Superman Flyby
In 2002 Warner Bros was developing a new Superman movie with then screenwriter JJ Abrams called Superman: Flyby, with Brett Ratner hired to direct. Abrams’ screenplay for the film would have reinvented Superman, incorporating a bunch of new ideas that angered fans when a negative script review was posted on the internet. The film was abandoned and never went into production. Mr. Sunday Movies has created a video essay giving the complete history of Superman Flyby. Watch that now after the jump.
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Star Wars ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Videos

We haven’t really featured many of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos on the site because we try to cover entertainment news and rumors but not celebrity. And I’m sure you’ve seen enough of these ice bucket challenge videos in your social timeline already. The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised nearly $80 million for ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord) which is amazing. I personally have not done the challenge but have instead donated to the ALS association, and I highly recommend you do the same (and if you have time, learn a bit about the disease). Recently the Star Wars galaxy has been called upon to take the Ice Bucket challenge, which has seen responses from Harrison Ford, Mark Hammil, Peter Mayhew, new Star Wars Episode VII castmembers Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Star Wars Episode 7director JJ Abrams, as well as future Star Wars series filmmaker Gareth Edwards, and more. Other members of the crew have yet to respond to the challenge. Watch all of the Star Wars ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos embedded after the jump.

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Nolan film deal

Film ain’t dead. It is having a hard time, but that combination of polyester and emulsion that records light with such a warm, natural “feel” still has its adherents. And those acolytes, including major movie industry players such as Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and J.J. Abrams, are doing their bit to maintain an active business relationship between studios and Kodak.

Now, dealmaking revelations show that studios, pushed in part by the filmmakers named above, have made a deal with Kodak to purchase a certain amount of film each year, allowing film stock production to continue. Read More »

Star Wars Episode 7 x-wing

To promote the final week of the Star Wars: Force for Change campaign, director J.J. Abrams has released a video unveiling the Star Wars Episode 7 X-Wing. See the video now embedded after the jump to check out the Star Wars: Episode VII X-Wing design.
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matt reeves star wars/Planet of the Apes

One of the interesting bits of trivia I learned while talking to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves was that the first movie he made was a Planet of the Apes/Star Wars mash-up called Galactic Battles. Find out more about that long lost film and how it feels for two childhood friends (Reeves and JJ Abrams) who geeked out as teenagers over Star Wars and Planet of the Apes to be in charge of making new films in those franchises.

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Kevin Smith

Last week Kevin Smith posted a photo of him crying with tears of joy as he left the London set of JJ AbramsStar Wars Episode VII. The filmmaker explained that he signed an NDA and was unable to talk about his experience, but left his followers with the photo. /Film reader David B alerted me to a video of Kevin Smith’s Q&A at the Neuchatel International Film Festival in Switzerland, where he talks at length about his Star Wars Episode 7 set visit. Watch Kevin Smith talk about his Episode 7 adventure, after the jump.

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Andy Serkis

During my marathon interview with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves, I asked if he had exchanged advice with his childhood friend JJ Abrams on Star Wars, or taken any advice from him for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Reeves admitted that he might be part of the reason Andy Serkis was cast in Star Wars Episode VII.

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LEGO Star Wars Episode 7 Script Read Recreation

LEGO has released a tiny brick recreation of the now-famous Star Wars Episode 7 script reading. LEGO released the image on twitter with the text “You’ve met the actors, now meet the Minifigure cast of @starwars Episode VII! #LEGOStarWars #StarWarsVII” Hit the jump to see the photo side by side with the original image from the Star Wars Episode VII script reading.

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