Viewers find out that Sulu is gay in Star Trek Beyond but they won’t get to see him kiss his husband.
‘There was a kiss that I think is not there anymore,’ actor John Cho, who plays Sulu, tells Vulture.
‘It wasn’t like a make-out session. We’re at the airport with our daughter. It was a welcome-home kiss.’
Sulu’s husband is played by Doug Jung who co-wrote the screenplay with Simon Pegg.
‘I’m actually proud of that scene, because it was pretty tough,’ Cho says. ‘Obviously, I just met the kid, and then Doug is not an actor. I just wanted that to look convincingly intimate. We’re two straight guys and had to get to a very loving, intimate place. It was hard to do on the fly. We had to open up. It came off well, in my view.’
Jung ended up doing the small role because Cho had requested that Sulu’s husband be Asian.
‘We were in Vancouver first and we finished up the production in Dubai and that scene was in Dubai and I was like, “Hey, so who’d you get?” They were like, “We can’t find anybody! Doug may have to play him!” It started out as a joke. I was like, “Haha.” And then at some point they were not joking. We definitely had trouble finding East Asians first off, and then actors willing to play gay. We had a guy and then his parents really objected. Basically, we couldn’t find an Asian actor willing to play gay in Dubai is my understanding.’
The Late Late Show’s James Corden showed up at The White House to take a tour and things takes an unthinkable turn.
First Lady Michelle Obama joins him for a drive around the grounds singing Stevie Wonder and Beyonce songs and have a nice chat too. In the end they are joined by surprise guest Missy Elliott who drops in to sing This Is For My Girls.
You won’t see Chris Colfer taking to Twitter to badmouth Donald Trump.
The former Glee star, who has a role as a hairdresser in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, supports Democrat Hillary Clinton but has so far stayed clear of any Twitter wars.
‘If I’m gonna have a voice politically, I want it to be positivity for Hillary,’ he tells SiriusXM Progress. ‘I don’t want it to be negativity for Donald Trump. Because I feel like people get trapped in that.
‘As soon as you say something negative about Trump that’s all that people post, that’s all that people write. Because he’s a click hole.’
Colfer, 26, was raised in a Republican household in which he secretly admired then First Lady Hillary Clinton.
‘All of my family were Republican — they’re still Republican,’ he explains. ‘Our dinner table arguments should be filmed, because they’re so hysterical.
‘She was constantly on the news for being ambitious. I remember even as a kid people were labeling her as, “How dare this first lady be ambitious?” like it was a negative quality. And I remember seeing how many times she was publicly told, “No, you can’t do that. No, no, no.” And she always said, “Yes, and…Yes.” I remember as a kid secretly looking up to her. I think she’s quite extraordinary.’
When John Barrowman was a teenager, the future Torchwood star didn’t want anyone to know he was gay.
‘I didn’t tell my family until I was in my early 20s but I didn’t fret about it,’ he tells BigIssue.com. ‘I wasn’t doing anything sexual with anyone at that time anyway.’
But school dances were a bit of a problem.
‘I used to dread school dances because on the way home you were expected to make out with a girl, give them a pet, and I really didn’t want to do it,’ he says. ‘But outside of that I was happy to go out with girls and they liked me. They had this good-looking guy on their arm and he was no threat at all – I just told them their shoes looked fabulous and their dress was great.’
The Arrow star kept up the dating girls charade and began to live something of a double life.
‘I still had a girlfriend right up to college,’ he admits. ‘If I could go back I’d say to myself, look John, just call it off.’
Things did get tricky at times.
‘I was doing a show and I was secretly seeing the Spanish dancer guy in the same show and my girlfriend showed up to surprise me. Stefanie Powers was in the show and I ran down to her dressing room in a panic, saying, Marilyn’s just shown up, what should I do? She said, just tell her you’re in love with me. And that’s when I realized it was all a bit ridiculous. So after the show I told Marilyn the truth, I just sat her down and told her. And that was that.
The movie premieres on HBO THIS Saturday. I’ve seen it and found it very satisfying – a wonderful finale. HBO has released these little videos of the three core characters to remind you of their considerable charms.
No Raven-Symone in this interview to ask any clueless questions. There’s Whoopi and Behar and a guest host chatting with our Edina and Patsy. I saw Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie on Monday night and kids, it is a blast. We laughed constantly and I know that any fan of this great show will absolutely not be disappointed.
When you think about it, Judith Light has had one of the most successful TV careers of any actress around. She won two Emmys for her work on the ABC soap One Life to Live before her eight year run on the hit sitcom Who’s The Boss. That was followed by a four-year Emmy-nominated stint on Ugly Betty and a longtime recurring role as a judge on Law & Order: SVU.
Now she’s one of the stars on Transparent which begins its third season this fall and the two-time Tony winner also continues to work on Broadway.
The 2016 Emmy nominee for supporting actress in a comedy was asked this week by Huffington Post what makes Transparent different from other shows on TV.
‘First of all, all credit goes to (show creator) Jill Soloway and all of our writers and the actors I get to work with. Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Landecker and Gaby Hoffmann … That kind of support and creativity and artistry, and on top of that, you get to be part of the world of the transgender community that has so long been in the shadows, and for so long been “the other.” We get to have a conversation that changes the way the world thinks about the LGBT community. You’re talking about an entire system. The advocacy that I have cared about for so long, plus the work I’ve done as an actor … the combination of those two things is just quite remarkable.’
Miss light also spoke beautifully of the LGBT community of which she has been a staunch ally for decades.
‘When you see the ones that are being oppressed, you see a kind of learning, leadership, power, understanding and respect, and heartfelt response in humanity that you don’t always see elsewhere. When I watch the LGBT community and [see all that they’ve done], I watch a community rise. They have power — and by power, I mean gentle power, kindness, graciousness, generosity, being present of one another.’
This is terrific news: TR Knight is returning to series television with a recurring role on the ABC drama The Catch that has been written especially for him.
The out actor spent five seasons playing Dr. George O’Malley on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy before leaving the medical drama seven years ago. His exit was handled by his character being killed off.
This return reunites him with Shonda Rhimes, the creator and executive producer of both shows.
‘This has been a thrilling secret to keep!’ Rhimes in a statement to TV Line.
‘One of my favorite family members is home!’
Knight, in a statement of his own, says working with Rhimes and her Shondaland team again ‘fills me with immense joy.’
Nothing has been revealed about Knight’s character on The Catch which begins its second season in the fall.
Knight is an Emmy nominated actor who since his stint on Grey’s has had a recurring role on the CBS drama The Good Wife, appeared in the Hulu series 11.22.63 and is part of the upcoming ABC miniseries When We Rise.
When Knight began his run on Grey’s Anatomy more than a decade ago, he was not openly gay.
But after former co-star Isaiah Washington referred to him as a ‘faggot’ during an on-set fight with Patrick Dempsey, Knight issued a public statement confirming he is gay.
Last summer, I was struck by how supportive and loving Garry Marshall was on opening night of Outfest to his friend Tig Notaro whose film was opening the festival.
Below are some of the photos I snapped of them on the red carpet including one with the night’s honoree John Cameron Mitchell.
It wasn’t the first time I saw Marshall at an LGBT event but, sadly, it was the last. He died earlier today at the age of 81.
The creator of Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy and The Odd Couple is gone.
His most recent feature film, Mother’s Day, was released in May and featured an all-star cast that included Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston.
When I look at his body of work as a movie director, there are so many that stand out with my faves being Beaches (of course!) and Overboard (of course!). Those are movies I can watch over and over – and have! He also directed Pretty Woman, The Princess Diaries and Runaway Bride among many others.
I attended the festival 10 out of the 11 days and saw 25 movies including the Boys Shorts and Skin short film programs and a Transparent panel. It was such a solid year with very few disappointments and wonderful surprises.
Here are my top 5 films plus a handful of runners-up:
1. Being 17 This superb French film from Andre Techine was so absorbing and well-acted. I really cared about the two main characters, Damien and Thomas, who are enemies at school but must co-exist when Damien’s mother, a doctor, invites Thomas to live with their family while his pregnant mother is in the hospital. They have complicated feelings about each other and the film takes its time sorting those out and you happily settle in and go along. The movie won the Outfest Jury Award for Best International Narrative Feature.
2. Paris 05:59: Theo & Hugo Okay, the movie begins with a 15-20 minute orgy at an underground sex club in Paris but that’s not the only reason it made my top five, okay?. The orgy scenes are very well done but this drama told in real-time is so much more. You have the title characters so attracted to each other as the meet in the middle of this orgy that after having sex, they spend the rest of the early morning hours actually getting to know each other. The bicycle through empty streets in Paris and I loved the scenery. Then they realize an HIV test is needed and the drama unfolds. It’s an absorbing movie described as Shortbus meets Weekend. There’s lots of nudity and actual sex but it doesn’t feel cheap.
3. Spa Night This ended up being so much more than I thought it would be. I thought we’d see lots of sex and intrigue inside this spa with a gay hook-up culture where a closeted teen goes to work to help out his financially struggling parents. But it’s a bigger story than the teen’s repressed sexual desires. It’s about his Korean immigrant parents and their dreams for him and their own crushed dreams. Leading man Joe Seo is a revelation as he conveys the weight of suppressed emotions and familial obligation. The film won the Outfest Grand Jury Prize the Best US Narrative Feature Film and Seo received the jury’s Special Mention for Outstanding Performance.
4. Esteros This is such a sexy movie – and it’s in Spanish! It’s the beautiful story of childhood friends in Argentina who had a deep connection as boys. They are reunited more than a decade later and by that time one of them is openly gay while the other is engaged to a lovely woman who he brings with him on a visit to his old stomping grounds. It’s a movie that elicits feelings of nostalgia of your own adolescence (it sure did for me!) and those long-lost loves you never really forget. The leads are both so good, so natural and so sexy and the movie is very satisfying.
5. Miles Molly Shannon really was the MVP of the festival with a stupendous performance in this wonderful film about a gay teen who is desperate for a college scholarship and goes out for the girl’s volleyball team because there is no boy’s team at his high school. Shannon plays the teen’s mom and the film is as much about her growth as it is about her son’s. I was ready to say this is Shannon’s best-ever big screen performance but then I also watched her in Sunday night’s closing film Other People in which she plays the mother of a gay son who comes home to take help take care of her as she loses her battle against cancer and she is equally good in that. BTW, Miles won the Outfest Audience Award.
Runners-up: Departure, Lazy Eye, Other People, Major! Strike A Pose
I highly recommend each of these films and congratulate all involved in them for a very successful Outfest.