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John Williams Confirmed To Score 'Star Wars: Episodes VII-IX,' Says J.J. Abrams The Right Person To Continue The Saga

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 27, 2013 12:02 PM
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Of all the rumors swirling around "Star Wars: Episode 7" and the subsequent sequels and spin-offs, this was probably the most no-brainer obvious as being true. Hell, even J.J. Abrams himself said back in April that John Williams—who provided the iconic music of the original "Star Wars" and never looked back—would likely return to score part seven, and it turns out the composer is in for the long haul.

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.

Lucasfilm Denies J.J. Abrams Leaving 'Star Wars: Episode VII;' New Writers May Beam Aboard 'Star Trek 3'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 22, 2013 6:47 PM
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Someone had a little too much fun at Comic-Con: today, while running down rumors of a new writing team boarding the third 'Star Trek' installment for Bad Robot and Paramount, Badass Digest writer Devin Faraci struck a nerve when he insinuated that director J.J. Abrams would soon be dropping out of the astronomically anticipated "Star Wars: Episode VII." Sure enough, a few hours later, Lucasfilm has issued a sternly worded rebuttal. Abrams is still very much directing "Star Wars: Episode VII," and as for those "Star Trek" specifics he unleashed in the same post, well now they seem dodgier than Han Solo's claim that he made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.

'Star Trek 3' Shooting In 2014 With J.J. Abrams Directing? Set Phasers To Keep Dreaming

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 16, 2013 4:43 PM
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Actors love to talk out of turn and all too often their wishful thinking is pretty much the equivalent of fanboy daydreaming. Take comments from “Star Trek” actor Zachary Quinto that seem to have been taken at face value across the entire Internet. Quinto “supposes” that “Star Trek 3” will shoot next year. “'Star Trek 3' should be filming, I suppose, next year,” is the full quote. “It’s going to be made a lot quicker than the last one. That’s the plan, although nothing is confirmed yet.” (If that’s not the most tentative, and half-hearted declaration of news this month, we’re not sure what is). Elsewhere in the article from Buzzhub, Quinto “mentioned that J.J. Abrams was planning to direct 'Star Trek 3.' "

Neill Blomkamp Has Written An 18-Page Treatment For 'District 10,' Turned Down Chance To Work On New 'Star Wars'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2013 10:02 AM
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Neill Blomkamp District 9
Most directors would kill to have the kind of support (personally backed by Peter Jackson) and success ($210 million worldwide, Best Picture nomination) Neill Blomkamp did on this feature debut, "District 9." And some filmmakers might have felt pressured to keep Hollywood in their favor, and undoubtedly, Blomkamp has been asked numerous times since 2009 about making a sequel, "District 10." But he's largely deflected the question, and been reticent about the enterprise, telling us in 2012, "I'm not sure I'm making that film. It would be cool, but these films take two or three years to make, and the investments are so extreme, you can't accurately predict where you'll be a few years from now, I believe. If you're not creatively invested in it, you're making a mistake, and that creative investment happens day to day. So I don't know when that feeling for a 'District Whatever' film happens." But it seems he's at least drafted an idea.

Analyst Already Predicting $1.2 Billion Box Office For 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2013 11:20 AM
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With the last two years finding Disney dropping two expensive mega-bombs -- "John Carter" which hit the studio for $200 million in losses and "The Lone Ranger" expected to wind up in the negative somewhere between $150-190 million -- you might think that shareholders and Wall Street types would be getting nervous. You would be wrong. You see, Disney has a little lightsaber in their corner that is glowing so promisingly that people are already beginning to count the money the studio is going to mint on "Star Wars: Episode 7." Even though it's not due in theaters until 2015...

Marvel Wants To Meet Vin Diesel For Some Reason & Armie Hammer Is Not Ant-Man

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2013 10:40 PM
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It seems rumors are flying fast and furious this week for nerd franchises, so let's get a handle on them, and kick off with one that is actually legit, followed by a couple others that are sort of ridiculous...

George Lucas Says He Hasn't Talked To J.J. Abrams About 'Episode VII' Yet: Is That A Good Thing Or A Bad Thing?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 18, 2013 12:58 PM
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There are many, many questions regarding the continuation of the "Star Wars" series -- the first of which, "Episode VII," is now being worked on by J.J. Abrams -- but one of the most pertinent of them is the extent to which franchise granddaddy George Lucas will be involved. As the creator of the series, and the director of the first movie, many will feel ambivalent about "Star Wars" films without Lucas involved, but others could be comforted by his absence, given the general quality of the prequels, all of which were directed by Lucas.

'Star Wars' Rumor Roundup Plus A Vintage 1977 Burger Chef Promo TV Ad

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2013 1:21 PM
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A couple "Star Wars" rumors have been floating through the interwebs over the last week, ranging from the absurd to the plausible so let's dive right in....

Why 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Suggests J.J. Abrams Needs To Leave His Mystery Box Alone For A While

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2013 2:34 PM
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Star Trek Into Darkness, JJ Abrams
In 2007, J.J Abrams gave a TED talk about the mystery box; principally, a Tannen's Mystery Box he was bought by his grandfather from a magic store when he was a child. Abrams, in a typically articulate, engaging and funny address, talked about how the box had come to represent, for him, infinite possibility, and became a kind of manifesto for much of his work up to that point. And in the years since (quite deliberately, in a lot of way; it served as the front cover of an issue of Wired he edited, for one), it's become a recurring motif in his work, and often referred to in reviews or commentary of his work. And with "Star Trek Into Darkness," it's started to become a bit of an albatross.

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