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The 26 year-old American actor, who played jockey Troy Bolton in all three films, told E! News that they are all thinking about it and none of them have forgotten a single moment of that experience, Metro.co.uk reported.
- Rahul Kapoor
Talking to MTV at SxSW, Iron Man director Jon Favreau says he would've been down to helm Star Wars: Episode VII had he been formally approached. He also stated that he didn't chase after the gig either. The farthest his Star Wars courtship progressed were inquires about his availability. Back in 2012, Favreau, J.J. Abrams and Matthew Vaughn were the three frontrunners for the gig and as we all know, Abrams scored the coveted gig. "I didn't go after it," Favreau told MTV, "but it's one of those things that, as people would say they weren't going to do it, and as there were questions coming my way as to my availability... I was really scared of the idea that nobody was gonna [do it], and so if they had come to me, I don't know how you say no to that thing." You can watch »
J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón are two of the most exciting and respected filmmakers working today, and their names are often seen as an undeniable sign of quality. Abrams is known for being behind some of the most unique and mythology-heavy television shows of the last decade (Alias, Lost, and Fringe, to name a few), while Cuarón is recognized for his incredible filmography and that nice golden Best Director Oscar that now sits on his shelf for Gravity. So, when it was announced that the duo would be teaming up to produce a show on NBC called Believe, fans of the filmmakers were, as expected, incredibly excited.
Granted, Abrams’ name is often attached to projects that the man himself has little to do with. Often, his production company Bad Robot does most of the legwork, while his name is merely used to sell audiences on the prospect of high-concept television shows. »
- James Garcia
Believe, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
Written by Alfonso Cuarón and Marc Friedman
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
Aired Monday at 10Pm (Et) before moving to Sundays at 9pm (Et) on NBC
As a producer, J.J. Abrams has been behind some of the more well-regarded series of the past decade, including Lost, Fringe, and Person of Interest. His involvement in a series alone brings a level of interest with it. The move of Alfonso Cuarón to American television, meanwhile, brings with it its own level of excitement. Fresh off an Oscar win for Best Director, Cuarón is well-respected in critical circles, and it will certainly be exciting to see what he does with television, as he returns to the medium for the first time since 1990. Believe, however, has the benefit of having both these individuals onboard, which gives the show a lot of potential. Aided by Cuarón, the »
- Deepayan Sengupta
“A girl lives among us. She will change the world. If she survives.”
So begins the pilot of Believe, created by newly crowned Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón and executive produced by Jj Abrams (dream team, amirite?). It’s a show that NBC is pushing to do well — they’ve given its premiere the prime post-Voice spot in hopes of drawing in viewers — and also the network’s apparent answer to what would happen if Touch and Person of Interest had a baby (kind of). Since I like both Cuarón and Abrams a whole lot, I was inclined to go into »
- Andrea Towers
The director of Gravity + the mastermind behind Lost, Star Trek, Fringe and, now, Star Wars = must-see TV? That's what we're asking you now that you've finally seen Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams' Believe, which finally premiered on Monday night. The Oscar-winning director's foray into TV is an ambitious drama for NBC, which centers on a very special 10-year-old girl named Bo (Johnny Sequoyah), who is being pursued by various groups looking to protect (or exploit) her supernatural powers. After checking out NBC's special preview of Believe, which makes its time-slot debut on Sunday at 9 p.m.), we're curious to know if you'll be returning next week to see »
For the record, we think Star Wars should have ended with Return of the Jedi. And not chronologically. We mean cinematically. 1983 should have been the end of the trilogy. What can we say? We're Star Wars purists. That being said, we are skeptically interested in J.J. Abrams take on Star Wars, so we are more than willing to give him a chance. Now all that being said, this version of Star Wars is cuter than anything ol' J.J. could come up with, so he should just go ahead and start taking notes. Sure, there's no action, dialogue or special effects. However, there is a dachshund dressed up as Chewbacca and two kids dressed as Han Solo and Darth Vader! So, it's got that going for it. Cast whoever »
“Believe” is a great villain away from being a show I'd keep watching. Expectations couldn't be much higher for the NBC drama, premiering tonight. It comes from Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuaron, the brilliant mind behind “Gravity,” and J.J. Abrams, who co-created “Lost” and now rules both the “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” universes. Also read: J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron on Their Garbage First Drafts You know why people like “Star Wars” more than “Star Trek”? Because of Darth Vader. He was so ruthless, so composed, that you couldn't help but root for anyone going up against him. When the prequels made Vader. »
- Tim Molloy
One theme that runs through much of J.J. Abrams' work as a writer and producer is family, from the ad hoc families of the college students on "Felicity" and the castaways of "Lost" to the father-daughter drama of "Alias," the husband-wife drama of "Undercovers" and the father-son drama of "Fringe."
Whatever situation the characters land in - and some of these shows have very fantastical premises -- the core of the story is people struggling with, or forming, close family bonds.
Expect more of the same when Abrams' latest project, "Believe," premieres Monday, March 10, on NBC. Created by Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity") and Mark Friedman for Abrams' Bad Robot Productions -- with Jonas Pate and Hans Tobeason as the current showrunners -- it centers on 10-year-old Bo (Johnny Sequoyah), a precocious girl who was also born with a range of unusual powers, including levitation, telekinesis and precognition.
But she's not »
This year is going to see the release of some extremely anticipated films, from Captain America: The Winter Soldier to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, but perhaps even more exciting are the movies that will be heading into production. Joss Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Ultron has already been shooting some Hulk action sequences down in South Africa and J.J. Abrams' will be rolling cameras on Star Wars: Episode VII this spring in England. Both those titles will be coming out in 2015, but there is a major 2016 blockbuster that will be filming this year as well. Despite its delayed release date, Zack Snyder's untitled Batman/Superman movie is still scheduled to come together this year - and apparently that process has already begun up in a small town called Metamora, Michigan. Comic Book Movie has picked up on a television news report from a local NBC »
There was a period after the instant, explosive success of "Lost" where J.J. Abrams seemed to be creating every new drama on television. I say "seemed to" because in most of those cases, these shows — "Six Degrees," "What About Brian" and "Alcatraz," among others — were shows from Abrams' production company that traded on his name in their marketing, but didn't have him around as any kind of hands-on creative force. Every now and again he might actually co-write or direct one of the pilots with his name on it (for the short-lived "Undercovers," he did both), but Abrams often seems to be most useful simply using his muscle to get shows on the air, and then as a hook to use in marketing. Some of these shows last a while — "Fringe" went five seasons, and "Person of Interest" and "Revolution" are still around — while others have demonstrated the limits of »
- Alan Sepinwall
It's hard not to want to believe in talents like Alfonso Cuaron (of the amazing Gravity) and J.J. Abrams (no TV explanation necessary). These two very busy visionaries lend their names, and Cuaron his directing chops (in the pilot episode, anyway), for NBC's otherwise painfully derivative Believe (Monday, 10/9c), which plays like one of those middling Stephen King melodramas about supernaturally gifted children on the run for their lives.
Cuaron elevates the stock clichés with visual motifs of a butterfly providing mystical guidance and a dizzying flock of pigeons (my idea of a living nightmare) subduing a Big Bad Female Assassin in a loft. It's a handsome looking pilot, even at its most predictably familiar. And as Bo, the spunky little girl whose psychic and paranormal gifts seem to have no end — or, maddeningly, definition — Johnny Sequoyah is agreeable company, never too cute even when the script calls for Bo to be cloyingly precious. »
- Matt Roush
Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) is one of the creators of Believe, NBC's midseason thriller that's executive produced by another familiar name: J.J. Abrams. Premiering Monday night, the series revolves around a convict who is mysteriously sprung from prison to protect a young girl he's never met. Why? She has some pretty spectacular hidden talents. Read on to find out if Believe is worth your time. What it's about: Tate (Jake McLaughlin) is serving time when he's suddenly busted out by Winter (Delroy Lindo), a man he's never met before. Winter explains that he and his team (including Jamie Chung) sprung Tate because it is now his job to protect Bo, a 10-year-old orphan (Johnny Sequoyah) with special powers, including telekinesis, levitation, and the ability to control nature. Why Tate? Watch and find out. Where it works: The dynamic between Tate and Bo is precious. He's a criminal hardened by life, »
- Maggie Pehanick
Air Date/Time: March 10, 2014, 10/9c
Directed by: Alfonso Cuaron
Levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature, see the future … since she was born, Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) has had gifts she could neither fully understand nor control. But now that she is 10 years old, her powers have become stronger and the threat from malevolent forces that would use her abilities to control the world has grown more dangerous. With her life and future in jeopardy, Bo’s protector, Milton Winter (Delroy Lindo, “The Chicago Code”), turns to an unlikely source to keep her safe — Tate (Jake McLaughlin, “Crash”), a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate who’s lost his will.
Tate and Bo begin an extraordinary journey, one in which trust must be earned. On the run and traveling from city to city, every place they stop and »
- Erin Willard
The 57-year-old has been open in the past about appearing in the new film directed by Jj Abrams, Metro.com.uk reported.
- Lohit Reddy
Jon Favreau isn't directing "Star Wars," but he would have if someone had just asked him. Or at least, that's what MTV News learned when we caught up with the director/writer/actor at SXSW while he was plugging his newest, non-space set film "Chef." For context, back in 2012 it was rumored that the front-runners to direct "Star Wars: Episode VII" were J.J. Abrams, Matthew Vaughan, and Jon Favreau. Favreau is no stranger to the franchise, ...
By Alex Zalben, with reporting by Josh Horowitz »
The first official photo of the three meddling pixies, Knotgrass, Flittle and Thistletwit in Disney's live-action adaptation of "Sleeping Beauty" have arrived. Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville and Juno Temple star in the roles. [Source: EW]
"Legit" comedian Jim Jeffries surprised everyone this week while appearing on Sirius Xm's Opie and Anthony Show. Jeffries talked about a recent meeting with Carrie Fisher and revealed that she will be in London for a full six months working on the J.J. Abrams directed "Star Wars: Episode VII".
Opie and Anthony then went on to question his news as they heard she was only doing a cameo. Jeffries scoffed at that, re-iterating that "she's there for six months!" [Source: Cinema Blend]
Melissa Roxburgh ("Arrow") has joined the cast of The CW's backdoor pilot episode for the spin-off series "Supernatural: Bloodlines" (formerly known as "Supernatural: Tribes"). The pilot airs as part of »
- Garth Franklin
We already knew that Carrie Fisher, aka Princess Leia, would be returning to reprise her iconic role in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming series restarter Star Wars: Episode VII, but new information suggests that the character’s part in the film may be a lot more extensive than we previously realized.
Jim Jefferies, a comedian who currently stars on Fxx’s Legit, was promoting the program on a Sirius Xm radio show when he let slip that Fisher, who appears on an upcoming episode of Legit, will be taking a huge amount of time out of her schedule to film the sequel.
Discussing Fisher, Jefferies said:
She’s a funny lady, man. She’ll be smoking cigarettes outside and as soon as she gets inside, she’s straight on to the vapor. She’s had some fucking hard partying in her life, I tell ya….She said to me, she goes ‘I »
- Isaac Feldberg
Alfonso Cuarón recently won Best Director at the Oscars and in case you were wondering what he's doing next, it's a TV show for NBC called Believe. He's developed the series with J.J. Abrams, and this thing looks awesome! The sci-fi series follows a young girl with superpowers and a death row inmate who breaks out of prison and protects her. Cuarón wrote and directed the pilot episode, and today we have the first two intense minutes of the show for you to watch.
Levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature, even predict the future… since she was two years old, Bo has had gifts she could neither fully understand nor control. Raised by a small group known as the “True Believers,” the orphaned girl has been safeguarded from harmful outsiders who would use her forces for personal gain. But now that she is 10, her powers have become stronger, and »
- Joey Paur
While Disney and LucasFilm have still not confirmed a single cast member for Star Wars: Episode VII aside from R2D2, it's a pretty safe bet that Carrie Fisher will return to reprise her role as Princess Leia, as she has confirmed this time and again. She will be seen very shortly in an episode of Legit, playing comedian Jim Jeffries' agent. While appearing on Sirius Xm's Opie and Anthony Show, Jeffries talked about working with the actress and confirmed that Carrie Fisher will be in London for 6 months working on the J.J. Abrams directed sequel starting in April. He also made a couple of jokes at her expense.
"She's a funny lady, man. She'll be smoking cigarettes outside and as soon as she gets inside, she's straight on to the vapor. She's had some fucking hard partying in her life, I tell ya....She said to me, she »
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