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Confirmed: J.J. Abrams Will Be Helming Next 'Star Wars' Film

1/26/2013 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...

J.J. Abrams Reportedly Set To Direct 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

1/25/2013 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...

J.J. Abrams Secures Movie Rights To Lance Armstrong Story

1/20/2013 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...

Extra Frames In Japanese Version Of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Teaser May Hold Clues To The New Bad Guy's Identity

12/6/2012 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 ...

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

12/4/2012 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...

'Alcatraz' Kaput!

5/10/2012 8:36am EDT
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

Benedict Cumberbatch Scored 'Star Trek 2' Role With iPhone Audition

4/27/2012 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...

'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' And 'Hugo' Dominate 2012 Saturn Award Nominations

2/29/2012 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.


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

2/28/2012 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 ...

Jimmy Kimmel Lines Up The Stars For Post-Oscars 'Movie: The Movie' Trailer (Watch!)

2/27/2012 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...

Michelle Williams And Melissa McCarthy Honored At Irish Film Awards

2/24/2012 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.


Chris Pine Sued By Former Talent Agents

2/14/2012 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...

Benedict Cumberbatch Beams Aboard 'Star Trek' Sequel

1/5/2012 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 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.

J.J. Abrams 'Devastated' To Learn Casting Assistant Is A Sex Offender

11/18/2011 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...

Benicio Del Toro To Be Next 'Star Trek' Bad Guy?

11/6/2011 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

Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto are all expected to reprise their roles when productions begins in early 2012.

'Super 8' Debuts On Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack With Digital Copy Nov. 22

9/21/2011 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...

Five Must-See Shows Premiering This September

9/7/2011 10:00am EDT
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...

New Fall TV Series: Our Top 10 Picks

8/24/2011 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

Check Out The 'Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol' Trailer

6/29/2011 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...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Green Lantern,' 'Mr. Popper's Penguins,' & More

6/13/2011 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...

'Super 8' Wins Weekend Box Office

6/13/2011 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...

Review: 'Super 8' Mashes Up Abrams Style Intrigue With Classic Spielberg Themes

6/9/2011 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...

'Harry Potter,' 'Super 8' & This Summer's Five Other Must-See Movies

6/9/2011 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, ...

Review: 'Super 8' 'Two Jews On Film' Agree (Sort of) This SciFi Coming Of Age Story Comes Up Short (Video)

6/8/2011 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...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Super 8, 'Judy Moody And the Not Bummer Summer,' & More

6/6/2011 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...

Meet 'Super 8' Star Riley Griffiths

6/3/2011 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...

'American Idol' Recap - Haley Reinhart Finally Goes Home + Special Power Rankings

5/20/2011 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...

CBS Announces New & Returning Shows For 2011-12

5/18/2011 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...

Review: 'The Greatest Movie Ever Sold' 'Two Jews On Film' Don't Buy Into This One (Video)

4/19/2011 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 ...

Happy 80th Birthday Leonard Nimoy!

3/26/2011 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'...