Literally, Right Before Adam trailer

Justin Long and Cobie Smulders both have a likability that works well in romantic comedies. They can be naturally charismatic in movies, and that kind of charm can work wonders for a romantic comedy. Long and Smulders – which sounds like an insurance company – starring in a romantic comedy sounds appealing and we’ll soon see them in Literally, Right Before Adam, which might not qualify as a traditional rom-com. There’s comedy, yes, but the romance may be dead since it’s about Long’s character being invited to his ex-girlfriend’s (Smulders) wedding.

Below, watch the Literally Right Before Adam trailer.

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gemini trailer

Combine the talents of rising indie star Lola Kirke, talented genre actress Zoe Kravitz, and the endlessly watchable John Cho, and you’ve already got a great set-up for a movie. Place them in a dark Los Angeles-set neo-noir, and well, you have one of the most intriguing indie films of the year.

The trailer for New York filmmaker Aaron Katz’s Gemini paints a dark and surreal picture of a Hollywood starlet (Kravitz) and her dangerously co-dependent relationship with her dedicated assistant (Kirke). But this is more than just a narcissistic tale of female friendship, as something more malicious lurks under the surface.

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TV Bits John Cho

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Star Trek’s John Cho and Deadpool’s Brianna Hildebrand join season 2 of Fox’s The Exorcist series
  • Netflix’s BoJack Horseman gets a season 4 premiere date
  • A former Smallville star makes her way to Supergirl
  • South Park‘s creators talk about how the show will move beyond the presidential antics of last season
  • American Horror Story season 7 teases the return of a familiar (painted) face
  • New Game of Thrones images from this weekend’s premiere
  • And much more!

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Columbus trailer

John Cho has long deserved a romantic leading man role after paying his dues for years in the broad comedy of Harold and Kumar and as second fiddle in action franchises like Star Trek. He even gave an underrated performance in Selfie, a surprisingly charming TV show with a terrible title. But now it seems like he’s finally been given the spotlight he deserves in the Sundance darling, Columbus.

And you can see him get that spotlight in the trailer for Columbus, which stars Cho as the son of an ailing professor and Haley Lu Richardson as the young drifting architecture enthusiast with whom he strikes up a friendship.

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Columbus review

Early in Columbus, Casey (Haley Lu Richardson) defends her decision to use less spice in a dish. She was going for subtlety, she explains, all the better to let the true flavors of the ingredients shine through and leave a lingering aftertaste. That, essentially, is the mission statement for the entire movie. It might not be to everyone’s tastes — it’s too delicate and slow and, yes, subtle for that. But those who stick with it will find a drama worth savoring, with echoes of OncePaterson, and the Before trilogy and fine performances from Richardson and John ChoRead More »

Sulu is gay

Simon Pegg and George Takei have a respectful disagreement over Star Trek Beyond. Last week, actor John Cho said that Hikaru Sulu is gay in the Kelvin timeline. Most fans were delighted by the news, as director Justin Lin and screenwriters Simon Pegg and Doug Jung were attempting to preserve the progressive spirit of Gene Roddenberry‘s creation. George Takei, on the other hand, believes the decision is “unfortunate” and a “twisting of Gene’s creation.”

Pegg quickly responded to Takei’s comments, and now he’s followed up with a blog post that explains why they made Sulu an LGBTQ character without Takei’s blessing and why the Kelvin timeline means they’re not beholden to preexisting canon. Below, read a part of Pegg’s explanation.

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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 »

Star Trek Beyond TV Spot

In under a couple weeks, the premiere of Star Trek Beyond will be happening at San Diego Comic-Con. We’ll be there at the convention, complete with a reaction to the latest sequel in the rebooted film franchise based on Gene Roddenberry’s classic TV series, which will also be celebrating its 50th anniversary there as well.

Leading up to the release of the film in a couple weeks, a new Star Trek Beyond TV spot has surfaced with some new footage, including more shots of the Enterprise getting torn apart, and a nice little moment between our Kirk and Spock as well. Watch it below. Read More »

sulu gay

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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star trek beyond trailer breakdown

The new trailer for Star Trek Beyond arrived late on Friday night, instantly washing the dreadful taste of the first trailer out of our mouths. Unlike the initial teaser, this footage looks like it comes from an actual Star Trek movie and you know what that means – there is a whole bunch of stuff to sift through if you go through the whole thing frame-by-frame and shot-by-shot.

Since we haven’t seen the movie, this post will contain all kinds of speculation and over-analysis, which means it could be loaded with potential spoilers. Just trek cautiously. And if you want additional reading, Peter Sciretta’s newly published set visit report sheds additional light on the film (and even directly answers and clarifies some of the observations below).

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