JJ Abrams

Today, just moments ago, during the much anticipated Star Wars panel, JJ Abrams, along with Kathleen Kennedy, unleashed the first trailer for the most anticipated movie of the year: Star Wars Episode IX, now, offically, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker and, hot fucking damn, it is everything every fan could hope.

Before we get to any sort of breakdown, it’s time that fans see what JJ Abrams has been keeping up his sleeve.

My god.

What do you think of the new trailer? What are you hoping to see in the final episode of the Skywalker Saga?

Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi has proven to be the most divisive Star Wars film ever. While it earned generally favorable reviews from critics (91% on Rotten Tomatoes), the general audience was a little more even split (47% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes). Those most vocal about the film have been hard-core Star Wars fans who were not fans of many of the plot details that happened in the film. Depending on who you ask, The Last Jedi was either a bold new direction for the Star Wars franchise, or something that finally destroyed fans’ childhoods. Many who were displeased with the film did not like the direction Luke Skywalker went, even Luke himself, Mark Hamil wasn’t too pleased with the direction his beloved character went.

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STAR TREK: DISCOVERY

It has taken almost as long as it took for Riker to get his own ship, but fans finally have hope for Star Trek: DiscoveryCBS All Access has dropped the first trailer for the new series. Many were concerned about the shows fate after it was pushed back from being released earlier this year and the departure of show runner, Bryan Fuller but the first trailer for the new series, thus giving some fans a much-needed, new hope.

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Fans of the recent string of Call of Duty games complete with Zombie Mode as well as those who have played Return to Castle Wolfenstein: rejoice! A  movie is being developed by the amazing and talented J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and it’s all about Nazi Zombies! Abrams has been brought on to produce the project, which will be directed by Julius Avery (Jerrycan, Yardbird, and Son of a Gun) with writers Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips, and Shattered Glass) and Mark L. Smith (The Revenant, Vacancy, and The Hole).

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While the reviews of Star Trek Beyond have been overwhelmingly positive, and have been praising the movie for its return to the original series’ classic values of fun and adventure, that’s not to say that there isn’t a dark cloud over the movie too. Star Trek Beyond will pay tribute to two passings in the film, the first being Leonard Nimoy, who died before production on the film began in February 2015, and the second being the unexpected passing of co-star Anton Yelchin just a few weeks ago. The untimely death of Yelchin in particular opens the door to a difficult question: what are future Trek movies going to do without Chekov? (more…)

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The third alternate reality Star Trek film, Star Trek Beyond is already off to a semi-good start: reviews have been good for the upcoming film. After all, this new series brought back Star Trek into the public consciousness with the first reboot. This is partially due to the directing of the first film by director JJ Abrams. While Abrams moved on to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he remained a producer for the upcoming film and is still involved in the Star Trek franchise. Star Trek Beyond currently has an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s safe to say that based on at least the critical consensus if the box office plays out the same, the film will be guaranteed to get a sequel.

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With a little less than two weeks to go before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the promotion for the film has gone into, ahem, hyperdrive. Even though there’s about 11 more sleeps till most people’s first chance to see the film, fans will be speculating till the curtain lifts as to what, or what not, has been included in the film. Today, we have some insight into the latter. Culled from a press event over the weekend, we can say definitively a couple of things about The Force Awakens: it’s got no Ewoks, no Jar Jar Binks, and no post-credits sequences. At least one of those is sort of disappointing. (more…)

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Feeling envious because the rich and powerful might see Star Wars: The Force Awakens before you do? Don’t feel so bad – George Lucas hasn’t seen it either. In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Lucas admitted that Disney hasn’t screened the movie for him. In fact, the Star Wars fanbase is one up on him, since he hasn’t even seen a “single frame” of the movie, which would include the never-ending parade of teasers, trailers, and “now with one second of new footage!” TV commercials hitting the Internet. (more…)

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JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens began being tracked by distributors today, and estimates have it grossing anywhere from $170 million to $300 million in its opening weekend. The current highest December weekend opening belongs to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, coming in at $85 million, meaning that that the highly anticipated Star Wars sequel is expected to double the record. However, that doesn’t come close to the highest grossing weekend of all time, which is Jurassic World with $208.8 million. Of course, that film premiered during the summer blockbuster season, when the empty classrooms generally mean more money in studio pockets. (more…)

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J.J. Abrams has a lot of people excited about his next movie, a small independent feature called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (It’s gonna be huge, I promise!) You may well remember Abrams’ previous directorial effort with the word “Star” in the title, another small film called Star Trek Into Darkness, which was somewhat less than warmly received by Trekkies. Let me rephrase, they hated it! It’s kind of unlike a big Hollywood director to admit when he’s wrong, but Abrams seems to be now admitting he’s wrong, at least about one aspect of Into Darkness, and perhaps the most obvious. (more…)