda Seyfried signed on to play the female lead, »
William Shatner attended Comic-Con in a wheelchair on Saturday after injuring his leg while riding a horse.
William Shatner Does Comic-Con In A Wheelchair
“This is not the Captain’s chair,” Shatner joked as he was rolled out on the stage, eliciting cheers from the crowd.
On a more serious note, Shatner told his fans about his accident, saying, “I was riding a horse and had an accident. The horse got off scot-free. I did not. I wrecked my leg.”
Shatner admitted he was in a lot of pain, but said that missing Comic-Con was not an option. Shatner also talked about his days as Captain Kirk on Star Trek and advocated for animal rights.
“The orca is telling us something. It doesn’t have to fend for itself [at places like SeaWorld] but »
Welcome back to Mystery DVD Club. The idea behind this is simple: we went and bought a whole host of films that we hadn't heard of before, none of which cost us more than a few pounds. Then, we sent them to a bunch of our writers, without telling them what 'film' they were going to receive. Could we unearth a hidden gem? Aliya is hopeful...
When you start looking into the career of Isaac Hayes, you find out he was good at a lot of things. He co-wrote great hits such as Soul Man and When Something Is Wrong With My Baby. He produced a lot of brilliant records for Stax. He was a hugely successful singer, and reinterpreted a lot of Burt Bacharach classics into long soulful epics. He was the voice of Chef in South Park. »
George Takei — the former Star Trek actor and present Facebook phenom and Lgbt activist — invited press aboard the Queen Mary 2 on Monday for a screening of his new documentary, To Be Takei. The film, shot over a three-year period, details the many obstacles the 77-year-old had to overcome as a closeted Asian-American actor, and profiles his newly married life with husband and business partner, Brad. Photos To Boldly Go: 15 Key 'Star Trek' Moments For director Jennifer M. Kroot, a fascination with George grew from Star Trek fandom to activist admiration, and eventually to his autobiography,
- Ted Simmons
Although the major studios and networks have taken over the cavernous assembly halls at Comic-Con, the autograph pavilion remains one of those last vestiges where the fans hold sway. So it’s always interesting to patrol that part of the annual convention — which kicks off in earnest Thursday — to see the famous, near-famous and fleetingly famous on hand peddling their signatures and memorabilia.
Among this year’s newcomers: Jason Williams, who will be making his first Comic-Con-related pilgrimage to San Diego, he says, tied to the 40th anniversary of a movie that was once a staple of the confab’s smoke-filled latenight screenings: “Flesh Gordon,” a softcore-porn knockoff of the Flash Gordon serials that featured a who’s-who of future big-name special effects talent — including Rick Baker and Jim Danforth — providing its much-better-than-expected visuals. (The poster carried a disclaimer that read, “Not to be confused with the original ‘Flash Gordon. »
- Brian Lowry
The Screen Junkies YouTube channel has lampooned the Shailene Woodley young adult film.
The voiceover actor interrupts the trailer to say: "Wait, guys, we did this one already. It's The Hunger Games."
He continues: "So it's the same movie but without the actual games? That sounds horrible."
The film is set in a world in which people are forced to choose between one of five factions when they turn 16.
Harlan Ellison’s WGA Award-winning teleplay, visualized for the first time! Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Yeoman Rand return to the Enterprise following their first encounter with the Guardians of Forever, only to find a darker, more vicious crew of renegades awaiting them! Can they return the timestream to its proper state? And will they even survive long enough to try?
I can’t recall a recent comic book that I have such pleasure in taking my time in reading and absorbing so much as I have with the two issues of City on the Edge of Forever so far (issue One review is here). My stall is obviously set out in front of you here and you can see that this review for issue #2 is going to be a positive one, but there is no »
A two-hour crossover episode will unite the worlds of The Flash's first and Arrow's third season...
Soon to join that list is Arrow and The Flash, two common-universe shows that will share a whopping two-hour crossover episode later this year. Executive Producer Andrew Kriesberg confirmed at this year's TCA tour that "Episodes 8 of both shows, Arrow and Flash, are going to be a two-hour crossover event."
That's not all, as Kriesberg also confirmed that Arrow's Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) will also be turning up in The Flash in episode four of the new series. If you were planning on tuning in to The Flash but up until now have given Arrow a miss, now might be the time to »
Rockford Files star had 'Charm, humour, but most of all class'
War record and support for civil rights recalled
Obituary: James Garner
The American film and television world reacted with sadness on Sunday to news of the death of the Emmy winning actor James Garner, who died in Los Angeles at the age of 86.
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- Martin Pengelly in New York
This should take some of the sting out of that Emmy snub.
Related Emmys 2014: The Complete Nominations List
Breaking Bad, however, did not go home empty-handed; the TCA honored the show’s final eight-episode run with the Program of the Year prize (the second consecutive year it won the top award).
While “Star Trek” fans like to imagine the crews of their favorite starships getting along as famously off-screen as they appear to when the cameras are rolling, it just isn't always true. In particular, George Takei and William Shatner have famously not gotten along for years. See video: Bill Maher's Advice to Hillary Clinton: ‘Go Away’ On Friday's “Real Time,” Takei spoke with Bill Maher about it, and he didn't shy away from saying what he thought about the original Captain Kirk. “He is Canadian. And Canadians have a certain image of being even-tempered and friendly and all that, »
- Jason Hughes
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