All filmmakers have their habits, and one of J.J. Abrams‘ is Greg Grunberg. The two have been pals since childhood, and Abrams includes the actor in his projects whenever possible. As of today, we’ve learned that that even includes Star Wars Episode VII. Hit the jump to read Grunberg’s Star Wars announcement.
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This trailer gives up a money shot right off the bat, just in case you were wondering. But it avoids the melting-face shot we saw in that first trailer, and generally has a good time living in Syfy/Asylum territory, complete with all the ropey digital effects and big, big acting you’d expect. Read More »
JJ Abrams is obsessed with mystery, and often hides a lot of easter eggs in his films and tv shows. In the past we’ve chronicled easter eggs in the Pixar movies Toy Story 3, WALL-E, and Up, as well as some other films. So it should come as no surprise that his latest movie, Super 8, is also packed with fun hidden bits.
For example: Did you know that Leonard Nimoy appars in the movie? How about that another one of JJ’s Star Trek stars plays “the monster”? Did you spot the references to Lost, Alias and The Twilight Zone? After the jump I’ve compiled 16 hidden easter eggs which can be found in the movie.
Be warned: for those of you who havent seen the film yet, the following article may contain spoilers.
Posted on Friday, November 6th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
What If I told you that Wil Wheaton appears in JJ Abrams‘ Star Trek? You’d probably say that you didn’t believe me. Heck, we saw the movie, twice even, and didn’t see or hear a not-so-young anymore Wesley Crusher at all, not even in the corner of the screen. Or at least we thought that was the case. It had remained a highly guarded secret until this week when Wheaton blogged about his experience providing his voice for the Trek reboot:
“Back in the old days, before Twitter exploded into the phenomenon that it is now, I got a message from Greg Grunberg.” … “He sent me a private message that said something like, “JJ needs voice actors for Star Trek. Would you be interested in doing that?” … “I replied in the affirmative as quickly as my fingers could get the thoughts out of my head.” … “About 24 hours later, JJ Abrams called me. It was an entertaining conversation; I couldn’t believe he wanted me to do work on his film, and he couldn’t believe that I wanted to do it. He asked me if I’d be interested in playing some Romulans, and I think I held my hand over the phone so he couldn’t hear me squeal in delight before I calmly told him that, yes, I thought I could do that. I don’t recall precisely why, but we agreed that it would be extra cool to keep it a secret until the heat death of the universe, an uncredited bit of awesome that only a handful of people in the world would know about … unless we told them. (In fact, as far as I know, only a dozen people in the world knew about this until some meddling kids and their dog at Viacom found out about it this summer, and said we had to give me credit and stuff.)”
Yes, Wil Wheaton actually dubbed various voices for Nero’s Romulan crew. TrekMovie was nice enough to post an actual clip of Wheaton’s voice in Star Trek, which you can watch after the jump.
Greg Grunberg, who is probably best known for his role as Matt Parkman on Heroes, is the childhood best friend of JJ Abrams, and has been featured in almost every project he’s ever directed — be it a cameo or something larger. Grunberg’s cameo in the pilot episode of Lost is pretty unforgettable. I won’t give it away for those who still haven’t picked up the DVDs, but its safe to say that his character hasn’t appeared on the show for a while now. Could Grunberg return in the sixth and final season? Anything is possible. Details and possible spoilerish speculation after the jump.
TrekMovie has gotten their hands on the full credits for JJ Abrams‘ Star Trek, and have uncovered a bunch of casting and cameo easter eggs. I have included some of the more interesting ones below:
- J.J. Abrams’ “good luck charm” and best friend since childhood Greg Grunberg appears in the film as Jim Kirk’s stepdad (voice only).
- Producer and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) appears as a Vulcan council member.
- Tyler Perry plays Starfleet Academy president Admiral Richard Barnett.
- The Beastie Boys song “Sabotage” is listed as one of the songs used in the film.
Check out the full list at TrekMovie.
The stars of Heroes have a new favorite frozen drink, and it may look somewhat familiar. The following photos showed up on the blog of Heroes director/producer Greg Beeman of the cast of the hit show drinking “Slusho!” a drink which first appeared in the JJ Abrams’ series Alias, and has now become a focal point of the viral marking behind the hot JJ Abrams produced monster flick Cloverfield. So what will Heroes have to do with the upcoming movie? Will their be a connection? Greg Grunberg, a childhood friend of Abrams who has appeared in nearly every thing he’s produced thus far, appears on Heroes as Matt Parkman. Could he just be helping his best bud promote the upcoming film? Beeman won’t say:
“Now, the next group of photos falls into the “don’t ask/don’t tell” category. I credit Greg Yaitanes for staging all these pix, under the supervision of Joe Pokaski. Their cultural significance will become clear in the coming months, soâ€¦ pay attention!”
There is obviously more to this story. Dennis at CloverfieldClues discovered that Slusho actually made its first appearance on Heroes during last night’s episode, check out that photo below:
We’ll keep you updated. Check out more Heroes behind the scenes Slusho photos after the jump.
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Heroes star Greg Grunberg revealed to TV Guide that he has been cast in JJ Abrams’ top secret monster movie project code-named Cloverfield.
“It’ll probably be something where no one will be able to tell it’s me,” he said. “As you know, J.J. calls me his good-luck charm, so he’s got to put me in there somewhere. I actually went to the set the other night, and it was really exciting and cool. The budget is not astronomical. But they’re doing incredible things.”
Grunberg has been featured in numerous television shows over the past six years, including Felicity, NYPD Blue, LOST, and Alias. He’s a good actor who has finally gained mainstream fame as officer Matt Parkman in the hit tv show Heroes. I’m glad to see that he will have a part, even if minor, in this project.