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There’s been a lot of Internet discussion about Sulu’s sexual orientation in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond. Simon Pegg wrote the script for the third film in the rebooted universe (13th for the entire Star Trek Movie Franchise) and George Takei, who played Sulu in the original series and big screen movies, didn’t see eye to eye on that change to the character. John Cho, who plays Sulu in the recently named Kelvin Timeline went into more detail in a recent interview with Vulture, revealing that the big kiss scene ended up on the editing room floor. (more…)

If you’ve been following us here on Nerdbastards, you’ve probably become aware that in the new movie Star Trek Beyond, the character Hikaru Sulu (as played by John Cho) is ‘coming out’ of the metaphorical closet with little fanfare. This was in hopes, by writer Simon Pegg (who also plays Montgomery “Scotty” Scott) to normalize gay characters in Star Trek; it was also intended to honor the character’s original actor George Takei, who is a gay man himself and huge advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. However, in a surprising twist, George Takei (respectfully) disapproved of the change. It did not take long for Simon Pegg to give Takei a response (also with a respectful tone). Now, Mr. Takei has responded back to the Star Trek writer, and he seems to have extended the hand of peace.  (more…)

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As we previously announced, the revamped Star Trek series with a younger cast recently announced that actor George Takei’s character Hikaru Sulu now played by actor John Cho was going to be revealed as gay in the upcoming Star Trek film: Star Trek Beyond. Sulu would be revealed to have a male partner and a child and although was a part of Starfleet, would be a loving family man. Writer Simon Pegg wrote this storyline into the film for all the right reasons. This seems like a fitting tribute to the actor, who after coming out in 2005, years after is run on Star Trek ended, has become a fierce advocate of LGTB issues later in life. Sure there are some people on the interwebs who might have an issue with it, but for the most part, many were welcome to the idea as a nice tribute to the actor and all he’s done post-Star Trek.

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In the movement for marriage equality, one of the things that helped change a lot of minds on the subject was George Takei coming out of the closet. Not everybody has a gay friend, but almost everyone knows the man that piloted the Enterprise on its five-year mission and follow-up movies, and when people found out that the man that played Sulu has gay and in a committed relationship for three decades, it made a lot of people re-think their opinion. So in a classy touch, the new Star Trek film Star Trek Beyond will pay tribute to Takei’s quiet activism by revealing that John Cho‘s iteration of the character is a family man with a husband and daughter.  (more…)

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Everyone’s doing music for movies these days, although it’s really nothing new, remember Vanilla Ice‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles song? That was 25 years ago. Fallout Boy and Missy Elliot took a crack at updating the Ghostbusters theme song and now Rihanna has slipped a track (Sledgehammer) in the new Star Trek Beyond soundtrack. You can check it out in the new trailer below. (more…)

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There’s something you guys should know about me right away, before we even get in to talking about Star Trek Into Darkness. It’s gonna make some of you uncomfortable, and it might even make some of you distrust every single thing I say about this movie from here on, but it needs to be said, because you need to know the perspective from which I was approaching seeing this particular film. So brace yourselves, Trekkies. Take a deep breath. We’re all gonna get through this. Ready? OK: I loved J.J. Abrams’ first Star Trek movie. I mean, flat out, caveat-free, absolute love. I came out of that movie feeling refreshed and overjoyed and itching to see it again, and then of course I looked at the internet. I was sincerely baffled by all the hate some viewers threw at that flick. I thought they were nit-picking. I thought they were actively seeking reasons not to like it, instead of just sitting back and enjoying this new interpretation. “You don’t get to decide what ‘real’ Star Trek is,” I would argue. “It’s for everybody. It always has been. Just because the Kobayashi Maru scenes didn’t live up to your particular moral interpretation doesn’t mean it’s not a good movie,” I said. I embraced the popcorn exuberance of that film, and four years later I’m still unabashedly embracing it. I still love that movie. So, why am I telling you all of this? Because, Star Trek haters, after seeing Star Trek Into Darkness, I can finally feel your pain.

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After umpteen trailers we finally get a chance to see the first clip from next month’s Star Trek Into Darkness. And if you had any doubt J.J. Abrams and co. were looking to avoid comparison between their flick and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, you are mistaken. Give a listen as in this clip Spock utters those all too famous words,

What a wonderful first clip to share! It offered a chance for every member of the main crew to offer input, making me all the more hopeful this sequel will feature even more from the ensemble as a whole. The Enterprise is nothing without her crew. And I mean the whole crew, not just Kirk and Spock. Ah, but speaking of Kirk and Spock, did you hear what that pointy-eared bastard said!? “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” I mean, agh!, just slay me with feels why don’t ya!?

And, what’s up with those uniforms? Are they wet suits?

Star Trek Into Darkness opens in IMAX 3D on May 15th and in every other format May 17th.

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Now that everyone has calmed down and is finally in their post-“Oh my God! The Star Trek trailer has released!” phase, it’s the perfect time to drop fresh Star Trek Into Darkness news. Thanks to a recent press screening of J.J. Abrams anticipated sequel, a few special pieces of information made their way to us courtesy of Coming Soon‘s Silas Lesnick.

In a series of tweets, Lesnick confirmed a lot of what many of us have been predicting, but with a few added tidbits of knowledge we might not have expected. Check out what he had to say during his screening via Twitter (after the jump).
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Star Trek Into Darkness has been one of Hollywood’s best keep secrets. Their villain is both known and unknown at the same time, the script is under heavy wraps and J.J. Abrams‘ has managed to get away with showing a measly three frames of footage.

As of next month, fans of J. R. R. Tolkien and Peter Jackson who happen to be watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (in IMAX) will be treated to 12,960 times the amount of footage Star Trek then we’ve seen all year.

With Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, and Bruce Greenwood all reprising their roles from the last film alongside newcomers Alice Eve and Benedict Cumberbatch, Paramount Pictures wants to get people in the seats. So what better way then to announce a nine-minute prologue for J.J. Abrams‘ sequel that will air ahead of the Jackson trilogy on approximately 500 IMAX screens?

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With today being the 46th year anniversary of Star Trek (*blowing on my kazoo*), I just knew some news regarding J.J. Abram‘s Trek sequel was going to be unleashed. And it has, just not officially. According to Comingsoon.net the sequels title has been revealed. Kirk and crew are going to need some friggin’ flash lights, because the title is -apparently- being named: Star Trek Into Darkness.

This news does not come from Abrams, the cast or anyone at Paramount Studios. Nope, just some good ole’ domain snooping. Comingsoon.net found two domain names that were registered yesterday through Markmonitor. Which is an anonymous domain registry service that has been used by Paramount Pictures in the past for recent URLs like their official G.I. Joe: Retaliation site. Those new Star Trek domain names include www.startrekintodarkness.com and www.startrekintodarknessmovie.

So, again, this is not official. However, Star Trek Into Darkness seems an apt name, considering the dark tones actors Chris Pine had said the film was going to have. He told Total Film in a recent interview:

There’s comedy, which I think J.J. does a great job of, but, like the first one, there’s some serious issues being dealt with. And I’d say the threat is even greater in this one.

The force [the Enterprise crew] are met with is much more frightening. It’s relentlessly action-packed and in terms of character development it goes places you’d never expect. The arc is huge for all the characters. It’s a really big story—I can’t hype it enough!

For me, I just hope all this darkness talk is a hint that the solar or lens flare problem has been corrected. *derp*

Star Trek 2 will star Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller with a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Damon Lindelof and that it will hit theaters on May 17, 2013 in 2D, 3D theaters and IMAX 3D versions.