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Nicole Richie & George Takei To Guest Star On New Normal!

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Ryan Murphy for the win!!

We've just learned that Nicole Richie and George Takei will both guest-star on his new seriesThe New Normal!!

Ryan tweeted the news and said:

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Brad Pitt, George Clooney Perform In Prop 8 Play In El Lay!!

What a treat for theatergoers!

Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Kevin Bacon, Martin Sheen, Matthew Morrison, Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, George Takei and Jamie Lee Curtis took to the stage at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in El Lay Saturday night to perform in Dustin Lance Black's play about Prop. 8, 8.

The play is based on the controversial legal battle to overturn California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8.

Brad played the role of Judge Vaughn Walker and was joined on stage by some of Hollywood's A-list actors for the stage reading.

So inspirational!

Watch the FULL play above! Brad takes the stage around 35:51, FYI!

And for more details on the organization and the Fight for Marriage Equality, CLICK HERE!

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George Takei Wants Trekkies And Star Wars Fans To Unite And Fight A Common Enemy…Twilight!

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Thanks for putting things into perspective, George! LOLz!

Check out the video (above) of Star Trek alum George Takei attempting to make peace between Star Wars and Star Trek fans by uniting them against Twilight!

U hear that, Twi-Hards? Maybe U guys should team up with the Harry Potter fans and strike back against Star fans everywhere!

AND THEN

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What The Stars Are Saying About Kim Kardashian And Kris Humphries' Divorce

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Whether they're showing their support or poking fun, EVERYONE'S got something to say about Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries' divorce!

Here's what the celebs are tweeting about it:

Finally! Everyone will leave me alone for a bit! -Ashton Kutcher

@PerezHilton: Kim is my BEST FRIEND, and I know for a FACT it was VERY REAL!… Was @KimKardashian's wedding and marriage real or fake? -Robin Antin

I want my wedding gift back. I can always use extra "ass lotion". -Zach Braff

I'd marry Bruce Jenner for 18 million dollars. -Also Zach Braff (guy's got a lot to say about this!)

Kim Kardashian files for divorce after 72 days. Another example of how same-sex marriage is destroying the sanctity of the very institution." -George Takei (LOLz)

Well, now we'll get a chance to see another multi-million-dollar fairy tale wedding in the near future. Hollywood loves sequels. -John Legend

I think we are starting 2 C the world of reality imploding- just my opinion. -Lisa Rinna

Which celebs do U think have the best insight on Kim K's divorce?

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More Celebrity Apprentice Castmembers Announced!

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This cast is rounding out nicely!

Clay Aiken, Debbie Gibson, and Teresa Giudice have already been reported to be appearing on the upcoming season of The Celebrity Apprentice, and now, alongside them, will apparently include Adam Carolla, Arsenio Hall, Chery Tiegs, Dee Snider, and George Takei!

Well, you can't argue that they didn't go for a variety!

Wonder who else they'll be manage to snag??

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George Takei Takes On Tennesse's Don't Say Gay Bill

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George Takei - you are truly wonderful!

Back in November, we were very pleased/impressed with the openly gay actor when he released an unconventional video for the "It Gets Better" campaign.

Now, George is taking on Tennessee's "Don't Say Gay" bill (above), and we LOVE his approach…plus, it's actually kind of HIGHlarious!

Thanks for taking a stand as always, George! You are such an inspiration!

What do U think of George Takei's video? Do U agree that "it's okay to be Takei?"

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George Takei Advises Warner Bros. Against 'Whitewashing' Akira Movie!

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Wow! We're so glad that he's taking such a serious stand!

In the film industry, it's become pretty much common practice for big-screen adaptations of popular Asian graphic novels and video games to be what's known as "whitewashed," which means the studios casting white actors in roles that are meant for other ethnicities!

The most recent example of this rumored to be the long-awaited film version of the Japanese graphic novel Akira, but thankfully, Star Trek actor George Takei has taken a stand against the practice, and has publicly asked Warner Brothers execs to re-consider before any official decisions are made!

Here are some HIGHlights from the interview on the matter:

Were you surprised to find out Warner Bros. is courting white leading men for roles in the adaptation of Akira?

George Takei: It’s not a surprise because that’s been a Hollywood tradition. For example, when I was very young, I read Pearl Buck’s epic novel of China, The Good Earth. And that film, all of the principal major roles were cast with Caucasians. As a matter of fact, Luise Rainer, who played the wife, won an Oscar for that. Paul Muni was her husband. It’s an old Hollywood tradition that we’ve always been battling, not just Hollywood but Broadway too, if you remember Miss Saigon and the furor over that. So, no, I really wasn’t surprised, but the audience has changed now, and I’m surprised Warner Bros. is not keeping up with the audience. The manga and anime phenomenon is mostly white in this country. It originated in Japan, and, of course, it has a huge Asian fan following. But it’s the multi-ethnic Americans who are fans of Akira and manga. The idea of buying the rights to do that and in fact change it seems rather pointless. If they’re going to do that, why don’t they do something original, because what they do is offend Asians, number 1; number 2, they offend the fans. The same thing happened with M. Night Shyamalan. He cast his project [The Last Airbender] with non-Asians and it’s an Asian story, and the film flopped. I should think that they would learn from that, but I guess big studios go by rote, and the tradition in Hollywood has always been to buy a project, change it completely and flop with it. I think it’s pointless, so I thought I would save Warner Bros. a bit of failure by warning them of what will most likely happen if they continue in that vein.

It seems this is particularly still a problem for Asian and Asian-American actors. Do you see something like this happening with a role written for a black actor?

Oh, absolutely not. African-Americans have made enormous advances. There are a whole host of bankable stars who are African-American. Can you name one bankable Asian-American star? No. There isn’t. You have Denzel Washington, Samuel Jackson. A whole host of them. One can’t name a single Asian-American whose name you can take to the bank and get a project financed. We are making headways. I’m not a pessimist. We have made tremendous headways from the time I started in this business in 1957. Asian faces are part of the ensemble in many TV shows playing not roles that are specifically Asian, but playing doctors and detectives. Advances have been made, but we have still not caught up with the African-American achievements.

Why do you think there seems to be a reluctance to cast Asian-American actors in leading roles?

I don’t think it’s a reluctance, they just don’t know better. They have the experience of Shyamalan’s project, and I would think any savvy production company would learn from that. So I’m really baffled by the lack of learning from experience. Hollywood doesn’t like failures, and there’s a string of failures in the past. With this effort, I’m trying to warn them of what is likely to happen with this Akira project.

What would you ideally like to see happen with the Akira adaptation?

Well, ideally, they should do it properly and get Asian-American actors cast in those roles. In the adaptation they would of course be speaking in English and understandable to a popular American audience. That’s the whole point. They bought a project that is popular and enormously loved by its fans, and if they want the fan following to support the film, that’s the way you do it.

And all we have to say that is BRAVO! Well-said, sir!

We can't commend him enough for speaking up! It seems so FOOLISH that they would cast a story that's so fundamentally Asian with white actors - ESPECIALLY when it's been proven to bring about box office and critical failure, as well as displease the fans!

How can they expect to stay true to the integrity of the story?!

Hopefully Warner Bros. will see George's very valid and logical points, and they'll reconsider how they want to cast it!

Our fingers are crossed!

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