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04/19/2007


George Takei's Big Weekend: VIDEO

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Congrats to the fabulous gay man, excellent actor, hilarious Facebook photo-poster, and all-around mensch George Takei on his big weekend. Not only is today the 46th birthday of Star Trek -- the show on which Takei became famous as Mr. Sulu, maybe the first heroic TV role ever given to a Japanese American -- but this is also the first weekend of previews for Allegiance, a new musical by Jay Kuo, Marc Acito, and Lorenzo Thione, in which George Takei stars at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre.

From the Old Globe's website:

Allegiance is an epic story of family, love and patriotism set during the Japanese American internment of World War II. Sixty years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, a chance meeting forces WWII veteran Sam Kimura (television and film star George Takei) to remember his family's relocation from their California farm to the Heart Mountain internment camp. As they struggle to adjust to their new home, Young Sam (Telly Leung – Godspell, "Glee") and his sister Kei (Lea Salonga, Tony Award winner for Miss Saigon) find themselves torn between loyalty to their family and allegiance to their country. With its moving score, ALLEGIANCE takes audiences on a journey into our nation's history through the eyes of one American family.

As it happens, Mr. Takei spent a portion of his childhood in one of the United States' Japanese internment camps. Here you can hear him discuss the experience on PRI's The World. And AFTER THE JUMP, you can hear one of Allegiance's songs and view some photos from rehearsal.

Allegiance officially opens at the Old Globe on September 19th.

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Star Trek Producer Regrets Not Including Gay Characters On Show

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Producer/writer Barannon Braga opens up to After Elton on why there were never any gay characters on any of the Star Trek shows and films he has worked on. Obviously, he's not speaking about the original show here, but about the The Next Generation, Voyager and Enterprise as well as two of the films in the 1990's, Generations and First Contact.

 "It was a shame for a lot of us that ... I’m talking about The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and there was a constant back and forth about well how do we portray the spectrum of sexuality. There were people who felt very strongly that we should be showing casually, you know, just two guys together in the background in Ten Forward. At the time the decision was made not to do that and I think those same people would make a different decision now because I think, you know, that was 1989, well yeah about 89, 90, 91. I have no doubt that those same creative players wouldn’t feel so hesitant to have, you know, have been squeamish about a decision like that."

BbHe goes on, referring to the people involved on the The Next Generation non-progressive thinkers.

"I think it was, not so much a young man’s [issue], it was a syndicated family show, showing at six o’clock, you know, in Salt Lake City, so you had to deal with each separate affiliate rather than one network. And things like that. It was not a forward thinking decision. Knowing the players involved, knowing the decision makers, knowing it was that they felt reluctant about, you know, we’re not saying “yes,” we’re not saying “no,” we’re not just not going to touch that right now."

Maybe that's why Trekkies have sometimes had to resort to "creating" their own gay characters on the show.

While there aren't any gay characters on Terra Nova, the new FOX show Braga is executive-producing alongside Stephen Spielberg, that might change. He tells After Elton, who pointed this out to him: "I’m glad you bring it up because it’s something we should be attending to."


News: Keith Olbermann, Bullying, Jim Swilley, Gavin Newsom

 road Some bigots still think that anti-bullying teachings are part of an agenda by the LGBT community.

Keith  road Keith Olbermann emerges from seclusion via Twitter: "Greetings From Exile! A quick, overwhelmed, stunned THANK YOU for support that feels like a global hug & obviously left me tweetless XO."

 road Pastor Jim Swilley's son, the lead vocalist of the Black Lips, talks about his dad's coming out: "When he called to tell me that he’s gay I was in Berlin on tour. It was definitely shocking, but I was actually glad when he told me. I feel closer to him now because he’s being honest with himself and everyone around him. It took him a long time to do it, and I honestly think he’s hoping to live his whole life and never come out and do it, but now that he has I think he’s a lot happier."

 road Chicago's Unabridged Bookstore still going strong after 30 years in business.

 road Teaser poster for the new Star Trek sequel hits the Web.

 road Massive worldwide debt: "Next year, fifteen major developed-country governments, including the U.S., Japan, the U.K., Spain and Greece, will have to raise some $10.2 trillion to repay maturing bonds and finance their budget deficits, according to estimates from the International Monetary Fund. That’s up 7% from this year, and equals 27% of their combined annual economic output."

Gavin  road Now that he's been elected Lieutenant Governor of California, the Washington Post ponders the political future of Gavin Newsom.

 road What's wrong with this picture?

 road Megamind pulls in $47 million at the box office this weekend.

 road According to some reports, Irish Senator and LGBT advocate David Norris "has said that not only has he planned out his own funeral, he's also started recording his own eulogy, to be played as his coffin is buried into the ground."

 road The National Enquirer, the publication that broke the John Edwards love child story, is now accussing Rielle Hunter of being a starf*cker.

 road Nick Lachey's been hitting the gym pretty regularly these days.


James Franco Solo Show Features Gay Spock and Kirk 'Star Trek' Art

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James Franco is mounting his first solo art show, called The Dangerous Book for Boys, on June 23 at the Clocktower Gallery in NYC. What will it include?

"The Dangerous Book Four Boys" addresses boyhood and the "sexual confusion" of adolescence, as Ms. Heiss put it. Short films focus on demolition, showing burning or bullet-riddled structures like a plastic toy home or a large wooden rocket (the exhibition contains originals or replicas of these). Another work explores a romantic encounter between "Star Trek" characters Spock and James T. Kirk. 

"I feel like shows or films that deal with kids, they're playing to all of these sexual feelings that you have at that age, but they don't fully admit to it," he said. "So I kind of try to draw that out. The implicit in those shows and books, I try to make it a little more explicit."

Note: The Spock/Kirk bath image isn't necessarily the one that's in the show, it's just one of my favorite Star Trek gay slash art images.


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