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Watch: Attention J.J. Abrams, Adam Scott From 'Parks & Recreation' Has Some Advice For 'Star Trek 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2011 3:54 AM
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If you saw J.J. Abrams' franchise reboot "Star Trek" and thought, "Nyota Uhura and Spock? Really?" you're not alone. On this week's episode of "Parks and Recreation," Adam Scott's perfectly nerdy and awkward character Ben Wyatt went on a mini-rant about the budding romance and warns Abrams about the Internet fallout that will happen if he follows through with it in "Star Trek 2." It's amazing. And Adam Scott knows what he's talking about. In case you forgot, he earned his Trekker cred as Defiant Helm Crewman in "Star Trek: First Contact." Watch below (the bit starts at 13:50).

J.J. Abrams Sticking To His Guns; Not Adhering To Pre-Set Release Date Strategy For 'Star Trek 2'

  • By Sam Price
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  • July 29, 2011 2:15 AM
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J.J. Abrams continues to arouse and confuse the geek film community more keenly than even Lt. Uhura’s famed erotic fan dance from “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” to distract a patrol of the Galactic Army of Light could manage. After months of avoiding the question of whether he’ll direct “Star Trek 2” like Little Miss Muffet avoids arachnids, Abrams has finally made known the world that he’ll helm the second instalment…but he won’t be sticking the planned release date set by studio Paramount. Just yesterday we learned that a less appealing sequel that nobody asked for – “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” – had been earmarked to take over the film’s June 29, 2012 release date, and Abrams has restated his commitment to being non-committal about the film's eventual release in an interview with 24 Frames.

J.J. Abrams Finally Decides To Direct 'Star Trek 2,' 'G.I. Joe 2' Get Its July 29, 2012 Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 27, 2011 7:43 AM
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The long wait for this inevitable piece of news is over. After playing coy forever, and now riding high off the success of "Super 8," Deadline reveals that J.J. Abrams has finally committed to directing the long awaited "Star Trek 2." But as expected, his delay and quest for the right story and script have caused plans at Paramount to move around a bit.

Robert Rodriguez Announces Two 'Machete' Sequels Says 'Sin City 2' May Come Later This Year

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  • July 21, 2011 12:22 PM
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Fincher Out: Anthology Film 'Heavy Metal' Named First New Project In Filmmakers Quick Draw ProductionsHolding court in Hall H this evening, director Robert Rodriguez unveiled and rattled off project after project during his panel at Comic-Con 2011.

Adrianne Palicki To Play Lady Jaye In 'G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes,' Bruce Willis Eyed For Role Too

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 1, 2011 5:00 AM
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'Star Trek 2' Confirmed To Have Slipped From Summer 2012The train for the "G.I. Joe" sequel "G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes" keeps on barreling forward: it's only a few days since D.J. Cotrona and RZA came on board the pared-down, recast sequel to the 2009 toy adaptation, and now another no-offence-but-not-exactly-A-list actor has signed on, with Deadline reporting that "Friday Night Lights" veteran Adrianne Palicki has signed on to next summer's follow-up, which "Step-Up 3D" and "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" director Jon Chu is helming.

J.J. Abrams Says 'Star Trek 2' Might Not Be Able To Make Its June 29, 2012 Release Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2011 3:14 AM
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With at least fifteen sequels already planned for release in 2012, the biggest question mark of them all remains "Star Trek 2." Currently, the film is still pegged with a June 29, 2012 release date but with J.J. Abrams not yet signed on, everything else -- including further script work -- is on hold until until the helmer makes a decision, and its looking unlikely for the sequel to make its target date. In fact, it was only a couple of weeks ago that reports surfaced that the film would be pushed to a winter 2012 release date. J.J. Abrams spoke with press today in advance of Friday's release of "Super 8," and Playlist writer Leah Zak was on hand and the director himself was quite candid about the chances of the "Star Trek 2" making it to your local multiplex next summer.

Will The Waiting Game For J.J. Abrams Cause 'Star Trek 2' To Move From Summer To Winter 2012?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2011 11:22 AM
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Films rushing to meet a release date has almost become a common practice in Hollywood. "X-Men: First Class" will open next week ten months after it started shooting, while "Hunger Games" and ,Tarsem's recently moved Snow White film will operate under the same time constraints to meet their March release dates next year. But it's always a risk to hurry a production, particularly when there are a lot of dollars at stake and with just over a year before "Star Trek 2" is scheduled to land next June, and with no director attached, Paramount may end up pushing back the movie rather than try and crank it out.

J.J. Abrams Says Paramount Already Asking For 'Star Trek 2' To Be In 3D

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2011 4:02 AM
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Will Decide On Whether Or Not He Directs Once He Gets A ScriptWhile there is some hand-wringing going on in the industry about whether or not oversaturating the market with (shitty) 3D movies will kill interest in the format with audiences, let's not kid ourselves. Hollywood loves 3D. It's a shiny new spectacle that gets asses into seats, and it may even help with with dwindling home video sales, providing a pretty compelling reason for those who are not yet Blu-ray converts to make the switch to the only home video format that supports three dimensions. However, despite the lemming like attitude by most directors to run to the latest gizmo, there are also those who aren't quite ready to make the leap. At least not without looking first. Christopher Nolan has long given reasoned explanations behind his hesitancy to embrace 3D (it requires shooting digitally and he loves film; the dimness of the picture is also a sticking point) and it appears that J.J. Abrams isn't quite ready to break out another pair of glasses. But he's certainly feeling the pressure.

Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci Update Progress on 'Star Trek' Sequel Script

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 1, 2010 3:02 AM
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Story's Been Broken, Film Not Seen As 'A Second Act' To this day, we're still kind of stunned as to how much we enjoyed last summer's reboot of "Star Trek." Sure, it had its fair share of plot holes and silly moments (not that we want to kick this one off again -- our post on our issues with the film still holds the record for most comments over at the old site), but its energy and sheer enthusiasm made it easily the best tentpole of last year, thanks to pitch-perfect casting, and outstanding direction from J.J. Abrams.

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