True to his word, Karl Urban has given fans exclusive peak at Star Trek 2 during San Diego Comic-Con. Kind of. Earlier this week, the star of Dredd said he’d post a video called “Star Trek Comic Con Sneak Peak” on YouTube and he did just that. The video features about three minutes of Urban himself surfing to a Cage The Elephant song followed with 10 seconds of Star Trek 2 set footage featuring J.J. Abrams wrapping production. Are there any clues in this footage? Check it out below. Read More »

Paramount and Star Trek 2 aren’t at San Diego Comic-Con 2012, but Karl Urban is. The star of Dredd plays a big role in Trek 2, and in an interview we conducted to talk about Dredd, he said that there will be some kind of Star Trek 2 footage premiering on YouTube this weekend. Is he being honest? Is this a J.J. Abrams twist? Read his quote and speculate after the jump. Read More »

J.J. Abrams and his Star Trek 2 co-conspirators have been fairly good so far about protecting the identity of the film’s villain. We know that Benedict Cumberbatch plays the bad guy, but beyond that we get into the territory of rumor and speculation. Is the actor playing Khan, so memorably portrayed by Ricardo Montalban in the original TV series and 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan? Is he playing a character related to Khan, or someone else altogether?

We’ve heard quite a few possible names over the past few months, but there has been no confirmation of just who will menace the Enterprise crew in the new film. But now Karl Urban, who plays Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the Abrams Trek movies, may have let the name slip. Read More »

There are lots of people who know lots of things about J.J. AbramsStar Trek 2, but no one is talking. Actually, scratch that. A lot of people are talking a lot. They’ll talk about Star Trek 2 until the cows come home. They just won’t give any specifics.

Chris Pine will talk all day about the feel of the action scenes, or how he relates to Benedict Cumberbatch‘s character, but not with specifics. Co-star Noel Clarke said he knows the title of the film, but isn’t saying. Co-writer and producer Alex Kurtzman teased at Captain Kirk’s problem with responsibility but not much else and Roberto Orci said there’s a one in four chance the title won’t use the words “Star Trek” at all.

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Getting a person to say something, anything, definitive about Star Trek 2 is akin to finding a fan who doesn’t like The Wrath of Khan. It just doesn’t happen. Even when Simon Pegg came out and said that his Star Trek 2 co-star Benedict Cumberbatch was not playing Khan, no matter how many people say the opposite, it’s hard to take him seriously.

Now one of the film’s producers and co-writers, Roberto Orci, has come out and said, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that five well-known (and not-so-well-known) Star Trek characters won’t be appearing in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek 2 on May 17, 2013. Khan is not on the list. See who is, below. Read More »

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Lots of Star Trek, Transformers and even a little Indiana Jones in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read:

  • Star Trek 2 co-writer and producer Alex Kurtzman talks about why the film was delayed and won’t have a presence at San Diego Comic-Con.
  • Chris Pine talks about the scenes J.J. Abrams filmed in IMAX for Star Trek 2.
  • Steve Jablonsky will be scoring Michael Bay’s Transformers 4.
  • Producer Frank Marshall lampoons the idea of Indiana Jones 5 being set at the Bermuda Triangle.

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In December we learned that J.J. Abrams would be shooting the Star Trek sequel on film, and sending the footage to be post converted into 3D. At the time, Abrams said that he was talking about shooting in IMAX, but was noncommittal: “I would love to do it,” he said. “IMAX is my favorite format; I’m a huge fan.” Of course, Abrams produced Brad Bird‘s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol which shot nearly 30 minutes of the film using IMAX cameras. Everyone who saw the film in IMAX praised the 65mm sequences.

Well now we have a confirmation that some part of the film is being shot using IMAX cameras. The confirmation comes via a set photo on PopSugar, so we don’t know just how much Abrams plans to shoot or how they will be presented.

Update from Editor Russ Fischer: Today Paramount sent out a press release announcing the IMAX portions and release of the Star Trek sequel. There aren’t many more details than Peter originally offered below, but we’ve archived the press release here for those who want to read it.

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Today’s edition of Sequel Bits is particularly chatty, as everyone has a little something to say about their next big project. After the jump:

  • Adam McKay teases a minor Anchorman 2 detail
  • Steve Carell talks about reprising his role as Brick
  • Fast & Furious 6 gets an early bit of marketing
  • Tom Cruise is still excited to fly jets in Top Gun 2
  • Lucas Till lobbies for Polaris in X-Men: First Class 2
  • Simon Pegg promises more of the Enterprise in Star Trek 2
  • Damon Lindelof discusses the film’s “nuanced” villain
  • Chris Pine thinks Trek 2 is really about the characters

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As production gets underway, news is coming in fast and heavy from the Iron Man 3 set. After the jump:

  • Iron Man 3 to shoot in Miami; see set pics with Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle now
  • Photos from the North Carolina set confirm A.I.M. will play a role in Iron Man 3
  • Ridley Scott toned down Prometheus for U.K. rating, won’t release director’s cut
  • Erica Ash will play Ashley Tisdale‘s BFF and rival in Scary Movie 5
  • Damon Lindelof talks converting Star Trek 2 to 3D, the possibility of doing Star Trek 3

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Because Damon Lindelof co-wrote Prometheus, which comes out this weekend, he’s been talking to the press quite a bit lately, and dropping a few Star Trek sequel tidbits along the way. After the jump, read his comments on the improved Enterprise set, star Benedict Cumberbatch, and the secrecy surrounding the sequel. Also check out highlights from Roberto Orci‘s impromptu fan Q&A on, and discuss what a Klingon was doing in the background of J.J. Abrams‘ MTV Movie Awards skit.

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