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J.J. Abrams finally locked down for “Star Trek 2”

J.J. Abrams finally locked down for “Star Trek 2” (photo)

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We’ve always known that there would be a follow-up to 2009’s “Star Trek” reboot, and we’ve always assumed that director and producer J.J. Abrams would be involved with it, as integral as he was to the first film’s success. Now, we finally have confirmation that Abrams will be returning to the captain’s chair for a possible 2013 release.

“Star Trek” was a massive success both commercially and critically, garnering acclaim from seemingly everyone. But despite that, Abrams has been somewhat reluctant to officially commit to the sequel, much less set a date for it. According to New York Magazine’s Vulture Blog, however, Abrams is not only set to direct, but will begin shooting this winter.

The article cites insider reports that claim the film’s script will be done by the end of this month and that pre-production on the movie is already underway. While “Star Trek 2” was originally planned for a 2012 release date, that window has since been given to the upcoming “G.I. Joe” sequel, with the new “Star Trek” likely moving into 2013.

The movie’s home studio, Paramount, is said to have exercised their options on the entire core cast, so you should expect returns by Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and all the rest. Also returning are the writers of the original film, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who are collaborating on the new script with Damon Lindelof and Abrams himself.

Are you as excited as we are for “Star Trek 2?” The sequel practically has to have Klingons in it, right? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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