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Two Star Trek writers don’t think they’ll work on Star Wars, while another one does. Plus the director himself talks all about his fandom. Read about the following in this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Who does J.J. Abrams think shot first, Han Solo or Greedo?
  • Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci don’t think they’ll be working on a Star Wars movie…
  • …but Damon Lindelof believes he might by the end of the decade.
  • Abrams talks about lessons he learned from Star Trek that he’ll use on Star Wars and how he plans to work on both Star Trek 3 and Episode VII.
  • Costume Designer Michael Kaplan (Blade Runner, Fight Club, Star Trek) joins Star Wars Episode VII.
  • EA Games teases a brand new Star Wars Battlefront game.
  • Famous Star Wars characters danced up a storm at Star Wars Weekends at Disney Hollywood Studios.

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Grantland has an amazing interview with screenwriter/producer Damon Lindelof which you should find the time to read (it is long). He talks about many things in the interview, but I want to focus on his discussion on the origins of Tomorrowland, the upcoming movie directed by Brad Bird and starring George Clooney. There is a lot of interesting stuff here, especially if you’re a Disneyland geek like me. Lindelof, for the first time publicly, confirms that while the story has ties to Walt Disney’s theme park creation, we won’t see Disneyland in the actual movie. Read an excerpt after the jump.

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Cumberbatch Into Darkness

Stardate December 10, 2012. A group of journalists are invited to Bad Robot in Santa Monica, CA to learn a little bit more about J.J. AbramsStar Trek Into Darkness. At this time everyone was still unclear who, exactly, Benedict Cumberbatch was playing in the film. Rumors about his character were relentless. To cut the question off at the pass, Abrams himself led everyone into a screening room to show some footage. He explained this was footage no one would see again for several months, we shouldn’t tell anyone we saw it, but it would clear some things up.

With Star Trek Into Darkness now in theaters, it’s time to talk about that footage because what we saw and what’s now playing are very, very different. This change exemplifies not only the lengths Abrams went to preserve the theatrical film experience, but it opens up the discussion for exactly why secrecy was so important. Read More »

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Sequels are a tricky thing. In the best cases, they transcend the original work by adding emotional depth and context, elevating the entire story arc. In the worst cases, they’re a carbon copy of the original with perhaps a bigger “wow” factor. Star Trek Into Darkness, like many sequels, falls into the middle ground. It expands and broadens the scope of the original while duplicating most of the elements that were already in place from the 2009 film.

To follow his first Trek revival, director J.J. Abrams has made a much more visually impressive and exciting action film, and one worthy of the Star Trek franchise. It simply lacks the inspiration that made his first film so special.

After the jump, read the rest of this review and see a video blog with some differing opinions. Read More »

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Several weeks ago, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, the current ruler of the Star Wars universe, said the following in regards to exactly how she and her team will approach secrecy be in regards to Star Wars Episode VII:

We talk about that all the time. I think the whole issue of confidentiality is gonna be fascinating as we move into making the movie. If we’re shooting anything outside, it’s almost impossible to not have things end up on the Internet. So my feeling is, you need to embrace that, especially with the fans around something like Star Wars. You need to recognize they’re important to the process and acknowledge there are things you’re gonna want to make sure they get to know. So I think that’s something we’re going to monitor, pay attention to and think differently about.

That sounds like she’s saying “We’re going to be much more transparent when Star Wars goes into production,” doesn’t it?  So, when I got on the phone with Star Wars Episode VII producer/Bad Robot co-founder Bryan Burk and Star Wars superfan Damon Lindelof to talk about their latest film, Star Trek Into Darkness, I simply had to ask about this. Was Burk part of these conversations? What had been said? And would Lindelof be hunting for spoilers like other fans?

Their answers were surprising. Burk explained he never had this conversation with Kennedy, but that fans have likely overestimated the statement. Read his quote as well as Lindelof’s reaction below. Read More »

Justice League

In theory, there’s no reason a DC Cinematic Universe shouldn’t work every bit as well as — perhaps better, even — than a Marvel Cinematic Universe. In practice, however, we’ve seen Marvel dominate while Warner Bros. struggles mightily to get their non-Batman and non-Superman properties to take flight. The rumors surrounding the planned Justice League movie haven’t been terribly encouraging so far, either.

Plenty of fans and pundits have put forth ideas on why exactly Warner Bros. is flubbing so badly, and today two prominent industry figures have a bit of advice on how the studio could turn things around. After the jump, read Kevin Feige and Damon Lindelof‘s comments on how to solve a problem like the Justice League.

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Lots of principals from Star Trek Into Darkness are discussing reuniting with their director, J.J. Abrams on his next film, Star Wars Episode VII. After the jump read about the follow Star Wars Bits:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch is a huge Star Wars fans and jokes about asking J.J. Abrams to play a part in the films.
  • Check out a video from the 30th anniversary screening of Return of the Jedi in Hollywood, CA.
  • J.J. Abrams admits he’ll probably seek advice on Star Wars Episode VII from Damon Lindelof.
  • After years of silence, one of the internet’s first viral stars, Star Wars Kid, speaks out.
  • Simon Pegg wants to be in Star Wars, but respects J.J. Abrams too much to ask.
  • J.J. Abrams says the approaches to Star Trek and Star Wars don’t overlap.

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JJ Abrams Star Trek Premiere

Lots of Star Wars fans, including J.J. Abrams himself, have sat down to talk about their confidence in Star Wars Episode VII. Those statements, possible video games, and more are all in today’s Star Wars Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • J.J. Abrams is focusing on Star Wars Episode VII, not any spin-off films.
  • Simon Pegg has some ideas on how J.J. Abrams can reinvigorate Star Wars.
  • Damon Lindelof would love to write a Star Wars film.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio is super excited for Star Wars Episode VII and could be interested in appearing.
  • Has a glimpse of a new Star Wars animated series been revealed?
  • Disney CEO Bob Iger suggests more Star Wars is coming to theme parks and television.
  • Star Tours opens at Disneyland Tokyo
  • Lucasfilm registers domain names hinting at Gungan and Wookie themed video games and more.

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