Posted on Monday, May 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
Wondering what you’ll be watching next fall? The broadcast networks are more than happy to tell you. Fox has revealed a bunch of trailers for their 2013-2014 crop of freshman series, which includes comedies from Seth MacFarlane and Mike Schur and a drama from J.J. Abrams. Check ‘em out after the jump. Read More »
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Lots of principals from Star Trek Into Darkness are discussing reuniting with their director, J.J. Abrams on his next film, Star Wars Episode VII. After the jump read about the follow Star Wars Bits:
- Benedict Cumberbatch is a huge Star Wars fans and jokes about asking J.J. Abrams to play a part in the films.
- Check out a video from the 30th anniversary screening of Return of the Jedi in Hollywood, CA.
- J.J. Abrams admits he’ll probably seek advice on Star Wars Episode VII from Damon Lindelof.
- After years of silence, one of the internet’s first viral stars, Star Wars Kid, speaks out.
- Simon Pegg wants to be in Star Wars, but respects J.J. Abrams too much to ask.
- J.J. Abrams says the approaches to Star Trek and Star Wars don’t overlap.
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Lots of Star Wars fans, including J.J. Abrams himself, have sat down to talk about their confidence in Star Wars Episode VII. Those statements, possible video games, and more are all in today’s Star Wars Bits. After the jump read about the following:
- J.J. Abrams is focusing on Star Wars Episode VII, not any spin-off films.
- Simon Pegg has some ideas on how J.J. Abrams can reinvigorate Star Wars.
- Damon Lindelof would love to write a Star Wars film.
- Leonardo DiCaprio is super excited for Star Wars Episode VII and could be interested in appearing.
- Has a glimpse of a new Star Wars animated series been revealed?
- Disney CEO Bob Iger suggests more Star Wars is coming to theme parks and television.
- Star Tours opens at Disneyland Tokyo
- Lucasfilm registers domain names hinting at Gungan and Wookie themed video games and more.
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Since being hired to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, J.J. Abrams has had a secondary role in addition to keeping the Star Trek series on track: being a cheerleader for two very different series owned by different companies. As the new captain of Trek, Abrams is just about to launch his second Enterprise mission, and then will have to quickly shift over into Star Wars mode to get Episode VII rolling early next year.
Part of his role as shepherd of both series has been to remain optimistic about the chances of working on both going forward, even though such a thing seems unlikely. Simon Pegg once blurted out that Abrams would definitely direct Star Trek 3, but later had to admit he couldn’t speak for Abrams. And Abrams has said that directing both Episode VII and Star Trek 3 was a possibility.
There are a couple years of work ahead on Star Wars, and also the very real possibility that Paramount will want a Trek sequel as soon as possible. And so Star Trek may need a new director after all. Read More »
Most of us will never get to visit a J.J. Abrams set. The director is simply too protective about his work to let anyone not directly involved with the production linger as cameras roll. Thankfully, Paramount has released a seven-minute video from the set of Star Trek Into Darkness that puts the viewer right on the bridge of the Enterprise.
The video is a long montage of the film’s production, featuring actors like Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine when they’re not filming, Abrams directing various scenes, all kinds of different camera set ups, and more. It’s a fascinating snapshot of Abrams and the Enterprise crew in action. Read More »
Some of the principals behind Star Wars Episode VII have been discussing the film recently, plus the resurgence has brought out a few new pieces of pop culture ephemera. Below, read about all this and more:
- Mark Hamill spoke about Star Wars Episode VII this weekend, confirming he’s had one creative meeting.
- Episode VII producer and spin-off writer Simon Kinberg talked about his film.
- Check out a gallery of 1138 behind the scenes photos from the Star Wars films.
- The BBC talked to J.J. Abrams about Episode VII.
- Watch videos of Abrams and his Star Trek Into Darkness cast talking about the new Star Wars film.
- Some of Timothy Zahn‘s Star Wars novels are becoming audio books.
- A black series Boba Fett with Han Solo in Carbonite is coming to San Diego Comic-Con.
- One fan built the Mos Eisley Cantina.
- Tons of stars such as Nicolas Cage and Sir Ben Kingsley give their thoughts on new Star Wars movies.
- J.J’s Place is a comic book blending Star Trek and Star Wars.
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At movie junkets, the cast and crew of movies sit in a chair all day while hundreds of interviewers rotate in, most asking the same exact questions. The result is that the talent begin repeating the same soundbites over and over again. So much so that it almost becomes a script. Sometimes you go into one of these rooms, asking a different question that no one else has asked, and the tired actor might just try to find a way to work one of the dozen now-scripted soundbites as the answer, never really touching on your question. I always try to ask questions that aren’t asked by other journalists, but I try to stay away from the tv interview set-ups as they create an environment of recycled soundbite with not enough time to delve into any real substance.
But I do enjoy watching the tv interviews from the few journalists that find a way to keep the talent on their feet, and out of the soundbite zone. Daniele Rizzo is a German comedian who we’ve featured on the site in the past, usually working fun sketch interviews in at international film junkets. This time around Rizzo has shown up at the Star Trek Into Darkness junket as “Spocko” to grill both cast and crew on the details of their missions. He also showed up at the Iron Man 3 junket to ask Robert Downey Jr & Gwyneth Paltrow the important questions in full costume as Italian Iron Man. He may not get any serious answers or scoops, but its fun to watch.
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There is no news about Star Wars Episode VII in this post. I’m sorry, but it’s true. However if you’re a Star Wars fan like me, ready to eat up any and all content related to J.J. Abrams and his highly anticipated movie, you’ll enjoy this.
Below is a short video featuring Abrams discussing the franchise, and his fandom, with fellow Star Wars nerd Simon Pegg. Pegg, of course, has worked with Abrams on several films including this month’s Star Trek Into Darkness. He’s also a massive Star Wars fan who was truly hurt when the prequels came out.
Check out the video below. Read More »