In addition to hosting over seventy Star Trek celebs at their annual Las Vegas Star Trek Convention, running this week from Thursday through Sunday at the Las Vegas Hilton, Creation Entertainment is gunning for the Guiness World Record for the “largest gathering of people dressed as Star Trek characters.”
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While many fans might think that George Takei’s thoughts on where Sulu should have gone would focus on the Captain’s chair, Takei felt that something else should have been developed for the character.
Playing Sulu was a “breakthrough opportunity” according to Takei. “Just to be able to play a member of the leadership team, without an accent, was hugely important. So many Asians back then were, first of all, stereotypes and spoke with a heavy accent.”
Several actors from various Star Trek shows will be voicing guest characters on the Cartoon Network’s Marvel Super Hero Squad.
One actor has done voice work on the show before. George Takei voiced Galactus, in the show’s first season.
On June 15, The International Federation of Trekkers (IFT) will launch their new website, and part of their relaunch includes the premiere of Voyages, their official publication, as reported earlier here and here.
TrekToday received a sneak peek of the forthcoming issue, and one of the articles in the magazine features Star Trek‘s George Takei, who has a long association with the IFT, or the “Federation” as it is sometimes called.
George Takei and his husband Brad Altman urge same-sex couples to complete the 2010 census and show America how many of them are in a marriage or consider themselves married even if not legally wed.
Takei, complete in a Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan uniform, urged fellow gay couples to participate in the census. “[You may ask] why I’m still wearing this Starfleet uniform,” he said. “It’s to get you to actually listen to this important message, that affects how our community and marriages such as ours are viewed by this nation. Be counted!”
William Shatner and George Takei are featured in two new television commercials.
Shatner, who celebrates his seventy-ninth birthday today, has a new Priceline commercial in which the Priceline negotiator has an “evil twin” who appears, complete with goatee and skull ring. Mirror, Mirror, anyone?
George Takei is willing to end the feud with William Shatner which began after Shatner didn’t get an invite to the Takei-Altman nuptials last year.
Although Takei declined to appear on Shatner’s Raw Nerve to discuss the feud between the two original series stars, he is willing to meet Shatner on what he calls “neutral ground,” Howard Stern’s radio show.
Photos of George Takei and Brad Altman have appeared online taken from their appearance on The Newlywed Game.
Takei and Altman’s appearance on the Game Show Network’s The Newlywed Game will be aired at 5 P.M. on October 13.
George Takei and his husband Brad Altman will be the first couple to appear on a celebrity edition of The Newlywed Game.
The Newlywed Game has been on and off of television since its debut in 1967, but has never featured a gay couple. According to Kelly Goode, programming chief of GSN, the former Game Show Network, on which the show now appears, this was due to the game’s rules which required that a couple needed to be in a legally-recognized marriage.
Philadelphia-area fans were able to meet George Takei (Sulu) at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute last Thursday, where he spoke about Star Trek and gay rights.
Fans were able to get questions answered, take pictures and have autographs signed by Takei, who is known for being fan-friendly. “I love having any opportunity to meet with fans,” said Takei. “Whatever community turns out at these events, I am always touched by the outpouring of heartfelt affection and honor. I have had a long career and it is all thanks to you.”
Although his own marriage is still safe, George Takei is angry over today’s decision by the California Supreme Court which upheld a ban on gay marriages while permitting marriages already conducted before the passage of Propostion 8 to stand.
As reported by PopEater, Takei, one of the approximately eighteen-thousand gay couples who married before voters passed Proposition 8 (which banned same-sex marriage) said that the California Supreme Court’s ruling to allow some marriages to stand meant that they had “decided to be indecisive,” and that the ruling would “ultimately be condemned by history.” (more…)
Christmas Hallmark Star Trek Ornaments
Three new Star Trek ornaments can been seen online at Hallmark.com. The first new ornament is a Klingon Battle Cruiser that lights up and is battery operated.
A radiation-scarred Captain Christopher Pike is featured on the second ornament, along with Kirk and Spock. This ornament has a conversation between Kirk and Spock taken from The Menagerie, and Pike’s chair lights up.
The third ornament is a Starfleet Phaser. The phaser ornament has a sound clip between Kirk and Spock taken from “Conscience of the King,” as well as the sound of a phaser on overload.
The ornaments will appear this summer, and in the autumn. (more…)
Actors from several Star Trek series and movies have been cast in new roles or are appearing in shows, movies or at conventions.
As reported by JoBlo, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek XI‘s Uhura) has joined the cast of The Losers, where she will play the sole female “loser,” the cold-blooded killer Aisha. The Losers is about a Special Forces team, who have been set up and betrayed by their handler Max, and are out for revenge and to get their names off of a CIA death list. The Losers is based on the DC/Vertigo comic series which ran from 2003-2006.
John Cho’s respect for both George Takei and the character of Sulu will keep Cho from making too many changes in the character, minus the inevitable ones due to a change in actors.
As reported by Sci Fi Wire, Cho jokingly promised to make Sulu “Sexy, very sexy.” All kidding aside, Cho explained what he felt drove Sulu in Star Trek XI, and how Cho intended to portray the helmsman. “George’s Sulu was a veteran, and he was always in control of the ship,” said Cho. “And…since this is his first mission, he’s thrust into the position of helmsman by accident, and all of these things are happening. He’s not supposed to be on the ship; he’s not supposed to be doing all this stuff. I wanted this Sulu to be a little bit more innocent, a little bit younger and a little bit more caught off guard by all of this stuff. And I felt like it would be a nice way to begin that arc, since we’re going back in time.”