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“Star Trek 2” casting confirms Peter Weller, Benicio Del Toro may not be playing Khan

“Star Trek 2” casting confirms Peter Weller, Benicio Del Toro may not be playing Khan (photo)

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While the “Star Trek” fan community was in turmoil over the weekend as to whether Benicio Del Toro will or will not be playing Khan in the upcoming “Star Trek 2,” one totally awesome casting scoop managed to sneak underneath the radar. Peter Weller, also known as the man who immortalized “Robocop” in the 1987 original, has been confirmed to be playing a “principal role” in the sequel to J.J. Abrams‘ 2009 hit.

One wonders if this is the last major role we heard about when Alice Eve was cast in the project last week. Deadline, who broke the news, said they Weller’s representatives wouldn’t specify what role he is playing. Could it be that he’s the elder supporting villain teamed with Del Toro in their evil machinations?

But back to that Khan rumor. Latino Review reported over the weekend that they got a good scoop that Del Toro will in fact be playing Khan in “Star Trek 2.” Abrams and Paramount have previously denied this, and unsurprisingly they did again. But it should be noted that Latino Review has a pretty spot-on track record of accurately breaking scoops, and they also warned that denials would likely come after they reported their news.

Then again, Abrams was pretty definitive when he told HitFix that the rumor is “not true.” Apparently we’ll all just have to wait until “Star Trek 2” hits theaters on May 17, 2013 to find out who is telling the truth, or wait until an official plot synopsis is released.

Are you excited to hear Weller is joining “Star Trek 2”? Do you think Del Toro is playing Khan? Tell us in the comments section 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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