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George Takei documentary 'To Be Takei' coming to DirecTV before theaters

Starz Digital Media announced Thursday the George Takei documentary To Be Takei will debut July 3 on DirecTV and will run exclusively on the platform until Aug. 5. On Aug. 22, To Be Takei will be released theatrically in the United States and Canada and will also be available on all major video on demand outlets on that date.

To Be Takei, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, offers “an entertaining and moving look at the many roles played by eclectic 77-year old actor/activist George Takei,” states a press release. Written and directed by Jennifer M. Kroot (It Came From Kuchar), the documentary will provide viewers with a rarely seen look into the lives of the onetime Star Trek star and Internet personality and his husband/business partner Brad Takei and promises to show “what it truly means ‘To Be Takei.’” The documentary will also features interviews with all surviving main cast members of Star Trek, and will be the first time that all of them have appeared in the same film together since the Star Trek films. READ FULL STORY

Throwback Thursday: Remember when 'Rescue 911' was the closest thing to reality TV?

From 1989 to 1996, reality television had nothing to do with housewives, teen parenthood, or competitions of any kind. Instead, it had everything to do with real-life emergencies, re-enactments, and William Shatner. I’m talking about Rescue 911.

The show, narrated/hosted by Shatner, told the stories behind actual 911 calls through interviews and dramatic re-enactments. There were stories of heart attacks, fire ants, hostage situationsmothers giving birth, and more. And if you were a young child watching the show, you had at least one episode that was forever burned into your memory. For me and my brother, it was the kid who got his jacket caught in the escalator:
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'Star Trek' retro posters draw up 'The Gamesters of Triskellion,' 'That Which Survives' -- EW EXCLUSIVE

Artist and enterprising super-geek Juan Ortiz demonstrates his stylistic range in this month’s set of prints inspired by episodes of the original Star Trek television series. You can practically smell the musty newsprint wafting off the Silver Age, Kirby-esque Marvel Comics cover treatment of “The Gamers of Triskellion” (season 2, episode 16), in which Kirk, Chekov, and Uhura are taken prisoner by slavers who toil for awful entities known as The Providers and are made to participate in gladiator games against other captives. This premise has spawned a great many comic book stories, too. Just ask The Grandmaster. Of course, we are also reminded of that one episode of Challenge of the Super-Friends called “The Final Challenge“… but we digress, as we often do.

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Image Credit: Juan Ortiz

Ortiz evokes Steranko in going Op-art mod for “That Which Survives” (season 3, episode 17), in which the Enterprise runs afoul with a computer-controlled femme fatale with a poisonous touch. (See below.) You can purchase prints of the posters at Quantum Mechanix. T-shirts inspired by the prints? They would be at WeLoveFine beginning Sept. 5.

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Billy Dee Williams gives J.J. Abrams 'Star Wars' plot suggestions -- VIDEO

Everyone has ideas for the new Star Wars movies! So, when J.J. Abrams stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel thought it might fun to ask the audience for some suggestions for the new sequels.

The first two guys are in costume and both feel strongly that, “Leia and Chewie need to do it!” The second, who we’ll assume works for Kimmel, really deserves our respect. Talking to J.J. Abrams is a nice perk of the job, but not many guys would go so far as wearing Leia’s gold bikini on national TV.

The third “audience member” is Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian in the original trilogy. He suggests, “Two hours of Lando and beautiful ladies making love, sweet love, in the galaxy.”

We’ll let you be surprised by the last guy. Fair warning though, he has a rather crude drawing of Leia and Chewie. Watch the video below:

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'Star Trek' phaser sells for $231,000 at auction

Never underestimate the power of geeks with high credit limits.

CNN reports that a phaser rifle used by William Shatner’s Captain Kirk on the original Star Trek sold for a whopping $231,000 at this year’s Hollywood Legends auction — and that’s in modern-day currency, not inflated future dollars. The one-of-a-kind fake weapon was designed for Star Trek‘s second pilot. Auctioneers expected it to go for about $50,000. Instead, somebody forked over enough money to buy a three-story, four-bedroom house in Pittsburgh for the toy.

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Your party is a wonderland: 'Vanity Fair' Paramount portrait is an A-list playground

Image credit: Art Streiber, exclusively for Vanity Fair

Well, I just lost my afternoon. In honor of Paramount’s 100th anniversary, Vanity Fair has “assembled 116 of the greatest talents ever to work at the studio.” That means Leo, Bob, and Marty, some icons of the studio’s golden age (hello, Eva Marie Saint, Jerry Lewis, and Michael York!), almost the entire casts of Transformers and Star Trek, and even that Canadian whippersnapper Justin Bieber, whom you might remember from a little indie film called Never Say Never. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg (Titanic zing, hey-yo!).

Because Vanity Fair knows you want to see every one of those 116 faces up close and personal, they’ve installed a zoom function on their site. Fair warning, PopWatchers: This thing is addictive. Click through at your own risk. Below, we scope out a few of the famous faces and hand out our portrait honors. READ FULL STORY

William Shatner returns to Broadway, talks one-man show -- VIDEO

Tonight, the one-man show Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It opens on Broadway after touring Australia and Canada. The limited engagement, through March 4, marks William Shatner’s return to the Great White Way for the first time since 1962. In the video interview below, he shares one of the many stories you’ll hear him tell on stage and reminds us that back in the ’60s, you didn’t get instant Twitter reviews as you left the theater.  READ FULL STORY

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