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Zachary Quinto talks “Star Trek 2″ battle scene and photo leaks

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It’s no secret that J.J. Abrams and the crew of “Star Trek 2″ have done their best to keep as much of the upcoming film as they can a secret. But yesterday some new images leaked showing Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana facing off against bad guy Benedict Cumberbatch. The images look awesome — pretty sure there’s even a Vulcan neck pinch going on — but needless to say the folks behind “Trek 2″ were none too pleased.

IFC caught up with Quinto at the Film Independent Spirit Awards and asked him about the scene being shot. It turns out that the sequence is as cool on camera as it is in the leaked images.

“It is awesome. We’ve been working on that sequence for five days,” Quinto said, refusing to give away any additional plot details.

Quinto’s “Margin Call” director J.C. Chandor piped up that he and his daughter were on set the day that the scene was being film. “I was afraid they were going to think it was me who leaked that picture but it wasn’t,” he said. Quinto said he had no doubts that whoever did share the photos would be found and duly punished.

“The picture leaking did not go over so well. They’re go to great lengths to preserve security,” he said.

Just one example of the secrets being kept? We still have to refer to the movie as “Untitled Star Trek Sequel.” Quinto said he wasn’t sure if the title would change from “Star Trek 2,” but we asked his suggestion as to what he would call the movie instead.

“Awesome, he said simply. “Totally.”

Well, in that case, “Awesome” is due out in theaters on May 17, 2013. It also stars Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, John Cho and Alice Eve.

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Under Your Spell

10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

“Star Trek 2″ update: Leonard Nimoy visits the set, script changes and Kirk and Spock fight

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Filming on “Star Trek 2″ is well underway, which means that there are plenty of new tidbits to learn about the project. Leading man and lady Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana were out and about chatting about the film, while original cast member Leonard Nimoy teased that he’d be venturing to the “Trek 2″ set some day soon. Unfortunately, most of these news bites raise more questions than answers.

That last bit first. It was originally stated that no old cast members from the “Star Trek” TV series would be appearing in the new movie. But Nimoy tweeted on the 26th that he’s been invited to visit the set this week. So will he be appearing again in “Trek 2,” or is this just a respectful invitation to one of “Star Trek’s” greats? We’ll have to wait until May 17, 2013 to find out.

Meanwhile, Saldana was busy making the rounds at Sundance promoting her movie “The Words,” and she offered up some truths and lies about “Star Trek 2’s” various relationships. The truth is that director J.J. Abrams plans on following through with the groundwork laid for Uhura and Spock’s relationship.

“All I’m going to say is, if you put all the time and energy and wit into setting these two characters [Spock and Uhura] together in the first movie and didn’t follow through, it would be a shame,” she said to The Playlist.

The lie is that all is hunky dory on the set of the Enterprise. ” It’s going to be boring. There’s no conflict between Kirk and Spock, they agree on everything! They’re beer buddies. And there are no bad guys. We’re just cruising in space,” she lied to The Playlist. That’s interesting, since Kirk and Spock were buddies at the end of 2009’s “Star Trek.” It sounds like that has changed a bit in the time since.

Lastly, Quinto recently told E! Online that the script for “Trek 2″ is constantly changing.

“It was the middle of December and finally I had to be like, ‘We need to read the script.’ They waited a pretty long time, but that’s because they were working on it,” he said of writers Robert Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. “There was a writer’s strike the first time so they weren’t able to let the script evolve. Now it’s really changing…on a regular basis.”

Orci took to the comments section of the TrekMovie message boards to clarify Quinto’s comments. Turns out that the changes have been relatively minor, and haven’t effected major plot points.

“The story hasn’t change, the structure hasn’t changed, and the action sequences haven’t changed. Most changes are minor. The changes I suspect Quinto is referring to are the character interactions as we fine tune the level of their various friendship,” he wrote. “Given that the time past in real life is different than the amount of time passed in the movie world, it takes a polish to get it just right.”

Are you excited for “Star Trek 2″? Would you like to see Nimoy make another appearance in the new franchise? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

J.J. Abrams talks “Star Trek 2″ in 3D, lens flares and Benedict Cumberbatch

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With Benedict Cumberbatch locked in for a role in “Star Trek 2,” the movie is finally ready to start gearing up. According to J.J. Abrams, shooting is set up to start on Thursday, and then we’re only a four-month shoot away from his long-anticipated “Star Trek” sequel done filming.

Collider spoke with Abrams about the project recently where he said that production on the flick is set and ready to go. In addition to discussing the casting of Cumberbatch — “He’s a genius. Honestly, he’s just an incredible actor” — Abrams also talked about his decision to post-convert “Trek 2″ into 3D.

Turns out that the director wasn’t originally on board with having the movie be in 3D, but once he saw some examples of the first film being post-converted, he thought it looked pretty cool. But he wants to match the look of both films up with one another, so he’s shooting “Trek 2″ anamorphically and then post-converting it into 3D. And for those of you worried about the return of the lens flares, Abrams promises that they’ll be in there too.

In addition to that news, Entertainment Weekly has learned that “24” actress Nazneen Contractor has joined the film recently. She’ll be playing the wife of Noel Clarke’s character.

“Star Trek 2″ is slated for a May 17, 2013 release date. It also stars John Cho, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Alice Eve and Peter Weller.

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