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The early screenplays of Jj Abrams

7 September 2016 9:11 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Sep 13, 2016

Before he hit big with Star Wars and Star Trek, Jj Abrams was penning films such as Forever Young, Regarding Henry and Armageddon...

Jj Abrams is one of the most powerful people in Hollywood right now. Over his career in the movies, he's written, directed, produced, acted and played a wicked keyboard solo on Cool Guys Don't Look At Explosions, and through his production company Bad Robot, his name is counted among the credits of massive franchises like Cloverfield, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek and of course Star Wars. He's more of a household name than most filmmakers of his generation and we sometimes wish we wanted anything as much as he wants that Steven Spielberg status.

You can't blame him when you hear about his first paid job in the film industry. Returning a bunch of Spielberg's personal super-8 home movies that he discovered after his »

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Newswire: Being a good friend prevented David Schwimmer from doing Men In Black

24 August 2016 8:06 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Let us weave you a tale of loyalty and heartbreak, about the time David Schwimmer wasn’t able to do Men In Black. The actor recounted the saga on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, and the story goes something like this: During Schwimmer’s Friends tenure, he made a Miramax rom-com called The Pallbearer, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow. The studio mistakenly foresaw greatness and wanted to sign Schwimmer to a three-picture deal. Being a wily fellow, Schwimmer negotiated that he would only sign on to that if they allow him to direct and cast his Chicago theater buddies, and he got his wish.

Turns out, however, that production on that movie conflicted with Men In Black, and ol’ Schwims had to say no to the blockbuster in order to honor his commitment to his friends. You see, he’ll be there for you/them: “I just said, I can »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Men In Black: David Schwimmer on turning down the lead role

17 August 2016 3:38 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Aug 23, 2016

Will Smith’s role in Men In Black was first offered to David Schwimmer, but he turned it down to support his friends...

One of the many curious footnotes in Hollywood history is that Will Smith’s leading role in Men In Black was first offered to David Schwimmer. The 1997 film that catapulted the Fresh Prince star to global super stardom was Schwimmer’s for the taking, and it lined up perfectly with a between-seasons production break on Friends. 

So why did Schwimmer turn it down? He’s now explained the decision in detail in conversation with The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast host Scott Feinberg. Here’s the story, as Schwimmer regaled it...

The deal with that was: so I had shot The Pallbearer [a romantic comedy co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow]  for Miramax, and they had very high hopes for it. And while we were shooting it, they wanted to lock me into a three-picture deal. »

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