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Takei Takes Trek Down the Aisle with Longtime Beau

George Takei and Brad Altman by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images

Star Trek alum George Takei tied the knot on Sunday with longtime boyfriend Brad Altman. The first ones in line to receive a marriage license in West Hollywood when California began issuing them to gay couples on June 17, Takei, 71, and Altman, 54, exchanged vows before 200 loved ones in a ceremony held at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.Fellow Trekkers Walter "Chekov" Koenig and Nichelle "Uhura" Nichols served as best man and lady. "We extend our heartfelt congratulations to George and Brad," GLAAD president Neil G. Giuliano says in a statement. "The lifelong promise they have made to each other, in the presence of friends and family, is an affirmation of the love and commitment that they have shared for 21 years." — Matt Mitovich read more

Which Stars Will Trek to George Takei's Wedding?

Brad Altman and George Takei by E. Charbonneau/

Star Trek vet George Takei and partner Brad Altman have set a wedding date, and they're beaming in a few former Trek costars for the occasion. The wedding party may look familiar: Takei tells People that the best man will be Walter Koenig, who played Ensign Chekov, while the matron of honor will be Nichelle Nichols — aka Lt. Uhura. Leonard Nimoy and his wife, meanwhile, have scored a spot on the guest list. (Is Captain Kirk being left out here? No surprise, if you follow the backstage tales....))Takei and Altman announced their engagement following the recent California ruling that made gay marriage legal. The pair has been together for 21 years. Upon their announcement, Takei called the marriage ruling "simply exquisite." He and Altman plan to marry Sept. 14. — Anna DimondRelated:• Star Trek's George Takei: Gay Marriage Ruling Is "Simply Exquisite"• Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi to Get De Married read more

Star Trek's George Takei: Gay Marriage Ruling Is "Simply Exquisite"

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George Takei, aka Star Trek's original Sulu, is getting married. Following in the footsteps of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Takei announced on his Website that he and Brad Altman, his partner of 21 years, will be taking advantage of the new California state law allowing marriage for all couples, regardless of gender combo. Of his relationship and the opportunity to marry, Takei wrote, "We've shared the good times as well as struggled through the bad. [Brad] helped me care for my ailing mother who lived with us for the last years of her life. He is my love and I can't imagine life without him. Now, we can have the dignity, as well as all the responsibilities, of marriage. We embrace it all heartily."Takei has not yet announced wedding details, but said that he and Altman are enjoying the "delicious dilemma" of planning. He concluded, "Marriage equality took a long time, but, like fine wine, its bouquet is simply exquisite." Big congrats! — Anna DimondFor more of Star Tre... read more

John Cho Faces More Than Fandom with Harold and Sulu

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In the second installment of his latest film Harold Kumar 2 Escape from Guantanamo Bay John Cho reprises his character as the straitlaced-but-lovable Harold The film reprises the stoner duo in yet another adventure in which Harold and Kumar Kal Penn are on the lam and encounter everything from the KKK to a Texas whorehouse as they flee from the evil pursuit of a government official played by Rob Corddry Theres no shortage of commentary on race and politics in America teen humor and gags not to mention the requisite appearance of Neil Patrick Harris playing of course Neil Patrick HarrisAs the cult-fave stoner flick gets a redux Cho is already feeling the heat of the spotlight for his next role as Sulu in the upcoming Star Trek film In a recent interview Cho described how hes reacting to all the fandom saying Im discovering how much of a basic building block of American citizenship it is he said Everyone knows something about Star T read more

Tuesday's Amateur Hours

David Cook by Frank Micelotta/Fox

Midway through George Takei's cheerful yet depressing mauling of a country-music classic last night, I wondered if this is what it would be like to drop acid in Branson, while I was also wondering what a world would be like if so-called stars would be so kind as to keep their hidden talents hidden.No such luck. Look what Dancing with the Stars hath wrought: CBS' cheesy circus of marginal celeb-reality: Secret Talents of the Stars, which premiered Tuesday night as a flat nightcap to a long night of unimpressive reality-show competition. (For Cheers & Jeers' take on this debacle, go here.) Is it wrong of me to think the only truly genuine performance I saw Tuesday night was that adorable 8-year-old couple doing the paso doble as part of the Dancing results-show filler?I’m with Clint Black, who in his affable but instantly forgettable Secret Talents stand-up routine quipped, “You what I can’t stand? These TV shows where people compete and America votes. You know what... read more

Jeers: Stars Dreck: The Next Generation

Sasha Cohen by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS

Jeers to CBS for jumping on — and falling off — the celeb-competition bandwagon with Secret Talents of the Stars. The Eye network's pathetic entry is hosted by John O'Hurley, but this feels more akin to his work on Family Feud than Dancing with the Stars (not to mention Seinfeld). He introduces contestants like Olympic skater-turned-contortionist Sasha Cohen, who again fails to match the gold-medal standard set by her predecessor, Dancing fave Kristi Yamaguchi. The motley panel of judges features R&B singer Brian McKnight, the unsinkable-until-now Debbie Reynolds and producer/designated hater Gavin Polone (who made a tasteless Brokeback Mountain joke about gay Star Trek vet George Takei that would've made Simon Cowell wince even more than Sulu's "singing"). Note to CBS: Some things should be kept secret.For another take on Secret Talents of the Stars, read the Roush Dispatch.• For more on Dancing with the Stars, check out the new Cheers & Jeers vodcast.•... read more

Spot the Fake Celebrity Talent

CBS has announced a new reality series called Secret Talents of the Stars, which debuts April 8. And let me tell you, it's kind of a circus. Remember that show Circus of the Stars? (Balki on the trapeze? Sure, we've got that!) Well, it's like that, except with music and dancing and just about everything else, too. In fact, some of the acts are so random that they sound made up. In that spirit, here's a list of some of the participants and their talents. But can you spot the fake? Post your guess in the comments below. — Mickey O'Connor1) Country crooner Clint Black will perform stand-up comedy.2) Star Trek vet George Takei will sing country music.3) Olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen will perform acrobatics with the Shanghai Circus.4) Wrestler Ric Flair will dance the salsa.5) Boxing champ Joe Frazier will sing R&B.6) Danny Bonaduce will ride the unicycle with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.7) Foulmouthed comedian Andrew Dice Clay will perform feats of ... read more

You Can't Play God

Episode Recap: "Cautionary Tales"This episode lived up to everything Heroes means to its’ fans. It was the best of the season. I’m going to write this by character, instead of scene for scene. We’ll save the best for last.Claire: Now we know exactly how the power of cellular regeneration works. Angela Petrelli explained if the “cells continually regenerate, they stop growing old”. I think many of us knew that or at least had the right thought process. We don’t know how many times Adam or Claire have died. Adam has a 400 year head-start, but I’m glad to see Claire will continue to age. I think she would choose a mortal life over Adam’s. Hiro: “To eulogize him is to admit he is gone.“ Masi Oka was wonderful tonight! He had me in tears. His attempt at saving his father explained so much. We’ve all been wondering “why didn’t Hiro just go back…” for so many instances throughout the series. Tonight we g... read more

"We All Have Our Roles to Play"

Who can be trusted? Jack Coleman, Ashley Crow by Chris Haston/NBC

Episode Recap: "Out Of Time"Welcome to November Sweeps. The writers’ are on strike, NBC is green and Heroes is back!If you’re reading this, there is a good chance you are a regular at the Heroes TV Guide blog. Let’s get right to it.Last week, I mentioned Mr. Bennet’s sloppy handy work in Ukraine. I knew he would get caught! He also destroyed the remaining paintings. Two of which, came true in tonight’s episode. The battle between Kensei and Hiro and Peter’s distraught first look at human extinction. Many of you should give yourselves pats on the back! As I watched tonight’s episode so many of your predictions and comments in the past weeks came true. Especially, when Kensei turned out to be Adam Monroe! So, Kensei/Adam and Claire are immortal. I think they remain forever young at the age they realize they have powers. It looks like we will never see Claire at happy hour. Who liked this episode as much as I did? I know it’s been slow... read more

Who's Your Daddy?

Hayden Panettiere by Trae Patton/NBC

Episode Recap: "The Kindness of Strangers"This wasn’t the strongest episode of the second season, but it did offer some insight. Not every chapter of a story is meant to be entertaining. Each chapter has a purpose: Some may hold solutions, while others bridge the gaps between clues. I know many have complained about the increase of characters. The truth is, in order to have death, we need more life. I can’t think of a former Hero I am ready to part with, so if a newbie bites the dust, I won’t feel so bad. However, I’d like Micah’s cousin to stick around for a while. Not the bratty wrestling fan — the other cousin. Monica Dawson is a fast learner. When Monica sees something — a somewhat simple task (I’m sure she can’t regenerate or fly by viewing) — she can mimic it. For example, she carved a tomato into a rose and used a "pro" wrestling move on a thief. I think she can only perform this “power” when she sees something o... read more

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