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Simon Pegg insists Khan is not in “Star Trek 2”

Simon Pegg in Star Trek

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It’s become a bit humorous that fans are more concerned about what villain Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing instead of what the still untitled “Star Trek” sequel will be called. But that’s all anyone seems to care about nowadays, and star Simon Pegg has sent us for a loop yet again.

At some point everyone sort of accepted that the “Trek 2” villain will be Khan despite everyone claiming that’s not the case, but now Pegg has come out and stated definitively that the beloved “Wrath of Khan” baddie will not be in this movie.

“It’s not Khan,” he told The Telegraph. “That’s a myth. Everyone’s saying it is, but it’s not.”

Well that just brings us back to square one. Pegg went on to describe Cumberbatch as playing “not just another disgruntled alien,” but that doesn’t give us much. We’ve seen plenty of shots of Cumberbatch in costume, but that’s gotten us no closer to deducing who he will be playing. At this point, it seems like Pegg, director J.J. Abrams and the rest of the “Trek 2″ crew are just giving us the run around. With all this build-up, it would almost be more fun to just wait until the movie comes out to have that mystery be revealed. Let’s see if it can stay unspoiled for one more year.

As for the movie, Pegg said we’re in for a treat.

“This time we had the benefit of being able to hit the ground running –- we spent some time in the first one re-establishing the characters,” he said. “Now we have a fully set-up group of people that we can just get on with straight away. So it ups the ante slightly, and we’ve all had more to do. So it’s totally incumbent on us to not drop the ball. It would be a disaster if it wasn’t as good as -– or better than –- the first one.”

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

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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

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Cancel it!

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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

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

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