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The gesture requires a bit of dexterity - something even William Shatner struggles with - but that hasn't stopped a host of famous faces from replicating Spock's greeting.
From US President Barack Obama to Reese Witherspoon and Stephen Fry, Digital Spy takes a look back through our picture archives to see which famous faces are proud Trekkies.
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Star Trek Into Darkness opens in UK cinemas on May 9.
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With his latest romantic comedy Playing For Keeps out on DVD and Blu-ray later this month, Digital Spy takes a look back over Butler's screen roles, from "SPARRRRTA!" to Coriolanus.
Take a trip down Butler memory lane through our gallery below, and make sure to vote for your favourite film in the poll.
JJ Abrams has carried this through in Chris Pine's incarnation of the character, hooking Kirk up with a green-skinned Orion Starfleet officer in 2009's Star Trek and two cat-like aliens in Star Trek Into Darkness.
To mark the return of Kirk to the big screen, Digital Spy takes a look at 5 of the cosmic lothario's most memorable love interests from The Original Series.
Shahna in 'The Gamesters of Triskelion'
Angelique Pettyjohn's green-haired drill thrall encountered the Star Trek crew on her homeworld of Triskelion, where she was tasked with training Kirk for gladiatorial battle. Naturally, Shahna was unable to resist the Captain's charm, but at the close of the episode found herself ditched by Kirk when she asks to fly away with him on the Enterprise.
But since most of us don't have our own half-breed companion to offer us sage wisdom, the next best thing is to trawl back through the Star Trek canon and pinpoint Spock's finest moments. You might even want to keep them with you in a tiny notebook for easy reference, because one thing we learned from this exercise is that there is a Spock quote for every occasion.
Digital Spy takes a look at the world according to Spock, in the form of 20 thought-provoking quotes. Read them and prosper.
With Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch playing bad-guy John Harrison, British star Alice Eve getting her kit off and stars Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine returning, the new movie promises to keep fans on the edge of their seats.
Can't wait till next week for the release? Thankfully Digital Spy has five top Star Trek Into Darkness clips to tease you with...
Star Trek stars talk to Digital Spy at UK premiere
With the cast and crew, along with director JJ Abrams hitting the red carpet in London's Leicester Square last night, we caught up with the films' stars including Chris Pine, Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto, with Quinto saying he was "really satisfied" with the storyline from the second movie.
(We don't recommend dwelling on that last thought for too long, by the way.)
And while the likes of EL James haven't done much to improve its unsavoury rep, fanfiction in its place is a fine and admirable creative pursuit, allowing young writers to develop their technique within an established universe and take an active role in the fandoms they love.
A lot of it's also much better written than the soul-destroying novelisations that film studios pay half-rate writers to churn out. We're all for fanfiction at Digital Spy, make no mistake. That being said, there is some very, very weird stuff out there in the Trek fandom. We've selected nine of the best examples - a mix of story summaries and actual extracts – to prove our point.
1) "Spock knocked you up?" Bones asked quietly, eyes wide, lips pulled back in a grin. "That robot got it up and put a telepathic bun in your oven?" He held a hand up. "I need a moment."
"Can we get back to the matter at hand, Dr. McCoy?" Jim hissed, pressing chilled hands to his face to fight the blush threatening to overtake it.
Digital Spy takes a look at the five must-see releases for May below...
Star Trek Into Darkness
Release date: May 9
Why you should see it: Four years is an unusually long time to wait between franchise instalments, so naturally anticipation is at fever pitch for JJ Abrams's new Star Trek movie. Benedict Cumberbatch's rogue Starfleet officer John Harrison is the villain terrorising the Enterprise, and from all the trailers and preview clips it's looking like his scene-stealing could be the highlight of the movie.
You know a Shane Black script when you see one.
Back in the days when Black was exclusively a screenwriter - at one stage the highest-paid in Hollywood - he was known around town for his self-reflexive tics, wherein he'd pepper his scripts with comments aimed straight at the reader. Take this aside, from page 107 of the script for The Last Boy Scout:
"INT. TOPANGA CANYON HOME - DAY
Remember Jimmy's friend, Henry, who we met briefly near the opening of the film? Of course you do, you're a highly paid reader or development person."
If you think about how monotonous the average script reader's day is, it's no huge surprise Black's adrenalin-jolt approach paid off. What's surprising is that it took him as long as it did to take it on-screen. More than a decade after Boy Scout's release, Black made his directorial debut-cum-comeback with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, a razor-sharp comedy noir that looked askance at its own script and its own genre.
"Okay, that is a terrible scene," our narrator-protagonist Harry (Robert Downey Jr) complains, after Val Kilmer's Gay Perry delivers a spot of heavy-handed exposition. "It's like 'Gee, why was that in the movie? You think maybe it'll come back later?'" It's the same trick Martin McDonagh tried with less success in last year's Seven Psychopaths - negating the deficiencies in your screenplay by acknowledging them in dialogue. Black's secret, if he has one, is ensuring that you're having too much fun to care.
Because before we get too tied up in knots discussing the metatextual merits of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, we should emphasise just how much flat-out fun it is, and just how efficient it is as a modern-day LA potboiler. Black never uses the tongue-in-cheek aspect as an excuse to get sloppy, instead unfolding his hardboiled tropes - a world-weary private eye, a struggling actress, two seemingly unconnected murder mysteries - with skill and panache.
Narration aside, Downey Jr's Harry isn't close to a conventional noir hero; he's a small-time crook who stumbles first into an acting career and secondly into a labyrinthine murder investigation, reluctantly aided by Kilmer's jaded PI Perry (who's much closer to the Sam Spade model) and former high school crush-turned-failed actress Harmony (Michelle Monaghan).
The other half of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang's beating heart, what makes it more than a slick, dead-eyed genre exercise, is the unexpectedly sweet morality at its centre. Take this moment: Harmony mistakenly thinks Harry groped her while she was unconscious.
He's horrified, not by the false accusation but by how easily she brushes it off as no biggie. "The f**k kind of guys are you hanging out with?" he asks her, sadly. Later, his reaction to killing a man is similarly startling in its rawness. When Black's rapid-fire, salty patter lets you come up for air, it's only for long enough to punch you in the gut.
"You'll see something new every time," might be a cliché, but in the case of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang it's literally true. The script moves a few notches faster than the human brain, so you're consistently bound to find at least one aside, one background gag, one winking reference you missed the last time. Gallingly and unsurprisingly the film was a financial flop, but here's hoping Black and Downey Jr's ever-so-slightly more mainstream new project drives a few new converts over to their debut. It's a pitch black, whip-smart, unexpectedly heartfelt gem.
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