J.J. Abrams Says He's Done With Reboots

Look at J.J. Abrams‘ filmography and you’ll find a guy with a talent for remaking, rebooting, and remixing. While he’s also spearheaded his fair share of wholly original work, he’s become a reliable source for any old franchise in need of an adrenaline injection to heart. Mission: Impossible III. Star Trek. Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s kind of his thing.

But Abrams himself seems ready to move on to other things, saying that he’s ready to spread his wings and fly away from the land of reboots and remakes.

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‘Star Wars’ Actors and Filmmakers Mourn Carrie Fisher

Star Wars Actors and Directors Mourn Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher passed away yesterday at the age of 60. Although best known for her work as Princess Leia Organa in four Star Wars movies, she was so much more: a tremendous writer, an incredible wit, one of Hollywood’s most prolific script doctors, and a brutally honest personality whose openness about mental illness provided hope and inspiration for many.

The fact that we can build an entire article around her colleagues saying nice things about her speaks volumes.

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HBO and Bad Robot Developing Space Drama ‘Glare’

J.J. Abrams space drama

HBO and Bad Robot are coming off a nice hit together. The first season of Westworld recently went out on a high note in the ratings, but on average, each episode was watched by around 12 million viewers, making it the most viewed first season of any HBO program. After a very successful collaboration, the cable network and Bad Robot are now developing another show, a space drama from the screenwriter behind Denis Villeneuve‘s EnemyJavier Gullón.

Below, learn more about the J.J. Abrams space drama project and Gullón’s work.

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audio commentary reccomendations

For the past year, editor in chief Peter Sciretta has been asking me to write about my favorite audio commentaries. If I ever recommend one to him, he asks about the list. Compiling a list of only a few must-hear audio commentaries sounded like too much of a challenge. There’s far too many I haven’t heard yet, so writing some “best commentary list” didn’t feel right. I have a lengthy list of commentary tracks I intend on listening to, and the plan is to write about a few of them — at least the good ones — around the start of every month.

These first five recommendations feature insights from Martin Scorsese, Robert ZemeckisJ.J. AbramsTom Ford, Penelope Spheeris, and many others.  Below, check out our movie commentary recommendations.

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westworld dolor close-up

In this edition of Westworld Bits:

  • How many viewers watched season one and its finale.
  • Actor Jimmi Simpson discusses the events of the series finale.
  • Why HBO sees Westworld as one of their essential “building blocks.”
  • Ed Harris‘ reaction to the Maze.
  • Fanmade Westworld posters and more.

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Westworld season two

Season one of Westworld only concluded last night, and we won’t see season two for a while, but co-creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan are already fielding questions regarding the second season. Which characters are returning? Will the series stay in Westworld? What’s next for the hosts? The creators behind HBO’s hit remake of Michael Crichton‘s film answer these questions as honestly as you think they would.

Below, learn more about Westworld season two (SPOILERS for season one).

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Westworld Season Finale Clip

The season finale of Westworld is just a couple days away, and soon we’ll get to see how many of the ever-growing list of theories about the show actually turn out to be true. The most recent episode of Westworld already confirmed one major theory that has been kicking around since the season premiere, and the finale will likely confirm or debunk the popular but controversial theory that Jimmi Simpson‘s character William is actually a younger version of Ed Harris‘ character The Man in Black.

While we wait for the 90-minute season season finale to hit HBO on Sunday, series executive producer J.J. Abrams stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night to tease what he calls a “crazy” conclusion to the first season, and he even brought a clip from the finale to hold us over.

Watch the Westworld season finale clip after the jump. Read More »

JJ Abrams Bad Robot / Anna Foerster Lou

J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot Productions has had a hand in some truly exciting projects over the past few years, ranging from megabudget juggernauts like Star Wars: The Force Awakens to scrappy but impressive thrillers like 10 Cloverfield Lane. So when they set their sights on another new film, it’s reason to sit up and pay attention.

Outlander director Anna Foerster has just been set to helm Lou, a dramatic thriller about the search for a kidnapped child. The screenplay by Maggie McGowan Cohn landed on the 2015 Black List of the best unproduced screenplays.  Read More »

westworld finale

Westworld is a show that’s raised more than a few questions in its first season. Fans have gone wild with all sorts speculation and fan theories, placing some of the show’s tiniest details under a microscope. With the upcoming Westworld season one finale, most of the hit series’ questions will get answered, according to creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.

Below, learn more about the Westworld season one finale.

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BB-8 Voice Featurette - Ben Schwartz Recording

By now all Star Wars fans have heard that development for the voice of the beloved ball droid BB-8 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens started by using comedians Ben Schwartz and Bill Hader to record dialogue that would later be replaced by sound effects. However, this process has only been explained to us by those two actors, both in a Reddit AMA video and in a separate interview. Now a clip from one of the featurettes you’ll find on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D collector’s edition Blu-ray shows Ben Schwartz recording dialogue for BB-8, and it’s thoroughly entertaining.

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