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“Star Trek Into Darkness”: Benedict Cumberbatch and Alice Eve’s roles revealed


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Two of the biggest mysteries surrounding “Star Trek Into Darkness” have been resolved, but they don’t give us much more insight than we already had. The characters that Benedict Cumberbatch and Alice Eve are playing in the upcoming movie have been revealed, and they’re a little anti-climactic.

The Cumberbatch news comes first: His character’s name is John Harrison. Not Khan or Gary Mitchell, but rather a character who only appeared in the first season of the series as a rather unimportant character. Many are assuming that the name is a decoy, as it was displayed casually with the above picture, but it could be that the character of John Harrison takes on a role similar to that of Mitchell or Khan in this alternate universe. Regardless, it’s clear that he has a bone to pick with Captain Kirk.

As for Eve, it was revealed at a meeting at Paramount Pictures that she will be portraying Carol Marcus. In the original “Star Trek” timeline, Carol appeared in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and ended up being the mother of Kirk’s son, David. They decided it would be better if she raised the child alone, though it remains to be seen how much of that translates into this new movie. Eve likely will act as a love interest to Chris Pine, but whether or not Carol plays as significant a role — and whether or not her inclusion points to Cumberbatch being Khan — has yet to be seen.

“Star Trek Into Darkness” is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Pine, Cumberbatch, Eve, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, John Cho and Bruce Greenwood. Newcomers Alice Eve and Benedict Cumberbatch have been added in undisclosed roles. The film is slated to hit theaters on May 17 in IMAX and 3D.

Who do you think Cumberbatch is actually playing? What role do you think Eve has? 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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