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Rian Johnson in Talks to Write and Direct Next Two 'Star Wars' Flicks

Congrats to Rian Johnson of "Looper" fame, who is "in talks," report Deadline and Variety, to take on a massive new job: writing and directing the next two follow-ups to J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII," which is currently in production in London.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2014 3:01 PM
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Showtime Gives Thumbs Up to Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams's 'Roadies' Pilot

Showtime is producing an hour-long pilot for Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams's long-wished half-hour comedy "Roadies," which will focus on a group of characters that works behind-the-scenes on a traveling rock tour.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 19, 2014 2:18 PM
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What's Next for Lupita Nyong'o? 'Star Wars'!

With the Academy Awards in the cultural rearview mirror, many of us wondered when and how we'd see a preternatural talent, and first-time Oscar winner, like Lupita Nyong'o on the big screen again. On Oscar night, the Mexican-born, Kenyan-raised Yale graduate who swept awards season with her sublime performance in "12 Years a Slave" basked in the limelight in her stunning blue gown. What would her follow-up be? Well, it turns out those casting rumors that JJ Abrams was circling Nyong'o for a role in his upcoming "Star Wars" reboot are true.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 3, 2014 12:26 PM
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'Star Wars' Cast Revealed on Facebook, Arndt and Lucas Not Mentioned

After all the speculation over recent months, Disney and Lucasfilm--whose leaders Robert Iger and Kathleen Kennedy have joined forces-- announced the cast of the new J.J. Abrams "Star Wars" movie. On Facebook.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 29, 2014 1:10 PM
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New 'Star Wars' Will Cost $200 Million, Casting "Almost Done," George Lucas Still Consulting on Films

Disney chair Alan Horn sat down with Jon Erlichman of Bloomberg Television to discuss the on-the-horizon "Star Wars" trilogy set to unfold over the next several years. Quote highlights, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 22, 2014 12:36 PM
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Comic-Con: 'Showrunners' Doc Is First Film to Screen Footage at SDCC's Lyceum Theater

The first film to screen footage at Comic-Con's new satellite programming room, the Lyceum Theater at San Diego's Horton Plaza, is documentary "Showrunners." The film focuses on the challenges of running a television series, going behind the scenes into the writers’ room and on set via interviews with 20 top showrunners including Joss Whedon, J. J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, and more. Tara DiLullo Bennett ("Lost Encyclopedia," "Fringe: Septembers Notebook") will moderate a panel on the showrunners' craft with contributors featured in the documentary: Hart Hanson ("Bones"), Bill Prady ("The Big Bang Theory"), and Jane Espenson ("Husbands," "Once Upon A Time") as well as "Showrunners" director Des Doyle & Co-Producer Ryan Patrick McGuffey.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 17, 2013 2:33 PM
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J.J. Abrams to Develop 'Twilight Zone' Maestro Rod Serling's Final Screenplay

J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot banner has finalized a deal with the estate of Rod Serling, sci-fi screenwriter and "Twilight Zone" host, to develop a series based on Serling's unproduced screenplay, "The Stops Along the Way." The script is reportedly the writer's final completed work before his death in 1975. The few bits of gleaned information on it, via Serling's widow, describe it as "a little bit of fantasy, a little bit of imagination... [it] takes place over a long period of time."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 5, 2013 3:35 PM
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WATCH: Benedict Cumberbatch Takes a 'Shower of Evil' in Deleted Scene from 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

After getting some heat for Alice Eve's lingerie scene in "Star Trek Into Darkness," J.J. Abrams talked to Conan O'Brien about his belief in equal opportunity skin-showing, and screened a deleted scene from the film of Benedict Cumberbatch's baddie taking a "shower of evil." Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 23, 2013 1:20 PM
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Immersed in Movies: VFX Retrofitting for Abrams' Hybrid Vision of Old and New in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

Like "Skyfall," "Star Trek Into Darkness" is a hybrid of the old and the new in completing its rite of passage reboot. Except J.J. Abrams has the advantage of time travel, which he introduced in the first movie, for creating a parallel universe that allows him to break the rules of the beloved sci-fi franchise for the 21st century while still honoring its iconic spirit.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 17, 2013 2:36 PM
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WATCH: New 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Trailer, Captain Kirk vs. Benedict Cumberbatch Villain -- "No Ship Should Go Down Without Her Captain"

The third and final trailer for J.J. Abrams’ "Star Trek Into Darkness" continues the focus on Captain Kirk’s emotional journey and emphasizes his test of wills with Benedict Cumberbatch’s taunting baddie.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 16, 2013 3:05 PM
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