<p>I'm shocked that they managed to keep it a secret that Benedict Cumberbatch is playing the 'Mirror Mirror' universe version of Data in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'</p>

I'm shocked that they managed to keep it a secret that Benedict Cumberbatch is playing the 'Mirror Mirror' universe version of Data in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

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Benedict Cumberbatch talks about being bad in a spoiler-filled 'Star Trek' interview

This is one you'll want to watch as soon as you've seen the movie

Bumbledink Bandercoot. Butterscotch Humperdink. Bimblepimp Cummerbund. Once I start getting his name wrong, I find it very very hard to actually make myself say "Benedict Cumberbatch."

I'm guessing people are having less and less trouble with his name these days. He's gone from being a well-respected but still-lesser-known actor to being a guy who is being trusted to carry some serious weight in some very big movies. He's the bad guy in "Star Trek Into Darkness," opening this weekend, and much of the speculation about the film has focused on which role he's actually playing. Once the film's been out for a few days, we'll have a conversation here about the role he plays and how that fits into "Star Trek" history (or doesn't), but for now, I understand that not everyone knows, and they don't want to know until they see it in the film.

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<p>If this man ever offers to 'shimmy' for you, my advice is that you should run.</p>

If this man ever offers to 'shimmy' for you, my advice is that you should run.

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Ken Jeong gets serious talking about ending it all in 'The Hangover Part III'

Plus we look back at a more spirited encounter with the comic actor

I am genuinely happy for Ken Jeong.

When I first saw him in "Knocked Up," I thought he was great, one of many scene-stealers in that movie. When I talked to Judd Apatow about him, he mentioned that Jeong was an actual doctor. At the time, I thought Judd meant that this was Ken's first time acting, that he was a doctor who they just met and thought was funny and then hired. Jeong was actually working in TV a full decade before that, though, while also having trained and worked as a doctor. He's a great example of a guy who kept his dream alive while also having this full-time professional life, and to see him find a niche where he's become a very in-demand comic character actor is just enjoyable. He deserves it.

After all, Ken Jeong will attack a role if you give him a chance. He doesn't phone it in. Say what you will about him as a performer, but that's a guy who will make gigantic choices and he'll throw himself into it, and there's no ego about things. Whatever's funny is funny. He doesn't care if he looks "cool." He cares about the laugh. He is merciless in his pursuit of it.

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<p>Who are these men, and what role do they play in the secretive new science-fiction action film 'Jupiter&nbsp;Ascending' by the Wachowskis?</p>

Who are these men, and what role do they play in the secretive new science-fiction action film 'Jupiter Ascending' by the Wachowskis?

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Updated - Did Terry Gilliam just leak the first image from 'Jupiter Ascending' by the Wachowskis?

The Channing Tatum/Mila Kunis science-fiction action movie is shooting now

UPDATED: I've been informed that a batch of set photos appeared online over a week ago, and this is from that set of images. Collider ran a piece, for example, and a lot of the gossip sites appear to have picked it up. I confess that I don't pay attention to unofficial images all the time, and I missed this. Gilliam is not the source of the image, but was merely passing it along. The "news" here, then, is his appearance in the film, giving us a chance to round up what we know about it so far. Some of what we've got to say about the film is not general knowledge so far.

As usual, if you're obsessive about seeing every detail of something, finding a specialized fan site is going to be the best from-the-tap stream of info you'll get.

Now here's the original piece:

One of my favorite films from last year was "Cloud Atlas," and part of what I enjoyed about the film was seeing what happened when Andy and Lana Wachowski collided with Tom Tykwer. That's not a collaboration I would have ever demanded to see, but the results of it were very special, and I'm very glad it happened.

Today, Terry Gilliam posted a photo to his Facebook page showing two extras on the set of "Jupiter Ascending," the new science-fiction action film that the Wachowskis are filming, and he revealed that he'll be playing a bit part of some sort in the movie as well. While this isn't the same scale of collaboration as "Cloud Atlas," just knowing that Gilliam and the Wachowskis are in contact with one another makes me very happy.

Right now, "Jupiter Ascending" is an enigma for most people. The last two films by the Wachowskis have been large-scale experiments, and while I've enjoyed the films, I appreciate that they make very big movies that require very big budgets, and that doesn't happen forever if you can't make money for a studio. To some extent, it feels like "Jupiter Ascending" is a step back for them, a conscious decision to do something that is more like what people expect from them. Then again, I get the feeling after chatting with the Wachowskis last year that they are not terribly concerned about what people expect.

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<p>Zoe Saldana is human for the moment before gearing up for two back-to-back gigs as aliens, but for now, she's all about 'Star Trek Into Darkness'</p>

Zoe Saldana is human for the moment before gearing up for two back-to-back gigs as aliens, but for now, she's all about 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

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Zoe Saldana talks about all the ways 'the boys' made her laugh on 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

Hollywood's busiest alien spends a little more time with Starfleet

I am mesmerized by Zoe Saldana's "hot schoolmarm" thing that's going on in this interview. I'm not sure what she's wearing or what she's doing with her hair, but I definitely hear a Van Halen song when I look at her.

Saldana is currently Hollywood's busiest alien. She's about to start work on "Guardians Of The Galaxy," introducing her into the Marvel Universe, and James Cameron is supposedly still hard at work on the scripts for "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3," which he hopes to shoot back to back starting sometime next year.

I'd love to know if she's already training to be able to pull off what sounds like some ground-breaking underwater motion-capture, because that's got to be a whole different level of physical challenge. And I'm curious if they'll be going the make-up route for "Guardians," or if that will be a largely digital performance, too.

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<p>Riddick's back and ready to kick more monster butt this September.</p>

Riddick's back and ready to kick more monster butt this September.

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First 'Riddick' trailer promises great new monsters and vintage Vin Diesel

David Twohy's latest looks lean and mean

"Pitch Black" was considered a problem by USA Films.

At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people have forgotten that USA Films even existed, but for a brief period of time, they were a major up-and-comer, an indie with eyes on the mainstream, and they probably reached the pinnacle of their visibility and acclaim when they made "Traffic." They couldn't sustain their momentum, though, and eventually, they had to close their doors.

My most noteworthy interaction with them came when I was still at Ain't It Cool News. Harry Knowles was in LA one week, and USA Films told us that they had a small film they didn't know what to do with, and they asked if we would want to take a look at it. We drove over to their screening room (which is now the Clarity Screening Room, probably the best place in LA to see a 3D print) and they showed us "Pitch Black," which we both loved. We ended up inviting the film to play at the first Butt-Numb-A-Thon in the middle of the night. They ended up sending us both the film and, despite the start time of 2:30 AM, Vin Diesel himself, and it turned into one of the first big highlights of that festival.

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<p>Flying is just par for the course at this point in the series as Vin Diesel returns for 'Furious Six'</p>

Flying is just par for the course at this point in the series as Vin Diesel returns for 'Furious Six'

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Review: 'Furious Six' delivers the biggest action yet in this unstoppable series

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Can this series really survive the loss of Justin Lin?

If you don't like surprises being ruined for you, definitely don't go read the cast listing for this film on the IMDb.

At this point, I suspect you know where you stand on this series. I find myself wildly impressed by what Justin Lin and screenwriter Chris Morgan have pulled off, reinventing a series that had limped to a stall before they signed on. Even more impressive, they did it by embracing the three radically different films that came before and they found a way to roll them all into an ongoing soap opera mythology, and with each new film, they seem to refine the formula even more.

In the last film, they introduced Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs, an international lawman who was chasing Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his extended criminal family, and they basically came up with an excuse to turn the films into gigantic stunt-laden caper movies that turn into this sort of sustained rolling wave of automotive mayhem all over the world. At this point, the ensemble includes Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker), his wife Mia (Jordana Brewster) who is also Dom's sister, Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky), Gisele (Gal Gadot), Han "Seoul-Oh" (Sung Kang), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris), and the newest member of Hobbs' team, Riley (Gina Carano). In this film, they're all assembled to go head to head with Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), a shadowy ex-military figure who has been running various jobs all over the world. Hobbs uses a photo taken during one of Shaw's jobs to bait the hook, since it reveals that one member of Shaw's team appears to be Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), Dom's former girlfriend who was supposedly killed back in film number four, "Fast and Furious."

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<p>Right after this photo, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg announced their intention to remake every Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedy together.</p>

Right after this photo, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg announced their intention to remake every Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedy together.

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Karl Urban and Simon Pegg talk about bringing some light to 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

Plus how devoted do you have to be to be called a 'Trekkkie'?

Karl Urban and Simon Pegg are both valuable parts of the chemistry that drives the new "Star Trek" series.

Pegg was someone I already knew I liked enormously before "Star Trek" arrived, and it's interesting to see how JJ Abrams has turned Pegg into comic relief in two different franchises. The Scotty from these movies is a very different person than the Scotty we saw Doohan play for all those years. I have trouble imagining Doohan sprinting around a hangar trying to figure out how to open a door or getting sucked through a water pipe system. Pegg, though, is down for pretty much anything they throw at him, and he works his ass off to entertain in the new film.

Urban, on the other hand, is a guy who hadn't really come into focus for me until "Star Trek." I didn't dislike him or his work, but he didn't make the strongest impression as an actor, and I had trouble figuring out if he had much of a personality. Whoever first thought to have him read for Bones deserves a bonus, though, because he is perfect in the role. So far, I'd argue he's the greatest underutilized asset that the series has, and if they continue with more movies, I pray they give Urban more to do. He deserves it.

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<p>Justin Bartha seems perfectly happy to discuss the possibility of a 'National Treasure 3'</p>

Justin Bartha seems perfectly happy to discuss the possibility of a 'National Treasure 3'

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Justin Bartha says 'National Treasure 3' is still a possibility

Will he be heading out on a new adventure soon?

Over the weekend, I drove to Las Vegas so I could sit down with the cast and crew of "The Hangover Part III" and talk to them about the film.

At this point, the actors seem relaxed because they've finished. Whatever happens with this last film, their work is done now. Whatever people end up thinking about the new film, they've taken their shot and wrapped up one of the unlikeliest franchises in modern memory.

I spoke to director Todd Phillips, lunatic co-star Ken Jeong, the members of the Wolfpack, and, in the final room, Justin Bartha and Heather Graham. My first observation is that Graham is a vampire. It's the only explanation for how she looks exactly the same now as she did 20 years ago. It's spooky.

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<p>Sarah Polley has every reason to smile now that her new film 'Stories We Tell' is opening</p>

Sarah Polley has every reason to smile now that her new film 'Stories We Tell' is opening

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Sarah Polley talks about the artistic freedom that led to her brilliant new 'Stories We Tell'

An interview with one of the most exciting young filmmakers working

These days, a number of my interviews are done by phone because I am juggling some complicated scheduling around the lives of my kids. It's just a fact of parenthood… you make space for all of their stuff because you have to. You do it no matter how hard it is, because it means something to them and you only get one shot at that.

At least, that's how I feel right now. I know people who have made that sort of effort and still managed to fumble things, and no matter how hard we want everything to work out for our lives and the lives of our kids, that's not always the case and we know that. And sometimes, the stories we tell ourselves or that we tell our kids are used to help paper over some sort of hurt, and we justify it by saying we're trying to avoid hurting them any more than is necessary.

What happens when you get away with a story for so long that you forget you told it, until someone else starts peeling away at the edges of it? What happens when you discover that something you've accepted as part of your daily life, one of the fundamental truths of your world, is simply not true?

All of this is dealt with in Sarah Polley's remarkable new film "Stories We Tell," which I gave a fairly breathless review earlier this year. The film is available now for you in a number of different ways, and I want to urge you to give it a try. It is as exciting in its own way as any of the summer blockbusters, and smarter than all of them rolled up into one.

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<p>Robin Wright is front and center as 'Robin Wright' in the new film 'The Congress'</p>

Robin Wright is front and center as 'Robin Wright' in the new film 'The Congress'

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Must Watch: First trailer for 'The Congress' is a mind-bending techno dream for Robin Wright

New animation/live-action hybrid from 'Waltz With Bashir' director looks crazy

I thought "Waltz With Bashir" was a gorgeous film. I didn't think it always hit the same heights dramatically that it did visually, but it was an intriguing way to give a fresh look to what is essentially a talking heads documentary.

Since then, I've been curious to see how filmmaker Ari Folman would follow up that picture. He decided to start with a Stanislaw Lem science-fiction novel, then adapt it loosely and use it to explore the notion of whether or not our essence is something that can be captured by a computer, much less recreated.

For years now, I've heard people in Los Angeles talking about the idea of scanning movie stars into computers, head to toe, as a way of allowing them to freeze themselves at a particular moment in time, using their digital model to appear in films while their physical form continues to age. We're not at that point yet, but it's something that people have been actively considering for a while, and the conversation raises any number of points about technology, ethics, performance, and what it is we respond to when we watch someone.

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