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'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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J.J. Abrams,  'Star Wars'
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,  'Star Wars'
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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J.J. Abrams,  'Star Wars'
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.

J.J. Abrams To Shoot 'Star Wars: Episode VII' On 35mm Film With Cinematographer Dan Mindel

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 22, 2013 7:11 PM
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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away almost every director in Hollywood shot their films on 35 mm film. Now, the switchover from film to digital photography is almost complete, with even old school diehards like Martin Scorsese making the transition (this fall's "Wolf of Wall Street" will be his first non-3D digital movie). Oddly enough, J.J. Abrams, a futuristically minded filmmaker who seems to always be looking forward, has become a notable holdout, refusing to adopt the new technology. Even odder is that this will continue with his biggest project yet: Disney's "Star Wars: Episode VII." He's also recruited an old favorite as the movie's cinematographer.

Watch: Mystery Teaser Trailer For New J.J. Abrams Project...Can You Guess What It Is?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2013 12:13 PM
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For the legions who devour every Twitter fart, set photo, catering menu and shoot location news, here's a reminder that sometimes, it's just nice for something to drop out of the blue to tease audiences. The master of secrecy, J.J. Abrams, has just dropped a mystery teaser trailer to the folks over at EW, and what's it for? Well, it's a safe guess it's not "Star Wars: Episode 7."

Ryan Gosling, Leonardo DiCaprio & Zac Efron Met With Disney & J.J. Abrams About 'Star Wars 7,' Maybe

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 24, 2013 8:31 PM
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Well, this should be par for the course, especially in the weeks leading up to D23, the annual Disney fan convention (basically their version of San Diego Comic-Con), where Lucasfilm is expected to have a heavy presence, but hey—here's some wild speculation about who will wind up in J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII"! According to Latino Review, two stars who have had meetings with the Mouse House in regards to 'Star Wars' are none other than Ryan Gosling and former Disney whiz kid Zac Efron. No word on who Efron read for, but Gosling supposedly spoke about becoming a part of the Skywalker family as Luke's son. Also they claim that Leonardo DiCaprio met with the team but was ruled out. Okay then.

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