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The last couple weeks we've been following the developments surrounding Star Trek Beyond's announcement that they'll be revealing the character Sulu as gay in the upcoming film --- a decision largely made to serve as a nod to George Takei (who played Mr. Sulu for many years in movies and television) who came out as gay in 2005 after many years of keeping his sexual orientation to himself.



Long story short, George Takei told the press that he didn't think the show's creator Gene Roydenberry would approve of the decision, though he did say that he appreciates it --

"I wish John Cho well in the role I once played, and congratulate Simon Pegg on his daring and groundbreaking storytelling," Takei wrote. "While I would have gone with the development of a new character in this instance, I do fully understand and appreciate what they are doing — as ever, boldly going where no one has gone before."
J.J. Abrams offered his thoughts on well, George Takei's thoughts regarding the matter:

"I feel that George Takei’s reaction ― I’m sure has more to do with George Takei, and the baggage he brings to the proceedings. I think it may be his perception of having played a character a certain way. It might mean something personally to him. I have nothing but respect for the man, but I think it’s a preposterous thing for, of all people, a ‘Star Trek’ actor — who’s come out himself — to say that Gene Roddenberry wouldn’t have wanted this.” 

"It’s about time that there’s a gay character in this universe," Abrams said. 

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You know that part at the end of The Force Awakens, after all the bad stuff with Han happens, when Leia and Rey share a slightly awkward, ultimately sweet hug? A lot of people took that moment as a slight towards Chewbacca, whom Leia ultimately shared a much deeper connection with than this girl who she had literally just met. Why wouldn't she go hug the walking carpet, who was standing right there and probably feeling pretty down; did she hate him? The short answer: no. JJ Abrams just messed up the blocking of the scene. In an interview with /Film, he explains: 

That was probably one of the mistakes I made in that. My thinking at the time was that Chewbacca, despite the pain he was feeling, was focused on trying to save Finn and getting him taken care of. So I tried to have Chewbacca go off with him and focus on Rey, and then have Rey find Leia and Leia find Rey. The idea being that both of them being strong with the Force and never having met, would know about each other — that Leia would have been told about her beyond what we saw onscreen and Rey of course would have learned about Leia. And that reunion would be a meeting and a reunion all in one, and a sort of commiseration of their mutual loss.

Had Chewbacca not been where he was, you probably wouldn’t have thought of it. But because he was right there, passed by Leia, it felt almost like a slight, which was definitely not the intention.


So there you have it. Lord of scifi, JJ Abrams, makes mistakes too (and not just lens flares).

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Just kidding about the lens flares, maybe. 

JJ Abrams announced a new venture into the world of video games, a project called SpyJinx. According to the game's official site, SpyJinx is a mobile and PC action-strategy game being developed with ChAIR, the folks behind Infinity Blade.

Spyjinx is a unique mix of action-strategy gameplay, dynamic world building and RPG character development, all set in a thrilling, treacherous world of espionage.

If you want to find out what that means, you can sign up for the closed beta set to start next year.

star wars daniel Star Wars Fan Gets His Wish to See an Early Cut of The Force Awakens
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Daniel Fleetwood was diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer and his final wish was to see the new Star Wars movie before he dies. The hashtag #ForceForDaniel started a movement that involved Star Wars actors like Mark Hamill and John Boyega. Now it's been confirmed in a Facebook post by Daniel's partner Ashley that J.J. Abrams and Disney have given Daniel a private screening of an early version of the film.


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