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Abrams, Lindelof Express ‘Into Darkness’ Regrets

Handling of Khan as film’s villain draws scrutiny

With “Star Trek: Into Darkness” receiving a disappointing reception among some fans, director J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Damon Lindelof are admitting that their film’s use of Khan as the surprise villain had some missteps. “Into Darkness” enjoyed box office success when it was released in 2013 and raked in more than $467 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing entry in the franchise. The film follows the crew of the USS Enterprise as they confront an act of terrorism against Starfleet and face a notorious and deadly villain from Earth’s past, Khan Noonien Singh (Be …
 | Dec-2-2015 | 
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Find Out How Khan Almost Wasn’t Khan

EXCLUSIVE: Roberto Orci provides new secrets behind ‘Into Darkness’

It may have been a little after the 30th anniversary of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” but there remains a contingent of Star Trek fans who remain unhappy about the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch resurrected Khan Noonien Singh in “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” However, there was a long period of time when Khan almost didn’t make it into the picture at all. That and more have been revealed by one of the film’s writers, Roberto Orci, during an exclusive interview he conducted with the Mission Log podcast. “Khan was i …
 | Sep-11-2013 | 
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Trekdom Celebrates Gay Marriage Supreme Court Ruling

George Takei, Zachary Quinto among those expressing pride

After months of waiting. the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down key provisions of two laws that had plagued gay civil rights proponents for many years. And the Star Trek community — where there is infinite diversity in infinite combinations — celebrated. “Today marks a watershed moment in history and a tremendous victory for the principle of equality,” actor George Takei from the original “Star Trek” series told his followers on Facebook. “The 5-4 decision by our Supreme Court striking down DOMA affirms the universality of love — the desire of all people not …
 | Jun-26-2013 | 
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J.J. Abrams: Making ‘Into Darkness’ Honors Star Trek

EXCLUSIVE: While film respects existing fans, it was not made for them

“Star Trek: Into Darkness” is now at warp speed, showing in theaters worldwide. And it’s earning praise from fans of the franchise and relative newcomers alike. When discussing his approach to making the sequel, director J.J. Abrams told 1701News that, as a newcomer to the Star Trek franchise, he went boldly forward with a movie that was not made for fans alone. However, his ultimate goal was for “Into Darkness” to earn the respect and the admiration of existing fans in the same way that he has for them. With this in mind, the writing team behind the movie — Roberto Orci, …
 | May-18-2013 | 
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Simon Pegg: Roddenberry Was Pioneer, Humanist

EXCLUSIVE: What prank fooled most of the cast?

To say that “Star Trek: Into Darkness” is a thematically dark movie may be something of an understatement. It showcases death, destruction and terrorism on a scale that its predecessors rarely attempted, and it does so with a style and edge completely unique to director J.J. Abrams’ vision. But with such devastation changing the principles of the Federation (and Starfleet), “Into Darkness” remains a movie about human heart, human ambition and the human drive to always be better … values that can only be termed as “very Roddenberry,” as in franchise creator Gene Roddenberry …
 | May-13-2013 | 
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Finding Hope In ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’

EXCLUSIVE: Nazneen Contractor talks about role, themes

Themes such as honor, love and devotion promise to give “Star Trek: Into Darkness” a universal appeal as it warps into an action-packed exploration of humanity’s dark side, according to actress Nazneen Contractor. Arriving in theaters May 17, the sequel to 2009’s “Star Trek” places director J.J. Abrams back at the helm, working from a script by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. The film sends Capt. James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the crew of the USS Enterprise after an unstoppable force of terror from within Starfleet. In a role that boo …
 | Apr-26-2013 | 
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Rebate Offered For Upcoming Blu-ray Set

4-disc ‘Star Trek: The Compendium’ arrives Sept. 9

Paramount Pictures is offering a $5 rebate with the purchase of “Star Trek: The Compendium,” a four-disc Blu-ray that arrives in stores Sept. 9. Presenting J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” and “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” the high-definition set includes the IMAX version of “Into Darkness,” never-before-released footage, a gag reel and new behind-the-scenes featurettes. In addition, the set offers digital HD copies of both films, plus previously released bonus material. Paramount’s rebate arrives after some fans expressed frustration with the release of multiple versions of “Into Da …
 | Aug-19-2014 | 
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