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J.J. Abrams Fuming Over 'Star Trek' Sequel Photo Leak

February 28th, 2012 11:19am EST
J.J. Abrams
Super-secretive director J.J. Abrams was furious after pictures from his upcoming Star Trek sequel leaked online.

The photos showed Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana in costume as Spock and Uhura respectively, battling the film's new villain, played by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

Saldana reveals Abrams was not impressed with the photos after working tirelessly to keep casting and script details under wraps.

She tells MTV News, "J.J. was very upset. I have to say that. It's not going to stop people from intruding, but they are, and it's such a bummer because it only hurts them by ...
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Jimmy Kimmel Lines Up The Stars For Post-Oscars 'Movie: The Movie' Trailer (Watch!)

February 27th, 2012 4:00pm EST
Movie: The Movie Jimmy Kimmel
A fake movie trailer stole the spotlight from the Academy Awards last night, thanks to Jimmy Kimmel's ability to line up a cavalcade of stars.

In the fake teaser, Edward Norton (playing the world's greatest spy) gets married to the President of the United States (Josh Brolin) in a ceremony ordained by Antonio Banderas.

Colin Farrell is a SWAT officer that has to defuse a bomb with the help of a field goal-kicking canine. Tom Hanks is a robotic lawyer that takes on ornery judge Charlize Theron. Bryan Cranston is a hot dog vendor that seems to always be near an explosion.

Jeff Goldblum i...
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Michelle Williams And Melissa McCarthy Honored At Irish Film Awards

February 24th, 2012 8:52am EST
Michelle Williams
American actresses Michelle Williams and Melissa McCarthy have become the first women to receive special awards celebrating Irish talent in the film industry.

The two stars, who were both born in the U.S., were among the honorees at the Oscar Wilde: Honoring The Irish In Film event in Santa Monica, California, on Thursday night.

The awards, named after the famed Irish writer, celebrate Irish culture in the film industry and have previously been handed to non-Irish stars including Paul Rudd and James L. Brooks, but Williams and McCarthy are the first women to accept the honor.

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Chris Pine Sued By Former Talent Agents

February 14th, 2012 2:27pm EST
Chris Pine
Actor Chris Pine is facing legal action from his former talent agents amid allegations they're owed millions of dollars in commission.

The movie hunk landed his first acting roles in 2003, in episodes of hit TV series ER and CSI: Miami, but it wasn't until 2009 that he shot to stardom after scoring the role of Captain Kirk in director J.J. Abrams' Star Trek remake.

However, bosses at SDB Partners claim Pine decided to dump his representatives in November, via email, after allegedly ignoring demands to pay the agents their 10 per cent commission for Star Trek and other projects they clai...
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Benedict Cumberbatch Beams Aboard 'Star Trek' Sequel

January 5th, 2012 2:23pm EST
Benedict Cumberbatch
War Horse and Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is to be transported from the past to the future after landing a leading role in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek sequel.

It has not been revealed what part the Brit will play or if his character in the much-anticipated sci-fi film is a hero or a villain, but Deadline.com reports he is definitely onboard.

The untitled Star Trek sequel, which will bring back Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto, is set to hit cinemas next summer.
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J.J. Abrams 'Devastated' To Learn Casting Assistant Is A Sex Offender

November 18th, 2011 8:33am EST
J.J. Abrams
Star Trek director J.J. Abrams has been left shocked after discovering a casting assistant on his Super 8 movie has a record as a sex offender.

Police records show Jason James Murphy was convicted of kidnapping and molesting an eight-year-old boy in Washington state 15 years ago. Abrams recently learned the 35 year old is the same person his casting directors hired as an assistant to the kids on the set.

He tells the Los Angeles Times newspaper, "It's shocking and it's devastating, not just as a filmmaker but as a father and someone who is entrusted to make sure that everyone I work wit...
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Benicio Del Toro To Be Next 'Star Trek' Bad Guy?

November 6th, 2011 2:00pm EST
Benicio Del Toro
Director J.J. Abrams has handpicked Benicio Del Toro to be the villain in his upcoming Star Trek sequel, according to a new report.

The filmmaker has met with the star about the as-yet-untitled-project, but refused to provide exact details about the role in an effort to keep the script a secret, reports Variety.com.

Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto are all expected to reprise their roles when productions begins in early 2012.
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'Super 8' Debuts On Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack With Digital Copy Nov. 22

September 21st, 2011 7:07pm EDT
Super 8
Called “a mind-blowing masterpiece” (FOX-TV), writer/director J.J. Abrams’ (Star Trek) breathtaking adventure SUPER 8 debuts in a Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Pack with Digital Copy November 22, 2011 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Produced by Amblin, Bad Robot and Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, the exhilarating story follows a group of friends in a small Ohio town who witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie. When they realize that it was no accident, they set out to find the truth—something more shocking than any of them could have imagined. Combining action, h...
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Five Must-See Shows Premiering This September

September 7th, 2011 10:00am EDT
ringer
1. Sept 13 - Ringer (CW, Tues 9/8c)
Reasons to get excited: Sarah Michelle Gellar (times two)

“The Ringer” is about twins. Bridget is a recovering alcoholic on the run from the mob after witnessing a murder. She takes refuge with her twin sister Siobhan, but when Siobhan goes missing and Bridget takes over her life, Bridget realizes that Siobhan’s world isn’t as picture-perfect as it seemed. It also stars Sarah Michelle Gellar (and Sarah Michelle Gellar); marking her first starring television role since “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Yeah. It’s monumental.

What intrigues me about this show i...
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New Fall TV Series: Our Top 10 Picks

August 24th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Pan Am
Every fall TV season has its share of surprise successes and bumbling disappointments. For every buzzed-about newbie (‘Desperate Housewives’) that turns into a hit, there’s an ‘Eastwick’ or ‘Running Wilde.’

But that’s part of the fun, right? Sometimes, you’ve got to take a chance on a show that could be the year’s new hit and Emmy winner.

There are a lot of prospects for this Fall, and some are more promising than others. Here, though, are the Top 10 we’re most looking forward to – keeping in mind we haven’t seen these ahead of time. These are in no particular order.

-‘Pam Am’ – ABC
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Check Out The 'Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol' Trailer

June 29th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol
Tom Cruise returns to his Ethan Hunt character popularized by the previous three installments with this fourth entry, "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," produced by J.J. Abrams.

Some scenes were shot around Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and some of the action will take place in and on the Burj Khalifa tower, which stands tall at more than half a mile high.

Cruise told the Associated Press last fall, "I'll be spending many days, many hours on the side of this building. I can't give you details, but I will be up there."

Cruise will be joined by Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Green Lantern,' 'Mr. Popper's Penguins,' & More

June 13th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Green Lantern
I was impressed last week by the J.J. Abrams picture “Super 8,” which pays skillful homage to the craft of film’s executive producer on the project, Steven Spielberg. Abrams takes his own trademark intrigue and mashes it up with themes present in classic Spielberg stories like “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” and “Jaws,” to create a movie that is both visually impressive and possesses heart. For more of my thoughts, check out my review if you haven’t already.

Hitting the box office this week are the Ryan Reynolds comic book vehicle “Green Lantern,” the Jim Carrey comedy “Mr. Popper’s Pe...
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'Super 8' Wins Weekend Box Office

June 13th, 2011 8:44am EDT
Super 8
Director J.J. Abrams' new sci-fi mystery "Super 8" has landed atop the box office chart with an opening weekend gross of $37 million.

The film, produced by Steven Spielberg, follows a group of budding teenage filmmakers who witness a train crash while making a home movie and subsequently begin to experience abnormal happenings in their small Ohio town.

Super 8's big debut bumps X-Men: First Class into second place, which took an additional $25 million in its second week on release, boosting its domestic total to $98.9 million.

The Hangover Part II came in third place, while Kung Fu Panda...
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Review: 'Super 8' Mashes Up Abrams Style Intrigue With Classic Spielberg Themes

June 9th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Super 8
Summer movie season is synonymous with the release of big budget fluff, containing generous amounts of eye candy to fuel ticket sales. These blockbusters place greater stock in satisfying us visually than investing us emotionally, which is disappointing for moviegoers longing for more substantial stories. Every once and a rare while though, you can find a summer film that has excellent special effects and a heart, like “Super 8,” a science fiction thriller written and directed by J.J. Abrams.

With “Super 8,” Abrams crafts a period piece which pays skillful homage to the moviemaking heyd...
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'Harry Potter,' 'Super 8' & This Summer's Five Other Must-See Movies

June 9th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The perfect recipe for a summer must-see film boils down to this: it either has to be full of adrenaline pumping action that usually involves some supernatural powers, or it has to be outrageously funny and maybe even a little cringe-worthy, or it’s a romantic comedy, which, hey, is always in season.

This summer has already been kicked off to a start with a string of blockbuster hits. You’ve got your superhero action films, “Thor,” “X-Men,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” you’ve got a heaping dose of the funnies, with the record-breaking “The Hangover Part II” and its female equivalent, ...
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Review: 'Super 8' 'Two Jews On Film' Agree (Sort of) This SciFi Coming Of Age Story Comes Up Short (Video)

June 8th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Super 8
By Joan Alperin-Schwartz: 'Super 8' is written and directed by J. J. Abrams. This film could have been the 'ET' for a new generation of film goers... Unfortunately... it misses the mark.

In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town set out to make a zombie movie. While shooting their Super 8 film, the kids witness a catastrophic train crash and, after barely escaping themselves, they come to discover that this was not an accident.

Soon after, unusual disappearances begin to take place in town and local Deputy Jackson Lamb (Kyle Chandler) along with these aspiring f...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Super 8, 'Judy Moody And the Not Bummer Summer,' & More

June 6th, 2011 11:30am EDT
Super 8
This weekend, I finally had the opportunity to see the Paul Feig comedy “Bridesmaids” starring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. Because the trailers just made it seem like a female version of “The Hangover,” I was not incredibly enthused to see it at first. When I actually watched it though, I was thoroughly impressed by the strength of the story (written by Wiig and Annie Mumolo) and the universal appeal of the humor despite the dominance of female characters.

Wiig’s Annie, is a down-on-her-luck character: her dream bakery failed in the struggling economy and as a result, she can barely a...
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Meet 'Super 8' Star Riley Griffiths

June 3rd, 2011 4:59pm EDT
Super 8
A week from today, J.J Abrams' highly anticipated flick Super 8 hits theaters. To get you ready for the 1979-set thriller, I sat down with one of the stars, 14-year-old Riley Griffiths (who plays Charles in the film) to talk about what it's like to tackle such a big project at such a young age.

Let's get the obvious question out of the way: tell me about Charles, your character in the film.

Charles is kind of the group leader of all the kids [and] Joe's best friend. He's the director of the zombie movie within the movie. He's very bossy, very production-value crazed. I actually had...
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'American Idol' Recap - Haley Reinhart Finally Goes Home + Special Power Rankings

May 20th, 2011 9:17am EDT
Haley Reinhart is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL
Well, it wasn’t for not trying. If there’s one contestant this year who really developed and emerged over the course of the season it was Haley Reinhart. Look at where she started. A frizzy-haired oversinging novice who only got through because of the softest judging panel since the OJ Jury.

From there she barely snuck through every step of the way and had me flabbergasted that the judges selected her as a Wild Card. I was surprised she even got the chance to sing a second time.

Somehow, she finagled her way into the top 13 only to sit on the bottom of my power rankings just about every s...
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CBS Announces New & Returning Shows For 2011-12

May 18th, 2011 11:57am EDT
Blue Bloods
CBS announced today its new 2011-2012 primetime schedule, ordering five new series and making key time-period moves for CSI and The Good Wife to strengthen its already top-rated primetime lineup.

The new series include three new dramas and two new comedies: "Person Of Interest," a crime thriller from renowned executive producer J.J. Abrams starring Jim Caviezel, Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson; "Unforgettable," starring Dylan Walsh and Poppy Montgomery as a former detective with a rare condition that enables her to remember virtually every det...
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Review: 'The Greatest Movie Ever Sold' 'Two Jews On Film' Don't Buy Into This One (Video)

April 19th, 2011 11:18am EDT
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
In 'The Greatest Movie Ever Sold', Morgan Spurlock, ('Super Size Me') takes us into the world of product placement, marketing and advertising. The full title of this documentary is actually 'POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold...because POM Wonderful is the major sponsor of this film.

So how interesting is the world of product placement? It seems now-a-days, most films, especially the big budget action ones, can't seem to exist without branding. (Bruce Willis puts on a pair of Ray-Bans before killing some bad guy, right?)...Spurlock explains that while using brands ...
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Happy 80th Birthday Leonard Nimoy!

March 26th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy is following in the footsteps of his Star Trek co-star William Shatner as he turns 80 years old this week.

The veteran actor celebrates the landmark on Saturday, just four days after his longtime friend reached the milestone. Nimoy, like Shatner, shot to fame in the 1960s TV series in his career-defining role as Spock, which he last reprised in 2009 for a brief cameo appearance in J.J. Abrams' film Star Trek, alongside Zachary Quinto as a younger version of his pointy-eared character.

We now celebrate Nimoy's long running career and hope that he can 'live long and prosper'...
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Check Out 'Morning Glory' On DVD & Blu-ray March 8

March 6th, 2011 7:19am EST
Morning Glory
Produced by J.J. Abrams ("Alias") and written by Aline Brosh McKenna ("The Devil Wears Prada"), director Roger Michell's "Morning Glory" is a comedic glimpse into the cutthroat world of live television.

A desperate female news producer (Rachel McAdams) attempts to put out the flames between an anchorman (Harrison Ford) and his blustery but iconic cohost (Diane Keaton) in a last-ditch effort to save their failing morning show.

Jeff Goldblum co-stars in the Paramount Pictures production.
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CBS Picks Up J.J. Abrams Pilot 'Person Of Interest'

February 10th, 2011 1:11pm EST
J.J. Abrams | Photo Credits: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic.com
CBS has ordered a crime drama pilot from J.J. Abrams and The Dark Knight co-writer Jonathan "Jonah" Nolan.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Person of Interest follows an ex-CIA hit man and a scientist who team up to prevent crimes before they happen.

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Jorge Garcia Heading To 'Alcatraz'

November 22nd, 2010 1:27pm EST
Jorge Garcia
Former Lost star Jorge Garcia is preparing to head to another island in a new drama based on the legendary Alcatraz prison.

The actor starred in all six seasons of J.J. Abrams' mystery show, about a group of plane crash survivors stranded on a desert island.

He is now set to re-team with Abrams once again in a new series called Alcatraz, which tells the story of a number of missing prisoners and guards who reappear in the present day, according to Deadline.com.

The website reports Garcia will play an Alcatraz expert helping cops unravel the mysteries of the island prison, off the coas...
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Hot Legs: Rachel McAdams In A Tight, Strapless Dress At 'Morning Glory' Premiere

November 8th, 2010 11:00am EST
Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams was sizzling on the red carpet at the "Morning Glory" world premiere in New York City on Sunday.

Produced by J.J. Abrams and written by Aline Brosh McKenna ("The Devil Wears Prada"), director Roger Michell's comedic glimpse into the cutthroat world of live television finds a desperate female news producer (McAdams) attempting to put out the flames between an anchorman (Harrison Ford) and his blustery but iconic cohost (Diane Keaton) in a last-ditch effort to save their failing morning show.

Jeff Goldblum co-stars in the Paramount Pictures production.

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NBC Cancels 'Undercovers'

November 5th, 2010 8:22am EDT
Undercovers
TV and movie mogul J.J. Abrams' latest TV series has officially flopped - "Undercovers," which starred Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbtha-Raw as a married spy couple, has been cancelled after just a handful of episodes.

The series failed to attract viewers and its last scheduled appearance will be on December 1.
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Lost Without 'Lost'? Try This...

October 14th, 2010 2:10pm EDT
Lost
Regardless of what you thought of the ‘Lost’ finale that aired last May, chances are you will miss the show come January. Then, you’ll realize during the doldrums of winter that your favorite show is not making a return from the usual eight-month hiatus. It is, in fact, over. Done. Finito.

There are ways to cope, however. There are potential new shows that may remedy your ‘Lost’ pains, and there are shows coming up that will sound promising to you. There are even a few old favorites you might find comforting.

What you can watch now:

-‘The Event’ on NBC. There’s no way you could ha...
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J.J. Abrams Heads To Alcatraz

September 17th, 2010 1:00pm EDT
JJ Abrams
J.J. Abrams is one busy guy lately. Recently I reported he and ‘Dark Knight’ scribe Jonah Nolan were working on a new television crime-thriller and today Deadline reported that Fox has greenlit a show based on Alcatraz, the infamous prison located on an island in the San Francisco Bay that housed some pretty famous criminals such as Al Capone. Abrams is set to produce the series and will work with ‘Lost’ writer Elizabeth Surnoff and producer Bryan Burk.

There have been a few other properties that feature Alcatraz as the setting. A few that come to mind are ‘Escape From Alcatraz’, ‘...
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J.J. Abrams Teams Up With 'Dark Knight' Writer For A Television Crime-Thriller

September 9th, 2010 1:15pm EDT
J.J. Abrams
Holy dream team Batman! Geek powerhouse J.J. Abrams is reportedly teaming up with Jonah Nolan to shop around a crime-thriller that Nolan wrote. If you haven’t heard of Jonah Nolan but think his name sounds familiar, that’s because he is Christopher Nolan’s brother and helped write 'The Dark Knight', 'The Prestige' and also wrote a short story that 'Memento' was based off of.

That’s enough right there to make anyone want to work with this guy. Throw in Abrams and I’m sure all the studios are clamoring to secure this project A.S.A.P.! No title has been given to the project yet but I’m ...
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