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Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness
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Star Trek Into Darkness PosterStar Trek Into Darkness
Director: J.J. Abrams
Screenwriter(s): Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve, John Cho
Paramount Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 133 Minutes
Release Date: May 16, 2013

“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

With Star Trek Into Darkness, the 12th motion picture in the Star Trek franchise, director J.J. Abrams stays true to the main themes of Gene Roddenberry‘s classic television series while meeting all the requisite components of an action-packed summer blockbuster.

Roddenberry’s 1966 series highlighted the camaraderie of the USS Enterprise crew and the bonds of friendship between Kirk, Spock, and Dr. McCoy, but Star Trek is remembered most for using science-fiction allegories to explore present-day dilemmas.

In Star Trek Into Darkness, Abrams and writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof introduce post-9/11 anxieties into a futuristic utopia, examining how a universe built on peaceful intergalactic diplomacy deals with acts of terrorism and, as a result, the increasing militarization of the United Federation of Planets.

Commander John Harrison (Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch) carries out a series of terrorist attacks, bombing a secret Starfleet installation in London before attacking Starfleet headquarters in San Francisco. When the saboteur escapes, Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) leads a mission to the Klingon homeworld of Kronos to hunt down the most wanted man in the universe.

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J.J. Abrams On The ‘Almost Fatal Sacrilege’ Of Directing ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’
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J.J. Abrams

Sometimes it pays to be a little bit subtle, but when it comes to something like the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises, it doesn’t because people want answers now. So leave it to Playboy to ask the questions, and leave it to J.J. Abrams to stand his ground and skirt around questions that everyone wants to know.

Check out what he had to say about both franchises here after the jump.

While the director wouldn’t talk about plot specifics, he did talk about how he would approach making Star Wars: Episode VII:

“Here’s the thing. I try to approach a project from what it’s asking. What does it need to be? What is it demanding? With Star Wars, one has to take into account what has preceded it, what worked, what didn’t. There are cautionary tales for anything you take on that has a legacy—things you look at and think, I want to avoid this or that, or I want to do more of something. But even that feels like an outside-in approach, and it’s not how I work. For me, the key is when you have a script; it’s telling you what it wants to be.”
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Watch Now: The Latest ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Clip Strikes A Few Familiar Notes
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We are less than a month away from the release of the long-in-the-works tentpole sequel Star Trek Into Darkness and now that the last of the trailers has been released it is time for the tricking out of short clips from the movie to begin. Today we have one that those of you lucky enough to catch the nine-minute preview last December before IMAX 3D screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will remember.

You can watch it here below.

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Comic Review: Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness
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Star Trek: Countdown To DarknessStar Trek: Countdown To Darkness
Trade Paperback
Story by Roberto Orci and Mike Johnson
Script by Mike Johnson
Pencils by David Messina
Inks by Marina Castelvetro
Colors by Claudia Scarletgothica
Cover by David Messina and Claudia Scarletgothica
IDW Publishing
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Cover Price: $17.99

Anticipation is running high for the upcoming summer blockbuster season, and Star Trek Into Darkness is most certainly at the top of most fans’ lists as ‘must see’ material. The buzz surrounding the film has been so huge during the last year that it certainly feels to be an enthusing time to be a sci-fi geek. And in tradition to form with the previous Star Trek movie, IDW Publishing has released a prequel to the upcoming movie entitled Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness.

Prior to the events of the upcoming movie, the crew of the USS Enterprise, under the authority of Captain Kirk, arrives at the planet Phaedus to conduct a survey of the development of the intelligent race on the surface. Observing the protocol of the Prime Directive, the crew aims to observe the “iron age” home-grown species from orbit – until a high tech jamming signal from the planet disables communication and transporters.

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‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Trailer: Vengeful Captain Kirk Defies The Odds
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Two trailers and a viral campaign later, we have our third trailer for the upcoming J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek Into Darkness. Though it is a bit of a retread on what we have seen before, this trailer puts emphasis on just how vulnerable the Starship Enterprise really is, and just how eager Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is to avenge the glorious Federation after it has been hit by numerous interstellar terrorist attacks.

Hit the jump to check out the final trailer for the film.

Just what does it mean to be outgunned, outmanned, and outmatched in the Star Trek universe? Well, based on this trailer, it looks like the people of the starship Enterprise have their work cut out for them. But no matter what stands before our heroes, Captain Kirk knows what he has to do to put an end to the villainous John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch). So, we will see how strong Kirk’s will is to put a stop to Harrison when Star Trek Into Darkness opens in theaters on May 17, 2013.

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‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Sneak Peek From The 2013 MTV Movie Awards; News Posters
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During the broadcast tonight of the 2013 Movie TV movie Awards, a new exclusive sneak peek for Star Trek Into Darkness was revealed.

Watch the 32-second TV spot here below.

Also here below are three new posters for the film, including character posters each for Spock and Uhura.

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‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Images Reveal An Interesting Piece Of Equipment
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Star Trek Into Darkness Mini Ship

It’s pretty well-known that if J.J. Abrams is going to be attached to anything, we won’t know much about it until we see the actual film. It’s something of a standard practice for the filmmaker to keep the audiences interested throughout the production of his projects, and although Star Trek Into Darkness is just under two month away, we are still nowhere closer to finding out the details of Benedict Cumberbatch’s villainous character in the sequel. But some new pictures from Empire should be more than enough to whet our geek appetite until the film’s release.

Check out some of the new images below.

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‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Int’l Trailer: Cumberbatch Will Walk Over Your Cold Corpses
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Star Trek Into Darkness

An international trailer has been released for Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams‘ follow-up to his 2009 reboot Star Trek, and it’s a dark one!

You can watch the new teaser trailer here below.

See now, for the U.S., we get all the campy stuff and fast cut-away action; oversees, they get the dark scifi drama version for the film, which sees Kirk and his crew of the Enterprise on a mission to stop Benedict Cumberbatch’s mysterious character, John Harrison. In the international trailer, we learn more about Harrison, who everyone speculates will end up really being the famed villain Khan (think Marion Cotillard’s character in The Dark Knight Rises).

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Comic Review: Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness #2
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Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness #2

Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness #2
Story by Roberto Orci & Mike Johnson
Script by Mike Johnson
Art by David Messina
Ink Assist by Marina Castelvetro
Colors by Claudia Scarletgothica
Letters by Chris Mowry
IDW Publishing
Release date: February 20, 2013
Cover price: $3.99

I am super-excited to see Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to 2009’s Star Trek, when it comes to theaters this May. But before we can head into darkness, first we must “countdown.” As with the first film, IDW Publishing is doing a 4-issue prequel comic book miniseries, this time called Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness.

Details about Star Trek Into Darkness have been scarce so far, and ever since the sequel was first announced, fan have been looking for any clues they could find of the appearance of famed Star Trek villain Khan Noonien Singh in the follow-up. The reveal in Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness #1 of an existing character who’s new to the rebooted Trek universe fueled the fire of that speculation. Now, with Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness #2 we find out a little more about this character and his motivation.

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Check Out The Second Teaser Trailer For ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’
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Star Trek Into Darkness Spock and Kirk

A second teaser trailer has been released for Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams‘ follow-up to his 2009 reboot Star Trek.

You can watch the new teaser trailer here below.

The basic premise is that Kirk and his crew of the Enterprise are on a mission to stop Benedict Cumberbatch’s mysterious Khan-like character, and to do so, they apparently need to maneuver a Millennium Falcon-like ship through an astroid field and then fly it into a tight trench to blow up the Death Star. From what I understand, this is the footage Abrams showed that landed him the Star Wars: Episode VII directing gig.

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