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Ghuy'Cha'! J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Bumped to 2009!

Variety reports that Paramount is pushing back the release of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek from Dec. 25 of this year to May 8, 2009. We guess the studio wants to capitalize off the huge buzz that their casting news and trailers have received by letting fans stew in their geek juices a bit longer. Oh, we're stewing.Officially, the switcheroo was attributed to the studio's release calendar, and now Star Trek has no competition in its new slot — at least not yet, even though it opens one week after X-Men Origins: Wolverine and one week before Da Vinci Code prequel Angels and Demons. No offense to the other movies, but we think with the cast Trek has garnered (including Zachary Quinto as Spock, Eric Bana as Nero and Winona "Out of Hiding" Ryder as Amanda Grayson), and the power of J.J. Abrams behind it, Trek will do just fine. Can we buy our tickets yet? —Erin FoxRelated:• Today's Top Videos: The Star Trek Teaser Trailer• House's Jennifer Morrison Diagnoses New Star Trek&b... read more

Joshua Jackson Enters J.J. Abrams' Fringe

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Now , casting would appear to be rather complete on J.J. Abrams' Fringe pilot for Fox. Dawson's Creek alum Joshua Jackson — who when last heard from was to visit Grey's Anatomy's Seattle Grace, but... strike happens — will play Peter Bishop, the son of the institutionalized scientist teamed with a female fed (Aussie actress Anna Torv) to investigate unexplained phenomena. Oh, Peter is also a high-school dropout/gambling addict with an IQ of 190.Filming is now under way in Toronto. read more

J.J. Abrams' Fringe Finds Its Young Lady Fed

J.J. Abrams ventured Down Under to find the female lead for his Fox pilot, a href="Joshua Jackson Enters J.J. Abrams' FringeFringe. Australian actress Anna Torv (The Secret Life of Us) has been cast as Olivia Warren, a young FBI agent who must work with an institutionalized scientist (John Noble) to investigate a rash of paranormal phenomena. Additionally, says the Reporter, Blair Brown has been cast in the two-hour pilot as the brilliant head of a cutting-edge research facility, while Jasika Nicole will fill the recurring role of Astrid, "a stunning federal assistant." (Because really, is there any other kind?) read more

Coming Soon: Star Trek XI

It may be a ways off (OK, maybe more than a ways off considering it doesn’t come out until Christmas), but you have to see this teaser trailer for the next of the Star Trek installments. If you haven’t heard about it, Lost’s J.J. Abrams will be directing Star Trek XI, which chronicles the early years of Kirk and company (and, side note, Zachary Quinto from Heroes is playing Spock in this version). Even if you’re not a Trekkie, the scene of the U.S.S. Enterprise being built is pretty awesome. read more

J.J. Abrams' Fringe Taps Wire's Reddick

Lance Reddick by Michael Bezjian/WireImage.com

Casting on Fringe, J.J. Abrams' pilot for Fox, is nearly wrapped up, with two of the three leads now filled. Aussie actor John Noble (The Lord of the Rings' Denethor) will play Dr. Walter Bishop, the institutionalized scientist a young female FBI agent must collaborate with to get to the bottom of a rash of paranormal activity, while Lance Reddick (a star on The Wire and a recurring player on the upcoming season of Lost) has been cast as the special agent who heads the division of Homeland Security that specializes in X-Files-type events. As reported the other day, Kirk Acevedo (Oz) and Mark Valley (Boston Legal) are also onboard.Now we're just waiting on the G-woman. read more

Highly Anticipated Cloverfield Hits Theaters

After what seemed like a covert operation to keep all the secrets of Cloverfield under wraps, tonight’s the night we’ll finally get some answers. Like, what in the hell kind of monster would rip off the Statue of Liberty’s head and chuck it into Midtown? Not cool! Better start ordering those tickets in advance because we’re sensing a sold-out opening weekend. Your take: Think this movie is going to live up to the hype? read more

J.J. Abrams' Fringe Goes on Casting Binge

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Kirk Acevedo (The Black Donnellys Oz) and Mark Valley (Boston Legal) have joined the cast of Fox's Fringe, a $10 million sci-fi pilot from Lost boss J.J. Abrams that concerns a female FBI agent who works with an institutionalized scientist to investigate unexplained phenomena. Both actors are playing FBI agents.A Warner Bros. rep tells TVGuide.com there is nothing to report yet regarding the casting of the two leads. read more

New on the Tube: Ben Stiller's Behaving Badly, and More

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Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films has decided to make a series of Gods Behaving Badly, a popular British novel (being released on our side of the pond Dec. 10) about what happens when the deities of ancient Greece, now roomies in a modest London flat, stop being polite and start getting real.... West Wing Emmy winner Alex Graves will direct Fox's Fringe, the J.J. Abrams pilot about a cute FBI agent who, in another place and time, would've been Veronica Mars.... GSN has ordered 40 episodes of How Much Is Enough?, a new game show in which Corbin Bernsen (Psych) invites contestants to pit their greed against their speed. — Ben Katner read more

New Trek Flick Beams Up House's Morrison

Jennifer Morrison by Art Streiber/Fox

J.J. Abrams has snatched up another tube star for his forthcoming Star Trek reboot. Abrams confirms that House's Jennifer Morrison has joined the cast of his as-yet-untitled Trek pic. "She is indeed in the movie," he tells me, "and she is most excellent!"Last week, Morrison was spotted outside one of Trek's Hollywood soundstages, sparking rumors that she had quietly come aboard the ensemble, alongside Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban and Heroes' Zachary Quinto. Although Abrams isn't divulging specifics about her character, he is denying Internet chatter that she's playing the Enterprise's glorified secretary (and Kirk's crush), Yeoman Rand — the role originated by Grace Lee Whitney. "She is not [playing Rand]," he says.Abrams, meanwhile, tells me that the current writers' strike is not affecting production. "Our script is locked," he says.Thoughts on Morrison's casting? Thumbs up? Thumbs down? Thumbs in between? And got guesses as to who she is playing? (Uhura, perhaps? I kid... read more

Oteri Plans 2008 TV Return, Courtesy of J.J. Abrams

Cheri Oteri by Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com

Could this be off the shelf? Even though TV Guide had heard the J.J. Abrams/Cheri Oteri half-hour comedy was shelved a few weeks ago, Oteri tells TV Guide she’s back working with Abrams on the project. SNL alum Oteri spoke to TV Guide on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the premiere of her indie film Park (which also stars Dirty Sexy Money’s William Baldwin, and Ricki Lake). Abrams, currently at work on the latest Star Trek feature film, is best known for Lost, What About Brian, Alias and Felicity, all of which displayed some comedic elements, but he has yet to produce a half-hour comedy. Abrams did, however, direct an episode of NBC’s The Office this year."I met him years ago," Oteri says of Abrams. "He said, 'I’ve always wanted to do a comedy and I only want to do it with you.'"According to Oteri, the project is slated for 2008. "Working with him is just a dream come true," she says. As for dream cast mates, Oteri’s leaving that to Abrams. "He’s got such great in... read more

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