Just before 2016 began, the producers of a crowdfunded Star Trek fan film called Axanar received some bad news in the form of a lawsuit from Paramount Pictures. At the core of all the legal mumbo jumbo, the lawsuit claimed ,”The Axanar Works infringe Plaintiffs’ works by using innumerable copyrighted elements of Star Trek, including its settings, characters, species, and themes.” It was a brutal blow to the fan film community, especially one as loyal as Trekkies.
Thankfully, some sense seems to have been talked into Paramount Pictures thanks to new franchise producer J.J. Abrams and Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin, and the Star Trak Axanar lawsuit will be dropped very soon. Find out more after the jump. Read More »
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens has come and gone from theaters and it now sits in our digital libraries and on our movie shelves. But unlike some of the movies we have at our disposal, we’ll be talking about this one for a long time. Now the excitement and hype has died down over Star Wars: Episode VII and the dust has settled on Jakku, allowing us to take a closer look at the film.
Recently, a video showed a side-by-side comparison of shots and sequences in The Force Awakens compared to Star Wars: A New Hope, enforcing the observation and criticism that the sequel was a copy of the original. This is something that J.J. Abrams recently addressed as intentional, and his thinking behind this decision made sense. But The Force Awakens still has its detractors, and those people should give this new video essay from Movies with Mikey a chance to help clear the air a bit so they might cut the movie a little slack. Read More »
Last weekend Tribeca Film Festival hosted a special chat between filmmaker J.J. Abrams and comedians Chris Rock (who is also a filmmaker himself) as part of their 15th anniversary festivities. We already featured some tidbits when their discussion turned to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, mainly its similarity to Star Wars: A New Hope and Mark Hamill’s hesitancy to return for the sequel. But now you can watch the whole discussion yourself.
Tribeca Film Festival has made the entire 74-minute J.J. Abrams and Chris Rock discussion available to watch online, and it’s chock full of some great moments between the two entertainment icons. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
J.J. Abrams and Daisy Ridley first joined forces to explore a certain galaxy far, far way, but now they’re looking to extend their relationship beyond the Star Wars universe. The pair are reuniting on Kolma, a fantasy thriller to be produced by Abrams’ Bad Robot. But Abrams isn’t directing this time around. Instead, that job will go to Marielle Heller, who broke out last year with the superb coming-of-age story Diary of a Teenage Girl. Read More »
The end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is such a big tease for what’s to come in Star Wars: Episode VIII. We’re left with Rey (Daisy Ridley) reaching out to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) with his father’s old lightsaber in her hand, waiting for some kind of recognition, reaction, anything. But that scene required some convincing to actually happen.
While speaking at a special event at the Tribeca Film Festival, director J.J. Abrams revealed that Mark Hamill was initially resistant to return for The Force Awakens. However, it didn’t have anything to do with a lack of desire, but rather with the fact that he was worried it would be silly for him to show up and not even say anything. Hear what Abrams had to say about locking down Mark Hamill for The Force Awakens ending. Read More »
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It’s no secret that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been criticized for essentially being a remake of Star Wars: A New Hope, just with new characters used to progress the story this time instead of relying only on the familiar heroes from the original trilogy. There’s even a side-by-side comparison video to show how similar the two movies are.
While some have called this narrative decision lazy, others have rationalized this was done as a way to ease us back into the Star Wars universe with something familiar while simultaneously expanding the roster of characters who we would follow for at least the next two films in the new trilogy.
Thankfully, director J.J. Abrams addressed this issue during a special event panel at the Tribeca Film Festival where he sat down for a chat with Chris Rock. The pairing may seem strange, but they’re both filmmakrs, and thus ended up diving into some interesting topics, specifically why The Force Awakens and A New Hope similarities are so abundant. Find out what the director had to say below. Read More »
John Krasinski has brushed his shoulder against movie stardom a few times now. Although best known for playing the affable goofball Jim Halpert on the NBC version of The Office, Krasinski almost played Captain America for Marvel Studios. When that didn’t work out, he landed the role of a different kind of American soldier in Michael Bay’s 13 Hours, but that film fizzled at the box office. Krasinski is a fine actor, adept with both comedy and drama, but he always feels like he’s just one big role away from headlining more movies.
Perhaps that role could come in God Particle, the new J.J. Abrams-produced science fiction thriller that Krasinksi is currently in talks to join.
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Actor Greg Grunberg and director J.J. Abrams go a long way back. Throughout their careers, the two childhood friends have consistently worked together. Grunberg had roles in Felicity, Alias, Mission: Impossible III, and most recently, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With their next collaboration, Grunberg is no longer an actor-for-hire. J.J. Abrams is producing a film adaptation of the actor’s first graphic novel, Dream Jumper.
Learn more about the Dream Jumper adaptation below.
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Even though lens flares are usually mentioned in the same breath as J.J. Abrams nowadays, their use in motion pictures is hardly something new. However, they do seem to be more abundant, so there’s no better time to explore the history of lens flares in movies. Did you know there used to be an unwritten rule against seeing lens flares in movies? Find out more about lens flares, including the different types there are, in an informative video after the jump. Read More »