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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.

Are you looking forward to “Star Trek 2”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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