J.J. Abrams‘ first Star Trek movie was released in 2009 and it’s taken four years to get its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, into theaters. With the director now moving on to Star Wars Episode VII, many have questioned will happen with the Trek franchise. Producer Bryan Burk has provided a possible answer.

In a new interview, Burk acknowledged 2016 as the 50th anniversary of Star Trek and agreed it seems like a perfect time to release a new movie. Read his exact quote below. Read More »

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We love hearing stories about actors who almost played famous roles. It’s fun to think of Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones, Christopher Walken as Han Solo, or to consider any of the other roles Harrison Ford didn’t end up playing. And now we can add a new one to the list.

In a new interview, Mark Wahlberg revealed J.J. Abrams asked him to play Captain George Kirk, aka James Kirk’s father, in Star Trek. The role eventually went to Chris Hemsworth, well before he was famous for Thor, but the reason Wahlberg didn’t do the film is pretty funny. Check it out below. Read More »

Perhaps the biggest entertainment news to come out of last week was the announcement of J.J. Abrams as the director of Star Wars Episode VII, after months of rumor and speculation. But as excited as fans were to hear the news, it raised a few questions as well.

First and foremost is what this means for the future of Star Trek. His involvement in Star Wars would seem to complicate his involvement in future Star Trek installments, if not preempt it altogether. Then there’s the matter of his busy schedule. Abrams had enough on his plate even before the Episode II hiring was announced, so that targeted 2015 release date could prove difficult to hit. As of now, it looks like the answers are that Abrams will produce the next Star Trek — and that there’s no promise Episode VII will hit in 2015 after all. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Robert Rodriguez‘s Machete has gotten himself into some hairy situations and lived to tell the tale, but now a lawsuit could shut him down for good. Also after the jump:

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As Disney’s Imagineers continue work on World of Avatar and Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter pushes into Asia, Paramount is lining up some of its own titles for the theme park treatment.

The studio has just inked a deal with London Resort Co. Holdings for a park 30 minutes outside of London, which will feature Paramount properties like Mission: Impossible, Star Trek, and Paranormal Activity. The agreement is just one of several that the studio has struck lately; other projects in the works include another park in Spain, a hotel in Abu Dhabi, and a Star Trek resort in Jordan. Read more after the jump.

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Though we’ve been eagerly awaiting the Star Trek sequel for years now, thanks to director J.J. Abrams‘ famous reticence, we don’t know very much about Star Trek Into Darkness just yet. While a few plot details and set photos have leaked out here and there, Abrams has as predictably tight-lipped about the new film as he is about most of his projects.

During an appearance on Conan tonight, however, the filmmaker debuted a brief clip from Star Trek Into Darkness. And when I say brief, I mean very, very brief. Still, it’s just exciting to finally get a first peek at the movie, no matter how small. Check it out after the jump.

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Briefly: Today’s Google Doodle is a really nice little interactive adventure that honors the 46th anniversary of the original Star Trek TV series. Clicking through the doodle, which uses a point-and-click adventure game style to present a brief away mission, reveals a few nods to well-known elements of the show (Tribbles, Uhura’s allure) as it celebrates certain iconic visual elements of the show. Hit the Google front page to see it in action, and get a bit of info about the doodle below. Read More »

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