What's Popping: 'Star Trek Into Darkness', 'Pacific Rim 2', 'Clerks III', 'Alice in Wonderland 2', 'Justice League'

Star Trek Into Darkness

(Takes a deep breath) Khaaaaaaaaaan! Okay, so maybe the newly released teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness didn't specify who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing, but the evidence -- revenge-driven character, meeting of hands behind a layer of plexi-glass -- suggest someone very Khan-like, if not exactly Khan. And that British accent! Nothing can make a reading of John Milton's Paradise Lost or Moby Dick sound more menacing than a British accent. Check out the trailer here.

Even though Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim won't be released until July 12, 2013, Legendary Pictures is so impressed with what it has that the production company has commissioned a sequel. Travis Beacham will write the screenplay with del Toro, although it is unknown at this point whether or not del Toro will return to direct. Giant robots, giant alien creatures, and Guillermo del Toro -- that is all that is needed to be said about Pacific Rim, really.

Kevin Smith made his feature directorial debut in 1994 with Clerks and it looks like he'll end his career by returning to the convenience store that started it all. If you've been following along, Smith's final movie was going to be the hockey comedy Hit Someboy, but that has apparently turned into a 6-hour TV miniseries. So, instead, he's final movie is going to be Clerks III. As soon as Jeff Anderson signs on, that is.

The Red Queen may have been defeated, but something else is happening in Wonderland that will warrant a return trip. Disney has set Linda Woolverton, who wrote the screenplay for 2010's Alice in Wonderland, to work on the screenplay for the sequel. No word on whether or not Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, or Tim Burton will return for the sequel, however.

For whatever reasons, we don't get a lot of Justice League rumors. There was this one about Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing Batman in the movie which, whether it's true or not, was denied by his reps. Now, here comes another one about the main villain in the movie: Darkseid (pronouncd Dark side). Darkseid is one of the most powerful beings in the DC universe and would required the combine efforts of Earth's most powerful superheros to defeat. Unfortunately, Darkseid looks like Thanos, the villain who's rumored to be in The Avengers 2, which is coming out the same year as Justice League. Of course, this is just a rumor and, even if true, the studio may make changes to the script between now and the start of production.

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Christoph Waltz out; Ty Burrell will play Interpol inspector in The Muppets 2.

Nicolas Winding Refn in talks for Denzel Washington's Equalizer.

First pic from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Poster for Tom Cruise's sci-fi flick Oblivion.

Sara reviews Judd Apatow's This is 40.

Sara reviews Playing for Keeps.

Sara reviews Hyde Park on Hudson.

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Luke Evans stares at Orlando Bloom in first There and Back Again pic; plus 13-minute featurette.

Jonathan Demme quits Stephen King adaptation 11/22/63.

James Marsden joins Elizabeth Banks in Walk of Shame.

Clouds, guns, and sparks are the latest in poster design trends.

Disney in talks with new writer for Tron: Legacy sequel.

Sara reviews The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Ender's Game is afoot in first official still.

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Kristen Wiig may join Anchorman: The Legend Continues.

Dan Aykroyd gives updates on Ghostbusters 3 and probable fourth movie.

Johnny Depp sets up Don Quixote movie at Disney.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey reviews roundup.

Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained gets positive marks on Twitter.

Legend of Conan producer Chris Morgan promises "things you haven't seen on screen yet."

New gadget brings first-run cinema to your living room -- for a price.

Sara reviews Killing Them Softly.

Sara reviews Donnie Yen's Dragon.

Chinese Box Office: Feng Xiaogang's Back to 1942 (Adrien Brody, Tim Robbins) debuts with solid $21.3M.

Guillermo del Toro will follow Pacific Rim with Crimson Peak.

See the first Star Trek Into Darkness poster.

New Man of Steel poster is unexpectedly arresting.

Chronicle's Dane DeHaan is Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Zero Dark Thirty named Best Film by New York Film Critics' Circle.

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