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Takei visits comics series on gay Archie character

Mr. Sulu is coming to Riverdale.

George Takei, whose portrayal of the Star Trek character in TV and film, crosses a new frontier this week appearing as himself in an issue of Archie Comics’ series about Kevin Keller, an openly gay teenager whose popularity has resulted in his own series.

Takei says his appearance dovetails nicely with his real-life advocacy for equal rights and shows that anyone can aspire to be what they want to be, no matter who they are.

Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics’ co-chief executive officer, says having Takei appear in the issue was a no-brainer because of his large following on Facebook as well as his science fiction bona fides.

More ‘Lincoln’ prints needed for demand

“Lincoln” is marching to more movie theaters.

Disney, which distributed the DreamWorks film, is making additional prints of director Steven Spielberg’s historical saga starring Daniel Day-Lewis to meet an unexpected demand that left some moviegoers in Alaska out in the cold.

Dave Hollis, Disney’s head of distribution, says the additional prints should be available by mid-December.

The film opened in wide release Nov. 9 but has been unavailable at some smaller venues, such as the Gross Alaska theaters in Juneau and Ketchikan.

Feds clears deal to buy Lucasfilm

Federal antitrust regulators have cleared Disney’s $4 billion deal to buy Lucasfilm, the filmmaking empire behind the “Star Wars” franchise.

Notice of the clearance was issued Tuesday.

When the deal was announced in October, no formal closing date was announced.

Lucasfilm founder George Lucas is to receive about half of the $4.05 billion purchase price in cash and half in newly issued Disney shares. He has said he would donate much of it to charity.

Netflix gets rights to recent Disney films

Netflix’s video subscription service has trumped pay-TV channels and grabbed the rights to show Disney movies shortly after they finish their runs in theaters.

The multiyear licensing agreement announced Tuesday represents a breakthrough for Netflix as it tries to add more recent movies to its popular service that streams video over high-speed Internet connections.

It’s the first time that one of Hollywood’s major studios has sold the coveted rights to Netflix Inc. instead of a premium TV network such as HBO, Starz and Showtime.

Starz currently holds the rights to The Walt Disney Co.’s movies under a deal that expires in 2015.

Beginning in 2016, Netflix will be able to show Disney movies about seven months after they leave theaters.

Netflix didn’t disclose how much it is paying Disney.

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