These are the nerdy bits of news that had us geeking out this week.
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Magneto Set to Marry Professor X?
Sir Ian McKellen provided a rather interesting sound bite this week when he appeared on the U.K.’s Jonathan Ross Show and coyly declared, “I'm going to marry Patrick [Stewart].” But just as gay geeks around the world started singing, “Magneto and Xavier sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G,” McKellen clarified, "I am going to officiate at his wedding." Turns out Mr. Stewart will be tying the knot with his sweetheart, jazz singer Sunny Ozell, and asked his X-Men co-star to do the honors. Catch the full Jonathan Ross Show interview with McKellen below.
More Star Trek: Into Darkness Hotness
The U.K. international trailer for J.J. (director of all things awesome) Abrams’ Star Trek reboot sequel has geekosphere gabbing about Captain Kirk and company once again thanks to some amazing new scenes that have been included. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the entire cast is fairly easy on the eyes. (Is it just me or is this not the prettiest Enterprise crew of all-time?) Plus check out the name of the shuttle at 0:55 of the trailer. It’s Takay! As in, perhaps a nod to the one and only George Takei? Oh myyy!
Olivia Wilde Talks Tron 3
While promoting her recent film The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Olivia Wilde breifly chatted with IGN about returning as Quarra in Tron 3 and some of the things she hopes to have the chance to explore with her character in the future. Personally, I’m hoping more of her Tron: Legacy co-star Garrett Hedlund (Sam Flynn) will be explored with less clothing, but listen to what she had to say about returning to The Grid below.
Beware the Jedi
The Free Church of Scotland began raising a ruckus this week over fears the nation’s Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill would allow “marriages to be performed by any group promoting a belief” — including Jedi Knights. But before you get a side ache from laughing too hard, you should know they don’t exactly mean the lightsaber-wielding disciples from a galaxy far, far way. They’re actually talking about the real-world-variety. Jedi as a religious declaration was officially added to the U.K. census in 2001 and has become one of the most popular selections for "alternative" faiths in the past decade. Since then, several organizations promoting the ideals of the fictional Jedi have been founded including the Jedi Church and Temple of the Jedi Order. Nevertheless, I can completely understand why a church would be upset that people who dress in robes and pretend to have magic powers might be able to perform actual marriages. After all, who ever heard of people like that being able to perform a legally binding ceremony? (Read the full story over at Advocate.com)
The Cobra Kickstarter Campaign
Some mad genius created this hilarious Kickstarter video spoof featuring the iconic lisping leader of that “ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world,” Coooooobra! I’ve seen several people attempt to pull off a convincing Cobra Commander in the past only to end up on the #epicfail list, but this one is pretty convincing. Check out the video below to see the list of fabulous incentives you can snag just for sending a contribution that helps bring Cobra one step closer to their $94 billion goal.
JASE PEEPLES is an Editor for The Advocate and Gay.net, as well as a contributor for Out.com and She Wired. He currently lives in San Francisco with his partner.