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Saturn Awards: Bruce Greenwood explains why J.J. Abrams isn’t spoiling “Star Trek 2″

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We know next to nothing about “Star Trek 2,” and that’s exactly how J.J. Abrams would like to keep it. The director has done everything within his power to try to protect fans from finding out too much about the movie before it comes out, and he’s succeeded despite leaked photos and an ever-turning rumor mill.

What we do know is only that certain actors — like Bruce Greenwood — will be returning for the sequel, and that Benedict Cumberbatch will play an unrevealed villain. Greenwood played Christopher Pike, the first captain of the USS Enterprise, in “Star Trek,” and seemingly will reprise his role this time around. IFC caught up with Greenwood on the red carpet for the 38th annual Saturn Awards, and we asked him why he thinks Abrams goes to such great length to preserve secrecy around his projects.

“So the audience can have an experience that isn’t complicated by having to pretend they don’t know what happens,” Greenwood answered. “It makes it trickier to conceal things so that when you see it for the first time you don’t know what’s coming, but that’s okay. You can’t blame people for being interested and excited, trying to find out. But everyone who’s involved in the film is committed to keeping it under wraps.”

Still, we’ll have to know something about the movie at some point. It’s due in theaters on May 13, 2013 and eventually a trailer for the film is going to be released. Christopher Nolan did his best to keep secrets about “The Dark Knight Rises” under wraps but, once Warner Bros started laying the marketing on thick, it became increasingly hard to avoid trailers or TV spots. So how will Abrams deal with this issue? We posed the question to Greenwood.

“I don’t know,” he said. “That’s interesting, yeah. Maybe we shot a trailer that had nothing to do with the movie.”

We certainly hope so. But “Star Trek 2″ isn’t the only big movie on Greenwood’s horizon. He stars in Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond The Pines,” which will make its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. In addition to congratulating him for that accomplishment, we asked Greenwood what he’s excited for his fans to see.

“Derek is such an interesting director and asks people to improvise so much that I think the movie is really going to feel alive.”

“The Place Beyond The Pines” also stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Rose Byrne, Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta.

Do you like Abrams’ mentality on spoilers? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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″ will deal with Kirk becoming a better captain

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We don’t know much about “Star Trek 2″ beyond the fact that it’s coming out on May 17, 2013 and features the return of director J.J. Abrams and actors Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, John Cho and Simon Pegg, while also introducing a new villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch. In fact, not only do we not know the plot of the film, but we’re also clueless about who Cumberbatch is even playing.

“Star Trek 2″ co-writer Alex Kurtzman is busy around town promoting his directorial debut “People Like Us” and, though he didn’t answer any of the big questions we asked above, he did tease some of the plot elements we can expect in the upcoming “Star Trek 2″ during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Chief among them is the fact that Captain Kirk might not actually be the best captain.

“[Jim Kirk] inherits the Enterprise at the end of Star Trek, but that doesn’t mean he fully understands what it means to be Captain,” Kurtzman said. “It just means, oh, he has the Enterprise now — so now what? He’s never sent men and women to their deaths before, so what’s going to happen when that kind of question comes up for him? I guess I normally look at it from a place of pure character.”

Kurtzman didn’t answer whether or not “Star Trek 2″ will pick up immediately after the events of the first film, but we’ll guess it doesn’t based on the fact that “Star Trek: The Game” is supposed to take place during the time between both films. With that being said, Kurtzman teased that the crew of the Enterprise won’t be the same one that people love from the old “Star Trek” series.

“I can say the assumption that we did not want to make was that just because he’s in the chair and they’re on the bridge together that they’re the crew that you remember from the original series,” he said. “They’re not — the crew from the original series had gone on many, many journeys, they were a well-oiled machine in terms of how they function, and these characters are still figuring out who they are and who they are to each other. And I did not want to jump so far ahead that we missed a really important emotional connection to that transition for them.”

And if you’re annoyed that “Star Trek 2″ has taken so long to hit theaters, you shouldn’t be. Kurtzman explained that the delay until 2013 wasn’t just to add 3D, but to make sure that the movie’s finished product was worthy of people watching it.

“We were supposed to be out this year in theaters, and part of why we all collectively said we really shouldn’t do this is because we put a lot of love and time and effort into making this without violating canon, and yet bring something totally new to the table when it came to ‘Star Trek.’ The last thing we wanted to do was destroy that by letting a speed mandate mess up our storytelling, and we just felt we weren’t ready,” he said. “The studio wanted us to shoot in 3D which is awesome, but what you don’t want to do is rush through 3D. … And God bless J.J. for saying ‘we need another year.'”

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

E3 2012: 10 upcoming video games that movie fans should check out

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LOS ANGELES, California — There were hundreds of games present at the Electronic Entertainment Expo last week that appealed to a vast variety of gamers. Everyone from the most hardcore video game enthusiasts to those who prefer to stick to “Angry Birds” and “Words With Friends” would have found something to like during the three-day industry-only event. Since we here at IFC have a soft spot for film, we decided to focus our time at E3 on the best-looking video games that have some sort of movie angle.

Well, we went, we saw and we conquered. Of all the games in attendance, we parsed out the 10 titles that we thought would be the most interesting to our movie-minded readers. If you like flicks like “Star Trek,” “The Avengers,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “Super,” “Star Wars” or “The Amazing Spider-Man,” this list probably pertains to you. Feel free to navigate through our previews for the games through the links below or the numbers listed at the bottom of this page. We hope you enjoy reading them, because we sure liked playing them for you.

Select a title:

-“Star Wars: 1313″
-“Star Trek: The Game”
-“Batman: Arkham City: Armored Edition”
-“Lollipop Chainsaw”
-“The Avengers: Battle for Earth”
-“007 Legends”
-“The Amazing Spider-Man”
-“Transformers: Fall of Cybertron”
-“Harry Potter Kinect”
-“Guardians of Middle-Earth”

Honorable mention: “Aliens: Colonial Marines” — We didn’t get a chance to check out the latest installment in the “Alien” games franchise, but if you’re looking for something to sate your interest in the series after “Prometheus,” this spin on James Cameron‘s “Aliens” could be worth your time.

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