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I carried two secrets with me as a I grew up.

Secret number one: I was a Star Trek fan, a kid raised by an old-school fan of the original series who made sure to plant me in front of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which arrived at the perfect time to sink its hooks into me. Half of my life was spent devouring the adventures of Captain Jean-Luc Picard (and eventually Captain James T. Kirk and Captain Benjamin Sisko) while the other half was spent pretending to know nothing about Star Trek in public because that was a social death sentence. To admit that you liked Star Trek in the days before “geek culture” went mainstream was an easy way to be branded and ridiculed and thrown under the bus by desperate kids looking for any way to gain leverage in a hierarchy where appearances were everything.

Secret number two: I was attracted to both men and women, another social (and possibly literal) death sentence and a great way to have a target painted on your back in a world where gay marriage was still a pipe dream and “faggot” was the insult of choice.

For too long, my two secret shames weighed on me, dragging me down, triggering anxiety and depression. Years ago, I was finally able to get over myself and talk about my Star Trek fandom in public. In retrospect, it was easy and my reluctance silly. But my bisexuality remained a truth known only to handful of people, an aspect of myself that I was never ready to talk about. That changed last week, and all it took was a little help from my good ol’ friend Star Trek. Read More »

George Takei as Sulu

Yesterday, John Cho dropped the bombshell that his Hikaru Sulu would be gay in Star Trek Beyond. While the actor said the film would “not make a big thing” out of the reveal, it was a big deal for plenty of fans. Star Trek has been famously progressive since its earliest days, and yet the franchise has had no prominent gay characters to date. A gay Sulu seemed like an exciting step forward.

But one who wasn’t so thrilled about the news? George Takei himself. The original Sulu actor says that while he’s “delighted that there’s a gay character,” he feels it’s “really unfortunate” it had to be Sulu. Meanwhile, Star Trek Beyond writer and star Simon Pegg, who helped make the decision in the first place, says he “respectfully disagree[s]” with Takei’s stance.  Read More »

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The Star Trek franchise has been progressive since its earliest days, when it was bold enough to feature a starship crew composed of various ethnicities and backgrounds working together to explore the galaxy and better humanity. The portrait of a universe where people embrace each other’s differences and just work together to get the job done has always been as much of a draw for Trek fans as all of the weird science fiction and planet-hopping adventuring.

However, fans have spent years wondering when Star Trek would boldly go where it has never gone before and finally introduce a major gay character. Now, we’ve learned that Star Trek Beyond has broken through this barrier by revealing that Hikaru Sulu, the Enterprise helmsman played by John Cho, has a husband (and a young daughter) waiting for him back on Earth.

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apocalypse origin

The origin story of En Sabah Nur, otherwise known as Apocalypse, was teased after the end credits of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Although that film took place in ’70s and a dystopian future (with a brief stopover in the present day), the post-credits stinger took us back thousands of years to ancient Egypt, where a mysterious figure was using his telekinetic powers to singlehandedly construct the pyramids. It was a head-scratcher for the normal folks in the audience, but for comic book aficionados, it was a very clear promise of where things were going in the sequel.

The latest trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse featured scenes of Oscar Isaac in an Egyptian temple of some kind, so the new film will clearly touch on the title villain’s origin story. However, 2oth Century Fox is getting the ball rolling early on this particular plot thread with a new viral video that dips its toe into the early history of the first mutant.

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We present to you some sequel-related odds and ends to take you into the weekend. After the jump:

  • Liam Neeson and John Slattery will also be in Ted 2
  • Check out the first Dumb and Dumber To TV spot
  • Watch the new extended Alien: Isolation TV spot
  • Lindsay Lohan has an idea for a Mean Girls sequel
  • George Takei is not “lobbying” for a Star Trek 3 role
  • Ryan Hansen talks about his Veronica Mars spinoff
  • Peter Cullen wants Michael Bay for Transformers 5
  • Denzel Washington isn’t confirmed for Equalizer 2
  • Jeremy Renner is excited for M:I5 and more Bourne

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Free Birds

In the States, Thanksgiving is practically synonymous with turkey. Any mention of the holiday automatically conjures images of a big, juicy, oven-roasted bird, and vice versa. Even vegetarians aren’t immune to the association — plenty of them nod to tradition with products like Tofurkey.

But as pleasant as it is for us humans to gorge ourselves on tryptophan-laced poultry, you can’t blame turkeys for wishing they could remove themselves from the menu. In Relativity’s Free Birds, two of them finally get the chance to do just that. Reggie (Owen Wilson) and Jake (Woody Harrelson) find a time machine to take them back to the very first Thanksgiving, where they attempt to save their kind once and for all. Hit the jump to watch the first trailer.

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Disney shutting down Lucasarts is certainly the biggest Star Wars news of the day, but there’s plenty more where that came from. After the jump read about the following:

  • J.J. Abrams talks about the comparisons between his 2009 Star Trek and Star Wars.
  • Read Eli Roth‘s scathing review of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, written in 1999.
  • Lego recalls a potentially offensive Star Wars set.
  • Oscar-winning Star Wars Art director Roger Christian doesn’t plan to return for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Peter Jackson dropped in a little Star Wars April Fools joke into his recent video.
  • So too did Star Trek alum George Takai.

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If you were hoping to see more Star Trek: The Original Series stars in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek 2, George Takei says you’re out of luck. If you’ve been waiting to see Emma Thompson step back into her Oscar-nominated role from In the Name of the Father as real-life human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce, on the other hand, things are looking up. After the jump:

  • Luke Wilson isn’t sure he’ll be back for Anchorman 2
  • … but he wouldn’t mind another Old School
  • A new behind-the-scenes video from Skyfall drops
  • Producer Jon Landau talks Avatars 2 and 3, briefly
  • Emma Thompson will reprise her role as Gareth Peirce
  • George Takei says not to expect TOS cameos in Star Trek 2
  • Another new Men in Black 3 television spot

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Over the past few weeks, a few online videos made the rounds pitting Star Trek alum William Shatner in a nerdy battle of words with Star Wars alum Carrie Fisher over whose legendary sci-fi franchise is better. Well Trek star George Takei has now stepped in to be a “broker of star peace” and band fans of both franchises together against a common enemy: Twilight.

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Larry Crowne, the second film in which Tom Hanks worked behind the camera as director, is one that I’ve mostly passed over in the last few months. It stars Hanks as a guy who loses his job and goes to community college as part of an attempt to rebuild his future. He makes new friends, joins a scooter gang, and falls for one of his teachers, played by Julia Roberts. (Yep, it’s a big-screen alternate version of Community.)

Tom Hanks tweeted out a link to the film’s second trailer, which provides the first look at George Takei‘s work in the film, among other things. Check it out below. Read More »