Grapevine: George Takei says ‘no thanks’ to gay Sulu

Also news on Russell Brand, ‘One Tree Hill’ and ‘The Secret Life of Pets’

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Takei on gay Sulu: No thanks

George Takei isn’t exactly thrilled that the new “Star Trek” movie reveals the character of Sulu, first played by Takei in the original “Star Trek” series, to be gay. Simon Pegg, who wrote the screenplay for the new film, made the character gay as an homage to Takei, who publicly came out as gay in 2005. But Takei thinks the reveal isn’t true to “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry’s original vision for Sulu. “I’m delighted that there’s a gay character,” Takei tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene’s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.” Takei thinks the Sulu sideplot will be a distraction more than anything else. (John Cho plays Sulu in the new “Star Trek” film.) “I said, ‘This movie is going to be coming out on the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek,” the 50th anniversary of paying tribute to Gene Roddenberry, the man whose vision it was carried us through half a century. Honor him and create a new character.’ ” “Star Trek: Beyond” opens in theaters July 22.

Brand expecting child

If you’re wondering why Russell Brand posted a photo of himself on Instagram holding “The Expectant Dad’s Handbook,” well, you’re clearly no Sherlock Holmes. Brand is going to be a father; his girlfriend, Laura Gallacher, is five months pregnant, The Sun reports. Brand has been dating Gallacher, a Scottish television presenter, since last year. The on-and-off couple originally dated in 2007, before Brand’s marriage to pop singer Katy Perry. Brand and Perry divorced in 2012 after a year of marriage.

‘One Tree Hill’ cast to reunite

The cast of “One Tree Hill” will reunite at a convention in Chicago this fall, reports. Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Antwon Tanner and Metro Detroit’s own Jana Kramer will assemble for panels, autograph sessions, and performances from country singer Kramer. “One Tree Hill” aired for nine seasons from 2003 to 2012. The convention will take place Nov. 11-13 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown.

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The animated adventure “The Secret Life of Pets” pulled in $5.3 million on Thursday, Variety reports. “Pets” is expected to dethrone “Finding Dory” at the box office this weekend and earn around $70 million, according to industry analysts.

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O.J. Simpson, 69

Tom Hanks, 60

Courtney Love, 52

Jack White, 41