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J.J. Abrams

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J.J. Abrams is tired of the film career he’s so carefully cultivated by choosing projects where he reboots or re-energizes established franchises. Why can’t we just let Abrams be more creative?! That’s the passive aggressive, or “Angry Abrams”, version of a comment he made the other night at the Golden Globes where the man that made Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens told a reporter that he was sick of taking millions of dollars from major studios to successfully reboot beloved properties and make them even more successful than ever. (more…)

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J.J. Abrams is the master of the misdirect, unveiling projects and releasing viral material that gets us riled up but tells us practically nothing about what it is we’re looking forward to. Not that we’re complaining of course, but sometimes it works (Cloverfield) and sometimes it doesn’t (Star Trek Into Darkness). And now there’s this, for the last couple of months we’ve been hearing about his project called God Particle, a sci-fi thriller from producer Abrams and director Julius Onah that some have suspected might not be what it seems, and now sources are saying that in actuality, God Particle is really the next Cloverfield film. (more…)

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With the pending release of the 3D Collector’s Edition of Star Wars: The Force Awakens we’ve already had one revelation and it was about Kylo Ren’s character defining scene in the film thanks to a preview of the commentary by director J.J. Abrams. Now, in a new preview, Abrams is offering a glimpse behind the scenes of a key moment for Ren’s equal and opposite, the heroic Rey played by Daisy Ridley. You’ll of course recall the moment in the film where Rey’s finds an important artifact from the past, which led to a little self-discovery for the Jakku scavenger, but as Abrams explains, there was an art to getting that “Forceback” just right. (more…)

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Almost a year after its release, we’re still talking about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It changed our lives! It made us believe in Star Wars again! It became another cash cow for Disney! (Good thing too because that company’s been suffering from just regular profits for years, and not super profits.) Taking a page from the Book of Lucas, Disney will be double-dipping for fan dollars next month with the release of the 3D Collector’s Edition of The Force Awakens, but it that there is some insight. Director J.J. Abrams, during his commentary, lends some personal insight into what maybe the most pivotal scene in the entire sequel trilogy. (more…)

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Valve Corporation‘s first-person puzzle platformer Portal is one of the most enduringly popular video games of the past decade. By controlling the protagonist Chell as she creates portals thta help her soft puzzles to get away from the taunts of the nefarious AI, GLaDOS, players explore the unique world of Aperture Science in pursuit of promised yet elusive cake. Consistently well loved for both its dark cyberpunk plot and distinct physics, fans have been begging for the game to be recreated on the silver screen for a long time now. (more…)

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CBS recently announced a change to the release date for their new Star Trek series Star Trek: Discovery. The pilot episode, which was slated to hit television screens in January of 2017 and then continue the series exclusively on CBS All Access, the CBS streaming service, will now be beamed back until May 2017. Why the change, should fans be worried that the Tribbles are breeding? (more…)

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Fans were dismayed and outraged when Paramount Pictures and CBS went after Azanar Productions, a group that raised over half a million dollars on Kickstarter to make their studio quality Star Trek fan film. Paramount had a long-standing tradition of ignoring fan films, or at least not going after any that weren’t trying to make a buck off the Star Trek franchise. The lawsuit sent shock waves through the fan film community, who might be next? During a fan event for Star Trek Beyond back in May, director Justin Lin and J.J. Abrams announced that the lawsuit would be dropped and fans breathed a sigh of relief. So why would Paramount and CBS tell the judge yesterday (6/15/16) that the lawsuit was still on? (more…)

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Ten years after George Lucas directed the last installment of the Star Wars prequels, Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, a still untitled film, needed a director. It couldn’t just be any director either, this one needed to set the tone for the return of the beloved franchise. Unlike the previous Star Wars films, Episode VII, for better or worse depending on who you ask, no longer had its creator at the helm. LucasFilm made the decision and entrusted the responsibility of directing Star Wars VII to none other than Star Trek director J.J. Abrams.  How exactly did Abrams come to sit in the director’s chair, and end up producing the Star Wars movies that would follow? The answer comes from… Mr. Steven Spielberg.

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‘Westworld’ Back on Track at HBO, Premiering this Fall

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It’s one of the most anticipated TV projects of the last couple of years, and that’s saying something. With an accomplished creative team, an all-star cast, and a berth on HBO, everyone’s been looking forward to Jonathan Nolan‘s revisionist take on Westworld, based on the Michael Chrichton book and movie about a Wild West theme part full of robots gone mad. Behind the scenes though, there’s been trouble plenty. Cost overruns, creative conflicts, reshoots, and let’s not forget that rumor about using actual prostitutes… But are things all set for Westworld to finally premiere? HBO seems to think so. In fact, they’re now saying the show will premiere in the fall. (more…)

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This was supposed to be a year of celebration for Star Trek, 50 years since the original series first premiered on NBC in the fall of 2016. There’s a new Star Trek movie coming this summer, production on a new Star Trek TV series will begin later this fall, and the con schedule this year is full of special Star Trek guests. The last thing Paramount would want to do is tarnish those good vibes with something like a lawsuit aimed at fans making a highly-anticipated fan film based on Star Trek. So turning a frown upside down, Star Trek producer J.J. Abrams announced on the weekend that the lawsuit against the producers of Star Trek: Axanar is over. Peace in our time. (more…)