JJ Abrams Interview

Even though J.J. Abrams has been a fan of Star Wars for a long time, he’s never been more engulfed in the galaxy far, far away than he has for the past two or three years. Given the Herculean task of delivering a new film in the iconic sci-fi saga that will launch a new era of Star Wars for fans both old and new, Abrams has had a lot on his plate, and a new extensive interview with the director gives us a glimpse into his mindset both as a filmmaker and as a fan.

Below, we round up some of the more fascinating quotes from Abrams, featuring his perspective on Star Wars: The Force Awakens marketing, giving secrets to Episode VIII director Rian Johnson, working with the legendary John Williams and much more. Read More »


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The Force Awakens TV Spot

If the new footage in last week’s international trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens simply wasn’t enough, we have some good news. An official The Force Awakens TV spot has just popped up online with several bits of new footage and dialogue not seen in any of the previous trailers.

New footage includes some action shots Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), new voiceover from Maz Kanata, the motion-capture character played by Lupita Nyong’o, and new scenes of the aerial battle between the Resistance and the First Order. Check it out! Read More »

jj abrams

You want heartwarming Star Wars stories? We’ve got ’em. You want new posters? We’ve got ’em. You want insane fan theories about how Jar Jar Binks is actually a super villain? We’ve got that too! In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Director J.J. Abrams helps a dying fan see Star Wars: The Force Awakens early.
  • New posters and cardboard standees!
  • The latest news from the Star Wars comic book canon.
  • Our best look yet at Kylo Ren’s helmet.
  • The wacky prequel fan theory that changes everything.

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Trek Wars Trailer

Another day, another variation on the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We’ve seen the original Star Wars trilogy presented like The Force Awakens, and someone else decided to cut footage from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with the score for the trailer. Now one more has just arrived, and I’m surprised it took this long.

Trek Wars is a mash-up of J.J. Abrams‘ rebooted Star Trek franchise and the director’s tackling of the Star Wars saga with The Force Awakens. And it’s edited in such a way that it makes it feel like the two iconic sci-fi properties are at war with each other. Check it out! Read More »

The Force Awakens novel

Disney is doing everything in their power to make sure Star Wars: The Force Awakens won’t be spoiled before the movie starts playing the evening of December 17th. They’re already holding back the soundtrack until December 18th and the The Force Awakens novel adapting the film is being held from physical publication until January in order to help keep the film’s story under wraps. However, the e-book version of the book will still be available on December 18th. But why? Read More »

Lens Flare Supercut

A lens flare is something that happens all the time in photography and filmmaking, simply because of how light travels through and reflects inside of a lens. But any good photographer or cinematographer knows how to use it effectively so it’s not just an accident. After all, lens flares can be avoided, but in films such as Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, There Will Be Blood, Looper, Gravity, The Wolf of Wall Street, Guardians of the Galaxy and more, they make some shots look fantastic.

A new lens flare supercut runs through dozens of movies featuring the side effect of bright light shining into the lens. Some are better than others, but it just goes to show you how abundant they are. And before anyone tries to make a joke: No, this isn’t just footage from J.J. Abrams movies. Read More »

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JJ Abrams and George Lucas

In a little over a month, the publicity machine is going to be in full swing as we lead up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. You can bet that the entire cast and director J.J. Abrams will be making the rounds to morning news programs, late night talk shows, and pretty much everywhere else to help promote the movie that simply doesn’t need anymore promotion. But in the meantime, Abrams has gotten a round of questions from some movers and shakers in all sorts of entertainment, and they want answers.

Cloverfield star T.J. Miller, Girls creator Lena Dunham, Suicide Squad star Jared Leto, Netflix’s content acquisitions chief Ted Sarandos, even George Lucas himself and many more have tons of burning questions about The Force Awakens, Lost and just life in general. Abrams gives some pretty great answers for your entertainment. Read More »

Stephen Colbert lightsaber

Who am I? I’m no one… but I do come bearing a generous bounty of Star Wars-related tidbits! After the jump:

  • Stephen Colbert and J.J. Abrams will talk Star Wars in New Jersey
  • No more trailers are coming for Star Wars Episode VII
  • Luke Skywalker is all over this “new” Force Awakens trailer
  • Why Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was ahead of its time
  • William Shatner keeps the Star Wars / Star Trek rivalry alive
  • John Boyega and Daisy Ridley hang out with John Williams
  • Give your loved ones a basket of Ewoks for Christmas this year
  • Could the cancelled Darth Maul video game get resurrected?
  • Why none of us will ever truly know how Star Wars ends

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luke skywalker the force awakens

Mark Hamill is billed second in the credits for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, wedged right in between Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. So we know that Luke Skywalker is in the movie. The fact that the actor playing him has been given the appropriate credit confirms it. Which then takes us to the question on the tip of everyone’s tongue: where is he? His face isn’t on the poster. He doesn’t show up in any of the trailers. There have been no official photos and no LEGO sets that manage to contain massive plot spoilers in their box art. The location and status of the last proper Jedi in the galaxy is a big ol’ question mark.

Where is Luke Skywalker? “Exactly!” says J.J. Abrams as he drops a smoke bomb and vanishes into thin air, his laughter still echoing off the walls.

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