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September 16, 2014

'He’s someone who is really interested in generating a dialogue'

Zachary Quinto, who plays James Franco's ex-boyfriend in the indie flick Michael, is happy to see his co-star exploring gay topics in his films even if Franco is not gay himself.

'My feeling about James, in particular, is that he’s someone who is really interested in generating a dialogue,' Quinto tells HuffPost Live. 'I think it's certainly an issue in society today that warrants provocative discussion.'

September 10, 2014

NBC mini-series The Slap is billed as 'complex family drama'

Zachary Quinto, the openly gay actor who plays  Spock in the Star Trek movies, has found his latest role on television in the miniseries The Slap.

The drama unfolds over eight episodes and focuses on a massive family dispute that erupts after Quinto's character slaps someone's badly misbehaving child at a barbeque.

The incident results in a lawsuit, exposes secrets and leads to all kinds of turmoil, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

August 27, 2014

Pair just completed filming Michael in which they play former lovers

The day after wrapping his three-week shoot on the film Michael, Zachary Quinto says he found his leading man James Franco to be 'inspiring.'

Quinto plays the former lover of Franco's character who went from gay magazine publisher to 'ex-gay' pastor.

'I had a great time working with James,' Quinto told The Backlot on Wednesday (27 August). 

July 22, 2014

Gay rights advocate also comments on his feud with William Shatner, saying he was the only one of the Star Trek cast who had no idea he was gay

Actor George Takei has revealed he attempted to persuade Star Trek writers to include an episode dealing with gay rights.

But, sadly, the show’s creator Gene Roddenberry wasn’t interested in the idea.

Takei, who found fame as Sulu in the original Star Trek series, appeared on Real Time will Bill Maher this week to talk about his life and career.

He said as the show was so good as tackling women’s rights, race relations and international politics, he would have loved for Star Trek to deal with the gay rights struggle in America and around the world.

June 27, 2014

Roberto Orci says it would not be right to 'shoe-horn' in a character that was openly gay just for the sake of it

A gay character that is both open and is integral to the plot is ‘not necessary’ in Star Trek 3, according to the director.

Roberto Orci has spoken about the follow-up to the adventures of the USS Enterprise, last seen in Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).

But even though the film will take place over 200 years in the future, Orci said he has doubts we will ever see a character having a same-sex relationship.

‘It can be part of a character and not be the whole shebang,’ he said on the Humans From Earth podcast.

April 29, 2014

Actor working out for role in upcoming film Agent 47

The bad news today for Zachary Quinto is that the actor was not nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway play The Glass Menagerie while three of his co-stars were.

The good news?

The openly gay star of the Star Trek movies (Mr. Spock) would be the clear winner in a 'Shirtless Selfie of the Day' contest.

February 6, 2014

'I don’t know what all this hoo-ha about Ryan Gosling is about ... I don’t think he’s as gripping and compelling as people like Matt Damon or George Clooney'

It seems George Takei isn't president of the Ryan Gosling fan club.

The Star Trek icon - he played Sulu in the original TV series and feature films - was asked about things he thinks are overrated these days.

He mentioned that actors are - and one actor in particular.

'I don’t know what all this hoo-ha about Ryan Gosling is about,' Takei tells Huffington Post.

'He’s more often boring than not.'

September 17, 2013

Takei's Take debuts today with gay star looking at Google Glass

At 76, George Takei continues to try new things.

The openly gay Star Trek icon launched a new web series today (17 September) called Takei's Take in which he explores the world of technology, trends, current events and pop culture.

Although he made a name for himself on television, Takei has found himself a huge web presence in recent years with more than 800,000 Twitter followers and 4.5 million Facebook fans.

'The future is coming whether we like it or not,' he says on the debut episode. 'I can't stop it. I can only adapt.'

August 7, 2013

'Trust me, if you are a corporate brand, you do not want to be associated with the Sochi'

Actor and LGBT activist George Takei is calling for the 2014 Olympics to be moved to a host city other than Sochi because of Russia's 'draconian' anti-gay propaganda law.

'The International Olympic Committee must do the right thing, protect its athletes and the fans, and move the 2014 Winter Olympics out of Russia,' Takei states in a powerful blog post on Tuesday (6 August).

July 18, 2013

Reports say the split between the two gay actors is not so amicable

After less than a year as one of Hollywood's most famous gay couples, Star Trek's Zachary Quinto and former Glee star Jonathan Groff have broken up.

Blogger Perez Hilton reports that 'things did not end well" for the pair but no reason for the split is given.

May 17, 2013

'I think we have a lot more work to do, but I think everybody's unified behind the cause'

At the Washington DC screening of Star Trek Into the Darkness this week, Zachary Quinto said that he believes marriage equality is an 'unstoppable wave' in the US at this point.

The openly Quinto, who plays Mr. Spock in the popular film series, says he has no desire to become a politicians but he did campaign for President Barack Obama's reelection and is an outspoken advocate for gay marriage.

May 6, 2013

Actors who play Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock are tight off-screen too

The affection Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have for each other is apparent in interviews the Star Trek leading men have done for Out Magazine published Monday (6 May).

Pine, who plays Spock in the franchise, says he knew Quinto (Mr. Spock) was gay from the moment he met him.

January 30, 2013

Jacob Rudolph came out to his classmates during school assembly

Jacob Rudolph, the New Jersey teen came out publicly to more than 300 classmates earlier this month, has a fan in Star Trek icon George Takei.

Rudolph appeared on Anderson Live, the syndicated daytime show hosted by Anderson Cooper, was on the show talking about his experience and mentioned that Takei was a real model from him.

'Having grown up in the 50s as a Japanese gay man and then coming out and having such a wonderful success and becoming such an advocate, he's an incredible person,' Rudolph told Cooper and guest co-host Deborah Norville.

January 25, 2013

'He needed publicity and the best way to get publicity is to create a controversy'

George Takei and William Shatner are forever linked by their roles as Sulu and Kirk on the original Star Trek television series and feature films.

But the best of friends they are not.

In interviews this week with Joy Behar on Current TV and with Metro Weekly, Takei brings up the public squirmish the two had in 2008 when Takei married husband Brad Altman and Shatner claimed to have not been invited as the rest of the Star Trek had been.

December 5, 2012

Encounters gay character of Kevin Keller at Science Fiction convention

George Takei, the openly gay actor who came to fame as Sulu in the original Star Trek television series, appears as himself in the just-released issue #6 issue of Archie Comics.

Takei encounters Kevin Keller at a science fiction convention. Keller is the first gay character in the history and married in issue #16 of Life With Archie.

September 17, 2012

Musical is about internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II - something Star Trek icon's family endured

Star Trek icon George Takei is currently spending his days at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego as one of the stars of the musical Allegiance which he hopes to take to Broadway.

This is more than just an acting gig for the 75-year-old star who has become an outspoken LGBT activist in recent years.

The musical is about the internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II resonates deeply because it is something Takei and his family had to live through.

September 12, 2012

'The hatred that people are leading with in this discussion is really, for me, the biggest symptom of how sick we are'

Out actor Zachary Quinto has been juggling his acting career for the last six months with campaigning for the re-election of US President Barack Obama - an election that the 35-year-old actor considers to be the most important of his lifetime.

Quinto, best known for his role as Mr. Spock in the most recent Star Trek films, is dismayed by the Christian right who have such a big influence on the Republican platform when it comes to social issues like LGBT equality and abortion.

September 5, 2012

'It [is] bolder, I think, than the first one, and that was pretty big and bold'

Zachary Quinto will be seen on movie screens again next spring as pointy eared Mr. Spock in the next Star Trek film.

The actor, who came out publicly as a gay man last year, first starred opposite Chris Pine on the Starship Enterprise in 2009 and the result was a worldwide hit that grossed $385.7 million worldwide.

He has finished filming his part in the sequel and he expects it to surpass the first installment.

July 25, 2012

Woman who played Lt. Uhura says Ride was 'a symbol for all of the little girls'

In her role as communications officer Lt. Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise in the original Star Trek television series and feature films, Nichelle Nichols was a pioneer of sorts for women in space - at least fictionally.

Sally Ride, who died this week of pancreatic cancer, was the real deal as the first US woman in space. It was not widely known until her death that she was a lesbian who is survived by her female partner of 27 years.

July 18, 2012

'This is of course the same justification used to prevent minorities from eating in restaurants during the Jim Crow years'

Former Eagle Scout George Takei, best known as Sulu from the original Star Trek TV series, spoke out Wednesday (18 July) against the Boy Scouts of America's announcement this week that they will continue to ban openly gay people.

Takei, who rode in last month's New York City LGBT Pride Parade wearing his Scout uniform, called the anti-gay position an 'ugly blemish' on an organization he 'revered' as a teenager.

April 20, 2012

Star Trek icon calls band's performance 'the best birthday video ever'

Star Trek icon George Takei is indeed living long and prospering.

Television's Capt. Sulu turned 75 on Friday (20 April) and the birthday tributes have been pouring in for the openly gay star - including some very unexpected ones.

December 12, 2011

Star Trek icon George Takei attempts to broker some sci-fi peace

Star Trek icon George Takei usually uses his celebrity to speak out for LGBT equality.

But the openly gay star who gained fame as Mr. Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise, has just filmed a YouTube video spot for another cause: brokering peace between ever-divided Star Trek and Star Wars camps.