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Watch: Extended Trailer For J.J. Abrams-Produced, Jon Favreau-Directed Show 'Revolution'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2012 4:45 PM
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Well, pilot season is just around the corner and the networks are beginning to unveil their clips and trailers hoping to start getting some buzz brewing about their newest offerings. But the reality is that of the shows that make it to air, many won't last past a season, but if there is one person you can't count out it's J.J. Abrams. As a writer/producer he's been behind massively successful shows like of "Lost," "Alias," "Felicity" and "Fringe," and his latest show, "Person of Interest," was recently renewed on CBS (though "Alcatraz" was canceled). But his track record is strong and his latest venture, the high concept, sci-fi-ish drama "Revolution" has the ingredients of another hit.

Discuss: After 'The Hunger Games' & 'The Dark Knight Rises,' Does Less Mean More When It Comes To Movie Marketing?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 3, 2012 10:56 AM
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The creator of "Lost" might have a horse in this fight (he's the co-writer of Ridley Scott's "Prometheus"), but he also has a point. In the last few months, marketing of major blockbusters seems to fall into two separate categories: keeping your cards close to the chest (the J.J. Abrams mystery box approach), or the show-absolutely-everything technique, bombarding fans with character posters, different trailers and enough clips and stills that you could essentially reconstruct the movie, with a basic understanding of narrative structure and a copy of iMovie.

Is This An Alternate Universe? 'Fringe' Gets Renewed For Fifth (And Final) Season

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 27, 2012 1:16 PM
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Well this is something of a surprise – “Fringe,” the much-beloved but dismally rated sci-fi series created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, is getting a reprieve. Fox has announced that they’ve made a deal to bring back the series for a fifth (and final) 13-episode stretch, mostly, it seems, because it’s a DVR powerhouse and Abrams is someone who the network likes to keep happy (although its unclear whether or not his uneven “Alcatraz” will be back next season).

Jon Favreau Teams With J.J. Abrams For 'Revolution'; Gavin O'Connor, Neil Burger & Ellen Barkin Take TV Pilots

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 10, 2012 9:25 AM
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Remember when big-screen talent lining up work on television was big news? Now it's frankly surprising if a Hollywood director or actor hasn't got a project on TV. Here's the latest list that will be working on pilots this year.

'Training Day' Scribe David Ayer Developing HBO Show; J.J. Abrams Sets Up Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Show At NBC & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 6, 2012 10:38 AM
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With Michael Mann and David Milch's HBO show "Luck," which features filmic talent like Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, Michael Gambon and Joan Allen, among others, being picked up for a second season only days after the first episode aired, the spate of cinematic types dipping their toe into television shows no sign of letting up, particularly as it's currently the time of year where networks are comissioning pilots. And as such, there's a brace of TV news from the last few days featuring names best known for their big-screen work.

J.J. Abrams & Matt Reeves Team For Bad Robot-Produced Action Film

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 11, 2012 7:08 PM
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Apparently Brad Parker, who has just made his debut on the Orin Pelli-produced post-apocalyptic thriller "The Diary of Lawson Oxford," left quite an impression. Variety reports he'll soon graduate to a much larger-scale action movie for Bad Robot and producers J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves. (Parker, a visual effects vet, directed second unit on Reeves' underrated gem "Let Me In.") The untitled actioner will be released by Paramount Pictures, with a script by Michael Gilio (one of a thousand people who wrote a draft of "Carter Beats the Devil").

Set Phasers To Stun: J.J. Abrams To Post-Convert 'Star Trek 2' To 3D; Considers Shooting In IMAX

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2011 9:30 AM
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Get ready for the geek crowd to whip out their knives. J.J. Abrams has been consistently inconsistent about his stance on 3D, starting off the year by saying he was pretty cool on the format, to announcing the highly anticipated "Star Trek 2: It's Not About Khan, No Really, It Isn't" would be arriving in the format. Well, he's throwing fans yet another curveball.

Interview: Director Brad Bird On His $200 Million Live Action Debut 'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 19, 2011 5:00 PM
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Judging by the box office numbers, chances are if you lived somewhere with an IMAX theater, you saw "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol," the fourth and arguably the best (at least since Brian De Palma's) film in the long-running, Tom Cruise-led franchise. And the biggest reason why this movie feels so fresh and new and fizzy is that it's the live action debut of director Brad Bird, who had previously given us genuine animated masterpieces in "The Iron Giant" and (for Pixar) "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille."

Khan Or No Khan, Benicio Del Toro Won't Be In 'Star Trek' Sequel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 5, 2011 6:46 PM
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Benicio Del Toro's always seemed a little uneasy with the idea of stardom. He's been working in the big leagues, on-and-off, since "Licence To Kill" in 1989, and took a big leap up with his near-incomprehensible performance in "The Usual Suspects," but every time he steps towards the A-list, he seems to take two steps back.

'Robocop' And 'Naked Lunch' Star Peter Weller Latest Addition To J.J. Abrams' 'Star Trek' Sequel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 5, 2011 7:07 AM
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Is J.J. Abrams pulling a Christopher Nolan? The latter director has become known in recent years for putting faded 1980s icons in his films, from Rutger Hauer in "Batman Begins" and Eric Roberts in "The Dark Knight" to Tom Berenger in "Inception" and Matthew Modine in the upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises." Hell, he even gave David Bowie a part in "The Prestige." But now it looks like Abrams, arguably his biggest competition in terms of the new guard of super-directors, is getting in on the act.

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