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The Benedict Cumberbatch shower scene you DIDN'T see in 'Star Trek Into Darkness' -- VIDEO

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If you’re a Cumberbitch, I won’t mince words: Go below the jump, my friends.

If you had to look up the (made-up) word “Cumberbitch,” I’ll provide some context: Star Trek Into Darkness maestros J. J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof have been taking some heat for a scene in their new movie, which features a gratuitous shot of star Alice Eve in her underwear. (Gratuitous female nudity in an action movie? Well, I never!)

But as Abrams pointed out on Conan last night, the scene in question came after an earlier shot of gratuitous Chris Pine shirtlessness — meaning that if anything, he and the Enterprise crew are equal-opportunity objectifiers. Abrams subsequently revealed something that may have made Tumblr explode: Star Trek villain Benedict Cumberbatch also had a shirtless scene that ended up being cut from the movie. And then the director showed a snippet of the scene in question — which finds Cumberbatch glowering in a “shower of evil.”

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Billy Dee Williams gives J.J. Abrams 'Star Wars' plot suggestions -- VIDEO

Everyone has ideas for the new Star Wars movies! So, when J.J. Abrams stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel thought it might fun to ask the audience for some suggestions for the new sequels.

The first two guys are in costume and both feel strongly that, “Leia and Chewie need to do it!” The second, who we’ll assume works for Kimmel, really deserves our respect. Talking to J.J. Abrams is a nice perk of the job, but not many guys would go so far as wearing Leia’s gold bikini on national TV.

The third “audience member” is Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian in the original trilogy. He suggests, “Two hours of Lando and beautiful ladies making love, sweet love, in the galaxy.”

We’ll let you be surprised by the last guy. Fair warning though, he has a rather crude drawing of Leia and Chewie. Watch the video below:

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Spocks United: Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto meld a friendship for the ages

Star Trek fans everywhere have been watching, sharing and re-watching The Challenge, a sly Audi ad that, as a comedy vehicle, comfortably seats a pair of mismatched Spocks: Leonard Nimoy, the television and sci-fi icon, and his on-screen heir, Zachary Quinto, who wears the ears in Star Trek Into Darkness.

They are trash-talking frenemies in the mini-movie, but Trek producer Bryan Burke says that in grand Spock tradition there’s a vast emotion hidden behind that frosty artifice.”Their relationship is not a working relationship at all,” Burke said.  “They’re family.”

As Hollywood relationships go, the bond between Nimoy and Quinto is an anomaly. Not only does it bridge a vast generation gap (Nimoy is 82, Quinto is 35), it defies the Hollywood undertows of rivalry and status anxiety, which have made actors in similar situation behave like Betta fish when paired up.

”We spend a lot of time together, we keep in touch,” Quinto said in February just a few days after he filmed the Audi ad. “He’s a great friend. I value his presence in my life far beyond the experience we had making the first Star Trek movie and I’m grateful that it brought us together but now the friendship is a thing — it’s own thing. I love Leonard a lot.” READ FULL STORY

Nerd alert: Bing adds Klingon translator in honor of 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

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attentIon, gheetlhS! bolDly SIbI’ bing HoSDo’Hey pagh SearchH QuQ pa’ pong tlhIngan chel qutluch patlh Sovmo’ mughwI’ tool.

Translation: Attention, geeks! Bing has boldly gone where no search engine has gone before by adding Klingon to its official translator tool.

The addition comes in honor of Star Trek Into Darkness, which hits theaters this week. Phrases can be rendered either phonetically with Latin letters or in the Klingon’s own alphabet, a.k.a. the Klingon Language Institute’s pIqaD. The translator also makes it easy to morph any webpage into a Klingon-friendly site; here’s how EW.com would look if it were staffed solely by the residents of Qo’noS. And starting tomorrow, Bing’s homepage will house a bevy of Star Trek-related goodies as well — including interactive images and videos. READ FULL STORY

When worlds collide: J.J. Abrams visits the set of 'Downton Abbey'

(Let’s hope he didn’t drive there.)

While gallivanting around Europe to promote Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams apparently stopped by one of Britain’s most famous fictional estates: Downton Abbey, home of enough ominous musical cues and mysteries to be, well, a J.J. Abrams creation. Here’s the man himself, mixing something in the kitchen under the watchful eye of Mrs. Hughes (a.k.a. actress Phyllis Logan):

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'Star Trek' Poster Project: Do you want 'Spock's Brain' on your wall?

Acclaimed artist/designer Juan Ortiz continues his great commission to express his Star Trek love by creating retro pulpy movie posters for every single episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. This month’s batch includes “Requiem of Methuselah” (season 3, episode 19), a Trek gloss on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, in which the crew of the Enterprise becomes afflicted with ADHD Rigellian Fever and has to score some Ritalin Ryetalyn from an immortal named Flint; and “Spock’s Brain” (season 3, episode 1), which is considered one of the stupidest episodes of ST:TOS ever. (“Brain and brain! What is brain!?”)

Wrote Leonard Nimoy in I Am Spock: “Frankly, during the entire shooting of that episode, I was embarrassed — a feeling that overcame me many times during the final season of Star Trek.” Smart looking print, though. READ FULL STORY

'Star Trek' creator's son: The Enterprise's best destiny is TV and online, not movie screen

It was almost 50 years ago that Gene Roddenberry began developing Star Trek and its tales of the ever-rational United Federation of Planets (which values connection and communication above conquest) and noble, shining Starfleet (which devotes its powerful engines to exploration and insight).

Those concepts launched one of the most persistent mythologies in American pop culture (on television alone there have been six series with 700-plus episodes over 30 years) and they seem to echo also in Trek Initiative, a just-announced venture from Roddenberry Entertainment that is taking a Starfleet approach to the a unruly universe known as the Internet.

“We have wanted to do something to unite all of the fans for years,” says Rod Roddenberry, son of the late Star Trek creator. “There’s tons of information out there. We don’t need to provide content, we just need to unite them. Whether it’s fan films, fan fiction, just people connecting to talk about the future … we wanted to provide a place where people from all walks of life can connect over a passion for Star Trek or a passion for the future.”

Announced at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, Trek Initiative is a sleek new portal that aims to connect and curate the vast amount of Starfleet content that fills the cyber constellations. The site represents the new partnership of Roddenberry Entertainment and Wikia, which is already in Federation space in a big way — its Memory Alpha is among its 31 Star Trek sites representing 11 languages, 165,000 pages and 9.4 million page views per month. READ FULL STORY

Zachary Quinto heads to Broadway for 'Glass Menagerie'

Another Tennessee Williams masterpiece is coming to Broadway and it’s bringing Zachary Quinto and Cherry Jones along for the ride.

Producers Jeffrey Richards said Thursday he’ll transfer the American Repertory Theater’s production of The Glass Menagerie to New York for a 17-week engagement starting this September.

Quinto, who plays Spock in the Star Trek reboots and wowed audiences in a recent off-Broadway production of Angels In America, will be making his Broadway debut as Tom.

Jones, the two-time Tony Award winner for Doubt and The Heiress who played President Allison Taylor in the TV series 24, will play Amanda Wingfield. READ FULL STORY

'Star Trek' phaser sells for $231,000 at auction

Never underestimate the power of geeks with high credit limits.

CNN reports that a phaser rifle used by William Shatner’s Captain Kirk on the original Star Trek sold for a whopping $231,000 at this year’s Hollywood Legends auction — and that’s in modern-day currency, not inflated future dollars. The one-of-a-kind fake weapon was designed for Star Trek‘s second pilot. Auctioneers expected it to go for about $50,000. Instead, somebody forked over enough money to buy a three-story, four-bedroom house in Pittsburgh for the toy.

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With J.J. Abrams out, who should direct the next 'Star Trek' movie?

Producer Bryan Burk has been J.J. Abrams’ behind-the-scenes wingman since the Alias days, so it’s worth paying close attention when he idly muses about a possible release date for the next Star Trek movie. That’s exactly what happened in the middle of an interview with Digital Spy. When asked about a possible release date for a sequel to this May’s Into Darkness, Burk said that — although there’s no specific release date — the team is “definitely talking about the next one…. We don’t want to wait four years.” Since 2016 marks the franchise’s 50th anniversary, it seems like a logical year to debut a new film. All Burk said is that 2016 will be “a big year to celebrate, hopefully.” READ FULL STORY

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