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J.J. Abrams & Zach Snyder Bring Gotham City To A Galaxy Far, Far Away

September 18th, 2014 5:01pm EDT
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J.J. Abrams' production company, Bad Robot, released a 36-second teaser for the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII" on Thursday, but it's not what you think.

The video is a single shot of Han Solo's spaceship the Millennium Falcon, and as the camera moves in along the cockpit-side of the ship, it stops on something that looks really familiar.

That something happens to be the Batmobile, aka "the Tumbler" from Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy.

Abrams, of course, created the video as a response to director Zack Snyder, who is helming the next Batman film, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of ...
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Tom Cruise Will Not Be Starring In 'Star Wars'

June 26th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
Tom Cruise Will Not Be Starring In 'Star Wars'
If you were hoping to see Tom Cruise in the upcoming "Star Wars" movies, then we are sad to say that you are out of luck. While Cruise is a fan of action flicks, the rumor of his appearance in "Star Wars: Episode VII" is simply not true.

The rumors of Cruise's involvement in the "Star Wars" franchise began with an article featured in "The Sun". The reports stated that Cruise spoke with producer J.J. Abrams to discuss a possible role in the movie franchise. It was unclear what role Cruise was allegedly auditioning for, likely because the rumors were false.

A source told the publication ...
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Tom Cruise In Talks To Appear In 'Star Wars: Episode VII'?

June 23rd, 2014 9:44am EDT
Tom Cruise In Talks To Appear In 'Star Wars: Episode VII'?
Rumors are circulating that Tom Cruise will make a cameo in the upcoming "Star Wars" film. The actor met with director J.J. Abrams over the weekend, prompting speculation that he's in talks to appear in the movie.

According to The Sun: "Tom has been in London for over a week and met up with JJ and some other people from Star Wars over the weekend. On Saturday evening five of them met up for dinner and drinks at the Belgravia Hotel. JJ produced [Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Mission: Impossible 5] and loves working with Tom whenever he gets the chance. Losing Harrison [Ford] is go...
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Director J.J. Abrams Pokes Fun At 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Set Photo Leak

June 5th, 2014 12:31am EDT
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Following a leak of several photos from the top-secret set of Star Wars: Episode VII on Sunday, director J.J. Abrams has sent a message asking that whoever is leaking photos from the set stop.

Photos showing the construction of a very familiar ship from the Star Wars saga and numerous extras filming in the desert were posted on TMZ.com on Sunday, and on Monday the site shared photos of a set being constructed with the early work on a ship that appears to be the Millennium Falcon.

"I wish people would stop leaking photos ...
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J.J. Abrams Gives Fans A Chance To Be In 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

May 21st, 2014 5:01pm EDT
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Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams is giving one lucky fan the chance to make a cameo in the upcoming sequel after partnering with UNICEF's Innovatoin Labs and Programs and website Omaze.com.

The driector gave a quick sneak peek behind the scenes of the new film, standing next to an alien (that looks more like something out of "The Dark Crystal" than the "Star Wars" universe) with a large box strapped to its back and announcing the creation of "Star Wars: Force for Change," a new initiative from Disney, Lucasfilm and his production company Bad Robot that will help raise money for ...
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Mark Hamill Thrilled About 'Extraordinarily Talented' Star Wars Cast

May 1st, 2014 8:24am EDT
Mark Hamill Thrilled About 'Extraordinarily Talented' Star Wars
At least one of the cast members of "Star Wars: Episode VII" is thrilled with yesterday's cast reveal. Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the iconic franchise, tweeted early Thursday morning: "UK table read- I was knocked out by the diverse & extraordinarily talented new cast members. WOW they're good! The saga is in superb hands."

Director J.J. Abrams announced the cast on Tuesday, saying in a statement: "We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come t...
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New & Old 'Star Wars' Cast Members Dine With Director JJ Abrams In London

April 29th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
New & Old 'Star Wars' Cast Members Dine With Director JJ Abrams
Several members from the original "Star Wars" films joined cast members from the upcoming film for dinner in London, England, over the weekend. Director J.J. Abrams organized the event at 34 restaurant in Mayfair.

A source told Britain's The Sun, "The cast are being flown out to various locations to film. Bosses want to capitalize on them all being in London by booking in a get-together. It was a top secret mission, nobody was allowed to let on they'd be meeting up."

It's been confirmed that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will reprise their roles from the original series. Al...
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Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford & Mark Hamill Will Appear In 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

January 23rd, 2014 2:00pm EST
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Carrie Fisher and two of her "Star Wars" co-star are definitely appearing in the highly anticipated "Episode VII."
 
It's been rumored for months that Fisher (Princess Leia), Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) will return for J.J. Abrams' blockbuster, and the actress has officially confirmed all three will be back.
 
She told TV Guide magazine that the trio is expected to begin filming this spring. She explained, "I'd like to wear my old hairstyle again - but with white hair. I think that would be funny."
 
Meanwhile, Abrams confirmed earlier this week that he met wit...
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Bradley Cooper Nearly Quit Acting After 'Alias' Had Him Wanting To Kill Himself

December 18th, 2013 11:48pm EST
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Bradley Cooper says his time on J.J. Abrams's hit spy show Alias nearly ended his career as fast as it had begun.

Cooper starred alongside Jennifer Garner on the ABC series, and despite playing a main character in the beginning, his role dwindled to just a bit part, leaving him frustrated.

"I would only work three days a week. And then for the second season, I got even more sidelined. I was like, 'Ugh.' And then next thing you know, I was like, 'I want to f**king kill myself,'" he tells GQ magazine.

Cooper asked Abrams to kill off his character so he could move on and find other work (he...
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New Pics: Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner & More At The 23rd Annual Los Angeles Beat The Odds Awards

December 6th, 2013 2:47pm EST
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23rd Annual Los Angeles Beat the Odds Awards held at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, California. December 5, 2013.
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R2-D2 Poised For A 'Star Wars' Return?

November 15th, 2013 10:30am EST
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Everyone's favorite Astromech droid, R2-D2 may return in Star Wars: Episode VII.

J.J. Abrams has appeared to hint the robotic character, which has been in all six of the previous space films, will be part of the new movie.

The director posted a photo of himself, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and some crew members posing alongside R2-D2 on his production company Bad Robot's Twitter account yesterday. The caption reads: "Hi from the workshop! #StarWarsVII"

Kenny Baker played the diminutive robot in the Star Wars series, while Ben Burtt voiced the character. It's not yet known if R2-...
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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Release Date Now December 2015

November 7th, 2013 10:30pm EST
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Star Wars: Episode VII has a new release date.

Following months of speculation, Disney bosses announced on Thursday that the release date, which they hoped would occure in Spring 2015, has been pushed back to December 18, 2015, to allow filmmakers more time to complete the project.

Alan Horn, chairman of Disney Studios, said in a statement on Thursday, ""We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for 'Star Wars: Episode VII,' where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a...
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J.J. Abrams And Lawrence Kasdan To Finish Script For 'Star Wars: Episode VII' After Michael Arndt Pulls Out

October 24th, 2013 10:25pm EDT
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A new screenwriting team for Star Wars: Episode VII has been announced following the departure of Oscar-winner Michael Arndt.

News that the "Toy Story 3" scribe has left the project was confirmed on the official Star Wars website on Thursday.

Arndt, who won his Oscar for 2006's "Little Miss Sunshine", has left the project, but no official reason for his exit has been given.

Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy announced on Thursday that director J.J. Abrams and the film's consultant Lawrence Kasdan, who is no stranger to the "Star Wars" saga, would be taking over the writing duties.

"I am ve...
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J.J. Abrams Not Returning To Direct Next 'Star Trek' Movie

September 13th, 2013 3:01pm EDT
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J.J. Abrams won't be returning to the director's chair for the next Star Trek film.

Abrams announced the news to Collider.com on Thursday, telling the website that while he won't be calling the shots from directly behind the camera he will still be on hand as the film's producer.

"It's a little bittersweet," he says. "But I will say that I'm going to be producing the movie. Whomever it is that directs the film will be someone we all know is going to keep the cast and crew in good hands. I feel very lucky to have been part of it, and it definitely feels like the right time to let someone c...
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The Morning Roundup: J.K. Rowling Heading Back To Hogwarts, J.J. Abrams Won't Direct 'Star Trek 3'

September 13th, 2013 9:54am EDT
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Harry Potter won't be back, but the wizarding world that J.K. Rowling created for the book series will as the author has signed on with Warner Bros. to screenwrite a new film series based on a few Hogwarts textbooks she wrote in 2001 under pseudonyms of characters that live in that world. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" will be the first film in the new series. (story)

J.J. Abrams has announced that he won't be directing the next "Star Trek" movie, but he will be staying on as the producer of the film. The director is presumably giving up his chair because a lot of his time in th...
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J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Releases Mysterious Teaser Titled "Stranger" - Possibly For Upcoming Novel 'S'

August 20th, 2013 2:01pm EDT
J.J. Abrams
J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions released a new one-minute teaser video on Monday called "Stranger", stirring up a serious mystery over what the company's latest production is and is all about.

"He arrived knowing nothing of himself. Who is he? Soon he will know," says the video's narrator as a man stumbles out of the shallow surf onto a beach. "Because what begins at the water shall end there, and what ends there shall once more begin."

"This is what happens: Men become lost. Men vanish. Men are erased ... and reborn."

The cryptic teaser ends with a close-up on a man's face with his l...
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'Lost' Cast And Creators Considering 10-Year Anniversary Reunion

July 30th, 2013 12:07am EDT
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Next year's San Diego Comic-Con could be home to a Lost reunion.

Amusingly, several Lost cast members were at this year's Comic-Con anyway, promoting their current projects. Michael Emerson, for example, was promoting his hit shot Person of Interest with J.J. Abrams.

Emerson told Zap2it, "I've heard some murmurings of some kind of reunion. Whether it will take place at Comic-Con or not, I'm not sure. No matter what happens, if anything happens, it will be really hard logistically to put it together."

Fellow Lost cast member Henry Ian Cusick was at the convention as well, chatting about u...
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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Rumors: Zac Efron & Ryan Gosling Up For Luke Skywalker's Son, J.J. Abrams Out

July 25th, 2013 4:02pm EDT
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The first casting rumors for 2015's Star Wars: Episode VII have finally arrived and are surely leaving a bad taste in fans' mouths.

High School Musical star Zac Efron and Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Gosling are both rumored to be up for the role of the son of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in the highly anticipated sequel from director J.J. Abrams.

Interestingly, both stars have ties to Disney, which bought Lucasfilm for over $4 Billion from George Lucas last fall and announced that there will be plenty more Star Wars to come.

While Efron starred in the three "High School Musical" movies, Go...
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J.J. Abrams Not Thrilled About Moving To London To Shoot 'Star Wars Episode VII'

June 10th, 2013 12:50pm EDT
J.J. Abrams
J.J. Abrams is gearing up for a temporary move to London, England, where he'll shoot 2015's highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.

The director hinted that filming will begin in the UK -- where the six previous Star Wars films were shot -- in January 2014, but he's not thrilled about leaving his Los Angeles home to film overseas.

"We are, most likely, if all goes as planned, going to be moving to London at the end of the year for the Star Wars movie," Abrams said Saturday during the Producers Guild of America's "Produced By" conference.

He revealed few details about the new film duri...
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J.J. Abrams Is A Huge Fan Of 'Downton Abbey'

May 24th, 2013 2:14pm EDT
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Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams visited the set of one of his favorite TV shows recently -- PBS period drama Downton Abbey.

The director arranged a visit to the set while in England promoting his latest film, when he used a day off to tour the set of the hit show.

Abrams, who is set to begin work on Star Wars: Episode VII soon, tells talk show host Conan O'Brien, "I went to the set and I got to stand in the kitchen and get a picture taken, and while I was having a picture taken one of the actors walked up and joined me in the photograph."

"It's a brilliant show," he added. "...
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J.J. Abrams Shares 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Deleted Shower Scene In Wake Of Alice Eve Controversy

May 23rd, 2013 5:55pm EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch Star Trek Into Darkness Deleted Scene
Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams addressed the recent backlash over actress Alice Eve's gratuitous underwear shot in the movie during an appearance on Conan O'Brien's show Wednesday night.

The director revealed that while Eve's scene remained in the film, an equally gratuitous shot of Benedict Cumberbatch's villain shirtless and taking a shower -- or, a "shower of evil" as Abrams put it.

"She's changing and the idea was, the intent was, it's Kirk who was always a womanizing character, so the idea was to have a beat like that in the midst of all this action and adventure... ha...
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'Star Trek Into Darkness' Has Plenty Of Flash But Lacks Originality

May 15th, 2013 8:23pm EDT
Star Trek Into Darkness
The boys of Starfleet are back: Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Chekov (Anton Yelchin), Bones (Karl Urban), Sulu (John Cho) and Uhura (Zoe Saldana).

The film opens with the USS Enterprise on a observation mission to Planet Nibiru. When they arrive at the planet they find a volcano on the verge of erupting and wiping out its primitive inhabitants.

In the process of launching a dangerous mission to halt the eruption, Spock's life is jeopardized, forcing Kirk to break the 'Prime Directive' and reveal the Enterprise to the inhabitants.

Bad move: Not only...
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Confirmed: J.J. Abrams Will Be Helming Next 'Star Wars' Film

January 26th, 2013 3:00pm EST
JJ Abrams
"Star Trek" director J.J. Abrams has been hired to oversee the new installment of "Star Wars," confirms the producer behind the next generation of the films.

Abrams initially denied he was being considered for the position, but rumors that the filmmaker was close to signing a deal with Lucasfilm's new owners Disney couldn't be containe.

Producer Kathleen Kennedy has officially announced that Abrams will direct the seventh movie in the massively popular sci-fi franchise.
 
A statement from Kennedy reads, "It's very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new...
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J.J. Abrams Reportedly Set To Direct 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

January 25th, 2013 10:03am EST
J.J. Abrams directing Star Wars VII
Director J.J. Abrams is heading back to space again -- multiple industry sources have reported that the Star Trek director will be going from Starfleet to a galaxy far, far away to helm the first new Star Wars film for Disney.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be the first new film in the saga since George Lucas sold the rights to his sci-fi franchise to Disney late last year, when the studio acquired the Lucasfilm and all its holdings for a cool $4 billion.

Lucasfilm's new director, Kathleen Kennedy; who Lucas handed the reins of running his company last summer; reportedly went after Abrams pe...
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J.J. Abrams Secures Movie Rights To Lance Armstrong Story

January 20th, 2013 5:00pm EST
Lance Armstrong
Lost and Star Trek director J.J. Abrams has secured the rights to turn cyclist Lance Armstrong's fall from grace into a new movie.

A day after the seven-time Tour De France champion was shown admitted to doping and illegal drug use during the first of a two-part Oprah Winfrey TV special, Abrams has announced he'll be turning the sportsman's life story into a new film.

The movie-maker and partners at his production company Bar Robot have bought up the rights to Juliet Macur's forthcoming book Cycle Of Lies: The Fall Of Lance Armstrong.

Macur is a New York Times sports reporter who has cov...
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Extra Frames In Japanese Version Of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Teaser May Hold Clues To The New Bad Guy's Identity

December 6th, 2012 6:51pm EST
Star Trek Into Darkness
The first trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness finally has a trailer, which debuted this morning, and it promises plenty of action, but gives little explanation of who Benedict Cumberbatch's bad guy is or what his motivation will be.

J.J. Abrams' much-anticipated sequel to the 2009 reboot of the series promises an "unstoppable force of terror" and a "one man weapon of mass destruction", but gives little more than that in both the official synopsis, released last week, or in today's "announcement video" (neither a trailer nor a teaser, according to Paramount Pictures).

The Japanese version ...
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New 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Poster Released, First Trailer Debuts Dec. 6

December 4th, 2012 9:31pm EST
Star Trek Into Darkness
The first artwork for next year's Star Trek sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, debuted online this week Paramount Pictures' new teaser poster for the film looks awfully familiar.

The highly anticipated sequel to J.J. Abrams' 2009 series reboot looks very similar to the artwork for The Dark Knight Rises, but instead of looking straight up and seeing the bat logo silhouetted in crumbling buildings, this time around we get the Starfleet logo blown out the side of a building (also quite reminiscent of 9/11) with a lone man (Kirk? Spock?) looking out over a city in ruin.

Little else is known abo...
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'Alcatraz' Kaput!

May 10th, 2012 8:36am EDT
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J.J. Abrams' prison drama Alcatraz has been axed after just one season on air.

The show, starring Sam Neill and Lost's Jorge Garcia, was based around San Francisco's legendary Alcatraz prison and focused on the mysterious reappearance of prisoners and guards who vanished from the island jail in the 1960s.

Nevertheless, fans won't get to see a second season after bosses at the Fox network pulled the plug on the show this week.

Fox chiefs have also axed Bones spin-off The Finder, but they renewed Kiefer Sutherland's TV drama Touch for a second series, according to EW.com.
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Benedict Cumberbatch Scored 'Star Trek 2' Role With iPhone Audition

April 27th, 2012 8:17am EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch grabbed a role in the upcoming Star Trek thanks to an audition tape recorded on an iPhone.

The War Horse star heard director J.J. Abrams was interested in casting him as the lead villain in the follow-up to his 2009 blockbuster, so he came up with an oddball idea to have a friend film his try-out on his smart phone late one night.

He tells the New York Times, "I was pretty strung out, so that went into the performance."

He submitted the clip to Abrams only to be told by an assistant that the filmmaker was on vacation.

However, when Cumberbatch fina...
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'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' And 'Hugo' Dominate 2012 Saturn Award Nominations

February 29th, 2012 9:57am EST
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The final Harry Potter movie and Martin Scorsese's Hugo will lead the way at the 2012 Saturn Awards after scooping 10 nominations apiece.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Hugo will compete with Immortals, The Muppets, Midnight in Paris and Thor to be named Best Fantasy Film at the prize giving, which recognizes achievement in movie genres such as sci-fi and horror.

Filmmaker J.J. Abrams' Super 8 nabbed eight nods and Captain America: The First Avenger scooped seven, while The Adventures of Tintin and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol both picked up six nominations.

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