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Lawrence Kasdan & J.J Abrams Replace Pixar Scribe Michael Arndt On 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Writing Duties

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 24, 2013 3:34 PM
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OK, don't push the panic button yet, but maybe a little bit of uh oh if you're a hardcore "Star Wars" fan and you demand to see "Star Wars: Episode VII" in theaters summer 2015 as "promised" (read: the intended, hopeful date—shit happens). And yes, because Disney/LucasFilm/Kathleen Kennedy and director J.J Abrams did not deign to reveal "Stars Wars: Episode VII" news at Comic-Con 2013 or at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, rumors have popped up for months saying 'Ep VII' wouldn't be ready for summer 2015.

Watch: Trailer For J.J. Abrams-Produced "Ro-Bromance" Series 'Almost Human' Starring Karl Urban

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 22, 2013 1:44 PM
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Almost Human Karl Urban
Named as one of our 10 Most Promising Network Shows For Fall 2013, we have to admit a certain curiosity about the J.J. Abrams-produced "Almost Human" based on the premise alone. That, and it has the potential to give us a weekly serving of Karl Urban in full on snark mode, which we wouldn't complain about either.

'Star Wars': Watch Scene From Abandoned Live-Action TV Show; George Lucas "Torn" About Leaving, Chloe Moretz Denies Rumors

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2013 5:36 PM
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Star Wars George Lucas
Barely a week has passed since word was kicking around about the future of the "Star Wars" franchise, which is now sitting in the hands of J.J. Abrams, and even though 'Episode 7' is still a distance from its 2015, it seems it's all anyone can talk about. Moreover, it looks like George Lucas is feeling a bit conflicted about not being a bigger part of that conversation.

'Star Wars' Live Action TV Series Rumored Again, J.J. Abrams Says Franchise Won't Be Disney-fied

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2013 11:27 AM
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As long as there has been "Star Wars," there has been hopes/wishes/dreams/aspirations for a live action television series to branch off from the main saga and explore new worlds. In the animated realm, the franchise has done well, with numerous spinoffs, but a live action series has been a tough nut to track. The closest in recent memory was something called "Star Wars: Underworld," described by longtime George Lucas associate and producer Rick McCallum as " 'Deadwood' in space" but it too stalled out (as did a tie-in videogame as documented in Kotaku's excellent piece on the collapse of LucasArts). But time to start thinking about series possibilities again...

J.J. Abrams Admits That Sometimes He Overdoes It With The Lens Flare

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2013 9:30 AM
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From Alfred Hitchcock's numerous cameos to Spike Lee's rapid dolly shot to Wes Anderson's unique tableaux, filmmakers have a long tradition of marking their films with distinct visual trademarks. And J.J. Abrams has been no different, with his films littered throughout with cool blue lens flare, so much so they've almost become a running joke. And while he may like the effect, the director admits that even he has taken it too far sometimes.

Will J.J. Abrams Shoot Some Of 'Star Wars 7' In IMAX?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2013 1:05 PM
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J.J. Abrams is not a fan of 3D. While this summer's "Star Trek Into Darkness" arrived in both IMAX and 3D, the latter was a conversion job, and Abrams later admitted it was something he was forced to do for "economic reasons." He's long expressed his reservations about the 3D format, but it seems he's taken a shine to IMAX, and we may have a reason to see the next entry of the "Star Wars" saga on the biggest screen possible.

J.J. Abrams Aims To Make "Emotional And Authentic" 'Star Wars 7,' More Names Linked To Sequel

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 20, 2013 9:01 AM
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With over two years to go until its rumored release date, it’s time for another check-in with Disney’s plan for world domination, “Star Wars: Episode 7.” EW caught up with the man of mystery himself, J.J. Abrams, for a couple of questions and there’s another casting rumor floating around.

Genredom: Vin Diesel, Marvel, Bad Robot Teaser, Benedict Cumberbatch Might Still Be In 'Star Wars' (Probably Not Though) & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 9, 2013 5:30 PM
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Nerds are an easily excitable bunch, especially if they're in the position of also being journalists (or maybe "journalists" with airquotes is a better distinction), where flights of fancy and endless speculation can easily usurp actual reporting. Such is the case with boundless theorizing about Benedict Cumberbatch being in "Star Wars: Episode VII," which seems to be more a case of collective wishful thinking than anything concrete or remotely plausible. Well, there's even more on that subject (prepare your eyes, as they're about to roll), as well as further details on that mysterious Bad Robot trailer from a few weeks ago and Vin Diesel running his mouth again about what he's doing with Marvel. Have the largest grain of salt you can find at the ready.

Jonah Nolan & J.J. Abrams Team For 'Westworld' Remake At HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2013 4:36 PM
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It seems in the dark and frightening world of sci-fi franchise extensions and do-overs, they will all belong to J.J. Abrams. With feet planted both in "Star Trek" and "Star Wars," it looks like Abrams is putting his name to another vintage era movie, and this time bringing it to the small screen.

Interview: Eric Bana Talks The Real Life Politics Behind 'Closed Circuit,' His Life After 'Hulk,' And Whether Or Not He'd Do 'Star Wars'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 29, 2013 6:30 PM
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Ciarán Hinds, Eric Bana, Closed Circuit
Now is a very good time for "Closed Circuit," a movie about the British judicial system and the proliferation of CCTV around London, to be released. With the firestorm of controversy surround illegal surveillance, Edward Snowden and PRISM, and the general feeling of unease knowing that there is a pretty good chance that the email you sent to your college roommate is being intercepted and reviewed by some higher power, it's an ideal moment for a claustrophobic, conspiratorial thriller like "Closed Circuit." Few thrillers tap into the zeitgeist like this film does. In the film, Eric Bana plays Martin Rose, a public-court lawyer assigned to defending a Turkish national who seems to have played a role in a deadly London bombing. As his investigation continues and he navigates Britain's controversial closed court system, he's drawn into a shadowy, conspiracy-laced world and reignites an old flame with his "special advocate" lawyer.

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