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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
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
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