J.J. Abrams is famous for his devotion to secrecy, but even he knows when to open up and perform a good deed. After a Reddit post made the rounds last week about the wish of a Trekkie stricken with terminal cancer, the filmmaker got in touch with the man and his wife to offer a private screening of Star Trek Into Darkness.

Though the couple were “sworn to secrecy” about the details of the picture, they reported that they enjoyed it “immensely” and were touched by Abrams’ gesture. Read more after the jump, and then check out some new high-res stills from the film.

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The Bad Robot offices are what your film company would look like if you owned one. Old movie posters and cool art decorate the walls. Props are strategically placed in the hallways. Offices are adorned with cool toys and images. There are two gorgeous outdoor spaces to chill in and it even has a secret name on the outside. Oh, hey, there’s J.J. Abrams walking around.

The head of the company is currently directing the follow-up to his 2009 hit Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, which reunites his surviving original cast and adds new blood in the form of the mysterious Benedict Cumberbatch, and Alice Eve. The film is written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof, will feature a score by Michael Giacchino, and has plenty of new aliens and action scenes for fans to enjoy.

Abrams and his team invited several journalists to their offices on December 10 to learn about the film’s props, costumes, makeup, music, and visual effects. From those presentations, we picked 15 cool things you didn’t yet know about production and story of Star Trek Into Darkness. Details on the Japanese trailer, klingons, character names, IMAX 3D, and lots about Giacchino can all be found below, along with more info about the Bad Robot offices. Read More »

Not surprisingly, today’s tidbits begin with Star Trek Into Darkness. After the jump:

  • Simon Pegg is laughing at your Star Trek fan theories
  • You can count out Danny Boyle for Bond 24
  • Clerks III already has a 70-page outline
  • Andy Serkis talks The Hobbit and Apes
  • A Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sequel is coming 
  • Barbara Hershey will return for Insidious 2
  • Wolverine, X-MenApes, and Percy Jackson go 3D

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A quick recap of this week in Star Trek 2: Karl Urban seemingly slips and says Benedict Cumberbatch is playing a character named “Gary,” likely referring to Gary Mitchell. He then says Trek 2 footage will appear online during Comic-Con. I ask him about both these things and he swears up and down he doesn’t lie or play games. This is then proved to be a lie as he releases the aforementioned “footage,” a video of him surfing.

Now that you’re caught up, here’s the latest. Star Trek 2 co-producer and co-writer Roberto Orci, who previously said Gary Mitchell was not the villain, stuck to that statement and added that both Cumberbatch and Alice Eve are playing canon Star Trek characters while Peter Weller was someone new. He also commented on when we might see a trailer, get a title and more. Read about it after the jump. Read More »

Filmmaker J.J. Abrams is known for his obsession with secrecy, but if anything, that only seems to heighten the amount of fan speculation surrounding his projects. So even as filming on Star Trek 2 (or whatever they end up calling it) comes to an end, the rumor mill is nowhere close to shutting down. After the jump:

  • Leonard Nimoy talks about his set visit
  • Roberto Orci emphasizes that the new sequel is not a remake
  • Check out the first photo of Alice Eve in costume
  • Peter Weller drops hints about his mysterious character

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Yep, Scary Movie 5 is happening, but will its stars return? Anna Faris isn’t sure. Also after the jump:

  •  Sony unveils two more clips from Men in Black 3
  • Tony Gilroy talks balancing old and new in The Bourne Legacy
  •  Check out some concept art for TRON: Uprising

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So it looks like Jason Segel won’t be a part of that Muppets sequel after all — for real this time, straight from the star/producer/co-writer’s mouth. Also after the jump:

  • The Grim Reaper wants in on Bill & Ted 3
  • Star Trek 2‘s Alice Eve has been spending a suspicious amount of time in the makeup chair
  • Chuck Norris shows off cool, collected badassery in a new Expendables 2 still
  • More new photos from G.I. Joe: Retaliation

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We already know all of you are pissed about Raging Bull 2. But if you’re wondering what Marty thinks, you’ll want to hit the jump to read his response. Plus:

  • True Lies 2 is probably still a ways off
  • Steven Seagal offered The Expendables 3
  • Anchorman 2 is being scripted as we speak
  • Cloverfield 2 isn’t official just yet
  • More new images from Men in Black 3
  • Another behind-the-scenes vid from Skyfall
  • Skyfall‘s trailer to debut before MIB 3

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There’s nothing earth-shattering in this edition of Sequel Bits, but hey, that’s why they’re Bits and not separate stories. At least it seems like mostly good news. After the jump:

  • Jim Henson’s Labyrinth is getting a prequel — but not in movie form
  • Now Bridesmaids star Wendi McLendon-Covey says Wiig isn’t entirely out of the sequel after all
  • Alice Eve talks about working with Benedict Cumberbatch and not disappointing Star Trek fans

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