Dream Jumper

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 FelicityAliasMission: Impossible III, and most recentlyStar 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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Lens Flares in Movies

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 »

Daisy Ridley Screen Test

This week brings Star Wars: The Force Awakens to Digital HD on April 1st before the movie arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on April 5th. We’ve gotten plenty of teases of the special features that will come with the movie, from a feature length documentary about the making of the sequel, to the first table read with the cast, and several deleted scenes.

Previously, one behind the scenes clip showed off John Boyega’s screen test while he was auditioning for the role of Finn. Now another clip shows off some cool behind the scenes footage featuring the Daisy Ridley screen test that landed her the part of Rey, one of our new heroes. Read More »

The Force Awakens and A New Hope Comparison

It didn’t take long after people saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens for people to start saying that the movie from director J.J. Abrams as essentially a remake of Star Wars: A New Hope, just with some new characters, added story elements and a new score. There’s essentially no argument against that, but it’s up to fans as to whether or not they’re fine with accepting that.

However, if there are any people out there who just don’t see the similarities between The Force Awakens and A New Hope, a side-by-side comparison of both movies has been put together online, and it’s pretty much an undeniable fact that the new movie borrowed a lot from the old. Watch The Force Awakens and A New Hope comparison after the jump. Read More »

The Force Awakens deleted scenes

Over 20 minutes worth of scenes were removed from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. An early cut of the sequel was two hours and forty minutes, but considering the film moves like a bullet, as director J.J. Abrams‘ movies tend to, they were probably all wise cuts.

Below, Abrams explains why these scenes didn’t make the final cut, and reveals some first look photos at some of the deleted scenes we’ll see on the home video release. (Spoilers ahead, obviously.)

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person of interest

Back in May, Person of Interest was given a shortened 13-episode order for season five. Fans feared CBS’ decision indicated the end was near for the show. After months of waiting to hear about the series’ fate, the network has finally decided to pull the plug.

Learn more about the final season of Person of Interest below.

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westworld premiere

HBO’s Westworld hasn’t had an easy go of it. The sci-fi Western halted production in January, and word was the series premiere could be pushed back all the way to 2017 — after originally being slated for 2015. Sure, none of this is to say Westworld won’t be great when it finally premieres. But it’s hard not to see such delays as cause for concern, especially given the network’s recent struggles with projects like David Fincher’s Videosynchrazy.

Executive producer J.J. Abrams, however, suggests there’s no need to worry about Westworld just yet. It’s “never a bad move,” he says, to give a project the time needs. And while we’ve got a while to go before we actually get to see how Westworld turned out, Abrams did offer SXSW a little peek in the form of a new trailer.   Read More »

John Boyega Screen Test

Those lucky enough to be attending SXSW today will have a chance to see Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, and feel the presence of the First Order descending on Texas. The rest of us will be waiting until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits Blu-ray and DVD next month to check out the feature-length documentary that looks at every facet of the film’s production.

Until then, some of The Force Awakens documentary footage has been unveiled in a new teaser clip, giving us a taste of what we’ll get to see from behind the scenes. Some of the sneak peeks include footage of the John Boyega screen test that would eventually land him the part of Finn, Gwendoline Christie in her Captain Phasma wardrobe, but without her helmet, and much more. However, if you somehow haven’t seen The Force Awakens yet, beware of major spoilers. Read More »

phantasm restoration

You wouldn’t expect a man who built his career on a horror franchise about a supernatural undertaker who plots to take over the world through a sinister plot that involves grave-robbing and weaponized metal spheres to be the nicest and most straightforward person in the world, but director Don Conscarelli fits the bill.

The director of Phantasm and its four sequels stopped by Austin for the 2016 SXSW Film Festival, where the new 4K restoration of the original 1979 horror classic is set to screen. It turns out that Mr. Coscarelli has fans in high places, namely J.J. Abrams and various employees of his Bad Robot production company, who have spent the past 18 months meticulously restoring this beloved cult classic. Now, after decades of being a cult gem appreciated by a small group of diehard fans, Phantasm is being re-introduced to the world with the help of one of the world’s biggest filmmakers.

In advance of tonight’s screening of the restored Phantasm, I sat down with Coscarelli to chat about how Bad Robot got involved, the legacy of the series, and how the landscape of indie horror filmmaking has changed.

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