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“Star Trek 2″ to be titled “Star Trek Into Darkness”

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It’s official: Kirk and Spock will soon be going on a “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

The title for “Star Trek 2″ has been announced and it’s deviating from the previous series’ formula. Instead of a name like “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” J.J. Abrams and company have instead opted to go the “Dark Knight” and “Die Hard” route. The title, “Star Trek Into Darkness,” has divided fans, but we sort of think it has a nice ring to it. At least they’re trying to go where no “Star Trek” creator has gone before.

TrekMovie was the first to learn that a title had been chosen for “Star Trek 2,” with Coming Soon discovering soon after that Paramount had registered domain names using the title “Star Trek Into Darkness.” Both Deadline and TrekMovie have since confirmed that’s the official title.

Writer Damon Lindelof had previously said that “Star Trek 2″ will have a title that drops the colon.

“There have been more conversations about what we’re going to call it than went into actually shooting it at this point,” he told MTV News at Comic-Con, adding that it can’t be “Star Trek 2″ because that’s what “Wrath of Khan” is technically called. “That was the genius of Nolan. There was ‘Batman Begins,’ and now they’re just going to be the ‘Dark Knights’ and not going to have 2’s. It’s hard to do movies without colons.”

He added, “There’s no word that comes after the colon after ‘Star Trek’ that’s cool. Not that ‘Star Trek: Insurrection’ or ‘First Contact’ aren’t good titles, it’s just that everything that people are turned off about when it comes to ‘Trek’ is represented by the colon.”

“Star Trek Into Darkness” is due in theaters on May 17, 2013.

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Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

Zachary Quinto calls “Star Trek 2″ “bigger” and “bolder”

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Do we know the actual title for “Star Trek 2″? No. Have we learned what villain Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing? Not a chance. But at least we now know what Zachary Quinto thinks of the new movie.

The Wrap recently sat down with Quinto to talk to him about the J.J. Abrams-directed flick, and he was surprisingly candid about it. Maybe now that he’s done shooting he feels he can open up about the project a bit more.

“It was bigger. It was bolder, I think, than the first one, and that was pretty big and bold from my stand point,” he said. “I’m really excited to see what they do with it.”

Just don’t expect that Quinto gave away any plot details. He did say that he has complete faith in Abrams and his team who will “get in there and do the work that they need to do now,” but he made it seem like he doesn’t feel especially connected to the film now that he’s done with it.

“I feel very fulfilled, but I don’t feel particularly attached to what the outcome of that project will be because I have faith in the people that I was collaborating with to make it as good as it can be,” he said. “I’m just happy to be working on something else and be creatively fulfilled in other ways and be producing movies and be thinking about how I can, you know, get behind the camera in different ways and tell my own stories.”

“Star Trek 2” is due out in theaters on May 17, 2013. It also stars Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, John Cho and Alice Eve.

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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.

“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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