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Starz Digital Beams Up George Takei Docu

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 4:26pm PST

000038.2761.ToBeTakei_still2_GeorgeTakei__byNA_2013-11-29_09-10-27PMAUSTIN, TX –– Heading into the annual SXSW festival, Starz Digital Media has snagged the rights to the film, To Be Takei. The documentary about pop-culture icon George Takei premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was directed by Jennifer M. Kroot (It Came from Kuchar). The company has acquired all rights for U.S. and Canada. The company will distribute with a theatrical release planned for 2014. The announcement was made today by Kevin Kasha, Head of Acquisitions for Starz.

starz-digital-media-post“George has become a true icon who gracefully moves from comic conventions to Congressional hearings,” commented Kasha. “To Be Takei takes us into George’s life in a witty, familiar and delightful way. Starz is pleased to share his inspiring story with audiences.”

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Sundance: George Takei Slams Utah Governor’s “Stupidity” Over Same-Sex Marriage On Eve Of Docu Debut (Video)

By | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 8:44am PST

Sundance2014_badge__140109214059__140116020608“We were absolutely delighted when we learned that To Be Takei had been accepted at Sundance that we were going to a marriage equality state,” says George Takei, “and then things started happening.” The Star Trek and Celebrity Apprentice alumni, who has a docu on his life premiering at the festival Saturday, is referring to the court-ordered ha13968-1lt this month to Utah’s brief legalization of same sex-marriages. Specifically, the politically active actor and Howard Stern regular is no fan of Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. “He consciously and mean-spiritedly refused to recognize the marriages that already happened,” Takei says of Herbert’s stance on the more than 1300 same-sex marriages that took place in Utah between the overturning of the state’s ban late last year and their stoppage during appeal. “I’m stunned by his stupidity. Apparently he believes in governing by hysteria — that’s the only way it can interpreted,” the actor says. “This governor now is trying to put the toothpaste that’s been squeezed out back into the tube. It’s something that can’t be done.” Takei says he and his husband sparked to the idea of a documentary after filmmaker Jennifer Kroot approached them three years ago. “We thought the timing would amazing,” he recalls. “Important historically events were happening in the progress of equality for the LGBT community and so to have this chronicled would be a fantastic thing to have, and so we agreed to do it. And here we are premiering in a state that still reflects that struggle that we have.” Here’s an exclusive first-look at the pic:

Not that marriage equality — no matter how well-known Takei has become (again) because of the issue — is the sole focus of To Be Takei. “When you see the film you will see both an entertaining and thought provoking documentary on us,” he says, “which covers the history of my life from my childhood imprisonment in barbed wire prison camps to my acting career to our struggle for equality in America and trying to make our democracy a truer and better democracy.” Read More »

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