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George Takei may be the galaxy’s most famous helmsman, but there’s more to his life than his years aboard the USS Enterprise. A new documentary by filmmaker Jennifer Kroot explores Takei’s life from his childhood in an internment camp during WWII to his recent years as an activist for LGBT rights and marriage equality. Takei tells Kim Masters how Kroot convinced him to be involved in the documentary and how they were able to get William Shatner to sit for an on-camera interview.

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To Be Takei [HD]

Jennifer M. Kroot

Producers:
Kaitlin Parker

Hollywood News Banter 5 MIN, 27 SEC

Kim Masters is joined by Michael Schneider, Executive Editor of TV Guide Magazine to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

- A surprising pick to run DreamWorks. Michael Wright will be leaving the TV world--he was Turner’s president of programming-- to become the CEO of the production company.
- Netflix is paying big bucks for the streaming rights to a show that hasn’t even aired on television yet.

Guests:
Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)

More:
It's Official: Turner's Michael Wright Takes Top DreamWorks Job
Q&A: Michael Wright on Taking the Helm at DreamWorks
Netflix Is Paying A Huge Amount For Fox's 'Gotham' Even Though It Hasn't Aired Yet

‘To Be Takei’ 22 MIN, 28 SEC

A new documentary by filmmaker Jennifer Kroot looks at the life of actor, activist and social media master George Takei. When Kroot first approached George Takei and his husband Brad about doing a documentary, the couple wasn’t so sure, but eventually agreed after learning Kroot was a Star Trek fan herself and had been intrigued by Takei after reading his autobiography. The resulting film, To Be Takei, looks at Takei’s life from his childhood in an internment camp to his years on the Star Trek TV show and movies to his recent activism for marriage equality.


George Takei and his husband Brad

Takei also talks about the massive production problems behind the scenes of the first Star Trek feature film and why it is that after working together for decades, William Shatner claims not to know him.

Guests:
George Takei, Actor known for his portrayal of Star Trek's Mr. Sulu (@GeorgeTakei)

More:
'To Be Takei' Official Website

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