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Series boldly going where this man has been before. William Shatner is being lined up for a role in the next Star Trek film, it has been reported. The actor, who played Captain James T Kirk in the original 1960s TV series, was rumoured to be in talks last week - a rumour swiftly rebutted by Shatner himself, who claimed on Twitter it was the first he'd heard of it. »
The ever-evolving tale of William Shatner.s possible return for the third film in the rebooted Star Trek series has taken another strange turn . with Shatner now confirming that he has been in contact with the production. Trek Movie has the latest twist in the tale worthy of being an M. Night Shyamalan production, with video footage of Shatner himself addressing the topic at the Nashville Comic Con. The actor broached the subject of Star Trek 3 when asked if he had any interest in playing Kirk again. In his response, the actor told a funny story about how Abrams approached him for the first Star Trek reboot, showing him a dummy script that Shatner says "stunk." As we all know, Shatner.s appearance in the first film didn.t pan out, but then the actor then revealed that Abrams recently called again, and said: "I.m calling, Bill, because the »
Don Keefer left an indelible mark on the minds of horror and sci-fi fans with his crucial and courageous role in a classic episode of The Twilight Zone and his memorable turn in “The Crate” segment of George A. Romero and Stephen King’s Creepshow. Though his impressive onscreen personalities will last forever, we’re sad to report that Don Keefer has passed away at the age of 98.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Don Keefer passed away of natural causes on September 7th. In the 1961 “It’s a Good Life” episode of The Twilight Zone, Don played Dan Hollis, a man celebrating his birthday with his wife, a few friends, and the six-year-old mind-reading malevolent mutant, Anthony Fremont. Don turned in a powerful performance, standing up to the young telepathic murderer and challenging his friends to put an end to the madness. His desperate speech was a spine-tingler and helped »
- Derek Anderson
Cold water time, Star Trek fans. I.m sorry to have to do this to you, after teasing the possibility for days. But William Shatner just responded, publically, to the rumors that there is a cameo waiting for him in the still-developing Star Trek 3 (or whatever Paramount decides to call it), and the news is less-than-earth-shattering. Let's talk St. I don't know anything about the current gossip. Nobody has contacted me. Right now it's just rhetoric to cause hype.. William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) September 23, 2014 "Rhetoric to cause hype," eh? Touche, Captain Kirk. Ok, so William Shatner shares on Twitter the fact that no one has contacted him about a possible cameo . or supporting role . in the next Star Trek movie. That, however, is relatively understandable. While we understand that the sequel is on its way, with a 2016 release date in the studio.s sights, there hasn.t been enough movement on »
YouTube’s chock-full of young viewers, many of whom are reaching important milestones in their lives. That’s why Jenn McAllister (better known as JennXPenn) partnered with OurTime.org to encourage all 18-year-olds to register and start voting. Having just turned 18 herself, Jenn created one of her famous list videos where she outlines five things viewers can do once they turn 18. Among getting tattoos and leasing a house, she tells recently-inducted young adults to research issues important to them and register to vote on OurTime.org. She then tells her viewers to take that final (yet vital) last step of voting, reasoning you wouldn’t let other people choose the color of your hair or what you’ll watch on Netflix. OurTime.org’s collaboration with JennXPenn marks the first time the site has partnered with a digital celebrity to encourage millennials to vote. In addition to the YouTuber, OurTime »
- Bree Brouwer
As is to be expected, the Internet is all a-buzz with the latest rumors concerning Star Trek 3. It.s been a crazy week for the third installment in the rebooted franchise . we.ve learned it will probably start shooting in February, that the story will most likely take place in deep space during the crew.s five year mission, and that the characters should hew more closely to their TV counterparts. That.s a lot of info . but the real bombshell was the revelation that William Shatner might re-don his Starfleet tunic and appear in the new film. Naturally, like all things Star Trek, this news provoked two distinct and opposite reactions: fan jubilation and fan derision. I think bringing Shatner in for a part in the new film is actually a good idea, and here are a few reasons why. The most obvious rationale for bringing Shatner back into »
Marvel Entertainment, “Star Trek” actor George Takei and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will be honored Nov. 8 at the Los Angeles Lgbt Center's 45th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards. Also read: Streamy Awards Big Winners Include ‘Video Game High School,’ Lgbt Vlogger Tyler Oakley “As we celebrate the 45th anniversary of the world's largest provider of programs and services for Lgbt people, we're excited to honor some very deserving Super Heroes in our movement,” said the center's CEO Lorri L. Jean. Takei played Hikaru Sulu in the original “Star Trek” series as well as in six of the franchise's feature films. »
- Travis Reilly
Last week, we pretty much realized that we had an illegally elected, alcoholic figurehead for a president on Scandal. This week, we march forward on our 30 Days of Binge calendar to season 3 of Scandal, and all that wine Pope drinks will sure come in handy as we see the fallout from Olivia Pope being uncovered as the president’s mistress to the media.
We also became acquainted with Michael Emerson’s excellence in creepiness as “Henry Gale” on season 2 of Lost, and watched as the islanders continue on pressing that damned button in the hatch. This week, we see what »
- Teresa Jue
Ever wonder what Star Trek: The Original Series would have looked like had it been shot in the widescreen format now used for television? For being produced in the 1960s this was really a great looking show, and would have looked awesome in widescreen with all of its spectacular visuals. It's just stuck in that old-school 4x3 format, but artist Nick Acosta unlocked it, and came up with a great idea to take some scenes where the camera panned in a shot and merge it together into one image. Here's an explanation from Acosta:
"Using HD screen caps from my friends at Trekcore.com, I created this project of what the show would have looked like in Cinerama widescreen. As a kid the show always felt bigger and more epic than it appears to me as an adult. I was able to create these shots by waiting for the camera »
- Joey Paur
In 2014 it would seem there are few societal taboos left for cinema to explore, but journalist-turned-director David Thorpe has found one with his debut documentary, Do I Sound Gay? Exploring, historically and personally, “the gay voice,” Thorpe listens to himself and others to find out why many gay men wish they sounded like someone else. Columnist Dan Savage, Star Trek’s George Takei and comedian Margaret Cho all make appearances in a film that seeks not so much to shatter stereotypes as explore the complex meanings behind them. Do I Sound Gay? premieres in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Mavericks […] »
- Scott Macaulay
CBS Action is to launch on UK Freeview.
The channel, owned by CBS Studios International and AMC Networks International, is currently available on Sky, Freesat and Virgin, but the new deal will allow nine out of ten households access.
The autumn schedule also includes the exclusive launch of the digitally re-mastered Star Trek: The Original Series.
Tanya Gugenheim, Chief Business Development Officer for Amcni Zone, said: "We are excited that CBS Action is now going to be available to Freeview homes. CBS Action showcases the best in action dramas and sci-fi, so a really great fit with the Freeview audience."
Guy North, Marketing Communications Director for Freeview said: "CBS Action is a great addition to our existing channel lineup. The channel will give Freeview homes even more entertainment programmes, without the »
Just when you thought it was safe to travel to New England, Rock and Shock announces Tara Reid is among the newest crop of guests attending the 11th annual event. We all know wherever Tara goes, a sharknado can't be far behind.
In anticipation for the October 17-19 event in Worcester, Ma, Rock and Shock organizers have been busy over the past couple of weeks announcing the guest list a few names at a time in true cliffhanger fashion, keeping fans of the event glued to social media to catch the next name.
In addition to Reid, Rock and Shock has announced a slew of other guests, including festival favorites Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, and William Forsythe. Also, Andrew Divoff, Tom Savini, Lynn Lowry, John Russo, Kristina Klebe, Justin Beahm, and Jack Bennett have been added as well.
Saturday's headline musical act was also revealed. Gwar will be »
- Scott Hallam
According to the person who knows him best, George Takei doesn’t become the George Takei whose unique voice you know and love until he’s had a cup of green tea. “When he wakes up in the morning, his voice is like this,” says the actor’s husband, Brad Takei, using a high-pitched chipmunk voice. “Then I give him some hot green-tea and he gets into the groove.” Brad, who married George in 2008 and took his last name, was speaking with us last month in the Chart Room of the Queen Mary 2, the Cunard line’s flagship ocean liner, while we waited for the “trans-Atlantic premiere” of To Be Takei, which opened in theaters last weekend. Though the documentary about the Star Trek alum’s life is George-centric, his partner of 27 years plays a heavy part. After the screening, George joked, “He stole the show from me!” The idea »
- E. Alex Jung
Harlan Ellison’s Hugo- and WGA Award-winning teleplay, visualized for the first time! Stranded in the past of old Earth, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock search for the focal point that altered the timestream and changed everything about the universe they knew. And once they find her, they could find themselves foiled by a force even greater than the Guardians of Forever—love!
We’ve hit the middle of our comic book translation of Harlan Ellison’s original teleplay of Star Trek: City on the Edge of Forever. After this we’ve got only a mere two issues left of this hugely impressive series , and our story has now brought in Edith Keeler and Kirk is smitten.
Obviously this isn’t just a love story – far from it; those who know the tale will have »
In recent years, George Takei, once known mainly as the guy who played Sulu on the original Star Trek in the '60s, has become a fixture on talk shows and just about everywhere else — partly because of his out-and-proud status as a gay American, and partly because of his willingness to speak about his family’s imprisonment in a World War II Japanese-American internment camp. He’s a great spokesman for these causes — funny, self-deprecating, earnest but not sanctimonious. But he also bridges an important gap: He can speak both to America’s sordid, bigoted past and to its fundamental capacity for goodness. He’s a man who was imprisoned by his country — literally, for his ethnicity, and figuratively, for his sexual orientation. And yet, here he is, persistent, happy, driven. The very picture of the country’s can-do spirit. Jennifer M. Kroot’s To Be Takei is the »
- Bilge Ebiri
Living Long and Prospering: Kroot Recounts the Star’s Trek From Internment to the Internet
Thanks to his witty and sincere presence on various social media platforms, George Takei has been born again as a sort of cyber celebrity whose meme-esque social commentary has become an internet staple, despite the loss of translation of his singular silky smooth baritone voice into jpgs and text. With To Be Takei, director Jennifer M. Kroot compounds the actor’s life and career into a 94 minute portrait of virtuous celebrity, glorifying the man’s faith in humanity while reluctant to give any real critique of his public or private persona.
You are either a Trekkie or some kind of sci-fi derelict, but either way it’s likely you are familiar with the USS Enterprise’s original Commander Sulu, known to the Star Trek illiterate, the Lbgt community and the internet at large simply as Takei. »
- Jordan M. Smith
George Takei’s laugh is as recognizable as his voice, and you’ll hear a lot of both in the new documentary To Be Takei, which covers the 77-year-old Star Trek star’s life from his childhood in a Japanese American internment camp, to his journey from closeted actor to activist alongside his husband/business partner Brad Takei.
You also hear a lot of laughter when Takei takes our Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch the video and read a full transcript below. To Be Takei opens in select theaters and hits On Demand and iTunes Aug. 22.
EW: What movie did you see too young? »
- Mandi Bierly
George Takei (pronounced Tak-ay, not Tak-eye or Tak-eee - and don't you forget it!) has a speech he often gives. It's a formal speech about the persecution his family experienced in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, that briefly funnels into an impassioned urging for gay rights. At some point in there, Star Trek is mentioned. This also summarizes the new George Takei documentary, To Be Takei. Japanese internment camps, gay rights, and Star Trek - it's pretty safe to say that those who know Takei best from his popular Facebook comedy posts will be getting a different Mr. Sulu. But nevertheless, To Be Takei is well-edited and easily digestible, even for a straight Caucasian non-Trekker such as myself. Don't get me wrong, a sense of...
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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
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