That J.J. Abrams, craftier than a Ferengi. Appearing on Conan Thursday night to promote his NBC series Revolution, Abrams couldn’t help but tantalize fans of his upcoming Star Trek sequel — officially titled Star Trek Into Darkness — by premiering an exclusive clip of the film. The catch: It was only three frames long. But they weren’t boring frames! Check them out below: READ FULL STORY »
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The colon is so 20th century.
EW has confirmed that the official title for director J.J. Abrams’ sequel to his 2009 film Star Trek will be Star Trek Into Darkness. (TrekMovie.com first reported the news.)
The moniker further differentiates Abrams’ reboot of the venerable sci-fi franchise from the earlier Trek movies, which either went the roman-numeral-and-subtitle route (i.e. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) or eschewed the number for just a colon-ized subtitle (i.e. Star Trek: First Contact). But it also presents an unusual mental picture — are the stars trekking into some unknown darkness? — that only raises more questions about the film’s tightly guarded plot. READ FULL STORY »
Bad Robot is going into search and destroy mode with the Nazi-hunting drama Wunderkind.
J.J. Abrams’ production company is teaming up with Paramount Pictures after optioning the script for the film, about a young CIA agent investigating German war criminals and an aging Israeli Mossad agent pursuing the same.
While promoting the premiere of his upcoming Fox series Alcatraz at the TCA press tour in Pasadena, Calif., J.J. Abrams also spoke with reporters about his plans to have the sequel to his 2009 blockbuster Star Trek, which begins shooting on Thursday, converted to 3-D in post-production. “I did not fight for the 3-D,” says Abrams. “It was something the studio wanted to do. I didn’t want to do it.” Indeed, at a 2010 Comic-Con panel hosted by EW, Abrams expressed real reservations about the 3-D format: “The thing that drives me crazy about 3-D is that when you put on the glasses, everything seems dim. I’m not totally on board yet.”
So what changed his mind? READ FULL STORY »
'MI:4' director on filming in IMAX and how Christopher Nolan is 'throwing down the showmanship' with 'The Dark Knight Rises'
Brad Bird wanted to be a filmmaker since the moment he learned to draw. “I didn’t realize this until later,” says the 54-year old director of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, “but the very first drawings I did when I was a kid at age 3 were sequential. They weren’t great drawings – they were just stick figures – but they were meant to be viewed in a certain order. So from the very beginning, I was trying to make films.”
The pictures have only gotten got more sophisticated — and larger — since then. Bird made a name for himself in animation with The Iron Giant, then won Oscars with two Pixar blockbusters, The Incredibles and Ratatouille, both of which he wrote and directed. His winning streak has continued with his first live-action effort: Ghost Protocol, the fourth installment in Tom Cruise’s signature spy-fi franchise — and the second to be shepherded by producer J.J. Abrams — has received rave reviews (EW’s Owen Gleiberman even has it on his 10 best of ’11 list) and is poised to be one of the biggest movies of the holiday season. (The film, which opened in theaters nationwide on Wednesday, grossed over $17 million during a 6-day run on 425 IMAX screens.) Bird took a few minutes to speak with EW about the animation-to-live-action-to-IMAX transition. READ FULL STORY »
Super 8was J. J. Abrams’ mash note to the early work of Steven Spielberg, and, on that front, it hits all the right notes: Aliens, child-like wonder, the small-town experience, directorial economy, ominous caravans of military vehicles, etc., etc. But Abrams also managed to make the movie his own, and, in anticipation of Tuesday’s release of the movie on DVD and Blu-ray, we asked the director about the difficulties in reconciling the two styles, as well as his uncanny knack for keeping a lid on spoilers.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Looking back, what was it like working on Super 8 with Spielberg?
J.J. ABRAMS: To work with Steven, which was something I always wanted to do, and have it be as educational and rewarding and fun as it was, I feel like I just dodged the biggest bullet in my life. Working with your hero, if it ends badly, it’s a scar for life. So the fact that it ended well was a real relief. READ FULL STORY »
The beloved Harry Potter movie franchise is receiving an “ultimate farewell tribute” at Spike TV’s 2011 Scream Awards on Oct. 15, EW has learned exclusively, featuring what we are told will be a very special guest! (The show airs on Tues., Oct. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 has 14 nominations for this year’s awards (tied with X Men: First Class).
Celebrating sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and comic books — i.e. all things geek — the sixth annual Scream Awards will also honor Robert Downey Jr. with the Hero award (for his roles as Tony Stark/Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes) and Nicolas Cage with the Maverick award. Both stars will also debut exclusive footage from their respective upcoming films, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (the event will also feature sneak peeks for Total Recall, The Woman in Black, and Paranormal Activity 3).
J.J. Abrams, Darren Aronofsky, Chloe Moretz, Harold and Kumar‘s John Cho and Kal Penn, True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello, American Horror Story‘s Dylan McDermott, Fringe‘s Anna Torv, and Dr. Who‘s Matt Smith are among the announced attendees.
J.J. Abrams is ready to engage. EW has confirmed that the insatiable media multi-hyphenate has signed on to direct the sequel to his 2009 hit Star Trek. (Vulture first reported the story.) The first film’s screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are penning the screenplay with producer Damon Lindelof, and the main cast — including Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto (pictured, right, with Abrams on the set of the 2009 Trek) — are all set to return. The untitled sequel was originally scheduled to come out June 2012, but the film has moved off of that date to give the writers enough time to polish the script.
Abrams’ first crack in the captain’s chair netted the reboot the highest-ever grosses for a Trek movie, pulling in $257 million domestically, and $385 million worldwide.
Howard Stern spent time on his radio show Monday morning denying culpability for a pirated copy of Super 8 that had been traced back to his show. A bootleg of the J.J. Abrams alien movie had a personalized watermark for Stern, but he claims he nor anyone from his show had anything to do with it. “I hate to have my name associated with anything like this,” said Stern, who seemed chagrined that the leak might cause Paramount to stop sending him screeners. “I’m so paranoid about it that I literally watch [the screeners], I put it back in my bag and I take it [back]. Nobody gets it. Nobody can see. I bring it right back … I don’t pass it around to anyone. Ever.”
Stern might be in the clear: A source familiar with the studio’s investigation tells EW there is no indication that anyone from the show was involved.
It appears things have come full circle for Ethan Hunt, the hero of the Mission: Impossible movies, a.k.a. Tom Cruise’s one and only movie franchise. In the first film — released 15 years ago, just to blow your mind for a moment — Hunt was “disavowed” as an IMF agent after a mission gone horribly wrong. Well, now it’s 2011, and the stakes appear much, much higher: In the new trailer for Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (out Dec. 16), we learn that no less than the Kremlin has gone kablooey. The fallout? As a grim-faced Tom Wilkinson explains, “The president has initiated ‘ghost protocol,’” meaning every single IMF agent everywhere has been disavowed. Burn.
After that, the trailer is a whirlwind of international action and intrigue, including appearances by Mission: Impossible III alum Simon Pegg, and M:I newbies Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, and a blink-and-you’ll-miss-him Josh Holloway. It all ends with an extended look at what is sure to be a climactic stunt on the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world — which is to say, no, that building is not CGI. Check out the trailer for the film, produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles), below: READ FULL STORY »
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