George Takei to receive gay advocacy award
MIAMI — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has announced that Star Trek actor George Takei will receive the 2013 National Leadership Award.
Takei will receive the award at the 17th annual Miami Recognition Dinner, which is scheduled for Nov. 9 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The dinner honors individuals for their contributions to the social, cultural, political and humanitarian needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Takei has appeared in more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles. He is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the original “Star Trek” television series.
Takei has become an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights in recent years. He married his life partner of more than 25 years, Brad Takei, in 2008.
Culpeppers tapped for ‘Survivor’
TAMPA — Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and local attorney Brad Culpepper has been named among the contestants on the latest edition of CBS’ reality show Survivor, competing alongside his wife, Monica Culpepper.
This fall’s cycle of Survivor, subtitled, “Blood vs. Water,” features contestants with past connections to the show competing with relatives or romantic partners. During the show, they will have to decide whether to support or betray the people who are closest to them.
Monica Culpepper appeared on “Survivor: One World” in 2012, and was voted out of the show before proceeding very far into the game. Back then, she said producers were initially interested in her husband; now both are competing in an edition of the show that was filmed earlier this year.
In a news release, CBS said 20 castaways will compete against each other when the series returns with a special 90-minute premiere Sept. 18.
This edition will feature the return of Redemption Island, where castaways who have been eliminated from the game can seek redemption and return for a chance to win the million dollar prize. The twist this season, however, is loved ones will be forced to choose whether to “save” their partner on Redemption Island and switch places with them, thus allowing their loved one to immediately re-enter the game, or leave them in exile to survive on their own.
Carolla writing book, ‘President Me’
NEW YORK — Adam Carolla has a dream.
The actor-comedian and host of “The Adam Carolla Show” has a deal with HarperCollins imprint It Books for “President Me,” a blueprint for the world he’d like to see.
It Books announced Wednesday that “President Me” will come out in June 2014 and feature Carolla’s “pointed, hilarious rants.”
Not everyone has been amused. Carolla has been criticized in recent years for his remarks about Filipinos, transgender people and women comics.
Carolla’s previous books include the best-sellers “In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks” and “Not Taco Bell Material.” He has been crowd-funding a movie about comedians called “Road Hard.” He plans to write, direct and star in it.
‘Parks and Rec’ loses 2 cast members
NEW YORK — NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” is losing two of its cast members.
Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones will leave the series after the 13th episode of the upcoming sixth season.
They play characters Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins.
The news was first reported by Buzzfeed.
In an email, executive producer Mike Schur, said: “Heading into this year, with the two of them contemplating parenthood, it felt like the natural time to move them into the next phase.”
On “Parks and Rec,” their characters dated on and off and have decided to try to have a baby together.
“Parks and Recreation” also stars Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza and Aziz Ansari as employees working in local government in Indiana.
Jones has been on the series since its first episode.
Lowe joined the show in season two.