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John Cho Thinks A Roberto Orci-Directed Star Trek 3 Will Blow You Away

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STAR TREKFor all the recent talk surrounding Star Trek 3, there’s still no official word on who will direct the first post-J.J. Abrams installment in the rebooted franchise. Most of us expect it to be Roberto Orci. The writer and producer of the earlier films has long been linked to the job, and is obviously working on the film in some capacity, even though this would mark his first time in the director’s chair, in any director’s chair. One star, John Cho, shares this stance, and not only expects Orci to helm the picture, but also to do a bang up job.

Cho, as you’re probably well aware, plays Hikaru Sulu in the new films, taking over the role from his predecessor George Takei. The actor, who co-stars the new ABC sitcom Selfie with Doctor Who alum (and Guardians of the Galaxy star) Karen Gillan, did an AMA session on Reddit recently, and the subject of Orci came up.

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Review: To Be Takei Offers A Moving Portrait Of A Sci-Fi Icon

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George TakeiGeorge Takei is a science fiction icon for his portrayal of Hikaru Sulu, the helmsman of the USS Enterprise on Star Trek. While that one role could easily have been his defining moment, there is so, so much more to him than his work on TV and in film. He’s become an outspoken activist for both the Asian and LGBT communities, a meme-producing force on Facebook, and a—finally legally acknowledged—husband to boot. Jennifer Kroot’s new documentary, To Be Takei, offers a hilarious, agreeable, ultimately very intimate look into his life.

Kroot’s cameras follow Takei and Brad, his partner of more than 25-years, as they bounce around the country, from comic book and science fiction conventions, to appearances on the radio with Howard Stern, and even to big time political events. In a perpetual state of motion, the two opposite personality types—Brad is fastidious and detail-oriented, while George is more free flowing and sarcastic—mesh almost perfectly. Sharing everything, both personal and professional, Kroot paints the sweetest, most adorable portrait imaginable.

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Simpsons Did It: The Best Science/Sci-Fi Guest Stars To Appear On Fox’s Long-Running ‘Toon

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Last night The Simpsons’ long line of notable guest stars checked author Harlan Ellison off its Bucket List, alongside a return appearance from Stan “The Man” Lee. Now, don’t assume that just because I’m using a Bucket List metaphor, I think Simpsons is on its death bed. No, I’m suggesting Simpsons should have been mercifully put down ages ago. But while the show’s writing has spiraled down a well of diminishing returns, it continues to draw all manner of notable persons into the jaundiced world of Springfield. Over the years that’s included quite a few famous faces from the worlds of science and science fiction. Here’s the cream of that crop from The Simpsons’ two and a half decades (so far) of life.

TakeiGeorge Takei
Appearances: “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish” (1991), “Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo” (1999), “A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love” (2001)

Star Trek actor/Facebook staple George Takei has popped up in Simpsons several times over the years, but unlike a lot of the names on this list, he’s never appeared playing himself. He first popped up in “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish” lending his distinctive voice to Akira, a waiter at a sushi restaurant who serves Homer a fugu blowfish, an extremely venomous dish that must be prepared by a master sushi chef or risk killing its eater. (Akira has appeared other times in the show, but was voiced by Hank Azaria on those occasions.) Takei later voiced Wink, the host of a Japanese game show called Super Happy Smile Time Family Wish Show and and an unnamed waiter in a 2001 episode.

Homer: There’s got to be something I haven’t tried. Huh? Hey, hey, what’s this? Fugu!

Akira: (Gasps.) It is a blowfish, sir. But I should warn you that one–

Homer: Come on, pal. Fugu me!

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George Takei Reads From 50 Shades Of Grey, Thus Justifying The Book’s Existence

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The Internet is a cruel mistress who both giveth and taketh away. For every “Oh My Dayum,” there is a “Two Girls, One Cup.” For every Red Letter Media bit of insightful brilliance, there are literally millions of people ranting incoherently on YouTube. Thankfully, the Internet has rewarded us all with a late-life career resurgence for one Mr. George Takei, who has built upon his fame as Star Trek’s Sulu by reinventing himself as the beloved Facebook friend of literally every human being on the planet, even those without any way to access Facebook. And for that, let us give thanks, for if there were no Facebook, and if there were no Internet, we would never get to watch George Takei reading from E.L. James’ erotic novel, 50 Shades of Grey. And we would all be the poorer for it.

Do I really have to tell you that this is massively NOT SAFE FOR WORK? Oh myyy…

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Wherever He Goes George Takei Rides In NCC-1701

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The following image was screen captured from an episode of Heroes in which George Takei guest starred. That’s Takei there, getting in his car. But check out his license plate:

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Hang Out With Geordi And Mr. Sulu On Twitter

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spinerWe’re big fans of Twitter here at GFR, and if you’re not already using it then I reccommend trying it out with a quick click over to our Twitter page. Though you may have heard Twitter described as a bunch of boring, useless, one sentence updates from people letting you know they’re doing laundry, at its best it’s so much better than that. In fact, it’s a place where you can hang out with the cast of Star Trek.

Many of the stars of both the original and Next Generation Trek series’ are regular Twitter users. Will Wheaton for instance (follow him at @wilw) is one of the most followed users on the entire network. But he’s not the only one. The guys over at TrekMovie have put together a complete guide to all the former Star Trek cast members who are tweeting and interacting with their fans on Twitter. Check out the full list of Twittering Trek greats below, and while you’re at it don’t forget to follow us.

Wil Wheaton @wilw
Levar Burton @levarbutton
Brent Spiner @brentspiner
George Takei @georgetakei
Leonard Nimoy @leonardnimoy
Director JJ Abrams @jj_abrams
William Shatner @williamshatner

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