Sulu will be married and gay in ‘Star Trek Beyond’

NBC News:

Star Trek Beyond,” the latest of the “Star Trek” movies, will show Hikaru Sulu with a husband and a daughter, according to a report by Australia-based Herald Sun newspaper.

John Cho, who plays Sulu in the rebooted “Star Trek” movies, told the newspaper that that the decision to reveal Sulu as gay was made by film writer Simon Pegg and director Justin Lin.

I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations,” he told the newspaper.

He also told the Herald Sun that the decision was a nod to George Takei, who played Sulu in the original 1966 “Star Trek” television series. Takei and his now-husband, Brad Altman, have been together for 29 years.

Sulu will be the first LGBTQ main character in the franchise, which is known for breaking boundaries. The original TV series famously featured American television’s first interracial on-screen kiss in 1968, only a year after anti-miscegenation laws were ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

“Fast & Furious 6” helmer Justin Lin to direct “Star Trek 3”

Justin Lin Directing Star Trek 3

Variety:

Justin Lin is boarding the USS Enterprise and will direct the third installment in Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek” franchise.

The hiring of Lin came two weeks after Roberto Orci backed away from the directing gig.

Orci had been hired for the helming job after J.J. Abrams had to exit the sequel due to his commitment to direct Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Abrams directed the first two “Star Trek” reboots in 2009 and 2013.

David Ellison’s Skydance Prods. is producing along with Orci and Abrams. Paramount has not yet set a release date for “Star Trek 3″ but speculation has emerged that the studio will release the film in 2016 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the launch of the original “Star Trek” series on TV.

Patrick McKay and John D. Payne worked on the most recent draft of the script.

Lin directed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth installments of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.

Last year’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” grossed $467 million worldwide, including $229 million domestically.

George Takei: Star treks to the Smithsonian

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Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center:

There are few people in today’s public forum that have made cultural and political impact like that of George Takei. From his iconic role as Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek, to his deep involvement in obtaining a redress of Japanese Americans who were forced into relocation during World War II, to his fervent fight for LGBT rights, George has proven himself to be a force to reckon with. Plus, his cat memes are awesome!!!georgetakei-catGeorge and Brad Takei graced us with their presence at the DC Film Premiere of To Be Takei, a new documentary starring the couple. We also found some time to show him some powerful pieces from the Smithsonian collection (thanks to National Museum of American History curators Noriko Sanefuji and Katherine Ott!) and hung with him backstage. Join our play-by-play!14220415211_4315e6b839_oThe evening kicked off with a special reception to honor our friends and supporters. As you can see, Brad Takei thoroughly enjoyed the regal wallpaper at the VIP room. DSC_003914037268619_c09b92332f_bThe WB Theater was packed for To Be Takei! DSC_0076Our director Konrad Ng, along with Daphne Kwok – AARP Vice President of Multicultural Markets & Engagement for the Asian American and Pacific Islander Audience – introduced George, and then the man of the hour came out to introduce the film. DSC_0115While the film played, we took George and Brad upstairs to view some items selected by NMAH curators, including the Congressional Gold Medal for Nisei World War II veterans. DSC_013914037132770_474163c91e_bIrene Hirano Inouye, President of the U.S.-Japan Council, Daphne Kwok, and Floyd Mori, President of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies joined them while Noriko and Katherine led a conversation around pieces from Japanese American families who were forced to relocate during World War II, as well as items from the National Museum of American History’s LGBT collection. DSC_019914223581844_2690d14479_bPowerful pieces included artifacts from Rohwer Confinement Site, where George was incarcerated as a boy before his family was sent to Tule Lake. 14037187699_3051e269ca_bBackstage, George sat down with Adriel Luis, our Curator of Digital and Emerging Media, to talk about how his career has been driven by a range of influences – from old Samurai films to African American civil rights leaders. 14243958873_12e14dd261_bSenator Mazie Hirono stopped by to say “Hello.” DSC_0011After the film, George and Brad went back to the auditorium to participate in a Q&A moderated by Gautam Raghavan, Public Engagement Advisor for the White House. 14037114548_920ced67ec_b

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We had a spectacular time with George and Brad! Check out a trailer of his film below, and stay tuned for more amazing events!

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‘To Be Takei’, A Documentary About ‘Star Trek’ Actor and Social Activist George Takei

 

To Be Takei is an upcoming documentary directed by filmmaker Jennifer M. Kroot that examines the life of actor, activist, and social media icon George Takei. Best known as the USS Enterprise helmsman Hikaru Sulu on the original Star Trek series, Takei has maintained prominence in recent years as an LGBT activist, popular social media figure, and due to frequent cameo appearances on shows like Futurama and Archer.

The documentary follows the actor’s life from his early years spent in a World War II Japanese American internment camp to his rise as one of the most prominent Asian-American actors on television. The movie is scheduled to release in theaters on August 22nd, 2014.

 

I was the best helmsman in the galaxy — and put to rest all of those stereotypes about Asian drivers.

 

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“To Be Takei” to premiere at Sundance Film Festival

Actor/activist George Takei holds up a Sulu action figure.

Rafu Shimpo:

The documentary “To Be Takei” will have its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Showtimes are Saturday, Jan. 18, at 9 p.m. at the Yarrow Hotel Theatre in Park City; Sunday, Jan. 19, at 12:30 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City; Monday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Redstone Cinema 1 in Park City; and Saturday, Jan. 25, at 9 p.m. at Temple Theatre in Park City.

The festival website gives the following description: “George Takei doesn’t shy away from digging into his remarkable career and personal life in Jennifer Kroot’s delightful and incisive film … As a child forced into Japanese American internment camps, the actor-turned-activist reveals the ways that racism affected him well into his early acting career, where he played stereotypical Asian stock characters in film and television shows.

“Even after landing the iconic role of Hikaru Sulu on ‘Star Trek,’ Takei’s sharp eye, coupled with his wicked sense of humor, continued to challenge the status quo well into the 21st century.

“Now at 76, nine years after formally coming out of the closet, Takei and his husband, Brad, have become the poster couple for marriage equality, highlighting homophobia through television interviews and hilarious skits, many of which have gone viral and garnered widespread attention.

“Whether dishing on William Shatner or parodying the now-infamous comments made by Tim Hardaway, Takei proves time and again why his presence in popular culture remains as fresh and necessary as ever.

Kroot directed the documentary feature “It Came from Kuchar,” about the legendary underground filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar, which screened at SXSW in 2009. She also wrote, directed, and starred in the gender-bending, sci-fi, narrative feature “Sirens of the 23rd Century” in 2003. She studied film briefly at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she now teaches.

Co-director and editor Bill Weber is a San Francisco–based documentary film editor. He directed and edited the documentary feature “The Cockettes,” which screened at the 2002 Sundance and Berlin film festivals, and co-directed and edited the documentary feature “We Were Here,” which played at the Sundance and Berlin festivals in 2011. He also edited the Academy Award–nominated documentary short film “The Final Inch.”

For reservations and more information, visit www.sundance.org. The film’s website is www.tobetakei.com.

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George Takei’s official, totally real perfume fragrance is named “Eau My”

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Oh, indeed!

Actor George Takei, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, will launch his debut fragrance, Eau My, in December. Eau My was made under licensing arrangements with Tru Fragrance & Beauty, and follows other Star Trek-related fragrances made by Genki Wear, including Shirtless Kirk and Sulu.*

Set Phasers to Stunning. Eau My is a clean, refreshing fragrance for Men and Women. Subtle and charming, with top notes of mandarin zest, Italian bergamot and fresh ozone transitioning to night-blooming jasmine, white freesia petals and grated ginger. Sensual woods, crystalized amber, soft skin musk, and vetiver will delight you when dry.

George Takei Eau My will be available in 50 ml Cologne.

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George Takei’s official, totally real perfume fragrance is named “Eau My”