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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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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.

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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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No word yet on exactly what this is, but a trailer for Stranger appeared online yesterday and it looks delightfully creepy--whatever it is.

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Check out the video above for an opportunity to be on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII and even win a cameo role through the Force for Change campaign, and get an intriguing look at what is currently going on behind the scenes in Abu Dhabi:

inside Star Wars VII
via: The Daily Dot

inside Star Wars VII
via: The Daily Dot

If you're interested, learn more about the Force for Change campaign here.

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Everyone else is posting about Season 4, while I'm just here posting about the age-old intro.