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For this holiday weekend, we're revisiting a conversation with the galaxy's most famous helmsman. But there's more to George Takei's life than his years aboard the USS Enterprise. The 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. Plus, an all new Hollywood News Banter.

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Producers:
Kaitlin Parker

Hollywood News Banter 5 MIN, 35 SEC

Matt Belloni, executive editor of the Hollywood Reporter joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

- Critics at Cannes have praised performances by Cate Blanchett and Joaquin Phoenix, but there have been no real breakout films at the festival this year.

- While the films themselves may not be generating tons of attention, a fracas at the red carpet known as "flatgate" sure has. Some women were turned away for wearing flats instead of high heels, and some men in long ties were turned away for their lack of bow ties. The problem isn't so much the dress code itself, but that the rules aren't consistently enforced.

- A French reporter heckled Netflix's Ted Sarandos during a keynote presentation, asking if he realized the Netflix model would "destroy the film eco-system in Europe." France has much stricter rules about how long a film must wait before going from theaters to VOD or other media platforms.

Sumner Redstone's 92nd birthday approaches, but the state of his health remains unclear. He told Vanity Fair via email that he still exercises everyday, but others say he is much more frail. As the owner of two publicly traded companies with media assets like MTV and Comedy Central, and no plan of succession in place, shareholders are arguing that they have a right to know the truth about Redstone's health.

'To Be Takei' 21 MIN, 48 SEC

The documentary To Be Takei 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.


George and Brad Takei
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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.

Takei also talks about the massive production problems behind the scenes of the first Star Trek feature film and why, 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)

To Be Takei

Jennifer M. Kroot

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