“Preposterous,” “ridiculous” and “completely insane.” Those are the exact words J.J. Abrams uses to describe the fact he’s behind not only Hollywood’s current iteration of Star Trek, but will soon helm Star Wars Episode VII. The director recently conducted a revealing, entertaining interview with Playboy Magazine and in it, he talked at length about the process of deciding to do Star Wars, differentiating that film from Star Trek, sex in his movies, Tom Cruise’s Scientology, the endings of Lost, Fringe, and his role on Revolution. It’s a great interview and I highly suggest you check it out in full.
But let’s concentrate on what Abrams had to say about Star Wars. Playboy flat out asks him about old cast members returning as well as the trilogy’s timeline and Abrams refuses to answer. He does, however, reveal he will be seeking feedback on his decisions from Star Wars creator George Lucas. Lucas’s role in the new films has been, and continues to be, somewhat vague, so this shines a bit of light on his participation. Abrams also discusses the intense pressures of taking on this film and the core questions he’s asking to make sure he doesn’t suffer the same kind of backlash Lucas got for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
And if that wasn’t enough, Abrams also discusses Cloverfield 2, a possible Alias movie, and admits he still could direct a third Star Trek film. Read More »
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In Part 1 of our FilmAid broadcast, Rian Johnson discusses his work on Looper and Breaking Bad, drops some hints at his next project, weighs in on the digital vs. film “debate,” and explains why it’s fun to make dog fart sounds with his mouth.
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This past weekend, the /Filmcast held its 10-hour marathon podcast benefiting FilmAid. It was an action packed affair featuring long segments with many of the most popular filmmakers in Hollywood today. We had appearances from Rian Johnson (Looper), Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe Retaliation) and more.
Over the course of the broadcast (which you can read more about here; check back soon for downloadable segments) many of those filmmakers provided juicy, newsy tidbits. You can read them after the jump, including Rian Johnson’s thoughts on the new season of Breaking Bad, Jason Reitman’s almost-foray into the X-Men universe and when we can expect to see the trailer for Edgar Wright’s The World End. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
In this edition, everyone has an opinion on Episode VII. After the jump:
- No, Simon Pegg does not have a role in Episode VII yet
- William Shatner calls J.J. Abrams “a pig” for booking Star Wars
- The new issue of Wired pays tribute to the beloved sci-fi franchise
- Damon Lindelof, Jane Espenson, Carlton Cuse, and Rian Johnson weigh in
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Normally if the ground shakes in Los Angeles, it’s an earthquake. Saturday night, any shaking was likely a result of giant robots and giant monsters squaring off on screen.
Guillermo Del Toro‘s July 11 release, Pacific Rim, had a early test screening in Burbank, CA Saturday night and the buzz is extremely positive. Looper director Rian Johnson praised the film along with several others who took to Twitter and message boards to give reactions. It seems Del Toro has at least met, and possibly exceeded the gargantuan expectations for the film. Read the reactions – and see some brand new images – after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
While it was anyone’s guess who’d win the Super Bowl last night, the movie awards ceremonies this weekend were more predictable. Argo continued its steamroll through awards season, picking up a DGA award for Ben Affleck to go with the film’s earlier PGA, SAG, and Globes victories, while PGA winner Wreck-It Ralph took the top prize at the Annies.
Oscar favorites Searching for Sugar Man and Paperman also proved popular on the movie front, as did Jay Roach, Rian Johnson, and Lena Dunham in the small-screen world. Hit the jump to read the winners.
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If you’re sitting at work and looking for something fun, interesting and film-related to listen to, Kevin Smith‘s Smodcast has the answer. In his latest episode, the director of Clerks, Chasing Amy and Red State chatted with Looper, Brick and Brothers Bloom director Rian Johnson. The directors talked for four hours, the first two of which have just been released. Among the topics are Johnson’s films, including Looper, the question of which director Bruce Willis liked better, and much more.
There are few things better than getting to listen to two talented filmmakers just chatting about movies, so this is a real treat. The link’s below. Read More »
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In 2012, nitpicking movies became the latest online craze. Everyone got wrapped up in it. Some may blame the movies, but I blame fans with video editing skills who make videos like the ones below.
Three of the year’s most discussed movies – Rian Johnson‘s Looper, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises – are the latest to get “Everything Wrong With In 3-4 Minute” videos from CinemaSins. And while the latter two are mostly warranted, the former is such a stretch, even the director spoke out about it. Check it out below. Read More »