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 IIĀ 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:

  • No, Mike Myers has not written Wayne’s World 3
  • Paranormal Activity 5 gets a fall 2013 release date
  • Josh Hutcherson confirms his return for Journey 3
  • See a goateed Mirror Spock from IDW’s Star Trek comics
  • The sequel to Bong Joon-ho’s The Host reveals footage

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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, revealsĀ 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 »

The ultimate geek battle, Star Wars vs. Star Trek, takes an interactive turn today as upcoming video games in each franchise have released new trailers. We’ve written about both Star Wars 1313 and Star Trek: The Game in the past and though each won’t be out until 2013, these trailers provide the best look yet at what’s in store for video game playing sci-fi fans, whether you favor Trek or Wars. Which one looks better? Decide after the jump. Read More »

It’s easy to focus on all the aspects of the San Diego Comic Con that are frustrating or foolish, but every year there are moments that make it worthwhile. One of those at this past SDCC took place during the Starship Smackdown panel, when physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took the mic, as an audience member, to argue that the original U.S.S. Enterprise design is “the most astonishing, awesome, beautiful, seductive…machinery that has ever graced the screen!”

Enjoy the video of Degrasse-Tyson’s impassioned argument below. Read More »

This past Sunday marked the start of Breaking Bad‘s fifth season, so it probably won’t come as a surprise that two of today’s Bits have to do with trivia surrounding the AMC drug drama. But there’s plenty of other goodies in here for non-BB watchers as well. After the jump:

  • BSG‘s Ronald D. Moore will adapt the fantasy series Outlander for television
  • Roberto Orci offers a minor update on a possible Star Trek series… or two
  • Street Fighter heads to the small screen with Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist
  • Bryan Fuller‘s brilliant-but-cancelled Pushing Daisies eyes a Broadway run
  • Dexter hires a Heroes alum to swing by Miami and snoop around for a few eps
  • AMC’s Hell on Wheels and HBO’s Treme drop trailers for their upcoming seasons

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