11 December 2012 10:44 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

When J.J. Abrams opens his door to the media, he doesn't hold back: On December 10, the director hosted a full-day preview of "Star Trek Into Darkness" at the Bad Robot offices in Santa Monica, where we were treated to makeup, costume and visual FX demonstrations, as well as a sit-down with composer Michael Giacchino and some secret footage which Abrams made us swear not to reveal. Most of the cast was also on hand to chat informally about the much-anticipated sequel to the 2009 reboot, which opens on May 17, 2013. The night before, we watched the first nine minutes of the film, which introduces the villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch, whom we now know as John Harrison (the nine-minute preview is set to play before IMAX screenings of "The Hobbit" this Friday). The opening of the movie also lands us right back in the action with Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and McCoy »

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