JJ Abrams on a new Trek vessel.

“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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J.J. Abrams‘ first Star Trek movie was released in 2009 and it’s taken four years to get its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, into theaters. With the director now moving on to Star Wars Episode VII, many have questioned will happen with the Trek franchise. Producer Bryan Burk has provided a possible answer.

In a new interview, Burk acknowledged 2016 as the 50th anniversary of Star Trek and agreed it seems like a perfect time to release a new movie. Read his exact quote below. Read More »

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner now, and you know what that means: Fox is ramping up their marketing efforts for their big romantic holiday release, A Good Day to Die Hard. Also after the jump:

  • The Muppets… Again will feature old songs along with new ones
  • Writer Scott Z. Burns discusses Apes and Blade Runner 2
  • Rich Moore and his stars are totally up for more Wreck-It Ralph
  • Enroll in Starfleet Academy with the Star Trek Into Darkness app
  • Chris Pine will kidnap J.J. Abrams for Star Trek 3 if he has to
  • Riddick is back out in the rain in the newest still from Vin Diesel
  • The Last Exorcism Part II unveils a new TV spot and a poster
  • A Good Day to Die Hard will run about 90 minutes…
  • … one of which you can watch right here…
  • … along with a featurette that offers more plot

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Perhaps the biggest entertainment news to come out of last week was the announcement of J.J. Abrams as the director of Star Wars Episode VII, after months of rumor and speculation. But as excited as fans were to hear the news, it raised a few questions as well.

First and foremost is what this means for the future of Star Trek. His involvement in Star Wars would seem to complicate his involvement in future Star Trek installments, if not preempt it altogether. Then there’s the matter of his busy schedule. Abrams had enough on his plate even before the Episode II hiring was announced, so that targeted 2015 release date could prove difficult to hit. As of now, it looks like the answers are that Abrams will produce the next Star Trek — and that there’s no promise Episode VII will hit in 2015 after all. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Super Bowl, teaser posters, rumors and more are all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about:

  • A new image from Fast and Furious 6 is out and find out when you’ll see the first footage.
  • Watch a video of Arnold Schwarzenegger talking about The Legend of Conan.
  • J.J. Abrams has ideas for a third Star Trek, but nothing is set.
  • Filming on The Muppets sequel, The Muppets…Again, starts this week.
  • Another teaser poster for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been released.
  • The R-rating for A Good Day to Die Hard is confirmed in a new commercial.

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As production gets underway, news is coming in fast and heavy from the Iron Man 3 set. After the jump:

  • Iron Man 3 to shoot in Miami; see set pics with Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle now
  • Photos from the North Carolina set confirm A.I.M. will play a role in Iron Man 3
  • Ridley Scott toned down Prometheus for U.K. rating, won’t release director’s cut
  • Erica Ash will play Ashley Tisdale‘s BFF and rival in Scary Movie 5
  • Damon Lindelof talks converting Star Trek 2 to 3D, the possibility of doing Star Trek 3

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Star Trek: The Original Series has been available on Blu-ray for a couple of years now, but if you prefer Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) to Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), your moment will be coming next year. Star Trek: The Next Generation will finally begin hitting Blu-ray in 2012, in honor of the series’ 25th anniversary. Read more details and watch a teaser after the jump.

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Kurtzman and Orci

Screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman haven’t yet started writing a Star Trek sequel, but last week we published some quotes from the duo talking about the debate of revisiting an old story/villain, or exploring new territory (something we’ve discussed about in a past video blog) This weekend at the Transformers 2 junket, my good friend Steve from Collider was able to probe them for more speculative details.

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