Rumor: J.J. Abrams Wanted for Star Wars Episode IX

JJ Abrams Star Wars Force Awakens set

J.J. Abrams is currently finishing up Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but his time in that faraway galaxy may just be getting started. Rumor has it Abrams is wanted back for Star Wars Episode IX, expected out in 2019. More on the Abrams Star Wars Episode IX rumor after the jump.  Read More »

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JJ Abrams Star Wars 7 trailer news

The current conversations about Star Wars: The Force Awakens are primarily concerned with two things: spoilers and trailers. Director J.J. Abrams recently admitted some of the spoilers on the Internet are true, just as some really big ones have come online. Meanwhile, everyone else has been patiently waiting for and debating when we’d see our next glimpse of footage. The safe money is on Thursday April 16, when Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy kick off Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, CA.

In a new interview, Abrams commented on this and offered up very little information. He did say that the conversation about how and when to release information to the fans happens every day. Read the J.J. Abrams Star Wars 7 trailer news below. Read More »

JJ Abrams Star Wars spoilers

Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoilers are like fast food. You know they’re bad, but you desperately want them. Some people have the enviable discipline to avoid spoilers, aiming to preserve the theatrical experience coming this December. Others omnivorously devour them, aiming to capture just a hint of what we hope to experience when the film finally comes out.

For spoiler hounds, one of the arguments we tell ourselves is “Maybe this isn’t true.” We hope we’re just reading speculation and that the truth isn’t out there yet. It turns out, that itself is a lie.

In a new interview, co-writer and director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams, confirmed that some of the spoilers out there are true, others are false, and that he definitely understands why people read them. Read what J.J. Abrams has to say about Star Wars spoilers below. Read More »

Star Trek lens flares

Yes, complaining about lens flares in filmmaker JJ Abrams‘ films is just as cliche as you can get at this point. But someone pointed me to this video by editor Dylan Browne who attempted to get the answer to the question: How many lens flares are in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek movies, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. The video shows every single lens flare in a fast-forward montage of both films. So how many lens flares are in JJ Abrams Star Trek movies? Find out how many Star Trek lens flares occur in both films, after the jump.

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JJ Abrams' Mystery Box playing cards

Update: Theory 11 has once again teamed up with Bad Robot for a new version of the popular Mystery Box playing cards. The new black edition of JJ Abrams Mystery Box playing cards offers a more eloquent black back design and comes individually wrapped in letterpressed black paper, with the Mystery Box question mark emblem printed foil stamped on the front. Check out photos of the new black edition of JJ Abrams Mystery Box playing cards after the jump.

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EYE OF THE STORM  - Chris Alender Mystery Bad Robot Project

Sony Pictures has acquired an untitled top secret project from JJ Abrams‘ Bad Robot and director Chris Alender. Lionsgate and STX Entertainment were bidding for the rights but Sony ended up as the winner. Deadline reports that Sony production president Michael De Luca won the bidding war with “aggressive progress to production language” written in as part of the deal — meaning it will probably happen, and quickly.

You might not recognize the name Chris Alender, because the Florida State University Film School graduate has not yet directed a feature. While this will be his feature film debut, Alender is very accomplished. The Atlanta native founded Soapbox Films, a full-service production facility specializing in original content and marketing — the company was notably responsible for relaunching The Muppets on the internet with a series of viral YouTube videos.

After the jump, you can find out more about the Chris Alender Mystery Bad Robot Project and watch a five minute short film/music video titled Eye Of The Storm which Alender directed a few years back and got him meetings for features all around Hollywood.

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force awakens trailer reaction

Friday morning, 30 theaters in North America began playing the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer in front of every single showing of every single movie on the schedule. Peter Sciretta, Russ Fischer and I all wanted to see the trailer for the first time on the big screen, as it was meant to be seen. We bought tickets to the absolute first showing in Los Angeles: a 7:00 a.m. showing at Disney’s flagship theater, the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. We were among the first on the West Coast to see the first footage from the first new live-action Star Wars movie in almost a decade.

After years of anticipation, speculation and excitement, what did we think of finally seeing the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer? Watch our Force Awakens trailer reaction video blog below and listen to us geek out over the first 88-second teaser trailer. Read More »

Star Wars The Force Awakens

The Star Wars Twitter has revealed the official title of Star Wars Episode VII. It’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There’s no “Episode VII” in this title treatment, but that doesn’t mean the naming convention is gone. (You don’t call it “Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” right?) So for right now, the film is Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, the film stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker. It opens December 18, 2015. Read more about The Force Awakens below. Read More »

Star Wars Episode VII IMAX

We’ve known for a long time that director JJ Abrams and cinematographer Daniel Mindel are shooting Star Wars Episode VII on 35mm film. Over the summer we learned something else: at least some portion of the film was shot on IMAX cameras. The photo that confirmed that data (above) showed an IMAX film camera, not one of the new digital systems used by Michael Bay on Transformers: Age of Extinction. So we know that the production is sticking with film.

Now we have a bit more info on the particulars of the Star Wars Episode VII IMAX shoot. As it turns out, there might be only one big IMAX sequence. Read More »

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