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'Star Trek Into Darkness' motion poster features ominous Benedict Cumberbatch voiceover

Paramount is gradually ramping up their mystery-filled promotion for Star Trek Into Darkness. J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated sequel to his 2009 reboot of the franchise just got a motion poster that meshes together some elements of the movie’s first teaser and first poster.

Check out the living one-sheet that features rubble-as-Star Trek insignia and a Benedict Cumberbatch voiceover below (and no, there are still no more clues about who he’s playing. Did you really think there would be?). READ FULL STORY

What we learned from the new 'Star Trek' featurette: almost nothing

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Leave it to J.J. Abrams to release a behind-the-scenes featurette of his new movie that contains basically no new footage and yet is still totally compelling.

In a just-released behind-the-scenes look at Star Trek Into Darkness, director and crew chat about the making-of the sequel in between video clips mostly pulled from the previous trailers. It has the effect of: a) showing you very little new information while also b) reminding you how nice it is to hear Abrams & Co. talk appreciatively about the Enterprise & Co. A play-by-play:

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Bradley Cooper dismisses Lance Armstrong role rumors

Slow down, everyone. Bradley Cooper may not be getting on a bike just yet.

Last week, he told BBC News that he was interested in playing disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong if a movie version of his life comes to fruition. Now, the Silver Linings Playbook star has explained to Access Hollywood that he was amused by the subsequent chatter, but there’s no truth to it. “Oh my god, that’s so nuts!” he said. “I was in Manchester, doing the BBC morning show… I had no idea what [the interviewer] was talking about. I didn’t even know that J.J. [Abrams] has the rights, I had no idea. I don’t know anything about it.”

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J.J. Abrams officially named 'Star Wars' director -- BREAKING

J.J. Abrams has officially decided to join Lucasfilm and, together, rule the galaxy.

Star Wars creator George Lucas, who is retiring and passing the franchise on, released a statement endorsing the choice: “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.” READ FULL STORY

'Fanboys' director Kyle Newman on J.J. Abrams' 'Star Wars' takeover

Kyle Newman is an American born filmmaker and a frequent guest on the Star Wars-centric podcast RebelForce Radio.

The speculation was over. After months of scrolling through endless online banter I received a text heralding the news. “JJ” is all it read. But those two letters meant a lot more. The most hotly debated gig in entertainment had been filled. Star Wars: Episode VII had found a director. For a second it seemed surreal. Not the choice — that was inspired; but the fact that the powers that be were actually making a new Star Wars film… and this film would be brought to life by J.J. Abrams the director of Star Trek. READ FULL STORY

J.J. Abrams set to direct new 'Star Wars'

J.J. Abrams is beaming from one franchise to another.

The Star Trek Into Darkness director is set to helm the next installment of Star Wars, EW has confirmed. (The Wrap first reported the news.)

“As a kid I was always a fan of special effects. Watching movies I was constantly trying to figure out how they did it, whatever the effect was. Star Wars was the first movie that blew my mind in that way; it didn’t matter how they did any of it because it was all so overwhelmingly and entirely great. It was funny and romantic and scary and compelling and the visual effects just served the characters and story. It galvanized for me; not for what was exciting about how movies were made, but rather for what movies were capable of,” Abrams told EW back in November. (In the same interview, he also denied that he would be directing any Star Wars films.)

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Benedict Cumberbatch on playing a villain: Will 'Star Trek' feel his wrath?

They share the face and the brandy-hued baritone, but you could never mistake Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch for the prickly savant of the BBC’s Baker Street — not only is the actor relentlessly polite he’s also never clubbed a cadaver in the name of scientific inquiry. The sleuth may have shined through for a moment last summer though when Cumberbatch showed a Holmesian impatience for unanswered questions and state secrets. “It’s achingly irritating,” Cumberbatch said when asked about the secrecy surrounding his role in this May’s Star Trek Into Darkness. “Believe me, I’d rather talk about the role and the fantastic story and all the things J.J. [Abrams] has come up with. And then everyone would be as excited about the film as I am. But then of course I think I would be on a phone call coming from J.J.’s office…” READ FULL STORY

J.J. Abrams turned down 'Star Wars': 'I'd rather be in the audience'

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Star Trek helmer J.J. Abrams told EW in November that he wouldn’t be taking the reins of another intergalactic franchise: Disney’s upcoming Star Wars extension. But a new interview in Empire Magazine reveals that initially, Abrams did entertain the idea of putting his stamp on Star Wars. The Lost creator said that he and Kathleen Kennedy, the series’s new overseer, had “very early conversations” about how he might be involved in Star Wars: Episode VII‘s development.

Ultimately, though, the longtime Lucas trilogy admirer decided against picking up a lightsaber of his own. “I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan, I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things,” Abrams told Empire. “I declined any involvement very early on. I’d rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them.”

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'Star Trek Into Darkness' sneak peek IMAX locations announced

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Strap on your Spock ears, and run to these theaters!

Paramount Pictures has officially announced the domestic locations previewing the first nine minutes of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness in IMAX 3-D starting Friday.

The Star Trek sequel, written by Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, will officially be released in May 2013. Friday’s sneak peek footage shows in 288 digital IMAX theaters, including this shortened list, below. For a full list of locations, click here for the movie’s website.  READ FULL STORY

'Star Trek Into Darkness' teaser: Benedict Cumberbatch is out for vengeance -- VIDEO

There are a great many beguiling, blink-and-you’ll-miss-them moments packed into the new teaser trailer — or, to use the odd industry parlance, “announcement” trailer — for Star Trek Into Darkness. There’s Kirk (Chris Pine) and McCoy (Karl Urban) running through some kind of dark red alien cornfield; a massive starship (the Enterprise?) rising out of the ocean; a teary Scotty (Simon Pegg) clutching a weepy Uhura (Zoe Saldana); and a determined Spock (Zachary Quinto) racing through what appears to be the streets of 23rd century San Francisco.

But the moment that is sure to spark the imaginations of Trekkies everywhere isn’t seen, it’s spoken — by the seeming villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch (i.e. Benny Batch). “You think your world is safe,” he intones darkly over shots that start out on Earth. “It is an illusion, a comforting lie told to protect you. Enjoy these final moments of peace. For I have returned. To have. My. Vengeance.”

You catch that? “For I have returned.” Wonder who in the Trek universe would have left Earth, only to return, filled with…what’s the right word? Wrath? Hmmm. I wonder…

UPDATE: Okay, coyness is over: As DigitalSpy first noted, the Japanese version of this teaser includes an obvious direct homage to 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. It comes at the very end, and is something of a possible spoiler, suggesting the fate of one of Trek‘s most beloved characters.

Check out the teasers/announcements/things you’ll be obsessing over all day below:  READ FULL STORY

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