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!”

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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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The Electronic Entertainment Expo, the world’s largest and most important loudest gaming event, is currently going on in Los Angeles, CA and out of the smoke have emerged trailers and info on a bunch of new movie, TV and comic related games.

After the jump we’ve got trailers for South Park: The Stick of Truth (yes, the South Park gang is starring in a M rated video game), a Marvel actioner called Avengers: Battle for Earth, and an updated WiiU version of Batman: Arkham City called Armored Edition. There’s also a new Transformers gamed called Transformers: Fall of Cybertron and there’s a surprising twist in who the villains are for the next Star Trek game.

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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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With Men in Black 3 screening this week for early press, and the film opening on May 25, there are a few items related to the movie showing up now. So after the break, we’ve got two MIB clips, a bunch of great photos of the alien designs created by Rick Baker, and a pretty amusing reference that shows up in the film. Plus, just because we’re on the sci-fi angle, there’s a bit of incidental detail about the now-shooting Star Trek sequel. Read More »

Don’t get your hopes up too high just yet, but depending on how things go with Star Trek 2 it may just be possible for Bryan Singer and Bryan Fuller to try and bring Trek back to television at some point. Also after the jump:

  • Bryan Fuller has a seven-season plan for Hannibal
  • James Patterson’s Private series heads to television
  • Netflix’s Lilyhammer gets renewed for Season 2
  • HBO cancels The Life and Times of Tim after three seasons
  • NBC picks up a half-hour sitcom from Matthew Perry

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Arnold Schwarzenegger may not be as young as he once was, but James Cameron’s convinced that his Terminator character has plenty of life left in him yet. Also after the jump:

  • Grown-Ups 2 will shoot in Marblehead, MA
  • Brad Bird probably won’t direct Mission: Impossible 5
  • Cloverfield 2 is still searching for a new idea
  • The Star Trek video game unveils a new teaser

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While we’ve heard plenty of rumors about what may or may not be in J.J. Abrams Star Trek 2, we haven’t seen much of the production at all. Happily, we finally have our first looks from the set today.

Earlier this week, star Simon Pegg uploaded the first video from the set in the form of a birthday message to comics publisher 2000 A.D. And while that video doesn’t reveal too much, a couple of images revealed today do. Hit the jump to check them out, though I should warn you — while Pegg’s video is spoiler-free, the two images that follow contain possible spoilers. So if you’d rather not know anything, be careful not to scroll past Pegg’s message.

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